Spring Agenda
January - April 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 ($45) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 6, 2012 | Morning Program
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

Public Media: Civic Fortress in a Hyper-Partisan World, presented by Doug Price, CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS.

Everywhere you turn in politics and media these days, there is conflict without clarity. Public media plays a fundamental role in providing information, not affirmation – and in developing an informed citizenry. Is today’s media measuring up to your standards? Doug Price will discuss what the statewide network is doing to confront the major issues of our day with balance, integrity and information you can trust. Be assured that this will be a multimedia presentation. After all, Doug is the CEO of an important media resource.

I think many of us do not remember a time which featured such a sharp polarization by political parties which leaves me to ask…how can civil dialogue be restored?


Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
FIELD TRIP: Denver Art Museum (NO GUESTS)
Cost: $15.00
Address- 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO 80204
Please meet at the front door of the North building

Tour the American Indian Art Gallery, Denver Art Museum, presented by Nancy Blomberg, Curator of Native Arts.

It does not get any better than to be given an inside presentation of the stunning new galleries led by Nancy Blomberg who oversees the acquisition, preservation, research and interpretation of the American Indian, African and Oceanic collections. I have had the opportunity to be with her and she is an anthropologist who has used her talents to develop these galleries, which are recognized as one of the best of its kind in the United States. The collection spans more than 2,000 years of artistic creativity from prehistoric times to the present.

This opportunity is limited to 60 attendees and we will give the places out in the order the responses are received. There is NO room for guests Denver Eclectic members only.


Friday, January 13, 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

Kafka: Brilliant and Challenging Surreal Fiction, presented by Sam Wagonfeld, M.D.

Sam Wagonfeld, MD is on the faculty and teaches at the UCMC Department of Psychiatry and the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis as well as maintains private practice. Denver Eclectics has had the honor of his presentations before, one was on understanding Inuit Art.

Today, Dr. Wagonfeld will dive down into Kafka’s fiction but promises to help us understand his stories which he feels are both opaque and yet transparent. Many of us have read Kafka in college and are familiar with the term “Kafkaesque” which is part of the English vernacular and describes surreal situations or events. I have just reread The Metamorphosis and some other short stories which for me really pack a wallop and will not leave my imagination. I recommend that you pick up a copy and read a little Kafka before Sam’s presentation and be ready to enter into a world turned upside - downside – nightmarishly complex and bizarre. For me, The Metamorphosis I read in college has always remained an engrossing story of a man who turns into a bug, an insect, or a cockroach? “Kafkaesque spans many genres, suspense, mystery, horror, politics, fantasy and science fiction”, a book review by Kessel and Kelly. Thank you, Dr. Wagonfeld, in advance. We will keep the tradition of good liberal arts alive!


Friday, January 20, 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 New Era of Media and Information Delivery: The Denver Post Engages and Evolves, presented by Greg Moore, Denver Post Editor.

Greg has run the paper since coming to Denver in June 2002. He arrived here after spending 16 years at The Boston Globe, the last eight as managing editor. The Post won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, its sixth and the first since Columbine in 2000. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and worked in Dayton Ohio and his hometown of Cleveland before working in Boston. He has been a member of the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, served on the board of trustees at his alma mater and currently is serving his third three year term on the Pulitzer Prize Board. As editor of The Post he is responsible for all news decisions and everything in the paper save the editorial pages. He has been in the newspaper business for nearly 35 years. He is enjoying every minute of it.

We will hear him discuss the challenges of the present for print newspapers, their evolution into the future and the necessary strategies that the Denver Post will use to continue to thrive. We, Denver Eclectics, read, think and support our media and paper.


Kent MacLennan

Lew Turner

Friday, January 27, 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 Colorado Meth Project, presented by Kent MacLennan Executive Director of the Colorado Meth Project, and Lew Turner Director of Fund Development at Colorado Meth Project.

Why focus on Meth? Sally Rippey, Denver Eclectic member, says – we should.

Law enforcement officials, drug counselors, and state legislators agree – there has never been a drug as powerful, addictive and quick to destroy lives and communities as methamphetamine. Meth is the top drug of choice and the #1 problem in Colorado. The financial and social consequences of Meth abuse are devastating. Meth is increasingly gaining popularity among Colorado’s most vulnerable teens and young adults.

•43% of Colorado Meth addicts in treatment began using at age 17 or younger.
•Colorado ranks #7 in the country for the total number of past – year Meth users.
•Meth-related crime in Colorado is 56% higher than the national average.


