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Renewed Partnership

Herman Tiemens: Sponsor, contributor, member of Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, celebrating 10 years in the financial industry
 
Herman Tiemens and team have been helping clients succeed and regional arts thrive for over 10 years . . . and they're just getting started. The core of his team was formed ten years ago and has been fully invested in their clients and the community ever since. "We value our commitment to The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council and are pleased to partner and support CSWAC again this year", said Tiemens.  Herman and his team are passionate about the arts and are active in many other arts and community organizations in Colorado Springs as well. 
Committee For International Visitors
What is it?  
The Committee for International Visitors (CIV) is one of more than 90 community-based organizations in the country that provides assistance to international visitors brought to the United States under the U.S. Department of State's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  

Global Ties Conference
by Freddie Bogardus
On February 8th 2 board members, Fran Pilch and Freddie Bogardus plus our executive director Karen Burghart, headed to Washington Dc for the Global Ties conference. The conference was well attended by community based members (CBMs) from all over the United States. The Colorado Springs World Affairs is a CBM; we support international visitors when they arrive in Colorado Springs.
The conference included keynotes by the national leadership. Breakout sessions were held for 2 days, mostly conducted by the State Department. Some of these sessions were regional, some were topical. We attended a lunch that featured an Ambassador at each table. Overall the conference was an exciting and educational 3 days.

Recent Events  
Change Makers: Social Entrepreneurship
by Nancy Wilson
On February 10-11, 2017, the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council's Committee for International Visitors hosted five visitors from Iraq, Kuwait, and the Palestinian Territories, and two interpreters. The objectives for the project were to examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. and what makes social ventures sustainable, self-sufficient and scalable.  The objectives also included networking with U.S. counterparts to discuss effective practices and innovative approaches to social change in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, public health and the environment, to assess the impact of strategic collaboration, youth initiatives, corporate social responsibility, and hybrid nonprofit/for profit enterprises; and to explore the role of the new and social media to drive social entrepreneurship through mentorships and other interactive exercises.

Friday began at Jr. Achievement in Old Colorado City where the director took the group through an abbreviated "Volunteer Training" which gave both the background and hands-on examples of the program and its curriculum. Because Jr. Achievement is an international program the group was excited to see local contacts in their home countries for the program as well. One participant was aware of the program in his country.

The group then went to Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs, where they were surprised to receive a briefing on the program from a Corpsmember who was an Iraqi refugee. He spoke to the group in Arabic which was enjoyed by all. His personal account of what the program has meant to him and his adjustment to America was very impressive and spoke well for this program.

After lunch our visitors departed for Library 21-C where they were most impressed by the technology employed as well as the Makespace there. This was followed by a trip to UCCS to see the Entrepreneurship Laboratory. The participants asked insightful questions thought the jam-packed day.  They remained highly engaged, taking photos, making notes. Both our visitors and those hosting had the highest praise for the exchange.

On Saturday the group did sight-seeing with the support of their knowledgeable driver. That evening they attended dinners hosted by two different couples. The conversation was stimulating and enjoyed by all.


Community Partners News
Are you a community partner whose mission aligns with CSWAC's?  Send your short events update to info@csworldaffairs.org.  No fundraisers, please.

 

