Winter/Spring Agenda
January-March 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 ($40) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 8, 2010
Eclectics “New Year 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

Immigration: What is the Future as Foreseen by the University of Denver’s Strategic Issues Panel, presented by Dr. Jim Griesemer.

Our 2010 Kick Off Speaker will be Dr. Jim Griesemer, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Denver. He will discuss the recommendations of DU’s strategic issues panel on immigration. This panel of citizens has examined the future of immigration in Colorado and the nation. The panel has been meeting since January 2009 and will announce their recommendations late December, so we will be among the first to hear this report. Study participants include former State Agriculture Secretary Don Amnet, former State Senator Polly Baca, Durango Herald Publisher


Richard Ballantine and Anheuser-Busch Miller Executive Pete Coors. This multi-layered, complex issue will give Denver Eclectics an opportunity to hear first hand about the work of this think tank. I, of course, think that Denver Eclectics can also add to the discussion and appreciate that we are among the first to have the honor of participating in the dialogue.


Friday, January 15, 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

Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, presented by Helen Thorpe.

Just Like Us is a powerful and moving account of four young women from Mexico who have lived most of their lives in the United States and attend the same high school. Two of them have legal documentation and two do not. This brilliant, fast-paced work of narrative journalism is a vivid coming-of-age story about girlhood, friendship, and, most of all, identity. No matter what one’s opinions are about immigration, Just Like Us offers a fascinating insight into one of our most complicated social issues today.

“Just Like Us is beautifully and powerfully written and reminds us of the individuals whose lives lie at the center of the chaos that is our approach to immigration. Helen Thorpe has taken policy and turned it into literature” ~Malcolm Gladwell. I can not think of a better presentation to follow Dr. Griesemer’s presentation on the issue of Immigration as identified by a politically and academically diverse group who are working to involve us in the important discussion of this issue, than Helen’s narrative that will humanize this issue.


Friday, January 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

The History of the Chapbook, presented by Eric Lorberer.

Last season Eric presented a compelling story about the Ashbury Bridge: Poetry and Public Space What you ask? A program on poetry? Now a program on Chapbooks? Those who attended were mesmerized by looking thoughtfully and in detail about Bridges, Public Art and Poetry and so this year – come and be amazed by the History of Chapbooks.

Perhaps the smallest of all publishing ventures, though definitely not the least significant, the English-language "chapbook" has a pedigree that can be traced back to the sixteenth century -- and thus, back to the very roots of our literature. But what is a chapbook? Join us as editor and literary critic Eric Lorberer offers a visual presentation on the surprising history and continued vitality of this amazing form.

Eric Lorberer holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has published poems and essays in numerous literary journals and newspapers. He edits the award-winning quarterly Rain Taxi Review of Books, co-curates the Free Verse series at the Walker Art Center, and is the director of the annual Twin Cities Book Festival in Minneapolis.


Friday, January 29, 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

Around the World and at Sea with Hundreds of College Students, presented by Marjorie Seawell.

Life long learner and philanthropist Marjorie Seawell’s professional back ground is in nursing choosing to work with high risk labor and delivery patients. She has taken her passion for promoting health to the world’s most vulnerable people by leading leadership training in African countries. She also not only articulates a vision, she puts her vision into action by going on site and developing the program.
As a lifelong learner with Semester at Sea program abroad on their modern cruise ship, the MV Explorer, she has indulged her passion for world travel, love of learning, and thirst for cross-cultural connections. Best of all, she has joined talented and committed faculty staff to guide and support over 700 college students as they are transformed into global citizens and prepared to be leaders in our increasingly interdependent world. Her stories of her adventures at sea with 700 college students as a mentor and friend are both educational and hilarious.

I guarantee that you will be amazed, and perhaps, inspired to imagine exploring a passion you have been thinking about for a longtime. Marjorie is a “Wisdom Woman” that Cleo Parker Robinson described in her “Kick Off” talk.


Friday, February 5, 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

Denver Art Museum, Behind the Scene: presented by DAM New Curator of Contemporary Art, Dr. Christoph Heinrich.

