The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. These free, weekly talks address a range of global topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Forums begin with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. and Q&A from 11:10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited and no reservation is needed. 

Unless otherwise indicated, Forums are held at the Remington Club (Phase II), 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92128. Parking is available in the adjacent shopping center. 

For more information, contact Farouk Al-Nasser at

To become a member or to renew your NCC membership, please see the form at the bottom of this page.

Make sure and visit the new North County Chapter website:

Presidents Communique

by Tom Reeve


Guests and Visitors. Welcome, we are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us and we invite you to

return and become members.

Our Website has photos of the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon. On June 7th, at the Bernardo Heights Country Club we enjoyed a superb program by Amb. Leslie Bassett -- Tio Sam in the Looking Glass: How Latin America Sees the U.S. 

After a delicious meal we held Board elections: continuing nine members, adding five new members (Mary Agne, Dale Feine, Dr.

Alan Lasnover, Cliff Reed, and Tibor Varga), and returning Cy Chadley. Welcome to our new and returning Board

members -- thank-you for supporting the Chapter. A much deserved “Well Done to all our wonderful volunteers

who supported this event!

July 26th  Chapter Authors Day and End-of-Season Social. We will showcase books by our member-

authors. Amb. Irving Tragen (J.D.), who served in the Foreign Service for 46 years will present, Two Lifetimes

As One; Ele and Me and The Foreign Service. Mehdi Sarram, (Ph.D.), formerly with the Atomic Energy Org.

of Iran and later with the Int’l Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will present, Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hy-

pocrisies, endorsed by Dr. Hans Blix, former Dir. Gen. of the IAEA. Arnold Regardie (J.D.), a former federal pros-

ecutor will present, Prelude to Disaster  How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s

Greatest Military Disaster  Pearl Harbor, based upon government archives. Kiki Skagen Munshi (Ph.D.), re-

tired Foreign Service Officer, will present, Whisper in Bucharest an historical / spy novel and Nonny, Nani, the

adventures of an El Centro girl, living abroad with an Indian family. Vojin Joksimovich (Ph.D.), will present, Re-

venge of the Prophet: How Clinton and His Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam. Sir Eldon Griffiths

wrote “an important book that reveals how arrogance and blindness in Washington served the cause of radical

Islam.” Jack Bowsher (MBA), the former director of IBMs Education and Training for 400,000 employees, will pre-

sent, Educating Voters for Rebuilding America, discussing the need for national goals, including balancing

the federal budget in the next decade.

Remington Club. We thank and appreciate the Remington Club for its continued support. We are very pleased

to be guests in their house.

Chapter Mission and Policy. The North County Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and presents speakers with

diverse viewpoints about foreign policy and international affairs for civil discussion.

Regular schedule: Coffee Social 9:30 a.m.; Speaker 10:00 a.m.; Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until Noon.

North County Chapter

July, 2018 Programs

Thursdays at THE REMINGTON CLUB II, 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo

Located behind Vons Market. (Please do not park in the Club’s parking area)

July 5th: 

Our member and past president, James Larrimore, (Ph.D.), International Atomic Energy Agency (retired) will present a program on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. “Complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” is stated to be a commonly agreed goal for the future of the Korean Peninsula. The precedents for denuclearization in Libya and South Africa will be discussed. The outcome and follow-up on denuclearization at the Singapore Summit will be discussed.

July 12: 

Our guest speaker will be Professor Michael J. Callen (Ph.D.), of the Rady School of Management of the Univ. of San Diego. He has researched accountability in the delivery of services and will present, Building the Financial Economy in Afghanistan. He seeks to identify ways to address accountability and service delivery failures in the public sector, working primarily in Afghanistan and in Pakistan. If you wish to attend the limited seating Round-Table Lunch, please contact Tibor Varga

July 19: 

Member, Tibor G. Varga (R.Civ.E.), will present, Water Shortages On a Planet Where 70% of the Surface is Covered with Water: How Can This Be and What Can Be Done? He is a graduate of the Water Resources College of the Technical Univ. of Budapest. Access to potable water is a fundamental human need and denial or limitation can lead to suffering, migration, and possibly war. He will explain water management help us understand the international scope the possible solutions to some of these difficult multi-national problems.

July 26th: 

Authors Day and Coffee Social. We close our season with member-authors show casing their books. Amb. (ret.) Irving Tragen (J.D.):Two Lifetimes As One; Ele and Me and The Foreign Service . Mehdi Sarram (Ph.D.): Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies. Arnold Regardie (J.D.): Prelude to Disaster – How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor. Kiki Skagen Munshi (Ph.D.): Whisper in Bucharest and Nonny, Nani. Vojin Joksimovich (Ph.D.): Revenge of the Prophet: How Clinton and His Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam. Jack Bowsher (MBA): Educating Voters for Rebuilding America.


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