Winter/Spring Agenda
January - April 2009

Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($20) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Evening:Optional Dinner ($40) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 9, 2009
Eclectics “NEW YEAR KICK OFF” Event
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.                                                       
Program 10:00 a.m. 

The Global Energy Challenge, presented by Dr. Roel Snieder W.m.  Keck Distinguished Professor of Basil Exploration Science  Colorado School of Mines.

Eclectics will start this year by being challenged to understand the tension between increased energy demand, peak oil, the associated challenge in curbing climate change, and actions that we can take towards a sustainable energy system.

Energy is the life-blood of the modern world. According to the Energy Information Administration, global energy consumption is expected to grow by about 70% in the coming 25 years. Much of this growth is driven by developing countries, whose inhabitants seek a standard of living that more closely resembles that of the western world. Petroleum provides about 40% of the world-wide energy demand, and, although estimates vary, oil production is expected to peak in the relatively near-future. The combination of increased energy demand and declining petroleum supply can be a threat to political stability and is likely to lead to a shift towards coal and non-conventional oil. This will further increase CO2 emissions and thus accelerate global warming and life-altering regional climate changes.


Friday, January 16, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

The Ashbery Bridge: Poetry and Public Space, presented by Eric Lorberer.

What is the purpose of public art? And can poetry play a part in it? If we examine one of the most unusual and fully realized public art projects in the country, pedestrian bridge located at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the answers may surprise you. Created by the internationally renowned sculptor Siah Armajani, the bridge features an especially commissioned poem by major prize-winning poet John Ashbery, and the result is a functional work of art that dramatically inserts poetry into the public sphere. In this multimedia presentation, poet/critic Eric Lorberer will offer an in-depth look at this marvelous object, elucidating not only how the poem and the bridge work together as a piece of public art, but also how this particular poem fits into and informs the oeuvre of one of America’s greatest living poets.

Eric Lorberer holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has published poems and essays in numerous literary journals and newspapers. He edits the award-winning quarterly Rain Taxi Review of Books, co-curates the “Free Verse” series at the Walker Art Center, and is the director of the annual Twin Cities book Festival in Minneapolis.

Each attendee of this program will receive a free copy of Rain Taxi Review of Books!



Friday, January 23, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

DNA From Crime Scene to Courtroom, presented by, Mitchell Morrissey.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, will describe how DNA evidence found at crime scenes is used to solve cases, prosecute criminals and exonerate innocent people in the criminal justice system.  The scientific techniques involved in forensic DNA analysis will be explained, as will the National DNA data base (CODIS). The presentation will discuss Denver’s award-winning Cold Case DNA Program and DNA Burglary Project: both demonstrate real-world applications of current scientific techniques.  Among the provocative topics he will discuss the expansion of DNA data bases and familial DNA database searches and investigations. Privacy issues around the DNA database for familial searches will be explored.

I don’t know about you but Mitch is on our TV screens a lot explaining how this new technology is in the forefront of his efforts to solve many crimes. His DNA Resource section on his web site has become an international resource for other prosecutors. He is leading the charge to cast a wider net to broaden the DNA collection and thereby helps to solve cases more quickly and also helps to exonerate people.


Friday, January 30, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.                                                        
Program 10:00 a.m.

The Stem Cell Revolution, presented by Dennis R. Roop,
Ph. D.

Come Learn about The Charles C. Gates  Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology Program which was established on August 23, 2006 as a result of a generous gift from the Gates Frontiers Fund. The comprehensive program is open to all investors within the CU system who are interested in stem cell research. The goal of the program is to understand the biology of stem cells in order to develop new therapies for debilitating diseases such as cancer, pediatric diseases, heart diseases, juvenile diabetes, vascular disease, liver diseases, blood disease and neuronal diseases. The program is housed in the recently-opened Research Complex on the Anschutz Medical Campus, the largest new biomedical and clinical campus in the United States.

Until recently, it was generally assumed that all cancer cells were the same. However, emerging data from virtually all cancer types suggest that cancers may be maintained by a relatively small number of cancer stem cells that are resistant to traditional cancer therapies. One way to put these observations into perspective is to think of a lawn filled with dandelions. Initially after mowing the lawn, the dandelions appear to be gone, however, the roots are still intact and with time, the dandelions reappear. In the case of cancer, radiation and chemotherapy may destroy most of the tumor, but the roots, i.e. the cancer stem cells are resistant, and with time cancer reappears.

The primary goal of the stem cell cancer research program will be to translate findings from studies on basic biology of cancerous stem cells into new therapies and cures for various types of cancer.