Since arriving at the Denver Art Museum in the fall of 2007, Christoph Heinrich has made it his priority to organize incredibly ambitious exhibition programming. From the major reinstallation of the Modern and Contemporary galleries with the exhibition Focus: The Figure, to the project space, Fuse Box, which is devoted to featuring new works by up-and-coming local and international artists, Dr, Heinrich is devoted to bringing audiences engaging and dynamic programming.


The exhibition Embrace!, opening on November 14th is no exception. The show, which will feature unique site-specific installations of 17 works in a range of media by 17 artists, also heralds one of the largest exhibitions of site-specific commissions in a U.S. museum. We are excited to have Dr. Heinrich share with Denver Eclectics the curatorial premise of this exciting exhibition, one that introduces an extraordinary dialogue between the art and the Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

Our Eclectic member Nancy Benson, Denver Art Museum Trustee, has assured me that Dr. Heinrich not only brings verve and dynamism to Denver, but he will engage us with his prescient observations. What an opportunity to be invited to learn about the new happenings at the Denver Art Museum, as usual, we are given special opportunities.

He has just been selected to be the next Director of the Denver Art Museum! Congratulations Christoph!


Monday, February 8, 2010
Field Trip: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am
7155 38th Avenue | Denver, CO 80207
COST: $10

Field Trip-On Site with Planned Parenthood, presented by Leslie Durgin.

In June of 2008, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) moved into its new regional headquarters. Combining both administrative offices and a state of the art health care facility, this four state regional provider of reproductive health care, comprehensive sex education, and political and programmatic advocacy is one of the largest of the Planned Parenthood affiliates in the United States. Many of you are likely long-time supporters of Planned Parenthood but may be surprised at the breadth of its programs and services. And many of you probably have not seen the new facility in the greater Park Hill neighborhood. Denver Eclectic, Rhondda Grant, was one of the leaders of this building campaign. Leslie Durgin, Senior Vice President of Community Development at PPRM and former Mayor of Boulder will host


the program. Leslie says that having been the Mayor of Boulder for ten years, she is prepared for challenging encores. For security purposes, this program is limited to ECLECTICS MEMBERS ONLY.

Please join us on Monday, February 8th at 9:00 for a continental breakfast, presentation and tour. The program will end by 11:00.

PLEASE NOTE: Entrance on Pontiac between 38th and 39th Avenues, One Block West of Quebec.



Wednesday , February 10, 2010—EVENING PROGRAM
Optional Dinner: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Spoofer’s Return: Get ready to Laugh, presented by the Burden of Spoof (musical troupe) led by Judge Bob Kapelke.

“The Burden of Spoof,” a musical troupe of Denver-area judges and attorneys, will once again take a satirical look at contemporary issues and personalities in the news. State and national politicos will be skewered, and inflated egos may be deflated before your very eyes. Last year the Burden of Spoof players presented “Ballot Box Ballads” for Eclectics, and on an earlier occasion they performed “The Perils of Packer,” a musical rendering of the


trial of Colorado’s notorious cannibal, Alfred Packer. As always, Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band will accompany the singers.

The members of the cast are all veterans of the annual Twelfth Night shows at the University Club and of shows presented by the Law Club of Denver. They have also performed at annual meetings of the American Bar Association, the American Inns of Court, and at judicial conferences of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. In the words of the executive director of the Colorado Bar Association, they would even perform at “the opening of a Loaf ‘n Jug in Swink, Colorado.” Because topicality is its essential ingredient, the content of this year’s program remains unknown at this time. According to Burden of Spoof producer Bob Kapelke, “we’re pretty sure we’ll have something cobbled together by show time.”

This group “cobbles” better than anyone in town. Last year’s laughter is still ringing – don’t miss this fun evening and Patrice the Denver Country Club Manager & Chef, promises we will have a delicious dinner also!

