May 14, 2015
Today’s guest speaker was Ms. Bettina Hausmann, representing the United Nations Association, San Diego Chapter, located in the International Village in Balboa Park.
The San Diego Chapter of the United Nations Association was established in 1946, and at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, was granted the historic building in Balboa Park by the City of San Diego. It houses their office, the global classroom, and a unique gift shop. Six members of the San Diego Chapter staffed the original United Nations as volunteers. The United Nations Association advocates for important U.N. issues and works. They provide educational venues providing such interesting activities as mock U.N. Security Council debates involving current world issues (e.g. – Israel/Palestine two-state solution, Syria/ISIS, Ukraine/Russia/Crimea)
Ms. Hausmann is an East German Jew who grew up firmly believing in communism and socialism. She is as lovely as she is articulate, and her personal story is instructive. Community service is her passion. She was 19 years of age when the Berlin Wall fell. Now an American citizen, she accepts capitalism as a viable alternative, but still embraces community activism and sharing (socialism) of resources as necessary to forestall future world conflicts.