SIR #53: Backpacking In Remote Alaska

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Bill Stacey, a veteran Alaska backpacker, will show a slide presentation covering his adventures at the Feb. 21 luncheon of Sons in Retirement #53 at Oakmont’s Berger Center. 

Stacey and his hiking partner Mike Paradis, both senior citizens, have made annual backpacking trips to Alaska for most of the last 14 years. Curious about reports of caribou herds in the tens of thousands, they have arranged each year to be dropped off by plane for a couple of weeks of hiking in the remote mountains of the Brooks Range. Stacey’s slide presentation will cover both the caribou migration behavior and the continual need for grizzly awareness. He’ll describe how their bear strategy evolved after each confrontation. 

Stacey is retired from the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley and holds a Ph.D. in physics. He has a long-time interest in photography. He lives in Oakmont with his wife, Barbara. 

As part of its new outreach to the Oakmont community, SIR #53’s Historical Interest Group will present a program on “How Military Strategy Became the Basis for Business Strategy” on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the large conference room in the OVA office.  The presentation will explore strategic thinking from military strategists Sun Tsu and Car van Clausewicz to the U.S Joint Chiefs of staff and from their counterparts in companies ranging from Beretta Firearms to Apple. The speaker will be SIR #53 member Ed Kelleher, a former Fortune 500 strategic planning executive and retired California State University Professor.  

The Day Tours Group will visit the Joe  Matos Cheese Factory in Santa Rosa, Saturday, March 23, leaving from Berger Center at 10 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. The tour will include the opportunity to purchase cheese. 

Those interested in either event should email edwardkelleher@gmail.com with their name and the number of people in their party. Both activities are open to all Oakmont residents. 

SIR Branch #53 is meeting on the third Thursday of each month in Oakmont’s Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by A La Heart Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Dave McCuan at 539-3028. Ladies are welcome at 1 p.m. to hear the speaker.  

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