Luncheon Lectures

Luncheon lectures are held once per month on a weekday at Rancho Canada, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel as listed in The Passport Newsletter.  Dates are determined by availability of the speaker.  Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., luncheon 11:50 a.m., free auditors (no meal) are seated at 12:40 p.m., program 1:00 p.m.  Luncheon seats are held until 12:20 p.m. and are released on a standby basis.  Meals are $29 for Members, $35 for Guests.

Luncheon reservations must be made in advance by fax (831-643-1846), email (, or phone (831-643-1855).  They must include your name, guest names, phone, and a Master Card or Visa number.  A $2.00 fee per person is charged for credit card payments.  Checks must include the Passport Reservation Form with your check payable to WACMB, P.O. Box 83, Monterey, 93942.  Reservations and cancellations for refund must be made a minimum of 4 business days prior to the luncheon.

Click here to access The Passport newsletter archive for the upcoming luncheon and speaker information.  Use the registration form in the newsletter or print this Luncheon Registration Form to register by mail or fax.

Discussion Groups

Global challenges have increasingly become domestic challenges.  How do we make sense of it all? The World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay conducts Discussion Groups dedicated to exploring current and fundamental international questions facing us.  The Discussion Groups are conducted in cooperation with CSUMB-OLLI (California State University Monterey Bay – Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and MPC (Monterey Peninsula College) at their respective locations.

In an informal setting and facilitated by a moderator, attendees air their views and hear those of others.  Topics are announced in the current issue of The Passport, the Council’s newsletter, and in the News and Events section of this page.  Attendance is free.

WACMB/MPC Discussion Group

This Discussion Group meets regularly in cooperation with Monterey Peninsula College.  For 2018, meetings from January through March are scheduled according to the Great Decisions Series (below).  After that, the Discussion Group meets monthly, typically on the second Monday of each month.  Exact dates and topics are listed in The Passport newsletter and in the News and Events section of this page.

The program is free to the public and is held in Social Sciences Room 101 at MPC from 4:00-5:30.  Parking is available for $3 in Lot D.

Great Decisions Series

The World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area presents the eight-week Great Decisions series beginning Monday, January 29, 2018 at Monterey Peninsula College. Great Decisions is produced by the Foreign Policy Association of America and is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program provides background information and policy options for eight of the most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.

Purchase of the Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book is not required but is recommended to participate in the Great Decisions discussion group.  It can be purchased prior to the series by calling the Foreign Policy Association at +1.800.477.5836 or ordering on line at

Topics and dates for MPC sessions are:

  • Jan. 29th: The Waning of Pax Americana?
  • Feb. 5th: Russia’s Foreign Policy
  • Feb. 12th: China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation
  • Feb. 26th: Media and Foreign Policy
  • March 5th: Turkey: A Partner in Crisis
  • March 12th: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military
  • March 19th: South Africa’s Fragile Democracy
  • March 26th: Global Health: Progress and Challenges
Monthly Discussions

Regular monthly meetings of the Discussion Group take place on the second Monday of each month, except during the Great Decision Series (see above).  Topics are announced in The Passport newsletter and under the News and Events heading on this page.

WACMB/CSUMB-OLLI Discussion Group

Great Decisions Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) offers the same Great Decisions Series curriculum at their Ryan Ranch Location under the umbrella of WACMB.

The Foreign Policy Association Briefing Book is a required purchase to enroll in the Great Decisions discussion group.  It can be purchased prior to the series by calling the Foreign Policy Association at +1.800.477.5836 or ordering on line at  The Briefing Book may also be available from the CSUMB-OLLI office while supplies last.  The office phone is +1.831.582.5500.

There is no fee, but participants must enroll on the OLLI website.  Please check the OLLI online calendar for availability of this and other programs, as well as the list of topics and dates.  Meetings are held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the CSUMB-OLLI campus at 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive in Monterey.  Parking is free and available in front of the building.  Classrooms are located on the 2nd floor, accessible via stairs or elevator.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m., and are open to all WACMB members.

They are held in the MIIS Conference Room of the McCone Building at 499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940