Many of us have been distressed by recent reports in the press about the involvement of the Bank's President in negotiating compensation to a personal friend in connection with her secondment. Indeed, a number of members have contacted the Society on this matter. The controversy has now expanded to include other management and policy decisions taken by Mr. Wolfowitz and senior staff appointed by him.
The Staff Association, former senior officials, and others have written separate letters to the Executive Directors stating their concerns, and indicating that Mr. Wolfowitz's presidency should be quickly brought to an end.
The 1818 Society's Board and Officers have considered whether to write a letter on behalf of the membership. All of us are saddened by the controversy, and its implications for the Bank's reputation and ability to raise funds to serve the poorest countries. We hope that the matter can be brought quickly to a conclusion. But most have noted that commenting on the current management of the Bank is outside the Society's role.
In addition, we have no practical way to rapidly ascertain the views of the membership at large. Therefore, we have decided not to write to the Executive Directors on behalf of the Society.
However, we assume that individual members, or groups of former staff, will continue to express their views on these developments. Indeed, letters to the editor from several former staff members have already been published in newspapers such as the Financial Times. Those wishing to write to the Executive Directors may do so by writing to their own director with a copy to Eckhard Karl Deutscher, the Executive Director from Germany and Dean of the Bank's Board.
Adrienne Nassau, President
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Annual Meeting of The 1818 Society The annual meeting of The 1818 Society will take place in the J-Building Auditorium (JB1-080) on Wednesday, October 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be followed by cocktails and Annual Dinner in the MC 12 Gallery.
CHILEAN CHAPTER. For information about events, please contact Miguel Schloss (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Silvia Lay de Schloss (email@example.com) tel. 56-2-458-6050.
DUTCH CHAPTER. Eighth Dutch Reunion
Dates: September 14-15, 2007
Zutphen is a charming 2000 year old Dutch town. The group will stay in Hotel Eden at the market square. The program includes a city walk with a visit to the famous "Walburgis" church with its "Librije" (16 century church library). Bicycling or boating is optional. Dinner will follow and the next day we will visit a nearby castle and have our annual chapter meeting. For more information please contact Ineke and Kees de Haan firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know about your interest as soon as possible.
Ninth Dutch Reunion:
Dates: 2nd or 3rd weekend in September 2008 Place: Hague or Harderwijk.
For suggestions and/or information: Robert-Jan van der Lugt; e-mail: email@example.com
Tenth Dutch Reunion:
Dates: September, 2009.
For this tenth anniversary of the Dutch Chapter of The 1818 Society, the group will return to where it all started: het Zuiderbad in Noordwijk. For more information contact Robert-Jan van der Lugt firstname.lastname@example.org
The French-speaking chapter had its Annual Meeting in Paris on April 26, 2007. For further information about this event and future activities, please contact Olivier Lafourcade (e-mail: email@example.com).
Dates: Sept. 14 to 16, 2007.
Place: Überlingen on Lake Konstanz.
For information about this event and other activities, please contact Dieter von Samson; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
The Japan Chapter had its First Annual Meeting on March 24, 2007 in Tokyo. For information about this event and other activities, contact email addresses are: Harutaka Hamaguchi (Director of the Japan Chapter), Kenedix, Inc. NTB-M Bldg. 7F 2-9, Shinbashi 2-chome, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 105-0004, Japan,
Tel 03-3519-2739; Fax 03-3519-2533
E-mail: email@example.com, or
The UK Chapter had its Spring Reunion and 19th Annual Meeting on May 18 - 20 in the Palace Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire. The Annual Meeting and lunch took place on the last day of the meetings, May 20, 2007. Activities during the two preceding days included a guided walk around Buxton town; a visit to Buxton Opera House to see the comedy "The Decorator" by Donald Churchill; an illustrated talk in the hotel by an expert on Well Dressing, a tradition in Derbyshire; and an all day visit by coach to Chatsworth House and Gardens followed by dinner in the hotel.
For further information about this event, please contact Andrew Spurling (Tel. 0118-942-7310; e-mail: DMSpurling @aol.com).
Winter Reunion and Luncheon
Date: Saturday Nov. 24, 2007
Place: Army and Navy Club,
Pall Mall, London
All 1818 Society members are welcome. For further information, please contact Andrew Spurling (Tel. 0118-942-7310; e-mail: DMSpurling @aol.com).