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Friday, February 6, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.                                                       
Program 10:00 a.m.

Time for Educational Creativity to Lead and Inspire KEEP, presented by Carrie Olson, Executive Director for KEEP (Kepner Educational Excellence Program) and Jacqueline Arriaga, Work Program Coordinator for KEEP, they will be assisted by some of the student participants.

Carrie started this program by developing a writing contest focused on Anne Frank to create a program to challenge her students to think and talk about the larger issues of injustice choice and responsibility. They celebrated by taking a trip to Washington D.C. and a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. the year it opened. Now the program has not only continued but expanded to trips to Washington D.C. and Europe.

Jacqueline Arriaga, KEEP Work Program Coordinator, will discuss how she brings students and families together to raise the funds needed for these trips. She will share her stories of the lessons learned along the way.

And their – the “proof of the pudding” – we will learn form some fo the students themselves. There are some inovative,exciting programs in our DPS school system. Come be inspired.



Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Denver Country Club
Time 7:00 p.m., Dessert, Tea and Coffee Reception
Program 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $12.00

The Influence of media on our Political Decision, presented by John Temple, Editor, President and Publisher of the Rocky Mountain News.

John Temple has been editor of the Rocky Mountain News for almost six years. In that time, the paper has won its first two Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards for journalistic excellence. Temple also holds the titles of President and Publisher. He oversees the editorial operations of Rocky Mountain News and serves as its top executive and chief liaison with the Denver Newspaper Agency. Did the media influence your choice at the last election? Do you rely on published opinions to shape your views? Hear why politics and newspapers are strange bedfellows when John Temple, Editor, President and Publisher of the Rocky Mountain News, explains everything you need to know about how journalism shapes your world. That and the very future of the print news media at the local and national level will be discussed.


A topic you won’t want to miss!

Denver Eclectics is co-hosting this evening with Welcome to Colorado International Club, which was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization. The purpose of this organization is to make women from foreign countries feel welcome to Colorado and to encourage friendship between women of the United States and women from other countries.


Friday, February 13, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Health Care Reform: Issues and Challenges, presented by Dr. M. Roy Wilson, Chancellor of The University of Colorado Denver.

At this time in our history and in our tenuous economic situation, health care is one of the most pressing concerns that we all face. We have been struggling with this issue since before Hillary failed to develop an acceptable template. There are lots of efforts being touted including last year’s thoughtful program by T. R. Reid We’re #37, but we are still left worried and many underinsured or uninsured. What a timely topic to have presented to our group by a real health care leader in our country.

Chancellor Dr. Wilson oversees three campuses, with a combined total of more than 28,000 degree-seeking, online, continuing education and certificate program students; and 8,118 employees, including 5,376 faculty members who teach in programs that span liberal arts and social sciences at the downtown Denver campus in Auraria to medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and a graduate school at the Health Sciences Center campuses in Denver and in Aurora.

Now that we have a new federal administration there will be a renewed focus on health care policy and financing for all Americans. Dr. Roy Wilson will discuss the landscape for change and consider policy proposals and their impact.


Friday, February 20, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Women and Policy- The impact of Public Policy on Women’s Efforts for Economic Success, presented by Gretchen McComb, President and CEO of the Woman’s Foundation of Colorado and Chaer Robert, Director of the Denver Women’s Commission.

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National, state and local-level public policies have a tremendous impact on a woman’s ability to achieve economic success, especially for those women typically labeled as the “working poor”. Gretchen Gagel McComb, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, will share examples of the local policy barriers, including the “cliff effect”, a study conducted by Columbia University that demonstrates how Colorado policy forces women to turn down raises and promotions. Joining her is Chaer Robert, Director of the Denver Women’s Commission, who will inform us about this organization’s efforts to impact the economic condition of women in Denver. Both will share tips on how to get involved in local policy, from voting to running for office. Since Denver Eclectics is a premier women’s leadership group- today we will learn what issues are important to us and also for our sisters to be successful economically and politically.

Carl Patterson

Friday, February 27 , 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Museum-style Conservation or How to Keep Your Lipstick-Covered Urinals Looking Like New, presented by Carl Patterson and Jessica Fletcher.

What? I can hardly wait to enjoy Carl Patterson and Jessica Fletcher’s obvious sense of humor. They are conservators at the Denver Art Museum. Carl’s the Silber Director of Conservation and Jessica was Senior Conservator but she is taking timeout to preserve some peace at home with very active small children.

They claim to have the best jobs at the Museum and they will help us develop an eye for detecting forgeries. I am so fearful that my Grandma Moses painting in the living room was really done by Grandma Smith.

