Future Programs

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. Meetings start at 11:30 AM. The $15 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

April Program Chair: Mel Boynton

April 4  – "The Rise and Spread of Backyard Fencing in Southern California: Creating the Landscape of Our Changing Sense of Community"


Speaker – Dr. Denise Spooner, Retired History Teacher, California State University Fullerton
Besides a sprinkler system, is there anything more ubiquitous in the residential landscape of southern California than the fences that surround our backyards?  Anyone who grew up or has visited places in the U.S. outside of California knows that backyard fencing is less common in many places, such as the suburbs of the midwest and the south.  What accounts for the prevalence of those fences and how did they come to be?  In this talk, Denise Spooner will share her research on the history of backyard fencing and how it reflected the changing nature of community in the years between, roughly, 1880-1940.  Dr. Spooner holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D., which she earned at the University of Pennsylvania.  In July of 2015 she retired from teaching history at California State University, Fullerton.  Currently she works on historic preservation projects as a member of the Preservation Issues Committee of Claremont Heritage.

Introduction: Anne Sonner
Fellowship: David Sonner
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

April 11 – "The United Nations in the Time of Trump"


Speaker – Mel Boynton - Member of National Council, United Nations Association of the USA
The United States has a new President Donald Trump and the United Nations has a new Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez, each world leader with a radically different worldview.  With growing inequality, tens of millions of refugees from war-torn regions, sixteen ongoing peacekeeping operations, pandemics, and global environmental challenges, how will the relationship between the UN and the US evolve?  Mel Boynton brings his graduate training in economics and years of work with the UN Association to bear in looking at where the world body and our politics will coincide and where they conflict.

Introduction: Rizek Abusharr
Fellowship: Jim Martin
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

April 18 – "How Technology Has Changed Policing and the Introduction of Body-Worn Cameras"


Speaker – Shelly VanderVeen - Claremont Police Chief
Shelly VanderVeen was promoted to Chief of the Claremont Police Department in November 2016.  She has been a police officer in Claremont for over 23 years.  Over the last 23 years, policing has changed.  Today, each patrol car has a computer, a dash-mounted video camera, and many have automatic license plate readers. Now the trend across the country is adding body-worn cameras to the officer's daily uniform.   The proper implementation of this new tool requires careful consideration of current policy proposals, rather than the rapid adoptions currently taking place nationwide.  Body-worn cameras bring up a whole new discussion of privacy rights.  Who has access to the video?  Who or what should be filmed by the police? Should police film within private homes?  Police departments, policy makers, and citizens must consider all these questions carefully to make sure that the implementation of a body-worn camera program is used effectively and improves the quality of police services.

Introduction: Ray Bragg
Fellowship: Art Sutton
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Anne Sonner

April 25 – "Claremont Unified School District – Educating 21st Century Learners"


Speaker – Dr. Jim Elsasser, Superintendent and Myrlene Pierre, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
Discover why Claremont Unified School District is known as a top performing, award-winning District in Los Angeles County and throughout the state of California.  Learn more about the unique opportunities CUSD provides to Inspire Students of Today, Leaders Tomorrow.  Dr. Elsasser and Ms. Pierre will share how the district is leveraging resources to offer high quality staff development and educational programs, including enrichment as well as interventions.  The presentation will also include an overview of the modernization plan that has been made possible through the generous community support of Measure G.

Introduction: Nancy Tresser-Osgood
Fellowship: Art Parker
Greeter: Larry Wicksted
Birthdays: Beth Smith


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344 Bsartist@netscape.com