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September-December 2013

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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.

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

Monday, September 9, 2013 Morning Program
Denver Eclectics “KICK-OFF” Event
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: presented by Nancy Cain.

She will tell the fascinating, historical story of the wives of Henry VIII. In the wondrous age of the Renaissance, England’s Henry VIII may have been “the golden prince of Europe,” but the women he married were anything but supporting players. At a time when women had very few rights and even less freedom, six women defined Henry’s life: Katherine of Aragon, the resolute Spanish princess who died in poverty rather than abandon her beliefs; bewitching Anne Boleyn, whose ambition and vindictiveness foreshadowed her fall; Jane Seymour, who gave Henry a son and lost her life; Anne of Cleves, utterly rejected by Henry but later became his fast friend; Catherine Howard, a teenaged political pawn whose lack of guidance and wanton behavior doomed her to death; and Catherine Parr, the intellectual matron who became his final companion. These queens will come to life, their triumphs and tragedies explored, and their hearts wide open.

Let it be noted that in this story, non-fiction is more gripping then fiction. Nancy spent seven months doing extensive research on this subject. Let the stories begin.


Friday, September 13, 2013 | Morning Program
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Pursuit of Happiness Through the Ages: presented by Dr. Albert Hernández

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of happiness?  Since the financial crisis of 2008 a growing number of scholars and people across all sectors of society have been reflecting on the problem of personal meaning, connectedness, and human flourishing while publications on these topics and self-improvement programs continue to appear.  Pondering and writing about these big questions is not new, yet through the ages philosophers and persons from all walks of life have offered influential ideas and theories about the pursuit of happiness.  Join us for a lively presentation by Dr. Albert Hernández from the Iliff School of Theology on the search for meaning and purpose in human life. The idea of happiness is being researched by Dr. Hernández and we are going to enjoy this presentation on his findings. Dr. Hernández has presented to us several times including the history of Muslim and Christian relations beginning with the Crusades and he is a phenomenal story teller and lively presenter. Denver Eclectics is indeed fortunate that he looks forward to sharing his research with us because we really are intelligent and inquiring women.



Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Special Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Dinner & Presentation: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Soul Food: presented by Adrian Miller.

Adrian Miller is known as the Soul Food Scholar and he is a favorite Denver Eclectics’ presenter. Soul food is the traditional cuisine of African Americans. Often cast as simply "the unwanted leftovers on the plantation" or as "poverty food," soul food has a richer, more complex biography. Soul food is in fact a fusion of food and culinary techniques of the Americas, West Africa and Western Europe. Join us as Adrian Miller gives an in-depth look, and taste, of soul food history. Adrian's newly published book, Soul Food: the Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, will be available at this event. It is newly released.

This presentation will be a multi-dimensional experience. Adrian is a captivating story teller and while he will engage us and educate us we will be dining on “what else” soul food. We welcome back Adrian Miller, YUM!


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Friday, September 27, 2013 | 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 in Washington D.C.: White House China and Changing the World. Presented by Jill Tietjen and Gladys Van Drie.

State dinners in Washington, DC have changed the world.  Today, over 55,000 people are served every year on the White House china.  Thus, having good White House china is very important.  The history of the White House china is fascinating and intertwined with our development as a country and the stories of the amazing first ladies.  Those first ladies have changed Washington - and the world - and so have women suffragists, politicians, entertainers, and others.  Come celebrate their stories with us!
As women, we will be intrigued and delighted to learn what our forbear’s have achieved. It will also be fun to see the various Whitehouse china patterns. It was Nancy Reagan who caused such a stir over china. Can we consider this a tempest in a tea pot? Come enjoy and stay for lunch to eat off the Denver Country Club china.


Monday, September 30, 2013 | Morning Program
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Future of Health Care - One Perspective: presented by Bain Farris, ESJH, President & CEO.

What are the pivotal questions that must be answered nationally, statewide and locally in order to have the health care system we all desire? Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital opens a new state-of-the-art hospital scheduled for December, 2014. We are honored to have Bain Farris update us about this project in addition to helping us understand the issues affecting us through healthcare systems today. I have just learned that in their emergency room there will be a special section for seniors i.e., quieter and more soothing.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Field Trip
Meet at Calvary Temple at 9:45 am SHARP
200 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80209
Time: 9:45 am - 4:00 pm
COST: $50 (Includes bus ride, lunch, tour)

A Colorado History Day: Dr. Colorado, Tom Noel.

