Sunday, December 12, 2021

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 15 December Features Michael Brunker

Wednesday, 15 December 2021, 12 noon

CVGS General Meeting (in a Zoom Video Conference)

Michael Brunker on "How A Simple DNA Kit Changed My Life

For most of his life, 70-year-old Michael Brunker had been wrong about his ethnicity. It wasn’t until he took a DNA test that he was able to connect to family on his biological father’s side. Visit and for more.

Michael served as the Executive Director of San Diego’s “inner-city” Jackie Robinson Family YMCA for twenty-two years. While at the JRYMCA, located in San Diego County’s most critical community, Michael increased the branch staff from 8 to over 90, the Board of Managers from 12 to 35, and the budget from $450,000 to over $4.2 million by FY2018. The 2010 Positioning for the Future strategic plan included a $34M Safe At Home Capital Campaign that totally rebuilt the facility in it's original location. On July 1, 2019, Michael accepted a new position within the organization that led countywide partnership efforts from the Y’s local corporate headquarters office.

On January 4, 2021, Michael retired from the YMCA to reFIRE as the first Chief Executive Officer at The Third Option City. Then, on August 2, 2021, Michael transferred CEO responsibilities to Third Option Founder Miles McPherson, to become Chief Mission Advancement Officer - a new position that helped lead Third Option City Strategy of uniting the country one city at a time by developing loving relationships honoring similarities and celebrating uniqueness by providing a journey of self discovery and by forming truth-telling partnerships until September 28, 2021.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Political Science before embarking on a 13 year basketball coaching career with stints at his alma mater and the NBA Detroit Pistons. After working 6 years with ESPN’s Dick Vitale in Detroit, he joined Smokey Gaines at San Diego State in 1980.

Register on the CVGS website for this meeting (, and look for the email with the Zoom meeting link on about Monday, 13 December.

Attendance is free but only 100 Zoom seats are available, so please register soon.

This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for Meetings. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 13 December. Please note that the meeting starts at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time (3 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Central time, 1 p.m. Mountain time). The Zoom Meeting room will be open by 11:45 a.m. for visiting and helping attendees connect.

This invitation is available to non-members by registering at If you register before Tuesday morning, you will receive an email on Tuesday with the link to JOIN. Attendance is limited to 100 attendees. Contact if you have problems or register too late for the email.

NOTE: The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an email membership of $10 per year for distant members (outside of San Diego County, California). Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program on last Wednesdays, there is a monthly Research Group meeting on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on the third Wednesdays, plus a monthly 10-page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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