Programs for May 7-Jun 25

Please make event/meal reservations with Steward Shefqet @ (215) 732-0334 or

Monday, May 7th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Gresham Riley is our quarterback.
Menu: Cantaloupe Soup, Steak over Salad, dessert TBD

Thursday, May 10th — Luncheon Roundtable12:30 – 1:30 PM
Speaker is Jim Marsh, President of the Franklin Inn Club.

Topic: “Introduction to Computers and Streaming Devices

Whether you have been ready to toss your computer out the window or feel totally comfortable with it, Jim’s talk may expand your computing horizon.

  • How are computers organized?
  • How do you to get around inside them?
  • He’ll describe media streaming (movies, music, breaking news videos) and what you can do with it.
  • He’ll demonstrate several streaming devices and services – Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, Netflix, Amazon’s Echo, DirecTV.
  •  He’ll finish with the Do’s and Dont’s of computer security.

Menu: Green Salad, Tortellini, dessert TBD

Monday, May 14th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
David Freeman  is our quarterback.
Menu: Green Salad, Turkey Meatballs with Veg and Rice, dessert TBD

Monday, May 21st — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Tom Ricks is our quarterback.

Thursday May 24 — Luncheon Roundtable. 12:30-1:30

Speaker is Innmate Bill Madeira. Topic, “Primaries Matter!
Bill has been a longtime DEM Committeeman in Philadelphia and was for many years a Child Advocate, lobbying State and City officials.

Menu: Tomato Bisque, Chicken Salad, dessert TBD

Monday, May 28th — Club closed for Memorial Day holiday 

Tuesday, May 29th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Alan Penziner
 is our quarterback.

Monday, June 4th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Palmer Hartl  is our quarterback.

Thursday, June 7th — Luncheon Roundtable12:30 – 1:30 PM
Speaker is  Douglas Bohr, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Philadelphia Zoo.
Title of his talk: “What is a zoo in the 21st century? How can the Philadelphia Zoo become increasingly relevant to a public whose perceptions of zoos is changing even as concerns about environmental issues and wildlife conservation are growing?
Bohr came to the zoo after serving as the Director of the Philadelphia Program of The Pew Charitable Trusts. His particular focus was Pew’s support for arts and culture. He served as direct liaison to the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, which — through its funding programs for exhibitions and public interpretation, performance and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts — aims to stimulate a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia by supporting artists and cultural programs marked by excellence, imagination and courage, and connecting them to a broad spectrum of audiences. Doug also oversaw Pew’s Support for Regional Culture strategy which advanced three key strategies: commissioning research on audience participation trends; stimulating learning and collaboration among the region’s culture sector in areas of audience development and marketing, and; supporting the development and implementation of new tools to help arts organizations engage and build relationships with audiences. Previously, Doug was the Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.

Monday, June 11th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Roberta Kangilaski
  is our quarterback.

Friday, June 15th — Club Dinner, starting at 5:45 PM
Speaker is Thom Nickels on Philadelphia Mansions: Inside and Out.
Thom Nickels is a Philadelphia author/journalist, author of twelve books, including Two Novellas: Walking Water & After All This (1989); Out in History (2005), Philadelphia Architecture (2005) and Spore (2010).

Nickels was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for Two Novellas (1990) and awarded the Philadelphia AIA Lewis Mumford Award for Architectural Journalism in 2005. His poetry has appeared in the Van Gogh’s Ear anthology (Paris).  He has written for Philadelphia Magazine.  Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Metro Philadelphia,  Passport magazine (New York), Huffington Post, New Oxford Review and the Broad Street Review.

He is the theater critic at ICON Magazine, a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Free Press, a writer for PJ Media (Los Angeles) and City Journal (New York).  LiteraryPhiladelphia: A History of Prose & Poetry in the City of Brotherly Love was published by The History Press in 2015. His essay on Agnes Repplier was the cover feature essay in the Winter issue of The American Catholic Studies Journal (Villanova University), 2015. He was the featured speaker at Walt Whitman’s 198th birthday celebration at the poet’s historic home in May 2017.  His book Philadelphia Mansions: Stories and Characters behind the Walls was published in March 2018.

Monday, June 18th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Bill Untereker is our quarterback.

Thursday, June 21st — Luncheon Roundtable12:30 – 1:30 PM
Speaker is Dr. Derick Dreher, the John C. Haas Director of The Rosenbach and Vice President for Special Collections at the Free Library of Philadelphia,.
His talk:  Re-energizing one of Philadelphia’s hidden gems.
After a sleepy period, The Rosenbach—now linked with the Free Library—offers some 150 programs and public access to its notable collection of books. Dreher will give his talk a few days after his museum’s day long festivities on June 16,  Bloomsday, celebrating James Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses, that took readers through the streets of Dublin starting on that day in 1904-just two years after the Franklin Inn Club was founded.

Monday, June 25th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Dick Goldberg  is our quarterback.

Friday, June 29th — Club closes for July – August