Cyberthreats primarily international, range from simple to sophisticated

Cybercriminals, just as computer users in general, have a wide range of sophistication and effort in their attacks, noted speakers at the World Affairs Council of St. Louis’s session, “Cyber Security and You” presented May 23.  Speakers Rob Rudloff of RubinBrown’s cybersecurity group, and Matt Flinner of the Better Business Bureau, offered perspective on the nature of the attackers as well as protective strategies.

“We’re finding attacks are mostly coming from four countries, Russia, Romania, Jamaica, and France,” Rudloff said. 

  • Both speakers agreed that threats are constant and their greatest chance of success is when people don’t take appropriate precautions.  Using weak or obvious passwords, opening emails and attachments without some skepticism, failing to check links for unusual URLs (or country codes such as ca for China), and not protecting key information can open people up to cybertheft.Suggestions include:
  • using a password manager, such as LastPass,
  • only using a credit card, not debit card, for transactions,
  • keeping a close eye on your credit score and bank statements
  • avoiding quizzes online
  • don’t follow links from emails but go to the website for the company itself
  • don’t post on social media that you will be out of town, or provide details that can help criminals guess your passwords
  • use different passwords for each online activity

 

Great Decisions: Global Health Progress and Challenges

The final event of this 8 part series sponsored by UM-St. Louis is on Wednesday, April 25th at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.  The topic is: Global Health: Progress and Challenges

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

 

Great Decisions: Media and Foreign Policy

The fourth event for this 8 part series sponsored by the University of Missouri at St. Louis is on Thursday, March 29th at the Ethical Society.  The topic is: Media and Foreign Policy

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

Great Decisions: China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation

The third event for this 8 part series sponsored by UM-St. Louis is on Thursday, March 22nd at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.  The topic is: China and America: the New Geopolitical Equation.

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

From a Cozy Cottage to the Ritz-Carlton, Auction has Prizes to Delight

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis’s signature fundraising event is our Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. For more than twenty years, the World Affairs Council of St. Louis has welcomed the Chinese New Year with a wide variety of reception activities, stunning entertainment, an exquisite Chinese banquet, multiple raffles with exciting prizes, and a live auction conducted by a professional auctioneer.  Here’s a preview!

Live Auction items

PowersBluff Getaway

Our premier live auction package is a long weekend at PowersBluff for a vacation close to home. Valued at $2,000 and with a starting bid of $1,250, this package includes a weekend for two families or 4 couples in a log home nestled in 400 acres of forest, with gift certificates to The Four Way and Missouri Hick BBQue, and a day or night of entertainment depending on the weekend chosen. This package is available for the 21st-24th of September, the 5th-7th of October, or the 2nd-4th of November of 2018.

Blues Score!!

Cheer on the St. Louis Blues with four Plaza center tickets to the March 15, 2018 game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Par for the Course

Enjoy lunch and an 18-hole round of golf at the Westwood Country Club for three persons plus Burt Follman.

Play Ball!

Create some memories at the ballpark with four box tickets to the June 12 Cardinals game against the San Diego Padres, accompanied by a free one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch.

Drink, Dine and Unwind in Clayton

Begin your evening with drinks at The Capital Grill, then enjoy an exclusive dinner for two at Southern-Italian restaurant Peno in Clayton.

Putting on the Ritz

Prepare for a memorable evening that begins with dinner for two at 801 Chophouse, followed by a performance of your choice at the St. Louis Symphony. End the night with a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, where you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two.

St. Alban’s Country Club

Join Dr. Greg Warner for 18 holes of golf and lunch at St. Alban’s Country Club.

Wine, Cheese, What More Do You Need?

Gather at Parker’s Table with a group to enjoy a private tasting for six, scheduled at your convenience. This package also includes a one year cheese club membership, a beautiful basket of chocolates, cheeses, cookies, fruit, and two bottles of wine.