Newsletter - Jim Casey – Editor (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chile - Miguel or Silvia Schloss (email@example.com)
France - Olivier Lafourcade; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany - Dieter von Samson ; e-mail: email@example.com;
The Netherlands - Robert Jan van der Lugt (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
tel. 31-71-3613860.fax: 31-71-3612345).
Japan - Masayoshi Takahashi (e-mail: email@example.com)
United Kingdom - Roger Slade (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Florida – Karin Nordlander (e-mail: email@example.com).
The next gathering of the Florida Chapter will be in the Spring of 2008 in northeast Florida (possibly Amelia Island). If you have ideas or would like to help with planning, please contact Karin Nordlander at telephone number (561) 447-9499, email firstname.lastname@example.org, mailing address 4301 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431. You can access the website for the Florida Chapter through the 1818 Society website www.worldbank.org/1818 or directly at http://www.1818florida.00freehost.com.
ENERGY SECTOR GROUP Those interested in activities of the Energy Sector Group should contact Eugene McCarthy, phone numbers: 703-509-1945 and 703-978-4889; email EMCC8940@aol.com.
WATER SECTOR GROUP
For further information or inclusion in the mailing/e-mail list of the Water Sector Group, please contact Dick MacEwen (tel.: 1-703-734-0367; e-mail: email@example.com).
New Members We warmly welcome to the following retirees who became members of The 1818 Society since the last Bulletin:
Fellow retiree Marie Linahan passed away at age 102 on April 4, 2007. Marie witnessed at close quarters the formative early years of the Bank. She was also one of the founders of The 1818 Society. She became the first Secretary of the Society, and was one of its first Directors from 1978 to 1983.
Marie Linahan was born in 1905, in Binghamton, New York, where she lived until she moved to New York City in 1928 to work as a stenographer in a Wall Street law firm.
Marie joined the
World Bank in 1947 as a secretary to its president, John J. McCloy.
During this period she once acted as a secret go-between between McCloy and President
regarding a matter involving the German banking system. Upon delivering a letter to President Truman, she was ushered into a face to face meeting with President Truman where he emphasized the need for confidentiality. She also recalled the Saturday morning in 1949 when she was working, and U.S. President Harry S. Truman called Mr. McCloy and asked him to come to the White House. When Mr. McCloy returned to the office he dictated a memorandum regarding the meeting and his acceptance of President Truman’s offer of the job of U.S. High Commissioner in Germany.
After McCloy’s departure, Mary became a secretary to the World Bank’s second president, Eugene R. Black, and remained so until Mr. Black retired in 1962. She accompanied Mr. Black on a number of official trips, including one around the world in 1952; to East Africa and Cairo in 1958; and to West Africa and North Africa in 1960.
She also worked in the Office of the Bank’s third president, George D. Woods, until her retirement in 1970.
After retirement in 1970, she worked for Joint Conferences as a Social Assistant, as an Administrative Assistant for IFC, and on the establishment of The 1818 Society.
We salute her for her contributions to the Society.
Please note that I plan to send the next issue of the Bulletin to the print shop on Thursday morning, July 12, 2007.
The 1818 Society’s Website Much of the information in the Bulletin can be found in more detail on www.worldbank.org/1818, the Society’s official website. Important recent entries are included below.
1818 Society Alumni News. The 1818 Society website has a new item called "Alumni News". We are hoping to report short news items on and about our former colleagues. We need your input to keep it up to date and lively. Please send any items you think are newsworthy to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming RALC seminar The Retirement and Active Living Committee (RALC) is organizing a seminar on September 11, 2007 to cover “What to expect in your 60’s, 70’s and 80’s”. The venue will be the J building auditorium (JB1-080) at 2pm. Stay tuned for further details.
News from the Credit Union ATM Access Update. All BFSFCU members with World Bank Group retiree identification badges now have 24-hour access to the Credit Union’s ATM outside its IFC Branch. The Credit Union is also in negotiations to place an ATM machine with street access at its 1750 H Street location. Please contact them if you have encountered any access restrictions.
Free Seminars. The Credit Union hosts free informational seminars. Upcoming topics this summer include Home Selling, Car Buying, BFSFCU Electronic Services, and Estate and Wealth Preservation Planning. Visit their website at BFSFCU.org for more details and to register.
