NORTH COUNTY CHAPTER

The North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council holds weekly meetings that address a global range of political topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere.

For more information on the Weekly Forum speakers and dates, see here.

The Remington Club, Thursdays @ 10:00 AM (Coffee Social beginning at 9:30 AM)

Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate in these meetings.
No cost and no reservation needed.

Contact: Phyllis Murchland for more details at pmurchland@san.rr.com

Regular schedule:  Coffee Social (funded by donations) 9:30 a.m., Speaker 10:00 a.m., Question & Answer 11:10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS TO THE REMINGTON CLUB (Phase II)

Address: 16916 HIERBA DRIVE, Rancho Bernardo, SAN DIEGO, CA 92128

FROM SAN DIEGO:

  • I-15 North, exit Rancho Bernardo Road, make a right turn -east;
  • Pass through one sets of traffic lights, turn right at the next traffic light – Acena street.
  • Make a right turn at the stop sign. Make another right turn at the next stop sign – Hierba Drive.
  • The next building (cream colored) on your right hand side is the Remington Senior club.
  • Enter the double doors; take the stairway on the left to the second floor. There is a receptionist at the double doors if you need assistance.

FROM NORTH OF RANCHO BERNARDO & ESCONDIDO

  • I-15 South, exit Rancho Bernardo Road, make a left turn -east;
  • Pass through two sets of traffic lights, turn right at the next traffic light – Acena street.
  • Make a right turn at the stop sign. Make another right at the next stop sign – Hierba Drive.
  • The next building (cream colored) on your right hand side is the Remington Senior club.
  • Enter the double doors; take the stairway on the left to the second floor. There is a receptionist at the double doors if you need assistance.

Remington Club Tel. No. (858) 673 6340;

UNLESS YOU HAVE A HANDICAP CARD OR A HANDICAP LICENSE PLATE, UNFORTUNATELY, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PARK IN THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE REMINGTON CLUB.

There are parking spaces across from the club, or in the adjacent shopping center.

President’s Communique’  by Tom Reeve    

Greetings and Welcome Back!

We have a renewed set of Chapter officers and an exciting program schedule to welcome you back from summer. Our first program features Joshua Wilson, U.S. Border Patrol, an agent with 12 years of wide experience and a Vice President of the Border Patrol union.  He will discuss, The On-the-Ground Reality of Protecting the International Border by the Border Patrol and Other National Security Agencies – Where Are We Today? 

 Each week we are privileged to meet and greet visitors and first-time attendees.  You are all welcome and we are very glad you have chosen to spend time with us.  Please come back and ask how you can be more involved with our Chapter.

 Election of Chapter OfficersCongratulations to the newly elected and re-elected officers of our Chapter. On July 20, 2017, the North County Chapter’s Board of Directors elected the following officers for the 2017-2018 program year:

 

Office

Elected or Re-Elected

President

Tom Reeve

First Vice President

Phyllis Murchland

Treasurer

Margot Laue

Secretary to the Board

Karen Caldicott

Vice President, Membership

Tom Wright

Vice President, Facilities

Marty Mathios

Deputy Vice President, Facilities

Harold Montgomery

Vice President, Newsletter

Jim Young

Vice President, Public Relations

Pat Reeve

Vice President, Information Technology

Bill Davison

Parliamentarian

Bill Jordan

 

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 discussions of foreign policy and international affairs by presenting speakers with diverse viewpoints and by maintaining civility in our discourse. The Chapter is steadfastly non-partisan and takes no stand on any public issue, policy, or candidate.

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

NORTH COUNTY CHAPTER EVENTS

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. Unless otherwise indicated, the Thursday Morning Forum begins with a coffee social and registration at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. with a one-hour program and one hour of polite, but freewheeling, Q&A.

Thursday Morning Forums are held at The Remington Club, Phase II, 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Free parking is available at the adjacent shopping.

September 7, 2017

Agent Joshua Wilson, Vice President of Local 1613 (San Diego) of the National Border Patrol Council, will present, “The Reality of Protecting the Border: Where Are We Today?” Wilson will discuss the challenges of protecting a 2,000-mile southern border that is legally crossed by 1 million people a day and traverses terrain as varied as major urban areas and uninhabitable deserts.

Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council represents agents and support personnel assigned to Border Patrol stations throughout the San Diego Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.

NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon following the presentation should contact Tom Reeve at TPReeve72@gmail.com.

September 14, 2017

Mireille Cronin Mather, Regional Director of U.S. Programs for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), will discuss the IRC’s work helping people whose lives are shattered by conflict and disaster. Mather will look at who the international humanitarian organization helps, their countries of origin, the overseas camps in which refugees are sheltered, the resettlement process in the United States, and services offered to newly arrived refugees here in San Diego.

The IRC in San Diego opened in 1975 in response to the arrival of Vietnamese refugees resettling to this area, and has since grown to serve approximately 1,000 new arrivals from countries around the world each year. 

NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon after the presentation should contact Farouk Al-Nasser at farouk1@cox.net

September 21, 2017

SDWAC member George Novinger, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Damascus until shortly before the conflict began in Syria, will discuss, "Current Trends and Background of the Syrian Conflict." Novinger will delve into the complex political, social, economic and religious problems that led to Syria's descent, and its current situation and prospects for the future.

Prior to serving in Syria, Novinger was posted to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brunei and Paraguay. His final posting was in Los Angeles as Regional Director of the State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions for the Western States.

In addition to SDWAC, Novinger is active in a number of civic and community organizations, among them the San Diego International Affairs Board, the House of Pacific Relations and the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group.

September 28, 2017

Mike Williams, Associate Professor in the University of San Diego Department of Political Science, will speak on “The State of South Africa’s Democracy in 2017.” Dr. Williams, who has conducted research in South Africa for nearly 20 years, will discuss and analyze broad factors that influence political decisions in the country 23 years after the end of apartheid, and efforts in rural South Africa to enhance democracy.

A USD graduate, Dr. Williams earned a law degree from American University Washington College of Law. His Ph.D., in political science, is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

NCC members who wish to attend a round table luncheon after the presentation should contact Phyllis Murchland at pmurchland@san.rr.com.


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113 West G Street #601

San Diego, CA 92101

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