Programs for Feb 4-Mar 5

Please make event/meal reservations with Steward Shefqet @ (215) 732-0334 or
Shefqet and Chef Tamara Van Winkle absolutely depend on day-ahead reservations in order to prepare enough food and drink!!

Monday, February 11 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Dick Goldberg is our quarterback

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

Monday, February 11 –Board Meetingstarting at 2 PM

Friday, Feb. 15 — Club Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM
Speaker is Timothy Rub, Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Title of his talk: “Making a Classic Modern.”   Mr. Rub began his PMA tenure in September 2009, after serving three years as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Prior to that, he served for six years as director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and for nine years as director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

Mr. Rub graduated from Middlebury College in 1974 with a BA and highest honors in Art History. He enrolled in the doctoral program at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he earned an MA and Certificate in curatorial studies. Later, he received an MBA from the Yale School of Management and participated in the Harvard University program for art museum directors. A specialist in architectural history and modern and contemporary art, Mr. Rub began his curatorial career as a Ford Foundation Fellow and curator at Cooper Hewitt in New York.
Menu: Cream of Broccoli Soup, Roast Salmon, Roasted Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable, Poached Pears.  Non-fish eaters: request Roasted Chicken option.

Monday, February 18 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Alina Macneal is our quarterback.

Menu: Green Salad, Turkey Meatballs with Rice and Vegetables, dessert TBD.

Thursday, Feb. 21st — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM 
Speakers are Tom Ricks and Dick Goldberg, leading a discussion on Palestine and Israel.

The tentative title: “Israel and Palestine:  Myths and Realities.

Menu: Green Salad, Mujadara, (Lebanese Lentils and Rice with Lamb), dessert TBD.

Monday, February 25 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Bill Untereker
 is our quarterback.
Potato Soup, (Carrot Soup), Egg and Broccoli Casserole, TBD.

Thursday, Feb. 28th — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Antonio Regalado, senior editor for Biomedicine at MIT Tech Review, on “Human gene editing—technology promise and controversy.” Mr. Regalado is a well-known writer on controversial topics like IVF (in-vitro fertilization) and CRISPR, an exciting new tool for gene editing.

His recent Tech Review article is online at

Menu: Green Salad, Coq au Vin over Noodles, TBD.

Tuesday, March 5 — Buffet Dinner, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is Lynn Martin Haskin, Ph.D., who has held diverse professional and volunteer positions throughout her career.

Her topic:  “The Role of Community Development Corporations in the Life of Our City.

While a journalism professor at Penn State’s Brandywine Campus, she initiated annual Minority High School Journalism Workshops, was elected National President of Women in Communications, served as campus Director of Academic Affairs for three years, and co-founded the Pennsylvania First amendment Coalition;

As Deputy Director of Greater Philadelphia First, an organization led by 35 CEOs, Lynn marketed the Philadelphia region’s assets to business decision-makers worldwide, conducted the first-ever survey of the region’s 100+ educational/medical institutions, and created the annual Urbs-Burbs Softball Game at (then) Veteran’s Stadium fostering cooperation among elected officials in Southeaster PA;

As Vice President of a privately-held New York-based economic development consulting firm that marketed cities/states/countries, Lynn gained media coverage in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, etc. for CEOs, Governors, Mayors, and University/Medical leaders who demonstrated their location’s assets; and,

As Director of External Affairs for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, she set fundraising records, created and staffed its first-ever National Advisory Board, initiated an annual, high-level Symposium in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and created an annual VIP Reception to recognize major donors.

As a volunteer, Lynn served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the International Economic Development Council and set fundraising records for three annual conferences;

In Philadelphia, she chaired/served on numerous Boards including the Forum of Executive Women, Commercial Real Estate Women, Marion Anderson Award, Settlement Music School, National Museum of American Jewish History, the Franklin Institute and Science Museum, the Girl Scouts, and St. Joeseph’s University College of Business; and,

In the neighborhood, she chaired the Boards of the Old City Civic Association, Historic East Market Street, Inc., the 501c3 precursor to the Old City District, the Arden Theatre Company and Christ Church Preservation Trust.

Lynn earned Ph.D., MS, and BS degrees in journalism/communications from Temple University and certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.  Lynn and her husband Don have lived in Old City since 1983.

To be re-scheduled

Thom Nickels, a conservative commentator and Philadelphia-based author of nine literary works and previous recipient of the 2005 Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Architecture Journalism Award.  Mr. Nickels has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and a Hugo Award for his book Two Novellas. Nickels currently works as a journalist and opinion writer for Philadelphia magazine, where he criticizes “PC culture” and liberal politics.