Calendar of Events - March 2011

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 $14.00. For those who wish to come for program attendance only, the fee is $4.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center


Special Notice From Your Club

We assume that most of you enjoy a good play.  Therefore, we have set up a special evening to attend, as a group, the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre presentation of Chicago at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont.  This means no long drive into LA. It will be Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 (be there about 7:00).  The group rate is $26. This does not include dessert or beverages, though they are available. The experience of your vice-president is that the desserts are delicious.  We have reserved two tables, (16 seats), so the first 16 to pay are guaranteed a ticket, with additional availability of tickets based on whether they are available from the venue. Any unclaimed seats will be released after March 1.  Since this event is local, arrangements can be made for those of you who may not be comfortable driving at night.


March Program Chair - Hall Durian

March 1 – “Our School District and Community: Supporting Best Outcomes for Students Together"

Speaker  – Ms. Hilary LaConte and Dr. Bonnie Bell

In this difficult year for CUSD, Claremont School Board member Hilary LaConte and Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Bell will share some data and their perspectives as the Board and staff continue to focus on student learning. They will take your questions about providing ambitious instruction in a time of scarce resources in Claremont's diverse public school district. Ms. Hilary LaConte, Claremont School Board Member since 2007, is the Associate Director of the Program in Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College and has twenty years of teaching experience. Dr. Bonnie Bell’s professional experience in four school districts has spanned 26 years and her focus on educational initiatives has earned schools and districts under her leadership many prestigious awards.
Introducer: Mel Boynton
Fellowship: Beverly Carpenter

March 8 – “A Trek through Nepal”

Speaker – Donna Blackstock

Donna Blackstock will share with us her trek through Nepal toward Mt. Everest.
Introducer: John Najarian
Fellowship: Patrick Kelly

March 15 – “President Lincoln during the Civil War”

Speaker – Phil Nudson

Phil Nudson will reprise a role that he has performed for our club before, taking on the appearance and identity of President Abraham Lincoln. However, this program will be completely different from his first appearance before us, this time focusing on Lincoln’s actions as a wartime leader, with emphasis on the great battle of Gettysburg.
Introduction: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Celeste Palmer

March 22 – “Columns and City Councils”

Speaker – David Allen

Columnist David Allen appears regularly in the Inland Valley Bulletin. His columns showcase his wry, affectionate take on life, politics and culture here in the valley. His talk to us will describe his coverage of local city council meetings and writing his column. Mr. Allen has been a reporter for various California newspapers for more than 20 years, and he has lived and worked in the Inland Valley since 1997. He is a Claremont resident and music fan.
Introduction:  John Suchocki
Fellowship: Margaret Ward

March 29 – “AMGEN Tour of Califonia”

Speaker – Larry Scheetz and Joan Presecan
The AMGEN Tour of California has become the largest bicycle race in the United States, featuring such famous cyclists as Lance Armstrong in past races. University Club member Larry Scheetz and Joan Presecan will talk about this year’s race, which will put Claremont on the world’s sports pages. Cycling stage races are often decided by the stages that finish on mountains. Stage 7, the penultimate stage in this year’s AMGEN Tour of California, will start in Claremont and see a mountain finish on Mount Baldy on May 20.
Introduction:  John Suchocki
Fellowship: Bob Weingartner
Birthdays: Beverly Carpenter


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

Past Calendars: - Jan 2011 - Feb 2011

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