June 1, 2017
June has arrived along with the first wave of the summer tourists.
The World Affairs Council Hilton Head has concluded the 2017-2018 season successfully. We finished the year with 1174 members, up 40 from 2016-2017. Our Speaker Series initiated a new “Off-shore” speaker plan, thanks to the generous donation of a member couple, with Mikhail Troitsky from Moscow. His presentation drew an audience of 740, the second largest attendance we have had for a single speaker presentation.
With the current administration advocating dramatically different foreign policy views from those that we have historically known over the past 70 years, we will have a whole new set of analytical opportunities with our speakers in the coming season. With that in mind the Program Committee is within days of finalizing the 2017-2018 Speaker Meetings, so watch for updates in July on the website. They are presenting two “Off-shore” speakers, one on the Future of the EU, which will be presented shortly after the last critical European election that of Germany, and one from Singapore speaking on Asian Liberty Rising. Given the polarity of the political process both here and in Europe, broadening our speaker base givens us the opportunity to see the world through a different lens.
Many of you have already flown north for the summer and will miss the Summer Forum Series, which will be presented at TidePointe. It kicks off this month on June 21st with a presentation on International Sports , given by Curry Kirkpatrick, a writer and broadcaster for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Newsweek, and CBS.
On July 12th, the presentation will be “Spies Among Us”. Three of our very own retired “Spooks” will address varying aspects of the Intelligence process.
Membership Renewal is tracking along on the same pace as last year and we are closing in on 400 to date. Now is a good time to get your renewal in, if you have not yet done so. It will save us a lot of administrative time sending out reminders and filling up your email in box!
We also welcome new members so encourage your friends and neighbors to join. Forward them this link: http://wachh.org/membership
Enjoy the summer, stay cool, and come back for the Annual Meeting at First Presbyterian on September 8th.
Lee J. Wilwerding
President, World Affairs Council Hilton Head