Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association, Inc.

April 2006 Newsletter

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From the Asilomar Chair ( Emeritus!)
The rain we received at the opening of our anniversary celebration in no way dampened the spirits of the 106 Phi Betes and their guests who joined us for our Association’s twentieth annual retreat at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove this past February 17 – 20, 2006. The clouds and rain, mingled with occasional glints of sunshine, only added to the beauty of the venue. (If you were not able to attend and would like to know what we did, Ray Hendess has posted the program – complete with pictures taken by our members – here.  Although this year’s participants on their after-conference questionnaires enthusiastically praised the quality of the speakers and the beauty of the venue, what our members valued most was the opportunity to meet and mingle with each other. We are truly an organization made up of outstanding, interesting, unique individuals.

In addition to the intellectual and social aspects of the conference, Asilomar is also important to our Association because it is a major fund-raiser for our scholarship program. Our profits this year were almost $9000 – more than enough to fund two of our $4000 graduate scholarships. This money comes from the $100 per person registration fee; the part that isn’t used for expenses is totally tax-deductible. Although all the official bills are not yet in, it looks right now as if this year $84.17 of the $100 registration fee you made in 2005 for Asilomar 2006 is tax-deductible. (Please check the September newsletter for any correction to this sum.) And for those of you who were not able to attend and graciously donated your registration fees, the entire $100 per person registration fee may be deducted.

As many of you already know, after having been in charge of Asilomar for five years, I have “passed the torch” to others. We are very lucky that Jae and Pat Emenhiser, along with the Baronians, have agreed to take on the challenge of planning Asilomar 2007. Since our most successful presentations have been the direct result of your recommendations, I have forwarded this year’s post-conference questionnaires to them with your suggestions for next year’s programs and speakers. If you think of anything else, please contact . And since I will be working closely with Jae and Pat, you can always contact me, too.

This year we were very fortunate to attract more first-time participants than ever before. To assure the continued success of our Asilomar conference, please pass the word along to others who might want to participate in this unique experience. Our best advertisement is “word of mouth” and the best place to pass the word is at our many Association activities. When you attend these events, please tell others of your positive Asilomar experience and encourage them to join us. Each individual who comes directly supports our scholarship program.

I would like to encourage you, too, to attend our annual dinner - this year April 30 - when we award these scholarships and honor professors for their teaching excellence. To actually see and hear about how important these awards are to the very talented recipients is truly inspirational.

Asilomar Chair (Emeritus!)

The Association has issued its triennial membership directory for 2005. The cutoff date for inclusion was October 30, 2005. Everyone who had paid dues to the Association in 2003, 2004 or 2005 was included in the directory and the same individuals were mailed a copy of the directory. A limited number of copies of the directory will be available through the Corresponding Secretary for new members who ask for them, while the supply lasts.

Remember to pay your 2006 Association Dues, $30 basic minimum.

Use the envelope enclosed with the hardcopy of the newsletter, or contact  , Third Vice-President, Membership

Thanks to 2006 PBK NCA Members

The Board offers many thanks to the members and friends who have joined or renewed their membership for the year 2006 as of March. 1. Your generous support makes our Scholarships and Awards possible. We extend a special thank you to those who have contributed at the Patron, Sponsor and Benefactor levels. Your names are listed in the hardcopy of this newsletter, but for privacy and security we do not list them here.

Newsletter Chair Needed

I have been the Newsletter Chair of a committee of one since the 2001-2002 fiscal year. I have agreed to stand for election for the 2006-2007 fiscal year but that is the last year I wish to serve. I don’t wish to leave the organization in a lurch so I am giving plenty of notice in the hope there is someone out there who would like to try his or her hand at this.

The Newsletter Chair is a Board Member and, therefore, helps with the operation of the Association. The primary duty involves gently prodding other Board Members to get their input in on time to meet the publishing deadlines established by the Board, laying out the Newsletter, formatting everyone’s input, proofreading and circulating the draft Newsletter to some key Board Members or former Board Members, emailing the final draft to the printer and approving the final product. There are some other incidental duties that come up from time to time.

If any of you think you might be interested, please contact me.

, Newsletter Chair

2006 Nominations

The 2006-07 Nominating Committee

Merrill Shatuck, Chair

The Nominating Committee nominates the following slate of officers for the 2006-07 Board of Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Association and the following slate for the 2005-06 Nominating Committee. A vote of the Membership will be taken at the annual meeting April 30, 2006.

