Programs for Sep 2-Nov 21

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!!

IMPORTANT UPDATE. The FRANKLIN INN CLUB will re-open on Monday September 9, 2019 rather than the previously scheduled September 2nd because of ongoing construction.

September 9, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable followed by a board meeting at 2PM

Alina Macneal is our Quarterback

September 10, Tuesday Buffet Dinner starting at 6:00 PM

Speaker is Trudy Rubin. She is the foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a member of The Inquirer’s editorial board. Her column appears twice weekly in The Inquirer and runs regularly in many other newspapers around the United States.

In 2017, Ms. Rubin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and for the Overseas Press Club commentary prize for her columns on global issues. She was also a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for her columns on Israel and the Palestinians. In 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal Award for International Reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross Award for international commentary from the American Academy of Diplomacy. She is the author of Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq.

September 12, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is historian Greg Barnes on “How Quakers worked to save Jews from the Holocaust. He will trace efforts across two continents–resulting in tens of thousands of lives rescued. In recognition, the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Philadelphia’s own American Friends Service Committee, as well as a British Quaker organization, on behalf of Friends everywhere.

Gregory A. Barnes, PhD. spent many years at Drexel University principally in directing the English Language Center. He is the author of A Centennial History of the American Friends Service Committee. He lives with his wife in an experimental Quaker community in Philadelphia.

September 16, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Tom Tropp is our Quarterback

September 20, Friday Club Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM

Speaker is Philadelphia legend Bill Marimow on “How to detect/dissect/debunk ‘Fake News’.” He will advocate for bringing critical thinking into homes and schools to counter the misinformation surrounding us.

Philly-born William K. Marimow, who received two Pulitzer Prizes as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, was Editor of The Inky for ten years. He is now vice president of corporate strategy for The Inquirer’s parent company. He was also editor in chief of The Baltimore Sun and Vice President of news for National Public Radio. He identifies himself as a racquetball player and fan of Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and Big Five, father of reporter and capitalist, husband of artist.

September 23, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Alan Penziner is our Quarterback

September 26, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM Speaker is David Brigham, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation’s first museum and first school of fine arts. Dr. Brigham is leading PAFA through a period of growth and vitality. Joining PAFA in 2007 as the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, he was promoted by the Board of Trustees in 2010 to President and CEO. During that time, PAFA increased its operating budget from $12 million to $20 million, while maintaining a balanced budget each year.

September 30, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Palmer Hartl is our Quarterback

October 1, Tuesday Buffet Dinner, starting at 6 PM

Speaker is Alan (“Zak”) Zaklad, a Tai Chi Chuan instructor, on “Tai Chi for balance and longevity.” He will engage in a dialogue with long-time Tai Chi student Steve Ditlea, on the history, philosophy, and proven benefits of the ancient Chinese martial art. The talk will conclude with a demonstration of this practice’s essential 37 postures.

Zak Zaklad, PhD., is a psychotherapist who tended to the afflicted during the AIDS crisis in Philadelphia, discovering Tai Chi as a form of relief for his clients and himself. He has studied Tai Chi for 25 years and is a second-generation student of Professor Cheng Man Ching. Steve Ditlea has been a freelance journalist for 48 years and was fortunate to study with Da Liu, one of the first to bring Tai Chi to the US from China.

October 3, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Ned Montgomery, Vice Chairman of the Curtis Institute of Music. He will talk on the current status and prospects for Curtis.

Edward A. Montgomery, Jr., 83, graduated from Deerfield Academy; he received a BA and LLD from Trinity College, and attended Harvard Business School. From 1970 to 1974 he was a Vice President of Mellon Bank Corporation, responsible for corporate lending in the New York City division of the Corporate Banking Department. In 1985, he became Vice Chairman of Mellon Bank, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Bank (East).

October 7, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Dick Goldberg is our Quarterback

October 10, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is architect Dan Nichols, who will speak about restoring a Frank Lloyd Wright House–his own.

October 14, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable followed by a board meeting at 2PM

Tom Ricks is our Quarterback  

October 18, Friday Club Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM

Speaker is Innmate Peter Lewis, a former writer for the New York Times now active in Philadelphia. His topic is “The Presidency and the Press.”

October 21, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Bill Untereker is our Quarterback

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

Speaker is Shira Goodman, until recently Executive Director of CeaseFirePA ( She has extensive experience in the nonprofit world and joined the organization following ten years as a public policy advocate working for better courts in Pennsylvania and a career in labor law. She is involved in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations, and serves on the board of the Legal Intelligencer and several community nonprofits.

October 28, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Roberta Kangilaski is our Quarterback

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

Speaker is Brenda Malinics on “Bats. Brenda is a well-respected animal advocate in the Philadelphia area. At Temple University, it’s that time of year to rethink the difference between biking and driving, between leaving the television on in your room during that 30-minute trip to Maxis, or turning it off and reconsidering the decision to spend $1,000 on that new desktop computer when Temple has some that could be bought for $100.

This year’s Sustainability Week, run by Temple’s Office of Sustainability, has events varying from saving bats to upcycling sheet music. At least 10 student organizations are taking part.

November 4, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Michael Brooks is our Quarterback

November 7, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is Rebecca Maury on “Medical Marijuana — what you need to know.”

Dr. Maury is a hospice & palliative medicine specialist in Philadelphia, PA and has been practicing for 17 years. She graduated from University Of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2002 and specializes in hospice & palliative medicine.

November 11, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable followed by a board meeting at 2PM

Michael Brooks is our Quarterback

November 15, Friday Club Dinner, starting at 5:30 PM

Speaker is Val Shively on “American Bandstand.”

72-year-old Val Shively is the man behind R&B Records, a three-storey vinyl paradise in Philadelphia. Dubbed the oldies capitol of the world, the store has a staggering stockpile featuring four million records, mostly 45s from the 50s and 60s.

November 18, Monday – Quarterback Roundtable

Basil Talbott is our Quarterback

November 21, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Speaker is TV commentator Malcolm Nance on “The plot to steal America.

Mr. Nance is an author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture. He is a former Navy senior chief petty officer specializing in naval cryptology. Nance is an intelligence and foreign policy analyst who frequently discusses the history, personalities, and organization of jihadi radicalization and al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant; Southwest Asian and African terror groups; as well as counterinsurgency and asymmetric warfare.