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 $13 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

March Program Chair: Bill Waggener

March 1 – "The Shelter Box Project"


Speaker – Parker G. Emerson, Shelter Box Ambassador

Shelter Box provides shelter, warmth, and dignity to families around the world who have lost their homes and possessions to natural disasters or conflict. It does so at no cost to the recipients and without regard to politics, religion, race, or sex. Shelter Box has only three criteria for providing aid: whether families have lost their homes and possessions due to natural disaster or conflict; if the host country wants Shelter Box to provide shelter, warmth, and dignity to these families; and if the host country will provide security for Shelter Box personnel and the families receiving aid. Mr. Emerson earned his BS from Old Dominion University and his MBA from USC. After service in the Navy and a career that spanned many roles in several businesses, he is now mostly retired but writes grants for non-profits and provides small business coaching and development services. He is president of the Claremont Chorale and a member of the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Club.

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Jim Martin
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

March 8 – “Reality Check: How Science-Deniers Threaten Our Future”


Speaker – Donald Prothero, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Occidental College

We have seen pitched battles in America over topics that are well-established science, involving such things as evolution, climate change, vaccination, and the cause of AIDS. Despite the evidence against them, science-deniers still hold great power in this country. Perhaps surprisingly, different types of science-deniers use almost identical tactics to try to deny “inconvenient truths” that science tells us, mostly borrowed from “The  Holocaust Deniers’ Playbook.” In this talk, Dr. Prothero will look at their tactics and politics, and also their psychological motivations to deny what the rest of the world accepts. Before his retirement in 2012, Dr. Prothero was a professor of geology at Occidental College for 27 years and also a lecturer in geobiology at Cal Tech. He is currently a research associate in vertebrate paleontology at the LA County Natural History Museum and teaches part-time at Cal Poly Pomona. He earned his BA from UC Riverside and his PhD from Columbia University. He is the author of over 35 books and over 300 scientific papers.

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Nancy Magnusson
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

March 15 - “Drones in Aerial News Photography”


Speaker – Peter Weinberger, Publisher and Owner, Claremont Courier

At our December 8, 2015, meeting, Peter Weinberger briefly entertained us with a short introduction to the drone he uses for aerial photography for the Claremont Courier. In this talk, he will give us a more complete description of that drone and how he uses it and – if the weather permits – will photograph the whole group out on one of the fields from above.

Introduction: Tom Helliwell
Fellowship: Anne Sonner
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

March 22 - "A Personal Story of Ukraine Under Stalin"


Speaker – Dr. George Roleder

Dr. Roleder will talk about how his parents escaped the threat of death in Ukraine under Stalin’s revolution in 1927, and why his father refused to talk about it for fifty years. Dr. Roleder earned his M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1953. He served Lutheran congregations in Compton and Yucaipa until 1958. He earned an MA in psychology from Claremont Graduate School in 1962 and his PhD from USC; he taught sociology and psychology at Mt. SAC until 1992. He also is a registered marriage and family therapist. An interest in birding led George to publish books of humorous short stories, Flights of Bird Fancy, and an e-book of stories called By George! The Birds are Copying Us.

Introduction: Donna Bernard
Fellowship: Larry Wicksted
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

March 29 - "The Iditarod 2016"


Speaker – Gwen Rodman

Gwen Rodman will take us on a slideshow journey to Alaska where we will learn about the state sport of mushing with dogs. Ms. Rodman is a Mt. Baldy resident, an Iditarod race volunteer, and mother of Iditarod racer Karin Hendrickson. She will talk about musher training, dog training, dog set-up, and running the Iditarod, a dog sled race covering 1049 miles of the Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. Ms. Rodman is a retired elementary teacher.  She earned her BA in education from the UC Santa Barbara. At Mt. Baldy, she volunteers in environmental education and serves as president of the Fire Safe Council and the Community Club.

Introduction: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: Ed Ansell
Greeter: Anne Sonner
Birthdays: Maria Carlson


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

Calendar Archive (2010-2015) |  2016 Programs Jan Feb

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