Coffee Cabinet

The RAM Coffee Cabinet has resumed with in-person meetings in the Garden Room at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.  Attendees start arriving each Thursday around 8:00 a.m. and meetings are called to order at 8:30 am for a one hour program that includes humor, highlights of history, announcements, anecdotes and a featured speaker.  

Upcoming Programs

November 4, 2021 – Scott Collins, City Manager, Morro Bay, CA.  He will discuss the Proposed Battery Storage Plant in Morro Bay.

November 11, 2021 – Erik Brun, Lt. Col (ret), U.S. Army. Erik will present: They Faced the Rising Sun – the Patriots Who Defended the Central Coast in 1942.

November 18, 2021 – Gael Meuller, Weaver. Gael will present Antarctica to Ireland.

November 25, 2021 – Thanksgiving Day, no meeting.

Meeting Archives

During the COVID-19 restrictions, we used Zoom to virtually meet and record the Coffee Cabinets. Click on a video link below to watch a recording of a past Coffee Cabinet Zoom-based meeting or, if not recorded, presentation materials made available by the presenter.

DATE                PRESENTER(S)                                          TITLE / ORGANIZATION                                TOPIC

8/26/21

Michael Codron

Director, Community Development, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo’s Building Projects. [Presentation Document only]

6/10/21

Bob Priola

Director, Investment & Research, Wacker Wealth Partners

Cryptocurrency Basics

6/3/21

Brad Parkinson

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University – and RAM Member

Update on Testing Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity: Gravity

5/27/21

Steve Lerian

Director, Cal Poly Arts

On-Line Programs and Plans for Next Season

5/20/21

Larry Burke

RAM Member

Model Antique Cars from My Collection

5/13/21

Heather Mullin

Development Manager, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo

Discussion of The Land Conservancy of SLO and Four of Their Most Recent and Upcoming Major Projects 

5/6/21

Rob Keim

Pastor, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Arroyo Grande

Hiking on the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain

4/29/21

Ed Peltzman & Dick Adams

RAM Members

Autobiographies

4/22/21

Elliott Marshall

Pacific Coast Railroad Historian, SLO Railroad Museum

Building the Avila Breakwater, Part 2

4/15/21

Elliott Marshall

Pacific Coast Railroad Historian, SLO Railroad Museum

Building the Avila Breakwater, Part 1

4/8/21

Gail Phillips

A Bonneville Racer: Record Land Speed Driver

4/1/21

Bob Chapman

I Built My ’32 Ford Roadster From the Gound Up

3/25/21

Mike Adams

Amazing Artificial Limbs

3/18/21

Joy Pederson, Interim Dean of Students & Aydin Nazmi, Epidemiologist

Cal Poly

Update on Cal Poly’s Planning & Response to COVID-19

3/11/21

Jorge Garcia, Management Services Director

City of Pismo Beach

Projects Update: Projects Within  Pismo Beach and Those with Five Cities Regional Impact

3/4/21

Bill Burlingame, Docent

Firestone / Ford Museum, Detroit

Museum and Period Working Farm

2/25/21

Brian Dietterick

SP Swanton Pacific Ranch

SPR: Looking Back; Looking Ahead

2/18/21

Megan Field

Air Pollution Control District

AQI; Mitigation Measures; Health

2/11/21

Mike Hoffman

CP Rose Float Advisor

My 1956 Turbine Chrysler

2/4/21

Sr. Theresa Harpin, Exec Dir; Vivien Devaney, In-Custody Re-entry Dir.

Restorative Partners

Program Update; Collaborative Initiatives with the Sheriff & the Courts

1/28/21

Ken Reiner

RAM

My Trip to Myanmar

1/21/21

Ray Vellinga

Hydrofoil Association

Hydrofoils: They Give Us a Lift

1/14/21

Ernie Dossa, Steve Bennett

RAM

Autobiographies

1/7/21

Hal Thilmony

RAM

Virtual Day Trips: Past, Present & Future

12/17/20

Salud Carbajol, 24th Dist Rep

US House of Representatives

Report to Constituents

12/10/20

Rod Fink, Sr. Corpsman

US Marines, Vietnam War

The Walking Dead

12/3/20

Rich Van Houten

showerthepeopleslo.org

Shower the People

11/19/20

Kristen Adams, Mgr

A Better Life Recovery, Orange Cty

Helping Adults  From Addition to Recovery

11/12/20

Jim Brescia, EdD, Superintendent

SLO County Schools

Preparing to Restart In-person instruction

11/5/20

Mike Newsom

PG&E (ret.), past RAM

Sturgis: Enroute on my Harley

10/22/20

Michael Codron, Dev. Director

City of SLO

Impact of New Building Laws

10/15/20

Sioux Oliva, PhD, Historian

Independent

Personal Family History of People of Note

10/8/20

Richard Neidhardt

Condor Tracker

California Condor

10/1/20

Derek Johnson, City Manager

City of SLO

Parklets; Rush Hour Traffic

9/24/20

John Lindsey, Corp Relations Rep

PG&E

Video: Over Diablo Power Plant Lands

9/17/20

Steve Davis, PhD

Cal Poly Col Science & Math

Importance of Physical Fitness

9/10/20

Michael Latner, PhD, Professor

Cal Poly Political Science

Some General Election Factors

9/3/20

Jessica Griffith

Morro Bay Audubon Society

Bird Migration

8/27/20

Mona Tucker, Pres. & Wendy Lucas, VP

Northern Chumash Tribe

Chumash Culture & Local Priorities

8/20/20

Dr. R. “Mike” Hill, Director

SLO Co Public Health Agency

COVID-19 as it relates to seniors

8/13/20

Norm Dean, Capt USN (ret.)

RAM

I Love Me

8/6/20

Monique Matta, Ref Librarian

SLO Co. Library

Today’s Remarkable Library Svcs

7/30/20

Tim Bridwell, Coord: Past Pres.

Friends of the Elephant Seals

Elephant Seals, Program 2

7/23/20

Franz Kurfess

CP Cptr Sci & Software Eng Dept

Artificial Intelligence

7/16/20

Jim Maraviglia, Vice Provost

CP Enrollment Development

College Admissions & Beyond

7/9/20

Ann Kitajima, Ass’t Director

MB Nat’l Estuary Program

Recent Environmental Report Card

7/2/20

Brad Parkinson, Prof Emertus, (recalled)

RAM, Stanford University

The Third Planet

6/25/20

Carl Berney

RAM

My Second Career as a Stone Sculptor

6/18/20

Hank Campbell

RAM

A Tale of Automobiles

6/11/20

Dick Adams, Rich Hendrickson

RAMs

Autobiographies

6/4/20

Harry Sharp

RAMs

Autobiography + Closing Remarks

5/28/20

Dr. Steve Hansen

RAMs

Covid-19 Update