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September-December 2012

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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 ($50) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 7, 2012 | 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

Eclectics “Energetic” Beginning of 2012 – 2013 season featuring: The Littledales of Central Asia as told by Elizabeth Clinch.

This is the true story of Teresa and St. George Littledale, an unlikely British couple who explored Central Asia in the 1890s with their fox terrier. Elizabeth Clinch’s eyes light up at the idea that the book she and her husband Nicholas Clinch, have just published might attract Hollywood’s attention. The story is of the Littledale’s the “African Queen on land – and it happens to be true.” Their book Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia” is a riveting account of how a forgotten Victorian Couple successfully traversed some of the harshest lands on earth at the end of the 19th century and is filled with cinematic drama, tension and political intrigue. The Clinches invested more than a decade of detective work to uncover the remarkable lives of St. George and Teresa Littledale.

Betsy Clinch is a former editorial researcher for National Geographic. She has traveled with her husband in the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan and to Chinese Central Asia, visiting some of the places where the Littledales stayed. Nick Clinch has led two successful Himalayan expeditions, the highest first ascents made by Americans, and led the 1966 expedition that made the first ascent of the highest mountains in Antarctica.

This is an encore presentation. They came to Eclectics before in 2008 but Lee has a nepotistic streak and is proud to feature her relatives. Also in keeping with last year’s opening there will be a “surprise” for every attendee. And for good measure, when they presented the Littledale story to the Royal Geographic Society Black Tie Dinner in London, they received a standing ovation. Eclectics just wear your usual day dress.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Special Evening Dinner Field Trip
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: 2023 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80206
Program & Dinner 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

S.A.M.E. Café: So All May Eat

We will meet with Libby and Brad Birky, the founders and owners of an incredible concept. SAME Café. SAME stands for “so all may eat”. It is a small 40 table restaurant which serves delicious locally grown food at lunch Monday – Saturday 11am to 2pm. We will have the privilege of having a delicious dinner there as the café will open just for us tonight!

The Birkys developed this idea through volunteer work over many years. The two were so touched during their volunteer work they decided to do something WONDERFULLY DIFFERENT. Over the course of their years working at food banks and shelters they saw the growing number of people needing assistance: hardworking single moms, the elderly who cannot retire, the educated and the uneducated. Some even work 40 hours a week on minimum wage and cannot make ends meet. It is the Birky’s sincere hope that through the SAME Café they can make a difference to all who walk through the door , whether it is a person wanting to help or a person seeking help.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a slide presentation about their concept and their work. Dinner will follow at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. This will indeed be a special evening!


Cara Lopez Lee

Gina Doubleday

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 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

The Contemporary Nomad: Women Who’ve Traveled Outward and Looked Inward, led by moderator and nomad, Mary Ellen Gallagher.

We will hear from women who like, Teresa Littledale, are contemporary examples of a beloved tradition. According to Saint Augustine, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” This panel and its moderator have read many pages, and they look forward to sharing how their journeys have transformed their professions, their families and their sense-of-self. Join us for a stimulating discussion.

Karen Gerwitz, the Executive Director of the World Trade Center Denver, has orchestrated everything from a G8 Summit to the official visit from the Emperor and Empress of Japan --- and once ran a sawmill in Ghana.

Gina Doubleday is the Communications Officer for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Raised in the US, Gina is a writer, editor and mom to four-year old Eva, who occasionally corrects her French.

Cara Lopez Lee is the author of They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel, and the Power of Running Away (Ghost Road Press, 2010). Cara has traveled the world in search of her Spanish and Chinese ancestors.

Moderator Mary Ellen Gallagher has been a consultant to The World Bank, The International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis and Exempla Healthcare. She writes about American culture for a French journal, and her fiction has received international recognition.  She is also a friend who has presented to Denver Eclectics before and now has left Denver for Paris – yes Paris, France.


Karen Gerwitz

Mary Ellen Gallagher

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Field Trip
Location: 2350 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO 80205
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
COST: $20

Redline Studios featuring Gullah/Geechee History and Culture, presented by Jacquelyn Benton.

Redline opened in July 2008. The building was designed by renowned architects Semple-Brown to encourage artists and visitors alike to enter a realm where inspiration remains absolutely unchecked.

We will be welcomed by PJ D’Amico, Executive Director who brings over 20 years of experience to the nonprofit sector where he has served as an advocate for social change at both the local and national level.


