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Sid Williams
November 2017

Sergeant Major Sid Williams served 27 years in the U.S. Army with 18 years in Special Forces and nine years in the "Big Army." Retired in 1992, from Fort Order, he is a member of numerous veterans organizations, including the County Military and Veterans Affairs Commission, the United Veterans Council, and the Retired E-9 Association. Williams is also active in support of the new veterans cemetery and the new VA/DOD Health Clinic.


Fred Lawson
October 2017

World Affairs Council Fred Lawson has had a distinguished dual career, military and civilian. He was raised in the rural town of Aledo, Illinois and entered the Army during World War II as a 17 year old private. He rose through the ranks to later serve as an officer in Korea. He continued his education at the University of Illinois and the Stanford Graduate School of Business while pursuing a civilian career as Vice President of Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. Simultaneously he remained in the Army Reserve. In US military circles, he is known as Fred Lawson, Major General (retired) and former Commanding General of the 91st Division.

Throughout his career, Fred has served in executive positions from Vice President of Kaiser Aluminum to Senior Vice President of BHP Minerals, Ltd. He has maintained an active community service record, having served on numerous Boards of Directors and advisory boards over the years. His many honors include Who's Who in Australia, visiting Adjunct Professor, University of Alabama, and the US Army, OCS, Hall of Fame.

Fred's leisure time and career seen to be one and the same. Fred and his wife Peggy retired to Carmel but he continued an active travel/consulting work schedule with frequent trips to Australia and Africa as well as making quarterly trips to Washington for the Department of Defense Reserve Forces Policy Board. Fred's presentation today will be "Russia's new posture in a changing world."


Kevin Saunders
August 2017

Kevin Saunders has been actively working for the legalization of marijuana since the age of 19. He was born in Southern California, the son of a prominent DEA enforcement agent, moving to Marina more than a decade ago. He became well known in his bid for mayor of Marina in the last election, and is currently running again for mayor of Marina. He is knowledgeable in the many uses and benefits of the medical marijuana. He will provide an overview of the history and variety of uses for cannabis. His partner Kitty Merchant will assist in his presentation.


Ray Lizundia
July 2017

Our July speaker will be our own Branch 89 Sunshine Chairman Ray Lizundia. He's been very busy helping people. Ray worked for Meals on Wheels for 12 years and has been visiting ill patiences from our Branch and the Elk's club for many years. Ray has also survived five major surgeries in 2016 along. At our July meeting he will talk about three special people he sponsored into our Branch over the years.


Ross Kroeker
June 2017

World renowned legends of golf Ross Roeker will be our June speaker. He is the Head Golf Professional at Salinas Fairways Golf Course. His career background includes:

  • PGA Member since 1992
  • Advanced Certified Instructor, 2007
  • Head Golf Professional, Qual Lodge Golf Club, 2009-2013
  • HighSchool Golf Coach since 2012
  • Master Instructor – Bobby Clampett, Impact Zone Golf School, 2009 - present
  • Director of Instruction, Harding Park Golf Course, 2003-2009
  • Niclaus/Flick Golf School staff, 2002-2004
  • ESPN Golf School staff, 2002-2004
  • CORPRAgolf School staff, 2004 - present
  • Heald Golf Professional, Palos Verdes Golf Club, 1997-2000
  • Heald Golf Professional, The Lakes at El Segundo Golden Bear Learning Center, 1994-1997
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Mission Hills Resort, Hiwan CC, Spyglass Hill GC, 1987-1994
  • NAIA Academic All-American, East Central Oklahoma University, 1985 and 1986
  • NAIA All Conference Player, East Central Iklahoma University, 1984-1986
  • Oklahoma High School All State Player, 1982


Mark Goings
May 2017

Mark Goings is a retired police officer who retired from San Jose Police Department in 2010 where he spent most of his carrer. Mark specialized was a Field Training Officer, worked in the Street Crimes Unit, the Metro Unit, and the Traffic Enforcement Unit. He also spent five years as an instructor at the SJPD motorcycle academy.

Mark became interested in the Model A Ford after hearing about the car in his family's history when the family came to California from Oklahoma in 1935. His family drove a Model A ford pulling a trailer loaded with all the family belongings. Mark has worked on his own Model A Ford for over 10 years and has developed a love for the car and it's colorful history. He will explain the history of the Model A Ford and will bring his car and perhaps other Model A's for SIR members to view and enjoy.

By the way, Mark is currently the Big SIR of Branch 28 in Monterey.


Hon. Joe Gunter
April 2017

Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter will speak on current issues of the city.


Scott Delucchi
March 2017

Scott Delucchi joined the SPCA as CEO/Executive Director in July 2016, following 17 years as a senior vice president with the Peninsula Humane Society in Burlingame where he was responsible for major shelter operations (adoptions, field rescue/investigations and animal behavior and training), humane education, media/public relations, volunteers, and the Society's secondhand store.


Craig Kaufman
February 2017

Mr. Kaufman is the Founder/Executive Director of the Salinas Valley Tourism & Visitors Bureau. He has an extensive background in marketing and branding spanning more than 26 years with a focus on agency management, community relations, video production and brand positioning. During his 16-year history with Full Steam Marketing & Design in Salinas, Craig was hired by the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association in 2007 to produce a comprehensive video about the nine-distinct wine growing regions in Monterey County, also referred to as an American Viticulture Area or AVA. The completed one-hour video was called “Elements of Taste” and inspired Craig to form the Salinas Valley Tourism and Visitors Bureau with the intent of highlighting the amazing day trips anyone can experience in the Salinas Valley.


Aimee Cuda
January 2017

Our speaker is the executive director of the Independent Transportation Network for Monterey County. Her agency provides transportation for seniors and disabled.


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