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April 2022 Newsletter

A Letter from our President and CEO

Dear Associates and Supporters of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg,


If you haven’t traveled with the World Affairs Councils of America, you’ve missed some truly memorial experiences. Now that COVID seems to be receding — at least for those of us who are vaccinated — we’re are able to head out to distant lands once again.

I wish you could have joined me for the eight-day Dutch Waterways cruise this spring, visiting Amsterdam, Brugge, Gent, as well as the incredible Kuchenhof gardens with its breathtaking blooms in every hue of the rainbow’s scale.

The trip that I led this May for the World Affairs Councils of America set sail aboard the Amadeus Queen, and here’s a big shoutout to the professional crew that ensured the hundred or so passengers aboard would have the trip of a lifetime. The food and wine were gourmet quality and plentiful. And the staff — many from Indonesia — make sure we were treated like royalty.

And when we got off the ship, the true adventure began. Not only did we get to gaze at masterpieces of Van Gogh, Rubens and Van Meer in world-class museums and ancient gothic cathedrals, but we sauntered through rows and rows of tulips, hyacinths and orchids at the Floriade, an exhibition that happens only one each decade.

Go to our website where I’ll post some of the spectacular photos from the trip. And don’t forget to tune in for our Travel Live events on Facebook.

Since COVID-19 stopped most international travel for the past two years, we’ve been trying to keep the dream alive in our monthly Travel Live events in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. If you can’t join us for one of these adventures, at least check out our Travel Live shows where you can at least dream about the wonderful places you will one day go. We can provide all the details on how to book your next trip on the travel page of our website. And I’ll certainly let our associates know when I head out again to explore some fascinating part of the globe.

There’ll be one main requirement, though. Vaccination! Everyone aboard the Amadeus Queen was vaccinated and boosted — passengers and crew. It ensured for a safe environment where everyone could relax in confidence COVID would not spoil the fun.

So, don’t let COVID stop the fun. Get your shot, and get ready to see the world with the World Affairs Councils of America. If you’re lucky, you’ll end up on the Amadeus Queen with me!

Upcoming Events

Announcing the 2022 Torch Awards

Join us at Harrisburg University of Science at Technology on Wednesday, May 25th at 6pm to honor these deserving individuals and organizations from our community!

Intern with Us This Summer!

We are now accepting applications for our summer internship program, open to high school and college students! This program is run jointly with PennLive and Temple University Harrisburg with the first two weeks focusing on understanding government.

This year’s program will be held virtually so anyone, even outside of our region is welcome to apply.

Students will have the opportunity to meet Pennsylvania political figures and subject matter experts in a variety of fields. They will write an op-ed or letter to the editor on a subject of their choice and work in teams to organize our annual International Young Leaders Competition, Interns Podcast, and Journal.

Learn More & Apply

Deadlines: May 20 – College Students, June 3 – High School Students

WAC Harrisburg COVID Vaccine Initiative

WACH has started a new Public Health Initiative that is supported by a grant from the Public Health management Corp. Our community outreach ambassadors include:

Cole D. Goodman

Kalpana Doppalapudi

Administrative Support:

Dena Jangdhari

Michelle Angert

Amber Borreli

Our team is helping keep our community healthy and safe in providing factual information about COVID-19 and vaccines.

We also partnered with Temple University to promote vaccinations in our community. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will be one of the best ways to protect yourself and your community. The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, the better it is for everyone. By stopping the spread of COVID-19, we can keep businesses, schools, and other venues open. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 gets us closer to the end of the pandemic.

Get Vaccinated! A message from Joyce M. Davis President/CEO World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Missed a Recent Event?

Reception for Consulate General David Gill of Germany

Thanks to our wonderful intern Zach!

Zachary Reed is a student at Lebanon Valley College who has been interning with us for the past few months. You may have seen him at one of our recent events or Covid vaccine clinics. He has also been manning our social media accounts. We wish him well with the rest of his studies and his future career! Thanks for all you did to help us save lives these past months!

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