Branch President’s Monthly Message

February 2024

President Deb York

What an amazing adventure during our recent program, “A Visit with John Muir.” Frank Helling gave an outstanding first-person story of the life of John Muir from a young lad in Scotland to the Sierra Nevadas and multiple continent expeditions. The room was packed with members, and guests, spouses and partners. Frank and his wife were hit by a car soon after they arrived in Nevada City. They spent the night in the ER and in the true spirit and grit of John Muir, Frank went on with the show. They returned home to Fresno and have sought medical follow-up care. We thank them and wish he and his wife a full recovery. If you missed the program, watch the video produced by our videographer, Michael West; it will be posted on our website.
Our programs have been quite strong. Many thanks to the people who make this happen: Program VP’s (Karen Hull, Diane Kellegrew, Mari Weaver); our new Facilities chair Sue Van Son and her set-up and take-down teams; Martha Rees our AV specialist; Gretchen Corbin, Hospitality; our PR team who alert the community (Cece Royal, Martha Rees & Bup Greenwood); our Program Sponsors; Lisbeth Noel our book sale manager; and Karin Quinn, Ways & Means, who brings T-shirts, tumblers, backpacks and a lovely quilt by Virginia Kingston for raffle at our May program. Thank you for your outstanding service in support of our branch.

We’ve added over 50 new members since July of 2022. Thanks to Deb Cubberley, Membership VP for her outstanding work in supporting new members.

Our board is working to expand opportunities for all members to participate in interest groups, core mission activities such as Local Scholarships, Tech Trek, Programs, and our Board of Directors. We hope you will join in and be as active as you wish to be. Please let me know if you have ideas or suggestions for how we can open our arms and include everyone who wants to join us.
My best,