Citizens Project
Learn more about these important upcoming community events at www.citizensproject.org  .
  • March 18, 2:30-4:00, Ballot Issue forum...hear the pros and cons of each ballot measure, 1613 South Murray Blvd.
  • March 21, 6pm-7:30pm, Ballot forum recap...hear the pros and cons of each ballot measure, Penrose Library
  • March 10, Citizens Project Voter Guide- Colorado Springs Business Journal
  • March 15, Citizens Project Voter Guide- CS Indy
  • GOTV opportunities all March. Check citizensproject.org for dates/times.
Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute (CSCCI) 
CSCCI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was founded in 2001 to foster community understanding and appreciation of China and its customs. We are dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of Chinese culture and traditions. China is the most populous nation in the world, and is having a greater and more profound impact as it expands its roles in global activities. Consequently, people are showing more interest in learning about China, its people and their cultures. Until a few years ago, there had not been any organization in our community to focus the interests of both the people wanting to learn more about China and those of Chinese heritage who are living here.   Please visit our website at www.cscci.org for more information on membership, newsletter and future events.
Friendship Force of the Pikes Peak Region.  
The Friendship Force of the Pikes Peak Region (FFPPR) is one of over 350 clubs throughout the world that are part of Friendship Force International, an international organization based on the premise that world peace is furthered by one-on-one relationships. Typically, a group of approximately twenty members of one club is hosted by another club for one week.  That involves home hosts, dinner hosts, and day hosts so that many members of the host club have the opportunity to get acquainted with the visitors. 
 
On May 27 FFPPR will welcome 18 members of the Sao Paulo, Brazil club.  They are mainly retired professionals: teachers, lawyers, engineers, architects, business owners.  Ages range from 58 to 85. There are six married couples and six single women.  Their first language is Portuguese, but most speak some English, and several are fluent.  Other languages include German, Italian, French, and Japanese. There are fewer Spanish speakers than we expected!  
 
Friendship Force also encourages domestic exchanges.  Our club will be hosted by the Southern Oregon club in June. Their members live in the Medford and Ashland areas. One of the attractions is the annual Shakespeare Festival.  We will attend a production and have a behind-the-scenes tour. Beautiful Crater Lake is on our itinerary, as well as an overnight trip to the wild and wonderful Pacific Coast.
 
FFPPR welcomes new members.  For further information, contact Dan Hannaway at dgmh@comcast.net.

League of Women Voters  
On  Saturday, March 18, 2:30 PM , join Citizens Project, the League of Women Voters, and the NAACP for a ballot issue forum. The event takes place at 1613 S. Murray Blvd. For more information, contact Artemis member  Deb Walker , Executive Director of Citizens Project, or Artemis member  Lisa Villanueva , President of the Colorado Springs Branch 4001 of the NAACP.
Executive Director's Message
August 24, 2016

Dear Members and Friends of Colorado Springs World Affairs Council,


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter!  Be sure to check out all of the great programs and events we have coming up soon.  

Look for our newsletter on a quarterly basis going forward. The next next edition will be our summer edition in June 2017.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, always feel free to contact me.   Best regards!
Karen  Burghart
Executive Director
 
WACA National Conference Scholarship Recipient
The World Affairs Council of America (WACA), of which CSWAC is a proud member, held its annual National Conference,  America and Global Megatrends, on  November 16-18 , 2016 in  Washington DC.  Through the generosity of the National Board of Directors of WACA, 25 undergraduate students nominated by member councils applied and were selected for scholarships to attend the conference.  

This year the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council was please to nominate Clark Jones, a student at Pikes Peak Community College, for this scholarship.  Clark was truly an outstanding candidate. A political science major, he is an exemplary  student, holds the rank of Eagle Scout, and has held numerous leadership positions. Below you will find Clark's remarks on the conference: 

Comments on WACA Conference
by Clark Jones
"Genius knows no race or creed, but is found anywhere that there are human beings." These words from Senator George Mitchell, the "most respected member of the Senate", were the perfect opening to this year's World Affairs Council conference. Senator Mitchell's words would continue to bounce around in my head as the conference continued. Before the first session of the conference, I had the opportunity to meet some of my fellow scholarship recipients. The World Affairs Councils of America are helping to produce some incredibly driven and gifted young people. The accomplishments of some of these young adults would seem impressive for an individual twice their age, let alone someone in their early twenties. The passion they had was palpable, their genius apparent. I had a handful of new associates and friends before Senator Mitchell even took to the stage. Senator Mitchell advocated for more knowledge and more education in America, and a heavier emphasis on foreign area studies and international relations. Maybe if education were made a little more prominent, Senator Mitchell wouldn't have had to sign a photo of Henry Kissinger for a confused admirer!

