Events


Nov
19
7:00 am07:00

Cathy Scharetg, Semper Fi Fund

Our dear past GGBC president and current great pal, Cathy Scharetg has been working with the Marine Semper Fi Fund for many years and has become an ambassador to this fine organization. Come learn more about how Semper Fi Fund supports our returning troops who are dealing with considerable challenges upon getting back to civilian life.

Nov
12
7:00 am07:00

HERO'S DAY

WELCOME BACK HERO'S DAY! For decades, Hero's day has been our opportunity to say thank you to our local first responders including the SFPD and the SFFD. This year we'll be honoring select folks who have demonstrated true brave and courage in the line of duty. A great event to bring your kids and special guests.

Richard Corriea
Nov
5
7:00 am07:00

Richard Corriea

Richard Corriea's presentation is sure to be an interesting perspective about his 34 year career in law enforcement.  From his time as a deputy sheriff to becoming commander of SFPD''s metro division, you can expect to hear some interesting anecdotes,  lessons learned, personal safety advice  and some "inside baseball" about public safety in San Francisco.  

The Radio Doctor, Mike Smith, M.D.
Oct
22
7:00 am07:00

The Radio Doctor, Mike Smith, M.D.

Michael A. Smith, M.D. … together with respected experts on health, wellness, fitness and medicine … provides cutting‑edge health information to empower listeners to make better health choices.

New Kids with a Twist
Oct
15
7:00 am07:00

New Kids with a Twist

Join us in officially welcoming three new members of our august group, plus get to know some surprising facts about one of our more "senior" members. It's always a lot of fun, so come join us this WEDNESDAY.

US NAVY'S BLUE ANGELS
Oct
9
7:00 am07:00

US NAVY'S BLUE ANGELS

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

Gary Brechin: The Living New Deal
Sep
10
7:00 am07:00

Gary Brechin: The Living New Deal

The Living New Deal has undertaken an ambitious rediscovery of the New Deal's forgotten legacy and has begun mapping the New Deal's accomplishments in California and now the United States. This projects is dedicated to cataloging the thousands of New Deal Structures and artwork in every state.

Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. / Numismatics
Sep
3
7:00 am07:00

Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. / Numismatics

Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. has unique credentials as a numismatic authority.  He earned the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Numismatics granted by Northwestern University, simultaneously earning another B.A. in History. Graduate and post graduate studies at the Union Institute and University, Northwestern, Drake and Johns Hopkins Universities along with the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society and Smithsonian Institution earned Don the first doctorate in numismatics ever granted in the United States.

Dr. Kagin’s numismatic fields of expertise are in Pioneer gold coins, United States currency and numismatic investments.  He authored the most comprehensive book to date in his field, Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States, which won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s “Best Book of the Year” award. Don contributes to the Official Guide to United States Coins, the Coin and Currency Dealer Newsletter, which he founded, and regularly features articles in the nation’s leading numismatic periodicals. Dr. Kagin has received the coveted Heath Literary Award for several of his articles. His work can be found in national publications such as Money magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. He has also lectured and taught across the United States, conducted seminars and educational forums, and made several radio and television appearances including Good Morning America and multiple shows on the History Channel.

Joel Engardio: A Moderate Revolution, Starting with schools
Aug
27
7:00 am07:00

Joel Engardio: A Moderate Revolution, Starting with schools

Joel Engardio is an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Examiner. He also directs public relations efforts for the national non-profit Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Previously, Engardio was a communications strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Engardio won the sole endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle when he ran for District 7 supervisor in 2012. Engardio holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Bert Hill: My two wheeled journey
Aug
20
7:00 am07:00

Bert Hill: My two wheeled journey

Bert Hill is our esteemed fellow Breakfast Clubber and past President of the Golden Gate Breakfast Club in addition to being one of San Francisco's greatest proponents of bicycle use. Bert's focus for many years has been bicycle safety and as one of the earliest members of the SF Bicycle Coalition, Bert takes bicycle commuting seriously. Bert takes annual treks on his trusted bicycle and this week he'll be sharing his experience from his recent journey. Come join us this Wednesday as Bert shares tales from the road. Knowing Bert, he's going to have one heck of a story. Bert walks the talk, come give his talk a listen.

Chris Gallagher, US Army Corps of Engineers
Aug
13
7:00 am07:00

Chris Gallagher, US Army Corps of Engineers

Chris spent her childhood growing up on the East Coast in Maryland.  She spent her summers in Maine.  She received her from Unity College Unity, Maine.  She then transferred to Dominican University in San Rafael, CA where she received her B.A. in Environmental Education in 1983.  