Jean E. James

Corresponding Sec. 1998-2006, Nominating Committee 1995-96, 1999-2000, Asilomar Chair 2001-2006, PBK NCA; BA German, DePauw U. 1968; MAT Northwestern U. 1969; Graduate work, Stanford & Chicago; Retired teacher of college prep. English and English as a second language; now an enthusiastic dressage rider and tennis player.

Dr. Stanley S Kahn

1st Vice President, Programs, PΒΚ NCA, 2005-present; PBK University of Alabama, 1939. AΩA Medical Honor Society, and MD, 1943, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis. Active duty, Medical Corps, 1st Lieutenant and Captain, Army of the United States, ETO, England, France and Germany, 1944-46. Medical Residency, UAB Birmingham, Alabama 1946-48. Postgraduate Student, Harvard School of Public Health, 1949; Research Fellow, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston 1950. Private practice of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Birmingham, Alabama 1950-1988. Clinical Professor of Medicine, UAB, Birmingham, Alabama, 1971. Full-time Medical Faculty, BIrmingham Baptist Hospital, Montclair, 1989-1999. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1952, recertified in 1977. Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1961; Life Member ACP 1962. Laureate Physician Award of the American College of Physicians, Alabama Chapter, 1990. Honored by Baptist Montclair Hospital with Hospital Medical Library named for me, 1997. Current interests: His two young grandchildren who live in Berkeley; American history; the glorious history of Medicine; vegetable gardening; his collection of nineteenth century US Postage stamps; classical chamber music; learning as much as possible about the San Francisco Bay Area since arriving here in December 1999 (on Pearl Harbor Day).

Joanne Sandstrom

A.A. Glendale Junior College (as it was then) in 1957; PBK BA in English and teaching credential, UC Berkeley 1959 and 1960, respectively; M.A. in English, Cal State Long Beach (as it was then) 1968; Taught English at Costa Mesa High School, Saddleback College and Long Beach City College 1969-1975; Sailed around the world 1975-1980; In charge of the publications program at the Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, September 1980-present (editor, typesetter, proofreader, marketer, publicist, etc.).

Letitia Sanders

3rd Vice President, Membership PBK NCA, 2000-present; PBK, AB (magna cum laude) English, Sweet Briar College, 1962; MAT English, Emory U., 1964; English teacher, Atlanta Public Schools, 1964-67; IBM system engineer & instructor, 1967-91; data processing instructor, College of Marin, 1982-83; Systems Advisory committee, College of Marin, 1983-present; Board member, California Nevada Arabian Sport Horse Assn., 2002-03.


Mary O. Granger

Recording Secretary 2005-present, PBK NCA; PBK, BA in Government, 1958, University of Rochester; Mary married Edward Granger in 1957; MA in Education, University of Rochester, 1959; Mary taught English and social studies in the Rochester City School District from 1959 through 1961. Masters of Library Science, SUNY, Genesco, 1972, after taking time to get two daughters started in the world. Mary served as Library Media Specialist in the Gates Chili Central School District from 1971 through December 1991, when she retired and moved to Sausalito. She has been a member of AAUW since 1992, was a member and officer of an investment club from 1992 through 1999, and was a San Francisco City Guide from 1992 through 1999. She has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1988. Mary continues to hike weekly with a Marin County group. 

Dr. Narcinda (Cindy) R. Lerner

Teaching Excellence Committee 2000-2006, Nominating Committee 1997-99, PBK NCA; Now retired, Cindy worked as a Chemist at NASA Ames Research Center for over 30 years. She earned her BS degree at Hofstra University and her PhD at the University of Chicago.

Mary Turner Gilliland

Treasurer 2001-present, PBK NCA; PBK BA (High Honors) French & Textiles & Clothing, UCSB, 1969; Community Volunteer, 1971-present: United Church of Christ, No. Calif. Conference Committee on Ministry (Co-chair); San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles (Pres. of the Board); International Federation for Home Economics.


Dr. Janiece S. Nolan

Chapter Liaison 2005-present, PΒΚ NCA; Rotary; Corporate Advisory Board for Graduate Program in Health Management, UC Berkeley; Industry Advisory Board for Center for Health Management Research; Woodrow Wilson Fellow. BA (PΒΚ) & MA: University of Texas, Austin; MPH: Dept of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. (Biology): Tulane University, New Orleans; Postdoctoral: Physiology-Anatomy, UC Berkeley. Captain (O-6) (ret), Medical Service Corps (MSC)

Officer – U.S.N.R. Currently: President/CEO: John Muir Physician Network (California medical foundation with over 800 physicians) part of John Muir Health, located in the East Bay..

