World Affairs Council of Hilton Head

Board President's Letter - Fall 2020

31 Aug 2020 8:40 PM | Anonymous

Dear WACHH Members and Friends,

These past months have been a time of change with many challenges.  We started the 2019-2020 Program year with record membership and high attendance at our first ten Friday Speaker events.  We also successfully completed Fall Forum, the Model United Nations (MUN) conferences and Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) competition, three Evening Speaker Series events, and most of the Great Decisions discussions. Then, Island life came to an almost full stop. 

As we look to the 2020-2021 Program Year, we will begin our Friday Speaker presentations using high-quality webinars until First Presbyterian Church can once again welcome us in-person. Our new lineup of 14 outstanding speakers will provide valuable insights for a new or continuing administration, unique views on global issues, and expertise on technology and cyberspace.

We know you value the experience of being part of a large, local audience interacting with fellow Council members and asking thoughtful questions. We recognize that remote technology is not a complete substitute, but we are committed to offering the best available webinar format with an interactive Q&A for members to participate in real time.  So, keep your enthusiasm as we bring you excellent speakers addressing critical topics of our times.

Currently, we are proceeding with Fall Forum and Great Decisions with the hope that these small groups will be able to meet in safe surroundings.  The Evening Speaker Series is in the planning stages and Model UN and Academic WorldQuest await school decisions as to their start dates. Thank you, loyal and understanding Council members. 

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we begin an exciting new program year. Stay safe and healthy!


John Gilbert
Board President


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