Please mark your calendar for our upcoming GGBC Speakers
Sep 25th: Craig Harrison
Oct 2nd: John Martin, SFO Economic Impact
ABOUT THIS WEEK'S SPEAKER
It’s Time To IDEATE !
Subtitle: Unleash the Power of the Brainstorm to help solve client problems, grow your practice and even boost GGBC membership!
As a professional, are you using the “yes, and…” thinking of brainstorming to generate leads and client solutions and unleash creativity? Attend IDEATE to learn how!
To solve today's problems you need creativity, nonlinear thinking and the ability to draw from many fields, disciplines and ways of thinking. Whether you work alone or in groups, IDEATING is a key tool to help you succeed in problem-solving and design thinking.
Craig's program will remind you of the power of "yes, and…" thinking and brainstorming and give you hands on experience and confidence at generating oodles of ideas for fun or profit.
We will engage in large group, table and paired brainstorming on different topics of relevance to attendees, recording ideas on flip charts and debriefing after each activity to discuss the roles of setting, environment, momentum, blocks and more to successful idea-generation. Brainstorms will be facilitated, fast-paced and fun.
Craig Harrison's Expressions of Excellence!™ trains men and women to express their excellence as communicators and leaders. As an 11-year old growing up in Berkeley, an early ideation of Craig's resulted in his first publication which he sold door-to-door: his "recycled jokes" book. He's since published four books, a pocket book and three tips booklets. As a disciple of Fripp's, he proudly proclaims that he too makes his living as a speaker…MOST months! For more on Harrison visit www.ExpressionsOfExcellence.com.
MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO
President Harvey was anxious to start this
morning’s meeting, as he issued the two minute warning a good five minutes
early, requiring that I quickly bolt down the remainder of my breakfast. Even so, I was left with half a pancake on my
plate when the meeting actually started.
Lest you think I wasted any food, I did consume that half a pancake
after my note taking duties were completed.
We had nine guests
this morning. Our Chairperson of the Day
Joel Panzer hosted six of them. Old friends Stan and Helen Goldstein,
who make sure that Joel gets a hot
meal often, and from AlmaVia of San Francisco Leondra Banuelos, Rob Gerds,
Tracy Castle and Executive Director Katherine Dunakin. Joel
had planned to save enough seats so all of the AlmaVia folks could sit
together, but upon further analysis, Joel
thought it best to spread them throughout the room. After all, many of our members are good
candidates for residency at AlmaVia. Ms.
Dunakin made the tactical mistake of
sitting at my table though. Myself and
my table mates John McKnight, Marty Mijalski, Doug Wilkins and Patricia
Fripp do not expect to be candidates for residency at AlmaVia anytime
soon. Past President Hugh Tuck brought along wife Judy, and Bert Hill hosted prospective
member Madeleine Savit. This is Madeleine’s
fourth meeting and she has been published once. Madeleine’s
second publication should be in this issue of the Bulletin, and as long as
Membership Chair Wayne Veatch
doesn’t receive any objections from the peanut gallery to Madeleine’s membership, he
can call for a vote of the Board.
Our final guest
was Recology’s own Kristen Watkins
from our Sustainability Department. Kristen was hosted by Dan Negron and Rob DeMartini. Dan did mention that Kristen is a graduate of MIT. The garbage company has come a long way. When I started forty-two years ago, if you
mentioned a co-worker “went to college”, that meant he (not he or she, he)
served time in prison. Kristen really is a graduate of MIT and
has never served a day in prison. So, Rob was not along to provide protection
With this big
showing of guests, our attendance jumped to fifty-three, which included our
last arrival, your editor Antonio White. A very respectable crowd for our speaker, Dr.
Bruce Miller from UCSF.
This morning’s excuses; Chuck Mills says
Marin Carpool #3 was one person light as Bill
Buchanan is off shooting, eating and drinking with his FBI buddies. When John
McKnight asked Marty Mijalski
why he wasn’t with off with Bill
too, Marty’s reply was “I’m a lover,
not a fighter.” Chuckles also mentioned this Thursday the Showplace stays open
late. So, you can visit Chuckles, have some wine and cheese and
hopefully buy something. Eric McGarty excused Jackson Talbot and Frank Reed, presumably both out protecting stuff.
Marin Carpool #1 did operate this week even though John Cribbs is in
Pennsylvania and Jill Hoffman is
still in trial. Roy Wonder made the trip over the bridge today and was able to
issue an excuse for Mike Hanlon. Mike
has another legitimate excuse. While
celebrating his and wife Yvonne’s
fiftieth anniversary in Ashland, Mike
was bitten by a spider and had a pretty severe reaction. Ended up in the hospital getting antibiotics
pumped in from a 55-gallon drum.
Hopefully Mike leaves the
hospital today and Roy says it
should be OK to give Mike a call.
Excuses requested for the future; even though he just returned from a
cruise, Stan Ellexson needs to be
excused for four weeks. This time Stan is headed in the opposite
direction to cruise through the Panama Canal.
