San Francisco Bay Trail and Bay Bridge Bike Ride – September 2017

Join Nisei Ski Club on this easy paced and mostly flat ride. We’ll start from the Emeryville Sportfishing parking lot and bike along the San Francisco Bay Trail to the Bay Bridge east span and back. (approx. 12 miles round trip.) There will be a 510-ft. elevation gain as we ride towards Treasure Island. We can stop and take pictures along the way. On our way back, we can continue our ride towards Costco (+5 miles), Crane Way Pavilion (+9.5 miles) in Richmond for additional 14.5 miles (total miles approx.12, 22, 31 miles round trip for the day).

Meet Parking area – 3310 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
Parking Free parking on left just past Emeryville Sportfishing
When Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time 9:30 AM, rolling out at 10:00 AM
Cost FREE for Members and Guests. Bring $5.00 if you want us to get you a Vietnamese Sandwich.
SIGN-UP DEADLINE Friday, September 15, 2017

To RSVP or for any questions, please contact Karen Soo ( or Sandy Kiyomura (

Link to flyer Bike ride flyer.

Paint Nite – October 2017

Paint Nite takes place at the Grill ‘Em Steakhouse in Campbell. The cost from Groupon is $25 per person versus $45 without a Groupon. The ticket price includes the supplies needed to paint your masterpiece. No food or beverages are included.

If you are interested, please contact Karen Soo ( Please RSVP by Saturday, October 21 to reserve your spot.

Link to flyer: NSC Paint Nite in San Jose

Mountain View Obon 2017

Sandy Kiyomura

On the weekend of July 16 – July 17, some of our Nisei Ski Club members volunteered for the Mountain View Obon Bazaar. This has been a long tradition with NSC. Years ago, we used their gym for our annual dances. The dance is in the past, but we still participate in their bazaar. This year David Ng, Tamara Liang, Brian Hess, Bill Lee, Alex Kami and Ken Kato volunteered. Some of the positions involved food preparation and other positions involved working at a tempura or beer booth. There were members who came to enjoy the food and activities at the Obon. See pictures of members below. Karen Soo, David Tsuhako, Amy Tsuhako, and Alex Kami danced. I brought my daughter Misha and my granddaughter Amelia. To their surprise, they won on their first round of bingo. Amelia is now an owner of her very own laptop. Thank you, Elaine Yu and Bill Lee, for their photo submissions.

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NSC Picnic 2017 – Show Me the Money

Kathy Ito

picnic2017Left, Right, Center, Hold. No, it’s not the latest line dance or poker game. For those of you familiar with NSC, you know it’s the popular dice game of chance. A chance to win a tidy sum of cash with a $3 buy in and yours truly won. Luckily, I had $3 in my wallet. Thanks to all 17 participants who donated their $3 to the cause.

Saturday, June 24th was a beautiful afternoon visiting with friends and enjoying the wonderful pot luck. NSC members never disappoint when it comes to delectable eats: BBQ pork ribs, tri-tip, hot dogs, hot links, egg rolls, sashimi, fried chicken, sushi, assorted salads, noodles, dips, chips, summer fruits. And, it would not be a complete NSC event without dessert. Ono grids, absolutely Da’ Bes’.

Our president, Armand, conducted the annual meeting, recapped our ski season, detailed the upcoming 60th anniversary ski trip to Vail, and future Far West ski trips to France and South America. Frank Chang gave us the treasury report and the good news we are financially healthy. Karen Soo, our trip director, also gave her report for last season and the lack of enthusiasm to fill one bus! Come on people! It was an epic year — the likes of which will not be seen in a long, long time. But wait! You can still enjoy the ski season, because Squaw is still open every Saturday as long as conditions permit and Mammoth is open daily until August!

A big thank you to the members who work so hard to put on these great social events. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and volunteers to keep this wonderful organization going. Great job! Keep up the good work! The club will be 60 next year and may we continue for another 60 years!

Editor’s Musings for August

Judy Hom, Newsletter Editor

I was reading about observances for August. I found three that I thought I’d share with you.

Spider Man Day: August 1

Spider Man appeared on his first comic book cover in August 1962. It was the August edition of Amazing Fantasy. August 1 has been declared Spider Man Day and for 55 years, Spider Man has endured. In fact, another Spider Man movie – “Spider Man – Homecoming” has just been released this summer.

Senior Citizens Day: August 21

Ronald Reagan declared August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day in 1988. Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14th as it was the day that President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935.

For us who are 62 and older, the National Park Service sells a lifetime senior pass, which is good for admission to all of the national parks. The pass is $10 but will increase to $80 on August 28, 2017. If you qualify, get your lifetime pass now. For more information, visit the National Park service web site and read about the senior pass.

Women’s Equality Day: August 26

August 26th is the anniversary of national woman suffrage. The Nineteenth Amendment was proclaimed to be incorporated as part of the Constitution on August 26, 1920. This amendment prohibits states and the federal government from denying citizens the right to vote based on sex.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation

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July 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

It’s summer time and the warm-to-hot weather is perfect for all the summer activities – golfing, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, or whatever it is that gets you outside. As we start a new NSC season I would like everyone to think about why you joined NSC. Was it to ski with friends? What about attending social events (e.g. wine tasting, potluck dinner, etc.)? Although NSC sponsors a variety of hikes during the summer, there aren’t any other activities that involve the membership in a group venue. Perhaps this year we, as a club, can work on coming up with more social venues. If you have any ideas on a social event or would like to sponsor a social event then please let me, or a member of the board, know. NSC is not just “a ski club”; we are also a social organization.

