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Speakers & Luncheon Series, Pat Simpkinson is recognized for her service as club treasurer, June 8, 2016.

2017 Speakers & Topics  

April   Jody Sanford, Associate Director 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, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction
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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