Gullah/Geechee History and Culture will be presented by Jacquelyn Benton. She will tell us the story of the Gullah/Geechee history and culture. Gullah/Geechee people are a distinct group of African Americans who have traditionally resided in the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Their distinction lies in the fact that they have been able to preserve much of their African heritage in their everyday lives. How is that possible? It largely has to do with their history, which points to a specialized slave trade, the isolation of the Sea Islands, and a tropical environment that their slave masters, could little withstand. It is essentially a fascinating piece of American History that still remains largely untold.

Jacquelyn Benton has had a multi-level teaching career that spans over thirty years, the last ten of which have been in the Departments of English and African & African American Studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Denver Eclectics thrives by offering opportunities for our members to “spread our wings” – soar and sing new songs. This will be a multimedia experience with the sights, sounds and the sea air engulfing us as we learn about a little known but important part of American History.


Friday, September 21, 2012 | 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

Current Trends and Hot Spots in International Relations presented by, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, and Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.

Christopher R. Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time Ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was an Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, among other postings, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Earlier, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and previously, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000 – 2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996 – 1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998 – 1999). He speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian. Ambassador Hill has agreed to give this presentation in English. I heard him speak at the Mile High Club on “The Nuclear Threat: North Korea and Iran”. His talk was up to the minute on issues and so he also included Pakistan. He has a great voice, great delivery, great information and a great sense of humor. I doubt that it gets any better than this. The subject for the talk will be based according to the current world situation in September 2012.


Friday, September 28, 2012 | 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

Museums Thriving or Failing? Meeting New Challenges Around Changing Demographics and Psycho – Graphics presented by, Dr. William Cogar Director of the Naval Academy Museum and History Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Dr. Cogar was recommended to us by Sally Russo who said he has many compelling stories and he tells some of them at sea as a lecturer on the Sea Cloud. I know the Sea Cloud only selects the best presenters they can find, so Sally’s recommendation and Sea Cloud mean a real “Winner”.

Throughout the country over the past two decades or so, there have been significant challenges facing museums of all kinds. For the majority, attendance continues to decline. Those audiences and supporters who have long supported museums are declining in number, and the cost of doing business continues to rise. Some see this as a failure of our educational system. Others put the blame on government leaders who fail to see the value of museums to American society and culture and thus maintain financial support through grants and subsidies. Still others believe that museums, as they now operate, are being too elitist and irrelevant to a younger and more diverse population. There are many more opinions and accusations, not least of which is the impact that the Internet has had on museums and attendance.
What must museums do to become more relevant and therefore be defined as value for the changing American public? I am certain members of Denver Eclectics like and support museums, but what about the next generation?


Friday, October 5, 2012 | 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

Women Who have Wings Courage Award 2012 Winner, Chi Yvonne Leina from Cameroon will share her inspiring story. The WHW Courage Awards honors women of extra ordinary courage and action.

In 2012, Women have Wings will award the WHW Courage Award to three women living in the courageous spirit of Amelia Earhart. Each of the award recipients will have demonstrated bold action in pursuit of her dream. For no matter the magnitude of her goal, the first step toward every woman’s dream requires an act of great courage. The year of this Inaugural Award marks the 75th anniversary of the famed pilot’s attempt around the world flight. WHW will grant annual Courage Awards in perpetuity by creating an endowment through selling of the only fully restored sistership of Earhart’s trusty 1935 Lockheed Electra 10E. Chi Yvonne Leina is a pioneering journalist and currently a reporter for the Global Press Institute. Leina has braved police intimidation and brutalization in Cameroon to become a voice of the voiceless. Despite being jailed and operating in a country with hostile policies towards free speech, Leina founded GENDER DANGER, www.genderdanger.com, where women receive training on how to become citizen journalists and raise their voices for their communities.

Denver Eclectics is proud to introduce powerful women who are changing the world. So today we are also including Eliza Woloson, anthropologist and founder of Global Education Fund who will then introduce Chi Yvonne Leina.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Field Trip
Location: 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
Time: 3 Tours, 3 Different Start Times | GUESTS PREMITTED IF ROOM IS AVAILABLE
COST: $20

Field Trip: Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum is the newest addition to Denver's burgeoning Cultural Arts District and is located adjacent to the Denver Art Museum in the city's Civic Center Cultural Complex. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Still's work. The museum broke ground in


December 2009 and was completed in November of 2011. The museum allows visitors the unique experience to understand the legacy of Clyfford Still, an artist whose life has been shrouded in mystery and the bulk of whose work has been hidden from public view for over 30 years.

