Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at:
Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
210 Holiday Court (where Forest Drive ends at Riva Road)
6:00 pm Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm Guest Speaker, usually including a question-and-answer period
9:00 pm Closing Remarks
Each meeting has a single invited guest speaker who represents a specific foreign country or is a representative of a major U.S. government organization, U.S. Congress or international-multilateral organization. Most often the speakers are Ambassadors who present major issues of interest and concern to them and the United States. In its almost 50 years of existence, the Club has enjoyed presentations by Ambassadors from more than 115 countries and regions throughout the world.
The guest presentation starts at approximately 8:00 pm and allows 15 to 20 minutes for questions and answers, usually ending at 9:00 pm. The audience submits questions on cards at the end of the presentation and most speakers answer all questions, without “boundaries”, as time allows.
The emphasis is always on informality, and each meeting is oriented toward casual and interesting dinner conversation. To further that objective, the Club also welcomes the guest speaker’s spouse, companion or associate at each dinner meeting.
- Cost of dinner is $35 per person, not including a cash bar open before each dinner.
- If you would like to come as a guest for a “trial membership”, contact the Membership or Reservation Chair.
September 4, 2019
His Excellency, Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, will address the International Club of Annapolis on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Ambassador Vseviov is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of Tarfu and has earned a Master’s degree, with honors, in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Before assuming his current duties, Ambassador Vedviov worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defense for ten years, rising to the post of Permanent Secretary in January 2016. He served as the Undersecretary for Defense Planning, the Undersecretary for Defense Policy, and the Director of Policy Planning. During his tenure at the Defense Ministry, the Ambassador had a leading role in shaping Estonia’s defense policy both domestically as well as internationally. He has also been involved with the preparation and implementation of NATO’s present deterrence and defense posture, including the execution of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland. During his previous tours of duty in Washington, D.C., the Ambassador was involved with the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program for Estonian citizens. In light of the 2007 cyber-attacks on Estonia, he was engaged in securing the political support of the U.S., and in 2014, Ambassador Vseviov worked on achieving additional assurance and deterrence measures from the U.S. From 2011 to 2013, the Ambassador was the academic dean of the Estonian National Defense Course. He has been giving lectures on international relations as well as Estonian security and defense policy in several universities. The Ambassador is married and the father of two children.
Previous Speakers for this Year’s Program
See History for previous years’ speakers.