Programs for Sep 1-30

September 7, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Michael Brooks is our Quarterback. (Because of Labor Day, the Monday Quarterback Roundtable shifts to Tuesday.)

September 9, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Innmate Stuart Shapiro. His topic—Current state of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Stuart will update us on vaccination progress, discuss the impact of the coronavirus Delta variant, and answer our questions about the pandemic.

Former Philadelphia Health Commissioner Stuart Shapiro, M.D, has had a public health and business career. He also served as Massachusetts Deputy Health Secretary and Senior Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health and Scientific Research. Currently, he is a strategic healthcare consultant, and he has been advising nursing homes and other clients on how to manage the current Covid-19 crisis.

September 13, Monday Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Alina Macneal is our Quarterback.

September 16, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable:

Speaker is Benjamin Aitoumeziane, political campaign strategist. His topic—The Art and Science of Political Campaigning.

Benjamin Aitoumeziane will share lessons learned from his work during the past four election cycles. His numerous campaign experiences here in Pennsylvania—in both electoral politics and issue advocacy—have shown him what can make or break a political campaign. While the 2020 presidential election cycle feels like it ended just yesterday, it’s already time for candidates to start thinking about the next cycle and how to prepare for its challenges.

Benjamin is interim campaign manager for Representative Brian Sims in the 2022 lieutenant governor’s race. Previously, he has worked with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, The Indivisible Project, and Katie McGinty’s U.S. Senate Campaign. He has served in a wide range of campaign roles including organizing, finance, operations, and strategy. Outside of his electoral work, he is also passionate about climate justice and the role of transportation and urbanism in facilitating our transition to a sustainable future. As executive vice-chair of SEPTA’s Youth Advisory Council, he organizes young people advocating for transportation justice.

September 20, Monday Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Palmer Hartl is our Quarterback.

September 23, Thursday Club Dinner – starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

A special dinner celebrating the Club’s reopening and remembering David Freeman.

September 27, Monday Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Tom Tropp is our Quarterback.

September 30, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Nathan Raab, author, historian, and rare documents dealer. His topic—The Hunt for History. He will tell the fascinating story of how he learned to tell the difference between real and forged documents, and of astonishing finds that were nearly lost to history.

Nathan Raab’s recent book, with Luke Barr, is The Hunt for History (Simon & Schuster, 2020). Its lengthy subtitle tells a story in itself: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures—from the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings On Board JFK’s Air Force One. Raab knows the emotional power of history and learned the value of its paper trail in apprenticeship to his father Steven, an avid collector of rare documents and founder of the Raab Collection, based in Ardmore. Nathan is now a principal in the business. Nationally recognized for his expertise in historic documents, he is helping to build public and private historic manuscript collections throughout the country. Forgeries are common and spotting them is an art informed by instinct and expertise. Suspense in the hunt for history swirls around the question “How do you know it’s real?”