Jun 11th: Donald M. O'Keefe, U.S. Marshal N. California District

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

From a down business week to an extremely busy business week at the MMC required we move into a new venue for breakfast.  This morning we were in the newly remodeled Leatherneck Lounge on the 2nd floor.  Last time we had a meeting on this floor, we were up on the theatre’s stage.  So, between the Leatherneck Lounge and the theatre lobby we were able to squeeze in sixty seats and accommodated our assembled membership with ease.  Not, so easy for Jorge and Elmer though.  Everything, tables, chairs, china, cutlery, and food all came down from the 10th floor.  Since Bert Hill has returned from Washington State, he handled the five minute warning for President Jill Hoffman

Jun 4th: Ann Mahoney, Historical Handkerchiefs

Jun 4th: Ann Mahoney, Historical Handkerchiefs

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Business at the MMC is down this week, so we were moved back into the Commandant’s Room.  No panicked e-mails from President Jill Hoffman this morning, so First Vice President Joel Panzer had to be content to blow Hugh Tuck’s little Barbie horn. 

We had four guests this morning.  All hosted by Patricia Fripp.  Two were actually guests of our speaker Ann Mahony, but since guests can only be hosted by a member, our Chairperson of the Day had to step up.  Patricia’s guests were frequent GGBC visitor Lynn Fraley and Dana Walsh of Dana Walsh Design.  Where is Dana Walsh Design located?  Why at 2 Henry Adams Street in Showplace Square.  The same building where Chuck Mills’ showroom is located.  I hope Dana joins the GGBC.  If Chuckles isn’t here I know I’ll still be able to get a ride to my office after breakfast.  Ann’s two guests were Paul Mowry, the Pastor of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church and the Chaplin for the Sausalito PD, and Jim CarrilloAnn’s videographer who came all the way from Morgan Hill. 

May 28th: Rebecca Katz, SF Animal Rescue and Control

May 28th: Rebecca Katz, SF Animal Rescue and Control

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Business has picked up at the MMC this week, so Elmer and Jorge were very apologetic, since we were moved back into the Crystal Lounge.  I told Elmer and Jorge there’s no need to apologize.  I personally think the smaller room suits our needs just fine.  So, unlike last week’s speaker, Margi English, from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, who looked out over a sparsely populated room, this week’s speaker, Rebecca Katz from S F Animal Care and Control, looked out over a room filled with happy smiling faces.  Except for Terry Cowhey, who is never smiling and never happy.

May 21: Margi English, St. Vincent DePaul

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Well, this week it wasn’t so busy at the MMC, so we were moved back into the Crystal Ballroom instead of the more intimate Crystal Lounge.  So, while last week’s speaker,

S F Rec & Park boss Phil Ginsberg, looked out over a sea of smiling faces in a full room, this week’s speaker, Margi English, from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, did not share the same experience.  Though I have stopped reporting our weekly attendance, this week’s wasn’t too good.  One table completely untouched and many tables with only three or four members.  Although President Jill Hoffman was back in charge this week, and according to Recology official time, started the meeting two minutes early.

There were no guests this morning. 

Excuses for this morning; via e-mails to J. J. PanzerBetty Taisch is in San Diego and Karen Nemsick is moving her staff into new offices this morning.  Jackson Talbot excused both Frank Reed and Eric McGarty.  Reg Young excused both Mike Hanlon and Jim Simpson.  Ken Brown excused Marty Fleisher.  Joel Panzer excused Patricia Fripp who is in Monterey speaking to nuclear power plant operators.  Hopefully not instructing them on how to properly “spin” a meltdown.  Fripp needs an excuse for next week as well, since Fripp will be in Las Vegas. 

May 14th Phil Ginsberg: Dir. Bay Area Park and Rec

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This was the second week in a row we had our meeting in the Crystal Lounge.  So, our speaker, S F Rec & Park boss Phil Ginsberg, faced a nice full room.  According to Roy Wonder, President Jill Hoffman was at an event at son Robbie’s school.  That allowed First Vice President Joel Panzer to move up a chair.  Instead of ringing our fire truck bell it sounded like First VP Joel used a tiny dinner bell.  Even so, the meeting came to order right on time.  Maybe our membership is more compliant when we’re in the Crystal Lounge.     

