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Oct 27, 2014
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"It’s More Than a Horse Race: Secrets of the Track, And How California Chrome Lost the Triple Crown"

Golden Gate Fields has been where “The Bay comes to Play” since 1947. It is the last remaining thoroughbred horse racing facility in Northern California. Michael Roberts of Golden Gate Fields will present a general overview of the race track along with a behind the scenes perspective. A highlight of the presentation will be a detailed racing analysis of what went wrong for the race favorite California Chrome on the final leg of the Triple Crown, “The Belmont Stakes,” on Saturday June 7, 2014.

Our speaker, Michael Roberts, is a California native raised in San Ramon. His love of horses began at an early age when he started working at Lacy’s Arabian Center in Castro Valley where he worked as a ranch hand in exchange for riding lessons. After graduating from Sacramento State University in 1995 he worked as a manager for Radio Shack before landing his dream job in the group sales department at Bay Meadows Racecourse in San Mateo. When that track was slated to be closed he transferred to Golden Gate Fields in the summer of 2004. Michael has been working in the horse racing industry for over 17 years. He is a member of the Berkeley Rotary Club and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, which will have its annual “Chamber Day at the Races” at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 31.

Nov 03, 2014
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"ON SOLAR ENERGY: SAVINGS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT"

ON SOLAR ENERGY: SAVINGS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

I. Progressions of Power

        A. Use of Light and Heat

        B. Past, Present, & Future Energy

         1. Agriculture

                              2. Industry

         3. Technology

II. ‘Let There Be Light’

        A. The P.V. Effect

        B. The Star of Our Show (Sun)

                          C. Harvesting/Harnessing Light

III. PV=$2 (Solar makes free electricity)

                         A. Utility vs. Versatility

          1. What is Net Energy Metering?

                                2. Trail of Tiers (Utility pricing)

                         B. Compare/Contrast your expenses

IV. You’re in Good Company

        A. Who is The Solar Company?

        B. Local- Professional-

V. Stall or Install?

        A. Design My System

        B. Nice Problems to Have

BIO

Mixing with homeowners may be a bit ironic; Gary Rappenecker hasn't owned a home since 1997, when he and his wife sold out lock, stock, & barrel to do volunteer work in South America & East Africa.

Although he hasn't recently owned land, (he IS shopping; any realtors in the room?) he has covered plenty. Having spent years in places where infrastructure and governments are unstable and unpredictable, working in the solar energy sector has been a welcome way to return to the United States. The sun stays steady when nothing else seems to.

 

With The Solar Company’s creative focus on education, environment, & new ideas, they gladly found a place for Mr. Rappenecker upon his return to the US in 2010.

At today’s event, he will briefly summarize the expertise of his colleagues who are veterans in the solar field. Feel free to ask questions, lend your knowledge, or even do a bit of heckling.

Nov 10, 2014
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"LIFE IN THE ARMY WITH ALISA"

Everyone's favorite daughter/solder will talk about what she's been doing recently, like her team that is headed to Africa to fight Ebola, her experience in Kuwait and Africa, and her new Battalion command at Ft Benning, GA.

COL ALISA WILMA is John & Robin Wilma's daughter.  She is a Veterinarian, and serves a vital function in the Army - keeping our soldier's food supply safe.  She has had assignments in many of the most dangerous places in the news.  This will be a DON'T MISS talk.

Nov 17, 2014
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"Computer Simulations of Earthquake Ground Shaking on the Hayward Fault"

In this talk Mr. Rodgers will summarize earthquake hazard posed by the Hayward Fault. He will describe how computer simulations can be used to estimate ground shaking intensity for possible ruptures of the Hayward Fault. Strong shaking is expected is inferred from reports of the M6.8 1868 earthquake that shook the East Bay. This work involves the effort of many people working at LLNL, the USGS and academia.

Arthur Rodgers is a seismologist/geophysicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he has worked since 1997. He holds PhD in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2010 he was a Fulbright Scholar to France and in 1979-1980 he was a Rotary Exchange student to Brazil.



 

Nov 24, 2014
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"A WILL TO END HUNGER IN ALAMEDA COUNTY"

Suzan Bateson, the executive director of Alameda County Community Food Bank will talk about what it will take to end hunger by 2018. She believes that her organization can do it if they build a movement in Alameda County and get more community members engaged. She will share her thoughts about why ACCFB serves 1 in 5 Alameda County residents and how we can work together to end the cycle. Bateson will also talk about the change she’s managed over the years and the path that lead her to being an outspoken advocate for low-income children and adults. Spoiler alert: she’ll ask for your help, but you may be surprised by what she requests.

BIO:

Suzan W. Bateson has been the Executive Director of Alameda County Community Food Bank since 2001. During this time, the Food Bank has more than tripled its budget from $3.7 million to $12.3 million, doubled its roster of employees more than doubled its annual food distribution to 26.6 million pounds. She was the first Food Bank leader in California to ban the distribution of carbonated beverages, promising her board of directors that she would replace the million-pound loss in distribution with farm-fresh produce. Since Bateson’s pledge in 2005, the Food Bank has increased its distribution of produce from 1 million to 15.2 million pounds annually -- more than half of the total food distributed.

Bateson serves on the board of directors of the California Association of Food Bank and is that board’s former president. Suzan is a member of two Feeding America advisory committees: Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee (PEAC) and LEAD advisory team on communications and messaging. Suzan also serves on the advisory committees for Food Day and Junior League of Oakland-East Bay.

Bateson attended California College of the Arts and was a participant in the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She lives in Moraga with her husband, John

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