Dr. Colorado will take us back to the past. We will meet together to take a bus and then off to lunch at the Old Capitol Grill in Golden, Colorado. We will eat under the portraits of well known Colorado bandits and cowboys. The Capitol Grill is a restored1863 landmark building where the Colorado Territorial Legislature met from 1862-1867.

Dr. Colorado will then lead us on a tour of Mt. Olivet Cemetery which was blessed on September 25, 1892. Since then 120,000 people have been buried there including Baby Doe and Horace Tabor.

Tom loves telling good stories so we will enjoy Colorado’s history and “true or not” great tales.


9:45 am - 10:00 am: Load Bus/Depart to Old Capitol Grill
11:00 am -12:45 pm: Lunch followed by a lecture and perhaps a stroll down Main Street if we have time.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Load Bus, tour Mt. Olivet
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Arrive back at Calvary (traffic dependent)

Please wear comfortable walking shoes – this is not a high heel glamorous shoe day!


Monday, October 7, 2013 | 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

Inside the Colorado Ballet: presented by Gil Boggs, Artistic Director.

Colorado Ballet’s Artistic Director will discuss what is involved in running a ballet company. This season Denver Eclectics is featuring our cultural Icons which will include focus on the DCPA, and the Colorado Symphony in addition to the Ballet. I have told the presenters that we are enthusiastic supporters of the Arts. Gil will tell us how a season is planned and executed, what it takes to be a dancer and their careers in addition to the business aspect of managing a performing arts organization in today’s world. Our Denver Eclectic member, Mimi Affeld, recommended Gil after she heard him present and found his stories to be delightful.


Friday, October 11, 2013 | 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 Rose A. Andom Center: presented by Maggie & Mitch Morrissey.

The Center is a “wrap around” service delivery model which will provide domestic violence victims with a central location for coordinated services. Although Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is known internationally for his work with DNA in prosecutions, he also fights for critical civic projects in

Denver. He actively supported the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, one of the signature achievements of the Hickenlooper administration. Mitch also campaigned tirelessly for the amazing new Denver Crime Lab and which he invited us to tour. This year the lab won an award from the Downtown Denver Partnership. He now has a special presentation for the Denver Eclectics about an exciting new approach to confront the terrible scourge of domestic violence. The Rose A. Andom Center is the eight-year dream of a private/public partnership of criminal justice and community agencies dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves a path out of domestic violence. Also working on this project with Mitch, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Senator Michael Bennet and former City Attorney Cole Finegan is Mitch’s wife Maggie who will join him in telling you about their goal of a community that will not tolerate domestic violence. It is important for us as women to support this effort. While there are a few abused men, most of the victims are women who are afraid to come forward. Denver Eclectics is definitely interested in supporting women.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 | Field Trip
Meet at The Denver Country Club, Car pool to DCPA after brunch.
Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
COST: $50 (Includes brunch and ticket to play)
LIMIT 75 ATTENDEES (We will include authorized guests if space is available.)

Just Like Us at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Denver Eclectics has arranged a very special program to see Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book Just Like Us turned into a play. Helen presented her book to us several years ago. The play follows four Latina girls in Denver — two of whom are documented and two who are not — through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack thereof. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s legal status becomes increasingly desperate. Just Like Us poses difficult, yet essential questions such as what makes us American? Dan Ritchie will talk about the joys and pressures of keeping our Arts program thriving on Friday, October 25th. I decided it would be a great idea to tie everything together as an extra incentive to join Denver Eclectics. We are underwriting the costs of this program so, in my opinion, this will be an extremely enjoyable day.


11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Brunch at the Denver Country Club: Colorado Room
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm: Car pool to DCPA: Stage Theatre
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Play: Just Like Us


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Special Evening Program
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Presentation
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm Dinner & Table discussions
8:15 pm - 9:00 pm Follow-up Q & A

THERE IS GRANDEUR IN THIS VIEW OF LIFE: Biblical and Darwinian Evocations in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life presented by Gregory Robbins.

“Self-indulgent.” “A magnum opus.” “Impenetrable.” “Revelatory.” Such are the critical epithets that greeted Terrance Malick’s fifth feature-length film, The Tree of Life (2011), which nevertheless won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Malick himself is, by nature, a cipher. He does not comment on his work; he does not grant interviews. The films must speak for themselves. Everything is left for the viewer. This film is a sprawling meditation. While he may not achieve a synthesis, a cinematic reconciliation of the so-called “conflict” between science and religion, Malick proffers a visual counterpoint that overlays imago dei and the “selfish gene” (Richard Dawkins); his is an image-rich fugue in which the biological record “red in tooth and claw” concurs with the Psalmist’s praise of heavens that “tell the glory of God.” Images and video clips will help us reflect on this film.