Gerald T. Richards

Newsletter Chair 2001-present, Scholarship Committee 2005-present, PBK NCA; PBK, TBP 1956, BS Ind. Engr. (magna cum laude) 1957, Lafayette College; SPS, MS Engr. Purdue 1963; Physics graduate work, Lehigh & UC Davis; JD Golden Gate U. 1976; US Army service to major 1948-52 & 1959-67; Physicist 1967-73, 1979-81, Lawyer 1981-93, Retired 1993, UC Lawrence Livermore Nat’l Lab.; Staff Member, Calif. Boys’ State, 1996-present; Emeritus Attorney, 1998-present; Member, Standing Committee On Senior Lawyers, 2002-2005 Cal. State Bar; Member, Board of Administrative Appeals, Antioch, Ca 2003-2004; Member, Contra Costa Council on Aging, 2005-present; Who’s Who in America.

JeDon A. (J) Emenhiser

BS University of the Redlands, 1955; Ph. D. University of Minnesota, 1962; Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Humboldt State University, 1977-1987; Part-time teacher of Constitutional Law and other Political Science Courses, 1987-present; Visiting Professor at various colleges and universities in the US and abroad at various times during a distinguished teaching career.

Muriel Bell

President, 2004–2006, 2nd Vice President, Scholarship 2000-2004, Scholarship Committee 1995-present PBK NCA; PBK BA (High Honors) French history & literature, Cornell 1960; freelance editor & translator 1968-78; Editor, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford 1978-86; Manuscript Editor 1963-68, Sponsoring Editor 1986-present, Stanford Univ. Press; Palo Alto Community Advisory Board on Special Education.

Maria Norall (Acting Committee Chair)

Recording Secretary 2000-2005, Nominating Committee 1999-2000 PBK NCA; PBK, A.B., French, Bates College, Lewiston, ME; M.A., Comparative Literature (Spanish/French), U.C., Berkeley. Graduate studies at Middlebury School of Languages, Middlebury, VT, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Foreign Service, Dept. of State, Madrid, Spain; Johnson & Johnson International, Translator; Teacher, French, Spanish, ESL, K-8. Supervisor, St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA.


A vacancy exists on the Board of Directors for Corresponding Secretary for the 2006-2007 Board. Jean James, the incumbent is slated for President next year and can no longer fill the position. Anyone interested in filling this position, please contact

The seven member Nominating Committee has five vacancies for the coming year. If you are interested in giving something to PBK NCA but would like to start with lighter duties than service on the Board, you should consider volunteering for this committee. The work of the committee is generally done by email rather than face-to-face meetings. To get started, please contact

Chapter Liaison Report & Opportunity

Are you interested in participating in a PBK initiation ceremony at a university near you? Two opportunities remain for this spring. Those who volunteer have found the events to be quite enjoyable and rewarding, even rekindling an old college memory or two. When we attend these events, we promote new members for our association.

From April though June each year, the seven Northern California universities with P ΒΚ chapters initiate new members. My job on our PΒΚ NCA Board is to contact each of these chapters and coordinate our Association's participation. I am pleased to report that each of these chapters has agreed to include our ΦΒΚ NCA information and membership forms in their welcome packets for the initiates. We are also invited to provide a PΒΚ NCA representative at each ceremony, who is expected to make a few remarks to encourage recruitment into our association. We already have representatives for five of the events, but seek volunteers for two. Please contact if you wish to volunteer.

***San Francisco State University Friday, May 12. PBK NCA Rep speaks at 4pm, ceremony at 5pm (banquet at 6pm, cost was $40 last year) - need a volunteer

***UC Santa Cruz No date set as yet. Need a volunteer! Hopefully, someone who has connections at UCSC.

Please contact me to volunteer or to ask questions. You can also volunteer to be a last minute backup for any of the spots that are already filled. Thank you!

, Chapter Liaison

Upcoming Events

Person making a reservation MUST BE a Phi Beta Kappa Member, but need not be a member of the Northern California Association.

  The first tour of 2006 was an overwhelming success. The membership response was most gratifying; twenty-seven members responded; everyone enjoyed visiting  an outstanding and time-honored institution, the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Club located in downtown San Francisco.

