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Annual Meeting at New Location

This year’s Annual Conference will be held at
Sunday, May 21 1-4 pm 
Midtown Room 
Mitchel Park Library, 1st Floor
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Our featured speaker will be Deborah Meckler, former BA-FCA board member and president and continuing volunteer. Her topic, “What To Do With the Body: An Environmental Perspective” will address both conventional and imaginative ways of dealing with human remains in a massively populated world, with an eye to how these death-care activities affect Earth’s ecosystems and resources.

Ms. Meckler earned her BA in History from UCLA in 1971 and her BS in Natural Resources Management and Conservation from San Francisco State University in 2006. Her interest in environmental issues and her desire to apply her interest in some area of human endeavor not subject to the vicissitudes of the economy led her to consider death care, for which the need is continuous and grows with the population. She focused on green burial, which eliminates much of the energy and resources used in conventional burials.

Meckler began working with BA-FCA to familiarize herself with death care issues in general and then with a land trust interested in making green burial more available in the Bay Area. But Meckler is hardly alone in seeking more environmentally friendly possibilities for dealing with human remains, and she will explore these varied and fascinating ideas in her talk. We hope you will join us for an enlightening afternoon.

A business meeting at 1:00 p.m. will precede the program at 1:40. The meeting will include election of new Board members, consideration of the budget, a review of 2016, and plans for 2017-18 with opportunity for audience input.
Continuing members of the Board are Roberta Bailey of Sunnyvale, Allan Behr of Half Moon Bay, Suzette Sherman of El Cerrito, and Ned Lyke of Castro Valley. Byron Chan of San Francisco is formally leaving the board after six years as treasurer, but has agreed to attend meetings and help his successor, plus continue in the Speakers Bureau for San Francisco on behalf of BA-FCA.

Proposed nominees for three year terms on the board are Peter Lee of East Palo Alto, Robert Marinelli of Palo Alto, and Marjorie Bridges of Stanford. The nominating committee is looking for and encouraging other members to consider serving, as the Board has two more openings.

Peter is semi-retired, still works in real estate (Keller Williams Realty) and life insurance sales. He worked in high tech industries for over 40 years as a financial manager. Born in Menlo Park, he graduated from Menlo-Atherton HS and obtained his B.S. from CSU-Hayward. His hobby is ballroom dancing.

Bob has lived in Palo Alto for over 20 years and has held management and engineering positions in high tech firms, and did Stanford post-doc research in biology. As a volunteer for another non-profit, he developed assistive software relating to talking books for the blind.

Marjorie retired from careers in journalism, editing, and counseling; was educated at U. of Missouri and San Jose State, worked in the BA-FCA office 1995-2002, served previously for six years on the Board, and currently is mortuary chair and in the Speakers Bureau. Her hobby is genealogy.

Following the program, we’ll have refreshments, look through brochures, and meet other members. All are welcome, the public as well as members.

NOTE: At the meeting, we will have a box to deposit your used printer ink cartridges and toners. Each brings us $2 credit toward our next purchase of ink, toner, or stationery. We appreciate each donation!

Deborah Meckler
Peter Lee
Bob Marinelli
Margie Bridges