Speaker: Mick Needham

Topic: Early Railroading

Mick Needham has a unique presentation relating to local historical railroads through the eyes of a collector. Mick's collection of images includes rare artifacts from western railroads, how they were used by the railroads, and their relationship to northern California and Chico in particular.

His love of trains, steam locomotives in particular, was inspired at an early age to his mother's dismay by sneaking off to watch steam trains behind his grandmother's house on the NYC mainline in Indiana. This passion was reinforced after moving to southern CA, when living between the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe main lines. He worked his way through college at Long Beach State by spending summers as a rail yard employee at Kaiser Steel. Needham has done presentations on "railroadiana" collecting for numerous local historical organizations.

Mick Needham and his wife Becky have been married 44 yrs, and have raised 2 sons who work with him in Needham Stained Glass Studios. Mick has been in business as sole proprietor for 45 years, longer than any other business in the downtown!

Speaker: Mary Goyen

Topic: Butte County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Service

Mary Goyen was born in West Berlin, Germany the daughter of an U.S. Army captain (Carle Goyen). Four years later her father left active duty military service and was hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Mary grew up in Los Angeles County, where she graduated from Saugus High School, obtained her AA from College of the Canyons and attended Cal State University, Northridge. She worked for 21 years at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Twenty of those years were in various positions within the Security Department.

In 2003 Mary decided to leave southern California for a quality of life change and moved to Butte County where she was hired by the Butte County Sheriff’s Department as a Public Safety Dispatcher. She is also a Communications Training Officer and a Tactical Dispatcher (deploying to the field with the SWAT team). In addition, Mary is on the Associate Faculty staff at Butte College where she is a certified instructor at the Butte College Law Enforcement Academy.

Mary owns 12 acres on top of Table Mountain in Oroville.

Speaker: Don Carlson

Topic: National Football League (NFL) Referee Experience

Don played football for Chico State University in the late 60's. Later he began to referee high school games and eventually at the college level. Doing very well as a ref, Don was given the opportunity to referee for the NFL and did so for over 20 years. He retired from this 2 years ago. Don was also an Administer for the Chico Unified School District. He is presently active in the Chico State Alumni Association.

Speaker: William R. Tefteller

Topic: Dramatic Changes in the Department of Defense

William retired from the US Air Force in 2001 and moved to Chico in 2004. He is an active volunteer in the Chico Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and is now serving in his ninth semester as a volunteer teacher in the Great Decisions study program as sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association.

He served as an Air Force command pilot with almost 7000 flight hours and retired as a colonel after 32 years of service. He flew international routes in jet multi-engine C-141 and C-5 jet aircraft during most of that time. His assignments started with flying duties and progressed to leadership and management positions at the squadron, wing and numbered air force unit levels.

William and his wife Margaret have been married over 42 years and they moved to Chico in 2004. They quickly joined the many satisfying activities and organizations here – including MOAA during the first summer picnic. His hobbies include fly fishing, metal fabrication and MIG welding, target shooting and reloading, reading ancient history and teaching international current events and foreign policy.

Speaker: Matthew McCoy

Topic: The Butte County Veteran Service Office & Veteran Benefits

Matthew grew up in Chico and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1992. He joined the US Army while a senior in High School, and left for Basic training within a month of his graduation. Matthew trained as a Power Generation Specialist at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, before heading to Fort Drum, home of the 10th Mountain Infantry. After two years at Fort Drum, he deployed to Somalia in 1993 in support of Operation Restore Hope. Matthew then transferred to the California Army National Guard in 1995, serving in the Guard for an additional five years to complete his 8-year obligation to the military.

Matthew used the GI Bill to get a BA in Anthropology from Chico State University in 2003. While at CSU, he participated in a VA Work-Study Program, working part time for the VA - first at the Chico VA Outpatient Clinic and then later at the Veteran Office at Chico State. After 10 years employment with a local business, and at the same time finding his service to fellow veterans in the previous Work-Study Program to be the most rewarding, he applied for an open position at the Butte County Veteran Service Office. Having served there now for 2 ½ years, it has been and continues to be his honor to assist fellow veterans and residents of Butte County.