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2020 February

World Affairs Council of Charleston                                                                  


February 24, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Charleston produces a podcast series run by Council Vice President George Pope. The most recent installment features an interview from last week with WACA President and CEO Bill Clifford. Pope and Clifford discuss Clifford's background, current WACA programming, member benefits, and the future of the Council Network. Listen to the podcast here!

February 18, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is unique as it is one of the few WACA Member Councils to be an ‘all volunteer’ operation. There are no paid staff and no office space expenses. WAC Charleston's Board of Directors makes all management, organizational, and program decisions, and all revenues are directed to programs. The Council's leadership feels this approach helps insure WACC member ‘buy in’ to programs and activities, and conducts periodic reviews to insure the Council is doing what is best for its members and the Charleston community.

An all-volunteer Council operation is challenging and rewarding, as the organization runs on the hard-work and dedication of folks with a passion for global affairs and connecting their local communities with the world. For helpful tips and guidance on the operations of an all-volunteer Council, check out WACA's Member Resources bank (located in the Members-Only section of the WACA website). If you do not have access, please contact Rachel Pastor at for a login. If you have any helpful resource documents to share (all-volunteer or not), please send them to Rachel.

February 10, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

The World Affairs Council of Charleston on January 9, held its annual dinner for over one hundred members, friends, and guests. This special event, focused as always, on academics and education, featured Speaker Dr. Andrew Hsu, the new President of the College of Charleston. Dr. Hsu spoke on his vision for preparing today's students for the global challenges of tomorrow. He also shared his personal story -- living in exile, and learning English one word at a time by reading a calculus book (the only English book available) and listening to the Voice of America's English class.

February 3, 2020 Newsletter Update -- Read the full newsletter here!

For almost 40 years, the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) has been educating and engaging the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations.

One of the Council's key objectives is educational outreach into area universities, colleges, and high schools. While WACC is pleased with its ever strengthening partnerships with local colleges and universities, the high school efforts in previous years have not been as effective as desired. For this reason, it's all the more exciting that WACC will host an Academic WorldQuest local competition for the first time on March 14! Seven local high school teams will vie for the opportunity to compete in the National Competition April 24-25 in Washington, DC.

The all-volunteer Council's three hundred plus members represent a cross-section of government, business, academic, and civic individuals. Please checkout WACC's website and plan to join the Council if travels bring you to “the Holy City” when one of the many exciting programs is taking place.


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