President’s Letter

Lee Wilwerding

We have just concluded a highly successful season for the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head. Our thanks to all of you our members for supporting our various program offerings and in particular our Outreach Programs with Beaufort County Schools. For those who attended our last Speaker Program you saw a slide deck put together by Denise Kidd, the Beaufort HS AWQ Coordinator, as a Thank You to all of you for supporting the program and providing a highly educational trip to Washington DC for her team.

Our Summer Forum kicks off it 10th season on 21 June at TidePointe with “Perspectives on Cuba”. Think of it as Cuba: Then, Now and In-Between. We have two presenters: Jeanie Silletti who traveled to Cuba earlier this year and facilitated the Great Decisions discussion on Cuba and the US, and Luisa Rains was born in Cuba, emigrated with her parents in the 1960’s, had a highly successful career as an Economist with the Inter-American Development Bank and revisited her homeland in the early 1990’s well before today’s opening.

July’s Summer Forum session journeys down the road to Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church where Maestro John Morris Russell explores the International Aspects of Music – how American music has influenced other cultures and how we in turn have been influenced by them. For those of you who have attended the Symphony, you know that the Maestro is a very dynamic speaker who enjoys a broad eclectic musical repertoire.

For the August and September sessions we will return to TidePointe with Ben Kinnas on The Myths of International Banking. Ben, a member of our Program Committee, brings a business career in International Banking to this subject.

Our fourth and final session looks at the International “Aspects of Human Trafficking” with a focus on South Asia presented by Kathy Levit. Kathy, a Hilton Head resident, is on the board of directors for Tiny Hands International and has traveled extensively to view the work of this organization. This is a follow-on session to last season when we presented the South Carolina aspects of Human Trafficking with SC Attorney General Wilson.

The Summer Forum is our gift to the community. There is no charge to attend any of the sessions, we encourage our members to bring guests and to spread the word about the opportunity to attend any or all of these sessions.

On 16 September, we return to Fellowship Hall for the World Affairs Council Hilton Head Annual Meeting at 10:00 AM. We will preview the upcoming Friday Speaker series, Fall Forum, Evening Speaker Series and the Great Decisions Discussion Program.







Lee J. Wilwerding
President, World Affairs Council Hilton Head