We will have the opportunity to offer 3 groups of 30 each to a special private tour of the museum.

The times will be:

10:30 am | 10:45 am | 11:00 am

If you want to participate in this special morning please sign up and we will notify you which tour you will be assigned.


Dr. Greggory LaBerge

Mitch Morrissey

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 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

Advances in Forensic Science, the Impact on Community Safety presented by, Dr. Greggory LaBerge, Director of Forensics and Evidence, Division: Denver Police Department will be joined by Mitch Morrissey, District Attorney of Denver.

Denver has two of the country’s leading experts in DNA analysis and they have just moved to a new state of the art crime lab. This is a 60,000 square foot four level building expected to be occupied by the end of July. We had a tour with Mitch in the old crime lab several years ago but now we will learn about this new facility and all the “jazzy” new technology. The DNA Resource section on Mitch’s web site www.denverda.org has become a resource for people interested in forensic DNA throughout the world. We can take pride that we have visionaries and leaders right here in “River City” -oops Denver!


Wende Harston

Hank Troy

Monday, October 15, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Get ready: To Bounce, Sing, Clap and Learn presented by, Hank Troy and Wende Harston.

We know how Hank makes the ivories sing and shout – ragtime fun. Now add Wende Harston a vocalist who received the Great Ladies of Jazz award and was an honoree at the Five Points July 3 festival in 2011. This duo who perform in concert venues, nightclubs and jazz history classes will make the Country Club rock. Wende and Hank met in Denver, Colorado, in the mid 1980s after a theatre performance in the Five Points neighborhood featuring her in the title role of August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Soon, thereafter, she joined the Queen City Jazz Band, and as members of this popular group, Wende and Hank have enjoyed performing New Orleans-style Dixieland jazz for audiences

throughout Colorado and around the country. Wende is an actress and singer who appears on stage and screen. Hank plays piano for silent films and musical theatre. Both teach music and both have been involved in the Harmony Project, an innovative integrated-arts program. Wende and Hank perform many musical styles, and at this performance you’ll hear swing, ballads, blues and boogie. Their historical approach to the music will also inform us about the roots of American song in blues, spirituals, ragtime and early jazz.

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 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

The Arab Spring at 21 Months - What’s Next? presented by, Andrea L. Stanton, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

January 2011 brought hope to the Arab world - a region saddled with long-standing, repressive dictatorial regimes. Young people and ordinary, working-class citizens stood in solidarity in public squares, protesting years of corruption and the violation of human and civil rights. In Tunisia and in Egypt, men viewed as "President for Life" resigned, leading to the first genuine parliamentary elections in decades. Yet the peaceful transitions soon gave way to violence: civil war in Libya, harsh repression in Bahrain, and military aggression in Syria. Meanwhile, states like Algeria and Jordan placated citizens with promises of reform, while wealthier countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia provided citizens with "bonuses" of $2,000 or more, hoping in each case to prevent mass protests. After 21 months, where does the Arab Spring stand? Come hear Andrea L. Stanton, Assistant Professor of Islam at DU and an expert on contemporary Syria, explain the latest developments. She will focus on Arabic-language media coverage, youth issues, and the new, often Islamist-leaning, political parties helping govern the new Arab world. I heard her speak at a D.U. Salon Evening and she is a bright rising star.


Friday, November 2, 2012 | 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

The Education Century: Education as Seen on the Front Lines, presented by Michael Johnston, Colorado Senate, District 33.

I perked up my ears when I received an Email from Kathy Terry who said “I saw Michael speak last year at the Teach For America 20th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. He was the favorite speaker and there were many household names there. He brought the house down, all 11,000 attendees. He has taught at a rural school in Greenville Mississippi, for two years as part of the Teach for America program. He then went to Harvard Graduate School of Education, then Yale Law School. He came back to Colorado in 2003 and became a principal of the Joan Farley Academy, next he was principal of the Marvin Detention Center and founding principal of Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts. In 2010 Johnston was featured in Forbes Magazine’s “7 Most Powerful Educators” and Time Magazine’s “40 under 40”. Put a “gold star” by this program and get to “school” - Denver Eclectics - on time before the doors close.


Monday, November 5, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

A Cartoonist's View, The World According to Keefe, presented by 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, Mike Keefe, who else?

