Fall Agenda
September-December 2010

Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($20) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Evening:Optional Dinner ($45) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 | Morning Program
Eclectics “KICK-OFF” Event
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Difference Women Made in the Early Christian Movement, presented by Ann Graham Brock.

Ann Graham Brock, Ph.D., Harvard University, is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. When Dr. Brock taught at Harvard University she received an Excellence in Teaching Award. She will be an excellent kick off presenter for us. Brock’s topic takes us beyond what is written in the Bible because of new discoveries of manuscripts. In the past century these discoveries have given biblical scholars a whole new appreciation of the diversity within early Christianity and some of the important roles that various male and female leaders had at the inception of this religious movement. We will explore together the contributions of women, especially Mary Magdalene, and what extraordinary insights we can glean from the discoveries of texts that portray her prominence. Yet, unfortunately, did not make it into the Bible. Mary Magdalene has been variously portrayed as everything from repentant sinner, to the first apostle, and even as the wife of Jesus in books such as the Da Vinci Code. Each of these portrayals speaks to different people, but it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. We will look at the various representations of her (and other women) both in the books that made it into the Bible, as well as the evidence that has been repressed and buried in the deserts around the Mediterranean. Since Mary Magdalene and other women were often prominent in these "lost" texts - what can we know about them historically and about the difference they made in the early Christian movement?


Denver Eclectics always chooses a program about women with a dynamic presenter for our Kick-Off!
Please Note: No Guests for Morning Program


Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Field Trip - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Cost: $15.00

Where Pink Dolphins Swim Photographic Exhibition, presented by Tory Read.

Where Pink Dolphins Swim: Photographs from an Amazon Journey is an Amazon exhibit which is part of the Biennial of the Americas. The Biennial of the Americas will affirm the potential of a united Western hemisphere, better equipping this international community to address future challenges and opportunities. Tory Read will be featuring two interrelated bodies of work about the Brazilian Amazon. The first is a series of black-and-white documentary images that tells the story of a journey down the Amazon River aboard the Harpy Eagle Riverboat. The second is a series of lush color images, created using a large format pinhole camera, which conveys a more dreamlike impression of life along the river. Subjects explored in the exhibition include: the natural environment, both wild and contained; human society and culture along the Amazon; and the interaction between North American visitors and people who live and work on the river. Tory Read is a Fine Art Photographer. She has 25 years of experience authoring publications, multimedia products, website's and exhibits for groups who are working to bring positive change to human society and the planet we live on. We will meet at Schlessman Lobby 9:30 a.m. and begin our morning after coffee and light breakfast with a presentation from Tory about her work followed by an “own pace” tour of the exhibit.


9:30 am - 10:00 am: Coffee, Light Breakfast, and Conversation
10:00 am - 11:30 am: Presentation
11:30 am - Tour Exhibit at Your Own Pace

We will have three field trips in September because we will enjoy fall weather and exciting venues. Remember back to school field trips? Well, Denver Eclectics will offer the same excitement that we remember as children.
We are limited to 150 Members, per day, RSVP Soon!.


Friday, September 17, 2010 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Election in November: the 2010 Issues and Challenges, presented by Pat Waak, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, and Dick Wadhams, Chair of the Colorado Republican Party. The moderator will be Barbara Holme, Former Colorado State Senator and Director of Conservation for Apartment Investment & Management Company.

