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

November program chair: Bill Forti

November 1 – “Palestine and Israel, Is There Hope?”

Speaker  – Rizek Abusharr

University Club member Rizek Abusharr will talk to us about the current situation in the region as it touches upon the pressing issues of peace, justice, and liberation. He was born an Episcopalian in Jerusalem in 1936 and was educated at Terra Sancta College in Jerusalem and later in Nazareth. His work with the Jerusalem International YMCA began in 1955, and over the years, he has worked in every department of the YMCA. In 1996, he was awarded the Martha Prize for tolerance and democratic values in recognition of his pioneering work at the Jerusalem International YMCA in which Jews, Muslims, and Christians share joint activities. In 2001, he retired as Director General of the Jerusalem International YMCA. He now lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont.

Introducer: Sam Mansour

Fellowship: Celeste Palmer

November 8 – “Chinese Espionage in the United States – A Case Study – US v. Chi Mak”


Speaker  – FBI Supervisory Special Agent James E. Gaylord

FBI Agent James Gaylord will talk to us about Chinese espionage in the United States using the Chi Mak case as an example. Chi Mak has been called “the perfect sleeper” agent. For two decades, the Chinese-born engineer and naturalized citizen lived in a Los Angeles suburb and worked for a defense contractor. He eventually sent information about Navy ships and weapons to China, fulfilling a mission that had been planned since the 1970s. In 2008, he was given a 24-½ year prison sentence for espionage. Our speaker, Supervisory Special Agent James E. Gaylord, entered the FBI in 1985 and has worked in the FBI’s Santa Ana office since 1990 on counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

Introducer: Ted Nall

Fellowship: Rich Phillips

November 15 – “Lunch with G. K. Chesterton”

Speakers – Dr. John C. Chalberg

Dr. Chalberg will take on the persona of G.K. Chesterton, who lived from 1874-1936. Chesterton was a man large in intellect and in girth. An essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, and editor (among many other things), he thought of himself simply as a journalist. No doubt most famous for creating the priest-detective Fr. Brown, Chesterton deserves to be remembered for any number of books, especially Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, What's Wrong with the World, and Heretics. He is also the author of the epic poem, "The Ballad of the White Horse," as well as "Lepanto.” He is also well known for his epic debates with George Bernard Shaw. Chesterton was large in many ways, not the least of which was his great good humor, noting that there was nothing wrong with being funny and serious at the same time. After all, as he put it, the opposite of funny is not serious; rather the opposite of funny is not funny. So come prepared to hear him take on his enemies, but also come prepared to laugh.

Introducer: Bill Forti

Fellowship: Beverly Carpenter

November 22 – “Sovereign Nation Bailouts, the Euro and the EU – A German Perspective"


Speaker – Lillian Vasquez

Speaker – Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Wolfgang Drautz
The world holds its breath while the European Union sorts out its financial, economic and political crisis. All will be affected by its outcome. Having the strongest and largest economy in the Union, what Germany thinks and its political realities are very important. The Honorable Wolfgang Drautz, Consul General of Germany, will describe for us the current situation and entertain an open discussion. Consul Gerneral Drautz has served his country in various embassies around the world, including Moscow, London, and Brussels. He earned his law degree from the University of Freiburg.

Introducer: John Felton

Fellowship: David Sonner

November 29 – “Tramping Through Italy”


Speaker – Bill Forti

Earlier in 2011, past University Club President Bill Forti visited Italy twice, spending a total of 31 days touring the country. He will share an interesting travel log of sights, observations, and experiences with us.

Introducer: Art Parker

Fellowship: Martha Scott

Birthdays: Georgia McManigal


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

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