June 12, 2019
A Message From the President
Dear SDWAC Members and Friends:
I'd like to begin by making an appeal to all SDWAC members to support the Council by turning out for our Annual Membership Meeting Saturday June 22, noon-2:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church on Third Ave. and Date St. on Bankers Hill It's an important date on the SDWAC calendar. Your votes are necessary to elect new board members to fill the places of a number of directors who have left and to pass the torch to a largely new board for the Council's new fiscal year beginning July 1.
The general public and the membership are advised that this will not be merely a business meeting. That part of the agenda should take only a few minutes. We will have a tasty lunch catered by Sayulita's Mexican Food, which will serve all-you-can-eat tacos with a variety of meat and meatless fillings, plus rice, beans and guacamole.
Moreover, after a scheduling glitch with our previous speaker, we have reduced our ticket price to $30 (to cover our costs) and lined up an excellent speaker, Professor Rafael Fernandez de Castro.Director of UCSD's School of Global Policy and Strategy's Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies, Dr. Fernandez de Castro is one of the world's preeminent experts on the tortuous and troubled bilateral relationship with our neighbor to the South. His remarks, coming just after eleventh-hour negotiations staved off the imposition of U.S. tariffs but taking place in an atmosphere of continued uncertainty, could not come at a more pivotal time in the history of that relationship. Dr. Fernandez de Castro has spoken at a number of SDWAC events, including at SDWAC-NCC, and I can vouch that he is a lively, well-informed and analytically agile speaker.
I would also like to inform the membership that this is my last message as President of SDWAC. After three years as President I'm stepping down to give someone else the opportunity to steer the Council's course. It has been an enjoyable and intellectually stimulating three years, marked by such successful events as: our 2018 and 2019 annual dinners (featuring distinguished senior U.S. diplomats Ryan Crocker and Nicholas Burns); a festive event a year ago at the Institute of the Americas (at which Rafael Fernandez de Castro moderated a discussion with former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Wayne); remarks by citizens of such international hot spots as Venezuela, South Sudan, the Philippines, Turkey and Iraq; and bus tours of Tijuana and the Port of San Diego. I will remain on the board and have every expectation that SDWAC's new leadership will sustain the momentum we've built together in recent years and achieve new heights of success. Thank you for all your support.
-- John Schlosser