  The Annual Meeting and Dinner of our organization at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club is on Sunday April 30. More exciting projects are listed below; suggestions for additional guided tours are always welcome; telephone, email me

First Vice President - Programs

Centennial Exhibit of the San Francisco Earthquake
San Francisco MOMA
It was on the eighteenth of April, not in “75" (1775) but in 1906. Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House; Orville and Wilbur Wright of Dayton had flown their Wright flyer less than three years before at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and a young Swiss patent clerk had just published some obscure physical theories a year earlier. Although sliding tectonic plates were unheard of then, the young City of San Francisco was suddenly torn asunder by one of the most devastating, destructive earthquakes in human history. Commemorating the centennial of that tragic episode, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has mounted a magnificent exhibition of photographs not only from its existing collection but also from privately held pictures of the event as well. Our personally guided tour of this exhibit, the opportunity of a lifetime, indeed of a century, is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at 11:15 A.M. at the Museum, 151 Third Street in San Francisco.

Public Transit Directions: Take BART to Montgomery Street Station. Take the New Montgomery Street exit, and walk over to Third Street. SF MOMA is located on Third between Mission and Howard.
Driving directions:
From East Bay: Take Interstate 80, exit at Fremont Street. Take immediate left onto Howard Street and get into the right lane. Go two blocks and turn right onto Third Street.
From the Peninsula: Take Highway 101 until it connects to I-80; exit at Fourth Street. Fourth leads onto Bryant Street. Take a left from Bryant onto Third Street, until you reach the Museum.
From North Bay: Take Highway 101 to Lombard Street. Follow Lombard to Van Ness Avenue and turn right; follow Van Ness and turn left into Golden Gate Avenue.
Continue on Golden Gate Avenue across Market Street onto Sixth Street.
Turn left onto Folsom Street and proceed to Third Street. Turn left onto Third Street.

Date: Saturday, March 25-Cutoff date for reservations March 15.
Site and Time: Meet in Haas Atrium of Museum at 11:00 A.M., as soon as the Museum doors open. Tour begins promptly at 11:15 A.M..
Fees: $ 20.00 per person.
Minimum number of registrants: fifteen
Maximum number: Twenty-five
Parking: Street parking is scarce in the Museum’s area. Garage parking is available at the Museum’s garage, located on Minna between Third and New Montgomery. Minna is one way, accessible from Third Street. Call 415-348-0971 for fee schedule.
Lunch: Not included in fee, but available afterwards, at Museum’s Caffe Museo.

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map to SF MOMA
San Francisco, CA 94103-3107

Architectural Tour of the New de Young Museum (Link to the website)

Note: While the tour is over (and we had a great time), we strongly recommend that you go visit the Arts and Crafts Exhibit entitled "International Arts and Crafts: William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright" at the Museum from 18 March 2006 —18 June 2006. For more information, see the website at

The de Young Museum has been a beloved feature of the Bay Area dating back to the late nineteenth century. For the past several years it has been closed during construction of its beautiful new home. The new “state of the art” de Young Museum is now a reality! It’s here, awaiting our critical inspection.
Located in the heart of Golden Gate Park at 50 Hagiawara Tea Garden Drive, the museum is once again available as a favorite center for art appreciation and edification Our docent guided tour, will last about an hour, emphasizing the art and architecture of the Museum. You are free to inspect any other collections of special interest to you following the guided tour. Lunch, not included in the price of the tour, may be obtained afterwards at the Museum Cafe.

More pictures

There is a must-read article about the DeYoung in the March 16 edition of the Press Democrat. See it online here.

Date: Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 AM

Parking is available in the subjacent Museum garage, for three dollars an hour.
Minimum number required for tour is ten registrants. Registration is limited to thirty persons.
A docent will be provided for each group of fifteen.

Price is $ 20.00 for adults, and $ 10.00 for Museum members.
Deadline for reservations is one month prior to date, i.e. March 1, 2006

Directions: Although public transportation is available (see here), it involves a great deal of walking. Automobile transportation is recommended as the most convenient mode of visiting the museum, since garage parking is now available. Possibly car pooling might be considered.
Directions: From the north, take 101 South, exit at California 1 South, and continue to Fulton Street, adjacent to Golden Gate Park. Turn left on Fulton, to 10th Avenue. Entrance to the garage is from Fulton Street at 10th Avenue. The garage is connected to the museum.
From the south, take 101 North, turn left on Turk, and turn left on 10th avenue, entering the museum garage at Fulton and 10th avenue.
From East Bay, via Bay Bridge to the Civic Center exit, cross Market to Larkin, and turn left on Turk, take a left on 10th Avenue and enter the museum garage at 10th and Fulton.

