MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO
We were in the Crystal Ballroom this morning. Plenty of room for a bit of a sparse crowd. Since Bert Hill is finishing up his 400 mile bike ride, there was no five minute warning this morning. President Jill Hoffman wrung the fire truck bell five minutes late. But our speaker, David Johnson from the FBI, arrived ten minutes late. So, no harm, no foul.
Sadly though, President Jill opened our meeting with a moment of silence in the memory of Janet Panzer, wife of Joel and mother of J. J. who passed away on Sunday. One day before her 70th birthday and one day before she and Joel’s 47th anniversary. The GGBC offers our deepest condolences to Joel, J. J. and the entire Panzer family during this difficult time.
We had zero guests this morning.
Excuses requested for this morning; via e-mail to me; Hugh Tuck is spending the week with his family at his house in Truckee. Since Stan Ellexson is playing in this afternoon’s GGBC Golf Tournament, Stan didn’t want to cross the bridge twice. Actually, cross the bridge four times. Even though she’s not a member yet, Dana Walsh, is on a mini-vacation and asked Mike Mustacchi to get her an excuse. Does an excused absence count as a meeting attended? If so, this would be three meetings for Dana, making her eligible for a vote on her membership.
Excuses requested for the future; Patricia Fripp is leaving today for Newport Beach to speak before the California District Attorneys Association and next week will be at the National Speakers Association convention in San Diego. Steve Shain will be heading for Minneapolis to help celebrate wife Cathy’s uncle’s 90th birthday. Then on to Whistler, BC, for his annual visit. Steve also mentioned if you haven’t signed up yet for the GGBC’s Golf Tournament, you still have time. Come to Lake Merced Golf Course at 3:30PM today with $75.00 and you’re in.
Future excuses not needed; Mike Hanlon has completed his term as President of Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa, so, hopefully, no more Wednesday morning emergencies.
Members that have returned; Robin Brasso after two weeks in Paris contracted bronchitis, so Robin missed a few more meetings than expected. Robin is now fully recovered. Catherine Accardi also returned, but didn’t tell us where she was or why she was absent.
Originally, this morning’s speaker was supposed to by Mayor Ed Lee. Unfortunately, the Mayor had to cancel. Undeterred by the Mayor’s absence, Rickey Wilson asked his question for the Mayor anyway. Is homelessness the third rail of San Francisco politics? I read the same New York Times article Rickey.
Chuck Mills, and new-member-in-the-pipe-line Dana Walsh, have a reprieve until July 7th to see if and when they have to move from The Showplace. Right now, it doesn’t look good. If Chuckles and Dana want to stay in the neighborhood, I have a couple of shipping containers in my back yard. Rent is negotiable.
Looking forward to the November election? Jim Lazarus say there will be at least twenty ballot measures on the docket.
Still has her fingers crossed, although Betty Taisch says offer number five is looking good and hopefully her son will finally gets his house
Rich Corriea didn’t realize when he accepted the offer to be Speakers Chair Mike Mustacchi’s assistant that it would be so much work. Speakers Chair is the GGBC’s hardest job and is really like work. You do get to converse with a lot of interesting people though. Rich also realized that Joel Panzer hijacked Mustacchi’s e-mail and Rich and Joel had several exchanges before Rich determined he was conversing with Joel and not Mike. It’s a good thing Rich didn’t have anything bad to say about our previous Speakers Chair, Joel Panzer.
This week’s restaurant recommendation from Joanne Fazzino; Chapeau, a French bistro on Clement between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Joanne says Chapeau has an excellent prime rib.
John Stewart overcame the GGBC curse and is the new Presiding Judge. John did say you have a much better chance at getting elected if you run unopposed.
Are you a capable dental assistant? If so, Tom Jacobs has a spot for you. Tom lost one assistant to motherhood and the other to Texas. Seems she couldn’t get a carry permit in California. Just what we all need, dental assistants packing heat.
Bill Buchanan reported last Wednesday after breakfast he and Hugh Tuck headed to Sonoma County to the site of past GGBC speaker George Burk’s 1970 plane crash. The new memorial bench was dedicated and twenty-four members of the victim’s families were in attendance.
All three of our top jokesters had entries for this morning. After relaying a hello from daughter Maria to our speaker David Johnson, Marty Mijalski led off. An old woman got back to her car and found she locked her keys inside. She found an old, rusty coat hanger on the ground, but she didn't know how to use it to unlock the door. She bowed her head and asked God to send her help. Within five minutes an old car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The old woman thought; “this is what you sent to help me?” But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful. The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, “yes, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?” He said, “Sure” and walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “thank you so much! You are a very nice man.” The man replied, “lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.” The old woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “oh, thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!”
The Master of Disaster, John McKnight followed. A man was walking along beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it, and out popped a genie. The genie said, “OK, You released me from the lamp, but this is the fourth time this month, so you only get one wish!” The man thought about it for a while and said, “I've always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I'm scared to fly, and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?” The genie laughed and said, “that's impossible! Think of the logistics of that. How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? No, think of another wish.” The man says “OK, I've been married and divorced four times. My wives always said I don't care and I'm insensitive. So, I wish I could understand women, know how they feel inside, what they're thinking when they give me the silent treatment, know why they're crying, know what they really want and how to make them truly happy.” The genie said, “do you want that bridge to be one lane or two.” Top of Form
Finally Alan Garber followed with his hunting joke postponed from last Wednesday. Two Polish guys Top of Form
hire a small plane to take them into the Alaskan bush to hunt moose. They bag two large moose. The pilot tells them the plane won't carry us and both moose. Too much weight. The Polish guys tell the pilot last year they bagged two moose just as big and that pilot took them. So, the pilot says “OK, we’ll go.” After about five minutes in the air, the plane crashes. After crawling out of the wreckage, the first Polish guy asks his buddy “where do you figure we are?” His buddy replies, “I'm not sure. But I think we're pretty close to where we crashed last year.”
Marty, McKnight and Garber are all in agreement that President Jill should be impeached for not awarding Goldie the Chicken to Garber last week. President Jill was not impressed and didn’t award Goldie the Chicken this morning either.
Mike Hanlon finally returns and has no birthdays this week. President Jill offered one
though. Son Robbie turned fourteen on the Summer Solstice, this past Saturday.
President Jill also led a large contingent of our membership, and a number of our former members too, to Janet Panzer’s memorial service Wednesday afternoon. I’m sure our presence was of great comfort to the Panzer family and shows you can count on the GGBC in good times and not so good times.
Knuckleheads of the week: The Board of Trustees of the Presidio Trust for giving the boot to George Lucas and his proposed museum and letting George get away to Chicago. George did a great job on his Letterman Digital Arts complex. It looks like its been there in the Presidio since its earliest days and fits in perfectly. I’m sure the museum would have been its equal. Now we’ll never know. I thought this is the City that knows how? I guess not.