The 2010 campaign cycle promises to bring another round of exciting opportunities for voters in Colorado. Colorado has expanded its Democratic majorities in the State House and Senate, added U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seats, elected a Democratic Governor and State Treasurer and carried the State of Colorado for President Barack Obama. With almost all seats up this election, the party is working hard to energize and engage voters across the political spectrum.  Almost all seats are competitive and Democrats are committed to reaching out to voters with a positive platform. Pat Waak, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, will talk about the strengths the party and its candidates bring to the election and the challenges faced by political parties in general this year.  
Dick Wadhams was elected to the Chair of the Colorado Republican Party in March 2007 and was re-elected as the state Chairman at the 2009 Colorado Republican Organization Meeting. He captured 310 of the 366 votes cast. When Dick was first elected, the Colorado Republican party was trapped with serious debts from the 2002, 2004, and 2006 elections; totaling over $580,000. The Colorado Republican Party has since paid off its debts, mainly due to individual donations. He will share inside observations about this important election year  
As moderator after opening statements, Barbara Holme will ask questions regarding the party platforms and their candidates. She will question what each party thinks about not only national, but local issues like the state budget, what can be cut, and what services are vital. There will be time for questions from our group and all the presenters will stay for lunch. You don’t want to miss this timely opportunity but you will remember, we are noted for our civil dialogue.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you arrive we will have cards available for you to write your questions for the presenters. There will not be an open Q&A discussion. Guests will only be welcome if there is room available. Please call our office for availability.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Colorado’s Community Colleges, presented by Barbara McDonnell.

Barbara McDonnell is the Executive Vice President of the Colorado Community College System. Get acquainted with Colorado’s Community College system. Explore the variety of opportunities that community colleges offer to Colorado residents. The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the largest higher education provider in Colorado, serving more than 134,000 students each year. CCCS consists of 13 colleges throughout Colorado, from Rangely to Lamar, with 5 colleges in metro Denver. CCCS colleges train more than half the nurses in the state, and more than 90 percent of the first responders. Twenty-seven percent of community college students are minorities, and 59 percent are female. Forty-five percent of CCCS students are age 25 or older. Colorado community colleges are open admissions institutions. Anyone who is college ready may attend one of the 13 colleges throughout the state. The community colleges offer traditional arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges, and an array of career and technical education programs that may transfer to a four-year college but also lead directly to jobs. These programs include energy and facilities management at Community College of Denver at Auraria Campus, Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, veterinary technology at Front Range Community College’s campus in Fort Collins, horse training, process technician at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, and the line technician program at Trinidad State Junior College.

Community Colleges work closely with businesses in their communities to train their workforces, including providing custom training at the request of a business.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Field Trip
Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Field Trip - Denver Botanic Gardens
Cost: $15.00

Henry Moore in the Gardens, presented by Lisa Eldred.

Lisa Eldred is the Director of Exhibitions, Art and Library Collection. Lisa will discuss the artist Henry Moore and the process of setting up this amazing exhibition. Denver Eclectics is fortunate that the Gardens wants to host us for this intimate and personal presentation. A special thank you to Barbara Baldwin trustee and to Joyce Solomon, who will be one of our docents. The “Moore in the Gardens” is a significant presentation of works by acclaimed 20th century British sculptor Henry Moore 1898-1986. Whether or not you had the opportunity to see this exhibit before, we will have a special “immersion” in this cultural event.

LOCATION: Mitchell Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York Street | Denver, CO 80206



8:30 am - 9:00 am - Coffee & Socializing in Mitchell Hall.

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Presentation on Henry Moore and exhibition installation by Director of Exhibitions, Lisa Eldred.

10:15 am - Docent led tours of the exhibition begin.


Friday, October 1, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cassandra’s Angel, presented by Gina Otto.

An award-winning, best-selling author, producer and children’s advocate, Gina Otto, is creating a global movement of girls helping girls around the world. Her first book, Cassandra's Angel, integrates her passion for the healing arts with her concern for young people. With a focus on education and awareness, Gina travels throughout the United States and the world helping children, parents and teachers examine how “the way we live our lives and the choices that we make” impact society as a whole. Gina believes that getting and keeping young girls in school within the developing world will have a positive transformative impact globally. Cassandra’s Angel is currently being produced as a Broadway musical with a focus on social advocacy. Partnering with Girl Scouts USA, Gina’s vision is helping to create socially conscious American girls reaching out to the girls of the world and bettering the lives of all. 
Denver Eclectics will be given an introduction into a woman’s vision and how she is extending her vision of empowerment to children throughout the world. Marianne Williamson author of The Age of Miracles calls this book – a beautiful affirmation of the Truth and Love within every child’s heart – even to 94 years old. Wait, for us, perhaps, 100


Friday, October 8, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

How to be a Leader in Any Organization, presented by Debra Benton.