Gregory Robbins is chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, director of the Anglican Studies Program at the Iliff School of Theology, and honorary Canon Theologian of Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral.


Friday, October 25, 2013 | 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

Behind the Scenes at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts: presented by Daniel Ritchie, CEO of the DCPA with Jennifer Nealson, Chief Marketing Officer.

It may sound easy, but in the age of so many entertainment options getting people to the theatre can be a challenge. Hear how the DCPA is using new, sophisticated strategies to capture audiences and keep them for years to

come. This interactive session will review the complexities of consumer marketing today – social media, digital media, big data and more. They will share their insights on how to combine new and traditional strategies to sell tickets and reach our community. They will put us in the spotlight as they ask for our opinions and preferences on areas in which they are looking for input. Be prepared to take actionable insights back to your friends, family and colleagues and to appreciate what’s going on behind the scenes at one of the nation’s leading theatre organizations.

Friday, November 1, 2013| 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

Michael F. Bennet : An Update from Washington D.C.

Michael F. Bennet was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November 2010. A newcomer to politics with experience in business and public service, he is widely-recognized as a pragmatic, innovative and independent thinker driven by a deep-seated obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation. Before his appointment to the Senate in 2009 and subsequent election to a full six year term in 2010, Michael served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools where he led a bold and inclusive reform effort that improved student achievement, helped turn around failing schools, and brought a halt to a seemingly endless cycle of annual budget cuts.

Michael knows that we are an intelligent voting group of women. This morning will give us an opportunity to share our concerns and hopes for the future with our Senator.


Friday, November 8, 2013| 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 Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto with Irena Sendler: presented by Judy Winnik.

In the midst of the Holocaust, there was goodness. Irena Sendler was the "Angel of the Warsaw Ghetto.”  As a Polish Catholic social worker during World War II, she risked her life to save others.  She was the leader of the children's section of Zegota, Council for Aid to Jews, and part of the Polish underground.  With ingenuity, calmness and courage, she was responsible for rescuing 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.  To keep them safe she provided them with new homes, false identities, forged documents, and kept the only record of the children in hiding.  Irena never thought of herself as a hero and said she simply did what needed to be done, and followed her heart. Irena was born in 1910 and died in Warsaw in 2008 at the age of 98.  During her lifetime she received many awards for her humanitarian work.  In addition to being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Irena was recognized by the State of Israel as one of the "Righteous Among Nations" at Yad Vashem.  Throughout her life she never gave up hope and inspired others to make the world a better place.

Our presenter, Judy Winnik received one of Colorado's Distinguished Teacher Awards and has presented the portrayal of Irena nationally and internationally. I look forward to learning about Irena as I am not familiar with her story. I hope you will learn with me.


Harry Tuft

Richard Lamm

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 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

Meditations and Music: presented by Harry Tuft and Dick Lamm.

Denver Eclectics will present an intriguing program featuring Dick Lamm, Professor at the University of Denver and Harry Tuft, Godfather of Folk Music in Denver and owner of the Denver Folklore Center. The two of them have combined their talents to enrich our awareness of the power of story and song. We will thoroughly enjoy the morning since both of our presenters are “classics” and we are all becoming classics too. We may even get to sing along.


Friday, November 15, 2013| 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

Mortality, Morality & Honor:  The End-Of-Life paradigm: presented by Charles Hamlin MD. We are honored to have Dottie Lamm introduce Dr. Hamlin.

Dr. Hamlin will give a formal presentation with time for an interactive discussion.  Since retiring from his surgical practice, Hamlin has devoted much time and energy to promoting an awareness and an acceptance of the landscape of the last chapter.  With philosophy, humor, some data but no dogma, he will visit our society's attitudes on death and dying, drawing on the roles medicine, law and religion have played in this drama.  With an aging population and a highly technical and complex medical system, the topics of end-of life and a peaceful death grow in importance. At one time the group was called the Hemlock Society. It is now called Compassionate Choices. Dottie Lamm wrote an editorial about this issue calling it Death With Dignity: A New Civil Rights Movement.


Monday, November 18, 2013| Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Spoofers Return: Eclectics’ Favorite Jokers

The Burden of Spoof, a musical troupe of Denver-area judges and attorneys, will again treat us to a satirical revue of current personalities and issues in the news. With parody songs and sketches, the troupe will tickle our collective funny bone. Recent performances by the Spoofers have featured such topics as Colorado’s Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana, the curious affairs of Generals Petraeus and Allen, domestic use of drones, gun control and gun rights, the love fest between Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un, Lance Armstrong’s “confession,” and the tragic demise of the Twinkie.