ID Theft Protection. Identity theft and account fraud can occur when someone steals your personal information. The more you understand how these crimes can occur, the better you'll be able to protect yourself. Here are some tips.
1. Choose creative passwords. Be creative in the use of letters, numbers, and symbols for your passwords. Avoid using birth dates, part of your Social Security Number or driver’s license number, address, or children’s or spouse’s names. Don’t carry password information with you.
2. Secure your mail. Empty your mailbox regularly or get a PO Box, so criminals can’t steal your mail. Have your account statements delivered to you electronically and avoid having your statements sit in your mailbox. Don’t place outgoing payments in your home mailbox for pickup, offering thieves opportunities to steal your account information and your signature.
3. Safeguard your Social Security number. Avoid carrying your social security card with you, or any other card that may have this number, like a health insurance card. Don’t put your social security number on your checks or use your number as your driver’s license number. This gives thieves access to exactly what they need to access your credit report and account information.
4. Don't leave a paper trail. Never leave ATM, credit card or gas station receipts behind. Destroy or shred sensitive documents, credit card offers, or paid bills before throwing them away.
6. Monitor your credit report. Obtain and review your credit report (now available for free at AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling 877-322-8228) at least once a year to look for suspicious activity. Alert your financial institution immediately of any anomalies.
For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft and account fraud, visit the Credit Union’s website at BFSFCU.org; you will find these and other helpful hints in the Resource Center under WebSecure.
New Numbers for Medical Insurance
Part III of the Retirees Directory provides websites, email addresses and telephone numbers of entities associated with the RMIP. Retirees with claims and coverage inquiries should contact their provider (Aetna, Vanbreda or PharmaCare) first. If these issues are unresolved, or if their query concerns eligibility, national health plan or Medicare enrolment, they can call the HR Service Center at 202 473-2222 (email@example.com and www.worldbank.org/humanresources).
If unresolved, and the issue is of general applicability or interest, the retiree may call members of the 1818 Society Health Committee, including Catherine Fogle (703-533-2104 and firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frona Hall (202 667-7070 or email@example.com).
Pension Cost of Living Adjustment
The Pension Administration Department has announced that the cost of living adjustment for US dollar pensions, effective May 1, 2007, will be 2.77%.
Artists’ & Writers’ Corner
The World Bank Group/IMF Chorus, under the baton of award-winning director Diana Sáez, presents Hayden’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B flat on:
June 12, 2007 – IMF Auditorium (HDQ1)
June 13, 2007 – IFC (K Street entrance)
June 14, 2007 – World Bank Atrium.
All performances start at 1:00 p.m. The IMF and World Bank Atrium performances require passes. For passes and information: IMF, Maruja Gutierrez, 202-623-5375, firstname.lastname@example.org; IFC, Lynn Veronneau, 202-458-2884, email@example.com; and World Bank, Lorraine Nagy, 202-458-4505, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The 2007 Hunger March Re-enactment”. After retirement from the Bank, Society member, Anthony van Vugt, took up sailing, writing and web design. That combination resulted in the publication of a trilogy that spans three continents and more than sixty years, including the Dutch “Hunger March”. Tony, then eleven, his little sister, then six and their mother participated in that event during the Hunger Winter of 1944-45.
Tony van Vugt’s writing led to a decision to re-enact the “Hunger March” in August this year. The event, “The 2007 Hunger March Re-enactment”, is assisted by Frans Soeters, of Eventico a Dutch event management bureau. The organization’s website is at www.hongertocht.org. It invites those interested in partaking in the re-enactment. It describes methods for participation; provides information about historic Hattem, where all participants will congregate on August 11-12, 2007; and contains a registration form.
The highlight of the re-enactment is a seven-day hike to Hattem that starts on Saturday, August 4, 2007 in Rotterdam. The route is described on the website. It is possible to participate for shorter periods by bicycle, car or bus. The website also describes the historical reasons for the March; contains stories written by surviving original participants; and has addresses in the Netherlands and in the USA where additional information may be obtained.
Peace-March Across the Alps A fellow retiree, Ernst Löschner sends us the following story, which is available in detail on the website of his organization, www.alpinepeacecrossing.org.