Debra is an effective, charismatic and powerful speaker/consultant/author. In 1976, she founded Benton Management Resources, and has since been in business successfully for over 30 years. She has helped professionals worldwide design subtle changes in their presentation, attitude and leadership style that increased their personal and professional effectiveness – and subsequently their financial status. Debra has published numerous books on CEO leadership. Her latest book CEO Material includes a lifetime of top level professional development advice that can make the difference not only in the corporate world but also in our lives. Some of the recommendations of Debra’s insights include.

“Debra is the leadership Peter Drucker of the 21st Century”
-John Bianchi, CEO, Frontier Gunleather
“CEO Material is a practical, engaging, and people savvy instruction manual on how to dial up your leadership effectiveness and enhance your career.”
-Jim Goldman, CEO and president, Godiva Chocolatier
“One effective way to learn how to become a CEO is to spend years learning from the best. But, if you don’t have that much time, you can simply read CEO Material.”
-Rulon F. Stacey, PhD, president and CEO, Poudre Valley Health System, and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner

Debra Benton helps people grow to be strong, distinctive, world-class leaders. I think Denver Eclectic members are the leaders in our community. So let’s all hone our skills together. Debra’s book CEO Material will be available.

Monday, October 11, 2010
Presentation & Dinner as a combined event.
Denver Country Club
6:00 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. Presentation
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Dinner

The Economic View, presented by Thomas Hoenig President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

In the Wall Street Journal, weekend edition May 15-16, 2010 the journal says “Mr. Hoenig is more than just one of the 12 regional bank presidents of the Federal Reserve. Right now he’s also a voting member of the Fed’s Open Market Committee, which sets U.S. monetary policy. In recent months he’s been the committees’ sole dissident on the Fed’s promise to keep interest rates “at exceptionally low levels” for “an extended period of time.” At April’s FOMC meeting Mr. Hoenig objected to that language for the third meeting in a row, warning that those words are inviting a kind of trouble we’ve seen before. Greece is a lesson for us, he warns, “in the sense that we shouldn’t be so, if I may say so arrogant to think that couldn’t happen to us or others. We’re fortunate, we’re a much bigger economy and we’re the reserve currency.” But U.S. deficits are not sustainable, he says. There could be pressure on the Fed to print its way out of the problem, Mr. Hoenig acknowledges, and “the outcome of that will be very strong inflationary bias.” That is certainly a possibility. But if that happens the fault won’t lie with one stubborn voice of dissent, crying out in Missouri.


Friday, October 15, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A Lamm Duo, Dotti and Dick Together.

Each Lamm is one of Colorado’s most esteemed leaders. Today Denver Eclectics will host them both. This is my idea of a WOW! Dotti Lamm is a Psychiatric Social Worker, advocate for gender equality, Professor, and first Lady of Colorado among many more firsts. Her husband Dick Lamm is the co-Director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, and the former three–term Governor of Colorado, among many other firsts. The Lamm’s will present their current passions


Women's New Issue: Equality for Boys, presented by Dottie Lamm.

When I was young, boys were encouraged to do everything; girls were told to become nurses, secretaries or teachers. Girls seemed "smarter" in the early grades, but somehow boys caught up by 4th grade, and shot ahead by 10th. The Feminist Movement, Title IX, and the push to get girls into the math and hard sciences evened the playing field. Now girls have shot ahead. Sixty percent of undergraduates in our colleges and universities is female and moving upward. The majority of bachelor’s degrees are now awarded to women in every racial and ethnic group. Is this new "imbalance" a problem we should take on? Or is it a "non-issue" we should forget about?


America's New Issue: Intergenerational Justice, presented by Dick Lamm.

