July 29, 2019

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that five local executives have been elected to its board of directors. These persons serve three-year terms on the board, once renewable, and pledge to advance the Council’s mission to “empower the people...

June 20, 2019

At its 2019 Annual Public Meeting, the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) elected four members to its executive team for 2019-20.

Elected president was Dick Gauthier, vice president of international business development at Univer...

January 25, 2019

The past and present leadership of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) paid tribute to executive director emerita Dixie Anderson at a special event held at the University Club in downtown Grand Rapids.

Anderson retired at the end of 2017 after 22 years...

December 14, 2018

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) has been sponsoring the Great Decisions global discussion series since the mid-1950s, encouraging West Michigan residents, companies, schools and organizations to think deeply about international issues of importanc...

December 5, 2018

Kevin Patterson, assurance partner at BDO Grand Rapids, was elected to the World Affairs Council Board of Directors on November 28, 2018. Patterson will be taking the place of Paul Kozulis, who recently left to work at BDO’s Charlotte, N.C. headquarters. Prior to BDO,...

January 5, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2, 2017 – Michael Van Denend is the new executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. He succeeds Dixie Anderson, who has held the post for 22 years and is retiring later this year after a lauded career of leadersh...

March 31, 2017

News of our sister Council up in Traverse City, originally published in The Bridge:

TRAVERSE CITY – Jack Segal knew it had the potential to get ugly.

One month into the new president’s administration, the retired diplomat was giving back-to-back lectures on the foreign p...

November 15, 2016

Are you passionate about our mission and learning about global issues? Interested in meeting others who are also interested in what's happening in the world?

We are looking for a few volunteers to help at Council events. Duties range from working the registration desk t...

October 27, 2016

Pictured (from left): U.S. Congressman Bill Huizenga, World Affairs Council Board President Tom Palumbo, Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton, and Mayor of Grand Rapids Rosalynn Bliss

September 29, 2016

Become a World Affairs Council member and gain access to resources and programs that will help you gain a better understanding of world cultures, commerce and foreign policies.

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan engages people on all matters of national...

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