Calendar of Events

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays at noon in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45 AM, is available for $12.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $5.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

April Program Chair: Mel Boynton

April 2 – “Los Angeles County Coroners Office, What We Do”

SpeakerEdward Winter
Have you ever wondered what happens when people die a suspicious death? The Department of Coroner is responsible for the investigation and determination of the cause and manner of all sudden, violent, or unusual deaths in Los Angeles County. The Department has accepted some 9,000 cases annually over the last ten years. The Department uses the Forensic Science Center and collects DNA for laboratory analysis. Edward Winter is the Assistant Chief of the LA Coroners Office and he will explain their operations and answer your questions.

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Michael Fay
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Beverly Carpenter

April 9 - “How the United Nations System Works”


SpeakerMel Boynton
The United Nations was chartered following World War II to prevent another world war. Today, the ‘Blue Helmets’ continue to perform peacekeeping operations around the globe. But exactly how does the UN function?  Who selects the Secretary General and how does the Security Council function nearly 70 years later? Is the UN a threat to the sovereignty of member countries? University Club member Mel Boynton, who is also president of the Southern California United Nations Association, will describe the role and work of the UN.

Introduction: Rizek Abusharr
Fellowship: Georgia McManigal
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

April 16 – “A Golden State for All?”

SpeakerDenise Spooner, PhD
In 2011, Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council of America, issued A Portrait of California, a report that used the American Human Development Index, a measure based on official government data in health, education, and living standards, to assess the health of and opportunities available to Californians. Dr. Spooner will present some of the report’s key findings about the diverse people of California, conclusions that may surprise you. They certainly raise significant questions about the Golden State, now and in the future, as a place where all people have an equal chance of achieving their potential.  Dr. Spooner loves studying and teaching US and California topics, something she has done for thirty years, as a lecturer in the California State University system, as a former executive director of the Historical Society of Southern California, and as co-editor of H-California, an electronic discussion forum for scholars who work on the history and culture of the Golden State.  Her work has been published in edited volumes on California, as well as a number of scholarly journals. 

Introduction: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Art Sutton

Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Mike Pichler

April 23 – “Update from the City of Claremont”

SpeakerLarry Schroeder, Claremont City Council
We all love living in Claremont and our city has been ranked number five in the nation as a quality place to live.  Sometimes we can forget the city faces issues of budget, community safety, transportation, senior services, disaster preparedness, and commercial development. This year, the Wilderness Park, tree trimming, and potential acquisition of the water company are getting major attention. Quality of life subjects such as sustainability, being a bicycle friendly community, assuring quality mental health services, and promoting youth and family services are important to our shared futures. Bring your questions and hear how the City Council is dealing with these and other issues facing Claremont. 

Introduction: Celeste Palmer
Fellowship: Nancy Magnusson
Greeters: Ed Gaylord, Brian Bowcock

April 30 – “Impressions of Kyoto” 

SpeakerBill Waggener, PhD, Professor Biological Sciences, Mt. San Antonio College.
Last year, Bill and Lee Waggener made two trips to Kyoto, Japan, to visit their Claremont grandchildren whose family was spending the year there on sabbatical from HMC. Their first trip of 18 days was made in November at the end of autumn and their second trip of 22 days coincided with the entire cherry blossom season. While the grandkids were in school, the Waggeners either walked or took public transportation to numerous historic and cultural sites and had an opportunity to observe the people of Kyoto, their culture, and their city.

Introduction: Anne Sonner
Fellowship: Jeanne Kennedy
Greeters: Joe Farrell, Opanyi Nasiali
Birthdays: Shelby Forrest


Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan

Calendar Archive (2010-2012) - Jan 2013 - Feb 2013 - Mar 2013

Ideas for good program? Contact Bob Smith, Program Committee Chair  909 625-4344