Friday, February 12, 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

A Blueprint for Surviving and Thriving in this new Economic Roller Coaster. What can we expect our financial future to look like in 2010 and beyond? Presented by Eileen Sharkey, CFP®

Eileen was honored with the Outstanding Woman in Business in the Professional Category award by the Denver Business Journal held at a luncheon on August 27, 2009. She is also an articulate and dynamic presenter. Some of the questions she will address are:

Has the stimulus plan really worked?
Is the recession over?
When will normal economic growth and unemployment level return?


As we make difficult choices in response to past events, we can expect some more chills and thrills to be provided by changing demographics, health care initiatives, and the unleashed potential of an internet based virtual world. Come and discover how to keep your personal financial balance amid some exciting new developments and economic changes both locally and globally.

I keep including economists for our programs because this, indeed, continues to be a challenging economic time.


Friday, February 19, 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

The Mile High United Way: A Strong Center in our Economic Storm, presented by Christine Benero, President/CEO, Mile High United Way.

Christine is a recognized community leader who until her selection as the CEO of Mile High United Way (the first woman to hold that position) was the CEO of Denver’s American Red Cross Chapter. She became CEO of United Way in May, 2008 and since then has been a dynamic talented and focused leader. She was chosen to be CEO among 90 applicants for the position.

Come join Christine Benero to hear about the rich history of the philanthropic movement in Colorado, the home of the first United Way in the country. As the first woman CEO of Mile High United Way since its founder Francis Weisbart Jacobs in 1887, Christine brings a unique perspective on the role of women in philanthropy and the current challenges facing the Denver community at this particular time in history.

We will have a frank discussion of the world as we are now experiencing it as seen through the eyes of Christine and Mile High United Way.



~This Picture is of Charles Freer, not Dr. Tomlinson~

Friday, February 26, 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

The Story of Charles Freer: Gilded Age Collector: and His Legacy to us, presented by Dr. Helen Tomlinson.

Dr. Helen Tomlinson will give a dissertation on The Freer Gallery of Art. The Freer Gallery is a small oasis of serene Asian art and subtle American art amid the muscular museums on the Washington Mall. In the Italianate building you will find ancient Japanese pottery and screens, Chinese cave sculptures, bronzes, and Song paintings, Indian illuminated manuscripts, and Persian pottery juxtaposed with the largest collection of Whistler's art as well as contemporary American painters. Opened in 1923, it was the first fine art museum on the Mall, the first American museum with a singular focus on the ancient art of the Orient, and the first Smithsonian museum created by a private collector. The story of its genesis charts the remarkable Gilded Age journey of a small town boy of limited education to a celebrated connoisseur. Charles Freer consulted with experts, cultivated his own "eye," screened dealers, and traveled to remote parts of the world in pursuit of rare ancient treasures. His vision was to demonstrate the aesthetic harmony of Eastern and Western cultures. His legacy was a unique, national museum.

Dr. Tomlinson now lives in LaJolla, California. She received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University and has been an Adjunct Professor for several Universities. As a trustee of, ideastream® which is a not-for-profit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship, aired on NPR and Public Television, Helen is knowledgeable and is an excellent “story teller”. So if art and history are a “passion” for you – this will be a riveting program.


The Rt. Rev. Robert J. O'Neill

Rob Radtke

Friday, March 5, 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

Working to Heal a Hurting World: presented by The Rt. Rev. Robert O’Neill, 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado and Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief and Development Foundation head quartered in New York City.

Denver Eclectics is given opportunities to learn about exciting efforts to partner with non profits around the world to reach out and work with people in


need. This organization is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. It is guided by the Episcopal Church’s principles of compassion, dignity and generosity as they work to heal a hurting world. They take their mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25:37-40 that call us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.

They rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Bishop O’Neill and Rob Radtke have some amazing stories to show and to tell. They also have some unique views on how best to serve in this world. Many of us are involved with groups reaching out to others. Come share your experiences and we will learn together.

“Go with the people. Live with them. Love them. Start with what they have. Build on what they know. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, we have done this ourselves.”

~Lao TSU, Chinese Philosopher, 700 B.C.


Friday March 12, 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

E. Coli its “friends” and You: Food Safety in 2009 and Beyond, presented by Dr. Vincent A. Fulginiti, Chancellor Emeritus Colorado Health Services Center.