More directions here

We will meet in front of the museum, and then walk around to the right to the Children's Entrance to meet our docent(s).

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map and directions to the DeYoung Museum
San Francisco, CA 94118-4501

PBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

UC Berkeley faculty ClubAnnual Meeting at the Join the PBKNCA Board in the charming setting and collegial atmosphere of the UC Berkeley Faculty Club to celebrate this year’s accomplishments. Take this opportunity to meet and be inspired by the dedication and achievements of our scholarship and teaching excellence award winners. Social hour begins at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at about 5 p.m. Choose between salmon, roast prime rib of beef, or vegetarian. There is a no-host bar during social hour. Dinner will include house wine, coffee or tea, plus salad and dessert in addition to your pre-selected entrée which comes with rice or potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Date: Sunday, April 30, 2006
Time: 4 – 8 pm

Deadline: April 18, 2006
Price: $50 (includes parking)
Directions: The Faculty Club is on the campus of UC Berkeley (University Avenue exit off I-80). About a week before the dinner, registrants will be mailed a “Faculty Club notecard” that will include driving directions and a foldout campus map with parking instructions.

Holy Trinity CathedralHoly Trinity Cathedral (website)

We Americans pride ourselves on the diversity of our population. Except for native Americans, we are all either immigrants or descendants of immigrants.

One of the most remarkable examples of our diversity is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, located in San Francisco. The congregation which first engendered the Cathedral traces its roots to December 1857 with the founding of the Greek Russian Slavonian Orthodox Eastern Church and Benevolent Society.

At first, chaplains from Russian Navy ships visiting San Francisco Bay served the spiritual and sacramental needs of the congregation. In 1868, an Orthodox Priest from Alaska was sent to conduct services during Holy Week. In 1878, another Alaskan missionary became the first Rector of the San Francisco parish. Over the years, many distinguished pastors served the congregation on a regular, full time basis.

The bell tower of the Cathedral contains five wonderful bells donated by the Emperor Alexander III in 1888. The temple itself is illuminated by a grand chandelier donated by the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. Tradition has it that he also donated a beautifully decorated icon of his patron saint, Nicholas of Myra and Lycia to the Cathedral. Many other highly valued objects as well as gorgeous icons are features of the Cathedral. Today, the Holy Trinity Cathedral is a multinational American Orthodox community, and the only one in San Francisco which conducts its services in English.

Join us in visiting this remarkable institution in the heart of San Francisco. The Right Reverend Benjamin, Bishop of Berkeley has kindly agreed to serve as our guide.

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2006
Time: 10:00 AM. Deadline April 30, 2006
Price: $10.00 per person. Limited to 20 persons.
From Golden Gate Bridge:
Follow signs to “Downtown-Civic Center” From Lombard, turn right onto Van Ness (Hwy.101) one block past Union Street is Green Street. Cathedral is located on your right at corner of Green and Van Ness.
From Bay Bridge: Take Freeway 101 North to “S. Van Ness/Golden Gate Bridge” exit. Turn left onto Van Ness (Hwy. 101) Go up Van Ness, past Broadway and Vallejo. The Cathedral is on your left at the corner of Van Ness and Green.
From the South. Take Freeway 101 North toward downtown San Francisco. Exit at South Van Ness/Golden Gate Bridge. Turn left onto Van Ness Avenue, go past Broadway and Vallejo. Cathedral is on your left at corner of Green and Van Ness.
By BART: Exit at Market and Civic Center. Walk up to Van Ness and take MUNI as described below.
MUNI (Public Bus system) On Van Ness take the 42, 47, or 49 Bus (Adult fare $1.50, seniors $0.50) to Union Street. Walk back one block to Green Street. The Cathedral is at the corner of Green and Van Ness.