They ask, just who has the best job at the Denver Art Museum? A curator, the Director, or one of the designers? Without doubt, it is the team of conservators who work tirelessly behind the scenes preserving art and preparing it for exhibition. Who else gets up close and personal with Monet’s “Waterlillies” one day and John DeAndrea’s famous nude “Linda” the next? This lecture takes a look at the many facets of the conservation profession as it is applied to a museum like our Denver Art Museum with its widely varied collections and programs. Not only will treatments in the laboratory be discussed, the lecture will also present techniques for examining art, detecting forgeries, and several new projects that allow the general public to get a closer look at the art of conservation. I also think that one of the goals of getting older is good



Jessica Fletcher


Friday, March 6, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, presented by Dr. Robin Gabriels.

Robin Gabriels, Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate professor in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado. Dr. Gabriels is also the founder and Director of the Neuropsychiatric Special Care program for developmentally disabled patients (ages 4 to 17) with co-morbid conditions (medical and/or psychiatric) at the Children’s Hospital. Have you noticed that there is much more information being generated by research into neuropsychiatric conditions? It is really an amazing story of how treatment is being facilitated by increased knowledge. Robin will also give an overview of the Neuropsychiatric Special Care Program at the Children’s Hospital. She will use video case examples to demonstrate specific diagnostic characteristics and intervention needs. Eclectics will have the opportunity to learn much more about autism and what we know today as compared to what we thought 30 years ago.


Harold Fields

Thomas DeWolf

Friday, March 13, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Screening: Traces of the Trade: Followed by Q & A presented by, Thomas Norman Dewolf and Harold Fields.

Traces of the Trade tells the story of first-time filmmaker Katrina Browne's New England ancestors, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. At Browne's urging, nine fellow descendants of her prominent family agree to journey with her to retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade. The group gathers in their old hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island. They discover disturbing historic documents that require a rethinking of American history as the 4th of July rolls by. Slavery was business for more than just the DeWolf family, it was a cornerstone of Northern commercial life.

Traces of the Trade had its world premier in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film is being released in 2008 as part of the Bicentennial



Friday, March 13 , 2008 – Special Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Dinner and Discussion- 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
All in one room-table style.

How We See and How We are Seen, presented by Thomas DeWolf.

Tonight Eclectics is hosting a first time “Salon” offering this will be an evening, not only of education, but one of reflection and deeper understanding.


An intimate dinner and discussion with Thomas Norman DeWolf author of Inheriting the Trade limited 50 or fewer participants Dinner with wine and discussion with Tom DeWolf about the calling that has changed his life. He says “On the surface Inheriting the Trade is a story about a legacy of slavery and how it continues to impact relationships among people of different races today. By digging deeper, readers will see connections between racism, sexism, religious intolerance and oppression along class, age and other lines.

We live in fearful times in a troubled world. I believe we are called to wake up, to open our eyes wide and recognize our kinship with each other, with all others, as equals. We can meet challenges we face in our world by truly developing compassion for each other, by our intentions, and our actions to understand those who differ from us.
“My friend was right. Inheriting the Trade is an invitation. As you read about the journey that our family of ten took, I invite you to examine your own life, how you walk in the world, how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you, and the impact it has on you and those around you”.

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Friday, March 20, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

It has taken a bit of effort to coordinate the participants, but the program will be a special combination of “Reality Show” and “Breaking Current Discoveries About Women and Heart Disease”. Here is the background of what happened to Lee Everding in September – As you may know:

In September, Lee was leading a group of her Denver Eclectics in Breckenridge, CO and experienced an attack of “Takotsubo,” a little known cardiac syndrome that imitates a heart attack and is just as fatal. An AirLife helicopter ride to Denver's Saint Joseph's Hospital resulted in several days in ICU. While receiving a blood pressure pump, 5 blood pressure meds and the help of a respirator, her vitals were nevertheless dipping the wrong way. Retired Episcopal Bishop of Colorado Jerry Winterrowd called for a healing service. Participating with the Bishop were Lee's Sufi Muslim son Bob and wife Gari who read and sang sentences from the Koran, Ed who administered Reiki, and Lee's son Rich who is convinced that the energies of Lee's parents Virginia Lee and Bayard were present. By the way, Rich had been mobilizing the internet with floods of information, prayers and good wishes. When a nurse told the prayer group to “keep doing what you're doing” Lee's vitals started to strengthen, thus avoiding a possible fatal outcome. Her recovery was indeed miraculous, but undoubtedly a synergistic miracle drawing upon various spiritual and medical energies. The cardiologist who had been on call that night and who made the Takotsubo diagnosis so that the treatment was correctly focused is Hindu. The Catholic nuns of the Sisters of Leavenworth, who live in the hospital and whom Lee knew years ago as a hospital board member, also prayed and supported her. In reflecting, Lee says, “I think the miracle is that at a time of great vulnerability, the love and support that surrounds us and is only waiting to be mobilized is indeed miraculous.”


