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RPA luncheons usually occur on the first Saturday of February, August, and November, and the first or second Saturday of May, at rotating locations. Upcoming dates will appear below when announced. Online reservations become available approximately one month prior to the event. If you have questions or comments about the luncheons, please direct them to Ron Bachman - <>.

Upcoming meetings are -

  • October 26, 2019 - Boundary Oak CC -- Richard Godfrey MD

  • February 1, 2020 - Sequoyah Country Club -- MARK YOUR CALENDARS! - Astronaut Jeff Hoffman, brother of RPA member Robert Hoffman, will discuss highlights from his career!

  • May 2, 2020 - probably at Crow Canyon CC in Danville — no speaker yet.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019  

Location: Boundary Oak CC, 3800 Valley Vista Road, Walnut Creek 94598        

Social hour:  11:30 AM       
Lunch: 12:15 PM
Speaker: 1:00 PM    

Topic: “How to ’Fail’ at Retirement”

Speaker: Richard Godfrey MD - surgeon, teacher, administrator, author, overseas medical volunteer, beekeeper - see more info below


  1. Salmon - Pan Seared in White Wine Butter Sauce

  2. Chicken Breast - Herb Marinated

  3. Eggplant Parmesan - Vegetarian

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Speaker Info: Richard Godfrey is currently an associate clinical professor of surgery at UCSF/East Bay Surgery Residency Program where he works mostly in the Breast Clinic. Administratively he serves as executive director of the East Bay Foundation / Graduate Medical Education. His active surgical career was with TPMG at Oakland, Hayward, and Fremont. Besides breast cancer and melanoma more current research includes cervical cancer screening.

Working with PINCC (Prevention International of Cervical Cancer) he participates in multiple missions to Kenya and Guatemala. Kenya work includes many surgical missions supporting the Matibabu Women/Children’s Hospital near Lake Victoria, and organizing a primary school for orphans on Mfangano Island. Earlier he served wo years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal (1968-1970), 

Rich remains active as an apiarist and has authored one novel and a non-fiction book on women leaders in Kenya <> and currently is writing a history of the Ogiek tribe of Kenya, as well as a travel documentary of the San Francisco Bay, co-written with a beagle named Darwin.

Summary of Last Meeting - August 3, 2019


Gerald (Gerry) Bourne

Topic: Clinical Opportunities for Retired Physicians

Our August luncheon presentation at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco focused on part time clinical opportunities for retired physicians. Moderated by Gerald Bourne, MD, the large gathering heard from a panel of four fellow TPMG retirees about the rewarding work each has found after retirement.

Debra Cohen, MD, gave a history of her volunteer work in developing countries with several organizations. She then focused on her work with the MAVEN (Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network) Project which connects seasoned clinicians, through telemedicine, with doctors and nurse practitioners in Federal Qualified Health Clinics across the country. The volunteer clinicians offer advisory consults, education and mentoring. Volunteers work from home and work a minimum of four hours per month. Visit

Howard Kleckner, MD, spoke about thesecondopinion, a volunteer service that allows cancer patients to have a group of four to seven board certified specialists review their medical records, images and pathology and meet with the group to answer questions about the diagnosis and possible treatment options. About 70 physicians participate, with approximately 40% of them retired from TPMG. Groups meet weekly, and the service is free to the patients. Learn more at

Art Bakal, MD, discussed the Encore Physicians Program, an organization that matches retired physicians to rewarding clinical roles in community health centers in Alameda, Contra Costa and the North Bay counties. The physicians are paid a stipend to provide direct patient care as well as mentoring younger physicians. Check out

Last but not least, Gail Wagner, MD, told us about her volunteer work in Kenya with the Tiba Foundation, a comprehensive community health care system caring for about 250,000 people, built literally from scratch in partnership with the local people and the Kenyan government. Tiba Foundation is now looking for volunteers interested in helping teach clinicians in the clinics and nursing school in Kenya. See

All the participants in the panel share a deep passion for the work these organizations perform. They believe that TPMG retirees possess an enormous amount of knowledge, skills and experience that can serve people in need while providing an opportunity for personally rewarding work as long as one desires. Dr. Bourne hopes to work with the Retired Physicians Association to enhance the Opportunities Overview page of our website so that it can be a robust repository for clinical and non clinical volunteer opportunities. Ultimately, he hopes these opportunities will be provided to late career TPMG Physicians to enhance retirement planning. The current Opportunities Overview page can be found at

The presentation concluded with a brief question and answer period.

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Pictures here by Art Levit and Ken Berniker