Individual Membership

The Council’s success depends upon active community involvement. Above all, membership furthers the Council’s mission to promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in world affairs within the Gateway Region. Individuals may also enjoy the benefits of membership.

Memberships allow  us to provide the citizens of this region with a window on the world and to sponsor programs that promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in global matters.

  • Ambassador Forums and speaker series

The Council sponsors 10-12 member/guest programs throughout the year, including Ambassador Forums, where the World Affairs Council of St. Louis hosts ambassadors from strategic countries to the United States.  The most recent ambassador was from Mexico on Oct. 25, 2017, and the event was attended by more than 300.  We are in discussions with the ambassadors from several key countries, including Canada,  Haiti, and Pakistan.  The remaining programs feature panels, authors, government representatives, U.S. and foreign dignitaries, cultural dinners and a variety of additional international related events.

  • The Gateway Globes, including the 8th Annual International Humanitarian of the Year award

The “International Humanitarian of the Year” (IHOY) Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the top global organizations and individuals in our community.  Your membership helps us recognize the region’s leaders and inspire the community to engage internationally.

  • Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) “Great Decision” Series

Every year the FPA selects and develops materials on eight critical and timely challenges to U. S. foreign policy. The briefing books and video they produce do an excellent job of discussing each issue thoroughly and with balance.  On eight successive Thursdays beginning March 8, 2018 and ending April 26, 2018, we will offer moderated discussions of the current year’s  “Great Decision” topics. These sessions at the Ethical Society in Clayton have become a tradition and are widely attended by members and non-members in our area; everyone is welcome. Your membership helps us offer this series free of charge.

  • 16th Annual High School International Knowledge Competition: World Quest
    In November, 120 students competed in an evening showcasing international knowledge The first place team from Holt High School will represent St. Louis in a national competition, April 28, 2018, in Washington, DC. Your membership helps us promote international studies and build a more informed, engaged community.
  • International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

We serve as the regional host for the International Visitor Leadership Program, the State Department’s premier professional exchange program. This program seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. In our role, we host approximately 200 international visitors per year from all around the globe who are chosen by our embassies. During their stay in St. Louis, we arrange professional development, cultural activities, and home hospitality opportunities tailored to each group.  When visitors are seeking destinations on specialized topics, our members are among those chosen first.

With your membership, you support the Council in making our programs possible and in our mission of Connecting St. Louis to the World.


Student ($45)

  • All regular benefits for students and professionals under age 35

Senior (Retired) ($45)

  • All regular benefits for retired individuals over the age of 65

Individual ($120)

  • All regular benefits

Regular/Couples ($175)

  • Member prices for all Council activities
  • Notices of Council activities
  • Opportunities to visit with international visitors of the U.S. State Department
  • Invitation to the Council’s annual meeting

Supporting ($230)

  • All regular benefits
  • Invitation to corporate leadership meetings

Patron ($395)

  • All regular level benefits (except coupons)
  • Invitation to Corporate Leadership Meetings
  • Two complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)

    Sponsor ($560)

  • All regular level benefits
  • Invitation to Corporate Leadership Meetings
  • Three complimentary guest admissions to any Council program (excluding fundraisers)

Leader’s Circle ($1100)

  • All supporting benefits
  • Four complimentary guest admissions to any program (excluding fundraisers)

Pay by mail to:
Robert Foster, Executive Director
World Affairs Council
812 Olive Street, Suite 110, St. Louis MO 63101
or by Paypal.