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Become a Member - INDIVIDUAL OR COUPLE

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.

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BECOME A BUSINESS MEMBER

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.

CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BUSINESS MEMBER

 



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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.

The World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) is an affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and actively particpates 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 Newsletters and Weekly Alerts. 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 - https://www.worldaffairscouncils.org. You will find the newsletters and updates very interesting and informative.

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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.


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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

 

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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.

 OTHER ACTIVITIES:

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Affairs Council of Charleston and CresCom Bank Reward Charleston County Public High School Students for Analysis of Hot Topics in Global Issues. 

Three students in Charleston County Public High Schools won the 2019 John M. Settle/CresCom Bank Award for outstanding achievement in global issues. The students submitted incisive essays weighing challenges as diverse as competition with China to Global Health policy.

Spencer Margosian, a senior at Wando High School pivoted from his Engineering Club focus and VEX Robotics competition to write an award winning essay arguing that neither China’s economic expansion nor its diplomatic expansion in Asia present challenges that American foreign policy cannot successfully manage.

Byron Murphy, a sophomore at Burke High School with a desire to practice medicine and Amyah Wright, a sophomore at Military Magnet School evaluated methods for improving Global Health based on actual results. The factors of public vs private funding, multilateral agencies vs US foreign aid in both research and access were analyzed. Outcomes were evaluated in both humanitarian terms and increases in productivity.

Joe Bonacci, Senior Vice President for Cres Com Bank presented the winners with the latest Kindle devices to assist in furthering their studies. The Award Ceremony was on April 17, 2019 and is an annual undertaking of the World Affairs Council of Charleston to increase academic outreach.      

CADET ANDREW CHRISTENSEN
2019 Colonel Myron C Harrington Award Winner

Every year we in the Council request The Citadel to identify a Cadet who has distinguished him or herself in international studies as worthy of the Harrington Award.  I don’t think that Dr. Dubose Kapeluck , Chair of the Political Science and Criminal Justice Department, had any difficulty in identifying Cadet Andrew Christensen. His record speaks for itself.  We thank Dr.  Kapeluck for his  support of the World Affairs Council commitment to this award.  

A member of the Naval ROTC Marine Contingent,  Cadet Christensen,  who is from Tucson, Arizona but graduated from high school in Melbourne, Florida,  has held a variety of leadership billets, including  Battalion Sergeant Major, advising the commander of 430 cadets, and Company Commander, directly responsible for 96 cadets of all classes.

Beyond  the  Citadel campus, Cadet Christensen has worked as a lab technician, assisting a team of engineers in data analysis and the testing of new products, . gaining  considerable  experience in using Microsoft Office and various laboratory test machines and tools, skills that prepare him well for the future. His study abroad experience was in Sao Paolo, Brazil but he also spent many months as a church missionary in Argentina, acquiring linguistic fluency that  made him a Spanish Supplemental Instructor here at the Citadel, aiding students in the understanding of Spanish class material, both written and verbal.           

Cadet Christensen has an outstanding academic record.  He is a major in Political Science with a cumulative GPA of 4.0.  He is a member of the Citadel Honors College.  He will graduate from The Citadel in May and will be commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. I should note that he received a Special Achievement Award from the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Officer Candidate Training School for graduating among the top 10 percent of  270 officer candidates.      

Put all of this together, and there are surely few who have so well taken advantage of what the Citadel offers its students in embarking in future service to our country.  We are pleased that the World Affairs Council Harrington Award goes to such an outstanding recipient as Andrew Christensen.