Summer Forum 2017

The World Affairs Council Hilton Head announces its eleventh annual Summer Forum. The three sessions, one each in June, July, and August, will be an hour and a half and will include Q&A. Reservations are not required but seating is limited. WAC HH’s Summer Forum is a Community Outreach Program and we encourage members to bring guests. There is no charge to attend any of the Summer Forum programs.

Each session is from 10:00am to 11:30am at TidePointe Retirement Community, 700 TidePointe Way, Hilton Head.

July 12, 2017: The Spy Among Us
Presenters: Margaret McManus, Blaine Lotz, John Gilbert

Summer Forum Speakers




The panel will discuss information on the Intelligence Cycle, the process of developing raw information into finished intelligence for policymakers to use in decision-making and action. They will include anecdotes and real life case studies.

Blaine Lotz served for 39 years in the US Intelligence Community, 26 of them on active duty in the USAF and 13 as a senior career civilian in the Defense department. He last served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight.

Margaret McManus is a retired CIA Analyst.

John Gilbert: Colonel John Gilbert (USAF, retired) spent his military career in strategic missile operations, intelligence, and arms control verification. He served in a variety of intelligence organizations, including the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Air Force Headquarters, and the On-Site Inspection agency (OSIA). He currently serves as a contractor and consultant, providing advice and training to U.S. personnel and the International Atomic Energy Agency on arms control, intelligence, and on-site inspection operations.

August 16, 2017:  Immigration – Process and History
Presenter: Aimee Deverall J.D., Immigration Attorney

Aimee DeverallMs. Deverall will speak about the highly charged topic of Immigration. She will discuss the history, the process of becoming an American citizen and the impact of the proposed laws. Ms. Deverall earned her law degree from the John Marshall Law School where she graduated with honors and wrote for the law review. She has served as an intern for the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago and the Chicago Immigration Court. Ms. Deverall is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has previously chaired and currently serves as the AILA Liaison to the Charleston and Greer Immigration Field Offices. She volunteers frequently in the community and has practiced immigration law exclusively since 2010.