The goal of the Colorado Meth Project is to arm teens and young adults across the state with the facts about methamphetamine so that they can make well-informed decisions when presented with opportunity to try it. In November 2011 the Colorado Meth Project announced the launch of a new integrated campaign to reduce methamphetamine use. Central to the campaign is MethProject.org—an encyclopedic online source of information about Meth for teens—supported by new television, radio, print, online, mobile, and social media campaigns. A web-centric social network built around the theme “Ask MethProject.org,” the campaign challenges teens to consider what they know about Meth, and equips them with facts, tools, and resources to understand the risks of the drug and to influence their peers.


Friday, February 3, 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

Colorado Blueprint: Governor John Hickenlooper’s Vision Update,
presented by Roxane White, Chief of Staff for Governor Hickenlooper.

Roxane White is well known for her dedication to community and public service, her diverse experiences in the public and private sectors, and her passion and expertise in efficient and effective leadership. As Chief of Staff to Governor John Hickenlooper, Roxane works directly with all of the cabinet members to oversee the daily and financial operations of state government. Her management and leadership expertise can be seen through her work with balancing budgets, acquiring top-notch personnel, and overseeing acquisitions and mergers.

Roxane will discuss current legislature initiatives, the ongoing budget process and will discuss with us what we think should be priorities for Colorado. Get ready with a short observation or question. Stay for lunch for a continuing dialogue.


Stephen Berman M.D

Friday, February 10, 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

Impacting International Child Health, presented by Stephen Berman M.D. and Dr. Edwin Asturias.

Dr. Stephen Berman, director of the University of Colorado Center for Global Health and fellow colleague Dr. Edwin Asturias will talk about, the Center’s critical work throughout the world specifically: the Millennium Developmental Goals, child survival in the developing world, work reducing neonatal mortality, and introducing life-saving vaccines. The Center’s programs and relationships span cities and continents as they work with communities to ameliorate the harming conditions facing resource-limited countries around the world.

This presentation will highlight for us that Colorado is a concerned global citizen in many of its research institutions and is impacting the world in a positive way.

Dr. Edwin Asturias


Friday, February 17, 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

Economics of Domestic Violence, presented by Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, Colorado College’s President.

Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler became Colorado College’s 13th president on July 1, 2011. She had a distinguished career previously as provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University. She has studied and worked on the economics of domestic violence and she plans to discuss what an economist has to contribute to decreasing domestic violence. What is the link between woman’s economic power and the pervasiveness of domestic violence and what are the societal costs? She will also discuss ways in which we can help and make suggestions about how to best allocate limited funds. Every time we get a Colorado College star to present to us, we need to thank Denver Eclectic member, Janet Manning.


Friday, February 24, 2011 | 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 American Red Cross On The Front Lines In Colorado and In The World, presented by Gino Greco, CEO of The Red Cross Mile High Region.

Gino enthralled us at the Wildlife Experience fieldtrip when he was the President and CEO of the museum. He has now been selected to be the CEO of the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross has been active in Colorado for nearly 100 years, and the Red Cross as an organization has been providing humanitarian services for nearly 150 years. Red Cross Mile High Region CEO Gino Greco will explore the history of the Red Cross movement – including the role of inspiring women leaders – and introduce you to the Red Cross of today: an organization that is active down the street, across the country and around the world. We will learn what services the Red Cross provides right here in Colorado and what happens behind the scenes on a major national deployment. Mr. Greco will also provide a brief update and insight into the current status of major international disasters in countries such as Haiti and Japan. Those of us who heard Gino before know that he is a compelling presenter.


Monday, February 27, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Here come the Spoofers! Here come the Spoofers!! back by Popular Demand!

“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.

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. They are FAVORITES of ours. 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! This will be the best evening program in Denver on Monday night. Don’t miss out!


Friday, March 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

How did infectious diseases affect Habitat, Hubris ,Hostility, Hearth, Habit, Hallelujah ,Heritage, Horticulture, and Harmony? presented by Dr. Vincent A. Fulginiti.

Last year Dr. Vincent Fulginiti presented a witty encounter with Gulliver the protagonist in Gulliver’s Travels and his encounter with our present health care system. This year with his always witty observations – note the title and his use of alliteration. Dr. Fulginiti will surprise us with the stories of a single infection. How about the questions:

How did George Washington win the Revolutionary War?
Why is Canada not part of the United States?
What caused the loss of the civilization and culture of Native Americans?
How did going to church in early America foster epidemics?
Why did the Irish leave Ireland in massive emigration?
How did a third of Europeans die?
Why did the Roman Empire decline rapidly?
Why did Athens lose its destiny to Sparta?
How did Islam rule the ancient world?
Why did Greece decay when Alexander the Great had a cold?

