Meet Mike Palma – Activities Committee Member

Mike PalmaA native of California, Mike was born and raised with an Italian upbringing in San Jose, California.  His grandparents came from Palermo, Italy and landed in New York only to make their way to San Jose, where they were looking for a good place to grow fruit and vegetables.  Sharing meals with all the family (parents, cousins, aunts/uncles and grandparents) were part of their everyday culture.

Mike attended West Valley College and San Jose State University in California, majoring in drafting and design technology.  He also elected to serve six years in the Army National Guard at this time which coincided with the Vietnam era.

Recruited by IBM, Mike worked thirty-six years in several divisions of the company.   He enjoyed a variety of job’s having to do with software development.  His last few years with IBM were spent with Human Resources, focusing on employee development.

In the early 80’s, IBM relocated Mike and his family (wife and three sons) to England in order to work on the technology of sharing computer resources between IBM in California and Hursley Labs in the United Kingdom.  His family was able to travel abroad and see many of the sites in England, Ireland and France during their two-year stay.

In the late 90’s, Mike moved to Palm Springs, California for seven years. He continued to work for IBM until he retired in 2003. He then spent two years working for Hitachi in San Jose until he made the decision to fully retire and move to Peoria, Arizona in 2005.

Mike and Pat have lived in Trilogy for eleven years.  They are enjoying the adult community and the numerous social gatherings.  Mike’s hobbies are wine tasting, games, computers and being a grandfather of eight grandchildren!

Mike especially enjoys spending summers at the Village and working with the Activities Committee to help set up events in the Clubhouse.

2 thoughts on “Meet Mike Palma – Activities Committee Member

  1. Hi Liz,

    I noticed that some of the new Members Only signs have been lag bolted to live pine trees. I’m surprised that this would be authorized by the board as reported below, this can damage or even kill the tree. Please let me know your thoughts on this.

    Thanks, Mike Palma

    A. Texas Forest Service’s Mickey Merritt says we should not attach objects to trees with nails, screws or anything that penetrates the outer bark. It can damage the cambium, the area just beneath the bark where cells rapidly divide and increase tree girth. It also can wound the phloem, the cells that carry nutrients from the canopy to the roots; and the xylem, the cells that transport water and nutrients to the canopy. Puncture wounds offer easy access to insects and diseases. Vascular plants lack immune systems; when a tree is wounded, a chemical reaction takes place and the tree establishes boundaries around the wound that stop or limit the spread of disease and/or decay. This “compartmentalization,” however, breaks down if the tree is wounded again, as a newly damaged area retriggers the process. Depending on the tree’s size, health and species and the spacing of the punctures, Merritt says, 10 holes could cause enough structural and health problems to kill the tree.Some species are better at compartmentalization than others, he adds. A live oak, for example, is good at it; a water oak generally is not. Another potential problem: A tree will eventually grow around nails or screws, making them hidden dangers for arborists who prune with chainsaws. If you must attach an object to a tree, Merritt suggests using a strap at least a half-inch wide. Check annually to make sure it’s not girdling the tree. Sent from my iPad



    1. Mike:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this matter. Your points are well taken. In the future, we’ll try to take these comments into consideration. When dealing with any living organism, including trees, we need to consider the impact of our choices. In this case, when looking at the alternatives, someone made a decision that the approach used would impact the tree less than other methods such as banding. We’ll keep an eye on these trees for signs of distress. Hopefully, the negative impacts will be minimal. Thanks for bringing the question to the fore.


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