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Annual Meeting with Ambassador David Balton

  • Wed, June 20, 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd. Falmouth


  • Current member of the World Affairs Council of Maine
  • Please consider becoming a member to receive the member rate.
  • Join Our Host Committee!
    Receive two tickets with priority seating to the event ($100 of your payment is tax deductible) and be listed on our program. If you are unable to attend but would like to be on the Host Committee (100% of your donation will be deductible), contact Kate McCarthy at 207-780-4337. Please list your name/s as you would like them to appear on our materials. Thank you!
Please join us for the
World Affairs Council of Maine's
2018 Annual Meeting and Dinner:

U.S. Leadership in a Changing Arctic

feat. Ambassador David Balton,
Former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, 
Department of State

Profound changes have come to the Arctic Region, driven mostly by a warming climate. How are the nations and peoples of the Arctic coping with these changes? What new opportunities exist for development of the Arctic, and how might these opportunities affect places like Maine? 

Ambassador David Balton, recently retired from the U.S. Department of State and now a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will offer his perspectives on this fascinating area of the planet and on the role of the United States as an Arctic nation.

Date + Location

Wednesday, June 20th
Portland Country Club
11 Foreside Road, Falmouth

5:00 pm  Annual Membership Meeting*
5:30 pm  Reception with cash bar
6:00 pm  Dinner and Program

* Council members may attend this portion free of charge. More information to follow.

Dinner Menu

Garden Salad

Chicken Saltimbocca - Boneless breast of chicken sautéed with prosciutto and sage, served with sage-accented madeira sauce.

- or -

Broiled Salmon with Lemon Caper Butter - Fresh farm-raised salmon broiled and served with lemon-caper butter sauce. 

Dessert and Coffee/Tea


$75/person for World Affairs Council members
$100/person for non-member
Become a member to receive the discounted rate!

Host Committee

Join our Host Committee ($250) and receive two tickets for priority dinner seating and be listed on event literature.

2018 Host Committee to-date:

Geoff + Lindsay Alexander

Deborah + Sam Barouch

Jim + Susan Carter

John + Wendy Doughty

Gordon + Donna Erikson

William + Nancy Hall

Davis + Suzanne Robinson

Andrea Stanley Hester + Chris Hester

Kathleen + John Sutherland

Gail + Dave Witherill

About Ambassador David Balton 

David Balton served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State, attaining the rank of Ambassador in 2006. He coordinated U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, as well as issues relating to the Arctic and Antarctica, and oversaw U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues. Ambassador Balton functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements and chaired numerous international meetings. During the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-2017), he served as Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials. His also co-chaired Arctic Council Task Forces that produced the 2011 Arctic Search and Rescue Agreement and the 2013 Arctic Oil Pollution Agreement. He separately chaired negotiations to produce an Arctic fisheries agreement. Ambassador Balton received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra (juggling oranges).

Special thanks to our event sponsors to-date!

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