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President’s Letter

Lee Wilwerding

With 50 straight days of 90+ temperatures I trust that those of you who have opted to stay here with us have not melted. I can offer you an opportunity to cool down for a couple of hours on Tuesday, August 16 at 10:00 at TidePointe while you listen to Ben Kinnas talk about the Myths of International Banking as our third installment of Summer Forum. Ben is a member of our Program Committee and for 30+ years was part of that Mythical Entity with most of his time spent in Japan and China.

Our search for a new Executive Director has so far garnered 30+ applicants via the CareerBuilder.com website. We are in the process of reviewing the applications to determine who we want to take to the next level and anticipate starting interviews early September. We have posted the Job Description and application particulars on our website in the event you may wish to forward the information for potential applicants.

On September 16 we will conduct the World Affairs Council Annual Meeting in Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church starting at 10:00. We will recap the 2015-2016 Program Year and preview the 2016-2017 Program Year. In particular, Jeff Stokes, Program Committee Chair, will address the Friday Speaker Series line-up that we think is particularly strong and incorporates some of the program suggestions you made in our year-end survey in May. Additionally, we will preview our pending Fall Forum, Great Decisions and Evening Speaker Series Programs. We will finish the Annual Meeting with a Q&A session. Following the Annual Meeting we will host an orientation session for new members. While all members are invited to attend the orientation, it is particularly designed for members who have joined since January 2016.

Given that this is an election year, just in case you had not noticed, we are beginning our Friday Morning Speaker Series with a presentation that revolves around Foreign Policy and the Presidency. On October 6, Ambassador James Jeffrey who will discuss World-wide Foreign Policy Challenges facing our Presidential Candidates. Ambassador Jeffrey was our snow-bound speaker last season on the Middle East and a co-author of the letter from the Republican National Security professionals on the current Presidential race. In our discussions with Ambassador Jeffrey we thought that tweaking our normal process of a 45 minute presentation to allow for an hour presentation, given the subject matter, would be beneficial. He countered with the idea of reducing the presentation time to allow for more Q&A opportunities for you which is what we will do. So mark your calendar and bring your friends and neighbors for this opportunity to hear a professional discourse on Foreign Policy Challenges a month out from Election Day.

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Lee J. Wilwerding
President, World Affairs Council Hilton Head