The Prez Sez 

October 2019 

By Bill Davison 

To begin with, I would like, on behalf of the NCC, to extend a warm welcome to our newest member – Maria Chadley. Maria, we all hope that you will find your time spent here to be both informative and enjoyable. 

Next, I want to thank John Schlosser for the truly outstanding job he has done for the past three years as President of SDWAC. John recently resigned and has left behind a well-organized, thoroughly interesting organization that will now be run by Christine Sheckler. Christine brings to this position her very relevant experience as a Foreign Service Officer and as a member of USAID as well as what appears to be a strong desire to make SDWAC even better than it has been. We wish her well! 

Well, our “vacation” month is now history and the new season is off to a great start. In the first two programs, we’ve already learned new insights about China as well as how the interaction of organized crime and “normal” country leadership throughout the world is quite a bit more complex than we might have thought. Still to come this month are insights into how international smuggling supports a parallel global economy and how cybersecurity will likely become increasingly critical in our future world. And, as you can see below and on the next page, there’s a lot more to learn and enjoy in the coming month! 

To keep that going for the foreseeable future, let me repeat what I wrote last month. If you have any speakers that you would like to recommend for a Thursday Morning Program, would you please contact either Kiki at or Tom at and discuss your thoughts with them? 

Thank you.

For further information, email Cy Chadley at Upcoming events of the San Diego World Affairs Council and our North County Chapter can be seen on

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