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March 2015

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Letter from the President

Dear Council Leaders, Friends, and Supporters:

The leadership baton has been passed at a number of member Councils, recently. I encourage you to come to the Spring Leadership Meeting in Georgia this month, where you will get a chance to talk with Ambassador Charles Shapiro, the engaging new leader of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, one of WACA's fastest-growing members and our meeting's host Council. Farah Killidar, who took the reins of the influential World Affairs Council of Houston last fall, will also participate in Atlanta; her experience includes running the Alaska Council nearly a decade ago.


WACA also is embarking on leadership succession:  our Chair, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, will step down at the end of her term in June, following the WACA National Board meeting in Pittsburgh. Paula has joined former Gov. Jeb Bush's foreign policy advisory team. WACA Board Secretary Rich Crepage is leading our 7-member Executive Search Task Force, which has begun to approach candidates.


Paula has contributed in so many excellent ways during her tenure as Chair. Importantly, she steered the Board through an unexpected and difficult transition period at the National Office. She has opened her network to me and provided me with superb counsel, particularly as a member of the WACA Strategic Planning Task Force.


I will present the draft Strategic Plan at the Spring Leadership Meeting on March 27 - another reason to attend! (It will be circulated to all Member Councils at the same time.)


As always, I welcome your suggestions. I'm proud of the progress that Councils are making, and I hope that you share my enthusiasm for what we will accomplish together, this spring and in the months ahead.



Bill Clifford
President and CEO
WACA Spring Leadership Meeting 2015

The deadline to book your hotel room 

at our special group rate is March 5.

(see details below)



Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27

The World Affairs Councils of America's is delighted to invite Member Council executives, staff, and board members to this year's  Spring Leadership Meeting . As those of you who have attended past Spring Leadership Meetings in San Francisco, New York, Denver, and Chicago know, the program provides a unique, concentrated opportunity to network with fellow Council leaders and discuss best practices, covered in a variety of workshops.

This spring, the World Affairs Council of Atlanta will host the program, starting with an Opening Reception on Thursday evening, March 26, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Attendees will enjoy the chance engage with Fed Atlanta President & CEO Dennis Lockhart, who will make remarks. Mr. Lockhart is the founding chairman of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Leadership Meeting professional development sessions will be held Friday, March 27.


WACA Strategic Plan: Bill Clifford, WACA

Fundraising/Building a Development Team for Organizational Growth: Jim Falk, CEO of WAC Dallas/Fort Worth

Using New Media to Extend Council Reach: Craig Snyder, CEO of WAC Philadelphia

Marketing & Membership: TBD

"Future of Councils" Discussion: TBD

Thursday, March 26, 2014
5:30 to 8:00 PM
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street NE 
Atlanta, GA 30309


Friday , March 27, 2014 
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM (tentative)
World Affairs Council of Atlanta
GSU Buckhead Center 
Tower Place 200
Suite 300
3348 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326


$50.00 per Council Leade

$40.00 per additional Council participant


Price includes lunch and Leadership Meeting program & Reception

Click Here to Register


A block of rooms has been reserved for $125 per night at the Doubletree by Hilton - Atlanta Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, for both Thursday and Friday nights. The hotel is just around the corner from the Friday meeting and is accessible by public transportation from the airport.


The deadline to book a hotel room is March 5.

Reservations can be made at the group rate by booking on the hotel's website or calling the hotel directly at 1-404-231-1234 extension 656. Ask for the World Affairs Council or WAC group rate.



As you know, WACA has been offering monthly Best Practices conference calls and webinars since September.


Even if you are not able to attend this year, please send your agenda ideas to Althea Georgantas at ag@worldaffairscouncils.orgThese will be very helpful for planning our monthly programs and the Fall Leadership Meeting at the WACA National Conference. 

Cover to Cover Author Series

Our  March Author Series will feature  Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst and Director of the Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects at the National Security Archive, on his book  Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana. The call will take place  Thursday, March 19, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call. 

History is being made in U.S.-Cuban relations right now. This powerful book is essential to making sense of the new and ongoing steps towards normalization between the longtime antagonists. Challenging the conventional wisdom of perpetual hostility between the United States and Cuba - beyond invasions, covert operations, assassination plots using poison pens and exploding seashells, and a grinding economic embargo - Back Channel to Cuba chronicles a surprising, untold history of bilateral efforts toward rapprochement and reconciliation. More Information


Peter Kornbluh is a Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC. He has worked at the Archive since April 1986. He currently directs the Archive's Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects. He was co-director of the Iran-contra documentation project and director of the Archive's project on U.S. policy toward Nicaragua. From 1990-1999, he taught at Columbia University, as an adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs. He is also the author of The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, among other books.

Academic WorldQuest 2014-2015

National Competition
The 2015 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

Teams who have won their local competitions are required to submit team and release of liability forms to WACA to register for the National Competition by March 25, 2015. Visit the link below for more information. 


Spotlight on Turkey 2015
The World Affairs Councils of America has commenced its ninth year of collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Foundation on the national  Spotlight on Turkey  program. The program runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of the history of Anatolia and Turkey with a special emphasis on Turkish culture to American educators and the general public.

With a Teachers Workshop in the spring, a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, the program emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community. Visit our website to learn more about the program and to see the participating councils.


Upcoming Teachers Workshops include:

March 7 -- Santa Fe Council on International Relations

March 7 -- World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

March 7 -- World Affairs Council of Las Vegas

March 10 --World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

March 11 -- World Affairs Council of Seattle

March 14 -- Montana World Affairs Council

March 28 -- World Affairs Council - Washington, DC
BoardSource Webinars

BoardSource Webinars: WACA Councils Attend for Free!

You must first activate your complimentary  WACA Organizational Membership with BoardSource BEFORE registering for webinars! (See details below.)

WebinarManage Your Transitions without Losing Your Momentum 

Thursday, March 19, at 2:00 PM ET


Cost: Organizational Members $0 (WACA saves you $35) REGISTER

WebinarLeadership Certificate for Nonprofit Chief Executives 

March 24 and 31, and April 7, at 2:00 PM ET


Cost: Organizational Members $0 (WACA saves you $35) REGISTER

WebinarExpanding Your Reach: Working with Government Agencies for Service Delivery 

Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 PM ET


Cost: Organizational Members $0 (WACA saves you $35) REGISTER

As a leader within the WACA network, you are now eligible to become part of BoardSource's membership community of more than 26,000 nonprofit leaders across the U.S. The National Office encourages all Councils to take advantage and sign up for this complimentary BoardSource membership. Please share the link - with Council colleagues, staff, and all Board members - and enjoy an array of benefits and easy-to-access news, resources, and best-practices webinars in nonprofit board leadership, as well as practical experience and suggestions from other members of BoardSource's community. Be sure to sign up today!
World Affairs Councils in the News

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth

David Axelrod Predicts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz Will Have Uphill Fights for GOP Presidential Nomination -- The Dallas Morning News


WAC Dallas/Fort Worth President and CEO Jim Falk sat down with David Axelrod for a Global I.Q. MinuteListen Here

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Alabama World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
What's Happening in the Network
There are  over 100 World Affairs Council events  scheduled this month across the country. Sign up for the  WACA Weekly Digest  to receive updates from around the network that include programs you can attend, participate in virtually, get ideas about speakers, or model format. Also be sure to check out  travel programs offered by World Affairs Councils  on  our homepage . We encourage you to follow-up with the sponsoring council for more information. If we missed something or if you have a program that you would like highlighted on our website or in the WACA Weekly, please contact Ian J. Byrne at .

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