Mike Keefe threw himself into auto assembly line work, the United States Marines and graduate school in mathematics. Mike Keefe desperately hoped to suppress his secret nature. But then, in an unguarded moment during Watergate, he found himself drawn to Richard Nixon’s nose. He’s been out of the closet and cartooning ever since. "Mike Keefe was the editorial cartoonist for The Denver Post from 1975 through late 2011. His work continues in syndication. Throughout the nineties he was a weekly contributor to USA Today and a regular on America Online. Nationally syndicated, his cartoons have appeared in Europe, Asia and in most major U.S. news magazines and hundreds of newspapers across the country. I saw Mike present and I thought – Denver Eclectics will love having and laughing with him and we will have the program in the evening so you may bring a significant other.

Did I mention Mike Keefe won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011? Just another Winner for Denver Eclectics!


Friday, November 9, 2012 | 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

Denver’s Urban Renewal, presented by Dana Crawford: Dana is an Urban Visionary.

Denver is as exciting as it is today because Dana looked at the past and imagined how the past could inspire the future. Award-winning preservationist Dana Crawford initiated a concept of urban renewal that was one of the first of its kind in the United States. She pioneered the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Larimer Square in the mid 1960s, creating a festival shopping area from the neglected and abandoned buildings of Denver’s original main street. Today, Larimer Square serves as a prototype for the revitalization of forgotten main streets and architectural landmarks throughout the country. She went on to many projects, the Oxford Hotel, the Acme Lofts, the Edbrooke Lofts and Cooper Flats Condominiums among many others. She is currently leading the fabulous changes at Denver Union Station.

I have asked Dana to review the city as it was 40 years ago and how because of historic preservationists, we were the envy of many other cities. Among many awards, she was presented with the prestigious Bonfils Stanton Award also known as the Colorado Nobel Prize. Denver Eclectics is very honored to have the opportunity to learn about her trail blazing path.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Gridlock or Agreement – What to Expect in 2013 and Beyond, presented by Floyd Ciruli.

The 2012 election has just ended on November 6th and Denver Eclectics has the good fortune of having Floyd Ciruli founder of Ciruli Associates who is, perhaps, best-known to Colorado audiences as a pollster and political analyst for 9-KUSA TV, KOA Radio, and The Denver Post. He will give us his wise counsel on what to expect now in Washington. Most recently, he has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, CNN with John King, Fox News Special Report, PBS News Hour, National Public Radio and the BBC. He has a blog, The Buzz, for western politics and trends www.fciruli.blogspot.com.

I know I speak for all of us in thanking Floyd for coming to put meaning behind the election. We are concerned about the world situation and how it affects us and then in addition, Floyd will give us an understanding of the possible message behind our national election to the world.


Friday, November 16, 2012 | 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

From Caves to Castles: The Story of Humanity through the Bead and Ornamentation, presented by Sindi Schloss founder and owner of International Gemological Services, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sindi is Denver Eclectic Attendee, JoAnn Schloss’s daughter, with an in-depth expertise as a gemologist. She will ask us, IS THE DESIRE TO ADORN PART OF OUR DNA or IS ADORNMENT MERELY A BYPRODUCT OF OUR QUEST FOR HUMAN EXPRESSION? Archaeological evidence has determined that not only did prehistoric cave dwellers adorn themselves, but the desire to adorn can be seen throughout modern human history! Beads, in particular, are connected to every aspect of human experience and have been our constant companions through the passage of time and into present day.

DID YOU KNOW… beads are believed to be one of the first forms of human adornment, and are considered to be one of the first material objects not required for survival. They are considered to be one of the first indicators of early symbolic thought leading to the anthropological definition of “modern man,” predated rock art by 70,000 to 90,000 years! Merging anthropology, archaeology and history, this thought-provoking, stimulating, and entertaining discussion will trace the evolution of humanity through the bead: from probing the meaning of the “bead”, to explaining its many functions (currency, spirituality, identity, etc.), and discovering its extensive history. Join Lee in wearing your favorite beads.


Friday, November 30, 2012 | 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

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh My! presented by Pat Craig, Founder and Executive Director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit Sanctuary in the US dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores, providing them with a wonderful life for as long as they live, and educating about the tragic plight faced by an estimated 30,000 such animals in America today. Pat began saving captive wildlife after learning that thousands of “surplus” animals were being kept in tiny cages in the back of zoos all across the country – with many being euthanized on a daily basis.  Pat set out on a mission to help save these animals by building a small rescue facility on his family farm outside Boulder, CO.

