Henry Rowland “Terry” Vermilye

First President, WACHH

Terry VermilyeAugust 23, 1936 – March 20, 2014
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Introducing the Council’s Program Committee

Blaine Lotz -croppedTo quote the ancient proverb, “a camel is a horse designed by a committee,” suggests that committees often design programs lacking in definition and integration. Not so if the 2013-2014 Friday Morning Speaker Program, designed by our Program Committee, is any example!

The Council’s Program Committee is challenged to meet the expectations of our audience profile; composed as it is of Board members and others from a wide range of business, government, academic and professional experience. Further, the Committee benefits from ideas and information provided in a bi-annual member survey and from participation opportunities provided in our web-site’s Program Criteria.

We meet once a month, year-round, and use the time in between to research and share with one another our best sources of information from think tanks, books and publications. We also use past experiences and networking with former colleagues in fields related to our program objectives. It is gratifying that our Committee’s resources include former speakers who remain available to us as consultants; a few have responded to our invitation to speak a second time.

Proposals coming to the Committee include suggestions for topics related to our theme and to the speaker’s expertise; we also consider his or her biographical information and links to YouTube presentations. Usually, when we issue a letter of invitation, everyone on the Committee has had a chance to review, discuss, and hear the speakers’ presentation style. We have formalized our program selection and speaker contact procedure in a reference document so that all Committee members can proceed smoothly through the process of researching, recruiting and hosting incoming speakers.

After reviewing and discussing the National Intelligence Council’s publication, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, we selected the theme Trends in Global Security for planning the 2013-2014 Program Year. We gained the understanding that our national security no longer ends at our borders. Simultaneously, Mathew Burrows, the author of that report, was invited and accepted our invitation to speak at our second October meeting last fall.

Since Governor Jon Huntsman’s keynote address launched the present 2013-2014 Program Year, ten distinguished speakers and a panel of three have focused on geopolitical themes and the technological connectivity that drives foreign policy and global trends.

While three more timely programs remain on our calendar for 2013-2014: 1) climate change and national security, 2) Putin’s Russia, and 3) the financial implications of national security, your Program Committee has already begun planning the 2014-2015 Program Year, launching on October 3, 2014 with a talk by the Honorable Jane Harman, former Congresswoman from California and Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Ms. Harman is now president and CEO of the Wilson Center.

As previously suggested, the goals stated in the executive summary of the Global Trends 2030 report, “to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today —  and to provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications,” continue to guide the work of your Program Committee.

If you liked our 2013-2014 Speaker Program, it’s safe to say you’ll find the 2014-2015 Program Year equally informative and engaging, and something you will not want to miss.

Please join me in welcoming the year ahead.


Blaine Lotz