The complicated world we live in is illuminated a bit more every week at the North County Chapter’s Thursday Morning Forum in Rancho Bernardo. These free, weekly talks address a range of global topics in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Forums begin with a coffee social at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. and Q&A from 11:10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited and no reservation is needed. 

Unless otherwise indicated, Forums are held at the Remington Club (Phase II), 16916 Hierba Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92128. Parking is available in the adjacent shopping center. 

For more information, contact Farouk Al-Nasser at

To become a member or to renew your NCC membership, please see the form at the bottom of this page.

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June/July 2019 Programs

June 27: Our guest, Dr. Sadodh Garg, will make a presentation on "Geothermal: a Renewable Energy Source." He will explain what Geothermal energy is, where it occurs and its direct uses. He will emphasize power generation - the types of geothermal power plants, their challenges and benefits as well as their contribution to the U.S. and California power supply. Dr. Sabodh Garg received his B.A. in Mathematics and English from Panjab University in India and then his Master and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Florida. He is vice-president and principal reservoir engineer with Geological Geothermal Group. He served on numerous geothermal and energy-related boards and panels and has received the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Special Achievement Award among other awards. He has been an active participant in geothermal R&D since the mid-1970s. 

July 04: No Thursday Program is scheduled because of the holiday.

July 11: Our Membership Chair, Dr. Robert Y. Ning, will present The Best of Multicultural Worldviews: A Personal Story, discussing his formative years living in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, British colonial Hong Kong, and recently-partitioned Lahore, Pakistan, followed by his attending colleges in Rochester, NY, in Urbana, IL and in Pasadena, CA. After graduating he worked as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry and then as an executive in water treatment chemicals. He is currently a founding board member of a biotech company in San Diego and an active volunteer Chaplain.

July 18: Our member, Dr. Mehdi Sarram, will present a historical overview of the Korean Peninsula until its partition in 1945, and then describe The Advancement of South Korea and its Peoples since WW II, discussing their culture, standard of living and technological growth, especially in the development of nuclear power. Mehdi has maintained many personal relationships with people he met during his one-year assignment to South Korea in 2012 to help the governments nuclear power agency design their new APR1400 reactors; he will report on their progress during recent years.

July 25: Our guest, Professor Sharon Rose, will trace the History of Population Movements and Languages in Africa, discussing their birth and loss through colonialism. Africa is home to approximately 2000 languages, and colonialism introduced English, French and Portuguese, which continue to serve as official languages in numerous African countries. Dr. Rose will describe how African nation-states have dealt with multilingualism and ethnic identity, and how language has been tied both to progress and to conflict, using case studies of Ethiopia, South Africa, Cameroon and Sudan. Dr. Rose is Director of the Heritage Language Program and a Co-Director of the International Institute, at UCSD. Please advise Cy Chadley if you would like to attend the limited-seating Round Table Lunch by July 22,

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