Franklin Inn Club

Week of Apr. 17 – 21
Please call (215-732-0334) or E-mail Steward Shefqet for meal/event reservations.
Monday, Apr. 17th — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Roberta KangilaskiRoberta Kangilaski
is our quarterback.
Menu: Carrot Soup, Roast Chicken with Vegetable Rice, dessert TBD

Tuesday, Apr. 18th — Movie Night, starting at 7 PM
No charge.  Wine provided.  Bring your own snacks.

Friday, Apr. 21st  — Club Dinner, starting at 6 PM

Speaker is Innmate John Raines on National Security and the Politics of Fear.
Menu: Sweet Pea Soup, Baharat Lamb Meatballs over Israeli Pearled CousCous with Wilted Baby Spinach, Home-made Golden Coconut Ice Cream.

Please call for any non-meat options
Monday, Apr. 24th — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Joan Countryman is our quarterback.
Menu: Green Salad, Mujadara (Lebanese Lentils and Rice), dessert TBD

Thursday, Apr. 27th — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Speaker is Nancy Goldenberg, Vice President of Planning & Development for the Center City District.   CCD is Philadelphia’s downtown business improvement district, where Nancy leads strategic planning and fundraising efforts for capital and programmatic initiatives. She also serves as Executive Director of the Center City District Foundation, the CCD charitable affiliate.  Prior to her current role, she was CCD’s Vice President of Strategic Planning, working on public space renovations such as Cret Park, Sister Cities Park, Collins Park and Dilworth Park.
Menu: Green Salad, Whole Wheat Penne with Tomato Vegetable Sauce, dessert TBD

Monday, May 1st — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Gresham Riley is our quarterback.

Tuesday, May 2nd — Evening Roundtable, starting at 6 PM

Speaker is Erin Arvedlund, who writes a weekly column for the Inquirer on investing and personal finance.  She will speak on financial advisors and what questions you should ask them.  Her first book was Too good to be true — the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff.

Monday, May 8th– Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
David Freeeman is our quarterback.

Thursday, May 11th — Luncheon Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Topic:  125 years of the Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical research,
with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development
Speakers are two Wistar officers:  Anita Pepper, Ph.D., Vice President of Institutional Advancement; and
Dr. William Wunner, Director of Academic Affairs. Dr.  Wunner has been a research contributor to the development of the key rabies vaccine.

Monday, May 15th — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Bill Untereker is our quarterback.

Monday, May 22nd — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
George Fisher is our quarterback.

Monday, May 29th — Memorial Day —CLUB CLOSED

Tuesday, May 30th — Quarterback Roundtable, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Palmer Hartl is our quarterback.


Attached are FIC Board minutes for two recent meetings, plus draft minutes for the Annual Meeting of the Club in January 2017.

New member Alan Penziner offers to screen Movie Nights monthly at the Club
He plans to show movies one night a month at the Club (reviving a prior offering by local film impresario Lou Bluver).
Alan’s first showing will be on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 PM.

Given the serious subjects of most Franklin Inn Club discussions, Alan thought it might be therapeutic to “lighten” things up with comedies initially.
The first feature will be “Animal Crackers” (1930), one of the best Marx Brothers films. (It introduced the song “Hooray for Captain Spaulding!” that later became Groucho’s theme song). Prior to each film, Alan will give a brief introduction, with wine and cheese at 7 PM.   If attendees wish, we can have post-screening discussions. Selection of which weeknight to offer Movie Nights is under discussion, also whether there should be a fee (to cover refreshments, the steward’s services, and film rentals).

Alan helped run a film society in college, and he took courses with the legendary film historian William K. Everson at The New School.  He has been a research assistant and editor on several academic cinema books and a number of academic articles.  Hopefully, “Movie Night” will be a successful endeavor.  Your feedback, please, to


Monday luncheon quarterbacks for June:

June 5           Tom Ricks

June 12         John Raines

June 19         Dick Goldberg

June 26         Roberta Kangilaski