Again, this morning we had only two guests.  Hosted by Patricia Fripp, who is in Minneapolis, was frequent GGBC visitor and member of the National Speakers Association, Linda Burke.  Linda was introduced by First VP Joel.  Eli Hill brought along his first GGBC guest, Megan Piccininni, an Irish Italian from New York City.  Although Eli said he and Megan are colleagues, I think their relationship may be a little more serious than that.  

May 7th: BART Police Chief, Kenton Rainey

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This morning we were moved back into the Crystal Lounge.  As I have said before, I like the smaller Crystal Lounge, as it makes our attendance appear larger.  This morning though, we had a good crowd and pretty much filled every seat.  Even thought Mr. Clean, aka Bert Hill, is back from Seattle, it fell to Jorge to deliver the five minute warning.  President Jill Hoffman, back from her trip to Ashland with son Robbie’s 8th grade class, appeared quite well rested and called the meeting to order right on time at 7:30AM.  It turns out President Jill had her own hotel room and it was husband Steve that did most of the actual chaperoning.  Although, President Jill would like to visit Ashland again, next time without the gaggle of 8th graders.        

This morning we had two guests.  Although both are members of the SFPD and were introduced by Rich CorrieaJohn Sanford and Dominic Yin were actually hosted by   Mike Mustacchi.  Rich did probably give a more detailed introduction than Mike could have.  John is a native San Franciscan and graduated from USF.  Dominic was born in Japan, is a UC Berkeley grad and spent five years as a Navy JAG.  Mustacchi also pointed out that

Apr 30th: Michael Weiner, M.D. The Brain Health Registry

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This morning with Mr. Clean, aka Bert Hill, in Seattle reviewing the contract for the remodeling of his Mom’s house, and President Jill Hoffman, who is chaperoning son Robbie and a bunch of his fellow 8th graders on their trip to Ashland, Oregon, it fell to First Vice President Joel Panzer to issue both the five minute warning and to call the meeting to order promptly at 7:30AM.  I did notice that First VP Joel did decline the offer by President Jill to loan him her size seven low heel pumps.  

This morning we had four guests.  First VP and Chairman of the Day Joel  hosted Kevin Sweeney, who actually turned out to be a second speaker, though he did not share advance billing with Dr. Michael Weiner.  Mike Mustacchi brought along Sandra Belzer, who is the organizer of our frequent tenth floor neighbor, Power Sewing.  Dan Negron decided to treat another member of his staff to breakfast at

Apr 23rd: SFPD Chief Greg Suhr

Apr 23rd: SFPD Chief Greg Suhr

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This morning, at first glance, it appeared that a stranger stepped up to the podium to ring our Fire Truck Bell to issue the five minute warning.  Upon closer scrutiny, it was Bert Hill, who in honor of this morning’s speaker, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, decided to shave his head.  President Jill Hoffman, who did not decide to shave her head, called the meeting to order promptly at 7:30AM. 

 

We should have Chief Suhr speak every week.  A full house and we had to set up an extra table to accommodate the crowd.  We beat the minimum today.     

 

Today’s column is a guest column.  Normally that means I’m not available to write the column and a substitute, or guest, columnist steps in.  Today it means we had twelve guests.  Hosted by President Jill was one of her fellow attorneys, David Toomey.  Mr. Clean, Bert Hill, brought along Kevin Dole from the Bicycle Advisory Committee.  Our Treasurer, Ray Siotto, treated two of his fellow Calamarians, F. X. Crowley and Terry Redmond to breakfast.  John Mathers hosted environmental consultant John McCullough.  With no early patients this morning, Jim Simpson brought real estate consultant Nancy Gillie to breakfast.  Alan Garber hosted Gary and Diana Arshen, to which Rickey Wilson said to

April 16th: New Kids

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

 

It appears we have established a new pattern of calling the meetings to order.  Bert Hill rings our Fire Truck Bell for the five minute warning and President Jill Hoffman calls the meeting to order promptly at the stroke of 7:30AM.  The GGBC has a new aura of predictability and stability added to our Wednesday mornings. 

 

We again had three guests this morning.  Hosted by President Jill, one of our previous speakers, Jeff Herndon from the USO.  Chris Burns brought along contractor Tre Graff for Tre’s second visit.  Not wanting to waste those breakfasts Recology bought for Rob DeMartiniDan Negron decided to treat Alesia Mack to her second breakfast at the GGBC.  Alesia checks in our drivers at Sunset when they complete their routes, and since not too many routes finish by 7:00AM, Alesia has time to make the trip downtown with Dan.  

