Great Decisions

Great Decisions Program 2024

Chairs: Roy Wehrle and Kalith Smith 

WACCI is pleased to announce the return of the Spring Great Decisions Program.  Once again we will present the small group discussions of current global topics, of which today we certainly have a plethora. 

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The program is developed by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association located in New York, which was founded in 1918 and its branches were the forerunners of the independent World Affairs Councils of the 1950s. It serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. In 1954, the Great Decisions program was launched in Oregon and has since spread all over the country and beyond. It has now become the largest nonpartisan public education program on international affairs in the world.

Here are the particulars about the program:

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church (Walnut & Edwards)
A large lighted parking lot adjoins the entrance to the church and the session room is on the third floor with an elevator straight ahead from the church entrance door on the side of the church building. 

Dates: March 6, 13, 27;  April 3, 17, 24;  Wednesday Evenings

Time: 7:00 – 9:00PM.

Program Registration: The program is free and open to the public, however, registration is required to receive a copy of the Great Decisions 2024 Briefing Book. The registration form and address for mailing $25 for the book may be obtained from the upcoming WACCI Newsletter

Or, you may register at the first session of the Great Decisions on March 6th. 

Or, Register and pay online: Great Decision Registration Form 

Learning Requirements include: Reading of 2024 Great Decisions Briefing Book, listening to
the DVD presentation and lecture, and participation in classroom discussion led by distinguished
scholars. A formal certificate from WACCI will be awarded to registered individuals upon successful
completion of the program. 

Contact: For further information regarding the program, contact Dr. Roy Wehrle at 

Topics, Dates, and Discussion Leaders: 

March 6:  China & Our World– Roy Wehrle & Steve Schwark

March 13:  Europe under Strain Today- Chris McDonald

March 27:  Indonesia with a newly elected President – Brandon Bolte

April 3:  Turbulent Middle East – Kristi Barnwell

April 17:  High Seas Treaty—Adriana Crocker

April 24:  Global Trade and Mercantilism – Sam Barbour