Day of EWB-SFP Golden Gate Bridge Walk/Bike fundraiser

Thanks to all for supporting our Engineers Without Borders San Francisco Professional Chapter (EWB-SFP) Golden Gate Bridge Walk/Bike fundraiser.

The walk is over, but you can still donate at the site.

It was an absolutely glorious day in terms of the weather and the company.

Kathy and I drove in and parked near the Ferry Building. We caught a Lyft to the meetup at the Visitor’s Center.

I’ve uploaded photos from the day (click on the photo below to see the Flikr album):


We ran this fundraising event in conjunction with our Engineers Without Borders – San Francisco Professional chapter annual fundraising gala, SFari 2017, at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on Thursday, October 19th beginning at 7PM.  This event gives our EWB chapter the chance to fund raise through ticket sales, a raffle, and silent auction. The event also brings EWB SF chapter members together with the community with approximately 150 people at the fundraiser, and provides a space for all seven project teams to show and explain their projects, make connections with the community, and recruit new team members. If you are in the Bay Area, please join us. Get tickets and more information here.

Our chapter has seven active project teams. ( Our online campaign goes to supporting all of our projects in these communities and we focus on the needs that were proposed to us which could be sanitation, healthcare, water access, or a variety of other issues that developing world communities face.

For more information on these projects, please visit our website at

If you can’t participate or make a donation at this point, help us reach our goal by sharing this page on Facebook and Twitter! Or, even better, send an e-mail to friends you think might be interested in contributing and include a link to our page!

We truly appreciate any support you can provide. Thank you!

Get your tickets: September 30th, walk (or bike) the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito – ferry back to San Francisco Ferry Building fundraising event

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September 30th, walk (or bike) the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito – ferry back to San Francisco Ferry Building fundraising event

Get your tickets by September 27.

The El Lllanito, Nicaragua water supply project team is putting this fundraiding event on for the Engineers without Borders San Francisco Professional chapter (EWB-SFP). 

In August the Rotary Global Grant 1638377 Nicaragua – water supply project was approved. 

The El Lllanito, Nicaragua water supply project EWB team is doing the engineering for the water supply system and is applying for a $6000 grant for the project from the chapter. The requirements to obtain the grant include chapter-wide fundraisers like this one.

The September 30th, walk (or bike) the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito – ferry back to San Francisco Ferry Building is modeled after very popular walks that the Livermore Rotary club has done. I’ve participated in several of them and this should be fun.

9th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference

I’m at the 9th San Francisco Writing for Change Conference: Writing to Make a Difference For Fiction, Nonfiction and Children’s Book Writers at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin at Geary. 

I stayed at my son and his wife’s place in the Mission so I could make the 6:00-7:30 SUNRISE PITCHATHON no-host breakfast a block away. Co-director Mike Larsen moderated the event. 

My alarm didn’t go off so I woke late. But with rideshare services – rather than walking the half hour, I thought no problem. But Lyft’s app couldn’t process my payment, repeatedly. Uber balked too. A driver accepted then cancelled. Finally 15 minutes later, after repeatedly closing and reopening both apps. Finally I got one. So late, but got there.

I was out of position and hadn’t prepared pitches for my major projects. But, listening to others pitches and feedback they got, was useful and inspirational for me to work on and improve mine. 

We walked the hill and talked as we waited for the facility to open.

We’ve heard Mike Larsen’s welcome, and the consultants introduced themselves. 

Nina Amir presented 10 Steps to Becoming a Change Agent. At the last one of these, Nina’s talk and a followup consult, provided me with a glimpse of what kind of web presence could be used by someone like me with a number of projects rather than just one. I’ve been slow to implement it, but now it is a work in progress. This post is an example.

The agenda is online, so I won’t recap it.

Panelists discussed: Writing for Better Tomorrows

Kirk Boyd was heading to Geneva to work on a draft global bill of rights encouraged us to look at:

I checked the time, and made my 8-minute consult  I’d scheduled with Nina Amir. We touched base and I reminded her of our prior consult. We kept it short, she listened then again urged me to look at the diverse topics and come up with the themes, that roll up to the brand – so you have a tag-line so people know who you are and what you are about. 

At the rest of the break, I spoke with Dan  Linehan and Mary Rakow. I’d heard Dan read at an open mic night in Livermore. Mary spoke of Dan’s fiction regarding climate change.

After the break, Mike Larsen introduced Taryn Edwards from their new partner, The Mechanics’ Institute.  They are a leading cultural center that includes a vibrant library, a world-renowned chess program and a full calendar of engaging cultural events.

Panelists discussed publshing : traditional, hybrid, or DIY

 Based on the discussion tips, I took a look and opened an account at Ingram Spark, particularly for print. Smashwords for e-books still offers broad electronic distribution.

During lunch break, I bought books on book proposals by Mike Larsen and Andy Ross. Kathy called because she saw the Square payment with name she didn’t recognize. We discussed timing for this evening, we’re going to the Bankhead Theatre, for their 11th Season Opening Gala, featuring The Indigo Girls and much more.

We agreed I better leave about 1:30, after the keynote speaker Stephen Dinan.

Stephen Dinan, of The Shift Network, and author of Sacred America, m World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All. I got a copy for Kindle.

Stephen wrapped up with Q&A.

So my time here today has wound down. For me it’s been a jump start and encouragement to get going on my two major writing projects: the Belize “true novel” and Draft Resistance memoir. Meanwhile, I’ve gotten my travel piece on Scotland and Ireland to our CWC TVW critique group  and done my critiques of pieces by others.

On the way home via Lyft, then BART.