UNA - SoCal Division Events - 2004

2004 Event Archive

Board Meeting (January 31, 2004)

Gillian Sorensen on Global Vision (February 27, 2004)

2004 Council of Chapters & Divisions Annual Meeting (March 4-8, 2004)

Global Health Conference (March 13, 2004)

UNA Traveling Film Festival (March 21, 2004)

Model United Nations Inaugural Opening Ceremonies and Reception (April 1, 2004)

TEENS CHOOSE PEACE (April 17, 2004)

Division Q2 Board Meeting (May 1, 2004)

Executive Committee Meeting (July 10, 2004)

Board Meeting (August 28, 2004)

Gillian Sorensen in Southern California (September 7-9, 2004)

U.N. Day Celebration - Santa Barbara Chapter (October 16, 2004)

Southern California Division Annual Meeting (November 6, 2004)

Building Bridges Town Hall Meeting (December 8, 2004)

Board Meeting (January 31, 2004)

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Lunch: 12:00-1:00, cost is $10 Paid to Division’s Treasurer

Hosted By:


Coastline Chapter



Chapter President, Lavon Mariz






Village Park Recreation Center



4552 Michelson Dr., Irvine

Closest Freeway Exit: Culver Drive off of 405 FWY.

Turn westerly direction at the exit, less than a ¼ of mile is Michelson Dr. Turn Left on Michelson and find the center at 4552. Meeting starts at 10 A.M.

Gillian Sorensen on Global Vision


Gillian Sorensen


Global Vision


International Place, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA


February 27, 2004


4:00 to 5:00 PM  Followed by an interactive reception with light refreshments

From Interstate 10, take the Indian Hill Blvd. Exit north to Claremont. Drive north, pass down town Claremont, to 10th St, then drive east on 10th St.; turn south on Columbia; turn east on 9th St. to International Place at 390 E, 9th St.  A parking lot just north of International Place should have available spaces.


March 4-8, 2004

The Roosevelt Hotel

New York, NY


More Information @ www.unausa.org


Issues:  Human Rights, Population, Development, Terrorism, Health & Peace & Security 


If you or anyone from your Chapter is planning to attend this Meeting to benefit from news & policies on these important issues, please contact and discuss with our SCD-CCD Representatives:


Rene Wilson

Anne Hoiberg

Harry Hood


Before, or at our

Board Meeting on Jan, 31, 2004


Global Health Conference
From Starvation To Obesity

Saturday, March 13, 2004, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Fontana, CA

Learn about nutrition, diabetes, women’s health, breast cancer, thyroid power, prostate cancer, nutrition for cancer patients, women’s heart disease, colon cancer, human-animal health, effects of tobacco and HIV/AIDS, children’s health and more!

8:00-8:45      Check In / Registration

8:45              Introduction, Ardishir Rashidi-Kalhur, President UNA SoCal

9:10 – 9:45    Keynote 1:  From Starvation To Obesity: Extreme Nutritional Imbalance

Dr. Nelle Temple Brown  World Health Organization

10:00-10:50   Session  (presenters will speak concurrently in separate rooms)

Diabetes: Medical Advances and Treatment

R. James Dudl, M.D.  Kaiser Permanente

Women's Health: Natural Menopause Care

Wendy Rashidi, M.D.  Women's View Medical Group

Breast Cancer: Medical Advances and Treatment

Linda D. Bosserman, M.D., FACP

Thyroid Power: 10 Steps To Thyroid Health

Karilee Shames Ph.D.         Richard Shames MD

What Men Should Know About Prostate Cancer

Manouchehr Lalehzarian, M.D. Kaiser Permanente

Nutritional Support and Therapy In Cancer Patients

Larry Milam D.I.HOM, H.M.D, Ph.D.  Univ. of Natural Medicine

Women's Heart Disease

Vilma Torres, M.D.  Loma Linda University School of Medicine

11:00-11:50 Session  (presenters will speak concurrently in separate rooms)

Colon and GI Cancers

Timothy D. Jenkins, M.D.  F.A.C.P.  Kaiser Permanente

High Energy Healing And Hypnosis Therapy

Eric Robins, M.D.   Kaiser Permanente

Human Animal Health

Tom Phillips,  DVM Dr. Beth Boynton, DVM  Western Univ.

