The World Affairs Council of Sonoma County (WACSC) is a  non-profit, non-partisan  educational organization whose purpose is to promote study and public education  in world affairs, and to contribute to improved international understanding and relations. Our programs feature knowledgeable speakers such as Ambassadors, international figures, journalists, academics, and business  professionals.

Council programs provide participants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of people who shape world events in a variety of formats. Speaker programs sponsored by the Council are open both to members and the general public.

Founded in 1988 in Santa Rosa, the center of Sonoma wine country, we provide our community with approximately 20 speaker programs per year. We generally have  1 luncheon program and 1 evening program per month, occasional special programs, and an annual summer picnic for members. Members also receive our quarterly newsletter, Perspectives, which details our upcoming programs and events and can also participate in our Book Group.

We are an all-volunteer Council governed by a working Board of Directors. Our officers are elected by the Board and serve as Board members in accordance with our bylaws. A list of our current leadership team is on the “Leadership” page of this website.

We are one of 98 independent World Affairs Councils in the United States affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA)

We are one of the few operated entirely by unpaid volunteers. Our members come from all walks of life, and include former diplomats, foreign service officers, academics, professionals and business people. Regardless of background, all members share a lively interest in world affairs.

As a tax exempt educational organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, membership dues, charitable contributions and bequests to WACSC are tax deductible as provided by law.

Membership information and applications can be found on the Membership page of this website. To contact us, see the “Contact Us” page.

Many Thanks

We want to thank West County Net (Chris Frost) for their generous technical support of WACSC website.