Category Archives: INTEREST GROUPS

Great Decisions Discussion Group 2017

The Great Decisions discussion group is America’s largest discussion program on World Affairs. Each year, eight thought provoking foreign policy challenges are selected for study. The topics for 2017 are: THE FUTURE OF EUROPE, TRADE AND POLITICS, CONFLICT IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, SAUDI ARABIA IN TRANSITION, U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND PETROLEUM, LATIN AMERICA’S POLITICAL PENDULUM, PROSPECTS FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN and NUCLEAR SECURITY.  A briefing book is provided for each topic. Contact Jeanette Minniti (jeanetteminniti@gmail.com) to order the briefing book.

Wine and Dine

WINE AND DINE: C: Gini Simonson, 481-8843, or gini.jim@comcast.net or Jeanne Marsh, 590-7237, jmarsh@pcisys.net

A social evening where members, their spouses, guests or friends combine their cooking talents to share a delicious meal. The cost of the dinner is shared.

See the newsletter for current information.

Local History

LOCAL HISTORY: Co-Chairs: Anna Ahern, 719-635-3439 aavillasierra@aol.com;                                      Judie Werschky, 719-632-9989, judiewer@aol.com

Group visits historic places or has speakers about significant people or movements in the Southeastern Colorado area.

September 19, 2014: Visit Guffey, an old mining town with lots of character. History will be presented by Betty Royce, deputy sheriff of Park County.

October 17, 2014: Visit Chico Basin Ranch with Michael Moon.

November 21, 2014: The Courthouse Controversy (how it almost didn’t get built, how it was almost torn down, and how it is preserved today) presented by Leah Davis Witherow.

December 19, 2014: Travel to Denver to tour the Brown Palace Hotel and Union Station.

January 16, 2015: History of the El Paso County Poor Farm with Robin Lynch

February 20, 2015: Jessy Randall, Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, will discuss Helen Hunt Jackson’s life and the writing of Ramona.

March 20, 2015: The history of St. George’s Anglican Church by Rev. Don Armstrong and Helene Schafer.

April 17, 2015: Chief Manitou and his contributions to the Pikes Peak Region with author Robert Cronk.

Afternoon Readers

AFTERNOON READERS: C: Joan Zales, 719-633-3033, joanzales@aol.com

September 2014: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

October 2014: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

November 2014: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

January 2015: House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

February 2015: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

March 2015: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

April 2015: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

May 2015: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Luncheon Novel, Too

LUNCHEON NOVEL, TOO: C: Janet Condit, 277-7590, jjcondit@msn.com

September, 2014: The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

October,  2014: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler

November, 2014: True Sisters by Sandra Dallas

December, 2014:  Cane River by Lalita Tademy

January, 2015: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

February, 2015: Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis

March, 2015: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

April, 2015: Planning meeting for 2015-16

May, 2015: Winter of the World by Ken Follett

June, 2015: Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

Readers Potpourri

 

READERS POTPOURRI: C: Darlene Blazek, 471-4101 or blazekcol@aol.co

BOOKS SELECTED FOR 2012-2013:

September 18, 2012: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

October 16, 2012: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

November 13, 2012: Any biography of Charles Dickens or his wife. Some suggestions include Charles Dickens: a Life by Claire Tomalin; Charles Dickens: the Making of a Literary Giant by Christopher Hibbert, or The Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold

December 11, 2012: True Sisters by Sandra Dallas

January 8, 2013: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

February 12, 2013: Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman

March 12, 2013: Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner

April 9, 2013: planning meeting for 2013-14 books

May 14, 2013: The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning