SIR programs in 2013


Past Programs


November 20, 2013
Speaker: William A. Sadler, Ph.D
Subj.: Principals of Positive Aging

We will live an average of thirty years longer than our forebears of 1900. This is our “30-year life bonus” called the Third Age – a new period of life not possible for previous generations.

What will you do in your third age?

Since receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, Bill has been a professor, senior administrator, author, consultant, and community leader. Author of six books, his The Third Age: Six Principles of Growth and Renewal after Forty led to the formation of The Center for Third Age Leadership. Based on a major study of the unfolding lives of a select group of men and women (from mid-forties to eighties), The Third Age shares their collective wisdom and illustrates how we can creatively redesign our lives in anticipation of and through our added years. His follow-up book with co-author James Krefft, Ph.D. is based on twenty-five years of research: Changing Course: Navigating Life after Fifty. In addition to his writing he has been a principal speaker at regional, national, and international conferences on positive aging.

Bill has been Professor of Sociology and Business at Holy Names University in Oakland for over twenty years, where he still teaches MBA leadership courses. He and his wife, Sallie, reside half the year in Oakland, the other half on the Maine coast.


October 16, 2013
Speaker: Andy Doty, Stanford Director of Community Relations, Emeritus
Subj.: Backwards Into Battle, a Tail Gunner’s Journey in World War II

What was it like to be a tail gunner on a B-29? Andy Doty will give us a truly oral history of someone who actually fought in WWII in the Pacific. He is one of those veterans that are getting few and far between. His book, Backwards Into Battle, a Tail Gunner’s Journey in World War II, was published in 1995 and has gone through five modest printings. Books has given it four and a half stars out of five.

Andy was born and raised in upstate New York. After his graduation from high school in early 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a tail gunner on a B-29 bomber crew. He flew on 21 missions over Japan before the war ended in 1945. Following graduation from St. Lawrence University in 1950 under the GI Bill of Rights, he became a newspaper reporter. Then followed a career in the administration of three universities: Johns Hopkins, Michigan and Stanford. He worked at Stanford for thirty years, retiring in 1993. As Director of Community Relations, a principal spokesperson for Stanford University, he became the bridge between Stanford and the surrounding communities.

Doty’s efforts in the community resulted in many accomplishments: member of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce (1972-1993); creator of the chamber's Tall Tree Award in 1979 (he received a Tall Tree himself in 1989); founding board member of the Palo Alto Endowment Fund; founding board member of Leadership Palo Alto; member of the Stanford University Committee on Land and Building Development; and numerous other organizations and agencies. "If you can help the climate in which the community operates, you're working for a better community for everyone," Doty said in a Palo Alto Weekly article.


September 18, 2013
Speaker: Nicholas Clayton, Adult Services Librarian with the Santa Clara County Library District
Subj.: What The Library Can Do For You

Have you visited a library recently? Libraries are no longer the place where you go to meet up with Marian the Librarian among the dusty shelves. But what will happen to the library as the world hurtles ever deeper into purely digital territory? When everything’s online, what will be on the shelf? Will the library still be around? As a building? As a place? Will libraries, somehow, make the digital bounty of learning available to all?

Nicholas Clayton’s topic will be all about the library system and the assets and resources available to our members at local libraries. You will not believe all that is available through the library system. Nicholas has worked at the Morgan Hill and Gilroy Libraries and his current position is at the Los Altos Library. He is originally from Orange County and moved to the Bay Area in 2005. He likes keeping up with the latest in technology and reading books about landscape design and architecture. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys traveling in Latin America.


August 21, 2013
Speaker: Kevin Kyes, Founder and Marketing Mgr., Freedom Equity Group
Subj.: Public and Private Long Term Care Alternatives

Consider the situation of the following couple:

“Rich (age 78) and Jean (age 77) have done well in preparing for their retirement years. Their house is paid for, they have sufficient savings to carry them through and they anticipate leaving assets to their heirs. However, as with so many others like them, they really haven’t solved the long term care dilemma.

They don’t have long term care insurance for the usual reasons: 1) it’s too expensive; 2) they may not qualify; 3) they have heard stories from friends who had it. Yet, just two years in a skilled nursing facility for only one of them could wreak havoc on their estate and their heirs’ inheritance.”

Are there long term care alternatives of which most are not fully aware? Could there be public and private alternatives to cover costs for skilled nursing, in-home care and adult day care? The answer is an optimistic “Yes”. Come and hear the inside story from Kevin of how to access misunderstood government entitlement programs as a no-cost alternative to long term care insurance and catch a glimpse of at least one private alternative.


June 19, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Irving Weissman, M.D. - Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.
Subj.: New Developments in Stem Cell Research

Dr. Weissman received his medical degree from Stanford in 1965 and, after carrying out research in laboratories provided by the late Henry S. Kaplan, MD, joined the faculty four years later.

Dr. Weissman has directed and Regenerative Medicine since its founding, providing vision and leadership to build one of the nation’s top stem cell programs. Human tumors transplanted into laboratory mice disappeared or shrank when the mice were treated with a single antibody. The scientists achieved the findings with human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate cancer samples. According to the study, this is the first antibody therapy that has been successful in treating such a diverse group of human tumors. The treatment works by inhibiting a specific cancer protein flag responsible for protecting cancer cells from the immune system. The investigators of the research said that they are anxious to begin humanclinical trials within the next two years.

We have designated Dr. Weissman’s presentation as the Duane Dunwoodie Lecture on Stem Cell Research and Development in honor of our recently deceased member of SIR Branch 35 in recognition of his and his wife Marlene’s commitment to the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.


May 15, 2013
Speaker: Andy Danver, Member, SIR Branch 35
Subj.: My 11 cold days with the Russian space program

On July 8, 2011, the last U.S. space shuttle flight was launched to the International Space Station. Since then the only way to ferry astronauts to and from the space station is using the Russian Soyuz rocket and space module.

Last December Andy accepted a NASA invitation to come to Moscow. He then flew 1600 miles to Baikonur to attend the December 19, 2012, launch at the Russian Cosmodrome in minus 44 degree Fahrenheit weather. He returned to Moscow to tour the Russian space agency training facility at Star City and watch the Soyuz spacecraft link-up with the ISS in the Russian Mission Control facility outside of Moscow. This talk will highlight some of what Andy saw and learned on this 11-day odyssey.

After graduating from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andy joined HP’s budding computer operation. He has extensive sales and marketing experience in the computer industry including Director of Federal Computer Market Manager with both HP and other Silicon Valley start-ups. He retired from HP in 2000 and turned his attention to volunteer work with the Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation and Los Altos High School. In 2008 he was selected by the MVLA PTSA as the volunteer parent of the year.


April 17, 2013
Speaker: Mark Byington, President, Cobalt Power Systems, Inc
Subj.: Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Electric Systems

The solar industry has experienced unprecedented growth for the last decade. Prices have come down dramatically, making a PV energy system one of the best investments that a homeowner can make. Mark will review the current state of the market and give an overview of the latest technologies. Cobalt Power Systems designs, sells and installs complete PV solutions for residences or businesses.

Mark received a BSEE degree from Stanford University and is a proud member of that dying breed called “analog hardware engineers”. As a child, his world was filled not with baseballs and girls, but rather with inductors, capacitors, and high-voltage Tesla coils. After graduation from college, he spent two years at a small startup company designing computers, but he missed his inductors and capacitors. So he shifted his career to designing microwave radios, first at Farinon Corporation for 8 years, then as the first employee at a new startup called Digital Microwave Corporation where he worked until 1995. At DMC he pioneered the use of Forward Error Correction in microwave radios and rose to the position of VP of Engineering from 1991 to 1995. After leaving DMC, he worked for three other startup companies.

In 2001, Mark decided to step off the treadmill for a year and focus on his three children as a single dad. This didn't last long. In 2003 he founded Cobalt Power Systems and has enjoyed being a part of the solar industry for the past ten years.


March 20, 2013
Speaker: Jim Schlatter, SIR35 Golfer
Subj.: A Day at the Masters

The Masters is the one golf tournament that most professional golfers yearn to play and most golf spectators yearn to attend. Its hallowed traditions for both participants and spectators are unique among all professional sports, not only golf. Jim has attended the Masters twice. He will describe how a day unfolds for someone fortunate enough to secure an admission ticket to the tournament course. No matter whether you play golf or not, know a shaft from a shank, or can understand why someone could possibly want to wander around all day watching golfers, you can be entertained by a day at the Masters. Jim will tell you how.

Jim started playing golf at age 12 in Madison, Wisconsin. He captained golf teams in high school and at the University of Wisconsin and hit more golf balls by age 22 than he has hit in the 45 years since. Then he set aside his golf clubs to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Stanford followed by 32 years of gainful employment. He retired in 2003, found his golf clubs in the closet where he had left them, and joined SIR Branch 35. Besides golfing with his SIR friends, he serves as Treasurer for SIR 35 Golf and exercises his public speaking skills at its Annual Banquet. Jim also edited Trail Tips for two years along the way. His golf swing of his youth still eludes him.


February 20, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Watson, Orthopedics, and Assistant Chief of Quality for Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Hospital
Subj.: Common Disorders of the Shoulder

After a long haul through years and years of Orthopedic training, Dr. Watson landed happily on firm ground at Kaiser Permanente and has never looked back. The philosophy of medicine at Kaiser Permanente allows her the freedom to practice medicine unhindered by outside influ- ence such as financial gain, quotas, restrictions on tests, and other such limitations often imposed in other health care systems. Here she is free to evaluate, order tests, and treat patients in the most honest and efficient way she knows.

Dr. Watson’s Medical Education was at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard Combined Ortho- pedic Residency Program. This training has given her a broad background in all types of musculo- skeletal injuries, including trauma, sports medi- cine, and arthroscopy (shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle), all of which she incorporates into her current practice. Additionally she has completed three separate fellowships (additional training) focused on the treatment of shoulder and elbow problems. Thus, the main focus of her practice is on the treatment of simple and complex problems of the shoulder and elbow with emphasis on the treatment of rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff tendon tears, dislocated shoulders, shoulder arthritis, shoulder fractures, and frozen shoulder.


January 16, 2013
Speaker: Sherwin Sheik, CareLinx founder and Chief Executive Officer
Subj.: In-Home Caregiving Service Industry

Sherwin is an entrepreneur on a mission to leverage technology in order to disinter, mediate, and improve the entire in-home caregiving service delivery industry. He is the founder and CEO of CareLinx, an online professional caregiver network that provides solutions to help consumers and institutions easily find, screen, manage, and pay caregivers who match their specific needs and budget.

The goal of CareLinx is to make in-home care more affordable and accessible to everyone. Carelinx has 6,000 vetted home caregivers across the United States, located primarily on the West Coast and in New York, New Jersey and Florida. They provide everyday assistance, like bathing, grooming, dressing, housecleaning and running errands.

CareLinx recently won the AARP LivePitch event at their National Conference in New Orleans.

Prior to founding CareLinx, Sherwin was a successful healthcare analyst and trader at a hedge fund.