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


September Program Chair: Opanyi Nasiali

September 3 – “Who Is Your Neighbor?”

Speaker – Grace Sanchez-Hagen
Grace Sanchez-Hagen, president of the Grace Group, will share with us about the poor in our community and how we can make a difference to our neighbors. She has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, and has worked with renowned organizations such as World Vision, Focus on the Family, and Union Rescue Mission. In 2000, she joined Scudder Private Investments where she worked with private family foundations providing asset management services. In 2004, she resigned to care for her mother who was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. It was during this sabbatical that she created the Grace Group. She has built a team of fund raising professionals who work to provide development services to worthy organizations. Ms. Sanchez-Hagen was born and raised in Compton, CA. A product of mentoring programs through her community and school, she graduated as her high school valedictorian and studied at Cal State Fullerton. She has traveled throughout Central and South America, Europe and Africa. She has 3 children and resides in Claremont, CA.

Introducer: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Pat Kelley
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

September 10 – “The Claremont Crime-Free Housing Program

Speaker – Jim Keith, Chairman, Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing
The Claremont Crime-Free Program was established in 2009. It is patterned after a program run by full-time staff in police departments throughout the United States. However, in Claremont, the benefits of this program are being achieved by a low cost public/private partnership with a group of volunteers known as the Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing. Jim Keith has been a Claremont resident for 39 years. He graduated from Stanford University and then moved to Southern California with his wife, Sue. He worked for 12 years in engineering positions at Kaiser Steel, followed by 23 years building a furniture plant in South Gate for the HON Company. He retired from the position of Vice President and General Manager in 2007. After his retirement, Mr. Keith joined the volunteer Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing, which started the Claremont Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program. The program is coordinated through the Claremont Police Department.

Introducer: Brian Bowcock
Fellowship: David Sonner
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

September 17 – “Southern California Edison, State of the Utility


Speaker – Donna G. Lee
As one of the nation's largest electric utilities, Southern California Edison (SCE) delivers power to more than 14 million people and is committed to delivering safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Learn about smart energy for today and tomorrow. Donna Lee is the Local Public Affairs Region Manager for SCE. She oversees the northeastern portion of Los Angeles County.She is the company liaison and primary contact on local governmental and regional issues impacting SCE policies. Her area includes the cities of Azusa, Claremont, Glendora, La Verne, Pomona, San Dimas and West Covina

Introducer: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Martha Scott
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

September 24 – “Kenya’s 43rd Tribe – Growing up as an Indian in Kenya

Speaker – Arun D. Tolia
Arun Toilia has been a member of the La Verne Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years. He is a businessman with an unwavering spirit of community service. As a Committee Member for the Good Samaritan Fund for Hillcrest, Taste of La Verne, and the Community Yard Sale, it’s difficult to see when he has time to run his own business. But he does! In Nov. 5, 2012, he started a new business venture, Investors TEAM Realty, Inc., which specializes in foreclosures, short sales, and probates. Personally, Arun is at the ready with idioms from his African and Indian backgrounds. A parable or idiom from Swahili and Gujarati languages are offered in jest or in loving wisdom … of course, translated to English! Arun is a well-traveled citizen of the world, but he now resides in La Verne. He was born in Kenya, where he provided logistic support for the Lutheran World Federation, USAID, Danish AID and Swedish AID. Though his professional travels have exposed him to all corners of the world, Arun proudly calls La Verne home. He frequently shares the story of how he was born a British subject, became a Kenyan citizen, and chose to be an American. It’s no wonder he and his wife Vanita have won the Patriot Award at the La Verne Fourth of July Parade.

Introducer: Opanyi Nasiali
Fellowship: Jeanne Kennedy
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy
Birthdays: TBD


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