Physical Fitness and Exercise

Tiffani Milazzo, Monica Mathews-Pomona Valley Hospital

Effects of Tobacco

Jim Walker, Stop Tobacco Abuse of Minors Pronto


John L. Fahey, M.D.,  UCLA AIDS Institute

12:00-12:50   Lunch  (provided)
1:00  – 1:50   Keynote 2:  Protecting Children’s Health  Dr. Ruth Finney Hayward  UNICEF
2:00  – 3:00   Panel of above presenters and Conference Summary

The cost of attending the Global Health Conference is $20 ($10 for students) if received by February 28, 2004.  After that date the cost is $25 ($15 for students).  Checks should be sent to Treasurer Rev. Jay Harber, 635 Berkeley Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  If you have questions or would like a full color brochure with more information please contact Rev. Richard E. Harris, 620 Plymouth Road, Apt #1, Claremont, CA 91711, Tel 909-621-7337, Fax 909-625-0088, e-mail unacal@earthlink.net

Presented by the Pomona Valley Chapter and the UNA-USA Southern California Region


Presented by:

Unity Foundation


Date:        Sunday, March 21, 2004


Time:        Afternoon Program    1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

                 Reception with some of the filmmakers 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

                 Evening Program    7:00 to 11:00 p.m.


Place:        Los Angeles Film School

                 6363 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 


Films Being Presented:


                1.) The Hidden Iraq War

                2.) What I Saw in Hebron

                3.) Regret to Inform.!


Another film has been added to the program, entitled Let My Country Awake. The film documents the mobilization of the peace movement in this country prior to the US War with Iraq. Let My Country Awake won the Best of Festival Award at the 2003 Berkeley Video and Film Festival. We will Premiere Let My Country Awake at this event. (However, this film is not an official selection of the film festival, since it has not yet been juried by the United Nations Association Film Festival.)

Let My Country Awake will be presented from 11:00 AM to 11:54 AM. It will be followed by an official UN video presentation documenting how the United Nations responded to the United States' push to go to war with Iraq, during the period leading up to the war. (This video presentation is approximately 6 minutes long.)

People who purchase advanced tickets will be given a free pass (for each ticket they purchase) to Let My Country Awake and the UN video presentation - if they indicate that they would like to attend the special Premiere Screening.

Contact:    Bill McCarthy @ (310) 450-5592  unityfoundation1@aol.com


Model United Nations

Inaugural Opening Ceremonies and Reception



Thursday, April 1, 2004


4:30 PM - 6:00PM


Millennium Biltmore Hotel


506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angele


Emerald Room





Please RSVP by March 30th
SLunich@Paxmun.Org  ~ or ~ 714.821.0682
For more detail on the conference, visit: www.paxmun.org
Join us for a festive opening ceremonies and reception with students attending from:
Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington state, from throughout California as well as from Ghana and Greece.



Teenagers throughout Los Angeles County have been  invited to participate in the fifth annual "The Art of Peace" Celebration.   They will create musical, stage, and dance works to be performed for the public on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SGI Friendship Center on the northeast corner of Fairfax and Venice Boulevards in Los Angeles.  The program will be taped for later broadcast by public television.  Admission is free and a buffet lunch is served.  

The United Nations has designated the years 2001 to 2010 as the "International Decade of the Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for Children of the World."  The Art of Peace is one of many programs worldwide promoting this "International Decade of Peace."

For the past four years, the Southern California Regional Council of Organizations, a group of more than twenty non-governmental organizations affiliated with UNA-USA, Southern California Division, has sponsored this program.  High school students in Los Angeles County have created their own vision of a world at peace through original group music, dance and dramatic art.

Creating a culture of peace is like planting a seed, tending it, and nurturing it as it grows.  The Southern California Regional Council of Organizations has made a 10-year commitment to plant and nurture the seeds of peace in today's youth through "The Art of Peace."

