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

February Program Chair: Bob Smith

February 5 - “The Mother Road Today and Yesterday”


Speaker – Claudia and Alan Heller
Claudia Heller, a retired physician and photographer, recently traveled with her husband, Alan Heller, on a two-month long trip along the Mother Road, old Route 66, documenting their adventures from Santa Monica to Chicago. They both traveled Route 66 in their younger years so they are able to mix their past experiences with the current state of the historic highway. They have published a book about their travels through History Press and books will be on sale at the program.

Introduction: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Ed Ansell
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Beverly Carpenter

February 12 – “Getting Published”

Speaker – Maralys Wills
Local author Mayalys Wills has published 14 books and leads writing workshops. Her book, Damn the Pink-slips, Full speed ahead, has inspired many authors to publish. Her latest book is, So you’re 70, so what? How to love the years you thought you’d hate. She studied at Stanford and UCLA, earning a BA and teaching credential. She has taught novel writing and led writing seminars at UCLA, UC Riverside, UCI, Orange Coast College, Cerritos College and has spoken at writers conferences across the country. Her husband is a lawyer and she is the mother of six children.

Introduction: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Rich Phillips
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

February 19 – “The Baldy View Regional Occupation Program”

Speaker – Ms. Shelley Adams
Ms. Adams was hired last year as Superintendent for this very large regional program that includes Claremont, Upland, Chino, and Chaffey Joint Union High School Districts. Regional Occupation Program (ROP) courses are for high school students and young adults who are working to towards career readiness in fields such as health, dentistry, fire, police, and automobiles. Ms. Adams will tell us what is offered to high school students and young adults in terms of career readiness in our community. Ms. Adams earned her BA at the University of California, Riverside, and her MS at Pepperdine University. Earlier in her career, she served as a Contracts Specialist and Teacher Advisor in the Los Angeles Unified School District, after having worked as an Instructor and Teacher Advisor in the ROP program in that same district. In 2006, she joined Mission Valley ROP as director of educational services. While there, she crafted a vision which resulted in doubling the number of University of California a-g courses offered over a four-year period and reached the level at which 98% of ROP students in Mission Valley are high school students.

Introduction: Hilary LaConte
Fellowship: Mitt Wilson
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Mike Pichler

February 26 – “The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, a different View”

Speaker – Seth Shteir
Join Seth Shteir of the National Parks Conservation Association to learn why the Cadiz Project is unsustainable and could jeopardize the springs of the Mojave National Preserve. Mr. Shteir will critique this project from an environmentalist’s perspective and inform attendees about its status, current legal actions and future. Seth Shteir works as California Desert Field Representative for the National Parks Conservation Association.  Prior to working at NPCA, he shared his passion for the natural world for 13 years as an outdoor educator and classroom teacher at the New Jersey School of Conservation, Fresh Air Fund, Lorado Taft Field School and Children’s Community School.  He has also served eight years on the board of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, most recently as conservation chair and vice president. His environmental writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, National Parks Magazine and Bird Watcher’s Digest.  He is especially fond of the wildlife, starry skies and compelling geological formations of the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park. 

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Martha Scott
Greeters: Ed Gaylord, Brian Bowcock
Birthdays: Dick Newton


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

Calendar Archive (2010-2012) - Jan 2013

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