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Our March 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be Newell Anerich
Danville Council member/six term Mayor, elected 1995. His community involvement started 30 years ago on Danville’s Design Review Board / Planning Commission. Newell serves on a variety of local and statewide committees keeping Danville at the forefront of engagement. An advocate for public education serving on Measure D School Facilities Bond Committee and Co-Chair, Valley Wide Committee on Youth Safety.

Danville’s financial health has been guided by Newell’s “pay as you go” fiscal policies keeping Danville fiscally strong. As Mayor, Newell presided over “hometown hero” celebrations of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens.  

Graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy for Leadership and Advanced Leadership. Newell has published over 50 articles on governance, leadership and economic trends. He has guest lectured at Stanford University MBA International Classes, UC Berkeley and other institutions.

Newell earned Bachelors/Masters degrees in Architecture/Urban Design, UC Berkeley and is President/CEO of awarding winning architectural firm for past 40 years.

Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Past Chair 
Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Past Chair
Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Director 
TRAFFIX Co-founder
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Director
iGATE Innovation Hub, Director 
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Discovery Counseling Center, Director
Leadership San Ramon Valley, Director
Danville Library Endowment
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce 
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Posse
100 Club Contra Costa, Life Member 
CERT, Community Emergency Response Team 
Tri Valley APAPA Honorary Board 
Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary, Past President
Operation Welcome Home, Co-founder
Sentinels of Freedom

Our May 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 June Speaker Will Be .................

Our July Speaker Will Be Ted Clement
Edward “Ted” Sortwell Clement, Jr.
Save Mount Diablo Executive Director
Ted has been studying and working in the conservation field for over 30 years.  He was an environmental studies major at the University of Vermont where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.  Ted later received his Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School where he focused on land conservation law.  
He is a licensed attorney.  After graduating from college, Ted was an instructor and environmental educator for the Outward Bound School in Maine.  He then worked and completed his service as a Peace Corps national park volunteer in Thailand.  After the Peace Corps, Ted worked in the stewardship and legal departments at Vermont Land Trust while in law school.  After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Ted was hired by the Aquidneck Land Trust in Rhode Island.  He served as the Land Protection Director for 5 years and then as the Executive Director for over 7 years until he accepted a position in Hawaii. 
In January 2013, he began working as the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust's Executive Director and he served in that role until he was offered a job as Save Mount Diablo's Executive Director in California near the end of 2015 – a job that would bring the Clement family together again as their oldest son was at college in California.  Ted is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. 
Ted has served on the Boards of various environmental non-profit organizations, and he has also received a number of awards and a Center for Whole Communities fellowship for his conservation work.  He is passionate about his family, time outdoors and working with others to create lasting public good by protecting, and connecting people to, the land which sustains us.