UNA-USA Southern California Division
2nd Quarter Board Meeting

Saturday, May 1st
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(10:00 AM to 2:30 PM if meeting resumes @ 12:30 after 1/2 h. lunch break)

Meeting Location

Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Alisio Viejo, CA 92656
4th floor of the Ikeda Library

Please send your Chapter's, Division's or Organization's agenda items you want to address to the Board to Ardishir Rashidi-Kalhur at least one week prior to the meeting date.  Time permitting, they will be included for discussion in the order they are received.


On the same day there is the International Festival taking place on campus. Every car going through the checkpoint will be charged $5.00.  You will be reimbursed if you ask Diane Lichterman afterward at the meeting.

For lunch accommodation @ $10.00 per person payable to the Treasurer, please send your attendance confirmation as early as you know.

Executive Committee Meeting

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2004
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 AM,

SeaPort Marina Hotel in Long Beach
6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway
(2nd St and Pacific Coast Hwy)
Long Beach, California 90803

Board Meeting

August 28, 2004, is set for the third quarter Division Board Meeting in Pasadena. 

The UNA Dvision meeting on August 28 will be at

VILLA GARDENS 5th Floor  Game Room

842 East Villa Street

Pasadena   Ca 91101

(9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Max.)


PARKING free.  There is some parking around the front entrance and there is a large open lot east of the end of the long  five story  Villa Gardens building.  This large lot we share with a church but it too is free amd has plenty of space.  Only entrance to Villa Gardens is under the port cochere


Directions  EXIT 210 freeway at LAKE  and go one  (1) block NORTH (toward the mountains) crossing over the freeway and the access street and turn Left on Villa Street.  Villa Gardens is 1/2 block west of Lake  on south side or left side of VILLA Street


Upon entering building, sign in and follow sign to elevators and 5th floor



TOBY OSOS, from the SCRCO has reserved for us the meeting place and has graciously offered to provide lunch and cold water.  Please send your confirmation of attendance to Ardishir@aol.com as soon as you can so we have accurate lunch count.



Please send your agenda items in advance t Ardishir@aol.com to be considered for discussion at the meeting.

Gillian Sorensen in Southern California (September 7-9, 2004)


Tuesday, September 7th


Town Hall


5:30 - 7:30 PM


5:30 - 6:30 Reception


6:30 - 7:30 Gillian’s talk followed by a Q & A


“The US and the UN: Can this Marriage be Saved?”

Jennifer Demello
Town Hall
Los Angeles
Phone: 213-312-9308
Email: j_demello@townhall-la.org

There is a possibility that this event will be co-sponsored by Pacific-Los Angeles UNA Chapter


Wednesday, September 8th








Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life

University of California, Santa Barbara

Victoria Hall

33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

5:30 - 7:30 Private Reception / Dinner

8:00 Gillian’s talk

“The US and the UN: Can this Marriage be Saved?”

Dr. Leonard Wallock, Associate Director
Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life
3074 Humanities and Social Sciences Building
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3130
Phone: (805) 893-2317
Fax: (805) 893-2059
E-mail: leonard.wallock@cappscenter.ucsb.edu 


Thursday, September 9th


Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School for Communication


University of Southern California




Dean Open Forum—discussion hosted by Dean Cowan on role of media,


communication, and journalism issues related to the war and election


(specifics dictated by expertise of guests)


Dialogue between special guests, students, USC faculty


(there is a chance that Gillian may not be the only guest featured)

Amelia Arsenault
PhD student at Center for Public Diplomacy
Annenberg School, Univ. of California
Cell:  323-244-6836 
Email: aarsenau@usc.edu

U.N. Day Celebration - Santa Barbara Chapter

Currently UNA-USA Santa Barbara County Chapter is organizing its U.N. Day Celebration at the Lobero Theatre (33 East Cannon Perdido St, Santa Barbara) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th.  Registration and exhibits will be started from 8 a.m.

A Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program presented by The United Nations Association-USA & UNESCO, The League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara, PAX 2100, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, By the People: America in the World (MacNeil-Lehrer Productions), The Santa Barbara News-Press, El Encanto Hotel, and a Community Coalition*
United Nations Day 2004
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Registration & exhibits 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. / Speakers 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Free
Preemptive War: Defense or Aggression
 Is preemptive war an act of defense or an act of aggression?
 How do U.S. law and international law weigh in on this issue?
 When is a preemptive strike in the national interest, and when is it contrary to it?
 What has been our country's position historically on this issue?
 Have recent events changed our views?
 What will be the position of the United Nations in this area in the future?
The featured speakers will be:
Richard Falk, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Global Studies at UCSB.  Dr. Falk, a recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize, is the author of 40 books on international law, including his latest book, The Great Terror War.
John Arquilla, Associate Professor of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and Co-Director of the School's Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare.  Dr. Arquilla, a Senior Consultant to the Rand Corporation, has has authored and co-authored many books, including Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy.
Panelists will include:
Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics and Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco
Robert Rauchhaus, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UCSB and Specialist in Defense and Security Policy
Stanley Roden, attorney, leader in the field of dispute mediation, and lecturer in political science and international law.
Opening remarks will be made by Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Emeritus Chancellor of University for Peace in Costa Rica.  Dr. Muller is a recipient of the UNESCO Peace Education Prize.
Peter Haslund, Director of the International and Global Studies Program at Santa Barbara City College, will facilitate the forum.
* Sponsoring coalition includes the American Association of University Women (Santa Barbara Chapter), American Red Cross, Social Concerns Committee of the Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Social Justice Committee of the Santa Barbara Unitarian Society.


For more information, visit www.newspress.com.

Event Flyer [SB UN Day 2004 Flyer.pdf  - 1MB (Adobe Acrobat File)]

P.S.) Our newsletters are on our web sites, so please visit us!

UNA-USA Santa Barbara at www.unasb.org.

PAX 2100 at www.pax2100.org.

Southern California Division Annual Meeting

William Luers, President, UNA-USA, speaker; Saturday, November 6, 2004.
Location: Decker Hall, Pilgrim Place, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont, CA.
Annual meeting, 9:30 AM. Luncheon, 12 noon.

WHAT:          “U.N.-U.S. Relations in the Post Election Era.”  A keynote address by Ambassador and UNA-USA President & CEO William H. Luers.

WHEN:          Saturday, November 6, 2004, Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Pilgrim Place, Decker Hall, 665 Avery Road, Claremont, CA 91711

WHO:           UNA-USA Southern California Division is hosting a luncheon event featuring William Luers, former Ambassador to Czechoslovakia, Venezuela, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (in charge of Soviet and East European Relations).  Luers has headed the UNA-USA since 1999, when he accepted the position after serving as President of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

WHY:           November’s presidential election represents a benchmark in U.S. foreign policy, regardless of the outcome.  What are the issues facing a newly elected President John Kerry or the incumbent Bush administration regarding the country’s relationship with the United Nations?  What are policy options in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and other global hot spots?  What changes are we likely to see in U.S.-U.N. relations given the two possible outcomes of the election?  These and other questions will be addressed by Ambassador Luers on his visit to Southern California. 

CONTACTS:   Reservations required by Nov. 4, 2004.  To RSVP, call 949.661.2572
                        Media contact:  Lizanne Fleming, 626.296.6552

Directions to Pilgrim Place: I-57 north to I-10 east. Exit on Indian Hill Blvd. North. Proceed to   Harrison. Go west on Harrison. Pilgrim Place is on the north side of Harrison, just past Berkley. Enter and look for 665 Avery Road, Decker Hall.

Read a biography of Ambassador Luers at the UNA-USA website.

Building Bridges Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th, from 6 to 8 p.m.: Town Hall Meeting: Gathering Our Community: "Educational Equity and Community Policing" at the Franklin Center (1136 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara).

We will share our concerns and achievable visions.  Together, we’ll work on improving communication between residents and existing civic and law enforcement bodies.  A recorder will chart the concerns of participants and check what infrastructure exists in response to these issues.  We expect a positive meeting, to build bridges, so that those who attend will have a voice.
Building Bridges will follow up with another event and report on the response we received to the questions that were asked. 
• Facilitated by former Human Relations Administrator Mary O’Gorman

• Guests include Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, Council member Roger Horton, and Goleta City Council member Margaret Connell

Everyone is invited.  The event is free.  Cookies, juice, coffee.  Sponsored by Building Bridges Coalition.    

More information: Barbara Sachs: Barbara7736@cs.com

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