Programs for Jan 21-Feb 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, January 21 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Roberta Kangilaski is our quarterback.

Menu:  Green Salad, Tuscan Bean Stew, Dessert TBD.

Thursday, January 24 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Deborah Block, Artistic Director of Theatre Exile, a thriving stage in South Philly for 18 years.  Deborah is a pioneer in the Philly theater scene. She brought the Fringe Festival to Philadelphia in 1996, she has taught classes at University of the Arts and Walnut Street Theater, and this season at Exile she’s directing “Smoke” by Kim Davies. She appreciates the Philly theater community, valuing the changing cultural landscape. “The philanthropy is great in Philly, and I enjoy getting to know people and speaking the truth of Theater Exile.”

Menu: Green Salad, Chicken Tagine, Dessert TBD.

Monday, January 28 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Basil Talbott is our quarterback.

Menu:  Green Salad, Ginger Chicken over Lentils, Dessert TBD.

Thursday, January 31 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Sheldon M. Bonovitz, a prominent Philadelphia art collector.
Chairman Emeritus of the Duane Morris LLP law firm, Mr. Bonovitz is CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Title of his talk: “The Art Collector: Who, Why, How Exit.”

Menu:  Green Salad, Pasta with Bolognese, Dessert TBD

Monday, February 4 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Alan Penziner is our quarterback

Tuesday, February 5 — Buffet Dinner, starting at 6 PM
Speaker is David Boardman, Dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University.

Title of his talk: “Journalism in the 21st Century: Peril and Promise.”

Boardman has academic and financial responsibility for one of the nation’s largest programs of its kind, with more than 3,000 students and 250 faculty members. In three years in this position, he has raised nearly $15 million for the school and has led major strategic initiatives that have raised its profile and standing.

Previously, Boardman was executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, the largest news organization in the Pacific Northwest. Under his leadership, the Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and produced 10 Pulitzer finalists. Before joining The Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest, and worked on a construction project in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington

Thursday, Feb. 7 — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Speaker is Bruce Lafferty, Curator of Architecture at the Philadelphia Athenaeum
Topic: “Finding Real Philadelphia in Real Photo Postcards”

A native and life-long resident of Philadelphia, Mr. Laverty is 1979 graduate of LaSalle College. Since 1983, he has been the Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture at the Athenaeum, where he prepared that institution’s first published catalog of architectural drawings. During his tenure, the Athenaeum’s architectural collection increased six-fold. He has curated more than 75 exhibitions, including “Modern Classics: Selections from the Paul P. Cret Collection.” In 1998 he received the Preservation Achievement Award for his work as curator, editor and co-author of “Monument to Philanthropy: The Design and Building of Girard College, 1832-1848.

Mr. Laverty is the Founding Director of the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project, an on-line database of architectural information and images consulted more than 150,000 times daily. He also serves as Project Director of the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network, a Mellon Foundation-sponsored project that has digitized and web-mounted more than 10,000 historic map and survey images. He also is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, where he teaches “History of Philadelphia Architecture”, “Intro to Historic Preservation” and “History of the Philadelphia Rowhouse.”

Monday, February 11 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Dick Goldberg is our quarterback

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.

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

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.

Monday, February 25 — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM
Bill Untereker is our quarterback.

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

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.