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Dear Council Colleagues and Supporters,
Transitions in organizations are often bittersweet because we come to know and rely on our co-workers and leaders so well that it’s hard to imagine not being part of the same team. And for me, in the case of the Council network, it feels like family.
At WACA we bade adieu Friday to Laura Duncan, Senior Communications and Programs Officer, who is heading to Bologna, Italy to pursue a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe. Laura has gone above and beyond the call of duty this past year, promoting last year’s virtual WACA National Conference and ensuring that the even more complex virtual Academic WorldQuest program was a huge success in April.
Laura was always ready to help with new initiatives and support Councils across the country, as I know Kathleen “KC” Euler, WACA’s new Communications and Marketing Manager, will be. KC comes to our DC headquarters from the Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh, where she served as Assistant Director. She brings a wealth of international experience and passion for our mission. Please welcome KC and share farewell messages to Laura on our social media.
Meanwhile, in the network, the Santa Fe Council on International Relations announced today the coming departure of Executive Director Sandy Campbell. Among many accomplishments in transforming SFCIR, Sandy and his team can count being awarded one of three 2020 WACA Council of the Year awards. SFCIR was selected for the vision and success of its annual Journalism Under Fire conference.
As we congratulate Sandy as he prepares to lead a nonprofit dedicated to media literacy in schools across New Mexico, we can welcome back an old friend: Jim Falk. Jim, a former member of the SFCIR Board and former CEO of WAC Dallas/Fort Worth (our 2019 Council of the Year), will serve as interim Executive Director while SFCIR conducts its search.
Transitions bring opportunity, so please check the Council job listings below.
And we encourage supporters and colleagues - past and present - to join us in DC in November to celebrate WACA’s 35th Anniversary at the National Conference.
Thank you and stay well,
Bill Clifford, President and CEO
WACA 2021 National Conference:
Bridging Divides at Home and Abroad
Through the generous support of The Gambrinus Company and Mr. and Mrs. Carlos and Malú Alvarez, WACA will offer a limited number of scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend our 2021 National Conference.
Additional information about the application process will be shared with the network this week. Thank you to our generous sponsor!
Remember to register for WACA's 2021 National Conference this November 16-19 in Washington, DC, where we will celebrate our 35th Anniversary as a national association!
We are pleased to share that the hotel block is open at the special rate of$284 / night plus tax (this rate applies to reservations as early as Nov. 14 and as late as Nov. 23). Given that the annual WACA Conference sells out early, we encourage you to book your room now!
IRC (Kansas City) has announced a new virtual program series, Nuancing National Security, for August and September. In this six-part virtual series, IRC (Kansas City) will offer historical context and global perspective for core dimensions of national security and explore the risks, priorities, and tactics on the radar of U.S. security policy. Check out IRC's website for more.
WorldQuest Weekly Quiz
This week's WACA WorldQuest Weekly is out! Test your global affairs awareness and dive into news stories that represent a broad spectrum of developments of interest and importance. Most of the questions are drawn from both WACA's Weekly World News Update, and a curated news Twitter feed @TNWAC#WACquiz.
Save the Dates: Best Practices in September and October
The next WACA Best Practices will take place on Thursday, September 30, 3:00 PM ET on the topic of Boards, Governance, and Volunteers. More details to be announced.
Originally scheduled for Thursday, July 8, WACA has rescheduled its Session on Organizational Mergers for Thursday, October 14, at 3:00 PM ET. We will take a look at how Councils might join forces with related organizations or institutions in order to advance their mission.