I inherited the world’s largest creditor nation and I am leaving my children the world's largest debtor nation. I inherited a saving and investing nation and I am leaving my children a borrowing and spending nation. My parents passed to me a new Interstate Highway system and I didn't even adequately maintain it. What has our generation done to our children and grandchildren? Welcome to the emerging issue of intergenerational justice.

Denver Eclectics is honored to have these esteemed Coloradoans – sharing one of their focused and current issues and educating us to “spread the word”. Note Dotti’s talk follows Gina Otto’s presentation advocating for helping girls around the world. I like to think that we also are advocates for social justice but first – comes the awareness – learn about these issues at Denver Eclectics.

Monday, October 18, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

New Space Age presented by Dr. Michael K. Simpson, President of the International Space University.

Dr. Michael K. Simpson is a board member of the Space Week International Association, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society in the United States and an observer representative to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In 2005 he served as a participant in the workshop on “Humanity and Space the Next Thousand Years” hosted by the Foundation for the Future and currently serves as a panel member of the Association of Space Explorers workshop on mitigation policy for threats from near earth objects. He is a co-founder of the International Institute for Space Commerce and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. The International Space University is located in France but I met Michael when we were both delayed at Dulles, Washington DC waiting for a plane the next day to Paris, France. As luck would have it, his daughter and her family have moved to Boulder, Colorado so we met “stranded” in the red carpet room at Dulles. Dr. Simpson completed his Ph.D. at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, holds the Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University; and two Master of Arts degrees from The Fletcher School. He is a past president of Utica College and has lectured all over the world. His talk The New Space Age will start with the history of the “Space Age” which launched in 1957 and the launch of Sputnik. Now with so many new developments it is time to talk about the new space age. Dr. Simpson will talk about what seems to lie in store beyond the next launch.

It seems appropriate to offer this program to male guests, in addition to women guests.
Some of my programs may show gender bias, so I need to be careful!

Pat Holley

Jane Ingalls with her Mother

Friday, October 22, 2010
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Alzheimer’s Disease Help and Hope, presented by Pat Holley, Family Services Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter and Jane Ingalls, Founder of Artemis Communication.

In Colorado more than 72,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the majority of whom are being cared for in their own homes by family members. As the disease progresses caregivers often find themselves stretched; emotionally, physically and financially.  The person with the disease may find themselves living in a world increasingly unfamiliar and often unsafe. The toll this disease takes on families is tremendous. Caregivers and persons with dementia require support, education and resources to make the journey through Alzheimer’s more manageable. There is help available that can ease the challenges and researchers are making important progress in the areas of diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, scientists are finding that there are certain lifestyle choices we can all make that may actually lower your risk of dementia. Find out what the thinking is now about this devastating illness.

Jane Ingalls will share her perspective as a daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient. Approximately 11 years ago, at the age of 72, her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  At the time, her mother, was living in South Carolina where she had retired 10 years earlier. She enjoyed golfing, bird-watching, reading and had many close friends.  More than anything, she loved her first and, at the time, only grandchild, who had just turned 2.  With no family nearby – she had been widowed for nearly 30 years – Jane moved her to an assisted living facility in Denver, where her family (including her grandson) had recently relocated.

Without question, Alzheimer’s can bring tremendous heartache to the patient and his/her family.  However, in addition to the heartache, Jane and her family were fortunate to experience a number of blessings. During her discussion, Jane will share some positive experiences, difficult choices and a few lessons learned while caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s. 

Eclectic Member, Patricia Cox’s memoir of her husband who was an Alzheimer’s Victim, We Keep Our Potato Chips In The Refrigerator, will be available, to purchase her book before the program please visit The Tattered Cover. http://www.tatteredcover.com/book/9781450202565


Who said Eclectics is all study and no play?

Friday, October 29, 2010 - Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Theater In New York City: New York City as Theatre, presented by Jane Marx.