Links to:

Golden Gate Transit
Larkspur Ferry

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map and directions to Holy Trinity Cathedral
San Francisco, CA 94123-5102

Tour of Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex
The San Francisco Opera House and Veterans Building\ Herbst Theatre

The Opera House
Davies Symphony Hall
Herbst Theater

On Monday, June 19, at 11:00 AM, we shall have an opportunity to tour three of the major centers of the performing arts in San Francisco, as well as review some local and world history. Davies Hall is celebrating its twenty-fifth birthday, which makes this a timely opportunity to review the features of Davies Hall. Because of their proximity, we shall also have the opportunity to visit its two historic neighbors on Van Ness Avenue in the Civic Center. The three structures face San Francisco City Hall. For the curious, we’ll find out who Ms. Davies was; learn about the construction of the War Memorial Complex, and its historic role as the birthplace of the United Nations. We’ll also note the site in the Opera House where the United Nations Charter was signed by President Truman and other world leaders on June 26, 1945. We’ll have an opportunity to view some of the glorious features that characterize both the Opera House and the Herbst Theatre. Also of historic interest in the Herbst Theatre are the famous murals originally commissioned for the Panama Pacific Exposition of 1915, and executed by Frank Brangwyn, a famous Belgian muralist. The tour will take only an hour or two, and will be geared to the walking limitations of the tour group.

Note: Ms. Virginia Miller, the person in charge of the tour of the three performance halls at the Civic Center telephoned me after receiving my letter confirming our "Backstage Tour". She corrected the misimpression I was given that this was a Backstage Tour. It is a "Front Hall Tour" of all three buildings, as advertised, Davies, Opera House, and the War Memorial including Herbst Hall.

Directions: Davies Hall, where the tour begins, is located at 201 Van Ness at the corner of Grove. Assemble in the atrium (ticket office lobby) at Davies, located on the Grove Street side.

From North Bay:
Take 101 South, which leads directly into Van Ness.
From the Peninsula: Take US-101 North toward San Francisco. Take the NINTH ST exit toward CIVIC CENTER - go 0.7 mi, 9TH ST becomes HAYES ST - go 0.2 mi, Turn Right on VAN NESS AVE - go < 0.1 mi, Arrive at Davies Symphony Hall.
From East Bay: Take I-80 West across Bay Bridge; take Ninth Street\Civic Center exit to Harrison Street; go one block and turn right into Ninth Street; cross Market and turn left into Grove.

Date, Time and Site: Monday, June 19, at 11:00 AM. Assemble in the atrium (ticket office lobby) at Davies, located on the Grove Street side.
Minimum Number: ten
Maximum Number: twenty-five.
Cost: $ 10.00
Deadline for registration: June 5, 2006
Parking: Numerous pay-for-parking lots are located in the area around Davies Hall; sometimes street parking is also feasible, but bring change for the meters!
Public transit: Take BART to Civic Center Station. Take Grove Street exit, and walk four blocks to Davies Hall, located at Van Ness and Grove.
Lunch is available, not included in fee, in a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the Civic Center area. Bus service to the Civic Center area is excellent. See links below:

Links to:

Golden Gate Transit
Larkspur Ferry

[ Yahoo! Maps ]
Map to Davies Symphony hall
San Francisco, CA 94102-4595

The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, 1946-1955). The caption reads "Replacing a bad tube meant checking among ENIAC's 19,000 possibilities"

Computer History Museum Tour, 1401 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA Website Saturday, July 15

Looking back over the years, there was that new medium, radio. The early radios had huge speakers and earphones, and squawked with static a good deal. Then television came along with initial black and white screens not much larger than an unabridged dictionary in diameter. After an interval, color television arrived on the scene. Now, we are immersed in the computer age, the latest development in telecommunication. Computers are still relatively “new” in that all of the technical bugs haven’t been eliminated. What could be more timely than to visit the Computer History Museum in the heart of Silicon Valley? Some of the earliest computers models are on display: Eeniac, Johnniac, Cray 1, Apple 1, among many of the earliest prototypes.

A map is available on the Museum's
Directions: From San Francisco, Take Highway 101 South. Exit Shoreline Blvd. At the light, turn left onto N. Shoreline Blvd. After going over the freeway and crossing though the light (La Avenida), take an immediate right into the first driveway.
From San Jose: Take Highway 101 North. Exit Shoreline Blvd. At the light, turn right onto North Shoreline Blvd. Take an immediate right into the first driveway.