 

Dan also mentioned last Saturday was Recology’s Great Compost Giveaway.  Four locations distributed 120 cubic yards of our finest compost and

Apr 9th: Lynn Oakley, Twin Peaks History

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Possibly last week’s performance of “Il Duce” (aka Mike Mustacchi) prompted President Jill to reaffirm her promise that “the trains will run on time”.  With Bert Hill ringing our Fire Truck Bell as if it were a locomotive’s bell at the five minute warning, President Jill called the meeting to order exactly at the stroke of 7:30AM.  Matching the performance of “Il Duce”.  

 

We had three guests this morning.  Hosted by Chairwoman of the Day Janet Von Doepp was our speaker Lynn Oakley’s husband, Ray “Bud” Oakley.  Responsible for our other two guests was Bert Hill.  Except, one of Bert’s guest wasn’t really a guest.  Our lapsed member architect Jean Orino is back working in San Francisco and would like to reactivate her membership.  Welcome back Jean!  Bert’s other guest probably won’t be a

April 2nd: Mike Phelps, SF's Fleishhacker Pool

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I have mis-spoke.  “Il Duce” is not dead.  He’s alive and living in the body of Mike Mustacchi.  This morning, President Jill was on military duty in our nation’s capitol and First Vice President Joel Panzer was sitting on Guerrero Street in his Prius with a flat tire. 

 

Therefore, the duty passed to Second Vice President Mustacchi to preside over this morning’s meeting.  Well, “Il Duce” or “Capo de Tutti Capi” had matters well in hand.  Personally giving the first early warning a full twenty-five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.  Following with a five minute warning, a two minute warning and starting right at the stroke of 7:30AM.  Second VP Mike even wrapped up the intros, all our other business, complemented Christine Torrington and Antonio White for arriving on time and even introduced Kiirsti Heon, who is Donna Rose’s replacement, all well before 8:00AM.  Which gave our speaker, Mike Phipps, his full thirty minute speaking allotment.  Mustacchi’s only slipup; he spilled

March 26th, Carole Rodoni

March 26th, Carole Rodoni

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This morning, even though Bert Hill was here, President Jill Hoffman enlisted Hugh Tuck to use our fire truck bell to deliver the two minute warning.  Hoping for some late arrivals to bolster our crowd, President Jill delayed calling the meeting to order and started four minutes late.  “Il Duce” is now really dead.

 

If you are a regular reader of this column, you do know that I have stopped reporting the weekly attendance.  I’m going to make an exception today though.  I know it was a miserable, rainy morning, but our attendance didn’t top forty.  Our speaker, Carole Rodoni, braved the inclement weather to deliver another great presentation.  We owe it to Carole and all our speakers to provide them with a respectable audience and not have them face a sparsely populated ballroom. ...

Mar 19th Hon. Quentin Kopp, CA High Speed Train

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It’s too bad Bert Hill wasn’t here this morning, because President Jill Hoffman dispensed with any warnings and simply called the meeting to order.  Only one minute late as opposed to the three minute late start of last week.  So, “Il Duce” is still dead. 

 

We had four guests this morning.  Hosted by Joel Panzer, but introduced by Patricia Fripp, was Marie-France Ladine from the San Francisco City Academy.  The City Academy has 120 students in grades K though 8.  Betty Taisch brought along Brandon Grande from First Person Creative.  Ray Siotto had two guests but had to rely on Rich Corriea to introduce them.  Frequent GGBC visitor and fellow Calamarian Terry Redmond and F. X. Crowley, who used to run the Stage Hands Union.         

 

Excuses requested for this morning.  Ironically, after hoping Alex King didn’t read last week’s column when I requested an excuse for

Mar 12th John McKnight, Salvation Army Disaster Planning

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

Even though Bert Hill has returned from Washington, DC, and its nasty weather, this morning President Jill Hoffman again handled the five minute warning personally. Although Il Duce is dead because President Jill called the meeting to order three minutes late.  So, the trains didn’t run on time today.    

 We had three guests this morning.  Hosted by new member Chris Burns was general contractor Tre Graff.  Tre must be a pretty good contractor, because he’s doing work for Chris and Chris invited Tre to breakfast.  Rob DeMartini hosted Alesia Mack, who checks in our drivers at Recology Sunset Scavenger when they complete their routes and return to the yard.  Our speaker, John McKnight, brought along Laine Hendricks, the Director of Public Relations for the Salvation Army’s Golden State Division.  If Laine appeared to be

Mar 6th: Karen Nemsick, Rebuilding Together

Mar 6th: Karen Nemsick, Rebuilding Together

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

This morning President Jill Hoffman handled the five minute warning personally. Possibly because Bert Hill is in Washington, DC, and then President Jill called the meeting to order two minutes early.  President Jill invoked the memory of Il Duce by proclaiming “the trains will run on time.”    