Denver Eclectics welcomes back Jane Marx who presented a hilarious program.” Who’s Minding the Store,” ten years ago, which described the fun history of the major NYC upscale department stores – this year, she takes on the theatre. There were no theatrical productions in early New York City, that is the seventeenth century Dutch colony of Nieuw Amsterdam. Bars served as the diversions from work and toil. Many believed attending a  "playhouse" was the first step onto the road to hell. This started to change with the appearance of this newspaper article in March 19, 1751, while the city was the English colony of New-York. It read in part, “we cannot always apply ourselves to Contemplation or Business... (We need) to relax the Mind (through) the Diversion of the Stage, to prepare ourselves for the more serious employment of our respective stations.” In time, New York City would become both the most populous city in the nation, and the place to witness a live event. In other words, the city became a synonym for theater.

Jane is a writer and performer and a self employed New York City Tour Guide for thirty years. Among other credits, Jane has done stand up at the Broadway and Gotham Comedy Clubs. Her presentation will be in the morning. It is always a good time to laugh and one of our December holiday evenings will be a presentation on laughter. It has been prescribed as a health producing activity.


Friday, November 5, 2010 - - Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

African Updates, presented by Ashley Shuyler and Carol Francis–Rinehart.

Ashley Shuyler is the Founder and Executive Director of AfricAid a nonprofit organization that supports girls’ education in Africa. Ashley will discuss AfricAid’s work, including its newest girls’ scholarship and leadership initiative, the Kisa Project, launched by Nobel Prize Nominee Greg Mortenson in 2009. She will also share why it is that she believes so strongly in the power of girls’ education in Africa. Ashley was 2008 Grant Recipient: Pforzheimer Public Service Fellowship, Harvard 2008 Phi Beta Kappa Society and Harvard College Scholar. AfricAid’s origins date back to 1996 when Ashley traveled to Tanzania with her family at the age of 11. She formed AfricAid in 2001 at the age of 16 in order to provide young women with the opportunity to transform their own lives and the futures of their communities. Since then, AfricAid has raised $800,000 to provide educational opportunities for thousands of young women across northern Tanzania. Ashley is a resident of Golden, Colorado and a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied international development.

  Carol Francis-Rinehart is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Education Sudan (PES). Project Education Sudan Building Schools and Hope in Southern Sudan Project Education Sudan was formed in 2006. Carol’s focus is on equal education for girls, empowerment of women, vocational /adult education and creating self sufficiency in all the communities where PES is working. She has led annual monitoring /working trips since 2006 to the four PES school sites having built classrooms, kitchens, dormitories, clean water wells, grinding mills so girls can attend school, sewing machines to help women develop their own tailoring businesses, income literacy workshops for women and men, and annual teacher training workshops. PES has also reunited 7 Lost Boys living in the Denver area with their families in Southern Sudan. Since its beginning, PES has raised over $700,000 thanks to the many individuals, businesses, foundations, churches and schools who have helped to make this all possible. Carol was 2007 +Presenting Speaker & Panel Member- 11th Annual Matthew Shepard Symposium for Social Justice, University of Wyoming 2008 52nd UN Commission on the Status of Women Delegate- Anglican Women’s Empowerment Global Delegation, among other distinctions.

Denver Eclectics has featured each of these women at past programs so it is inspiring to hear updates from them. It is important to learn about the ongoing efforts of women who make a difference. We too make a difference by “spreading the word.” The word is – “We Care.”

Friday, November 12, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

History Colorado Center, presented by, Edward C. Nichols and Jill Cowperthwaite.

The Colorado History Museum is now closed in preparation for the move to the new History Colorado Center being built at 12th and Lincoln. Drive by and be stunned. In 2007, the Colorado Historical Society learned that the expansion of the Justice Center would displace the museum and collections housed at 1300 Broadway.  Staff and board turned this disruption into an opportunity to create a new kind of history museum, under a new name, History Colorado.  CEO Ed Nichols and Development Director Jill Cowperthwaite will share their experiences to date in securing the site, the financing and the design of what promises to become one of Colorado’s premier tourist destinations. I think we, Denver Eclectic members, have a long history and it will be great to be learning how we are being “preserved” so to speak. This program highlights our mantra. It preserves the past, it will be shared with us in the present, and it moves us into the future.


