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October 2017

Oct. 11: Exploring the Planets

 

Dr. Kevin Stevenson, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, will be our guest for a dinner program on Wednesday, Oct. 11. He will provide an introduction to how we explore planets outside our solar system and will present the latest results from the field, including the TRAPPIST-1 system. 

 

He’ll explain the future of exoplanet detection and characterization with the soon-to-be-launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).  Dr. Stevenson will wrap up with a speculative look at the search for life beyond Earth and how we might answer the age-old question of, "Are we alone?” 

 

This program was arranged by Bruce Barnett, who will moderate. The evening begins at 6 with cocktails. Dinner at 7, discussion at 8, adjournment at around 9. 

 

Lunch will not be served on the day of the program. Reservations by Monday, Oct. 23. 

 

Oct. 21: Saturday Lunch Guest

 

Long-time club member Bruce Barnett and his wife, Amy, whose travels haven taken them to all seven continents and the North Pole, will share their experiences on their recent six-week journey to the South Pacific, during which they visited New Zealand, Australia,Tahiti, and Easter Island. 

 

Bruce says: "I’ll give a quick description of the journey, with a final emphasis that if you get a chance, try to go to any of them.”

 

The lunch begins with wine & conversation at 12:30. Reservations, please, by Oct. 19.

 

Oct. 25: Tall Ships and Baltimore’s Maritime History

 

Our guest for dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 25, will be Niall O'Malley, an investment manager with a lifelong interest in tall ships and sailing. Seafaring and shipbuilding were the mainstays of Baltimore’s economy in Revolutionary times and the first part of the 19th century, and formed the basis for the mercantile economy to come. 

 

Prior to getting his MBA, Niall served watch captain on a 55 foot sloop for five months in the South Pacific that was making its way around the world, and has crewed on sail boats that have navigated Diamond Head shoals, the Gulf Stream and Bermuda. He is a member of the Maritime Committee at the Maryland Historical Society, which has unique tall ship exhibits, photos and log books and is the basis for much of Niall’s research. 

 

This program was arranged by Jim Ulmer, who will serve as moderator for the evening.

 

Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7, program at 8, with adjournment at about 9.

 

Reservations, please, no later than Oct. 23. Lunch will not be served on that day in order to allow the staff to prepare for the evening event.

 

Membership Nominations

 

Bob Brugger nominates and Jack Lapides and John Sondheim second Darryl G. Hart for non-resident membership to the club.  

 

Darryl teaches U.S. history at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and serves as president of the Mencken Society, which brings him to Baltimore at least once a year.  His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in film from Temple (1979); a master’s in U.S. religious history from Harvard (1983); and a PhD in American history from Johns Hopkins (1988).  

 

Among his books he counts Defender of the Faith:  J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservatism in Modern America (Johns Hopkins, 1994); A Secular Faith:  Why Christianity Favors Separation of Church and State (Ivan R. Dee, 2006);  Calvinism:  A History (Yale, 2013); and Damning Words:  The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken (Eerdman’s 2016).  He has visited the club many times as a director of the Mencken Society and always admired its ambiance.  

 

He will add richly to the conversation when we can entice him to visit more frequently.

 

Jack Lapides nominates, and John Ramsay seconds, Richard Emory for non-resident membership. 

 

Richard is a native Baltimorean and a graduate of Gilman, Yale and Harvard Law. School  He and his wife Donna moved to Florida several years ago, but still maintain a residence in Cross Keys.  Before retiring in 2011 from the US Environmental Protection Agency,  Dick served as chief legal advisr for Environmental Protection Agency’s office of criminal investigations and a number of other national and international positions. 

 

Comments may be directed to 14hamilton@gmail.com .

 

Clubhouse News

 

John Sondheim writes:

 

Just an uplifting reminder — the books shelved in the upstairs lounge are kept there to be borrowed and read.  They are more than ornamentation. They should be read either in the Club or at home There is no circulation system — just trust among us.

September 2017

Sept. 6: Club Reopens

The Club will serve its first lunch following the August vacation on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Sept. 9: Mencken Day Event

The Mencken Society invites members of the club to attend its annual "Saturday Night Club" at 14 West Hamilton Street Club on Saturday, Sept. 9. The evening begins with cocktails at 6, followed by a German-themed buffet dinner at 7. The program will follow at 8, with brief remarks by Club member Ray Jenkins and Fred Rasmussen of The Sun on Mencken as a newspaperman. Discussion will follow. 

