June Monthly Dinner
May 1, 2016
Renold "Ren" Stelloh
Working with the CIA
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Ren was born in Pensacola, FL where his Dad was a flight instructor. The next several years were spent in California because Ren Jr. was West Coast Navy. This was followed by three years in Japan (NAS Atsugi) and then onto Northern Virginia. Ren graduated from high school in Fairfax County, Virginia followed by college at the American University, Washington, DC where he matriculated cum laude with a degree in anthropology and a minor in linguistics and archeology.
Ren attended law school at the College of William and Mary and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1977. While waiting for a security clearance for employment in the Office of the General Counsel, US Army Corps of Engineers, Ren was offered employment by the Directorate of Operations (DO) at CIA. Ren, with his wife Toni and sons Chris and Tim, embarked on a global adventure for the next 26 years including field assignments in Madras, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Cairo, and Los Angeles. Ren’s HQS operational duties included management assignments on the Afghan and Iran Task Forces, as well as the Counterterrorism Center. Ren was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service in 1996. He served as Deputy Chief of the DO’s Human Resources Staff and Deputy Chief, National Resources Division. Ren last served as the DCI’s Representative in Los Angeles with operational responsibility for Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. Ren coordinated with Federal and local law enforcement agencies and served as intelligence liaison on the Mayor’s Task Force on Port Security.
Ren, along with six other senior officers, established the DO’s Leadership Seminar in 1997 which engaged mid-grade officers in a week long discussion of the qualities of leadership. Ren was given the DCI’s Intelligence Commendation Medal for this endeavor.
Upon retirement in 2003, Ren was awarded the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal.
One day after completing government service, Ren joined PhaseOne Communications in Los Angeles as the Executive Vice President. PhaseOne Communications was a research company that used and built upon an analytical model developed by the Political Warfare Executive during WW II to forecast target audience response to communications. Ren was employee #11. During the next nine years, Ren grew the company to 70 employees and increased revenues by a factor of ten. In 2012, Ren was the President and CEO of PhaseOne when it was acquired by a Lockheed Martin subsidiary. Rather than accept reassignment to Washington, DC with the new owner, Ren and his wife moved to the Central Coast in late 2012.
Today Ren and Toni live on 10 acres in Paso. Their son Chris and his wife Erin, professional musicians, live in a second house on the property. Younger son Tim, his wife Freda (both journalists) and grand-daughter Roxie live on a 50 foot trawler berthed in Alameda.
Ren is still a member of the Virginia Bar as well as the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO).
View thank you card from April dinner speakers click here.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
H-19 (Chickasaw) Helicopter Flies Home To Roost
The museum received a H-19 (Chickasaw) helicopter to add to its display of helicopters. The H-19 is a 1950's vintage helicopter that was used during the Korean War.
The recovery team of Gary Corippo (Acquisitions Manager), Bill Lander (Assistant Manager) and Keith Dekker (Restorations) recovered the aircraft at Will J. Fox airfield at Lancaster, CA. The aircraft was loaded on a low bed trailer and trucked to the museum.
The aircraft was formerly used by the US Forrest Service and had been on display with the Museum of Flight. The H-19 Chickawaw project is being sponsored by William Hearst (Hearst Publishing Corp) as a tribute to George Hearst Jr., William's uncle. George Hearst Jr. flew the H-19 type helicopter in combat during the Korean War. Maker sure you check out the mural rendition of this chopper on the end walls of Freedom Hall).
The Estrella Warbirds Museum team looks forward to restoring the H-19 helicopter as a tribute to the Korean War veterans and to honor George Hearst Jr., for his serice to his country. If you would like to help out on this project, please sure to sent us a note.
View more pictures of the H-19 click here.
For more information on the UH-19D Chickasaw, click here
Dennis Gage, host of My Classic Car, interviewing Carol Verstuyft, WWW8 Coordinator
Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 was a tremendous success this year thanks to Dan and Carol Verstuyft and a terrific group of volunteers whom helped make it the largest event of the year. It attracted nearly 4,500 people and over 250 vehicles on display. Registered cars came from north of Petaluma, south from San Diego and east from Lake Havasu City. This year's event was filmed for TV by Dennis Gage. Showing is set for "early 2017 season."
A special "Thank You" goes out to the multitude of volunteers who worked together to ensure success. Thanks so much!
Be sure to check out pictures and comments from the event.
Support your museum at the Top Flight Golf Scramble! Get the gang together for a fun Saturday, all in support of the Estrella Warbird Museum.
For more information and to register click here Top Flight Golf Scramble
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.