Winter/Spring Agenda
January-March 2015

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 ($60) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.


Friday, January 9, 2015 | 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

Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial – Celebrate 100 Years of Wilderness, Wildlife, and Wonder: presented by Barbara Scott.

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary is in full swing! Barbara Scott, Rocky Mountain National Park’s Anniversary Coordinator will share thoughts on the events that led to the founding of Rocky Mountain National Park in 1915 and the many changes that have affected the visitor experience over past 100 years. She will then provide an update on Centennial Celebration events and activities in the park and surrounding communities that will culminate with a Re-dedication Ceremony on September 4 of this year. Barbara has worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service since 1999 in such wonderful places as Grand Teton, Olympic, Yellowstone, and now Rocky Mountain National Park. She, her husband, and their 3 dogs live in Estes Park and spend most of their free time playing in Colorado’s stunning backcountry.

Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Program 9:30 am - 11:30 am - PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Terror of Trafficking Panel Discussion.

Trafficking is a verb and it doesn’t mean being stuck in Denver’s six o’clock T-REX commuter traffic. An outright abuse of human rights, it has grown incalculably. As modern-day slavery, trafficking is the illicit movement of human beings. Trafficking is an egregious violation of human rights by profiteering from inducing, organizing, harboring, and facilitating unlawful transfer of persons. Further, it is the illegal transportation of persons by preying subjugators by means of violence or a dominant, exploitive position or sexual manipulation or economic benefit. Worse – it is occurring in our own Colorado backyard. As concerned citizens, what can we do about this societal scourge? First, let’s be better informed. Join this riveting panel of experts, including:

Moderator Susanne E. Jalbert, Ph.D., Internationalist
Alexis Newton, Free The Girls
Amanda Finger, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Becky Owens Bullard: Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance
Janet Drake: Senior Assistant Attorney General, Special Prosecutions Unit
Sergeant Dan Steele: FBI Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force, Denver Police Department

This will be a powerful presentation laced with individual and community points of activism entry.


Friday, January 23, 2015 | 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

Dealing with Chaos Through Metaphors and Stories From the Sea: presented by Buie Seawell.

Until the second half of the 20th Century, the sea — the oceans and ocean travel — provided a rich cultural context for understanding and describing love, life, vicissitude, death and the beyond. But in an age of air and space travel, in a time of social media and simulated experience, the rich heritage of the sea is being lost. And that loss is one we humans can ill afford. Indeed, our ability to understand the chaotic nature of reality as proposed in quantum mechanics and realized in the unfathomable “Black Swan” events that sweep down upon our unlikely history is uniquely tied to the lore of the sea. Our world is going through nothing less than a “sea change” but we are becoming illiterate to the necessary language and story to explicate our human passage.

Buie Seawell has spent a lifetime sailing, writing, and reflecting on the nature and meaning of life. In this playful but serious presentation, those three strands come together in what may be a lifeline for those feeling somewhat adrift on the high seas the 21st Century.


Monday, January 26, 2015 | Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Blues Roots, Boogie & Jazz: 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.

Kim Patmore

Kathlynne Smith

Friday, January 30, 2015 | 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

Delight Your Senses – Listening Through the Lens: Presented by Eclectic Members and Photographers Kim Patmore, Kathlynne Smith, and our very own Denver Eclectic Coordinator, Sheri J. Dreger.

Spend an enchanting morning enjoying the photo treasures of nature, wildlife and everyday sights choreographed to beautiful music. Sit back and relax to the images of Colorado landscapes, seascapes, world landmarks, eagles, moose, deer, birds, flowers and butterflies composed with instrumental music. Kim Patmore shares her photography through her website Sales of her photos benefit non-profit organizations making a difference in the areas of wildlife care and natural habitat preservation and education. Kathlynne was recruited by Polaroid in 1974 to be part of a demo team to introduce their new SX-70 camera. Photography has remained a hobby and for the last 11 years she has sold note cards with her photos in shops around Denver. Sheri J. Dreger is an avid birder, wildlife, and nature photographer. Sheri chooses to live among wildlife and captures the wildlife in their natural habitat. She has shown and sold her work at several coffee shops in the Denver metro area. In addition you will hear from Kim, Kathlynne, and Sheri to discover ways to find the hidden-in-plain sight beauty of nature and wildlife, the possibilities of photography combined with philanthropy and creative photography gift ideas and designs.
explore the joy, magic, and passion of the sights of the world,
wildlife, and nature captured through the lens.


Sheri J. Dreger

Monday, February 2, 2015 | 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 Little Magazine The Could: presented by Daniel Brogan.

Hardly a day goes by when you don't hear about another media company laying off journalists or reducing coverage. One clear exception is Denver's 5280 Magazine which over the last decade has seen its paid circulation triple and ad revenue hit all-time highs. The magazine's secret? Much like the artisanal restaurants and craft breweries it so often covers, 5280 aims to stand out in a crowded marketplace with a back-to-basics approach that focuses on local ownership, community involvement, and ongoing investment in a high-quality product that serves readers an experience they won't get anywhere else.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | Field Trip
WHERE: William Matthews Studio | 2540 Walnut St | Denver , Colorado 80205
TIME: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
COST: $20

Trespassing, presented by William Matthews.