The dinner adopts the name Mencken gave gatherings of his Saturday-evening amateur orchestra at Schellhase's Restaurant on Howard Street. 

Mencken Day events will take place all day on Saturday and are open to the public. The schedule can be found on Enoch Pratt Free Library website, http://calendar.prattlibrary.org/event/menckenday#.WahpOSiGO00 .

 

Sept. 13: MICA and the Community

On Wednesday evening, Sept. 13, Sammy Hoi of the Maryland Institute College of Art will discuss MICA's involvement in the larger Baltimore Community. The event begins at 6 p.m.with cocktails and conversation, followed by dinner at 7, and program at 8. Reservations no later than Sept 11, please.

PLEASE NOTE: Lunch will not be served on the day of the event in order to allow the staff to prepare for the evening program.

 

Sept. 23: Clifton Mansion Tour

On Saturday, Sept. 23, 20 members from the 14 West Hamilton Street Club and 20 members from the 16 East Hamilton Street Club are invited for a guided tour of the Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive in Baltimore’s Clifton Park.  Reservations should be made toIdalee.14west@gmail.com .  Light refreshments will be served.  The fee is $5 per visitor to be paid at the Mansion. Barry Richmond and Sam Hopkins are the hosts for the event. 

Clifton Mansion is more than 200 years old and was home to Captain Henry Thompson of War of 1812 fame. The original Federal house was subsequently enlarged to an Italianate villa in the early 1850s by Johns Hopkins as his country summer estate situated on 300 acres. Substantial restoration of the Mansion has been accomplished and work continues to bring back the elegance of the woodwork and elaborately painted walls.  Parking is available on the ring road surrounding the Mansion.

 

Sept. 27: New Members Party

The Club will welcome new members who have come into the club over the past year with an evening cocktail party on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event begins with drinks and conversation at 6 p.m. and will include heavy appetisers.

 

 

August 2017

                                                                       

 

Website: 14whsc.com

Club Telephone: 410 727-2518

Reservations: 14Hamilton@gmail.com

Steward and Head Chef Idalee DiGregorio: idalee.14west@gmail.com

Co-Chair David Zoll zollmediate@yahoo.com

Co-Chair Jack Lapides jllethics@msn.com

 

Vacation Schedule


The club closes for vacation after lunch on Friday, July 28. Lunches will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 6.  Members will have reciprocal privileges at the Maryland Club for the first two weeks of August as in the past, roundtable lunches may be arranged on an ad hoc basis. Watch for announcements by e-mail.

 

Nomination for Membership

 

Jim Ulmer has nominated William A. Hylton for membership, and  Jack Lapides has seconded. Bill grew up in Catonsville and received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1964.  After graduation from Harvard Law School in 1968 he practiced law in Baltimore until his retirement in 2014.  He is married to the former Carol Williamson and they are long time residents of Bolton Hill.

 

Looking Ahead

 

On Saturday, Sept. 23, 20 members from the 14 West Hamilton Street Club and 20 members from the 16 East Hamilton Street Club are invited for a guided tour of the Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive in Baltimore’s Clifton Park.  Reservations should be made to a designated person (Idalee.14west@gmail.com for the men’s club) at each of the two clubs.  Light refreshments will be served.  The fee is $5 per visitor to be paid at the Mansion. Barry Richmond and Sam Hopkins are the hosts for the event. 

Clifton Mansion is more than 200 years old and was home to Captain Henry Thompson of War of 1812 fame. The original Federal house was subsequently enlarged to an Italianate villa in the early 1850s by Johns Hopkins as his country summer estate situated on 300 acres. Substantial restoration of the Mansion has been accomplished and work continues to bring back the elegance of the woodwork and elaborately painted walls.  Parking is available on the ring road surrounding the Mansion.

Mark your calendars for the following September programs:

 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13: Evening program featuring Sammy Hoi.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 27: New Members cocktail party.

 

More details will follow in the September newsletter.

 

Office Items Needed

 

We are transforming the apartment upstairs into office space and storage, and we need several pieces of office furniture.  We are looking for the following items:

 

  • 2 desks (not very wide as they must fit up the curved staircase that leads to the third floor)

  • 3 chairs (at least two of which are office chairs)

  • 3 file cabinets

  • I book shelf (again must fit up the curved staircase to the third floor)

  • 2-3 Stand lamps

  • 1 printer table

 

Members who have such items may contact Idalee at idalee.14west@gmail.com .

