International Night – Honored Country
The Rotary International Night provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about a particular country – India was celebrated as the honored country at the inaugural International Night – as part of Rotary’s commitment to promoting world understanding.
This year’s honored country is Saudi Arabia and the partnership with Tennessee Tech’s Saudi Students Club presents a unique opportunity. The students are coordinating the menu of Middle Eastern cuisine for you to enjoy along with the entertainment they will provide. Two distinguished speakers are visiting from Washington to share their insights and perspectives on Saudi Arabia and America’s 80-year relationship with the desert Kingdom.
The relationship between our two countries is a historic one. Last year we celebrated the 75th anniversary of formal ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. Our relationship began in the 1930s with the discovery of oil on a commercial basis. It evolved in the 1940′s with the first meeting between our two heads of state, the late King Abdulaziz and the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt aboard the USS Quincy at the Great Bitter Lake in Egypt. And the relationship took on a military dimension in the 1950s when the U.S. military sales program to Saudi Arabia was first established.
When we look at the history of our relationship, we see that with every passing decade the relationship grows broader, deeper, stronger, and it becomes more multi-faceted. If you allow me to skip to the present, when we look at our relationship today, we see exceptionally strong ties in counter-terrorism and terror financing. We have very strong commercial investment ties and strong political ties. We have institutional links between our two countries in a way that has not existed in the past.
Referring often to the power of accurate numbers, Ronald Reagan used to say “facts are stubborn things.” When we look at the amount of investment and trade between our two countries and peoples, and when we look at the volume of visitors to Saudi Arabia from the United States or visitors to the United States from Saudi Arabia, the numbers are at historic highs.
The number of Saudi students in the U.S. is in excess of 21,000 as we speak and growing. This is a testament to the strength of the relationship. It testifies also to the fact that it is these young men and women who will carry the relationship forward over the next three or four decades.
We will be adding more information about the honored country so please check back to find out more. Meanwhile can check these online resources to learn more about Saudi Arabia.
- U.S. State Department Background Note – Saudi Arabia
- Library of Congress Country Study – Saudi Arabia
- World Factbook – CIA – Saudi Arabia
- Saudi-US Relations Information Service (SUSRIS.com)
- Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
- Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR ROTARY INTERNATIONAL NIGHT 2011!
2nd Annual Rotary International Night
January 29, 2011
Clarion Hotel, 970 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
Supporting International and Humanitarian Service Work of Rotary
Honored Country: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Master of Ceremonies – David Hill, Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club
Speaker Introduction – Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council
Dr. Mody Alkhalaf – Director of Social and Cultural Affairs, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC
Ms. Barbara Ferguson – Washington Bureau Chief, Arab News & Consultant to the U.S. Marine Corps
Tennessee Tech University Saudi Students Club
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Rotary International Night 2011
Presented by the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club
in association with
The Saudi Students Club at Tennessee Technological University
The Tennessee World Affairs Council
The Clarion Hotel, Cookeville, Tennessee