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May 31, 2002, (Acrobat PDF file) A Triple Treat: Dan & Rusty Leibowitz's Woodside Garden Reception; Eve Nilson: "A Student on the Amazon," and Richard C. Wiese: "A New President's View" (on the San Francisco Peninsula) (PDF newsletter)

In March, The Explorers Club elected the youngest president in the organization's 98-year history. Richard Wiese, 42, of New York, a television journalist and independent documentary producer, assumed leadership from the Club's first woman president, Faanya L. Rose. Wiese follows in the footsteps of noted explorers and former Club presidents Adm. Robert E. Peary, Roy Chapman Andrews, Sir Edmund Hillary, and broadcaster Lowell Thomas.

Last year, Eve Nilson spent her summer vacation as a field biologist in one of the most threatened rain forests in the world. Eve studied the frogs of Brazil under the starry skies of the Mata Atlantica rain forest, while living in a small hut on the edge of the forest. Her study was funded by an Explorers Club Youth Activity Grant. She will present the "opening act" in May.

The garden party is a delightful Spring outing preceding these talks. Come promptly and enjoy the gathering, the company and the trains. There is a map to the Liebowitz home (and the restaurant meeting place) on page 6 of the PDF newsletter linked above. For those who prefer a simple written direction, find Woodside Village and proceed toward the hills for another half mile to Fox Hollow Road (on the left); Dan & Rusty live at the end of this road, on the left.

The Garden Party at Dan and Rusty Liebowitz's in Woodside will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:26 pm. We are expected at Il Fornaio between 6:30 and 6:45.

Elsa's Field Work

Elsa Roscoe just completed her fifteenth annual journey as a volunteer in support of the Bishop Museum's archaeological expeditions to Polynesian islands. These expeditions ranged the complete width of the Pacific Ocean from east to west including the Cook Islands, the Society Islands, the Marquesas, and the Hawai'ian Islands to Easter Island. Much of her work was done on Huahine Island northeast of Tahiti. There, her group, under the direction of the eminent anthropologist, Dr. Yoshiko Sinoto, was involved in the excavation and restoration of religious and ceremonial sites (maraes) of the ancient population. This was no simple task: locating sites, clearing dense tropical growth, carefully digging one-meter test pits 10 centimeters at a time, screening the soil for midden, and recording precise locations of artifacts; all this was done in the hot sun and sometimes rainy weather. The final task was to plant tiare Tahiti trees on Mata'ire'a Hill, an important historical site, to mark the end of the project.

Photo, Elsa planting
Elsa planting a tiare Tahiti tree

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