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 (email@example.com) to order the briefing book.
WINE AND DINE: C: Gini Simonson, 481-8843, or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeanne Marsh, 590-7237, email@example.com
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: Co-Chairs: Anna Ahern, 719-635-3439 firstname.lastname@example.org; Judie Werschky, 719-632-9989, email@example.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: C: Joan Zales, 719-633-3033, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: C: Janet Condit, 277-7590, email@example.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
SOUTHWEST STUDIES: C: Jean Reynolds, 598-1784, or firstname.lastname@example.org
READERS POTPOURRI: C: Darlene Blazek, 471-4101 or email@example.com
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
UFO’S (UNFINISHED OBJECTS): 1:00 p.m. C: Wynn Weidner, 598-5259, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMIABLE AMBLERS: C: Kay Atteberry, 599-3187 or email@example.com; or Linda Shane, 355-9287, or firstname.lastname@example.org