Friday, November 19, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Eleanor Roosevelt: This is My Story, told by Susan Marie Frontczak.

Eleanor Roosevelt is the third Living History developed by scholar and actress Susan Marie Frontczak. We will meet first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1937, during her husband’s second term as president. By 1937, Eleanor had worked for years to advance minimum wage, maximum hours, laws against child labor, women's rights, women's representation in government, world peace, and civil rights. She continues these pursuits even while her husband is in office. No other "first lady" has ever taken on such a public role. Furthermore, Eleanor often serves as her husband's eyes and ears across the United States by inspecting factories, inner city tenements, and military camps. Alice Abrams saw Susan present at 4 Mile House and said, “She was excellent.”

Susan Marie’s motto is, “Give me a place to stand, and I will take you somewhere else.” Calling herself the Storysmith®, she heats up, hammers, and crafts her stories with strong forces, before letting them cool into a tale worth sharing. We will enjoy a series of vignettes, catch glimpses into both Eleanor Roosevelt’s public and private personae and then engage in a “dialogue,” actually questions and answers. This slice of Eleanor’s life will be told during the Great Depression, which seemed timely to me. World War II and the United Nations period of her life are other hour presentations. We will start with the past and the first of her three series.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of space limitations we will have to limit this presentation to 200 confirmed reservations. There will be a waiting list, we request that if you find you are not able to come, please let us know immediately, so we can include other members. This is necessary because of the Denver Country Club’s availability that day.

Monday, December 6, 2010 Holiday Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Program - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A Magical Musical Evening, featuring the Opera Theatre Singers at the CU Opera, Directed by Leigh Holman.

This evening was recommended by Mikee Kapelke who heard them at a gala called Scheherazade at the Omni Interlocken Resort. The Opera Theatre Singers were founded in 2009 to be the outreach group of the CU Opera program. They share their love of music through performances of select pieces from the repertoire of opera, operetta, and musical theatre. We will enjoy a group of their singers with accompanying piano presenting an evening of scenes from musical theatre and opera. This performance group has won praises for its great repertoire and amazing voices. The CU Opera program has received a Program of Excellence Award for the Colorado Commission of education and in addition Mikee Kapelke – the wife of the Great Spoofer, Judge Robert Kapelke, knows a delightful program when she sees and hears it. We will all enjoy the magic which will be led by Director of CU Opera, Leigh Holman.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Aging in Community It Takes a Village, presented by Janice Blanchard, Mike Green, and Sarah McCarthy.

The generation that launched the Civil Rights Movement, protested the Vietnam War and supported Women's Liberation has a track record of creating social and cultural change throughout each of the life-stages. Now Baby Boomers, Americans born between 1946 and 1964, stand poised to redefine the “Third Age.” As Boomers transition into their later years, many are rejecting their parents’ concepts of aging and retirement living and are seeking new pathways to growing old that reflect their social values and consciousness. Part of this cultural revolution is reflected in grassroots efforts to redesign or configure new communities that address a constellation of desires -- a sense of place, sustainable design, shared values and goals, diversity, and respect for elderhood as a distinct life phase. This symposium will provide an overview of the cultural shift from “Aging in Place” to “Aging in Community” and provide examples of how this concept is emerging and being nurtured in Colorado.

  Janice Blanchard is a gerontologist and internationally recognized writer, speaker and consultant on aging issues. For over 15 years she has worked on the cutting edge of public policy and programs promoting a new vision of elderhood as a distinct life phase and of elders as valuable members of our communities.  
  Mike Green is a community organizer in Denver, and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute of Chicago. Mike has worked for many years throughout North America and internationally on the issues of building stronger more connected local communities where people come to act on the conviction that a community without a place for everyone really has a place for no one.  
  As a “recovering bureaucrat” Sarah McCarthy brings her extensive political science education and expertise to the community building arena directing the non-profit Neighborhood Resource Center of Colorado that builds stronger, healthier communities through partnerships. This non-profit brings technical assistance and other resources to enhance residents’ efforts to resolve self-identified neighborhood issues.  

