Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 31, 2019
On the first Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00 the club will have social gatherings here. It is a chance to introduce new friends and prospective members to our club! The next one is November 5th!
The second badge Tuesday for new red badgers will be held on second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 to 7:00.
Our community grant award day will be December 5th. All are welcome to help us celebrate the many good things being done in our community.
December the 8th is Keith’s annual Christmas party. It is at his house at 4:00. A sign up list will go around in the next few weeks.
Nov 17th is our next beach clean-up. This one will be at Rio del Mar in the afternoon, not in the AM as we have traditionally done.
On November 14th the club is taking a field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Veronica Udura our Piatt fellow spoke to us today. She is originally from Watsonville. She is pursuing a PhD degree in molecular biology. Her work focuses on ways that might eventually help to treat cancer.
Ron Morris from PG and E spoke to us about the power outages. There are tiers 1 2 and 3. 2 and 3 are the most at risk areas due to being heavily wooded. He said PG & E cannot be responsible for fires in our area. They look at wind direction and humidity levels and fire threat and then look at our circuits. We are fed from two places: Moss Landing and another feed that comes up over the mountains into the Green Valley substation. We have Rio del Mar sub, the Rob Roy sub (by Aptos High) and Paul Sweet sub by Dominican. In this last outage we had 22 circuits affected that had to be looked at once they ended the outages.  
Leslie Frates, well-known Bay area Jeopardy winner was our featured speaker today.
          She told us how in 1964 she would run home from school to watch Jeopardy. As she grew older she could answer more and more questions. She always dreamed of going to New York to be in Jeopardy. She did the contestants exam in 1990 competing with 80 other people. She answered a variety of questions in 15 minutes. Six people passed including her.
          She was called in September and went down to be on the show. They tape five shows a day. They were sequestered for the day of the taping. She was nervous but said Alec Trebec made her feel completely relaxed and she began to get the questions and in the end she won four games in a row and retired a five game champion winning almost $60,000. She went on to compete in the Tournament of Champions as well as several other Jeopardy events.
          There followed a lively discussion and many questions about what it was back behind the scenes.