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

November 2015 Program Chair: Don McDonald


November 3 – “Antique Road Show”


Speaker – Zoe TeBeau, certified appraiser

Zoe TeBeau will do a “Road Show” program using the items that YOU are invited to bring for her analysis. This is a great opportunity to dust off that family treasure sitting on the high shelf in your living room and find out whether it has any “real” value – other than originally it belonged to great-grandma Mergatroid. There will be a table on which we will place our goodies for her pre-program perusal. Because we have no idea how many precious heirlooms will appear, you will get to put your first choice on the table initially, and if by the time the program is to begin there is space for more, you may be invited to add additional pieces. There will be quarter-sheet to fill out to provide your identity and any family lore that may be associated with each item. Zoe TeBeau is an independent accredited appraiser and a member of the International Society of Appraisers. Her business provides appraisals for estate sales, realtors, banks, insurances companies, etc.

Introduction: Don McDonald
Fellowship: Rich Phillips
Greeter: Doug MacKenzie

November 10 – “Women Air Force Service Pilots in WWII”


Speaker – Mary Thoits, WASP

Join us for this special program of living history. You could say that Mary Thoits’s career as a pilot started when she was 16. Her older brother told her that girls shouldn’t drive cars – so she rode her bike to the local airport and took flying lessons. Later, Mary studied at DePauw University, but left to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during WWII, where she taught other women to fly. After the war she earned her bachelor’s degree at Durham University in England. She worked 15 years in Europe as a recreation director for the Special Services branch of the American military. Back in the U.S. she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Long Beach. Mary then worked as head of the Long Beach City College Senior Studies program for almost 40 years, where she “dramatically changed the moribund senior studies program which [previously] held passive events like bingo and card playing”. She is a great believer in seniors using their brains and having fun. Though recently retired at age 92, she has been busy flying planes, jumping out of a plane (to celebrate her 85th birthday), parasailing, and crewing on a dragon boat.

Introduction: Dick Mitchell
Fellowship: Pat Kelly
Greeters: Pat Kelly, Art Parker

November 17 – “Fraud and Theft in Claremont”


Speaker – Detective Hector Tamayo, Claremont Police Department

Detective Tamayo will talk about crime in our area, including robberies, batteries and assaults. He will give us a lot of information on current financial fraud crimes, many of which target senior citizens. According to fraud.org, “Fraudulent telemarketers rob people every day, using phones as their weapons. These criminals target seniors because they are generally too polite to hang up. It’s a myth that older victims are isolated or lonely—many are active people who are lured by great-sounding deals.” The information on crime in this program is important for those of us who live in Claremont and also in other towns. Detective Tamayo earned a BA from Cal Poly Pomona and graduated from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation. He has worked for the Claremont Police Department for 12 years.

Introduction: Steve Sarnicola
Fellowship: Chuck Cable
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

November 24 - No meeting because the Hughes Center scheduled another event in the room by mistake.


Bulletin Committee Members: David and Anne Sonner

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