Minimum number: ten
Maximum number: no maximum!
Fee: $ 10.00
Date: Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 PM

Deadline: July 1, 2006

Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco exhibit entitled “Monet in Normandy”

For art lovers among our membership, and for fans of French Impressionism, in particular, we have the opportunity of a lifetime!
The Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco has just announced a forthcoming exhibit entitled “Monet in Normandy”. This is a traveling exhibit and will be on display only three months, from June 17 to September 17, at the Museum. We have arranged to have a guided tour, just before the exhibit leaves San Francisco, of 50 magnificent paintings by the celebrated French painter whose painting “Impression of the Rising Sun” gave its name to the Impressionist School. (We don’t expect that painting to be on display, but if you look to your left, there it is!) Some of his works will include his paintings of Rouen Cathedral, the seaside at Trouville, and the beautiful water garden he created at his home in Giverny. We fully realize that the September Newsletter will barely have arrived in your home before the date of our tour, September 15! Nevertheless, after consultation with other members of our Board, we have decided that this is too outstanding an opportunity to forego. Please spread the good word to other members of our organization about this epic event. We also plan to announce this tour at the Annual Dinner on April 30.

For a bio of Monet, with a few paintings, see The France Monthly. For a quick tour of paintings, see Google Images

Date: Friday, September 15
Time: 9:30 AM

Assemble in front hall of Legion of Honor Museum
Minimum number 10
Maximum number 40
Fee: $ 25.00

Note: The hardcopy of the newsletter may not reach your mailbox before this event occurs; so we suggest you sign up now by contacting
by email.

The Legion of Honor Museum is located in Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street
Parking is always scarce at the Museum, although it is hoped that Friday might be more auto friendly than weekends.

Public Transportation via bus lines 18, 38, 1, and 2 is available to the Museum. See here or call Muni at 415-673-6864 for specific bus line information.

From the North: After crossing Golden Gate Bridge, take the 19th Ave./Park Presidio exit immediately after exiting the Toll Plaza. Take Park Presidio south to Geary Street. Turn right (west) on Geary. Take Geary to 34th Ave. Turn right on 34th into Lincoln Park. Parking is available around the fountain in front of the museum and along Camino del Mar on the west side of the building.

From the South: From Highway 280, continue north on California route 1; take 19th Avenue North into Golden Gate Park.
Stay left after crossing Lincoln Ave. into the park. Bear left onto 25th Ave. Take 25th Ave. north to Clement Street. Turn left on Clement Street, and right on 34th Avenue into Lincoln Park.
See above re parking options.

From the East: From Bay Bridge, take I-80 west to the 9th Street exit. Stay on Ninth Street past Market; then turn left immediately after Market into Hayes. Continue on Hayes past Van Ness Ave. Turn right on Franklin and then turn left on Geary. Take Geary to 34th Street. Go right on 34th Ave. into Lincoln Park. See above regarding parking.

San Francisco Woman's BuildingMission Murals- Saturday, October 7

Treat yourself to an artistic display of world famous, fabulous, colorful murals in the Mission District of San Francisco. City Guides provides a walking tour, complete with personal guide, through a most unusual collection of decorated buildings in an unforgettable display of people’s art. Some of the murals depict historical, Latino legendary figures. Meet at Precita and Harrison behind Flynn Elementary School. Some murals may be view here

Public Transportation is available on Muni lines 12, 27.

Maps and directions are available via Mapquest

Minimum number: eight
Maximum number: twenty
Fee: $ 15.00
Date and Time: Saturday, October 7 (note, the previously announced date coincides with Mexican Independence Day with a probable large influx of people into the Mission District)
Deadline: TBA

Postcard Row, Alamo SquareWalking Tour of the Landmark Victorians - Saturday, October 14

View some of the most colorful and famous Victorian homes of Alamo Square in San Francisco with a member of Phi Beta Kappa as our personal guide! The Painted Ladies include the world famous Postcard Row. The walk does entail some upgrade, but our guide has promised to be considerate of the physical limits of our group. PBK member David Paul Cooney will meet us in front of 824 Grove Street.

Public transportation is available via Muni 21 and 22.
Maps and directions are available via Mapquest

Minimum number -eight
Maximum number-twenty
Fee: $ 15.00
Date and Time: Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 AM
Deadline: October 1, 2006

Hawk HillHawk Hill Tour-Saturday, October 28, 2006

California Wildlife viewed from Hawk Hill in the Marin headlands, is one of our most popular tours and for good reason. At this location, very close to the northern exit of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a remarkable opportunity to personally witness the fall migration of raptors (birds of prey). Among the birds that fly over this area, depending on the time of year, are: Ospreys, white-tailed kites, Northern harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, Golden eagles, and American Kestrels to mention just a few.

