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. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:30 AM, is available for $13.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $6.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center

November Program Chair: Don McDonald

November 4 – “Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program

Speaker – Rev. Karl Hilgert

Karl Hilgert will tell us about the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), which was formed in 2012 as
a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont. An outgrowth of the Occupy
Claremont movement, CHAP’s goal is “helping neighbors find their way home.” Mr. Hilgert’s background is in
the ministry and social work, and he is a member of Interfaith Worker Justice. On Black Friday 2013, dressed as
Santa Claus, he was arrested for civil disobedience at a Wal-Mart store protest in Ontario. He was surprised that a
report of the incident, including a photo of him giving a candy cane to the arresting officer, went viral.

Introducer: Bob Smith
Fellowship: Ed Ansell
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

November 11


The University Club will NOT meet on November 11th, as we will be honoring Veteran’s Day and the Hughes Center is closed

November 18 – “An Update on Afghanistan”


Speaker – Nangy Ghafarshad, former Senior Cultural Advisor in Afghanistan to the US Dept. of Defense

Nangy Ghafarshad will talk about his native country of Afghanistan, including material covered in his 2012 book,
To Lift a Mirror… for What You’ve Lost. A US resident for 52 years, in his early life he graduated from the
Afghanistan military academy and was an officer in the Royal Afghan Air Force. A fighter pilot, he was sent to
the Soviet Union in 1965 to train in MiG-21 advanced fighter aircraft and was a member of the Afghan Air Force
flight aerobatics team. In 1968, he attended a US Air Force-sponsored leadership program. After completing that
program, struggling with dismay at how his government ruled his native land and not wishing to return to a place
offering little opportunity, he resigned his commission in the Royal Afghan Air Force and stayed in California,
ultimately becoming a US citizen. With his wife, Fahima, they own the well-known Walter’s Restaurant in
Claremont and are involved with several local charities. For 13 months in 2009 and 2010, he served as a Senior
Cultural Advisor in Afghanistan to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. It was an opportunity to go back to the country of
his birth to do something positive. That experience, in part, was the reason he wrote his book.

Introducer: Sam Mansour
Fellowship: Gene Smith
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

November 25 – “Alcoholism: a Family Disease”


Speaker – John Reid, priest and counselor

University Club member John Reid will describe the disease of alcoholism as an issue that affects not only the
alcoholic, but in fact creates emotional illness for the members of the family as well. He will also be discussing
the hope of recovery for both alcoholics and their families. He earned a BA from California Christian University,
and MA and PhD degrees in religious studies and counseling from International Reform University. He is an
ordained priest in the Western Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. He has worked as a counselor for over 25
years, with specialized training in trauma/disaster counseling and certification as an alcoholism specialist. His
counseling practice in Claremont offers individual and couples counseling. He also is the author of Close Your
Eyes So You Can’t See Me.

Introducer: Charles Cable
Fellowship: Pat Kelly
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: Maria Carlson


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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