Speaker: David D. Bruhn --

View his biography at: http://davidbruhn.com/contact.html

Topic: MacArthur and Halsey's Pacific Island Hoppers: The Forgotten Fleet

Topic: The Secret War Laos 1960-75, Smokejumpers and the CIA

Chuck Sheley is a retired teacher (32 years Chico Jr. High School) and USFS Smokejumper and Fire Crew Coordinator (32 years), and still an active Track coach at Chico High School (52nd year). Formerly the head Track & Field and Cross Country coach at Chico High School, Chuck was inducted several years ago into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame. In the late 1970s, he coached the number two ranked girls high school Cross Country team in the nation.

Vickie Newlin began her career in water and resource management in 1997, working for the Butte County Water Division under the Agricultural Commissioner. In 1999, the Water Division evolved into the Department of Water and Resource Conservation. Vickie currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Department. Also from 2003 through 2005, she was under contract with the State of California Bay-Delta Authority, also known as CALFED and served as the Sacramento Valley Regional Coordinator. Prior to her involvement in natural resource management, she worked in a variety of public and private sector management positions.

She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as a Paralegal Certificate. In 2007, she completed a Land Use and Environmental Planning Certification program through UC Davis.

Catherine Skillin, Deputy Commander for Cadets, Civil Air Patrol Butte County Composite SQ 95, will speak about the unit’s goals, how donations to CAP are managed, and provide an update on activities over the past year or so.

Catherine was born and raised in Chico. After high school, she married Wesley, her husband of 29 years. Following graduation from her college nursing program, she worked as an RN for Enloe Hospital for 15 years; 3 years in the Oncology department, and 12 years for the Hospice department. She took 11 years off from nursing to be a stay at home mother and home school her three sons. She recently returned to work at Enloe Hospital part time as a Hospice nurse and also continues to home school her youngest son. She has been a volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol for the last 7 years serving as Deputy Commander for Cadets and Health Services Officer. Catherine’s family has made the Civil Air Patrol a family affair: her husband is the current commander of Squadron 95, her oldest sons are serving as cadets, and youngest son Andrew is excitedly waiting until he is 12 to join. Catherine considers that her most important accomplishment is that of being a wife and mother.


Retired Brigadier General Michael A. LePeilbet, a senior assembly member in the California Senior Legislature, representing Older Californians in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Plumas & Tehama counties, will speak about Senior Legislation

Michael A. LePeilbet is a Placerville, California, native and attended El Dorado High School. He is one of five sons of Pearl Harbor survivor LeRoy LePeilbet, Sr., each of whom served honorably in the armed forces of the United States of America. He currently serves as one of forty Senior Senators in the California Senior Legislature, and lives in Northern California with his bride, Linda. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

His Awards and Decorations include: Expert Infantry Badge (E.I.B.), Army Aviator Wings for Califonia, Basic Parachutist (Jump Wings), General Staff Badge (California State Military Reserve), Legion of Merit, Soldier's Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with oak Leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, AUSA’s Distinguished Service Award and the Honorable and Ancient Orders of Saint Barbara the Patron Saint of the Field Artillery. General LePeilbet also has many more California Army National Guard and State Military Reserve Medals and Ribbons.