June 12, 2018Nelson Mullins’ Trish Markus appointed to N.C. Institute of Medicine
June 28, 2018
Before You Cottage
The 100 degree, 100 percent humidity down here is a powerful reminder that folks up there are now likewise also in the throes of summertime. We say, good on ya!
With that in mind (and knowing much of Canada is about to hit the cottage for the next few weeks) Team Wilkins wants to take the time now to wish all y’all a very happy Canada Day and a safe and peaceful summer season.
And with the Canada Day-US Independence Day holidays celebrated so closely together, we especially want to thank and praise our military heroes in both countries. We are free only because of their service and sacrifice. May God keep all of them and their families safely in His grip.
CAPP on Capitol Hill – Your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, started his week in Washington, DC where he welcomed members of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) for a number of meetings on and around Capitol Hill.
It was great to visit with a number of folks especially the always uber-informed Laura Dawson of the Wilson Center.
Last week, Wilkins jump started his week in Toronto for meetings of the Mattamy Homes Board.
Discussing Diplomacy in Dallas – From Toronto, he flew on down to Dallas, Texas where he was privileged to participate on a very distinguished panel at the George W. Bush Presidential Center tasked with discussing The Role of American Diplomacy Today.
About 225 people attended the off-the-record chat where open remarks were made by none other than former President George W. Bush.
Following the president’s remarks, a panel moderated by Jeanne L. Phillips who was the ambassador of the US to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (2001-2003) took a deep dive into the changing face of international diplomacy. Panelists included former US Ambassador to the UN John Negroponte; former US Ambassador to the European Union Kristen Silverberg and your former US Ambassador to Canada.
Wilkins also enjoyed seeing many old friends including former Bush Commerce Secretary Don Evans; former Bush White House Communications Director Karen Hughes, and of course the president and former First Lady Laura Bush.
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Wilkins With the Win – Our Ottawa friends well remember that David and Susan Wilkins spent their last summer in your beloved city waiting on the arrival of their beloved grandbabies – twins Whit and Clary – born in June 2008.
Flash forward to 2018 and the twins are still most beloved and quite the little personalities. Meanwhile, their dad, Major Robert Wilkins, is serving our country right now on duty overseas attached to the South Carolina National Guard.
So when a big Father-Son tennis tournament came up last month in Greenville, SC, David stepped in for Robert and partnered up with 10-year-old Whit to take on the other dynamic dad-son duos!
Let’s just say Whit takes after his grandad (read: losing is never, ever an option "Big Dave") and the two went on to win their division and score some pretty cool hardware.
Dynamic duo! Tennis buddies – and winners! – Whit and David Wilkins!
Word has it that Whit is already planning on winning next year’s competition and has a spot cleared on his shelf for that trophy – a chip off the ol' Big Dave block!
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