Programs for Dec 2-Jan 3

Please make reservations at 215-732-0334 or

Steward Shefqet and Chef Tamara VanWinkle depend on day-ahead reservations in order  to prepare enough food and drink!

December 2, Monday Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Dick Goldberg is our Quarterback.

            Menu: Butternut Squash Soup, Egg and Vegetable Casserole, Dessert TBD

December 3, Tuesday Evening Buffet Roundtable, 6:00 pm

Speaker is Philip M. Nichols: “The Growing Pains of Emerging Economies.”

            Menu: Chicken with Barbecue sauce, Green Salad with White dressing, Yellow Rice, Broccoli, Dessert Brownie

Philip Nichols teaches and conducts research on social and economic development, emerging economies, and corruption. He has experience in more than 20 countries, several in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, working on issues of corruption control or business development. Professor Nichols currently co-chairs interest groups on anti-corruption law and on economic law for the American Society of International Law. At Penn, he is the Joseph S. Kolodny Professor of Social Responsibility in Business, and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School.

December 5, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Speakers are Joshua Peskin and Andrew Nurkin: “The Future of Civic Dialogue.”

            Menu: Tomato Soup, Mac and Cheese with a Side Salad, Dessert TBD

Josh Peskin and Andrew Nurkin will describe some of the Free Library’s new plans to stimulate civic engagement. Building on the success of its author events and its remarkable 17-year history with One Book, One Philadelphia, the library has embarked on a program to engage patrons and neighbors in forums stimulating the free exchange of ideas at Parkway Central and the 52 neighborhood libraries. Two examples were a forum on reparations at Lovett Memorial Library in Mt. Airy, and another on controversial public monuments at the central library’s Helm Center. A forum on gun violence is set for March 4 at the Lillian Marrero Library in Fairhill.

Dr. Peskin is an assistant vice-president for development at the Free Library and was formerly vice-president of strategy advancement at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford in religious studies. Mr. Nurkin, a poet, is head of the library’s new Center for Public Life. He has worked at Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement and was executive director of Princeton AlumniCorps, an organization founded to mobilize alumni and students for civic leadership. His degrees include an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School.

December 9, Monday Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Alan Penziner is our quarterback.

            Menu: Green Salad, Owen Wister’s Chili, Dessert TBD

December 12, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Speaker is Michel Jeruchim: “Out of the Shadows.”

            Menu: Green Salad, Roast Chicken with Herb Rice, Dessert TBD

Michel Jeruchim survived the Holocaust because his parents were able to arrange for his safety in France through a network of saviors who transported and hid Jewish children after the Vichy government began to round up and deport Jews in 1942. He was 5 years old when he saw his parents for the last time. In his recently published book, Out of the Shadows: A Memoir, Survival in Nazi-Occupied France and Making a Life in America, he painstakingly reconstructs his early years as a hidden child, living with a Catholic family in the French countryside, separated from his two siblings–and then the drama of reconnecting with them after the war and the transformation of building their lives in the U.S.

December 16, Monday Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Tom Tropp is our quarterback.

Menu: Green Salad, Chicken Paprikash, Dessert TBD

December 20, Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 am

Starting upstairs with Fish House Punch, and continuing in the dining room with a festive menu and entertainment by Innmates who have volunteered their talents

            Menu: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts, Ginger Cake

YOU’RE INVITED to attend the Holiday Luncheon, ending our fall season with cheer for all Innmates and recognition for the staff. In appreciation for their service through the year, please write a generous check on behalf of Steward Shefqet and Chef Tamara.

Your check: Write it to “Franklin Inn Club” and add the note “Holiday Fund” on the memo line. (No cash, please.)

A guideline: To decide the amount, add up the cost of your 2019 meal tickets, then calculate 15-20% for the amount of your check.

The deadline: To assure that appropriate funds are available for presentation at the Holiday Luncheon, mail your check to Club Treasurer Marc Tarlow at his home by December 9. (Address: 4617 Pine Street – Apt H410, Philadelphia, PA 19143)

The back-up: If you miss the December 9th mailing date, you can hand your check to the steward by December 12 in a sealed envelope marked “ATTN: Marc Tarlow.”

Last-ditch back-up: At the latest, you may make a donation by handing your check to Marc Tarlow or President Jim Marsh on December 16 at the Monday Quarterback Roundtable.  

* * * * ANNOUNCEMENTS * * * * *

The Club will close for the holidays after lunch on December 20 and will reopen on January 6 with the Monday Quarterback Roundtable.


January 6        Alina Macneal

January 13      Tom Ricks

January 20      Bill Untereker

January 27      Roberta Kangilaski