Aug 25, 2014
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"Life in the locker room of Major League Baseball"

Mike will discuss how he started working for the A's at the tender age of 12 and through his hard work and tireless attention to detail managed to parlay it into one of only 30 jobs like it - managing the Club House for the Visiting Locker room in the Major Leagues.  His program will cover what his job entails, behind the scenes details of life with Major League Players, what it's like to be on a team that won a World Series and how the team is on their way to winning the World Series this season.  He will also share what it was like to meet Brad Pitt and the experience of the film "Moneyball".

Mike "Mikey" Thalblum has worked for the A's for 35 years and has been the Visiting Club House Manager since 1993.  He lives in Dublin with his wife Janine, Immediate Past President of Rotary Club of Dublin and his two sons, Stewart Robert (age 12) - named after famed pitchers Dave Stewart and Bob Welch and Jonathan David (age 10).  On his time off he enjoys time with his family and playing his favorite card game of Omaha.

Sep 08, 2014
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 After gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 an “unholy alliance” developed between the emerging gambling industry and the world of “organized crime.”  That alliance evolved over several decades and no longer exists.  Our guest speaker, Tom Lorentzen, was a student of this “alliance” and its evolution and was a participant in the Mob’s eviction from Las Vegas and Nevada.  Mr. Lorentzen has known every Governor of Nevada since 1950 and played a key role in working with key law enforcement officials, political leaders and journalists during the period of time when this alliance was broken, particularly between 1978 and 1982 in Las Vegas.



Mr. Lorentzen resided in Nevada for a period of 21 years, starting in 1968 and ending in 2001.  He earned a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and a B.A. degree from CSUEB.  He was the first Executive Director for a political party in Nevada and was based in Las Vegas.  Lorentzen later was appointed to serve in three Presidential administrations.  His last appointment was as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from 2006 to 2009 with lead responsibilities in Calif., AZ, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Region.  Previously he served at the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. General Services Administration.  He also received a Presidential appointment to the National Board at the Institute of Museum & Library Services, for which he received Senate confirmation.  He presently provides strategic consulting services under the auspices of “Health Approaches” and is also affiliated with (and co-founder) the Global Intelligence Network in Las Vegas.  Articles written by Mr. Lorentzen have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Daily Review, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Business Press.  He resides in Castro Valley and writes a monthly column for the Castro Valley Forum.


Sep 15, 2014
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Ed Jellen, a California native born in Los Angeles, is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and of U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). After his law school graduation in 1971, Ed joined the legal department of Bank of America. In 1978, Ed left the bank to start his own law firm with a colleague. The firm limited its practice to bankruptcy and insolvency law. Thereafter, Ed was elected Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the San Francisco Bar Association.

In 1987, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Ed to serve as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, a position he held for 25 years. Ed served seven of those years as Chief Judge of the nine-judge Northern District Bankruptcy Court. He has also served as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges and as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judge Education Committee. Ed co-authored Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy, which appeared in the California Bankruptcy Journal annually from 1996 - 2005.

Ed has also served as a member of the adjunct faculties of both U.C. Berkeley and Stanford law schools, teaching courses in federal bankruptcy law. Ed is a member of the Rotary Club of Oakland. He joined the club in 1997, several months after being invited to attend a meeting as the club’s guest luncheon speaker. Ed went on to serve as chair of many of the club’s committees, a member of its board of directors, and President during the club’s Centennial year, 2008-2009. During his years as a Rotarian, Ed has participated in numerous Rotary trips. These include visits to Ghana as part of District 5170’s first polio eradication mission to that country, Vietnam and Cambodia, helping deliver school supplies and clothing to a number of orphanages, and Guatemala, where Oakland Rotary has installed sanitary stoves and helped bring clean water to the Mayan village of Chibaquib.

Ed has served District 5170 as Asst. Governor for Large Clubs, Asst. Governor for Area 1, and as Chair of the District Conference in 2013.

Ed resides in Oakland with his wife, Julie. He is an avid reader and crossword puzzler, loves American and English history, and also enjoys photography, bridge, and listening to 50’s rock and roll music.

Sep 22, 2014
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Don't miss what promises to be a very entertaining program by one of the best public speakers in Alameda County, our own Charley Plummer. 

Charley will talk about growing up in Fort Bragg and how that experience helped prepare him for Law Enforcement.  If you have ever sat with Charley, you know he has had many interesting experiences.  He will talk about arrests he made over the years with Berkeley & Hayward police departments and Sheriffs Office.  He arrested Huey Newton, his first arrest in 1957-Arrest of Sony Barger of the Hells Angels and others. 

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