IC18 Award Dinner

On February 22nd at 6:00 PM

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio is delighted to be honoring Speaker Joe Straus at our 2018 International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner. We invite you all to join us for an evening of pure Texas charm at the Witte Museum and Mays Family Center featuring Keynote Speaker, Pulitzer Prize winner and Best Selling Author, Jon Meacham.

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Speaker Speaker Joe Straus

Honoree

Joe Straus is a San Antonio native and small business owner who represents northern Bexar County in the Texas House of Representatives. In the last five legislative sessions, he has also served as Speaker of the House. He was most recently elected to a new two-year term as Speaker by a vote of 150 to zero on January 10, 2017.

Under the leadership of Speaker Straus, the Texas House has helped the Texas private sector build the strongest economy in the country. He and his colleagues have improved college and career readiness in public schools, put billions of additional dollars toward relieving traffic congestion, and provided a permanent funding source in order to address the state’s water shortage. He has consistently championed causes and institutions important to San Antonio, including the Alamo and the city’s institutions of higher education.

Speaker Straus is a solutions-oriented leader who encourages his colleagues to build consensus and focus on pressing challenges. In the current legislative session, he is focused on improving public education, protecting Texas children from abuse in their homes, and reforming the state’s mental health system to make it more effective and efficient.

Speaker Straus is a fifth-generation Texan. He and his wife, Julie, have two daughters.

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Speaker Jon Meacham

Keynote Speaker

Presidential historian, Contributing Editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House.

Meacham’s latest book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, was published by Random House on November 10, 2015.

His book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was a New York Times bestseller. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009, the book was cited as an “unlikely portrait of a not always admirable democrat, but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.” His other New York Times bestsellers include Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, exploring the relationship between the two great leaders who piloted the free world to victory in World War II, and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the executive board of the Society of American Historians, Meacham is a regular guest on “Morning Joe” and also occasionally appears on “Meet the Press,” “Charlie Rose,” and other broadcasts. He is editor-at-large of WNET Public Media, New York’s public television station.

After serving as Managing Editor of Newsweek for eight years, Meacham was responsible for all day-to-day editorial operations of the magazine as Editor from 2006 to 2010. He is a former editor of The Washington Monthly and began his career at The Chattanooga Times.

Born in Chattanooga in 1969, Meacham was educated at St. Nicholas School, The McCallie School, and graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, with a degree summa cum laude in English Literature; he was salutatorian and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Meacham is a communicant of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, where he has served on the Vestry of the 180 year-old Episcopal parish. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board of Regents of The University of the South, and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University. Meacham also serves on the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street and the Leadership Council of the Harvard Divinity School. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in 2005 and also holds five other honorary doctorates.

He lives in Nashville and in Sewanee with his wife and children.

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Sponsorship Benefits

Ambassador Extraordinary $50,000

  • Premier Seating for two tables of 10
  • Sponsorship of five student guests
  • VIP Reception for 20 guests
  • Recognition during Reception and Dinner
  • Exclusive branding on photo backdrop
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio website
  • Recognition at all 2018 Youth Engagement Programs
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Ten signed copies of Jon Meacham’s book, “Destiny and Power”
  • Invitation to breakfast on Friday, Feb. 23, with Speaker Joe Straus and Keynote Speaker Jon Meacham

Ministers Plenipotentiary $25,000

  • Premium Seating for table of 10
  • Sponsorship of three student guests
  • VIP Reception for 10 guests
  • Recognition during Reception and Dinner
  • Recognition during select 2018 Youth Engagement Programs
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio website
  • Five signed copies of Jon Meacham’s book, “Destiny and Power”
  • Invitation to breakfast on Friday, Feb. 23, with Speaker Joe Straus and Keynote Speaker Jon Meacham
  • Complimentary valet parking

Charges d'Affaires $10,000

  • Prime Seating for table of 10
  • Sponsorship of two student guests
  • VIP Reception for 10 guests
  • Recognition during Reception and Dinner
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio website
  • Three signed copies of Jon Meacham’s book, “Destiny and Power”
  • Invitation to breakfast on Friday, Feb. 23, with Speaker Joe Straus and Keynote Speaker Jon Meacham
  • Complimentary valet parking

Secretaries $5,000

  • Seating for Table of 10
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio website
  • Recognition during Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • One signed copy of Jon Meacham’s book, “Destiny and Power”

Attaché $ 3,500 (Limited Tables Available)

  • Seating for Table of 10
  • Complimentary valet parking

Individual Ticket $ 350 (Limited Tickets Available)

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