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Big Canoe Expert Series announces Summer 2019 speakers

By Rhoda Stock

The Knowledge Series Advisory Council is pleased to announce a most interesting line-up of life-long learning topics in this summer’s Big Canoe Expert Series. The concept of the Expert Series is for Big Canoe residents (or sometimes family members of Big Canoe residents) to share their interests, expertise and/or hobbies with other Big Canoe residents. All programs are free of charge and take place on a designated Saturday in the Lodge from 11 a.m. to noon plus.

JUNE: “Tai Chi, the Grand, Supreme, Ultimate Journey,” the title of our first program is scheduled for June 8,. Speaker Jeff Cook, Certified Tai Chi Master, discusses his journey from beginning Tai Chi in 1986 in Atlanta, to competing in Wu Dang China in 2012, the birth place of Tai Chi over 600 years ago, where he and his team won gold medals. He will discuss the philosophy of this art, which is rooted in the concept of living in harmony with nature.  He will also talk about the many teachers he has encountered both in U.S. and China and the profound changes in China he witnessed between 1986 and 2012 and his journey to the sacred mountains of Wu Dang and his studies with the Taoist Monks there. 

JULY: “Will your local police department survive? And can the current police service model in America last?” is our second program, scheduled for July 13. Big Canoe resident Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. He is currently a police consultant and published author. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high-risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. His presentation will address such relevant and timely issues as, 1) What do you want from your local police department, 2) Can we afford local police services, and 3) Lessons learned from the 2014 Ferguson incident.

AUGUST: “The benefits of NASA spinoffs to you,” is our third and final program of the summer, scheduled for August 10. When NASA develops new products for the space program, the technologies or discoveries that made these products possible are licensed to U.S. business for the benefit of the public. Dr. Steve Feldman will discuss some of the most important products that have improved the lives of Americans as a result of the spinoffs from NASA research. He will also discuss the courage of the Astronauts and some brief stories from inside the space community. Stephen Feldman was named President & CEO of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation on March 1, 1999 and retired on August 31, 2012. The Board of Directors of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation voted to give him the title of President Emeritus in honor of his 13 years of service.

If you will be in town this summer, you will not want to miss any of these presentations, and they are all FREE! What is the catch? The programs will be held in the Lodge with (as you well know) limited seating—preregistration is required! When we reach the maximum capacity, we will start a waiting list. Sign-ups for each program are at the www.bigcanoepoa.org website. Look for additional articles in Smoke Signals and Inside the Gates this spring and summer and reminders via e-blasts and posters.

I would like to thank our Expert Series subcommittee that consists of Bob Anderson, Richard White, Dawn Polson and Shelley Hanson. I think you will agree this is an interesting line-up that may even cause one to cancel a golf or tennis date on Saturdays during this summer! If you have any questions on any of these programs, please direct them to Rhonda Stock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you this summer.

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