Therefore we will begin with a half hour 10 to 10:30 am review of the September circumstances and role of Lee, Richard, an Air Life nurse, Bishop Winterrowd followed by Dr. Napoli Vijay who will discuss “Takotsubo” and spend the majority of his hour on a more general discussion of women and heart disease.

Dr. Vijay is Chairman of the Cardio-Vascular Department at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and in 1999, Dr. Vijay was recognized by 5280 Magazine as the "Best Cardiologist"; in the Denver area as voted on by his fellow physicians. Dr. Vijay enjoys a very successful cardiology practice, offering a wealth of medical knowledge and a compassionate and caring style for his patients. He has practiced cardiology in Denver since 1975 when he completed his cardiology fellowship training program at St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Vijay holds many prestigious appointments and awards recognizing his many accomplishments in cardiology.

Professional Interest:
• Chairman of Cardio-Vascular Department, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
• Member of Quality Assurance Committee, Cardiology
• Member of the Health ONE Alliance Institutional Review Board-1999 to present

Principal investigator in over 75 national clinical trials for new cardiology drugs and devices, offering many of his patients an opportunity for earlier access to recent advances in healthcare technology. Dr. Vijay's research contact is Melinda Washam. Instructor in the Graduate Medical Education program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center since 1973. These educational programs include medical students, residents, interns, and fellows. Dr Vijay is an accomplished speaker at many of the top national and international cardiology conferences such as: The American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific meetings, The World Heart Congress, and national speaker for several major pharmaceutical companies.

While having an attack of “Takotsubo” is a rare occurrence, heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States killing more than all forms of cancer combined. Please plan to come and bring a woman guest (but let us know) and let’s wear RED – the national symbol of Women’s heart health.


Friday, March 27, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m.

Transparency: What Leaders do to Create a Culture of Candor, presented by, Dr. James O’Toole.

James O’Toole is the Daniels Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Previously, at the University of Southern California’s business school he held the University Associates’ Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine. Dr. O’Toole received his doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Elliot Richardson, as Chairman of the Secretary’s task Force on Work in America, and as Director of Field Investigations for President Nixon’s Commission on Campus Unrest. Among many other leadership roles from 1994-97 Dr. O’Toole was Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, and later, Mortimer J. Adler Senior Fellow at the institute. In 2007 he was named one of the “100 most influential people in business ethics” by editors of the Ethisphere, and one of “the top 100 thought leaders on leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Dr. O’Toole’s presentation on his new book Transparency which was co-authored with Warren Bennis and Daniel Goleman will discuss how the issue of transparency relates to the current financial crisis, the Enron and World Com scandals, the Bush Administration’s misguided information about WMD’s in Iraq, and the managerial challenges faced daily in all business organizations. Chancellor Robert D. Coombe encouraged Dr. O’Toole to come and present to us, as he thinks this will be terrific synergy for both Dr. O’Toole and Eclectics. I trust the Chancellor’s recommendation and certainly the topic is timely.
This is one not to be missed - it is front page news.


Thursday, April 2, 2009 OR Friday, April 3, 2009
Field Trip to the Kempe Center
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $10.00

The Kempe Center moves out to Fitzsimmons to be next to the Children’s Hospital by the end of January 2009. Thanks to a wonderful invitation from Jesse Wolff, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation we are invited to a presentation and tour of the new facility on Thursday April 2nd and Friday April 3rd.

The Issue: Stemming Child Abuse

Child Abuse and neglect is an epidemic. Some of the statistics show that there are approximately 1 million confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect annually. The Kempe Foundation is a National Leader in research, teaching and treatment for families and children at risk.

Jesse Wolff has served as the president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation since 2007. From 2004-2007 Mr. Wolff served as chief executive officer or Community Shares of Colorado. Prior to his work with Community Shares, he spent fourteen years in investment portfolio management and corporate finance.

  • Meet at 9:45 am in the boardroom at the Kempe Center
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 Presentation with Jesse Wolff.
  • 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tour of Kempe Facility

The Kempe Center at The Gary Pavilions at The Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Avenue
Denver, CO, 80045

PLEASE NOTE: We request that you only sign up for the day that you are available, as we are limited to 50 members each day.

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