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This Month's
MGM Speaker
Our MGM is 7:30 pm, Friday, 19 July 2019. This month we are honored to have the former American Ambassador to the United Nations, Sichan Siv, address our members. His presentation—George Bush 41—will address the presidency of George H. W. Bush, under whom he served as Whitehouse Deputy Assistant. In 1976 he escaped Cambodia’s killing fields and settled as a refugee in Connecticut with his mother’s scarf, an empty rice bag, and two dollars. His first jobs in America included working in an apple orchard and driving a New York City taxi cab. Through hard work, perseverance and determination, he attended college, earned U.S. Citizenship, and became involved in American politics. Ambassador Siv holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. He also attended the Army War College, FBI Citizens Academy, and Air War College, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George H.W. Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service, DAR Americanism Medal, U.S. Army Commander’s Award, Anne Frank Lifetime Achievement Award, and Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture and History Honors. From 1989 to 1993, Ambassador Siv served at The White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In 2001, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President George W. Bush as an ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, Ambassador Siv represented the United States at the 60th anniversary of the U.N., in the footsteps of Presidents Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965 and Clinton in 1995. He is the international bestselling author of the American dream story Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America, and the author of the political thriller Golden State: Love and Conflict in Hostile Lands.