Member dinners are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June.
They take place 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 for members and $40 for non-members, 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.
Wednesday, September 8th – Dinner at the Annapolis Doubletree Hotel
Presentation by the Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan, Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada. Also available via Zoom because of Covid concerns.
For Zoom, 7:45 pm to 8:00 pm — you can speak and be seen. You have the option of turning off your video camera (at the bottom of the Zoom page) 8:00 pm — the host will mute all microphones except those of the speakers.
Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, a post he assumed in September 2020. He will discuss the nature and value of US-Japan relations as seen from Japan’s perspective, how the situation in the Indo-Pacific is evolving, and its impact on the US.
Prior to his present position, he was Director General for Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Sous Sherpa for G20 and G7, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, and board member of several key international organizations. He joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987 and worked in the areas of trade and overseas development assistance, among others. Foreign postings include London 1990-1992; Moscow 1999-2001; Geneva 2001-2004; New Delhi 2011-2014; and most recently Washington D.C. 2014-2017.
Ambassador Tsukada has a law degree from Tokyo University and a master’s degree in History from Oxford University. Born on November 23, 1964; he is an amateur flutist and a lover of chess, contract bridge, and math problem solving.
We will be meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court Annapolis. The event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm; dinner at 7:00pm and our speaker will begin at 8:00pm. The Doubletree Hotel is very diligent in following health regulations as we emerge from the COVID 19 pandemic; as of time of issuing this invitation, service both during the cocktail hour and the dinner will be as normal. We are no longer taking reservations for specific groups, but if your group meets during the cocktail hour you should be able to join at a table. Please send in your reservations and check for the appropriate amount to the International Club of Annapolis Inc., P.O. Box 6742, MD 21401. Alternatively…visit our website ICA Annapolis.org to reserve on line and pay through PayPal or by credit card. The official deadline for receipt of reservations is noon Monday September 6th, reservations made after that deadline will be accommodated as space allows. Cancellations made after noon Monday will not be refunded.
See History for previous years’ speakers.