• 29 Nov 2022 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Carmel Pine Cone's Jerry Gervase will disclose how he became a newspaper columnist with little experience beyond having a paper route.

    For almost a quarter of a century Jerry peddled medical books in several states. Among the titles he sold was "The Kinsey Report." He regrets that the authors never selected him to participate in any of their research projects. He became a Regional Manager in Los Angeles for a large multi-hundred dollar medical instruments company. He left when his boss balked at relocating Jerry's office from LA to the rear deck of Kimo's Bar in Lahaina, Maui. He was fortunate to have extraordinary teachers who fanned into flames the embers of potential they saw inside him.

    He is a widower with three astonishing children, two nurses and a teacher, who continue to amaze him. He has been favored with a small group of steadfast friends whose loyalty he counts as his personal wealth. He shares his life with a lovely talented singer, an author, and a voice teacher, all in one person, who is his best friend, linguistic sparring partner, and whose constancy is an ongoing blessing.

    For the past 18 years he was been writing a newspaper column which he describes as, "Once a week I get to empty out a cluttered mind."

  • 5 Nov 2022 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jeannine Pacioni is the current District Attorney for the County of Monterey, Elected in 2019, she is the first female District Attorney in Monterey County. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1990 and after serving as Deputy District Attorney for Kern County, joined the Monterey District Attorney's Office in 1992. Serving until 2001, she left to serve with several Monterey County legal organizations and is an elected Board Member of the California District Attorney Association.

    Ms. Pacioni has devoted her entire legal career to the pursuit of justice while handling virtually every type of criminal case prosecuted in Monterey County. For 20 years as a prosecutor, she has tenaciously represented victims of crime in numerous high-profile cases involving murder, gang crimes, vehicular manslaughter, assault, robbery, child molestation, adult sexual assault and edler abuse.

  • 1 Sep 2022 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jill is the President/Executive Director of MATE Inspiration for Innovation and the Principal Investigator of two National Science Foundation grants at Monterey Peninsula College. Highlights of her 24 years with MATE include working with the Marine Technology Society (MTS) ROV Committee to establish the global student MATE ROV Competition and coordinating the development of MATE’s Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication textbook.

    Download slide presentation here

  • 25 Jul 2022 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The speaker for our August meeting will be Dick Crowell, who will present a program titled, “Bye Bye Blackbird” about the family of amazing spy planes designed and built by Lockheed Aircraft during the Cold War era. Dick is an ardent military history buff and enjoys the arcane stories of events and hardware used in warfare.

  • 25 Jun 2022 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2010, Ms. Valentine began advocating for medical cannabis, speaking at professional conferences and other events. Four years later, she transformed her passion into a success story for others by creating Synchronicity Holistic.

    Synchronicity initially offered medical grade and adult use products. Now, it has the distinction of the only CA cannabis dispensary with a pharmacist and nurses. Synchronicity Holistic, is a state of the art cannabis wellness center and will speak to us on the potential of cannabis use.

  • 1 Jun 2022 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are honored to have Mr. Steve John, the Chief Executive Officer of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Tournament Director for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, as our June luncheon speaker.

    Steve is the past President of Ocean Honda in Soquel, CA. A graduate of Albion College in Michigan, Mr. John is active in the community having served on the boards for Santa Cruz county Bank, Cabrillo College Foundation, O’Neill Sea Odyssey, and First Capital Bank.

  • 28 Apr 2022 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ron Read, with his deep experience and involvement with the game of golf will be our speaker on May 12th. Ron joined the USGA in 1982 and served in many positions for 32 years. He was a starter for US Open Championships from 1986 to 2010. He also was a key contributor to the creation of the USGA GHIN computerized handicap system.

    Based on Ron's experiences as starter for our national golf championship, he wrote a very popular book, STARTING THE U.S. OPEN -- From Shinnecock HIlls to Pebble Beach. It takes the reader inside the ropes of the US Open Championship. Ron is a well-informed and dynamic speaker who will share some fascinating stories with our group.

  • 5 Mar 2022 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nick was born in Sussex England and began playing golf at 12 years old. Immediately after leaving High School, Nick turned pro at 16 years and became the youngest, fully qualified member of the PGA of Great Britain and Ireland at the age of 18.

    He visited the USA for the first time in the winter of 1979 to prepare for playing tournament golf. Six years later he turned his attention to the business side of golf and started a golf club manufacturing company in southern California. In 1994 Nick founded his own youth and adult golf academy at Bayonet and Black Horse GC. It was at Bayonet and Black Horse that John Zoller and Ollie Nutt approached him to help establish The First Tee Monterey County.

    Nick is the CEO of First Tee Monterey County, and he has seen it grow into the largest youth development organization in the County. The organization serves over 10,000 young people a year and has reached over 100,000 children since its inception. First Tee enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum. It also operates the Taylor Farms Center For Learning: providing academic programs, educational support and continued life skills training; and Pay It Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program: supporting and holding first generation college students accountable for success.

    Nick is married to Elissa, and they have two children; Pierce, 19, and Kensington, 18. Pierce is a United States Marine, and Kensington hopes to attend college on an equestrian team in 2022.

  • 12 Feb 2022 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Visionary Life of Harry Guggenheim

    "Smillie, a former senior reporter for Forbes who also served as chief content officer at Guggenheim Partners, offers a lively portrait of entrepreneur and philanthropist Harry Guggenheim—a man of impressive achievements and staggering wealth…A brisk, well-researched biography."

    Dirk Smillie is a former Senior Writer at Forbes magazine, where he wrote about family business dynasties and was on the Forbes 400 team (Forbes' annual rich list). For six years he was Chief Content Officer at Guggenheim Partners, a $300 billion financial services firm. Beside The Business of Tomorrow, he is author of Falwell, Inc. (St. Martin's). The book is the basis for two episodes in a series being developed for Netflix on the impact of evangelicals on American culture. He was a Coro Fellow in public policy and co-authored numerous studies of the press and the presidency at the Media Studies Center, Columbia University. He lives in New York City and has a daughter who is a freshman at Colorado College.

  • 4 Feb 2022 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The format at our Spanish Bay event Feb. 1st was unusual. The foursomes were formed according to handicap levels, the lowest handicappers grouped in Team #1 on down to the highest handicaps in Team #6. We played the two best balls, except on any one hole on each nine, one best ball. We were curious to see if the handicap system worked in practice. Team #4 was first, #1 second, #2 third, #3 and #5 tied for fourth and fifth, and #6 was last. You tell me how the handicaps worked? The outlier #4 team was best but only by one stroke. #1 was in the money and #2 was also right there a gnat’s ass from the prizes. The others were middle of the pack where they were handicapped while #6 was indeed last. Go figure.

    Below are the gruesome mug shots of the gang that claimed first prize:

    Matthew Myers, Rick Thau, Jim Giancola and Grant Carmichael

    The second place yokels are still squawking over the scoring and “woulda coulda”:

    Michael Georgariou, Brad Gebert, Greg Northcraft, and Bill Yakobovich


    Crazy Horse Ranch—Tuesday March 15th

    Tehema—Tuesday April 12th

    Next week on Feb. 15th at Pacific Grove, sign-ups and payments are complete. I have two standbys on waitlist so any cancels or dropouts would be refunded.

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