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LUNCHEONS

Social Hour - 11:00    Lunch - 12:00

SIR Branch 35 meets for lunch every 3rd Wednesday at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto

If you will miss a lunch, please let the Branch know
CALL 650-823-0702 or E-MAIL sir35notify[AT]gmail.com

Usually there are over 250 members and guests at the lunch meetings. From 11 to 12 there is an opportunity to mingle and share conversation and a drink from the honor bar. At noon we move into the main dining area. There the fellowship continues at tables of 8. The best tables are kept unreservable to encourage getting to know other members.

Meeting 

August 19, 2015
Speaker: John Aitken, A.A.E., Assistant Director of Aviation, Mineta San José International Airport (SJC)
Subj.: The Preferred Gateway to Silicon Valley and the Bay Area

As the Ass’t. Director of Aviation for SJC, John Aitken manages the administrative functions of the Airport Director’s Office as well as the five Airport divisions: operations, facilities, finance, planning & development, and business development. He is currently leading senior staff in a redesign of both the Airport’s strategic plan and information technology plan. John has been with SJC since 1993. Since that time, he played a key role on the management team in designing, building and operating the Airport’s $1.3B modernization of two terminals completed in 2010.

John earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach, Florida. John is also an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives. He is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration both as a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor in single- and multi-engine instrument aircraft.

His presentation will focus on the important air service development successes that SJC has achieved over the past few years and what this means for Silicon Valley travelers. He also will describe SJC’s ongoing efforts to attract more airlines and destinations that Silicon Valley businesses and residents are requesting by continuing to upgrade technology and services for customers and keeping costs low for airlines.


Formal activities begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of God Bless America. Then we have a delicious lunch. After lunch comes the introduction of guests and the induction of any new members. Then our own choral group, the Trail Birds lead us in singing several old favorites. They cap this with an amusing musical introduction written each month for the day's speaker. These presentations, always excellent, run 35 - 45 minutes, including Q&A, and meetings adjourn by 1:30 to 1:45 pm.. Past topics, in addition to those since 2000 which are described in more detail on the pages noted below, have included:
  • A report on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • The latest developments in urology
  • An update on the Globalstar satellite communications system
  • Football and a discussion of leadership by Coach John Ralston
  • A review of the Stanford Linear Accelerator program.
  • Astrology and Space Exploration
  • The Securities Market Now and Future
  • Backwards into Battle-by a WWII Tailgunner
  • Consumers' Exploiters by Tom Vacar of Channel 2
  • NASA's Search for Life on Mars
  • Football's Quarterbacking, Coaching, Special People by Joe Kapp
  • Japanese Surrender - Tokyo Bay 1945

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