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

May 5, 2022 – Jeffrey Armstrong, President, CSU Cal Poly. Dr. Armstrong will discuss Issues and Actions related to Cal Poly.

May 12, 2022 – R. Hillery, Coffee Cabinet regular, and Jim Murphy, SLO RAM member. They will each present 15 minute autobiographies.

May 19, 2022 – Adriana Popescu, Dean of Library Services, Cal Poly. Adriana will discuss the Kennedy Library Renovation and Public Access.

May 26, 2022 – Gerald Holmes, Director, Strawberry Center, Cal Poly. Dr. Holmes will discuss Cal Poly’s Strawberry Research Program. Those who are attending the Day Trippers outing this morning with their Significant Other may bring them to this Coffee Cabinet for a reduced fee of $5.

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