 

Porch Project Update

 

David Zoll and Idalee have initiated a project to beautify our porch. Larry Haslip has generously donated four planters, and Steve Stanley is choosing plants. We also plan to replace the porch furniture. Members who may wish to donate nice porch furniture, cushions, or a new outside coffee table may contact Idalee at idalee.14west@gmail.com .

 

We hope to have the project at least partially completed by our re-opening in Septamber.

 

 

 

July 2017

 

 

Clubhouse News


July 1 begins the New Year for us and the first order of business is to send a very hearty Thank You to Jim Ulmer for his outstanding leadership of the Club and its Steering Committee for the past two years.  Under his leadership the Club has prospered both financially and in increased membership.  Jim, MANY MANY THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

 

As of July 1, 2017 the Steering Committee will be Co-Chaired by Jack Lapides & David Zoll with Toni Keane, Greg Cukor, Martha Hill, Sarah Lord, Stan Mazaroff, John Bond, Sam Hopkins and David Gleason rounding out the team. 

 

 Sarah Lord & Sam Hopkins will be Co-chairing the vital Program Committee and welcome your suggestions for speakers and programs. 

 

Several members have suggested that we not forget that the conversations at luncheons where there are no guests are exciting and stimulating and a reason why the Club is so successful   We find that Tuesdays & Thursdays are the days with the least attendance, and we will work on ways to achieve greater participation. 

 

August is fast approaching. We will have our last luncheon of the season on Friday  July 28th.  The club will reopen on Wednesday September 6th.

 

 

 

Helpful Hints for Enjoying the Club

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon and often. Please bring guests from near or far any time -- it’s a great way to show out-of-town visitors something they’re not likely to experience at home.

 

Mount Vernon is busy but parking is available, with the four-hour spaces along Franklin Street proving popular as well as spaces on Park Avenue plus several parking lots. And car pools are particularly green!

 

Lunches are served Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that evening (so no lunch will be served on June 28th). At lunch, conversation and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm with lunch served at 1; invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Done a little after 2. Please let the staff know by call or e-mail if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45. Information about your guests’ dietary needs are requested as early as possible.

 

Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days before each Club evening or Saturday event. Cancelled evening reservations must be made 24-hours in advance of an event to avoid an automatic charge to your club account.

 

Club Members in the News 

        Erica Johnson Meadows, of Roland Park, has been named director of the Loyola Early Learning Center, which will welcome its first students Sept. 11, succeeding Nancy C. Baker, the present acting director of LELC and the former director for eight years at Church of the Redeemer Parish Day School on North Charles Street.

 

Membership Matters

 

   Please welcome new member Mark R. Fetting to the Club.  Although a new member, he is not a stranger to the Club.  He wrote, "my memories go back to Dr. Thomas Turner, then Head of Hopkins Hospital , coming to take my father to lunch at the Club where they talked about my grandfather, John H Fetting who was Turner's roommate at St. Johns."  WELCOME, MARK we look forward to your joining us.

 

New members are the lifeblood of the Club. Please think of interesting friends and acquaintances who would add to the mix of ideas and personalities that make up the Club’s membership. Jack Lapides or any member of the Steering Committee will be happy to help make them welcome.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

To sign up, please reply to 14hamilton@gmail.com or call 410-727-2518

 

Wednesday, July 12th, 6 pm -- Lisa Schroder, Director of the Parks and People Foundation (Sarah Lord Host) Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder, new president and chief executive officer of the Parks & People Foundation, returns to Baltimore after leading the growth of Pittsburgh’s Riverlife, from a start-up to a civic force that invested $135M to transform 13 miles of industrial downtown riverfront into an award-winning continuous waterfront park system. Parks & People, started by Sally Michel and William Donald Schaefer, has a 30-year history of working to revitalize Baltimore’s neighborhoods through vibrant city parks programs. Ms. Schroeder’s vision is to assist city communities where the urban fabric has most degraded. (Sarah Lord hosts.)

 

 

Friday, July 28th, 12:30 pm – Last lunch of the 2016-2017 Season – Happy Vacation!

 

 

Also be sure to mark your calendars for the following September programs:

 

  • Wednesday, September 6th 12:30 pm – First Lunch of the Fall-Winter Season

  • Wednesday, September 13th 6:00 pm- Speaker Night: Sammy Hoi

  • Saturday September 23rd 10:30 am- Tour of the Clifton Park Mansion with the 16 East Hamilton Street Club.  This event has limited availability.  There will be no lunch at the club but light refreshment will be served.