William Matthews is a celebrated artist who is most well known for his portrayal of the working cowboys from the great ranches of the American west. His work is widely exhibited at such museums as, The Phoenix Art museum, the Gilcrease Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Art Museum, Eiteljorg Art Museum, as well as the Denver Art Museum We are invited to visit his studio in Denver and enjoy a presentation by him. The Denver Art museum is featuring a 61 piece display of William Matthews works from November 2014—May 2015 titled “Trespassing.” There is a documentary film titled “Drawn to Paint “ that will premier at the Denver film festival as well as the Denver Art Museum. Please join us for a special opportunity to hear directly from William in his Studio.


9:30 am—10:00 am : Light Breakfast
10:00 am—11:00 am : Presentation by William Matthews
11:00 am—TBD: Tour Studio at your own pace
Guests are Encouraged for this field trip!


Monday, February 9, 2015 | Special Evening Program
(No option for program only)
Denver Country Club
Dinner & Presentation - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
COST: $60

Hidden History of Black Chefs in the White House, presented by Adrian Miller.

Join us as James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller, "The Soul Food Scholar," uncovers more of the hidden history of Black Chefs in the White House. This time, we learn about the famous Kentucky cook whose hire earned our 23rd President Benjamin Harrison national headlines and a lawsuit. We also learn about the cooks in the Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy administrations. As a special bonus, we'll get a history of presidential wine service and the African Americans who were entrusted with pairing wines with meals as well as with the keys to the White House wine collection. Please Note: This will be a dinner and presentation as one, no option for program only.


Friday, February 13, 2015 | 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

Soldier Girls: presented by Helen Thorpe.

More American women served in Iraq and Afghanistan than in any other war, yet their role in the military has been hotly debated. In SOLDIER GIRLS: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War critically-acclaimed writer Helen Thorpe gives a ground-level, detailed account of what really happened to three women who served in the military during the last decade. Thorpe follows the lives of three women over 12 years. We learn why they chose to join the military, what it was like for them to be sent to a combat zone in Afghanistan, how they struggled to return back home, and then, for two of the women, what happened when they were sent overseas again, to Iraq. Politicians and the news have recently focused on the cases of sexual assault that seem rampant in the military, and SOLDIER GIRLS reveals the complexity of the real-life truth and silent prejudices against women in the military. From dead-end job placement to buried professional paperwork, Thorpe lays bare the biases against female soldiers—and the atmosphere in which sexual assault becomes almost inevitable. She also shows how one of the women nevertheless manages to gain the loyalty, trust, and acceptance of the men she works alongside after she and one other woman become part of a company of nearly 100 men in a formerly all-male field artillery regiment. Thorpe also follows the challenges the women face when they return to the Midwest: their economic struggles, and the relationships at home that have been made difficult by their time away. The reader comes to appreciate deeply the tremendous courage that it took for these three women to serve in the military during a time of war, and what it cost them, as well as the people they love. In colorful detail and with humor, sensitivity, and deep insight, Thorpe tells a truly groundbreaking story about modern military life.


Friday, February 20, 2015 | 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

Renaissance and Remembrance: A Musical Celebration of Black History: presented by Stephanie Ann Ball.

In this significant concert, music and words come together through the sound of the voice to take you, the audience, on a journey through opera, art song, jazz, and spirituals - all highlighting the many ways African Americans have made a lasting impact on many forms of music we experience in today’s world. Featuring the music of Puccini, William Grant Still, Fats Waller, Moses Hogan and more, you are sure to hear something that will delight your senses. New to Denver and swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music with her warm, strong voice, Lyric-Coloratura Soprano, Stephanie Ann Ball, joined by Mark Stamper, collaborative pianist and Russell Costen, narrator, will take you on a tangible expedition you will not easily or readily forget.


Friday, February 27, 2015| 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 Women’s Bean Project, presented by Tamra Ryan.

Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women's Bean Project, a nationally-recognized social enterprise based in Denver, CO that provides transitional employment to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. She is the board chair for the Colorado chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Judith M. Kaufmann award for Civic Entrepreneurship, presented by The Denver Foundation. In 2012 she was named one of Colorado’s up and coming most influential women by The Denver Post. In June, 2013, Ms. Ryan was a speaker at TEDxMilehigh and is the author of The Third Law, a book which highlights the societal obstacles and internal demons that must be overcome for these marginalized women to change their lives. Tamra’s presentation will feature a video and discussion around what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished women to change the course of their lives.


Friday, March 6, 2015 | 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

Little Rock Nine, presented by Carlotta Lanier.