Wellness at Wellbridge

Make a Chinese New Year’s resolution with this fitness package from Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa in Clayton. Enjoy one hour of personal training, a 35 minute massage, and two weeks of full access to Wellbridge’s expansive amenities.

Family Portraits

Cherish these portraits for a lifetime with a family session from Westrich Photography. Robert Westrich Jr. has over 30 years of photography experience.

Fun & Games

The SLCGS Guitar Quartet- local guitarists will perform a variety of music.

Chinese Calligraphy- calligrapher Sheow-Hwey Chang will be painting personalized messages on rice paper.

Chinese Paper Cutting- a representative of Friends of Taiwan-Greater St. Louis will turn paper into art using masterful cutting techniques.

Tarot Card Reading- Visit Rev. William and Dana Simpson West to learn about messages in your tarot cards.

Blackjack, Roulette and Craps tables- Experience the fun and excitement of playing at a real casino! With the purchase of a wristband, players will be given $500 in vouchers to be played at any of the tables, at the end of your run, turn your remaining chips in. The top 5 players will win prizes.

Raffles- Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening. The raffle prizes will include a package for a St. Louis Getaway with one night at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, a gift certificate to the Tenderloin Room, and a gift card to Lukas Liquor to stock your bar, and a 50/50 Raffle in which you will take home half of the raffle earnings.

For more details and registration, visit here.

Great Decisions: Turkey A Partner in Crisis

The second event for this 8 part series presented by WAC-STL in association with UM-St. Louis is on Thursday, March 15th.  The topic is: Turkey:  A Partner in Crisis

The schedule for this event is:

12:00 Noon to 12:15 PM: Introduction of moderator and showing of portions of the FPA Video for the topic being discussed.
12:15 PM to 12:45 PM: Remarks by the moderator
12:45 PM to 1:15 PM: Q&A followed by a brief summation

Light refreshments, consisting of coffee and cookies, will be available to all participants in the meeting room at no charge.

Parking is free and convenient, located in the rear of the building on the north side. The parking lot is accessible from Clayton Road.

Join us for the 27th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis presents their 27th annual Chinese New Year Celebration! Come and join the celebration of 2018, the Year of the Dog, on Friday, March 2, 2018. Located in the St. Louis Ritz Carlton Ballroom from 6pm-10pm. There will be fun and games, music, a live auction, in addition to a reception elaborate banquet!

 

This year’s celebration is dedicated to Bob Fischer’s 16 years of service connecting St. Louis to the world as the WAC-STL Executive Director.

All but $1,000 is tax deductible
Indicate quantity requested
Funds or raffle items may be specified

Pay by mail to 812 Olive Street, Suite 110, St. Louis MO 63101   or by Paypal.

Thank you for your support and hope to see you there!

This event provides us with the necessary funds to continue our engagement of the St. Louis community in a globalized world through educational programming and community outreach.

Please enjoy the photos from last year’s event to get a better sense of what WAC’s Chinese New Year Celebration entails.

 

Holt captures first place in Academic WorldQuest

Holt High School Seniors Christian Hunn, Noah Cella, Jonathan Gutierrez and junior Palmer Soberg captured first place in the 2017 Academic WorldQuest Competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis at Webster University

A team of four students from Holt High School, in the Wentzville School District, recently won the World Affairs Council of St. Louis WorldQuest competition and has qualified to compete at the 2017-2018 Academic WorldQuest competition in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Christian Hunn, Noah Cella, Jonathan Gutierrez and junior Palmer Soberg competed against more than 120 students from 38 schools from across the region, as well as one team of international students.

The three-hour competition includes seven rounds of questions about world affairs, foreign policy, geography and current events. Following the seven rounds, the Holt team was in a tie for first with a team from Duchesne High School, but won by answering the first question correctly.

The Holt team won an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 28. The national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation’s most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers and chaperones. The Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation’s capital for the first time.

Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. The World Affairs Councils of America is the largest nonpartisan, non-profit grassroots organization in the United States dedicated to educating and engaging the American public on global issues.