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NCWA schedules 10 lectures on international issues every season
Small groups meet to dive deeper into international topics.

Plans for Next Season Are Already Beginning

Barely had the echoes of the last season ended before the Naples Council on World Affairs Board of Directors began to assess the triumphs and challenges of the past year and make plans for the next one.

The Board meeting in April focused on lessons learned during the year and what needs to be done to make next season even stronger than the last. We offered members a very timely and in-depth lecture season as critical international events unfolded through the months. We expect very similar issues on the international scene to concern us next season as we watch tensions build in the Middle East and the ties between China, Russia, Iran and North Korea continue to strengthen.

Great Decisions groups will continue to make progress with making sure discussion materials are current, and a new editor of the book for next season is expected to produce stronger reference material. Model UN and Academic WorldQuest competitions had successful events and are assessing next year's programs, and 14 very smart students will embark on summer study at home and abroad under NCWA's scholarship program. 

As an organization, we grew in membership last season, reversing the slide that began with the pandemic, and laid a foundation for continued growth next season and beyond. As the summer comes to a close, we will report on strategies for the peak season to make NCWA even stronger for the long term and even more stimulating and timely for you, our members.

And, as a reminder for those of you have not re-enrolled in NCWA and/or Great Decisions yet, it's time to do so. Call 239-649-3942 any time. We want to see you next season!

Young People Bring Additional Meaning to NCWA Programs

Abigail Shaw of Gulf Coast High School received the Ralph Bunche Award
for a top senior and received a check for $6,500. Model UN Chair Alan Van Egmond presented the award.

Maria Rueda and Robert Daly give it
a thumbs up after his lecture.

Don't Forget! 
Renew Membership
For Next Season

By now, you have received an email reminding you to renew your membership for next season.*

We hope you continue to enjoy our robust Distinguished Lecture Series and other programs. Family and individual memberships are available. Please feel free to explore our website and then click here or reach our Call Center at 239-649-3942 to join us!

Great Decisions enrollment is open for current group members, who will get first choice of groups for next season. Enrollment for new Great Decisions members will begin April 1. Watch your email for details!

*Membership year runs July 1 through June 30 of each year.

Final Lecture

"Taming America's 'Frenemies' and Disciplining its Enemies: 
Is All the Talk of a Tri-Polar World a Future Practicality?"

Daniel Alpert, Managing Partner
Westwood Capital

The video is now posted
for your viewing convenience!

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Student Programs Highlight March

The impact of NCWA's programs for students hit full stride during March. This is the month when student involvement is showcased and when young people emerge with in-depth experiences that can shape lives and careers. Here is a summary of what NCWA does to enhance the future of the area's youth and perhaps to plant the seeds for contributions or careers in international affairs and diplomacy.

Model UN

The 31st annual Southwest Florida Model United competition has just concluded at Florida Gulf Coast University. Winning teams and students are listed on our Model UN pages; click here for more information.

To hear a WGCU interview with Daniela Barrata Herrera, keynote speaker at this year's Model UN, click here.  

Academic WorldQuest

Naples' newest school, Aubrey Rogers High School, won the NCWA High School Academic WorldQuest competition March 24 and will travel to Washington DC for the national competition in April. For the first time a group of four freshmen earned the champion's title. The national competition by the World Affairs Councils of America.

They were among 84 students and 21 teams from six high schools in Collier County that competed. Second and third places went to Gulf Coast High School teams. Click here to learn more.

From left are Mimi Gregory, NCWA Vice President for Programs; Meghan Joyce, Aubrey Rogers High School team coach; students Aaron Bowman, Bennett Bowman, Luke Brown and Alex Hwy; and Jim Seymour, NCWA's manager of the competition. The Bozmans and Brown were on the team that won the AWQ Middle School championship in 2023. 

NCWA’s middle school AWQ took place at the Community School on March 2. The results were: Community School of Naples, first place; Pine Ridge Middle School, second place; Community School of Naples, third place. Click here to learn more about those middle school kids whose knowledge is inspiring.

Summer Scholarships

Winners of 14 summer study scholarships in North America and abroad have been selected. Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation about who they are and where they are going. 

NCWA Student Program Alumni

Alumni of Model UN and school programs will tell you by video what these experiences have meant to their personal and professional development. Click here to be inspired by their stories.

Global Scholar Surprises A Speaker

Maria Rueda, a senior at Immokalee High School and one of NCWA's Global Scholars, surprised distinguished lecturer Robert Daly, a leading authority on Chinese-U.S. relations, when she introduced him in Mandarin Chinese. Maria, who speaks Spanish and English, is adding a third language to her portfolio. For more information about Maria and other students and alumni of NCWA programs, click here.

Lecture Summaries by Student Interns

Did you miss a lecture? Some of our lectures have been summarized for you by NCWA's high school interns. Click here to check it out!

What We Do: Our Mission

We educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and global issues.

Member benefits: Lectures by foreign affairs experts; small nonpartisan Great Decisions discussion groups; rich student programs, including Model UN, Academic WorldQuest competitions for middle school and high school students; scholarships for North American and overseas study; support for teachers, schools and students' careers in international affairs; book club, and opportunities for members to get involved in meaningful programs!

NCWA has almost 1,800 members and is one of the largest chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America.
Founded in 1980.

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