Chris started career as a Park Ranger at the National Park Service at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in the Marin Headlands.  She also did a short stint on Alcatraz as well.  Upon her release from Alcatraz she went to work in the Regional Office for the U.S. Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Region. 

Jennifer Friedenbach: Laura's Law
Aug
6
Aug 13

Jennifer Friedenbach: Laura's Law

Jennifer is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco.  She has worked for the Coalition for 19 years, as Executive Director, as organizing director, substance abuse and mental health work group coordinator and fundraiser.  Previous to coming to San Francisco, Jennifer was Director of the Hunger and Homeless Action Coalition of San Mateo County. Ms. Friedenbach has a long history of community organizing, and has worked on a range of  poverty-related issues including welfare rights, housing, homeless prevention, health care, disability, and human and civil rights. 

Supervisor Mark Farrell: Laura's Law
Jul
30
7:00 am07:00

Supervisor Mark Farrell: Laura's Law

Representing District 2 in San Francisco, which includes the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Anza Vista, Laurel Heights, Jordan Park, the Lake Street corridor, Sea Cliff and parts of Russian Hill. Supervisor Farrell was elected in November 2010 by the voters of District 2, after his first campaign for elected office. Supervisor Farrell currently serves Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, as a Member of the City and School District Committee, as a Member of the Transportation Authority, as a Member of the Transportation Authority’s Finance Committee, as a Member of the State Legislation Committee, as a Member of the Health Service System Board, as a Mayoral appointee to the League of California Cities, on the Department of Emergency Management Disaster Council, on the San Francisco America's Cup Organizing Committee, and on the 2016-17 Super Bowl Bid Committee.

Save the Delta! Barbara Barigan-Parilla
Jul
16
7:00 am07:00

Save the Delta! Barbara Barigan-Parilla

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is the Executive Director for Restore the Delta. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla served as the Business Development Manager for the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has also taught English in the California community college system, served as a field representative for the Oakland local of the California Federation of Teachers, worked in marketing and customer service for The Disney Channel, and served as Executive Director for Manifest Press and Literary Arts Center also in Oakland.

Bob Silvestri: Community Venture Partners, Inc.
Jul
9
7:00 pm19:00

Bob Silvestri: Community Venture Partners, Inc.

Mr. Silvestri has dedicated the past 22 years to community service and the past decade to nonprofit, charitable and philanthropic work. 

Mr. Silvestri has been involved in the design, planning and real estate development business his entire adult life. In 1980 he founded Tiburon Group which over a period of 25 years offered architecture, planning and affordable housing development services, financial underwriting and real estate brokerage services and participated in a variety of real estate partnerships and investments. Tiburon Group helped develop approximately 2,000 units of Section 8 affordable housing using low income housing tax credit financing. Tiburon Group has also acted as a real estate investment advisor to private, corporate and institutional clients.

Randy Overbeck: Author "Teachers, The Real American Heros"
Jul
2
7:00 pm19:00

Randy Overbeck: Author "Teachers, The Real American Heros"

Dr. Overbeck is a veteran educator who has served children as a middle and high school teacher, a college professor and a school leader. For four decades, he has had the privilege to work with hundreds of talented, dedicated teachers in seven different school districts. He has recently retired as Assistant Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools (Ohio) after leading that district through fourteen consecutive years of academic improvement, moving the district from Academic Emergency in 2000 to a District of Excellence in 2008. 

David J. Johnson, FBI Special Agent, SF Division
Jun
25
7:00 am07:00

David J. Johnson, FBI Special Agent, SF Division

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III named David J. Johnson special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division. He most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City Division. In this role, he oversaw FBI operations and personnel in Utah, Idaho, and Montana.

Mr. Johnson entered on duty with the FBI in 1991 and was assigned to a Violent Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. In 1994, he was assigned to the High Technology Squad, which was responsible for investigating all matters impacting high-tech companies. Mr. Johnson served as a case agent on a complex theft of proprietary information matter with a sensitive counterintelligence component; this case became the first to be prosecuted under the economic espionage classification.

Patrick Otellini, The Nation's First Chief Resilience Officer
Jun
18
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Otellini, The Nation's First Chief Resilience Officer

Patrick Otellini has a background in public policy, but has spent the last decade in the private sector dealing with complex planning, building and fire code issues. After learning San Francisco from the inside out as a code consultant, he was appointed to the city’s forward-thinking Soft Story Task Force, a group convened by then Mayor Gavin Newsom with the goal of retrofitting  approximately 3500 dangerous soft story buildings. In 2012, Mayor Lee named Otellini the Director of Earthquake Safety—a vital position in a city seismologists forecast with a 67% probability of a major earthquake in the next 25 years.

