Pres. Blaine Lotz on “The Talk of the Town”

A six-minute introduction to World Affairs Council Hilton Head.

Welcome to Our 2014-2015 WACHH Programming Season – President Blaine Lotz

Blaine Lotz -flag (1)As we close the summer with our eighth annual Summer Forum,  I want to thank Hank Noble and Bill Lloyd for designing an inspiring series of three programs during the summer.  Brian Julius, Eric Esquival, and Carlton Dallas each provided some insight on their very important contributions to a global perspective. Turning our attention to the beginning of our 2014-2015 season, our Speaker Program for the coming year continues to focus on “Trends in Global Security” and we have an outstanding lineup, beginning October 3 with Jane Harman speaking about U.S. national and global security.   Additional speakers will focus on the geopolitics of food, China’s leaders, the Middle East, Pakistan, Cuba, demographics and energy. I’d like to bring your attention to two new WAC HH programs:

  • An Annual Meeting.  This meeting is scheduled for the morning of September 19 in Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church at 10:00 am.  A new initiative for our Board, we plan to review the year just past, preview the year ahead, present information about our Fall Forum and Great Decisions Discussion Groups as well as our High School Outreach Programs, Academic WorldQuest and Model UN.

We are going use this occasion to recognize two of our teacher advisors for these Outreach Programs, Deborah Kidd (Beaufort HS) and Erin Reichert (Bluffton HS). Debi, coach of her school’s AWQ team, has led her team through two winning County competitions, earning the right to represent us at each national competition in Washington, D.C. Debi, was just recognized nationally as one of thirteen 2014 Distinguished Teachers of Geography. Erin Reichart, Beaufort County Teacher of the Year (2012-2013), is the advisor to Bluffton High School’s Model U.N. program. This program received seven individual student awards and an Honorable Mention School Award at the 43rd High School Model UN competition, this past February.

After an opportunity to answer your questions about WACHH, we will have a New Member Orientation.

Watch your emails for more information about the Annual Meeting.

  • In response to a growing number of people asking us for an evening speaker series, we will launch an Evening Speaker Series in January 2015 and lasting until May.  This series is open to WAC HH members as well as the public.  The Series will feature topics of local concern with global reach.  Participants will be able to discuss and explore the critical questions regarding the economic, political and strategic trends that are shaping the U.S. foreign policy agenda. The Series subscription includes a small plate buffet, coffee, soft drinks and cash wine bar followed by the World Affairs Speaker presentation.  Held at the Yacht Club of Hilton Head, the fee for this 5-speaker series is $100.

Our goal for this coming program year continues to be to provide you with the very best and intellectually stimulating sessions  in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere.  I look forward to seeing you all starting October 3rd.