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From the Executive Director.

Dear WHA Members,

Focusing on the good and right in our lives is always a positive thing. Our organization is vibrant and dynamic with a bright future filled with professional and personal opportunities for its members.

We concluded a successful conference with wonderful hosting in Minneapolis by North Hennepin Community College in their state-of-the-art institution and are sincerely appreciative for the terrific reception and cooperation we received there.

The symposia model continues to promote the field and offer a wide variety of options for members to present at and attend conferences worldwide. By the time you will have received this, the Fremantle Symposium, hosted by Deborah Gare and team at Notre Dame University will have celebrated an outstanding gathering of scholars in lovely Fremantle. The Hanoi Symposium in late December will be the largest world history gathering of its kind and is well-supported by Vietnam National University and a dedicated group of historians there. In late March, we will have a symposium in Barcelona on "Port Cities in World History," hosted by friends at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and will be a highlight of the year. Finally, our next annual summer conference in Costa Rica will be sure to be one of the most popular ever offered, so be sure to make plans to attend now.

The WHA survives financially by two major funding methods--your membership renewal and our conferences, but these sources alone are not sufficient to meet organizational needs. We also ask that you give generously to our annual fund drive, which provides for a critical gap in our funding needs. Including the WHA in your estate planning makes a lasting contribution and tribute to advancing the goals and mission of the association. Please contact your estate planner or us for more details.

We all owe our sincere thanks to Marc Jason Gilbert, outgoing president of the WHA, who has tirelessly advocated for the WHA throughout his career and especially during his term of office. Similar thanks to all those who serve on the Executive Committee and all the WHA Committees--this is what makes the WHA the strong organization it is. My personal thanks to Jackie Wah, WHA Conferences and Membership specialist, for providing such excellent service for the benefit of the WHA and its membership.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions on how we may improve the organization or your membership experience, and thank you again for your support and dedication to the WHA.

I hope that this letter finds you focusing on all the good in your life and the wonderful possibilities life brings.

Winston Welch

Executive Director

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Publication:World History Bulletin
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Date:Sep 22, 2013
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