Members offered their sincere condolences to Mac Brown on the recent passing of his wife, Paula. A Life Celebration service remembering James “Woody” Woodward was held on January 11, 2015. Woody was a long-time Head Chef for the Men’s Club breakfasts and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our condolences were extended to his wife, Katherine.
The Guest Speaker at the January 4 meeting was Richard Daugherty, the current President of Lensmasters of Costa Mesa, a sub-group of Toastmasters International. In a previous professional life, he was a computer programmer and project manager, but now has returned to his true love, photography.
He presented a wide variety of photography tips, all valuable to us amateur photographers: you don’t need an expensive camera to take decent photos; size up your subject, move around to avoid including unwanted clutter in the background; be mindful of the light – morning or later in the day will produce the best pictures; when shooting a moving object, for example, a running horse, move the camera to follow the subject’s movement.
The January 20th meeting was special. Guests were invited to hear our guest speaker, Marty Brounstein, author, lecturer, historian, and educator.
Mr. Brounstein spoke to us about the catastrophic events of World War II in Europe, and the plight of the Jews under the Nazis’ domination. He has written a book called Two Among The Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. In his presentation he brings in a lot of the history of WW2, what it was like to live under Nazi Occupation, and how ordinary people coped with it.
The focus of his book is a young Dutch couple with 5 children who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews. If you go to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum, you will find their names in the Garden of the Righteous Few, a place of honor memorializing those non-Jews who risked their lives and the lives of their families to provide safe haven to their fellow Jewish citizens. How many of us would have the courage to place ourselves at such risk knowing that it could result in the loss of our own lives?
Mr. Bournstein has a very personal connection with this couple, because he married Leah, the daughter of a couple who were provided safety in their home, and the Brounsteins have visited that family on several occasions.
A number of persons in the audience recounted their own families’ experience with that reign of terror.
For those people who were not fortunate enough to attend Mr. Brounstein’s presentation visit YouTube site
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmNL4GFGHR0. His book is available on Amazon.com.