We had two guests this morning.  Hosted by Alex King was Alex Johnson of Carrier Air Conditioning.  I believe this would be Alex’sJohnson not King, third visit to the GGBC.  Dan Negron brought along Recology’s Regional Safety Director, Jeffery House.  And this morning, with our safety guy primed and ready, Tom Jacobs didn’t have a single Recology safety observation.   

Excuses requested for this morning.  I’m going to request excuses for three members.  First, a third excuse for John McKnight, who is back from Alabama, but is now touring the southern and eastern regions of the Golden Gate Division, like Bakersfield, Tehachapi and Bishop.  John’s new job sure takes him to all the best places.  As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Bert Hill is in

Feb 26th Susan RoAne: How to Work a Room

Feb 26th Susan RoAne: How to Work a Room

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This morning, even our leader needed an excuse.  President Jill Hoffman had a deposition that didn’t finish up yesterday as planned, so she had to be back at it at 8:00AM this morning.  First Vice President Joel Panzer stepped up to run the meeting, although just like President Jill, he relied on Bert Hill to deliver the five minute warning.

I didn’t realize it was that difficult to ring a fire truck bell.  It appears though that Bert is the only GGBC member that can figure it out.    

 

We had a whopping ten guests this morning.  Patricia Fripp accounted for

Feb 19th Blue Star Moms

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

 

It appears President Jill Hoffman is going to continue to have a proxy deliver the five minute warning, as Bert Hill again rang our fire truck bell in advance of President Jill’s calling the meeting to order. President Jill attempted to start the meeting right at 7:30AM, but the membership was extraordinarily non-compliant.  I guess the honeymoon with our new Mom is over.  Although honeymoon with Mom probably isn’t the best choice of words.      

 

We had three guests this morning.  Bert Hill brought along Nicholas Josefowitz who is thinking of running for the BART Board.  I hope Nick isn’t asking Bert for any tips.  President Jill hosted a brand new lawyer, Sarah Hook.  Not to be outdone, Ray Siotto hosted an

Feb 12th: General Meeting

Feb 12th: General Meeting

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

 

It’s a short column this week as today was the Club’s annual business meeting and picture day.  This morning President Jill Hoffman’s five minute warning stand-in was Past Past President Hugh Tuck.  President Jill called the meeting to order right on time and, in a change from previous years, had Mike Mustacchi organize and take the group picture first.  A very good idea, since everyone was present for the picture including our usual early departees.    

 

Even though guests are not allowed at the business meeting, we did have one.  Betty Taisch forgot to tell Joanne Frazzino not to come to breakfast this morning.  But when Betty and President Jill ran into Joanne on Sutter Street before the meeting, President Jill made an executive decision and invited Joanne to join us.  Plus, this allowed Joanne to be included in our group picture as well, since

Happy New Year From GGBC!

Wishing all our Breakfast Clubbers and their families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! Remember, our first meeting of the year is Wednesday Jan 8th, 2014

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

This column doesn’t contain any member news.  Since this morning was our Holiday Party, I spent most of my time getting the Commandant’s Room ready and then serving as the MC, leaving me little time for note taking.  Plus, there are too many guests to list, and without our customary self-introductions, I don’t have my usual plethora of jokes, comments and responses to the comments to use as material for this column.  Also, I don’t think it’s fair to dump the column writing duty on one of my backups, as both Bill Buchanan and Wayne Veatch bring their wives along and both Bill and Wayne should be

Dec 18th GGBC's Holiday Party: Featuring Mike Pritchard

MEMBER NEWS BY PETE RATTO

It’s time again for our annual Golden Gate Breakfast Club Holiday Party!  Master of Ceremonies Pete Ratto says all of our holiday favorites will be here.  Noah Griffin, Heather Rogers, Erich Stratmann and big Mike Pritchard are on the program.  Rob DeMartini promises to camp out all night in front of big Mike’s house and bring him directly to the party.  

Most importantly, for the youngsters and those of us who like to think we’re still youngsters, Santa Claus will be landing his sleigh on the Marines’ Memorial’s roof to make