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. The public is invited and no reservation is needed.

For more information, contact Phyllis Murchland at

December 21, 2017

 Authors Day and Holiday Celebration

NCC will host four presentations by distinguished member-authors :

Two Lifetimes as One:  Ele and Me and The Foreign Service.   Irving Tragen (J.D.) was in the Foreign Service for 46 years which included service as the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States, and the OAS Secretariat.  He will speak about his unique and exciting Foreign Service experiences with his wife Ele.

One Second San Diego.”   William Thayer (MBA), worked 30 years in the aerospace business. He will discuss the effects of and local and national responses to an electro-magnetic pulse attack.  It’s not just science fiction any more.

Whisper in Bucharest”   Kiki Skagen Munshi (Ph.D.) was a diplomat for USIA and the Foreign Service.  She will present her historical spy novel following a Romanian boy from WWII, to university, and toward success … until.  Don’t miss this suspense-filled page-turner.

Revenge of the Prophet: How Clinton and His Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam.  Vojin Joksimovich (Ph.D.), born and raised in Serbia, Yugoslavia, has presented over 125 papers on nuclear issues, published over 110 essays on foreign policy, and written 3 books including the title work.  Former British M.P. and Chairman Emeritus of the World Affairs Councils of America, Sir Eldon Griffiths wrote this is, “an important book that reveals how arrogance and blindness in Washington served the cause of radical Islam.”

"Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies."   Mehdi Sarram (Ph.D.)  is a professional engineer with 47 years nuclear experience and has traveled to 38 countries, many with nuclear programs. He holds a postgraduate degree, University of Michigan, in nuclear engineering (1967) with a US Atomic Energy Commission Senior Reactor Operator License (1965). He was an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, 1968-1974 and was one of eight directors of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, 1974-1979, reporting to the Deputy Minister of Iran.  

Please note there will be no program on December 28, 2017.  We wish you a happy New Year and will see you in 2018!

North County Chapter President's Communiqué 12/2017

  by Tom Reeve    


Greetings and Happy Holidays,

Guests and VisitorsWelcome. Each week we are privileged to meet new people. You are all welcome and we are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us. We invite you to return and get more involved with our Chapter. 


New MembersThe Chapter’s membership year is January thru December. As a benefit for new members, if you join now your membership will include the balance of November and December at no additional cost to you. Don’t wait, start your membership today. 

Current Members. Your renewal now will assure you smooth continuation of your membership into next year. Please renew now and enjoy unbroken membership benefits.

Please Share this NewsletterPlease share this Newsletter and Program Schedule with your friends and acquaintances (and advise them that all programs are free of charge and reservations are not required).

December 21st:  Authors Day and Holiday Celebration.  

The program will showcase the books by four talented and distinguished North County Chapter members. The authors making presentations (and perhaps offering books for sale and signing) are: Irving Tragen (J.D.)William (Bill) Thayer (MBA)Kiki Munshi (Ph.D.), and Vojin Joksimovich (Ph.D.). Descriptions of their books and backgrounds are in the program summary on the back of this Newsletter. The presentations will be combined with a casual Celebration with our friends as we enter the holiday season.. After the member authors’ presentations instead of a formal Question and Answer session, the audience is encouraged to speak with the authors and enjoy the seasonal snacks.

Celebration Snacks & Treats - December 21st.  

We invite and encourage all who wish to provide holiday cookies or other hand-held treats for this event. For further information, please contact Pat Reeve at

No Program December 28thThere will NOT be a program December 28th. Next program is January 4th.  


Remington Club. We thank the Remington Club for your continued cooperation and support. We are very pleased to be guests in your house and appreciate your efforts which help to make these programs possible.

Chapter Mission and Policy. The North County Chapter supports free and fair discussion of foreign policy and international affairs by presenting speakers with diverse viewpoints and by maintaining civility in our discourse. Although our speakers and members have opinions, the Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and takes no stand on any public issue, policy, or candidate. (“Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of real civilization.” Trevelyan)



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113 West G Street #601

San Diego, CA 92101


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