On Thursday, February 16, the Society held its annual installation dinner at the Omega Restaurant and heard fascinating tales from keynote speaker Richard Santos, District 3 Director of the Santa Clara County Water District. Mr. Santos told about growing up in Alviso, his family history, and the family connection to Alviso, going back over a hundred years. Mr. Santos’ brother, sister, and nephew and family were present for the occasion. Mr. Santos was introduced by Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, our Installation keynote speaker last year.
Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves then conducted the swearing-in ceremony for the 2012 Society Officers and Board of Directors, as pictured below: From left to right, Mareile Ogle, Historian; Bill Hare, Vice- President; Mabel Matos, Membership; Catherine Pelizzari, Secretary and Publications; Kraig Bunnell, Treasurer; Joann Souza, Hospitality; Steve Munzel, Archives and Landmarks; Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission Liaison;, and Thelma Bridges, Special Events.
After the keynote speech, Bill Hare presented Lifetime Membership Awards for outstanding service to the Society to Mabel Mattos, Harriett McGuire, and Steve Munzel.