NSC Annual Membership Meeting and Luau Picnic, June 24th

Once again we had a great turnout for our annual membership meeting and Luau picnic, and the weather was most cooperative. This year I made it to the finals and went against Kathy Ito for the Left-Center-Right game that Karen sponsored. But alas, it was not meant to be for me to bring home the grand prize. Congratulations to Kathy Ito for being the big winner, and thanks to everyone that showed up and had a great time.

Upcoming Events

Mt. View Obon Festival – July 15th and 16th.
This is an annual volunteer event that NSC participates in and is always a fun event. After all, there’s a variety of food, carnival-style games, cultural events, lots of people, and the famous Beer Booth. There’s room for a few more volunteers to work at the festival so look for the flyer in the newsletter or contact Karen Soo (

Vail Ski Week 2018

Good news for the Vail trip! We are now flying Southwest to Denver, which means no baggage fees (for first two pieces) and a cost savings on airline fares. An updated Vail flyer has been posted on the website that provides all the details on the new Southwest flight numbers/times. Take a look at the flyer and make that all-important decision to be on this trip. There’s still time to get the Tahoe Local Pass through Sports America (, which will be good for five days skiing at Vail, plus skiing at Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood.

Happy July 4th


We choose hope over fear. We see the future not as something out of our control, but as something we can shape for the better through concerted and collective effort.

Barack Obama

June 2017 – President’s Message

Armand Gutierrez, NSC President

June has arrived and that signifies the start of the 2017-2018 NSC season. Since there were no new nominations and all board members agreed to serve once again, then this season will be a continuation of last season. Thanks to all of you that took the time to vote.

Election Results

The 2017-2018 election results are as follows:

President – Armand Gutierrez Board Member – Brian Hess
Vice President – Hoyt Nelson Board Member – Allen Hu
Treasurer – Frank Chang Board Member – Sandy Kiyomura
Trip Director – Karen Soo Board Member – Curtis Otaguro
Membership – Greg Wong Board Member – Dave Schultz
Newsletter Editor – Judy Hom
Phishing Attempts

Last month Frank Chang started receiving emails from yours truly. He quickly noticed various discrepancies and contacted me to confirm that I sent them, and I responded that I had not. Read about his experiences with phony emails.

Upcoming Events

NSC Annual Membership Meeting and Luau Picnic, June24th
Mark this down in your calendar for the NSC Annual Picnic on June 24th at Las Palmas park in Sunnyvale (same place as last year). See the flyer in the newsletter and the Evite invitations have already been sent out. If you don’t get an Evite in your email then please let me know (

Mt. View Obon Festival is on July 15th and 16th. This is an annual volunteer event that NSC participates in and is always a fun event. After all, there’s a variety of food, carnival-style games, cultural events, lots of people, and the famous Beer Booth. There’s room for a few more volunteers to work the Beer Booth so contact Karen Soo.

Vail Ski Week 2018
Plans are moving smoothly for the Vail ski week trip for 2018. Take a look at the flyer and make that all-important decision to be on this trip. You might also consider getting the Tahoe Local Pass (, which will be good for five days skiing at Vail, plus skiing at Northstar, Heavenly Valley, and Kirkwood.

FWSA Trois Vallee Ski Week 2018
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As a member of NSC you are eligible to participate in any of the FWSA/BAC ski trips. For 2018, FWSA is going to Trois Vallee (three valleys), France, and is the largest ski area in the world connected solely by ski lifts and slopes. There are 370 miles of ski slopes, 183 ski lifts, and home to eight ski resorts (Courchevel, La Tania, Brides les Bains, Meribel, St. Martin DeBelleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, and Orelle) that are linked together by a network of ski lifts and ski runs. FWSA has chosen Brides les Bains as the ski resort for accommodations. There is also a second week extension that will be visiting Lyon, Beaune and Paris. I’m planning on going on this trip and if anyone is interested in joining me then drop me a line at

Phony Emails

Frank Chang, Treasurer
Just a heads up…someone has been using Armand’s NSC board member email alias [] to send phony emails. I have received 3 phony emails sent to my alias []. The date and content of each email is shown below. I knew right away that the first email was bogus because Armand is not a “Cheers” kind of guy. Maybe “Later Dude”, but not “Cheers”. Furthermore, Armand doesn’t send emails using [] and he’s not an iPhone user. Besides changing our aliases, there’s nothing much we can do. I haven’t responded to any of these emails, so hopefully this hacker will give up. But please watch out for suspicious emails from anyone using “”…

From: Armand Gutierrez []
4/26/17 – Frank Important Notice!
Hi Frank,

Kindly give me an update on the available account balances, and do we have any payments left to pay? Reply me as soon as you get this.


5/1/17 – Wire transfer request
Hello Frank,

I need to know if you’re available at the moment. There is an urgent wire transfer i need you to process before the wire deadline today. Email me back right here and let me know what details is needed.

Armand Gutierrez

Sent from my iPhone

5/22/17 – PAYMENT REQUEST!!!!
Hi Frank,

Good Morning, How are you? I need you to process a payment today. Do let me know if you are available.

Armand Gutierrez

July 2017 – Volunteers Needed for Mountain View Obon

Karen Soo, Trip Director

2013 Mountain View Obon Festival GirlThe Mountain View Obon Festival is July 15 and 16. NSC provides volunteers for beer booth at the Mountain View Obon Festival every year. We need 4-6 volunteers per shift. If you’re interested in signing up for this slot, please email Karen Soo.

noon-3pm 2 signed up, need 2-4 more
3pm-6pm 1 signed up, need 3-5 more
6pm-close need 4-6 more

For more information about the obon, visit the Mountain View Buddhist Temple website.