Speaker Date Topic
Jack Liebster Nov 12, 2019
Got Kids? What are They Worth to You?
Got Kids? What are They Worth to You?

 

 Marin County has always been forward-looking, and has begun to address the potential effects of sea level rise and climate disruption with the strategy of getting ahead of and minimizing the worst impacts. The County has completed “Vulnerability Assessments” for both the Bay and Ocean Shoreline, evaluating a series of scenarios of the potential risks arising as sea levels increase over time. For example, projections show that at 10 inches of sea level rise, combined with 1% chance storm, 4500 homes and businesses along the Bay shoreline would be flooded, 30 miles of roadways would be under water, and 200,000 residents, employees and commuters would have their lives disrupted. 

The County, local and regional agencies and Marin citizens are battling climate disruption on two fronts: “Mitigation” to reduce greenhouse gases that fuel the growing crisis, and “adaptation” to defend against and cope with a new normal of constant threatening change. Jack will provide an overview of what is going on, and what needs to be done.

Steve Almy Nov 19, 2019
"Spying: What It Is & What It Isn't"

Steve will talk about the type of work done by the Directorate of Operations--the most important part of the CIA.  Included will be examples of what "we don't do"--which will run counter to so much that has been written about the CIA and shown in Hollywood movies.

Eric Torney Nov 26, 2019
Marinship--World's Most Amazing Shipyard
Marinship--World's Most Amazing Shipyard

 

Eric will BRIEFLY tell the story of the WWII Marinship shipyard. Marinship was built on the extremely urgent request of the US Maritime Commission to promptly replace ships sunk by German U Boats and Japanese submarines during the opening phase of US involvement in WWII. As many as 80 ships per month were being sunk and US shipyard capacity had been decimated by the 1930's Depression, so on 2 March 1941 a request was made by the US Maritime Commission for six entirely new shipyards. The request was telegraphed to the W. A. Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco and they immediately responded by proposing a shipyard in Sausalito. Construction began less than four weeks later on 28 March and the first ship was launched less than six months after starting construction on 26 September. AMAZING! A  total of 93 ships were built before the shipyard was closed down within weeks of the Japanese surrender. The shipyard was taken over the US Corps of Engineers and not needed land and buildings were sold to the highest bidder.

John Geoghegan Dec 03, 2019
"The Midget Sub Attack on Pearl Harbor"
"The Midget Sub Attack on Pearl Harbor"

 

Most people think the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor relied on airplanes but the Imperial Japanese Navy not only had eleven subs surrounding Oahu but launched five mini-subs to attack battleship row as well. This lavishly illustrated presentation will tell the story of the midget sub attack on Pearl Harbor from the point of view of the Japanese officers who participated.

Mill Valley Middle School Chamber Orchestra AND Bl Dec 10, 2019
“Holiday Serenade”
“Holiday Serenade”

They will be performing a selection of  pieces that highlight the talent and dedication of these students, and they will have us tapping your toes.  These are KIDDO! Foundation funded ensembles co-directed by Mill Valley School District music teachers Phoebe Dong and Lori Adessa. 

Bob Minkin Jan 07, 2020
The Music Never Stopped—Marin County’s Music Scene photographed by Bob Minkin
The Music Never Stopped—Marin County’s Music Scene photographed by Bob Minkin

 

He will discuss his career and will present a slide show based on his recent books, The Music Never Stopped, a stunning hardcover coffee table book spanning over 25 years of music photography and stories from in Marin County and his his latest book, Just Jerry, his photographs of Jerry Garcia.  This will include slide show, book sales & signing.

Oak Dowling Jan 14, 2020
"An Intimate Portrait of an Unlikely Rock Star: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg"
"An Intimate Portrait of an Unlikely Rock Star: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg"

This lecture and clips from the documentary "RBG" will explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women.  Justice Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans, until now. Through clips from the documentary “RBG,” we will explore Ginsburg's life and career with emphasis on her legal legacy.

Paul Schwazbart Jan 28, 2020
“Reminiscences of a Hidden Holocaust Child”
“Reminiscences of a Hidden Holocaust Child”

Paul was born in Vienna in 1933.  After surviving the horrors of Kriostallnacht and the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany his family fled to Belgium in late 1938.  By 1943 Paul was completely fluent in French and really had no trouble “passing” for Belgian, but  he was readily identified as a Jew (wearing a HUGE Star of David on his chest) and subject to any mistreatment or even summary murder. Not only from the German occupiers, but even worse from the Belgian collaborators who had to prove themselves and were also very well paid. Jewish kids were no longer allowed in school, so that left Paul at loose ends while his mother worked for a kind Christian family, meaning that they saw each other early in the morning and late in the evening — at which time Paul obtained some food and much solace.  Matters went rapidly from horrible to more horrible. When a young partisan approached Paul’s mother with the proposal of saving his life if she gave him over to him, no questions asked.  She, with all the love a mother can muster, said “yes!” and let Paul disappear into the unknown with him.  And for the next 2 years they did not know whether the other was alive, and if so, where.

Ron Ronsano Feb 18, 2020
Space Travel For Thousands: Flights Starting in 2020!
Space Travel For Thousands: Flights Starting in 2020!

It's an exciting time for space flight.  For the first time, companies will be flying passengers from all over the world on commercial flights into space.  The initial journeys are set to begin in 2020.   Building on test flights from 2019 and earlier, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are ready to begin service for a new era of astronauts.  In this presentation, Ron will provide images and video from recent flights from both programs, plus details and personal perspective of what's involved and what's ahead.  

Peller Marion Mar 03, 2020
"Shark Attack & Other Mishaps"
"Shark Attack & Other Mishaps"

In early May of 2007, Peller was savaged and nearly killed by an eighteen-foot, three-thousand-pound tiger shark in the waters off Kihei, Maui. After it occurred, this shark attack was a human-interest story that generated national and international attention and played out publicly on television and in newspapers. But her recovery, both physical and emotional, has been a very private process—one she chronicles in her book "Shark Attack and Other Mishaps."

Juan Mendez and Maurice Van Daele May 05, 2020
The Student Exchange Experience.
The Student Exchange Experience.

Juan Mendez, a Junior at Tam from Santiago, Chile and Maurice Van Daele, a Senior at Tam from Lokeren, Belgium, are our Mill Valley exchange students this year, and we are extremely lucky to have them with us!  In their presentation they will explain a little about where they came from and what it's like, as well as what they are experiencing here in Mill Valley.  Since both boys are athletes and are taking part in sports at Tam High School,  (cross country and basketball), it would be fun to go watch them at work/play. These two are poster boys for what Rotary International and the Rotarian magazine loves to show off.    It is a pleasure to be involved with them.  Feel free to invite them to your house for a get-acquainted time full of fun.