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Non- Ski Season 2018

Annual General Meeting
and Dinner 2018

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Annual meeting and dinner 2018

Well we are now ending our non-ski trips for the season and looking forward to another spectacular few months of skiing.This dinner  was held at the Hermitage Banquet Hall in San Francisco. As you can see from the Photos above, we as usual  have good food, wine and company, even if the event was really our Annual General Meeting.
Our president Roger Avery kept the meeting short and sweet. Steve  Beck was voted to continue as Vice President and Don Magdanz as Treasurer.Both accepted their position for another two years. The Club thanks them both for the hard work they have put in over the past two years.
Much Thanks and appreciation also goes to Tami Belew and Norma Dillon for finding and organizing all the non-ski season events this past year.

Watch the top of the column to right of this one for upcoming ski events.
For a summary of the projected events go to the  green menu at the left this column  Tap the arrow on 2019 Skiing Tahoe and elsewhere
Thank you to Tony Suh for once again putting together  this year, a really good Ski season for us to enjoy

Rose Marie Avery


Santa Rosa tour of Luther Burbank House and Gardens and the Charles Schulz Museum

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Santa Rosa Trip


What a lovely day we had in Santa Rosa. We toured the Luther Burbank Gardens and learned how important he was to Californian Agriculture with his multiple experiments of grafting and seeding and enquiry. He spent his whole life looking for different and  improved plants to grow in our fertile soil.

Men and women are still experimenting and carrying on his legacy in these gardens  

We then toured his house and learned about his life and how he and his wife lived.
Our lunch, enjoyed by all, was at an unexpected place at the

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport,Sky Lounge. In the 

afternoon we  visited the Charles Schulz Memorial Museum. This brought back lots of memories for our group and it was quite amazing how prolific he was. Our Docent was a friend of his and was able to give great insight as to what made this man tick.
Thanks once again to Norma and Tami for their research and organization which gave us all such a splendid day out.
Rose Marie Avery

Remember to look Top Right of this screen for future events


Tour of San Quentin Prison

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San Quentin outing


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 


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Presidio walk,A.I. lecture May 2018


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  

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Benecia Outing


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

ACTIVITY NEWS

Ski Season 2018


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Snow Basin




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

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Northstar and Lake Tahoe Skiing 12th-16th February


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

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Ist ski trip 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

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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



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