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Mar 6

Aviation Future Business Luncheon March 6 2019

The Future of Commercial Aviation and Supersonic Flight (not one of the six regular WACC meetings)

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Full year memberships run from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2018-2019 season of 6 meetings (September 2018 to June 2019) are established at $110 for an individual or $200 for couples (two persons living at the same address). The dues for members under 40 years of age are established at $55 for an individual or $100 for couples.

With three meetings (to be held between February and May) remaining, the Board of Directors approved reduced membership fees for the remaining 2018-2019 season. The dues for the remaing 2018-2019 season of three meeings are established at $75 for an individual or $125 for couples.

You can use the online membership form to register. When complete, you can make dues payment with a credit card online. Alternatively, you can print your form to mail along with your check. 

Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting.  Prospective members may attend one meeting as a guest for a nominal charge of $20 per person, payable at the guest registration table with either cash or check. No preregistration is required. The $20 guest fee can be applied towards the membership fee.



Business Members
Morris Financial Concepts Inc
SunTrust Bank
K&L Gates LLP

The new Business membership runs from Fall to Spring, with a total of 6 events in each season. The dues for the 2018-2019 season (September 2018 to June 2019) are established at $350 with the fexibility allowing any two people (either directly or indirectly associated with the company) to attend each of the 6 meetings.



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Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Charleston

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC, formerly the Charleston Foreign Affairs Forum) was founded in the early 1980's as a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The WACC mission is to educate and engage the wider Charleston community through timely non-partisan activities on world affairs and international relations. The WACC membership, representing a cross-section of individuals from business, education, and civic backgrounds, seeks to inform and attract participants of all ages. Through thought-provoking presentations and discussions, participants are challenged to foster their understanding of the world. The WACC is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America.

The WACC hosts six speaking events each year. The events feature distinguished presenters from the U.S. and foreign governments, academic organizations and the business community. The speakers present timely lectures on international events affecting our lives. A lively question and answer period follows the presentations. For information on membership and attendance, go to our membership page.

Prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting. Prospective members may attend one meeting as a guest for a nominal charge of $20 per person, payable at the guest registration table with either cash or check. No preregistration is required. The $20 guest fee can be applied towards the membership fee.

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The Concorde


The Concorde Supersonic Jet could cruise at Mach 2.02 or around 1,340 miles per hour at an altitude of 60,000 feet. However, sonic boom restrictions, the increasing cost of maintenance, and safety issues led to the Concorde program’s ending in 2003. To date, no replacement has filled the void. As time passed, it seemed as if faster than the speed of sound commercial flight might be nothing more than a short-lived experiment.

But now, a number of companies are looking to continue the Concorde's legacy with a new generation of supersonic jets  that will change how we travel long distances. Lockheed Martin is collaborating with NASA on technology that will reduce sonic booms to a "thud." Other companies such as Boom Technology, Aerion Corporation and Spike Aircraft are working to revive the reality of supersonic flight.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston is delighted to provide a luncheon program highlighting the latest advances in commercial supersonic design, development, and testing. David Hyde, Director of Environmental Policy from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) based in Arlington, Virginia will provide an overview of what the future of supersonic travel might look like, and the work needed to overcome challenges faced by the Concorde. Then, representatives from the aviation industry will join us for a panel discussion on the future of commercial aviation and potential opportunities for Low Country entrepreneurs. Panel members will be announced.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM meet and greet, lunch followed by program start at 12:15 PM
Location: Halls Signature Events, 5 Faber Place (behind SNOB restaurant), downtown Charleston, SC 29401
Cost: Including buffet lunch, $45                                                                                                                                              

Seating is limited. Reservations and payment are required beforehand. Payment can be made on line at www.waccharleston.org or by mailing a check to the World Affairs Council of Charleston, P.O. Box 21260. Charleston, SC 29413-1260. For further information or questions contact: Ken Fox at 843-763-3150 or George Pope at 843-331-9400              To Register Now Click here!

Luncheon Sponsors:
SunTrust Bank                         KMA Zuckert Attorneys
www.suntrust.com                    www.kmazuckert.com   

Dr. Charles and Bonnie Bensonhaver             


Welcome to WACC Podcasts!

The World Affairs Council of Charleston is now producing podcasts. The podcasts include WACC meetings, interviews, special talks and more. It is easy to access the WACC podcasts. Just Click Here to See WACC Podcasts! Let us know what you think. We welcome any comments or suggestions.



See WACC Videos

In 2018 WACC sponsored two special dinner meetings. Both dinner talks were video taped. The videos are available for viewing. Just click below to view the video you want to see.

Luis Rubio Talk on Mexico's Complex Democracy on January 31, 2018 Click Here
Larry Diamond Talk on the Global Liberal Democratic Order on October 1, 2018 Click Here



Meeting location: the citadel Alumni center for 2018-2019 meetings

We will meet at the Citadel Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. for the 2018-2019 year. The meeting will start at 6:00pm with refreshments being served at 5:15pm.


Great Decisions Groups -- In addition to the large group presentations by invited speakers, smaller groups of members have the option to meet to discuss current world affairs using materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. For details, see the Great Decisions Groups page.

Awards Program -- WACC sponsors an annual awards program for students from the local high schools View the Awards for Excellence in Global Studies and a Citadel student View the Colonel Myron C Harrington Award who have expressed an interest and have excelled in their study of foreign affairs.

WACA Programs -- The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and actively participates in several programs: Travel the World and Great Decisions. WACA has other events, programs and activities in which WACC members can participate. Of interest, may be the ‘Weekly World News Update’. It contains links to articles on world affairs from a variety of sources. You can sign up for the WACA ‘Weekly World News Update’ by entering your email address on the WACA website - www.worldaffairscouncils.org. You will find the Updates very interesting and informative.















The Citadel's
Sigma Delta Pi Annual Spring Lecture

It will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Bond Hall Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Robert Cox. Mr. Cox, a British journalist who has been a part of the Lowcountry community for the last 30 years, worked for the Buenos Aires Herald during the Military Junta years and revealed to the world the atrocities that were taking place in the country under Videla's leadership. First, there will be a short presentation by Mr. Cox, which will be followed by the viewing of Messenger on a White Horse (Jayson McNamara, 55 minutes) the documentary that tells his story - Click Here to View. The last few minutes of the evening will be devoted to Q&A.



U.S.-Israel Relations in the Obama and Trump Years
Ambassador Daniel Shapiro

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30PM Stern Center Ballroom (4th Floor) Corner of Glebe & George Streets


More Information on Ambassador Shapiro's Lecture