Being able to attend this year's World Affairs Council Conference served a unique purpose for me as a student and as a man. As a student, the conference was an absolute trove of information and experience. Hearing from experts and leaders in their respective fields speaking on subjects from trade and foreign policy to terrorism and the economy, the conference was a proverbial baptism by fire. In the span of three days, I heard from Senators, Diplomats, Ambassadors, and CEOs. I participated in a Think Tank where we talked about the possible scenarios our country and world may be facing over the next twenty years. Carmen Iezzi Mezzera gave me professional advice on the best ways to achieve my goals. I had lunch with Peter Rondorf, the Minister for Economic Affairs for Germany. I was able to attend a reception at the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, hosted by Ambassador Al-Mughairy. It is safe to say that I would be pressed to find all of the experiences and opportunities the conference provided within my hometown.

The World Affairs Councils of America granted me an educational experience that would be difficult to put a price on. The opportunities that came along with my attendance of the conference are truly unmatched. The connections I made and the experiences I had will all prove to be valuable in my future. However, this experience also allowed me to realize something about myself. I realized that the realm of government and world affairs is the sphere that I truly want to operate in. The conference allowed me to get to the root of what I desire to do with my life, and that is to serve my country. I firmly believe that if it were not for this scholarship and the opportunity to attend the conference, I would not have achieved the same clarity that I experience now.

I am incredibly thankful for this scholarship, and I believe that the program should continue. The caliber of my fellow scholarship recipients is unmatched, and I know that every single person at the conference who received a scholarship truly deserved it, and will not only better their communities with the knowledge they take away from the conference, but our world. Thank you, not only for the experiences, opportunities, and knowledge, but also for the personal clarity and direction you helped me achieve.
High School Education
Academic WorldQuest

L-R:  Coach Pam Lively, Andrew Buescher, Julia Gaubatz, Tim Lovewell, and Jessica Mills

Congratulations to Air Academy High School for their victory attheregional Academic WorldQuest Competition!  

The Colorado Springs Competition was held Saturday, February 25th.  Ten local teams from  Woodland Park HS,   Vista Ridge HS, Rampart HS, Pine Creek HS, Liberty HS, Lewis-Palmer HS, Fountain-Ft. Carson HS, Ellicott HS, Colorado Springs School, and Air Academy HS competed.  

The winning team will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals. 

What is it? Academic WorldQuest™ is a flagship youth education program of the national network of World Affairs Councils. It is a team game testing high school students' knowledge of international affairs. In the game, four-person teams compete by answering multiple choice questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories.
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Upcoming Events
March 23 - Back to the Future?  Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia: 
Dr. Jeffrey McCausland
Register 
  HERE
 
March 30: Brexit and Migration:
Challenges to Contemporary Europe, Horstpeter Kreppel. Register 
 
April 6:  Americas's Rise and China's Decline:  
Jeremy Haft. Register

Amazon Smiles
Looking for a great book to read?  The WAC Colleagues discussion  group compiled  this great reading list  at the January meeting.

If you are planning to buy any of  these  books online and are a  regular Amazon purchaser, please  support us by using Amazon Smile.  The Amazon Smile URL links are  included in the list to make it
easier to find these titles.

This is a way to draw charitable  contributions for CSWAC at  NO  COST TO YOU.  If you are not  familiar with the program,  AmazonSmile is a simple and  automatic way for you to support us  every time you shop.  When you shop via  this link , Amazon will donate a portion of the  purchase price to Colorado Springs  World Affairs Council.

Here's how it works: On your first  visit to AmazonSmile, you would   select Colorado Springs World  Affairs Council to receive donations  from your purchases before you  begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then  every eligible purchase you make  at smile.amazon.com will result in a  donation. The prices, selection and  shopping experience is exactly the  same as Amazon.com. The only  difference is that Amazon will donate  0.5% of the price of your  AmazonSmile purchase to us. 

