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Next Meeting: Thursday 9 th September  7:00pm
Dennis Olivas Grows Hot and Cold  
Note change of STARTING TIME for the September Meeting: 7 pm

Dennis spent his early years pirating the waters around Hawaii with a band of merry cutthroats, feared by the locals for their acappella renderings of ‘Love Is A Many Splendored Thing’
Having made his fortune and exhausted the limited pirate repertoire of ‘yo, ho,ho’s and barrels o’ rum’, Dennis headed for Honolulu, minus his wooden leg and eye patch, his belongings swinging from a stick leaned jauntily against his shoulder. His trusty, scatologically inclined parrot, Jacob, flew off into the sunset, shouting nasty words over his wing at his blissfully unaware former master.
Honolulu was a dream come true for Dennis. With the ill-gotten gain from his pirate career, he bought an estate in the city, hired a bevy of servants to see to his every need, and enrolled in Former Pirates U., where he studied fire dancing, pig roasting, astrophysics and orchid cultivation. It was an exciting six weeks

Upon graduation Dennis donated his vast estate to the city, which renamed it Lyon Arboretum and opened it to the public. Go to for visitors information. He threw off his cap and gown and fire danced his way through the city, showered with flowers and cheered by adoring crowds, to the Bishop Planetarium where he demonstrated his personal, novel technique for nude observation of the rings of Saturn and lectured for what seemed like hours on the size of the diamonds set in the rings.

Once this triumph was complete and Dennis had accepted his Nobel Prize, he cast about for a new life that would satisfy his now more mature spirit and stimulate his burgeoning intellect. California called to him from the east, and off he set once more, bundle with belongings checked in baggage, because the flight attendant couldn’t get it in the overhead. This chapped Dennis to no end, but his sunny disposition prevailed yet again; and his arrival in San Francisco was mercifully free of police officers and TSA personnel. Cutlass sheathed, he entered the city from the west, gliding like a god on a surfboard made of gold.

In the Bay Area Dennis embarked upon a storied career inventing the entire concept of orchid shows, running Chevron Oil Corporation, barbecuing like nobody’s business and being the cutest boy in town. Here he met the love of his life, the long-suffering and fabulously good-looking David, and became the beloved and respected lecturer you will see and hear at DVOS’s meeting on Sept 9th.

  Thank you Joan Wraxall for this insightful bio of Dennis O.

Speaker’s Dinner will be at 5:30 at Sichuan Fortune House, 41 Woodsworth Ln. Pleasant Hill. Everyone is welcome to attend and meet our speaker. If you plan to attend, please notify Liz Charlton at (925) 280-1671 or email so we can include you in the reservation.


September Plant table  will be provided by D & D Orchids


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