Dr. Fulginiti now lives here and in Arizona in the winter where among other activities, he is a consultant for the Arizona Department of Health for Bioterrorism. This year his presentation will focus on food transmitted illness.

Your food may come from anywhere in the world, may have been PROPERLY grown, picked, shipped, preserved, delivered, stored, displayed, prepared, delivered, stored, prepared, eaten, or NOT! Along the way a variety of errors, mishaps, accidents of nature, deliberate human acts, or other events may result in contamination of foodstuffs by E. coli and "friends". (other pathogenic organisms). Minor or serious illness may result. What is being done to help prevent foodstuff infection? What can you do to prevent E. coli and friends from disturbing your body and your life? We will update you on what we know, what we don't know and what we can do about both. Again, Denver Eclectics will be updated by one of the leading experts in his field


as we will continue to read about outbreaks of illness in the media. Another timely presentation for us. Dr. Fulginiti presented a wonderful program several years ago discussing pandemics. I attended a meeting at the end of September 2009 and with the approaching concern about H1N1 a number of women in the group remembered his very important program and were delighted that he will return to share his expertise on food safety.


Carl Unrein. Program Medical Director

Thursday, March 18, 2010—FIELD TRIP
Cost: $10.00 p/person (Guests are encouraged)
Location: Comprehensive Cancer Center at Saint Joseph Hospital | 1825 Marion Street
Please Note: We will meet at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 1900 Lafayette Street. Complimentary valet is available at the Lafayette entrance of Saint Joseph Hospital

A comprehensive Concept, Cancer Support Under One Roof, presented by Richard Hesky, M.D., program medical director Carl Unrein, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation President & CEO.

Denver Eclectics is invited to be the special guests of St. Joseph Hospital as they present their new concept to deliver integrated comprehensive cancer care. They will include prevention, early treatment, education and research in one location, 1825 Marion St. The vacated Kempe building has just been remodeled and redesigned to capitalize on a multi disciplinary approach assembled in one convenient location for the patients and their families. Last year we were updated about women and heart issues. This season we will learn about new directions in cancer issues, best practices and coordination of healing services.

After the video and introduction to our day in the Rainer auditorium in the St. Joseph Hospital. (Lois Rainer is an Eclectic member) we will tour the new Center together. We need to have a response, as light breakfast and tour guides will be arranged according to our numbers. You may invite a guest to this field trip. Men’s issues with cancer will also be included.

During the tour learn about how this innovative approach to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment came to life, the latest technologies in cancer diagnostics and treatments and what makes this patient-centered program and building “one of a kind” for the Denver community.

Denver Eclectics is committed to showcasing our communities’ new non profits, buildings and programs. Our very own Eclectic members are the underpinnings of our exciting community.

9:15am, Coffee and light breakfast – Russell Pavilion
9:30 – 10:15am, presentation – Rainer Auditorium
10:30 – 11:30am, tour of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (short walk or shuttle van will be available)

Richard Hesky, M.D.

Friday, March 19, 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

Women and Film, presented by Barbara Bridges.

WOMEN+FILM celebrates the art and cinematic contributions of women filmmakers from around the world in all formats, content, and genre. The growing participation of women in business, politics, law, technology, education and film/media is transforming our society – inviting innovative approaches to work, family, social/cultural issues and democracy.

WOMEN+FILM advocates and educates – making our window on the world a little larger. If our audience members find a film to be inspiring and would like to continue their involvement with that issue - we provide information about existing organizations where they can become active.

Barbara Bridges has been an entrepreneur, businesswomen, philanthropist and mother of two sons. She was the co-founder of both a successful software company and a socially responsible investment firm.

She will be honored Wednesday, November 18th with the First PeaceJam Hero Award along with Leslie Stanford. Barbara Bridges, appropriately will be Denver Eclectics “Finale” – ending this season on a high note. Celebrating women who make a difference and help change the world, we too want to join with her and with all of us. We are each making our lives matter – really matter. Be ready to be inspired.

Don’t miss this season finale!