Speaker: Jeff Stover
Topic: Former San Francisco 49er and Current Sports Club Owner
Stover grew up in Corning, California. As a 6’ 5”, 240 pound senior in 1976, he had the second best throw in the shot put in the nation, earning him a full Track scholarship to the University of Oregon. In 1979, he placed third in the shot put at the NCAA national championships. The following year, he was the PAC-10 champion in the shot put, and had the fourth best throw in the world. He qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials, but due to America’s boycott of the Olympics, never competed in the trials.
Stover left the University of Oregon that year and returned to Chico to work in construction with his father. He had dreams of continuing to train for the next Olympics, but found it difficult to devote the necessary time to this endeavor without corporate sponsorship. In recognition of this painful truth, he decided to give professional football a try. Leon Donahue, a friend of Stover’s, former 49er and current football coach at Shasta Junior College, secured a tryout for Stover in March of 1981.
In addition to his other attributes, Stover greatly impressed the coaches by running the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds—at a body weight of 290 pounds. When he completed the tryout, San Francisco signed him to a four-year, free agent contract—the start of an eight year career with the 49ers. Over the course of his career, Stover was four times player of the week, and played in two Super Bowls. He also suffered various injuries and underwent eighteen surgeries. After considering whether fame and money were worth greater decline in his health, he retired in 1989.
Stover’s interest in rehabilitation and fitness, gained during his own injuries and rehabilitation, resulted in his purchasing what was then the Sports Medicine Center in Chico, in 1989. His acquisition is now the Chico Sports Club, a 63,180 square foot facility which offers programs for the entire family, and is staffed with certified personnel specializing in exercise physiology, cardiac studies, fitness and nutrition.
Speaker: BGen LG Pool, USMC (Ret.)
Topic: Highlights of His Military Career
Born in Kansas City, MO, General Pool grew up in Miami, FL. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant upon earning his Naval Aviator Wings in 1960. General Pool is a fixed and rotary wing pilot. He has served in several tactical fighter and helicopter squadrons in all three Marine Aircraft Wings, including two tours in Vietnam. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he has flown over 5,000 hours in 45 models of aircraft.
General Pool has a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (SLO) and an M.S. degree in Business from Boston University. In the line of professional education, he is a graduate of the Naval Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
He has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments including commanding officer of a helicopter squadron, commander of a helicopter aircraft group, action officer on a NATO staff, Chief of Staff of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, the Assistant Wing Commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and Deputy Commander, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific. General Pool retired from the Marine Corps in 1990
Subsequently he was employed as an operations manager in Hawaii and program manager in the Washington, D.C. area, retiring in 1997. General Pool married the former Carol Russell in 1963, and they have two children, Marsala and Russell.
Speaker: Cdr. David D. Bruhn, USN (Ret.)
Topic: The “Tanker War,” Ship Convoy Escort Operations in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq/Iran War
Commander David D. Bruhn, U.S. Navy (Retired) served twenty-two years on active duty and two in the Naval Reserve, as both an enlisted man and as an officer, between 1977 and 2001.
Following completion of basic training, he served as a sonar technician aboard USS Miller (FF 1091) and USS Leftwich (DD 984). He was commissioned in 1983 following graduation from California State University at Chico. His initial assignment was to USS Excel (MSO 439), serving as supply officer, damage control assistant, and chief engineer. He then served in USS Thach (FFG 43) as chief engineer and Destroyer Squadron Thirteen as material officer.
After graduation from the Naval Postgraduate School, Commander Bruhn was assigned to Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operation staffs as a budget analyst and resources planner before attending the Naval War College in 1996, following which he commanded the mine countermeasures ships USS Gladiator (MCM 11) and USS Dextrous (MCM 13) in the Persian Gulf.
Commander Bruhn’s final assignment was executive assistant to a senior (SES 4) government service executive at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in Washington, D.C.
Following military service, he was a high school teacher and track coach for ten years, and is now a USA Track & Field official. He lives in northern California with his wife Nancy and has two sons, David and Michael.
Speaker: Bill Dennison
Topic: Logging Stories of the Diamond Match Company 1900-1944
Bill is a third generation Diamond Match employee, working on a survey crew and as a choker setter, catskinner, and forest engineer (1953-71). He was raised and lived in logging camps from the age of two weeks to eighteen years. Bill has a BS Degree in Forestry (UC Berkeley 1959) and has been a Registered Professional Forester for the past 52 years. He has been involved with several groups, including the California Forestry Association as President/CEO (1971-94), a Plumas County Supervisor (1995-2006), and the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference Executive Director/CEO (1995-2006).
Bill has authored a book “What’s in the Woods?” (2013), and has recently chaired a History Project which produced an 18 minute documentary film entitled “We are the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference – And This Is Our Story (December 2016). Bill is married to LaVon, volunteers at the Jesus Center and Torrey Pine, and enjoys traveling and talking about logging in the Sierra-Cascades.
Speaker: Maj. Wilson, The Salvation Army
Topic: Update on Local Salvation Army Activities
Maj. Dan Wilson, The Salvation Army
Dan Wilson was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. He started volunteering there with The Salvation Army in 1986 with a men's athletic program. He, along with his wife Terrie entered The Salvation Army College for Officer's Training in Chicago, Illinois in the fall of 1988. In 1990 Cadets Dan and Terrie Wilson were commissioned as Lieutenants and were appointed to the Rockford, Illinois Citadel Corps and Community Center and had subsequent appointments in Rochester, Minnesota and Albert Lea, Minnesota until accepting work as employees at The Colorado Springs, Colorado Corps and Community Center in 1997.
While in the Western states the Majors Wilson have had officer appointments at the Denver Harbor Light; West Adams Corps; Casper, Wyoming Corps; Grand Junction, CO Corps and ARP; and now the Chico, California ARP (Adult Rehabilitation Program).
Major Dan Wilson brings to the Chico ARP 19 years of Salvation Army officership, 25+ years of retail management experience, and 13 years of working with people in Drug and Alcohol Recovery.
Majors Dan and Terrie Wilson have five children, two grandchildren and one on the way. His interests include athletics, fishing, song writing, ministry, and traveling.