Carlotta Walls LaNier will present a program on the Little Rock Nine. In 1957, at age 14, Carlotta Walls LaNier and eight other black students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. By ushering in a new order, the Little Rock Nine, as they would eventually be called, became “foot soldiers” for freedom. Carlotta has a courageous and remarkable story to share, one that we will not soon forget. A glimpse of the journey. In 1997, the Little Rock Nine returned to Central High for a 40th Anniversary Celebration. In a symbolic and emotional gesture, the school’s Principal, Mayor, Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States on this occasion, opened the doors of Central, which had been blocked by the National Guard in 1957. On November 9, 1999, in a ceremony held at the White House, members of Congress and President William Jefferson Clinton bestowed upon Carlotta Walls LaNier among the Little Rock Nine, the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality. Also, learn about the Little Rock Nine Foundation , a non-profit organization dedicated to making possible excellence in education for young people of color. She was the first black female to graduate from Central High, and she continues to champion democracy for the citizens of Colorado and the United States.


Friday, March 13, 2015 | 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

Comics as Literature: presented by Eric Lorberer.

Comics used to get no respect. Now, graphic novels win literary awards, get reviewed in major newspapers, and account for the fastest growing market share in publishing. Ahead of the curve, the Minneapolis-based Rain Taxi Review of Books has treated comics as serious literature since 1997. Join Rain Taxi’s editor and executive director, Eric Lorberer, for a visual lecture on the history and development of this unique artistic medium, and why it is so relevant to readers of all kinds today.


Friday, March 20, 2015 | 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

Bound By Love: presented by Lily Nie.

Marilyn Beal heard Lily make a presentation about her life and her cause. She said she was a true inspiration and we are delighted that she will come to Denver Eclectics and present to us. Be prepared to be inspired. Lily Nie was born in China. She earned a law degree there and became a business attorney. In 1987, she came to the US. She earned a BA in Management of Human Resources from Colorado Christian University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. In 1992, the China’s new adoption law allowed foreigners to adopt Chinese children. Seeing the chance to change the fate of China’s abandoned children, Lily and her husband founded Chinese Children Adoption International (CCAI). To date, CCAI, the largest China–focused adoption agency in the world, has found loving homes for over 11,300 abandoned Chinese children.


Friday, March 27, 2015| 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

MAPUCHE: Warrior Artists of South America: presented by David Irving.

The Mapuche or Araucanian people of Chile and Argentina were historically, and are still today, one of the largest and most prominent indigenous groups of the Americas. Despite ongoing attacks by the Inca, Spanish, and Republican military forces of Chile and Argentina, the Mapuche resisted subjugation for some 400 years. Like the Navajo of our own Southwest, the Mapuche are accomplished artists, renowned for both weaving and silver work. My mission is to introduce interested North American audiences to this important and very interesting indigenous culture which is virtually unknown outside of South America. The talk will be accompanied by slides, and I will bring a selection of actual textiles, silver jewelry, equestrian gear, and other artifacts to examine in person.


Monday, March 30, 2015 OR Tuesday, March 31, 2015
MEET: Denver Country Club
TIME: 9:30 am - 10:00 am Continental Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:30 am Lecture (ALL MEMBERS WELCOME)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Bus Tour (55 MAX FOR BUS)

A Look at the Life of Architect Jacques Benedict & Tour of Jacques Buildings: presented by Mike McPhee.

Jules Jacques Benoit Benedict was undoubtedly Denver’s most stylistic and iconic architect. During his 35 years of practice in Denver from 1909 through 1944, Benedict designed some 80 buildings, 60 of which are still standing, including the Washington Park Boat Pavilion, the “Sports Castle” on Broadway and the Holy Ghost Church. His residential designs have developed their own brand as “Benedict Homes” along 7th Avenue, Cheesman Park, the Country Club neighborhood and elsewhere. He was trained in Paris, worked in New York City on the design and construction of the NY Public Library, the Frick Mansion and the Manhattan Bridge before moving to Denver, where his talents quickly caught the eye of Denver’s elite families such as the Moffats, Weckbaughs and Bonfils, as well as Mayor Robert Speer and his local version of the national “City Beautiful” movement. Each day of the two-day event will include a 90-minute lecture by Benedict’s grandson, Michael Benedict McPhee, an author and retired journalist for the Associated Press and the Denver Post. Following each lecture, McPhee will lead a 90-minute bus tour of some of Benedict’s most recognizable buildings.
mike mcphee will conduct the exact same lecture and tour each day. please select one day:

Monday, March 30, 2015 OR Tuesday, March 31, 2015



Sunday, April 12, 2015 | Lunch followed by Field Trip
MEET: Denver Country Club
TIME: 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch at the Denver Country Club
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Performance at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
2015 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO 80205.
COST: $50

Beat, Beat, Drums: presented by The Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir Cameo Ensemble.

April 2015 marks the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and President Lincoln’s tragic assassination mere days later – defining events in our history as a nation. Period works, as well as more modern settings of Civil War texts such as those of Walt Whitman, together with sensitive readings of soldiers’ letters, diaries and other primary documents, rendered by Civil War antiquarian Richard de Tar, will poignantly recall this triumphant, yet tragic, defining moment in American history.

Please sign up early – We are limited to 50 attendees.

We will have a scintillating presenter talk to us at a lunch followed by car pooling to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church located at 2015 Glenarm Pl., Denver, CO 80205.