Aren’t we curious about factors in the past that influenced the flow of history? This presentation focuses on how infectious diseases influenced changes in world history and even on our own fate as a nation. We live in a world populated with enormous numbers of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that interact with us. Sometimes for good and sometimes for disastrous consequences. There are periods in the history of nations, philosophies, culture, regimes and ordinary people that were totally influenced by an infectious disease. If you have a bad cold skip this one.

Friday, March 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

The Archaeology of Amache, Colorado’s WWII Japanese American Internment Camp, presented by Dr. Bonnie J. Clark, Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Denver.

Archaeology is often associated with ancient remains, but the techniques of the discipline can shed new light on any site of human activity. It can be a particularly valuable tool for better understanding conflicted histories, like the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Since 2006, Dr. Bonnie Clark has led the University of Denver Amache Project in researching the Colorado internment camp of Amache. Colorado's tenth largest city during WWII, the archaeology at Amache is revealing new insights about life in the camp, including daily strategies of internees and extensive landscaping of this military facility. The work of archaeologists also contributes to remembering and preserving this nationally significant site.

I heard Dr Clark give this compelling story to a group of D.U. Alums and the group was amazed and fascinated by the recounting and describing of this project. I think Denver Eclectics will be amazed about Dr. Clark’s work to preserve an important historical story which certainly touches close to us here in Colorado.

Friday, March 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

The Origins of Pueblo Society and Development of Mesa Verde World with Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s research, presented by
Dr. Mark Varien.

Dr. Varien’s talk will be on the topic of ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) archaeology, with a focus on the Mesa Verde region. The talk will examine the origins of Pueblo Indian society and how it changed during the last 4000 years. The talk will link the ancestral Pueblo people who lived in the Mesa Verde region with their descendants who continue to live in Pueblo communities in New Mexico and Arizona today. His talk will draw on research to reconstruct important events in Pueblo Indian history, especially the critical role that migration has played in the development of Pueblo society, and it will use what we learn about Pueblo people to better understand the general processes of human social evolution.



Wednesday, March 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

Denver Eclectics spends the morning with The Boston Brass, with thanks to Steve Seifert, CEO of the Newman Center for helping arrange this wonderful program!

For nearly 25 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences with great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Remember to go to the Newman Center to hear the concert "Sketches of Spain," with the fabulous Imani Winds at 7:30 pm that evening.

Friday, March 23, 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 Art of Erasure, presented by Eric Lorberer.

If you've seen this previous Eclectics presenter before, you know he has a winning way of making concepts in contemporary literature and art accessible and engaging. In this visual presentation, we'll learn in riveting detail about the latest trend in the literary arts: Erasure Poetry. Little did you know that for some writers, the eraser is the more important part of the pencil! Yes, taking cues from the art world, poets have been composing groundbreaking work by erasing rather than writing down words, and the results can be astounding and moving. Tracing this practice all the way back to antiquity, Lorberer will examine the history and techniques of Erasure, and share with us important examples from the present day.


Patricia Cooper

Cynda Arsenault

Friday, March 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

Vision: Women’s Regional Network: The Women of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, presented by Patricia Cooper and Cynda Arsenault.

This is no small idea. This is a hopeful determined effort to bring women together from South Asia to be able to have their concerns and voices added to the policy discussion in the region. The reality is that migration, economic decline and war constitute a set of experiences that have a profound negative and potentially irreversible impact on women’s lives. Pat Cooper has over 35 years of private and public sector experience as a public policy analyst, strategic planner, entrepreneur, educator, and Civic Leader. Cynda Arsenault has 40 years of experience in nonprofits work including peace and justice, prison, mental health, disability, rights, and environmental issues. Denver Eclectics will learn about the process and the progress of their Women’s Regional Summit which is supporting resilient and enduring collaboration. We will appreciate and realize the wisdom of Margaret Mead’s observation “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed it ‘s the only thing that ever has.” I think that each of us contributes our efforts and concern for our families, friends and communities to be positive leaders - this program should be dedicated to every one of you.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Update <<Buzz>> Economic Insight, presented by Earl Wright.

AMG National Trust Bank Chairman of the Board and CEO. He will be joined by other AMG leaders to outline where the economy has just been and to predict upcoming trends. The Trust Bank has a 5 - star health rating and is a privately held bank offering comprehensive financial services. Its regional offices include Denver, Boulder, Chicago, Morristown, N.J. and Virginia Beach, Virginia. They feel that successful investment management requires scholarly understanding of current and future economic conditions and an ability to anticipate which asset classes and investment managers will prosper. I have had AMG as my financial group for years and not only appreciate how they have worked with me but most importantly I know they are honest and trust worthy. This is the 2011-2012 Denver Eclectics finale and we are presenting it in April as their future forecast will just be out and the future of our economy is always of great interest.