Monthly Members' Meetings provide food for mind and body.
Meetings start at 1:30 p.m. usually on the third Wednesday.
Men are always welcome!

A Look Back at our Membership Programs

Judith Heineman presented Tea with Muriel Beadle at the May meeting.

Program chair for 2009-2010 Melissa Cook introduced the speaker. Tea is always delicious at the Service League meetings, thanks to our members' generosity.

At the April meeting, Julia Bachrach, Chicago Park District Historian and Author of The City in a Garden: A Photographic History of Chicago’s Parks discussed
The Life and Legacy of Jens Jensen
on the 150th birthday of Chicago's
revered landscape architect.

Professor Dan Fisher presents Lyuba at the
March meeting.

The discovery of the baby mammoth Lyuba in Siberia on Dr. Fisher's expedition.

Ann Marie Lipinski gave an update from the U of C at the February 2010 meeting.

President-Elect Charlotte Johnston served tea at the refreshment table of the February meeting.

Marge Benson introduces the singers for the holiday concert.

Nicholas Harkness, tenor and Laura
Kubelka, contralto sang for the 2009 holiday concert at Montgomery Place.

Marie Schilling thanks the performers-2009

After the 2009 Christmas concert at Montgomery Place, time to chat and eat.

Refreshments are served at Augustana Lutheran after meeting

Robert Richards addressed spoke to us on Darwin's Biology of Intelligent Design, October 2009.

Connie Spreen spoke to the April 2009 meeting of the League about the Experimental Station, including the Blackstone Bicycle Works, the Backstory Cafe and the synergies effected when people come together under one roof.

Sarah Bank of the Material Exchange, also housed at the Experimental Station at 61st and Blacksone, told the April meeting about the various projects completed in collaboration with her group.

Richard Gunderman speaking on Giving March 2009

A St. Patrick's Day theme for the March 2009 meeting at Ida Noyes, hosted by the Political Affair and Computer groups

Pam Bozeman of the Blue Gargoyle, 2009

Karen Thomsen of Literature for All of Us listens as Pam Bozeman of the Blue Gargoyle answers questions about Literacy at the February 2009 meeting.

Charlotte Johnston directs caroling at the holiday party.

Janet Underhill, pianist, played a program of Chopin and Liszt at the December 2008 meeting at Montgomery Place.

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid spoke before a full house of members at the October 2008 meeting on the topic Being American Muslims.
Arne Duncan, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and a Hyde Parker himself, spoke to us in February 2008 on the Chicago Public School Initiative, outlining all the programs he has initiated to benefit the public schools.
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Founding Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, DePaul College of Law, spoke to us on the topic "It Isn't Just about Money: Protecting Inspiration and Innovation Through Copyright Laws" on April 18, 2007 at Ida Noyes.
Emily Teeter, Research Associate at the Oriental Institute, spoke to us about Tutankamun: Treasures and Tombs, at the October 18, 2006 Members' Meeting at Ida Noyes. Using photos from the original Carter expedition, she led us down the steps and into the chambers, recreating all the excitement of the original discovery.
At the April 19, 2006 meeting at the Oriental Institute, Geoff Emberling, Director of the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago, took us on a Tour of Ancient Nubia, the fruits of 100 years of exploration and research into the poorly understood region that straddles the southern third of modern Egypt and the northern third of present-day Sudan. The works on display are culled from the museum's 15,000 Nubian pieces. The Oriental Institute has been involved in Nubian studies since 1905, when its founder, University of Chicago archaeologist James Henry Breasted, led the first of his two expeditions into the area and began the scientific study of Nubia. Previous visits by Europeans and Americans had focused on looting pyramids for gold.
At the March 15, 2006 meeting at the Oriental Institute, Joseph M. Williams, Emeritus Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Chicago, Co-founder of the University of Chicago's :ittle Red Schoolhouse writing program; author of The Origins of the English Language, companion book to the PBS series, The Story of English, spoke to us on the topic The Little Red Schoolhouse Grows Up.
At the February 15, 2006 meeting, James Cappleman, chair of the Family Advisory Board, and Pediatric Family Advocate at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital spoke to us on Family Advocacy: A Systems Approach to Providing Care to Families.
At the October 19, 2005 Members' Meeting, John E. Carlstrom, Prof. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics , Enrico Fermi Institute, and the College; Director, Center for Astrophysical Research in Antartica dazzled us with views of the universe viewed from the University of Chicago's telescopes in Antarctica. He gave us insights into the big bang, the expanding universe, the emergence of dark matter and dark energy as occupying most of the universe.
At the Members' Meeting April 19,2005, Janet Rowley, MD, of the Dept. of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, recipient of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, "America's equivalent of the Nobel Prize," and a member of President George W. Bush's Council on Bioethics spoke to us on Human Stem Cell Research: the Controversy.

Music Historian Berthold Hoeckner (left), Department of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, spoke at the Members Meeting at Ida Noyes on March 16, 2005 showing how music can be used to transport memory in films.

Well-known Shakespeare scholar David Bevington, (below) spoke on Fathers and Daughters in Shakespeare's Late Plays at the February 16, 2005 meeting.

Cindy Levitt


Cindy Levitt (left) co-founder of Not In My Name, spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at our January 19, 2005 meeting. (Photo courtesy of Philip Luhmann)

The December 8, 2004 Holiday Concert featured flutist Rachel Blumenthal playing Mozart, and the University High choral group Bel Canto, singing holiday songs, directed by Katie Sinclair.
The Bel Canto Singers from University High

Clemens D. Reichel

The speaker for the October 20, 2004 meeting was Clemens D. Reichel, Ph.D.  He is a research associate in Mesopotamian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute.  The title of his talk was "Counting the Losses-Archaeology in Iraq after the War."



John Mearsheimer

John Mearsheimer spoke on why our Mideast policy is headed for a dead end.


The monthly Membership Meetings, held at 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday, are a joint committee effort.
The House Committee, co-chaired by Ursula Selby and Stephanie Franklin, hosts the monthly meetings; the Program Committee, chaired by the First Vice-President--this past year by Bonnie Umeh--schedules the programs; and various Sections provide refreshments.

The October program was a tour of the new gallery at the Oriental Institute. About 75 guests attended a presentation and walk through the new Mesopotamian gallery.
The December program of holiday music was held at Montgomery Place.

Ida Noyes was the site of the next three programs. In January John Mearsheimer drew a large crowd to his talk on our Mideast policies and the war in Iraq.

Michael Diamond

In February the Philanthropy Committee offered a program on the Blue Gargoyle.
In March Kitty Picken presented a program on Queen Elizabeth I.

In April we were back at Montgomery Place to hear Michael Diamond (left) speak on the topic "Chicago's Future is Global."

The programs concluded with the Drama Section's offering of its "favorite play of the year"--Feydeau's Wooed and Viewed.