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Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser, May 10, 2017.

2019 Speakers & Topics

January The speaker was John Knox, Executive Director Emeritus, Earth Island Institute (EII).

2018 Speakers & Topics

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
November Our speaker was Anne Evers Hitz, a fifth-generation San Franciscan who gathered together images from libraries and private collections to tell the story of San Francisco's Ferry Building.
October Our speaker was Jennifer Stojkovic, a Canadian, and the Executive Director of sfciti.org
September   Our speaker was Ana Blanco, Executive Director of the 16th Annual International Ocean Film Festival.

May

Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Our speaker was Colonel Fred Rutledge, President of the Royal Canadian Legion, San Francisco Branch 25 and a member of the branch for over 35 years.
March Speaker was our own member, Dr. Heather Hudson. She gave an illustrated talk about her trip through the Northwest Passage and talked about her work with indigenous people in the Canadian North and Alaska.
February Our new Consul General of Canada, Rana Sarkar, was our special guest and brought us up to date on important Canadian issues. We found out the latest on Canadian happenings and those issues affecting us here in the U.S.
January The speaker was Susan Burnett from CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.

2017 Speakers & Topics  

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction
November Bonnie Weiss presented, "Thanks for the Memories," about Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
October Our speaker was Allison Hermance from WildCare in San Raphael.
September A representative of the Asian Art Museum presented "The Silk Road: Globalization in the Ancient World."
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Jody Sanford, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the Presidio Trust spoke to us regarding happenings in the Presidio and updates from the Presidio Trust.
March Dr. Rita Ross took the audience on a literary trip across Canada, visiting the sites associated with favorite authors. 
February Our Consul General, Brandon Lee brought us up to date on Canadian issues and, as usual, was open to answering questions from our members and guests.
January The speaker was Jaida Im, the founder and executive director of Freedom House.

2016 Speakers & Topics

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
November David Stewart spoke about Canada and Canadian Civic Community in the Bay Area.
October Our speaker was Therese Poletti who delighted us with her presentation, "Grand Emporiums of Old San Francisco.”
September Our honorary Co-President, Giovanna Mingarelli, spoke about her life: The Story of a Nomadic Canadian Entrepreneur.
June "Why I Love Opera" featured renowned pianist Bruce Olstad and Roberta Wain-Becker, founder of Golden Gate Opera.
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Dr. Carol Beran from St. Mary’s College in Moraga talked with us about Canadian authors and the 2013 Nobel Prize winner for literature, Alice Munro.
March

Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City spoke to us about San Francisco's first organization wholly dedicated to ecological conservation,
restoration and stewardship of the city's bioregions.

February Our Consul General, Mr. Brandon Lee, spoke to members and guests and brought us up-to-date on Canadian affairs.
January Jolie Velazquez, from the WWI Historical Association’s speaker’s bureau, presented, "What Did You Do in the Great War, Mommy?" which is a take-off
on a well-known recruitment poster of children asking Daddy what he did in the war.

2015 Speakers & Topics  

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction
November Irene Bloemraad, Ph.D., spoke about results of the 42nd Canadian Federal Election.
October Brian Andrew, MD presented "Neurosurgery in China," based on his recent trip to that country.
June Laura Ackley spoke about the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition featured in her book, "San Francisco's Jewel City."
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Gary Kamiya on “How Cable Cars Rose to Become an Emblem of the City.”
March Two of our members, Lynne Anderson & Brenda Kaufman-Nelson, demonstrated how to improve quality of life through physical activity and exercise.
February
   Canadian Consul General, Ms. Cassie Doyle, spoke about forced and child marriage around the world.
January Carol Rossi & Joanne Garrison presented "Behind the Scenes of Bouquets to Art."

