The PWA Board of Directors met on December 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Directors reviewed FY2010 Programs and Activities, as well as the FY2010 Financial Report. Board Chairman Jim McDermott reported via his Chief of Staff Diane Shust that “PWA programs have been excellent, and that the programs should be expanded beyond Japan and the U.S., yet firmly anchored in the Japan-U.S. relationship.” The Board provided advice concerning the Sister Cities Program, including countries, contacts and potential funding. The proposed 18 month Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative was discussed in light of increasing frequency of natural disasters, and the importance of bilateral/trilateral cooperation in light of security and costs. The Board was highly enthusiastic, especially as the Program is expanded to include other countries. The Board was pleased that PWA provided humanitarian assistance/disaster response to numerous countries, and expressed support for the PWA Relief Fund. Finally, the Board fully recognized the need for additional funding, and welcomed the opportunity to aid PWA in this matter.
The PWA staff are most grateful to the Board of Directors for their support and commitment to the Peace Winds America mission and programs.