The Vermont Council on World Affairs is a great way to experience the world without even leaving Burlington. As a Board member and volunteer for the Council, 2016 was a wonderful year of experiences. Patricia and Vinson completed their first full year of dealing with the State Department and Open World and we doubled the number of visitors we received. This was incredibly impressive. Board members and others were able to host tourism groups from a number of countries including Brunei and Azerbaijan and also meet an Open World group from Kazakhstan. What an opportunity. This year will be equally exciting. I recommend any and all to participate in VCWA events. Let the world come right to your doorstep here in Vermont.