2014 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction
November Jan Wahl spoke about Canadian films and actors.
October Donald MacDonald spoke about the Bay Bridge and other projects on which he was the architect.
June Jennifer Belke, Child Life Specialist and Pet Therapy Handler for Canine Companions for Independence
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Des Desvernine spoke about his life as an undercover FBI agent and his career in law enforcement.
March Joanne Hayes White, Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department, spoke about her life, career, and safety tips for us all
February       Irene Bloemraad, Chair of Canadian Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley spoke about immigration
January Canadian Consul General, Ms. Cassie Doyle, brought us up-to-date on Consular activities 

2013 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Luncheon, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale Fundraiser
November Daniel Bacon, "Barbary Coast Trail" and "Madams of the Barbary Coast"
October Pat Curcio, President, General Manager, and Coach, San Francisco Bulls
June Audrey Moy, Crime Prevention Specialist
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Charles Fracchia, "How the Gold Rush Created San Francisco"
March Stephanie Rhoades-Bickham, 42nd Street Moon Theatre
February Representatives of Cassie Doyle, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco | Silicon Valley
January Joycee Wong, Curator at the Wells Fargo History Museum

2012 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale Fundraiser
November Ursula Marsten, White Rose Society in Germany
October Janet Reilly, 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge
June Mary Beth Culler, The Walt Disney Family Museum
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Brian Andrews, M.D., Cherokee Neurosurgeon: A Biography of Charles Byron Wilson, M.D.
March Marilyn St. Germain Hall, North West Services Peace Program
February Canadian Consul General, San Francisco, Cassie Doyle
January Lorraine Hennessy, A Career in Broadcasting

2011 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale Fundraiser
November Author, Robert P.J. Cooney Jr., 100 years of Women's Suffrage 
October K9 Division, San Francisco Police Department 
June Captain Cynthia L. Stowe, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, San Francisco
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser 
April Ellen Harden, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, Balenciaga and Spain
March Singer, John Siracusa
February Canadian Consul General, San Francisco, Cassie Doyle
January Pat Hanson Thomson, Behind the Scenes at Bouquets to Art

2010 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale Fundraiser
November Author and Historian, Woody LaBounty, Carville-by the-Sea, San Francisco's Streetcar Suburb 
October Ellen Harden, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, The Birth of impressionism; Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay
June Megan Delehanthy, Adventures in Mountain Climbing
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser 
April Ellen Harden, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, Cartier in America
March A Day At The Races, Golden Gate Fields 
February Ara Lotfijou, Consul for Administration and Consular Affairs, Canadian Consulate, San Francisco
January Joe Marchi, expert in the American Musical, Great Songs We All Know from Broadway Musicals that Failed

2009 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
November Nancy Nehring, The History of Buttons
October Ellen Harden, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs
June Hats and Hair Through History, also wear your favorite hat day
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Nina LePage & Marirose Pisslou, Eat Well to Feel Well
March Mary Spalding playing her steel pan with music for all occasions
February Rhonda Rubinstein discussed her role as Creative Director of the California Academy of Sciences
January Margaret Gordon, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco,  Yves St. Laurent

2008 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
November Amy Taub talked about the Visual Arts Centers' program for people with developmental disabilities who can work on various art projects
October Kay PayneFine Arts Museums San Francisco, "Westward Ho" stories of settlers who traveled west in the 19th century
June Scott Holiday provided guitar program of sound and music
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Tom Laursen from the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society spoke about touring the grounds
March Carmen Blair, Deputy Director of the San Mateo County Historical Association presented "The Great Estates of the Peninsula"
February Marc Le Page, Canadian Consul General, San Francisco, spoke about the Canadian Foreign Service
January Our topic was Marie Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles at the Legion of Honor

2007 Speakers and Topics

December Annual Holiday Party, Silent Auction, and Bake Sale
November Bert Newmark, WWII Fighter Pilot, shared his wartime experiences of being shot down and spending 2 ½ years in a concentration camp
October Mary Spalding presented a steel drum concert
June Heather Kitchen, Executive Director of A.C.T. reported on her Canadian background in regional theater, which led to her present occupation
May Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser
April Ellen Harden, Docent, Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, Puttin' On The Ritz: Masterpieces of French Jewelry
March No meeting held due to cancellation of the Bay Meadows "Day at the Races"
February Terumi Leinow talked about the Spirit of Feng Shui
January             Stefanie McCullum, Canadian Consulate member, spoke about being involved in the Foreign Service

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