But this month, San Francisco’s first earthquake czar has stepped up to an even greater challenge by taking on the mantel of the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer.

Donald M. O'Keefe: US Marshal
Jun
11
7:00 pm19:00

Donald M. O'Keefe: US Marshal

After being recommended by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Don O’Keefe was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 9, 2010 to serve as the United States Marshal for the Northern District of California. On August 5, 2010, Marshal O’Keefe was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, and on August 11, 2010, President Obama signed his commission. On September 9, 2010, Marshal O’Keefe was sworn in by Marshal Service Director John Clark in a ceremony held at the Marshal Service’s Headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Ann Mahoney: Historical Handkerchiefs
Jun
4
7:00 am07:00

Ann Mahoney: Historical Handkerchiefs

Handwriting expert Ann Mahony is a certified forensic document examiner in both civil and criminal matters, providing expertise to the legal community, corporations, financial institutions and private individuals.  She brings 30+ years experience, combined with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and professionalism to the job.

A Graphic Design major in college, she learned the intricacies of inks and papers, dyes and printing. Focusing on letterforms, she studied typography for two years with Heinz Schenker, who trained at the School of Design, Basel Switzerland. After graduation, she turned her attention to forensics, training with a mentor, and became court qualified in 1982. She remains current in the field through annual study, training, and proficiency testing, and has been certified through written and oral examination, case testing and peer review.

Rebecca Katz, Dir. SF Animal Care and Control
May
28
7:00 am07:00

Rebecca Katz, Dir. SF Animal Care and Control

Rebecca Katz, a licensed attorney, has devoted her life and career to public interest, social justice and has been a staunch advocate for the most vulnerable communities. 

Ms. Katz, a Bay Area native, grew up in Berkeley prior to receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Juris Doctor from University of California Hastings Law School.

Margi English, Executive Dir. St. Vincent De Paul Society
May
21
7:00 am07:00

Margi English, Executive Dir. St. Vincent De Paul Society

The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco is to offer hope and service on a direct person-to-person basis, working to break the cycles of homelessness, substance abuse and domestic violence.

Over 150 years and counting. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, started in 1860, now serves over 1,000 people in need every day.  It takes a dedicated team of people to do this work.

Please meet our staff members working in our Administration Offices, Multi-Service Center Homeless Shelter, Riley Center Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Wellness Center and our Vincentian Help Desk.

Phil Ginsberg, Rec and Park Dept
May
14
7:00 am07:00

Phil Ginsberg, Rec and Park Dept

Phil Ginsburg took the helm of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department in 2009.  With more than 4,100 acres of and over 220 parks under its jurisdiction, the Recreation and Park Department stewards some of the most spectacular public spaces in the world.  In 2012, the Trust for Public Land named San Francisco the nation’s best urban park system.

During his tenure, Ginsburg has navigated historic budget challenges and has fought to protect the Department’s core mission of providing enriching recreational opportunities and clean, safe, fun parks for San Francisco’s residents and visitors to enjoy.  Through the use of public-private partnerships, creative revenue strategies, technology and administrative efficiencies, Ginsburg has helped San Francisco’s park system avoid the catastrophic cuts, closures and service reductions facing many state and local jurisdictions. During Ginsburg’s tenure, Rec and Park has added new recreation programs and summer camps; renovated numerous parks, facilities, ball fields, trails and playgrounds; and offered more concerts, amenities, and internationally acclaimed sporting events on its properties.

Chief Kenton Rainey, BART Police Department
May
7
7:00 am07:00

Chief Kenton Rainey, BART Police Department

Kenton W. Rainey is BART's fifth Chief of Police. He began his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a Deputy at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He comes to BART with a background that combines his 32 years of law enforcement experience with a deep commitment to community policing, advocacy for the mentally ill and domestic violence victims, and achieving police reform through higher education and training. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for implementing community policing initiatives and working with children who are in “at risk” situations.

Dr. Michael Weiner
Apr
30
7:00 am07:00

Dr. Michael Weiner

Dr. Michael W. Weiner is founder and Principal Investigator of the Brain Health Registry.  

The Brain Health Registry is an innovative new project designed to further understanding of human brains as they age and to hasten the search for cures to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, PTSD and other brain disorders.

The Registry was built to address two of the biggest obstacles on the path to cures for brain disorders: the cost and time involved in clinical trials. These trials can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and are often delayed by many years. The Brain Health Registry, based at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), can make clinical trials for neurological diseases and disorders faster, better and less expensive.  And that can get us closer to cures.