The Prez Sez 

By Bill Davison 

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Holiday Season – whether it was Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you chose to celebrate – and that you find this New Year of 2020 to be one of your very best ever!!!

I would next like to extend, on behalf of the NCC, a warm welcome to our newest members, Andre & Dorene LeCault and Steve Lutzker. We all hope that you find the time you spend with us to be both informative and enjoyable.

Farouk Al-Nasser has graciously agreed to once again organize the festivities for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon and he is off to a very good start. The Meeting will be held on the 11th of June at the Bernardo Heights Country Club, the same venue as was used with such success last year.  Please make a note in your calendar to save the date.

Also, I would like to remind everyone again that it is time to renew your membership if you haven’t done so recently. As of mid-January we have only received renewals from about 60% of our members so we would appreciate it if you would do so. You can find the appropriate form to do that below or on our website ( or at the table near the entrance to our Thursday Programs that Bob Ning and his colleagues have set up. 

And - if I may repeat a few requests from last month’s Newsletter -  we are still looking for volunteers to serve as backups for our Newsletter and IT activities. If you would be willing to take the time to learn what is needed to discharge either of these responsibilities, please let Ray Sutton ( know for the Newsletter and me ( for the IT. 

Also, if anyone knows of any high school teacher or administrator who might be interested in learning more about the Academic WorldQuest, please contact Cy Chadley ( 

And, finally, let me once again wish everyone a very Happy New Year in 2020 – a year hopefully filled with increasing peace and civility in the world around us. Nothing too optimistic about that, is there?

Thank you.

Note:  All recipients are requested to keep Lewis Sherman ( informed of any mail or email address changes.  Also, if you do not receive your newsletter via email by the 23rd of the month, let Ray Sutton know in person at the next meeting or by email to, or by phone:  760-547-5713.


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113 West G Street #601

San Diego, CA 92101

Office: (619) 325-8200


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