Once again, the singers will be accompanied by Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band on piano, and Judge Rich Gabriel on trumpet. All the members of the cast are veterans of the annual Twelfth Night shows at the University Club and of shows presented by the Law Club of Denver. As you will recall, the Burden of Spoof has regaled us in the past with its musical rendering of the trial of Colorado’s notorious cannibal Alferd Packer, and with up-to-date lampoons of the political and social scene.

Because topicality is its essential ingredient, the content of this year’s program remains unknown at this time. But Burden of Spoof producer Bob Kapelke assures us that, “We’ll probably come up with some damn foolishness by show time.”


Wednesday, December 4, 2013| 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

2013: The Year in Review: presented by John Anderson, Co-Founder of Active Minds.

This program will highlight important issues and events of 2013. International events, economic challenges, social and political issues will be highlighted. Pivotal moments from the past twelve months will be discussed and examined as to how those events affected us and will continue to impact our lives.

We will have the opportunity to exchange questions and reflections on this past year. I think this is a good time to rethink the past year and what meaning it has for us at this time. I hope everyone will join the discussion.



Friday, December 6, 2013 | 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

Karma: The Moral Physics of Causation: presented by Dr. Beth Newman.

The doctrine of karma is a means to explain a universal human problem: life seems unfair. It is a detailed analysis of how and why bad things can happen to good people and why evil people can succeed. Karmic theory explicates moral physics: the way our actions are the causes that create our future experiences, including rebirth.

Dr. Newman teaches at Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota Florida. Her classes are on Asian culture and religion. She is a Scholar of South Asian languages and literature and she is currently working on translating Tibetan Classics written between the 15th and 17th centuries. The works use folktales and analogies to explain the practical application of Buddhist philosophy to daily life. As a stroke of good luck. Dr. Newman is Joyce Solomon’s daughter. What good luck, “Karma” that our members have smart children.


Monday, December 9, 2013 | Field Trip
Meet at History Colorado | 1200 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am (Tour at your own pace after 11:30 am)
COST: $20 (Includes light breakfast and ticket to exhibit)
LIMIT 200 ATTENDEES (Guests Encouraged)

The Colorado History Museum, with Ed Nichols.

Ed Nichols will welcome us and will address the dream of the museum. He will share what History Colorado is doing. He will speak to current and future plans of exhibits, education, collections and regional facilities and their role as a History Museum in Colorado and as a new museum model for the country. We will then tour the new exhibit, Living West which opens November 23, 2013 at the History Colorado Center. Colorado’s landscape is beautiful, fragile and dry. People have faced challenges and made choices to survive here. The History Colorado Center's second core exhibit, Living West, tells stories about Coloradans trying (and sometimes failing) to live in places they love. This groundbreaking 8,000-square-foot exhibit explores the complicated dynamics between people in Colorado and the state’s extraordinary environment. Explore life in the Mesa Verde region and see History Colorado's renowned collections of ceramics, basketry, and other archaeological finds. Experience the Dust Bowl in southeast Colorado during the 1930s. Discover the historic changes taking place in our mountains including destructive wildfires and more wildlife encounters. Living West offers new perspectives on the choices we face as we shape Colorado's landscape in the present and future.


Every one of us needs to visit and learn about this exciting addition to our city. We will be empowered to invite friends, grandchildren, etc. as we will be inspired to show off our new venue.


9:30 am -10:00 am: Continental Breakfast

10:00 am -11:30 am: Lecture by Ed Nichols followed by Q & A
11:30 am - …? : Tour at your own pace

History Colorado | 1200 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203


Friday, December 13, 2013| 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

Scott O’Neil on the Piano.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil will lead us through a program which will look at the relationship of music with society as he plays the piano to demonstrate his ideas. Scott is a lively and enthusiastic musician and I have told him that Denver Eclectics is comprised of intelligent, cultured women who support the Symphony. I have seen Scott lead the Orchestra and then sit down and play the piano thru out. It will be a magical morning.

Don’t miss Scott’s program if you like music. This season we are featuring a number of programs that include music!


Monday, December 16, 2013| Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening holiday Celebration: presented by The Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices .

The Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices is a 30 member acapella ensemble dedicated to sharing the beautiful concertized versions of the spirituals.

Since this evening is our special candlelight dinner followed by the concert I hope you will come for the entire occasion. I think this really is a wonderful holiday celebration.

Happy Hanukkah - Merry Christmas - Eid Mubarak - Happy Kwanzaa