Here is more information about the  program.  Remember, always start at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price. Enjoy the book li st!
Not Yet Retired (YP)
KickOff Event With Raha Moharrak
#NYR members Sami Miller, Chris Johnson, Ashley Dodge, and Raheel Alam with Raha Moharrak

The Not Yet Retired kickoff event on February 2nd at the Tim Gill Center with WorldDenver that brought Raha Moharrak was a success with 53 in attendance! Raha shared her inspiring story of perseverance over societal, famial, and gender based expecations to become the youngest Arab and the first Saudi Arabian woman to summit Mt. Everest.


Are you a young professional interested in global affairs?
The next #NYR Happy Hour is coming up!   Contact our co-chairs, Ashley Dodge at 
dodgeashley@me.com or Samantha Albert at 
WAC Colleagues
Discussion Group  
The World Affairs Council Colleagues (WACC), co-chaired by Board members Jim Allen and Larry Barrett,  is a monthly, members-only group whose purpose is to  participate in discussion of international relations issues.  WACC meets the first Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise notified by the co-chairs, and is a dutch treat lunch event.  

The next meeting is April 5th at 11:30 at La Bella Vita Restaurant.  Dr. Carole Woddall will be speaking on Turkey.

For more information, please contact Larry Barrett or Jim Allen at   info@csworldaffairs.org  
Committee for International Visitors
What is it?  
The Committee for International Visitors (CIV) is one of more than 90 community-based organizations in the country that provides assistance to international visitors brought to the United States under the U.S. Department of State's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).  

Global Ties Conference
by Freddie Bogardus
On February 8th 2 board members, Fran Pilch and Freddie Bogardus plus our executive director Karen Burghart, headed to Washington Dc for the Global Ties conference. The conference was well attended by community based members (CBMs) from all over the United States. The Colorado Springs World Affairs is a CBM; we support international visitors when they arrive in Colorado Springs.
The conference included keynotes by the national leadership. Breakout sessions were held for 2 days, mostly conducted by the State Department. Some of these sessions were regional, some were topical. We attended a lunch that featured an Ambassador at each table. Overall the conference was an exciting and educational 3 days.

Recent Events  
Change Makers: Social Entrepreneurship
by Nancy Wilson
On February 10-11, 2017, the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council's Committee for International Visitors hosted five visitors from Iraq, Kuwait, and the Palestinian Territories, and two interpreters. The objectives for the project were to examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. and what makes social ventures sustainable, self-sufficient and scalable.  The objectives also included networking with U.S. counterparts to discuss effective practices and innovative approaches to social change in areas such as poverty alleviation, education, public health and the environment, to assess the impact of strategic collaboration, youth initiatives, corporate social responsibility, and hybrid nonprofit/for profit enterprises; and to explore the role of the new and social media to drive social entrepreneurship through mentorships and other interactive exercises.

Friday began at Jr. Achievement in Old Colorado City where the director took the group through an abbreviated "Volunteer Training" which gave both the background and hands-on examples of the program and its curriculum. Because Jr. Achievement is an international program the group was excited to see local contacts in their home countries for the program as well. One participant was aware of the program in his country.

The group then went to Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs, where they were surprised to receive a briefing on the program from a Corpsmember who was an Iraqi refugee. He spoke to the group in Arabic which was enjoyed by all. His personal account of what the program has meant to him and his adjustment to America was very impressive and spoke well for this program.

After lunch our visitors departed for Library 21-C where they were most impressed by the technology employed as well as the Makespace there. This was followed by a trip to UCCS to see the Entrepreneurship Laboratory. The participants asked insightful questions thought the jam-packed day.  They remained highly engaged, taking photos, making notes. Both our visitors and those hosting had the highest praise for the exchange.

On Saturday the group did sight-seeing with the support of their knowledgeable driver. That evening they attended dinners hosted by two different couples. The conversation was stimulating and enjoyed by all.

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