Non- Ski Season 2018
Tour of San Quentin Prison
This outing was amazingly interesting, informative and often emotional. 7or 8 prisoners volunteered to talk with us . They were extremely forthcoming about their reasons for incarceration. They spoke to us about their life at San Quentin and how they were taking advantage of the many programs offered them with a view to easing them back into normal life on release. They stayed with us during the tour of the facility, generously answering all our questions. We saw where the prisoners produced the prison newspaper. It was very professional in every way and was produced once a month. The prisoners also produce a pod cast called earhustle. It won an international contest in 2016 from 1500 entrants. We also saw the recreation Quad, the prisoners cells ,the hospital and the prison ER, the prisoner made murals and the old very dark dungeons from the 1800s.lastly we saw the execution chamber. All our very many questions were answered.
The cages you see above of some of our members in cages are used for the prisoners during group therapy. What looked like a very non therapeutic situation is in fact well thought out. By doing this the prisoner are safe and can speak freely as no prison guards have to be present and other prisoners cannot become violent towards another. The Therapist is also safe.
We spent about 4 hours on this tour which kept our interest all the time.
Thankyou Don, Tami and Norma for arranging this excellent tour.
If you want more information about the podcast you can find it at www.earhustles.com
Rose Marie Avery
SF Walk and Artificial Intelligence Talk
Well we got off to a good start for our Non- ski season activities.
Our third outing of the this season was a resounding success. A wonderful walk around the Presidio in San Francisco was led by John Maerzke. We walked about four miles and really enjoyed the wonderful paths,forest,views of the Bay, and Coastal bluffs, and Andy Goldsworthy's Natural Art. Of course we started our outing with food at the Presidio Cafe.
After the walk we went to Penny and Eds Home for Happy Hour and very substantial appetizers organized by Joy Crist
When we were replete Ed Feighenbaum treated us to a fascinating lecture on "What is artificial intelligence. " He then gave generously of his time answering our numerous questions with humor and patience. I believe we came away with a greater insight and admiration for some one who can make this subject so interesting.
Thank you John Maerzke, Penny Nii,Ed Feighenbaum, Joy Reed for a great day, and of course Tami Belew and Norma Dillon and Don Magdens, for doing the overall organization. We also thank all those who helped set up our evening drinks and sumptuous repast
See you on our next outing of a St Quentin prison tour and Lunch on June 14th
Rose Marie Avery
Outing to The Benicia Ghost Walk and house tour
Well we got of to a good start for our Non- ski season activities.
A number of us met at the Lindsay Art Glass Studio in Benicia and watched a demonstration in Glass blowing. The blower had one piece that broke but that is par for the course when such a delicate piece is being produced.We then were taken through the Old State Capitol mansion. This had served as the state capital for 13 months in 1853-1854. It was very interesting indeed. We all then sat down for a good dinner with the usual conviviality and enjoyment. Later in the evening most of us joined "The fun Ghost Walk in Benicia" . It was led by Paranormal investigators telling us spooky tales of the paranormal history of Benicia. It was interactive and fun.
For our next two activities See upper Right column of this screen . Make sure you sign up in plenty of time
The closing date for our tour of San Quentin state jail now passed.
We do however look forward to many attending the San Francisco Walk and Artificial intelligence talk. Of course there will be food
Rose Marie Avery
Ski Season 2018
We are at the end of a busy ski season which was enjoyed by all who took part. There were 5 trips to Northstar and Heavenly at Tahoe. and also trips to Mammoth, Utah and Japan. The Japan trip included time in Tokyo and time in the Japanese Alps at Hakuba Valley.
It was a successful. and enjoyable season.
Our thanks goes to Tony Suh's whose organization made it possible for us to join the 70 + organization at both Utah and Japan and join our LA sister ski Club at Mammoth. This all added to the enjoyment and variety of our club events,
We are now looking forward to our Summer and Fall events. Look to the Top right of this page to see what has already been planned thanks to Tammi Beleuw and Norma Dillon. There will be something planned for most months of the summer and fall season and we look forward to many participants taking part . So keep looking there to see what is next and sign up or else you will miss a great time
Rose Marie Avery.
February Ski trip
We were off out again to ski the Tahoe area. We started in North star on Sunday and then joined the mid week group at Heavenly for Wednesday morning skiing All in all 20 plus people enjoyed the week . More snow had fallen or was made and there were more runs opener our enjoyment . Every one could find good skiing. Friday began to get crowded as the Presidents holiday week end was upon us, but it was still fun. Other than Skiing we had a party and Tami and Bill's place on Tuesday followed on Wednesday by a Valentines dinner at the lake side Inn.- Yum. Thursday evening was hosted by Penny in her suite with Pizza with Sides and drinks . I would say this was a pretty good week for all . Thanks to Tami Bill and Penny for hosting the evening fun.
The club is joining the 70 plus club for a trip to Utah at the end of February and a trip to Japan for skiing and site seeing in March. We join OTHG -LA club at Mammoth in March.
Watch the top right hand column for info on our next trips to the Tahoe area.
Rose Marie Avery
First ski trip of the season January 2018
Well the club was off to a good start in the ski season at Lake Tahoe, despite the lack of huge snowfall. However everyone found reasonable skiing.Some members spent the first part of the week at North Star and then more members joined them for skiing at Heavenly .On the Wednesday evening most of the group met at the Blue Angel Diner for a noisy good time with good eats.On the Thursday night everyone partied at Warren and Carolanne’s House . Everyone enjoyed themselves and thanks both of them for hosting. Since then we have had more snow and all are looking forward to the next ski trip at the end of January. ( See up coming events to the right. )
Non-Members who wish to join us contact the membership secretary by clicking on “Contact us” in the "green tabs" on the left of screen
Rose Marie Avery
Annual Meeting and Dinner 2017
We had our meeting at dinner at our usual restaurant, but at its new location. It turned out that the restaurant was not officially opened, so we were the first party they had. As usual, they did a marvelous job. The room was a bit smaller, but it was still great. In fact, because it was a little more crowded, people seemed to be able to mix more easily and we had a very good time
Reports from the board took place
Electionof officers to next years board occurred
President Roger Avery, re-elected in absentia. ( that will teach to be on vacation during the annual Meeting ) He has accepted
Tami Belew - was elected as secretary
Norma Dillon and Tami Belew will Co-Chair the non ski activities position.
Happy Holidays to all, and we look forward to great New Year for everyone
Rose Marie avery