Friday, December 10, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Storm of the i: An Artobiography, presented by Tina Collen.

Her Father didn’t speak to her for 15 years. Then she wrote the book she needed to read. Though unusual in presentation, the narrative itself is mostly traditional, describing Collen's upbringing in New York state, life as a wife, mother and artist, and growing older, but it's seeded throughout with illuminating artifacts -- epistles, her art (nicely reproduced), jottings and scribbles from friends like Aspen's Ted Conover and the French artist Jean-Jacques Sempe. She impishly offers curiosities from her life, from a bullet-holed practice target ("I doubt that I could shoot anything living, but the experience left me feeling more competent in an unpredictable world.") to a flyer advertising for a dance partner. Eclectic member, Marilyn Milmoe, recommended this program for us and believe me, the book is like no other I have seen. If risqué makes you squirm – this may not be the program for you!

To quote Joan Holt, Editor in Chief, Metropolitan Museum of Art Magazine 1979-2005: “Powerful. This is a poignant and gripping Rorschach test of a book. Smart, funny and deep, it is filled with wonderful art and the wisdom of a truly original mind."

Tina says her audience is for the educated, intellectually curious, and predominantly female types...THAT IS US!

~Tina’s Book will be Available~


Monday, December 13, 2010 Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Program - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fake it Till You Make It Laughing for No Reason, presented by Dr. Tomi-Ann Roberts.

Tomi-Ann Roberts is the Winkler Herman Professor of Psychology and Director of Gender studies at Colorado College. She presented to Denver Eclectics in 2008 on the Sexualization of Girls, but this time we will enjoy a good laugh.

In 1884, the great American philosopher William James proposed a counterintuitive theory of emotion. He said that our emotions do not arise directly out of our encounters with the world, but instead from our awareness of bodily changes in ourselves. We don't cry because we're sad, he said, we're sad because we cry. We're happy because we laugh. The corollary to this theory provides us with a remarkably easy path to well being. If you want to cultivate good feeling, fake it! In 2006, Tomi-Ann traveled all the way to India to study "laughter yoga" with a doctor who believes that laughter really is the best medicine. Come learn about the power of laughter to improve our mental and physical health, and to tie us to something greater than ourselves: each other.

Dr. Roberts is a favorite Colorado College professor and the recommendation of Colorado College trustee Robert Manning and his wife Janet Manning, Denver Eclectic member!

Guests are Encouraged for this Evening Event!


Friday, December 17, 2010 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Spiritual Direction: Attending to the Inner Life, presented by Jane Vennard.

Our culture continually calls us to become involved in the issues of the world. Current events, politics, medical breakthroughs, creative endeavors, financial concerns, and family relationships all vie for our attention. While engaging in our activities to build a better world we often forget to attend to our inner lives – the world of hopes, fears, possibilities and


questions of meaning. Spiritual direction is one way to make our inner worlds a priority, not at the expense of our other activities, but to bring more balance into our lives. Attention to the inner life is a human need, not associated with any specific religion or any religion at all. Therefore spiritual direction can be a means of inner exploration for anyone. People who seek spiritual direction are interested in finding meaning in their successes and failures, exploring ways to make wise choices, and discovering opportunities in life’s greatest challenges. Jane Vennard has been a spiritual director for twenty five years. A lively and experienced presenter, Jane will describe the ministry of spiritual direction and in the process help all of us attend to our inner lives. The Rev. Jane E. Vennard is Louise Warren Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty in prayer and spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, her M.A. from Stanford University and her M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Jane has presented to Denver Eclectics regularly over the years. She has just launched a five week Online Retreat and Practice Circle which is highly successful. Denver Eclectics is proud to showcase her amazing talent and leadership. With the beginning of holy season, it is appropriate for us to still “ourselves and be mindful.”

We are planning another group of wonderful presenters for after the first of the year~Stay tuned!
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