June 21st: Lauren Vuong - A REFUGEE'S GRATITUDE TO USA

In 1980, Lauren Vuong and 61 other Vietnamese refugees were adrift and dying in the South China Sea.  From seven miles away, a deckhand on the last minutes of his 4 a.m. -8 a.m. bow watch sighted their wooden craft against  the sunrise.  He notified Captain Schonn of the American-flagged LNG Virgo.  The captain ordered the rescue and changed the course of 62 lives.

Seven years old at the time, Lauren did not speak English and she did not know the identity of her savior, but she never forgot the compassion that saved her family.   Now an attorney, she spent decades searching for the officers and crew involved in her rescue.   She will speak about her two journeys:  one to freedom, the other in gratitude.



1/4 - GGBC 2017 Kick Off Featuring the Honorable Mike Hanlon's Year in Review.

1/11- James Dixon: Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles in the Bay Area. 

1/18 - Mike Kress and Tony Cantando: Economic Forecasting - The Real Forecaster

1/25 - Kary Witt: The Golden Gate Bridge, A Peek Behind The Curtain


Feb 1 - Alex Randolph: SF Parks

Feb 8 - James Dixon SF Architect, Part II - Bay Area Victorian and Edwardian Architecture Style

Feb 15 - Will Durst: laughing at Politics

Feb 22 - Tim Murray: Mercy for Vets, Bring Honor back to Homeless Veterans


Mar 1    Trump and the Judiciary, GGBC Judges Panel, The Judicial Branch's Role in American Democracy. A panel discussion with four Active and Retired Local, State and Federal Judges

Mar 8    Andrew Gunther, Talking Climate Change

Mar 15  Ben Davis & Vanessa Inn, Illuminate The Arts

Mar 22  Emily Schaffer, Executive Director, Year Up Bay Area,

Mar 29  Kent Campbell, Engineering Influence - Exploring Fake News


Apr 5    Carole Rodoni, Bay Area Economist, Author

Apr 12   Hank Parker, author and former US Government advisor on agro-terrorism

Apr 19   GGBC New Kids

Apr 26   John Rothmann, The Trump Administration 100 days


May 3: Bruce Frankel: Author, Giving Back

May 10 OFFSITE: Salvation Army Harbor Light, 9th and Harrison

May 17 Mohammed Nuru, Director San Francisco Public Works

May 24 Retired FBI Special Agent's Panel Discussion

May 31 Jon Foley, Executive Director, William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair, California Academy of Sciences 



June 8 (Thursday) Inter Club Meeting -  East Bay, Lake Merritt

June 10 (Saturday) Dick Pohli Memorial Bocci Tournament, Marin Bocci Federation, 10a - 4p

June 14 Wednesday @ MMC: James "Jim" Clement: A Life at NASA plus Q&A

June 21, 2017 Lauren Vuong: A Refugee's Gratitude to the USA

June 28, 2017  Mark Lundholm : Addicted, A Comedy of Substance