2020 Virtual SDWAC Annual Membership Meeting and Five China Town Hall Programs

COVID 19 has presented untold challenges to all of us in attempting to protect our health and the health of others while at the same time conducting our personal and community affairs. The reality of the pandemic resulted in canceling our South Dakota World Affairs Council spring annual membership meeting and other spring and summer programs. Live public programs and meeting traditionally hosted by SDWAC still are not recommended by CDC so we have chosen to employ virtual means to move forward.

The SDWAC Board of Directors in a virtual meeting has decided to combine our annual membership meeting with our annual participation in the National Committee on US-China Relations sponsored CHINA Town Hall.

In a separate email, we will send a link to join the CHINA Town Hall virtual program beginning at 6:00 pm CST, Tuesday, November 10 and links to register for additional CHINA Town Hall programs on November 12, 16, 17, and 18.

The “Local” CHINA Town Hall presentation and the 2020 Annual Meeting are also virtual.  The link to join will be sent separately. Sadly, the virtual meeting will not include our opportunity to mingle, socialize and enjoy food and refreshments.

The Board anticipates that SDWAC programs for the foreseeable future will be virtual programs. We are becoming more aware of how we can take advantage of virtual programming hosted by World Affairs Councils of America and local World Affairs Council across our nation.

Welcome to the SDWAC Members and Friends

SDWAC 2020 ANNUAL MEETING as part of the CHINA Town Hall

Join us for Two Great Programs

November 10, 2020      


6:00 pm – Virtual CHINA Town Hall – Ray Dailo, renowned investor, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author and founder of Bridgewater Associates.  REGISTER for this program at:


7:00   7:15 pm Virtual Annual MembershipJOIN this program via ZOOM at:


SDWAC Annual Meeting 2020 Agenda:

  1. Welcome  –  Bob Burns, SDWAC Chairperson
  2. Call the meeting to order
  3. Request approval of 2019 annual meeting minutes
  4. Review the board member ballot (see below) and request a voice vote on the ballot
  5. A summary of The SDWAC Annual Report 2019 – 2020  (sent separately via email)
  6. Invitation to renew membership (sent separately via email)
  7. Introduce the speaker

7:15 – 8:30 pm – CHINA Town Hall local program – Dr. Allen Carlson, Director, Cornell China and Asian Pacific Studies Program.     He will address the current and futures state of US-China relations and the impact the election is likely to have on these connections. 

SDWAC Board of Directors Ballot for 2020-2023 Term

  • Term Renewal
  • – Fathi Halaweish
  • – Larry Janssen
  • – Del Lonowski
  • – Kimberley McCullough
  • – Peggy Miller
  • – Amanda Quam
  • – Tobias Uecker
  • First Term
  • – Pete Grassow ( Nominated by Larry Ort)
  • – Ven Lengkeek (Nominated by Harriet Swedlund)
  • – Stuart Little (Nominated by Doriane Paso)
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