SECWAC Information for Guest Speakers

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) welcomes 8-10 guest speakers per year, September through June. If you’re interested in being a guest speaker at one of our monthly meetings in the southeast Connecticut region, or have been invited to speak by a member of our Board, the following information may help you prepare. Please contact Paul Nugent or Sandra Rueb if you have any further questions.


The event will start with hors d’oeuvres at 5:30pm, followed by the presentation that will start promptly at 6:00pm with introductions.

A dinner in honor of the presenter will take place after the formal presentation, and is usually attended by 25-35 members and includes a brief Q&A session over dessert.


SECWAC usually has 50-120 members and guests attending meetings, with 25-40 at the post-meeting dinner. Attendees range in professional backgrounds, political views, nationality, and age.


SECWAC meetings take place at various locations along I-95 between Stonington and Old Saybrook, Connecticut. We frequently meet at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School located at 53 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371; during these meetings, dinner takes place at nearby Old Lyme Country Club. We also meet regularly at Connecticut College at 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Prior to the meeting, we will determine which campus building we will be located in; you can identify the building on the campus map. If we decide to hold the meeting at another location, such as Saybrook Point Inn in Old Saybrook, or La Grua Center in Stonington, we will send appropriate information in advance.

Technology/Audio-Visual Equipment

SECWAC provides a standard podium and fixed microphone or a “walk-about” lapel microphone if you prefer that format. At all locations, a projector and screen are available for a slide presentation, photo gallery, or video; it is optional to use your own laptop or one provided.

If you plan to show slides, please e-mail them in advance to SECWAC Executive Director Paul Nugent, and bring a back-up version on a data stick/USB drive. Note also that you should carefully consider the number and content of slides: our members are very good listeners, so slides should ideally be used to present maps and other images or photos, not large amounts of text!

Travel, Accommodations and Reimbursements

SECWAC will pay reasonable costs to and from the meeting and 1 overnight stay in a local hotel or inn. We ask that you make the travel arrangements and let us know your plan for arrival. Please submit receipts for all expenses associated with the meeting as soon as you can after it, and provide an address to which the check can be sent.

Book Signings

When applicable for published authors, SECWAC partners with local, independent bookstore Bank Square Books of Mystic, CT to pre-order and provide books for sale at the speaking event. Prior to dinner, there is an opportunity to sign books for attendees. Not all speaking topics relate directly to your books, so consider if it will enhance the experience for our members.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.