Ranger\Naturalist Phil Johnson will be our guide as we ascend Hawk Hill, where some of these remarkable birds can be observed during their fall migration. We may also have the chance to witness some captured birds and observe the banding process. There will also be a talk on the subject of avian raptors. Interested members are urged to obtain a wealth of more detailed information available at the very informative Golden Gate Raptor Observatory website:

Dress warmly, since this is scheduled for late October. Bring sunscreen just in case the sun shines, binoculars if you have them, and your own lunch and water, since there are no food facilities. Although there is no picnic area, one may sit anywhere while watching the birds. All trash must be packed and removed from the headlands. Portable restrooms are available.

Bring your camera. Here's a sample of what Ray took last year. With less fog, we will get to see more hawks...

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2006
Time: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. Banding usually demonstration occurs at 12:30 or 1:00 PM.
Deadline: October 14.

Price: $ 20.00 per person


Location: Hawk Hill is located off Conzelman Road in Marin County

From the South, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the second exit, Alexander Avenue. Get in the left lane following signs that read “101 San Francisco”. Turn left at the stop sign and cross under the freeway. Turn right onto Conzelman Road and drive 1.8 miles to Hawk Hill. Park alongside the road before it becomes one way, and then walk up the west side of Hawk Hill past the locked gate. It’s just a few hundred feet to the summit.
From the North, after going through the Waldo Tunnel, take the last Sausalito exit to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (the signs read Golden Gate National Recreation Area/Sausalito). Stay to the left. Turn left at the stop sign then right up the hill onto Conzelman Road. Stay on Conzelman Road for 1.8 miles. You will see a sign for Hawk Hill. Please note that, since parking is limited, car pooling is advised.

Meeting Place: Meet at the restrooms at the entrance to the tunnel before the short walk up the hill. Climbing the hill may be a burden to some of us. There may be a possibility of assistance in climbing Hawk Hill for those who might have difficulty otherwise. If such is the case, please contact at the time you send in your coupon and check.

PBKNCA Holiday tourSan Francisco Holiday Walk - Friday, December 8, 2006

This is the fourth year of one of our most popular programs.
In describing the details of the walk, with Jean James’ permission, I’m going to repeat, with some personal modifications, part of her enthusiastic description of this highly successful event!
Are you under the impression that Christmas decorations are just a few features of Macy’s window? Bestir yourself! Come join us for a guided tour of the uncommon holiday decorations in San Francisco. Our guide again will be Tom Filcich, an experienced tour guide for the College of Marin. We’ll visit many sites not usually included in ones daily routine. The artistry and design of many of these decorations demonstrate the virtuosity of their creators, and truly constitute a visual feast. Like Cleopatra, they are “of infinite variety.” In addition to the buoyant spirit of the holiday season, the walk enables one to become acquainted with a number of the major buildings and institutions, which play so vital a role in the life and commerce of San Francisco. The history of the individuals who inspired and built some of them will be mentioned. Be on the lookout for the portraits of two famous nineteenth century gentlemen, magnificent in their bearded state, Mr. Wells and Mr. Fargo, adorning the wall of the institution which they founded. Tom is very well informed, and welcomes questions.

We will meet in the atrium of the Ferry Building, near the Peet’s Coffee location, at 10:00 A.M., and make our way to Union Square. At the conclusion of the walk, those who wish to do so may dine at one of the many restaurants in the area, or do some holiday shopping. Lunch is not included in the fee.

Date: Friday, December 8, 2006
Time: 10:00 A.M.

Location: Ferry Building atrium, near Peet’s Coffee
Minimum number of attendees 15
Maximum number of attendees 35
Deadline for registration: November 25th
Fee: $ 25.00
Ferry Building area parking slots will be expensive and hard to find.
From the South Bay, there is the Cal Train choice, then “walk” or take Muni to the meeting place.
From the East Bay, Bart is always the preferred choice, exiting at the Embarcadero station, and walking over to the Ferry Building fairly close by.
From Marin, there is the Golden Gate Transit bus or the Ferry from Larkspur.
From the city itself, there are many buses going to the Terminal.
Information regarding all San Francisco Muni bus lines can be readily obtained by dialling 415-673-6864 or on the web (below). Tom suggests arriving early, in plenty of time to leave on the walk at 10:00 AM. Be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes!

Links to:

Golden Gate Transit
Larkspur Ferry

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