In 1947, 5,000 Jewish “Displaced Persons“ fled across the Austrian Alps (Krimmler Tauern-pass) to South Tyrol (Italy) and from there to Palestine. The crossing lasted about ten hours. To preserve the memory of this historic event, Mr. Löschner is organizing a spiritual ceremony in Krimml on June 28 and a memorial crossing on June 29, 2007.
The event has the support of State Presidents Heinz Fischer (Austria), Giorgio Napolitano (Italy), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres. There is also a partnership with the National Park Hohe Tauern Salzburg. Mr. Löschner notes that his bank, BNP Paribas, has provided the financial means to arrange the program.
The 7 – 8 hour crossing of the Krimmler Tauern, replicating the original crossing, is dedicated to all the world’s refugees who have been forced to leave their homes.
The program is thus in essence a peace project. Mr. Löschner would be grateful if you would support and sign their peace appeal and forward this announcement to
those important to you. Mr. Löschner would also be very pleased if you could participate in the June 28-29 program, especially the memorial crossing.
The Independent Artists Forum, a group of abstract artists who are either WB staff members or WB/IFC spouses, had an exhibition entitled "The Artist's Palette" from May 9th to June 3rd, 2007 at the Touchstone Gallery on 7th Street N.W.
Another exhibit, "Perspectives II", a solo exhibition by Cynthia Angeles, a WB retiree, is being presented by the Art Group of the Staff Association of the Organization of American States at the General Secretariat Building (1889 F Street NW) from May 29th to June 15th, 2007 (Mon - Fri, 9 - 5:30 pm). Opening reception was held on May 31st.
Mirza Qamar Ahmad, 60, of Bethesda, Maryland, on March 9, 2007. Mr. Ahmad retired from the Bank in 2000.
Gillian Mary Alvey, 63, of Annandale, Virginia, on April 18, 2007, spouse of John Alvey.
Marie T. Barlow, 85, of Vienna, Virginia, surviving spouse of Quinton T. Barlow, on March 16, 2007.
Jean B. L. De Boeck, 86, of Alexandria, Virginia, on March 30, 2007. Mr. De Boeck retired from the Bank in 1986.
Marcial Cuellar, 84, of Daytona Beach, Florida on May 14, 2007. Mr. Cuellar retired from the Bank in 1982
Jean de Gryse, 84, of Oostende, Belgium, on April 9, 2007. Mr. De Gryse retired from the Bank in 1978.
Ruth Isbister, 94, of Toronto, Ontario, on April 6, 2007, spouse of Mr. Claude Isbister
Marie E. Linahan, 102, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, on April 4, 2007. Ms. Linahan retired from the Bank in 1970.
Fernando M. Machado, 77, of Falls Church, Virginia, on April 1, 2007. Mr. Machado retired from the Bank in 1988.
Philip J. Monaghan, 84, of Hillsborough, New Jersey, on 8-May-07, surviving spouse of Mrs. Genevieve A. Monaghan
Jeannette S. Orejuela, 62, of St-Lazare, Quebec, Canada, on March 14, 2007. Ms. Orejuela retired from the Bank in 2001.
C.P. Ranganathan, 73, of Rockville, Maryland, on April 14, 2007. Mr. Ranganathan retired from the Bank in 1998.
Miriam A. Robbin, 76, of Boca Raton, Florida, on May 2, 2007. Ms. Robbin retired from the Bank in 1986.
Marian V. Schaech, 82, of Cambridge, Maryland, on April 21, 2007, surviving spouse of J. Albert Schaech.
Carol W. Seppala, 58, of Arlington, Virginia, on February 22, 2007. Ms. Seppala retired from the Bank in 1982.
James K. Sheehan, 65, of Beltsville, Maryland, on March 27, 2007. Mr. Sheehan retired from the Bank in 1996.
Ursula Shepheard, 91, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2, 2007. Ms. Shepheard retired from the Bank in 1980.
Mary Spall, 87, of Torquay, Devon, UK, on March 17, 2007, spouse of William H. Spall
Hilda Spangler, 96, of Silver Spring, Maryland on April 25, 2007, surviving spouse of Charles D. Spangler.
Irma Tabita , 81, of Montgomery Village, Maryland, on April 7, 2007. Ms. Tabita retired from the Bank in 1989.
George I. Zarour, 75, of Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2007. Mr. Zarour retired from the Bank in 1996.