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Iraqi visitors are hosted for dinner by Dave and Missie Schroeder, of Bedford

Friday, April 11, 2014

David Schroeder

Five young leaders from Iraq visited New Hampshire from March 9-13 to learn about issue based politics at the local, state and national level.

They were invited by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs under its International Leadership program. The group is hosted nationally by the Meridian International Center and in New Hampshire by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

WACNH develops an agenda for these visitors and others like them. This group’s agenda includes meetings with Libertarian Party of New Hampshire members Richard Khan and Rich Tomasso, candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Rubens, state Representatives John Burt and Raymond Gagnon, former Republican Chairman in New Hampshire Wayne McDonald, the Executive Director of the Granite State Organizing Project Sarah Knoy, the Director of the UNH Survey Center Andy Smith, the Political Director of WMUR James Pindell, officials of b-fresh Consulting Tyler Deaton and Sarah Stewart. The Iraqi visitors observed the Bow Town Meeting.

The Iraqis also visited Dave and Missie Schroeder at their home in Bedford for dinner on March 10, where they had lively discussions with other New Hampshire residents invited to meet them. Guests included Phillip and Carolyn Hollman, John and Janis Clover, Gus and Gail Garceau, Jean Chagnon and Nabil Migalli.

– Submitted by David Schroeder

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