2005 Annual MeetingOn October 30 at the beautiful Tom Ham's Lighthouse, Epsilonians gathered for a luncheon buffet to see fellow key holders, meeting new initiates, fellowship winners, and find out about the alumni association's programs and events. The meeting included a buffet, board elections, program announcements, fellowship presentations, and musical entertainment from Masayo Norikura. See the Annual Meeting Album!
On May 1, George Bramblett and Aya Ibarra presented some recent U.S. quake history, earthquake experiences and tips for preparedness. Alaska is the easy winner for earthquake frequency and magnitude but California is a clear runner-up. Proximity to major faults, magnitude of the quake, and the particular soil/building situation all play an important part in your personal experience. Modern California building codes and precautions such as not placing heavy objects near a bed help minimize damage and potential for personal injury. Retrofits have strengthened some bridges but not all older structures have been addressed. Services such as electric power, water, gas, and telephone will likely be interrupted in a quake so families should have plans to make contact and survive without help for a few days. As with many things in life, luck plays a major role as we go about our business since earthquakes cannot be precisely predicted and occur on a geologic time scale. More information is available at www.usgs.gov (the United States Geological Survey site).
San Dieguito River Valley Park
In the mid '80s, several visionary residents in north San Diego County saw the opportunity to create a 55 mile river preserve along the San Dieguito river valley and watershed. Land acquisition by private and government means, now well underway, has brought the project to a point where the vision is within reach. Currently, a campaign to purchase the Lake Sutherland East property is underway and will form a key addition linking parts of the park, habitat, and trail. More information on creating this San Diego legacy is available at (858) 755-6956 or the web sites of the park and conservancy www.sdrp.org and www.sdrvc.org