December 22, 2020

Dear Members & Friends of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall,

As 2020 winds down, I wish to share with our members and livestream community key program updates and reflections about this holiday season.

First and foremost, I am sincerely thankful for your loyal support of our livestreams and YouTube channel. Since March, 101 webinars were offered on international and national topics. Thanks to webinar technology, the combined viewership is 38.5K. More and more Southern Californians are joining our programs as well as Americans in the Golden State and across the nation. The connection with each of you has been the silver lining to the pandemic for our nonprofit. If you missed a livestream or wish to view them again, you may find all programs here.

Speaking of favorites, in this entrepreneurial endeavor, we learned that you valued webinars presented on a regular basis with a featured host. You will be pleased to know that Politics Professor Dan Schnur will continue his weekly livestreams on “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” The first one kicks off on Thursday, January 7th at 11 a.m. Check the Events Calendar for the new schedule.

The pandemic opened a window of opportunity for partnerships. We acknowledge our collaboration with Writers Bloc and its founder Andrea Grossman in co-presenting notable speakers such as vice-presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and former California Governor Jerry Brown.  We are thrilled to announce that Bill Gates will join us for a discussion about his latest book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”, on Friday, February 19th. I encourage you to register early for this livestream. Your ticket purchase includes a copy of Gates’ book and exclusive access to this webinar.

New programs are continually being added to our Events Calendar. I encourage you to check out upcoming 2021 programs here. We are committed to bringing you mission-driven content on international and national issues. I invite you to become a subscriber; you may sign up here.

I conclude my last message for this year with an update on our fundraising campaign. We set a goal of $100,000 and need $20,000 by December 31. Can you help us meet this goal? It is not too late to donate – online donations are accepted here. Or you may send a check to Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall, 3535 Hayden Avenue, Suite 200, Culver City, CA 90232. We are incredibly grateful for your donations – they will help us sustain a weekly lineup of livestreams.

Or, if you prefer, you may join as a LAWACTH member here. Many members enjoyed the 16 exclusive virtual roundtables this year. In 2021, please look for expanded opportunities for members to network and engage with our speakers.

It has been a hard and challenging year. Though, your webinar attendance, questions to our speakers, emails of encouragement, and your generosity to provide donations have lifted the spirits of our staff – we are grateful and thank you. We wish you a safe and healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Kim McCleary Blue
President & CEO
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall