President’s Report, July 2016

Hello all and happy summer! NCRA is pleased that during what is normally a slower time for us we are staying busy with lots of activities.

First of all, thanks to all those who joined us for NCRA’s mentorship mixer on June 15 at Oakland’s Classic Cars West bar and art space! We had over 20 participants join us for drinks, food, networking and a mentorship activity that gave less experienced members the opportunity to pick the brains of those more seasoned in the industry. We are shooting to have our next mixer in San Jose in the fall so please keep an eye out for that. Special thanks also to Recycle for Change for co-sponsoring the event.

Next we look forward to August when we will offer a tour as a preamble to our board meeting on August 18th. South San Francisco Scavenger is hosting us to tour their anaerobic digestion facility which began operation in 2015. Learn about this exciting technology and see the innovation behind it with your own eyes, ears and noses (spoiler – you can’t smell a thing!)

The tour will begin at 4pm and the meeting will occur immediately after, most likely around 5:30pm. Dinner as always will be free to members who RSVP for the tour and/or the meeting and will be served around 5pm. Non-members are also welcome to join with a $5 donation requested to cover food. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at and click HERE for more details.

Last but not least NCRA’s annual Member Appreciation Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11-3pm at Lake Temescal Park in Oakland. Games, food, sun and fun promise to ensue and the event is free to members. As always non-members are welcome with a $5 suggested donation to cover costs. More details will be posted to the website soon so please save the date!

— Laura McKaughan, NCRA President