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February Luncheon Meeting: February 8, 12:00pm at Country Club of Hilton Head
The next monthly meeting of Liberal Men of the Lowcountry will begin at noon, February 8, at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Guest speaker is Shavonne Vasquez, Manager of the Hilton Head Circles Chapter, a new program from the Deep Well Project, that is designed to help lift people out of poverty. Ms. Vasquez will talk about the nature of this new endeavor.
Shavonne, bilingual Social Worker, recently relocated from New York to continue her pursuits of equity and social justice. For the past eighteen years she’s remained committed to the human services field in the form of direct care, and advocacy. As the Circles Chapter Manager, Shavonne’s primary task will be to support program participants and their allies while also conducting outreach, facilitating meetings, coordinating training, and delegating tasks to resource teams. Shavonne herself has experienced a life in poverty and can therefore offer insight to the challenges faced by Circles participants. Three generations ago her family settled in New York from Puerto Rico in search of opportunity and success. Today, she continues to find ways to deconstruct ancestral patterns of oppression and encourages others to do so as well. In her free time Shavonne enjoys reading, theatre, and spending time with her pet parrots.
Current Events Lunch: February 16 at 12:00pm at Mangiamo's
The Current Events Group will meet next on Thursday, February 16, at noon at Mangiamo’s on Main Street.
This group discusses interesting and timely current topics, such as education issues, race issues, and state, local and national politics.
We meet at Mangiamo’s at noon for lunch. Please register via the events calendar on our website. You pay for lunch at the restaurant, but we need to give them an accurate headcount prior to the date.
Member Expert Luncheon: March 1, 2023 at OKKO at 12pm
John Gilbert (Colonel, USAF, retired) had a lengthy career on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, including service on strategic missile launch crews, 15 years working in the intelligence world, and several years directly involved in on-site inspections in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. He also prepared U.S. facilities and organizations to manage inspections under an international chemical weapons treaty. As part of this work, he conducted over 35 inspections of nuclear and missile facilities in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia, and Lithuania and served as an escort and "minder" for Soviet/Russian inspectors at locations in Germany and the U.S. In addition to his inspection operations experience, he served as a member of U.S. Government interagency groups dealing with arms control issues, including as a member of U.S. delegations in Geneva, The Hague, and Moscow. Since retirement from active duty, he has continued to serve as a consultant, advisor, and trainer for arms control inspectors and analysts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (including IAEA's North Korea and Iran Teams) and analytical personnel from various government and academic institutions. He has also advised State Department, Department of Commerce, Joint Staff, Secretary of Defense, Air Force, and foreign government personnel on managing inspections at U.S. and foreign facilities. Most recently, he served as a key participant in arms control exercises at an Air Force base in the U.S. and at a contractor facility producing (among other things) equipment for export to Ukraine. He is scheduled to support an inspection exercise at a U.S. facility in Europe later this year.
John's presentation on March 1 will be a brief discussion of some of his personal experiences as an inspector and advisor, and he welcomes questions and comments from attendees.