Our second to last arrival, Alan
Garber, was a happy guy this morning as his Ohio State Buckeyes beat Cal on
Saturday and it looks like the Oakland A’s are their way to being the American
League’s Western Division Champs. Garber is also convinced there was a
lot of noise up in Heaven last Saturday, as his fellow Ohio State alum, our
Past President Steve Kenney, was
sure to be celebrating. Garber also requests an excuse for next
week as he will be celebrating his birthday in Sedona. Why was Garber
late? Accident on the new Bay Bridge, or
should I say the Willie Brown
Vouching for Garber, as he too
had to brave the Brown Bridge, Phil
Moscone. Phil just barely beat Garber
into the Crystal Ballroom. Phil also is going to actually be
retired for three whole days. A record.
Leaving for two weeks in Paris; Jerome
I think our speaker’s subject, neurodegenerative diseases, caused some of
our member’s to experience sympathetic lapses of memory. For a moment, Patricia Fripp forgot she was going to be in Denver next week. Fripp did
not forget though the four W’s of making an interesting speech; when, where,
who and what happened.
Betty Taisch is back from
attending her high school reunion is Syracuse.
Betty had a great time. Couldn’t remember anyone though. But, since Betty had such a good time, she’s going back next year.
Tom Jacobs says he can’t think of
any dentists that have or had Alzheimer’s.
Of course, Tom could have just
I think and all
my table mates read last week’s column when I lamented on the quality of my
sources to feed me clever and interesting items worthy of inclusion in this
column. So, Fripp provided her quick lesson in how to deliver an interesting
comment or story, John McKnight gave
us an early introduction to his new title; the Master of Disaster; Doug Wilkins, a Kiwi, was gracious in
his commentary on America’s Cup, and Marty
Mijalski told our only story, a true story by the way, which in honor of
our speaker included a neurological theme, didn’t violate HIPAA and wasn’t in
the least bit offensive to our many guests.
Marty’s story came via his
daughter, a neurology resident, and featured an eye dilation problem. Seems glass eyes don’t dilate very well.
further on the above, John needs a
new title as he is leaving Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center, but not the
Salvation Army. In two weeks, John is moving six blocks closer to
Downtown to Divisional Headquarters to become the Director of Emergency and Disaster
Services for the entire Golden Gate Division.
Let’s hope in his new position John
spends a lot of time preparing for disasters, not reacting to them.
Of course Doug didn’t really have to be too
gracious in his commentary, given Emirates Team New Zealand’s most likely
insurmountable lead over Oracle Racing Team USA. Since the winner picks the location of the
next America’s Cup, let’s just say Wellington Harbor has a very nice bay too.
Both Jonathon Stone and John Mathers agree the crowds for the America’s Cup have
grown. The racing has been pretty
exciting and is well worth a visit.
Another plus, Christine
Torrington reports all the “merch” at the America’s Cup Village is fifty
Given last week’s GGBC double car break-ins, Rich Corriea had a bit of advice.
Don’t even leave your old lunch bag on the seat of your car because that
will invite a smash and grab. Leave
absolutely nothing visible period. Rich
also had a TSA tip. Keep your bullets
out of your carry-on. Bert Hill is still upset about his
grungy bicycle gloves that were stolen right off his bike. Antonio
White loses laptop, i-Pad, i-Phone, and all his video equipment =
$15K. Bert Hill loses his bike gloves = priceless.
No reminder from Arlan Kertz. If you didn’t pay your third quarter
estimates by Monday, you’re late.
Wayne Veatch has returned from Middle America where
he was attending the thirty-seventh Veatch
Family Reunion. While there, Wayne visited Bentonville, Arkansas,
the home of WalMart. The biggest tourist
attraction in Bentonville is the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which
is funded by the Walton Family Foundation.
The second biggest tourist attraction on Bentonville? It’s a tie between the Cram-A-Lot compactor
factory and the Tyson Chicken processing plant.
Actually, they’re not even in Bentonville, they’re in Springdale.
WalMart, John Stewart’s daughter is
the Director of Marketing for Mattel and visits Bentonville often. If I heard this correctly, Mattel does $1.5
billion worth of business with WalMart a year.
That’s a lot of Barbies!
Our new member Alex Mozes feels he needs to define
himself as one of the GGBC’s young and hip members. Since J.J.
Panzer already gives us a word of the day, Alex is going to give us a
Start-Up on the week. This week’s
winner; Fresh. Or healthy meals made
easy. Place your order and for fifteen
bucks, Fresh will deliver it right to your door. If you’re cheap, just call Domino’s
Pizza. They do the same thing. And, this
morning, J.J. didn’t have a word.
member, Antony Mills reported he
attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor last week. Five young men, all from Troop 263 in Half
Moon Bay were promoted.
Whenever Ed Flowers sits next to Roy Wonder he get the irresistible urge
to say “all rise”. Roy says “eat your heart out John
Stewart and Phil Moscone.” Those guys never had a bailiff as good as Ed.
Attendance Chairman Hedy Kaveh is
pretty happy, as it seems that most of our members are checking off their names
regularly. Except Hedy feels there’s no hope for Alex
King, today’s lone scofflaw. Only
one scofflaw? That’s because Rickey Wilson is in South Carolina.
Even though both
Mike Hanlon and Reg Young were not here, I wasn’t going to let President Harvey pass up the birthdays for this
week. We missed John McKnight, who had a birthday last Friday. John
got to wear one of the hats and was properly serenaded.
Just as God, and
Jack Block, intended.
get a pass this week. Deadline looms and
my minimal creative juices have run out.
PHOTOS BY BETTY TAISCH