Board of Directors

President’s Letter

October 17, 2017

Lee Wilwerding

We have gotten the new Season’s Friday Speaker Series off to a roaring start with P J Crowley and Anand Menon. The rest of the series will build on this excellent start with an impressive list of speakers yet to come. Assuming No Snow in Washington and No Hurricanes on HHI, Ambassador James Jeffrey will be presenting on 3 Nov on the Middle East. He will be followed on 17 Nov by Andrew Selee on the topic of Mexico’s Relations with the United States in the Administration of Trump. Given the activities in the always challenging Middle East of late and the fateful negotiations on NAFTA these are both very timely presentations.

The Fall Forum began in October allowing participants to match thoughts on the Changing World Order with none other than Henry Kissinger in his recent book World Order. The first of February we will start the Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) Great Decisions discussion program running through the end of March. These facilitated discussion programs have proven to be very popular with a hard-core group of members who thrive on sharing views and learning from others on topics of great import.

Sign-up emails for Great Decisions will be coming out in November and as a reminder if you indicated at membership renewal time that you wanted a Great Decisions book that does NOT sign you up for the Discussion series! You must sign up and pick your meeting day when the Recruiting email lands in your in-box. Conversely, if you did not order a book last May and want to participate go to the FPA website and order your book. Last Spring and again in early September we experimented with a potential new discussion program based on Foreign Affairs magazine. The results were encouraging so in 2018 we will offer it once again but in a much better time slot in April for five weeks. More on this offering in future emails.

Our Outreach Program with the Beaufort County Schools is expanding over 2017 when we supported two schools with their Model UN Programs to five in the coming year. Initial discussions with Model UN coaches have highlighted an interest in mentoring assistance from our members that is country specific. More on this as all the schools have not as yet received their assigned countries for this program. Model UN is a School District program that we support. Academic World Quest (AWQ) is a World Affairs Council program that the School District participates in. The topics for this year’s competition have been announced by the World Affairs Council of America and we have provided them to the schools. The Model UN program is a late October to February timeline culminating with a regional UN competition in Statesboro GA. AWQ on the other hand generally runs from January to April ending in the Washington DC based national competition.

On 9 January 2018, our Evening Speaker Series will begin with a presentation by Hazel O’Leary, former Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration. This is a subscription series of monthly presentations Jan-Apr. This program is presented at the Country Club of Hilton Head located in Hilton Head Plantation We have a lot going on with these various programs and you have the option to participate in any or all of them based on your interests and available time. Working with the young students is particularly rewarding.

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Lee J. Wilwerding
President, World Affairs Council Hilton Head