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Upcoming 2019 Programs — Save the Date

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All of our dear and valued members of our World Affairs Council are invited to join us for the Annual Picnic. Once again, it will be at the Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Course where we will have a bountiful buffet, the Bob Kirk Memorial Quiz, and some new, fun and informative things to do. It will be that chance for our members to see old friends, meet new ones, and relax for a good time with a summer drink on the Quail Inn terrace.

We are hoping for a beautiful summer day to see the expansive green of the golf course and the spectacular view of the Mayacamas Mountains. A full no-host bar awaits you to go with the buffet of tri-tip, chicken, pasta, and all the trimmings.

Come join all of us between 4-7 PM on Thursday, August 22. Casual summer dress is in order for maximum relaxation.

Reservations for WACSC Summer Picnic
I’ll see you at the picnic!

Mike Morrison
Picnic Coordinator

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The Impact of Gun Violence on the Education of our Youth

Friday, September 6, 2019

12:00 noon at the Flamingo Hotel
2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA
Luncheon:  Members: $35; Non-members: $45

Reservations for WACSC Summer Picnic

Luncheon selections: Roasted Chicken Breast or Roasted Veggie Plate

Reservations close Friday, August 30 (or earlier if capacity is reached)


Mike Thompson, Representative to Congress represents California’s 5th Congressional District. 

Mr. Thompson is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman.  On Feb. 27, 2019, the House passed of H.R. 8, his Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation expands background checks to cover all sales and represents the first major House vote on gun violence prevention legislation in 25 years.



Kelly Drane, Research Manager at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Ms. Drane provides public health data expertise to support the organization’s policy-making, litigation, and educational work.

She researches best practices for community-based gun violence prevention as part of the Urban Gun Violence Initiative, and she maintains an ongoing database of studies and reports related to firearm violence prevention.


School shootings, while very tragic, are fortunately relatively rare events.  Nonetheless, school shootings may have a substantial and real effect on our children and our communities nationwide.  For example, does the fear of future shootings affect student emotional health? Could our response to shootings have unintended negative consequences?  For example, if we spend too heavily on security and prevention, will we have less to invest in the learning process and thus see reduced academic performance?  There are a lot of questions to consider.

In this presentation, we will take a closer look at school shootings and talk about possible responses.  We will hear from our Fifth District Congressman Mike Thompson, who chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and Kelly Drane, from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.  Mike is sponsor of H.R.8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 to require mandatory background checks of gun buyers. This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently in the U.S. Senate.

Kelly Drane is an expert on the nature and dynamics of gun violence in the United States.  Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Kelly has authored two reports that focus on the impact of school shootings and gun violence on American children.

This is an important topic for parents, grandparents and those who care about our future.  This presentation is neither pro-gun nor anti-gun.  What it does promise to be is an interesting and thought-provoking presentation followed by an active Q & A discussion period.

Please join us.

Joe Clendenin, Sponsor

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Better Health, Lower Cost:  How Other Advanced Democracies Provide Health Care to All at Half the American Health Care Cost

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:30 p.m.  Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV Residents:  No Charge
Non-members:  $10

T.R. Reid, American reporter, documentary film correspondent, author, and lecturer

In a 2008 “Frontline” documentary, Mr. Reid presented a comprehensive review of the health care systems in five advanced countries around the world. The first two countries reviewed were the United Kingdom and Japan, where Mr. Reid previously lived, worked, and received medical care. The other three nations were Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

His work on the comparison of these health care systems with our American system resulted in his bestselling book, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, published in 2009. This book shows how other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States cannot seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost – about half the cost of what the United States spends.

Mr. Reid has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio; he reports for the Washington Post and with his subject of health care, he has been on the Public Broadcasting Service “Frontline” television series. Given the ongoing debate and controversy over health care in America, Mr. Reid’s many years of expertise and first-hand knowledge lend an authoritative view to this debate.

Bring your questions on health care for what is sure to be a lively Q&A session.

Mr. Reid’s talk is expected to draw a large crowd, so please come early as seating is limited. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Mike Morrison, Sponsor

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Soaring Ambitions and Daunting Challenges: China’s Future and Its Implications for the United States

Friday, October 4, 2019

12:00 noon, DoubleTree Hotel
One Doubletree Drive,
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Luncheon: Members: $36; Non-members: $46

Reservations for WACSC Summer Picnic

Reservations close Friday, September 27 (or earlier if capacity is reached)
Luncheon Selections: Baked Salmon or Cheese and Spinach Ravioli

Dr. Thomas Fingar, Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University

China’s rise during the past four decades has been impressive and consequential, but further advances may be slower and more difficult to achieve. Projections of the country as an unstoppable juggernaut destined to clash with or displace the United States as global leader are at best premature. The challenges ahead will be much harder to meet and the choices Beijing makes will have a bigger impact on China’s future than the actions of the United States or other nations. Collapse is unlikely, but stumbles and continued dependence on the US-led international system appear inevitable.

Dr. Thomas Fingar is a Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center Scholar at Stanford University. His previous positions include Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (2005-2008), and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (2000-2001 and 2004-2005). His most recent book on China is China’s Path to the Future: Challenges, Constraints, and Choices (with Jean Oi, forthcoming).

Pat Givens, Sponsor

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Can High School be Fair and Real? An International, Regional and Local Perspective

Thursday, October 17, 2019

7:30 p.m.  Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV Residents:  No Charge
Non-members:  $10


David Stern, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and Principal Investigator for the Career Academy Support Network.

