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SAN RAMON VALLEY

Speaker Information

Our May Speaker is Brandon Tachco
Our February 2021 Meeting Speaker will be Brandon Tachco
 
Ph.D., World Maritime History
Research and Development Coordinator
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
San Francisco Maritime Museum and Research Center
 
Brandon Tachco has a PhD in World History from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently, he is working as the Research and Development Coordinator for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, where he leads experiential education programs aboard the historic ships, researches California education content standard trends, assists with education and marketing program development, writes grants, manages communications, helps organize fundraising and cultural events, and is the Managing Editor for their membership maritime history publication, the Sea Letter. His research looks at shipping and shipbuilding at the turn of the 20th century. Through the lens of ships and shipbuilding materials, he analyzes the many transnational connections these topics represent, including a seemingly isolate shipbuilding culture and society in Glasgow to complex geo-political developments and business imperial expansion in South and Southeast Asia.  Brandon is also teaching courses at California State University Maritime Academy.
Topic Abstract - the BALCLUTHA
 
Nineteenth century merchant sailing ships like Balclutha were worlds unto themselves. This maritime world was a uniquely transnational space that was separate from, but still very much connected to, the wider-world of which they were a part. The cargo they carried, the people that lived on them, even the very material from which they were built were all integral to the complex, inter-dependent, ever-globalizing, nineteenth century world of growing state power, multi-national business, interregional migrations, and European imperialism. During Balclutha’s careers, it carried cargo all over the world and was an essential part in connecting the lives and stories of people from many different classes, races, nationalities and creeds. While this is true of Balclutha’s life, it is equally true of its birth. Even the smallest piece of material used for its construction represents a complex, inter-connected nineteenth century world, and tells the stories of the countless individuals whose lives were in some way connected to, and dependent on, nineteenth-century ships.
 
Our March 2021 Meeting Speaker will be Jim Eyen
NBA Coach
 
 
Jim Eyen’s NBA experiences include the 1990 NBA All-Star game, a trip to the NBA Finals with the Lakers (starring Magic Johnson, Byron Scott & James Worthy) losing to the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan in 1991, and another trip to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 with the Portland Trail Blazers (with Scottie Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and Greg Anthony) which lost to the Lakers with Shaq and Kobe in a dramatic 7th game.
 
 
Jim has coached Los Angeles Lakers (Pat Riley, Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott), Milwaukee Bucks (star player Glen “Big Dog” Robinson), Los Angeles Clippers (Donald Sterling, owner), Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings (Boogie Cousins and Tyreke Evans were the stars).  He coached the Lakers in 2016 including Kobe Bryant’s last NBA season.  In 2016, Eyen joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as their West Coast Collegiate personnel scout before transitioning this year into doing basketball broadcasts for (his alma mater) UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball.
 
Jim was inducted into the “Court of Champions” Hall of Fame in Santa Barbara. Eyen's basketball interests extend internationally. He has served as a consultant to clubs in the Netherlands, Germany, China and Japan and has participated in the NBA's “Basketball Without Borders Europe” program in France.
 
 
Our April 2021 Meeting Speaker will be David Seaborg
 
 
Biologist, Teacher, Author and Environmentalist
President and Founder of the World Rainforest Fund
 
David Seaborg has taught biology at all levels from kindergarten to the university level, including the basic biology course at the University of California at Berkeley, university extension courses, courses at museums, field courses for all ages, at Burton Academic High School in San Francisco, and biology for elementary school.

 He currently teaches various life science courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which is part of the University of California at Berkeley extension program, and at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning, at the University of San Francisco.
 
David is President and Founder of the World Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving the earth’s tropical rainforests and biodiversity. He also founded and headed the Seaborg Open Space Fund, named in honor of his father, Glenn T. Seaborg, to raise money and awareness to save open space from development in central Contra Costa County. This fund raised $20,000 in less than a year to successfully help save Acalanes Ridge in Lafayette, California.

He wrote an article that is a summary of the scientific research on the effects of high atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide other than global warming. Unlike the climatic effects, these effects are not well known to the general public. They are very serious, and have the potential to cause high levels of extinction of species and greatly disrupt ecosystems and our food supply.
He was on the city of Lafayette’s General Plan Advisory Committee, which he guided to producing a ten-year General Plan for that city that emphasized environmental sustainability, preserving open space, combating global warming, and energy conservation.

In the 1990’s and part of the first decade of this century, he served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Club of Rome of the USA, the environmental think tank that published the Limits to Growth in the 1970’s. This is a computer simulation study that showed that continued growth and consumption of resources will lead society to disaster.

He was on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the U. S. A. from 2006 to 2009, where he was the lead environmental person. He gave the keynote address at their 2006 annual meeting, and helped secure the passage of key resolutions on biodiversity and global warming and the Kyoto Protocol, at the local, state, and national levels of the UNA/USA. These resolutions call for action on these issues by the U. N. and U. S. government.

He conceived, and helped secured passage by the Berkeley City Council, an ordinance banning the use of old growth rainforest and redwood in all products used by the city of Berkeley. This ordinance also required all businesses contracting with Berkeley to stop using old growth rainforest and redwood in any products or services Berkeley hires them to use or perform, or in any product they sell this city.

David conceived the idea for and was the head organizer for a press conference of Nobel Prize winners on global environmental issues that was held at the time of the 100th Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden, in December, 2001.

David has been to over 30 countries, observing various natural ecosystems and wildlife. He is an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer and an award-winning poet. He wrote the popular and acclaimed poetry book, Honor Thy Sow Bug, which sold over 1,500 copies. An excellent public speaker, he lectures to various scientific, environmental, civic, business, and other organizations on evolutionary biology, the philosophical implications of science, and environmental issues.