  • Wednesday, September 27th 6:00 pm- New Members Cocktail Party

June 2017

 

Clubhouse News


May was another active month at 14 West, with sellout crowds for our evening events as well as a lively lunch discussion featuring Club members and guest journalists.

 

The June calendar should prove popular as well, so reserve early for the Mint Julep party on June 10th , Lisa Hillring farewell lunch on June 16th and Hopkins astronomer Tobias Marriage on June 28th.

 

This is a time of transitions at 14 West Hamilton Street.

 

After a decade of service to the Club, Steward Lisa Hillring retired at the end of May to pursue her professional ambitions as an artist. Lisa has made the Club a warm and welcoming place for members and guests alike, and will be long remembered.

 

We will be having a farewell buffet luncheon on June 16th to wish Lisa a fond farewell.  This will be a buffet lunch so that we may accommodate as many people as possible.  Please RSVP for this lunch no later than June 12th.

 

 (It’s not too late to help with a parting gift for Lisa. Checks can be sent and made out to: Sarah Lord, 1421 Park Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217.  Thanks to the three dozen plus member who have already contributed!)

 

Idalee DiGregorio is adding the title of Steward while continuing her position as Head Chef. Idalee has been a key member of the Club’s team for many years, and we look forward to her energy and organizing skills in the future.

 

We welcome Dave Whaley as Sous Chef. Dave has joined us after being chef at Clementines and Wit and Wisdom.  He has a life time of culinary experience and is a great addition to our team.

 

There are also changes on the Club’s Steering Committee. Co-Chair Jim Ulmer is retiring after two years in that position, and Jack Lapides takes up Jim’s role as Co-Chair in charge of Membership. Please contact Jack (jllethics@msn.com or 410-464-0100) with any new member suggestions or questions.

 

John Bond is the new Treasurer of the Club, and Sam Hopkins joins the Steering Committee, becoming Co-Chair for Programs along with Sarah Lord. David Zoll continues to keep the Club’s doors open as Co-Chair for Club Operations.

 

Please thank all these members for their work on behalf of the Club. They welcome your participation and ideas!

 

At the end of May, the Steering Committee members include:

 

John Bond, Treasurer

Greg Cukor

David Gleason

Martha Hill

Sam Hopkins, Program Co-Chair

Antonia Keane

Jack Lapides, Club Co-Chair-Membership

Sarah Lord, Program Co-Chair

Stanley Mazaroff

John Murphy

David Zoll, Club Co-Chair-Operations

 

 

A GEM OF CLUB HISTORY

 

From our archives, we have numerous copies available of a brief, fascinating history of the club's journey to the admission of women!! Humorously and creatively written by esteemed former editor (and member ) of the Baltimore Sun, Bradford Jacobs, this 20 page brochure, " A Chronicle Of A Certain  Episode Which Occurred At Fourteen  West Hamilton Street" also contains personality profiles of previous, and a few current members. As a bonus, it includes a couple of female perspectives on our club as well. Thanks to Steering Committee Member Sam Hopkins for having funded this gem some time ago.

 

Copies will be available on the upstairs table and  more are in storage. 

 

Helpful Hints for Enjoying the Club

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon and often. Please bring guests from near or far any time -- it’s a great way to show out-of-town visitors something they’re not likely to experience at home.

 

Mount Vernon is busy but parking is available, with the four-hour spaces along Franklin Street proving popular as well as spaces on Park Avenue plus several parking lots. And car pools are particularly green!

 

Lunches are served Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that evening (so no lunch will be served on June 28th). At lunch, conversation and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm with lunch served at 1; invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Done a little after 2. Please let the staff know by call or e-mail if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45. Information about your guests’ dietary needs are requested as early as possible.

 

Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days before each Club evening or Saturday event. Cancelled evening reservations must be made 24-hours in advance of an event to avoid an automatic charge to your club account.

 

Club Members in the News

 

Andre Davis, a Senior United States Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will become City Solicitor for Baltimore in September.

 

Membership Matters

 

The Club welcomes several new members this month: pathologist and medical entrepreneur Dr. Gary Pasternack and his wife Michelle; journalist Melody Simmons; and editor and author Elise Hancock.

 

New members are the lifeblood of the Club. Please think of interesting friends and acquaintances who would add to the mix of ideas and personalities that make up the Club’s membership. Jack Lapides or any member of the Steering Committee will be happy to help make them welcome.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

To sign up, please reply to 14hamilton@gmail.com or call 410-727-2518

 

Saturday, June 10th, 6 pm

 -- Mint Julep Party –

 

Saturday June 10th is the Mint Julep Party.  We will be serving a banquet of southern specialties and of course the BEST mint juleps in town.  Please let the staff know if would like to attend.

