Speaker: Nicole R. Plottel, a Certified Specialist ~Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Topic: Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts.

Ms. Plottel is the Managing Partner of the Estate & Long Term Care Planning Center & focuses her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, and Estate Administration.

Ms. Plottel is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent and present veterans’ claims. She serves as a Director at large for the Board of the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and is a lay-member of the Incapacity Committee, a sub-committee of the Executive Committee of the Trust & Estates (TEXCOM) Section of the State Bar of California. As such, Ms. Plottel is actively involved in the review and analysis of proposed legislation affecting California’s elderly and those with special needs.

Ms. Plottel also volunteers her time with the Alzheimer’s Association by serving on the Public Policy and Advocacy committee for Northern California.

Additionally, Ms. Plottel serves as a Board member of the Enloe Hospital Foundation as well as the Gateway Science Museum Community Advisory Board


Speaker: CAPT David Bruhn, USN (Ret)

Topic: Battle Stars for the Cactus Navy: America's Fishing Boats and Yachts in WW2.

Speaker: Lt. Craig Kawika Rodriguera, Salvation Army Corps Officer/Pastor.

Topic: An update on Salvation Army activities.


Speaker: LTC Bob VanLaan, USA (Ret)

Topic: Experiences of an Army Chaplain

Speakers: Carle and Norma Goyen. Carle is a member of the Valley-Ridge Chapter and served in both the Army and the Air Force.

Topic: Living in West Berlin during 1965-66.