Pat will share his inspiring story that because of his concern he has established the oldest, largest nonprofit sanctuary in the Western hemisphere near Keensburg, Colorado. It has just completed an elevated walkway to keep crowds contained and to offer a birds eye view of rescued animals. Again, a visionary in Colorado is improving the world.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 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

Can New Ideas Save the World? presented by Andrew Romanoff senior advisor for International Development Enterprises.

We will hear about how a coalition of nonprofits is working together to improve environmental sustainability. The center will occupy a historic, 25,000-square-foot warehouse in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood, at 1031 33rd St. The Denver City Railway Company built the two-story structure in 1882, as a barn for its streetcars and the horses that drew them. The Denver Housing Authority (DHA) purchased the land and the building in 2002, in an ongoing effort to revitalize Curtis Park.

In 2011, a consortium of international-development agencies, led by Golden-based iDE and Boulder-based Engineers Without Borders-USA, approached The Denver Housing Authority with a plan to turn the building into a shared headquarters. The project soon acquired a third anchor: Denver Urban Gardens. Together, these groups will transform the site into a home for 30 organizations, 120 employees, hundreds of interns and volunteers, a farmers’ market, a seed distribution center, a learning laboratory, a workshop, a business incubator, a lecture hall, exhibition and meeting space.

We will learn about this big idea which epitomizes social entrepreneurship at its center and will bring awareness that Denver is a hub of cutting edge ideas and initiatives.


Tuesday December 11, 2012 | 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

Personalized Health Care: the Future of Medicine, presented by Dr. David Schwartz.

Dr. Schwartz, MD is the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Sandy Vinnik heard him present about his new book Medicine Science and Dreams: The Making of Physician – Scientists. As she listened, she was astounded about the exciting present and future as it is being discovered and delivered to us, the patients. David has an extremely successful career. Prior to his current position, Dr. Schwartz served as the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, with the National Institutes of Health, the director of the Center for Genes, Environment, and Health at National Jewish Health, and the director of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at Duke University. Among his awards, Schwartz received the American Thoracic Society Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award and is a member of the ASCI and AAP.

I know that we are very interested in the concept of personalized health care and again, we are lucky that Denver has such leaders in our community.


Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

2012 The Year in Review, presented by John Henderson, Active Minds Co-Founder.

Active Minds is a Denver based provider of educational seminars. They present fascinating programs on issues ranging from Russia under Vladimir Putin to the Titanic: From Sinking to Salvage no pun intended. If any program will have you on the edge of your seat and keep you awake after dinner and wine, it will be John giving a medley of highlights of the important world issues of 2012. In addition he will discuss how these events affect us. We certainly do not live in boring times.  Issues that capture our attention run the gamut from international events, to economic challenges and opportunities, to political elections and more.  John Henderson will also take issues from the audience and seek to place them within the broad context of the world in which we currently live. The Active Minds team, John Henderson and Zane Robertson have presented to us for several years on different topics. This will be an “over the top” program presented in a dynamic style. You will be the “up to the minute” news junkie in your neighborhood.


Friday, December 14, 2012 | 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

Hammering Out Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations is presented by Susan Marie Frontczak.

This is the third time in the Eleanor Trilogy that we have enjoyed with Susan. We have been transformed back in time to the great depression, WWII and now we will be inspired by Eleanor who once and for always answers the question, “Can one person change the world”? Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of Eleanor Roosevelt. Dubbed "First Lady of the World", Mrs. Roosevelt speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. Find out why Human Rights matter to you, and to the potential longevity of the United States.  The program includes a monologue in-character, followed first by a question and answer period with "Eleanor Roosevelt" and then by a question and answer period with the scholar/presenter Susan Marie Frontczak.

Those of us who have traveled with Eleanor, rather Susan, will be eagerly awaiting this third installment.


Monday, December 17, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening Holiday Celebration with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir.

St. Martin’s is an acclaimed choir now in its 18th season led by founder and artistic director Timothy J. Krueger. Denver Eclectics has had the honor of their presentations over the years and the evenings are special and memorable. They have released eleven acclaimed CD recordings and this evening the choir will do Rose – themed Christmas pieces and The Christmas Story by German composer Hugo Distler ( 1908 – 1942). They will include us in a few “sing along” selections and the evening promises to be a joyful occasion. We will all join our voices and sing because as our mantra says – “We do not sing because we have answers, but we sing because we have a song”.

The dinner will be our Denver Eclectics Holiday dinner of beef tenderloin enjoyed with the ambiance of candle light and authorized guests are encouraged to join us!

Happy Hanukkah - Merry Christmas - Eid Mubarak - Happy Kwanzaa