Seersucker is always welcomed!

 

Wednesday, June 28th, 6 pm

Tobias Marriage “Looking Past the Big Bang”

Tobias Marriage is an Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University and co-principal investigator and developer of the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS) a project that designs, builds and operates telescopes that will record and analyze the first light and consequently the beginning of the universe – the period when the universe went from quantum fluctuations to an extraordinarily rapid expansion that fed into the more gentle “Big Bang” expansion that happened later on. (Sarah Lord, host).

 

Also be sure to mark your calendars for the following July programs:

 

  • Wednesday, July 12th, 6 pm -- Lisa Schroder, Director of the Parks and People Foundation (Sarah Lord Host)

  • Wednesday July 26th, 6 pm – TBA

  • Friday, July 28th, 12:30 pm – Last lunch of the Spring-Summer Season – Happy Vacation!

  • Wednesday, September 6th 12:30 pm – First Lunch of the Fall-Winter Season

May 2017

 

 

Clubhouse News


Guests add spice to the table at 14 West, and April produced a bumper crop. From author Mark Cheshire and senior police official Vernon Herron to apprenticeship experts Deb Tillet and Kimberly Neal, our guests brought interesting perspectives to the topics of the day. Not to be outdone, member John Emond led a fascinating tour a Maryland Historical Society exhibit on a German submarine’s trip to Baltimore during the height of the First World War and Fraser Smith kicked off a discussion of the Chautauqua Institution that had the group ready to pack its bags for the summer. For members who missed the Chautauqua lunch, informational brochures have been left in the library.

 

Mount Vernon is busy but parking is available, with the four-hour spaces along Franklin Street proving popular as well as spaces on Park Avenue plus several parking lots. And car pools are particularly green!

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon and often. Please bring guests from near or far any time -- it’s a great way to show out-of-town visitors something they’re not likely to experience at home.

 

Lunches are served Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that evening (so no lunch will be served on May 3rd, 17th, or 31st). At lunch, conversation and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm with lunch served at 1; invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Done a little after 2. Please let the staff know by call or e-mail if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45. Information about your guests’ dietary needs are requested as early as possible.

 

Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days before each Club evening or Saturday event. Cancelled evening reservations must be made 24-hours in advance of an event to avoid an automatic charge to your club account.

 

Carl Christ

 

The Club mourns the loss of long-time member Carl Christ. Carl chaired the economics department at Johns Hopkins and brought an easy erudition to the table at 14 West. First educated as a physicist at the University of Chicago, he worked on the Manhattan Project and later earned a PhD in Economics at Chicago, where he also taught before coming to Hopkins. Carl was recognized as one of the leading figures in the world on macroeconomics and econometrics. For the last ten years, he and Phyllis, who survives him, have been important parts of life at Roland Park Place and the Hopkins community. Plans for a memorial are incomplete. Read the full obituary here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-carl-christ-20170425-story.html

 

Membership Matters

 

The Club welcomes attorney and play reviewer Jack Gohn and partner Mary Medland as its newest members.

 

Stan Mazaroff nominates, and Tim Armbruster and Jim Ulmer second, Dr.

Gary R. Pasternack for membership in the Club. Gary is a pathologist and entrepreneur. He started the Graduate Program in Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins and serves as a Principal in a number of biotechnology businesses. He is a founder and long-time Board Chair of The Ingenuity Project, which works with the Baltimore City Schools to provide Baltimore’s brightest middle school students a challenging mathematics and science curriculum. Gary holds BA, MD, and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins. He and his wife Michelle live in Roland Park.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

May will be a busy month with three evening programs, and several members are expected to bring interesting luncheon guests -- To sign up, please reply to 14hamilton@gmail.com or call 410-727-2518

 

Wednesday May 3rd, 6 pm -- Jill Jonnes, author of

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape was published by Penguin Random House last fall. In her sixth book, Jill tells the tale of how America's urban trees reflect over time the long-term vigor of our cities.