Erin Fender, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Healdsburg Unified School District.

Jessica Progulske, Program Coordinator for Student Supports, CTE Partnerships, Educational Support Services, Sonoma County Office of Education.

Students, like everyone else, distinguish between high school and the “real world.”  Compulsory high schools are custodial institutions, tasked with preparing students for responsible adulthood while confining them to a space where they experience little or no adult responsibility.  Unlike affluent parents who have many ways to keep their kids motivated and can make sure their high school offers advanced courses from qualified teachers, in non-affluent communities, student motivation relies more on the schools.  Within high schools, race and class inequity persist through subtle or obvious “tracking.”

All countries that are a part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) grapple with these same issues.  In the US, where we value pragmatism and equal opportunity, there have been many efforts to make high school more real and fairer for students. These methods are becoming a part of international schools as well. Our speakers will discuss a well-researched approach that blends college and career preparation with practice-based learning and student supports.

David Stern’s work as an economist and educator has influenced policy and practice in high schools here and abroad. He has served in Paris as Principal Administrator in the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at OECD, headed a national research center at Berkeley, and co-founded the College and Career Academy Support Network.

Erin Fender has created and supported college and career preparation pathways locally and in other states, approaches that she will share.  She and Jessica Progulske will describe how this work is emerging in Sonoma County High Schools through partnerships with the county and UC Berkeley.

Linda Lambert, Sponsor

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Control of Nuclear Weapons: Needed Now More Than Ever

Friday, November 1, 2019   

12:00 noon, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
333 Country Club Dr, Santa Rosa
Members: $34; Non-members: $44
Reservations close Friday, October 25 (or earlier if capacity is reached)
Luncheon Selections:  Roasted Chicken Breast or Veggie Pasta

Reservations for William Perry Event

William J. Perry, 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense; the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus); Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution; Director, Preventive Defense Project, all at Stanford University.

In the past year, we faced a potential nuclear confrontation with North Korea; the Iran nuclear deal was scuttled by President Trump; tensions with the other nuclear superpower, Russia, have reached new highs; and the people of Hawaii received an alert that a nuclear missile was incoming. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved their iconic nuclear threat assessment “Doomsday Clock” to two minutes to midnight, matching the most dangerous times of the Cold War.

Secretary Perry will explain why he believes that the danger of a nuclear incident or nuclear war is as great as or greater than ever, and how outmoded thinking has led the U.S. and the world to this perilous situation. He will relate his evolution from a Cold Warrior to someone working to warn about and alleviate the existential threat of nuclear weapons, and discuss the steps needed to reverse this dangerous trend.

Dr. Perry served as the 19th U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1994-1996 under President Bill Clinton. In this role, Dr. Perry galvanized efforts to secure nuclear stockpiles (“loose nukes”) inherited by former Soviet states and presided over the dismantlement of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons. He served as Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in the late 1970s, crafting a defense strategy that would offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, ushering in the age of stealth, smart weapons and GPS.

Since leaving the government, he has continued to be active in diplomacy, policy, academia and advocacy, focused on the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons. Starting in 2007, Dr. Perry, George Schultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger published several ground-breaking editorials in the Wall Street Journal that link the vision of a world free from nuclear weapons with urgent but practical steps that can be taken immediately to reduce nuclear dangers.

Dr. Perry received a B.S. and M.S from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State, all in mathematics. He is a father of five, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.  He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1997), and in 2008, was awarded the Rumford Prize, one of the oldest scientific prizes in the United States.

His memoir, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is available through Copperfield’s Books, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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When we announce a forthcoming WAC luncheon or dinner program, we request that you press the Reserve Now button for your event.  You will be able to choose either (1) to enter a reservation and pay by credit card, or (2) to print a reservation form to fill out and mail to WACSC according to the instructions on the form.  In either case, you must reserve and pay so that we receive your reservation at least one week before the event.

Most venues require this amount of time (one week) in order to be properly staffed and for the chef to order the right quantity of food for our event. Also note that we will take reservations up to a week prior to the luncheon date, or earlier if capacity is reached. It is always a good idea to make your reservation as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.

If you reserve by mailing a check, if your reservation arrives after the deadline date or if capacity has been reached, you will receive a notification and your check will be returned. You may request to be added to a wait list for reservations by leaving a message at the WACSC phone number: 707-573-6014.
We accept cancellations and provide refunds up to 72 hours before the event. For example, if there is a luncheon on Friday, we can accept your cancellation and send you a refund if you have called the above-mentioned phone number to cancel before noon on the preceding Tuesday. After that time, we cannot provide a refund, since we are obligated to pay the venue for the reservation, even if you do not come.


Many of us just can’t eat all the food that we are often served at our WAC luncheons. Wishing not to waste food, we may have asked for a “doggie bag.” Depending on where you were and whom you asked, you may have been told that the venue does not allow food to be taken away. How can that be? There is enough here for another meal!

A ‘NO DOGGY BAG’ policy applies at some of our luncheon venues. This is the restaurant’s food safety rule, not a WACSC policy. The reason is primarily related to liability that the restaurant would have, should you get sick from the food you take home. Sometimes, food taken home may sit in a car a bit too long and develop bacteria that could make you ill.  Please understand that the venue is not being mean, but, rather, they do not want to take the risk of any adverse health effects.

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