Her chapters abound in colorful characters: intrepid plant explorers, testy politicians, charismatic tree enthusiasts, and the laudable researchers who set about quantifying the worth of individualmunicipal trees. (Sarah Lord, Host)

 

On Wednesday May 10th, the regular lunch will focus on Journalism in the “Modern” Age. All are invited for an informal discussion among club members and guests on a topic that always provides interest. We promise that the only fake tales will be tall ones. (Hosts: Skip Isaacs and Jim Ulmer)

 

Wednesday May 17th, 6 pm -- America Looks Ahead:

“The First 100 Days-and Beyond”

In the fourth installment of the Club’s America Looks Ahead series, Dan Berger kicks things off with a brief overview of the liveliest start to an American presidency in living memory. Frank Burd will recap the foreign policy situation while Baltimore School Board Member Muriel Berkeley looks at education. Tim Armbruster will wrap things up with a look at cities – leaving plenty of time for questions and conversation. (Jim Ulmer, host)

 

Wednesday May 31st, 6 pm -- Arthur Houghton:

“Theft, Conspiracy, and the Making of a Novel”

Arthur Houghton’s novel Dark Athena traces a scandal that forever changed the world of antiquities. It’s based on real events at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and involves the acquisition of a spectacular statue that may have been looted. With degrees from Harvard College and the American University of Beirut, Arthur joined the U.S. Department of State in 1966 with postings in the Middle East. Later he served as Curator in Charge of Antiquities at the Getty, and as a member of the U.S. Cultural Property Advisory Committee – assignments which give him an “in the room” perspective on the intrigue and suspense that mark events in the book. (Stan Mazaroff, host)

 

Also be sure to mark your calendars for the following June programs:

 

·        Saturday, June 10th, 6 pm -- Mint Julep Party -- Toast the Solstice the Baltimore way with fine food and first-class libations – seersucker welcomed!

 

·        Wednesday, June 28th, 6 pm -- Tobias Marriage, Hopkins Astronomer: “Looking Past the Big Bang” (Sarah Lord, host)

April 2017 

 

Clubhouse News

 

Some of the best food in memory was served in March, with the shad/roe and venison at the Maryland Day Party a special treat. Celebrants were treated to a lively if croaky rendition of Maryland My Maryland, led by Bob Brugger. Programs last month suited tastes of all types with Jo Briggs’ look at mid-19th century England an antidote to the strong medicine of Martha Hill’s panel on the future of health care as part of the Club’s “America Looks Ahead” series.

 

Conversation continued to be lively at the lunch table, with the usual broad discussion of news and “news” and several focused conversations, including Skip Isaacs on immigration and terrorism, and Judge Robert Kershaw on the juvenile justice system.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon and often. Please bring guests from near or far any time -- it’s a great way to show out-of-town visitors something they’re not likely to experience at home.

 

Lunches are served Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that evening (so no lunch will be served on April 5th). Weekdays, conversation and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm with lunch served at 1; invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Done a little after 2. The staff would appreciate a call or e-mail if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45.

 

Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days before each Club evening or Saturday event. Cancelled evening reservations must be made 24-hours in advance of an event to avoid an automatic charge to your club account.

 

Membership Matters

 

The Club welcomes Michael Franch, affiliate minister at the First Unitarian Church, and Robert Kershaw,Judge in Charge of Baltimore City's Juvenile Court Division,

as its newest members.

 

Bill Reynolds nominates, and Mark Stichel seconds, Jack Gohn for membership in the Club. Jack is a partner at Gohn, Hankey, Stichel, and Berlage, and holds a BA from The University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in English literature from Johns Hopkins, where his thesis was on Kingsley Amis.  Jack then went Maryland Law School where he wrote a paper on Shakespeare’s Richard II that was later published in the Georgetown Law Journal.  In addition to his legal profession, Jack has long reviewed plays and other performances for many publications, including the Wall Street Journal. He and his wife Mary Medland live in Ridgely’s Delight.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

April will be a busy month with evening and Saturday programs, as well as several members bringing interesting luncheon guests -- To sign up, please reply to 14hamilton@gmail.com or call 410-727-2518

 

Wednesday, April 5th, 6 pm – Ellen Silbergeld

MacArthur Fellow and leading expert in the field of environmental health

Dr. Silbergeld serves as Professor of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research and professional activities bridge science and public policy, and she is a recognized expert in epidemiology and health policy in the context of changes in national and international policy. Ellen will discuss her 2016 book Chickenizing Farms and Food: How Industrial Meat Production Endangers Workers. Animals and Consumers (Martha Hill, host)

 

On Thursday, April 6th, Luke Marbury will have author Fred Hill as his guest. The discussion may turn to Fred's new book, Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs, about 19th century shipbuilding and members of Fred's family. Luke won't disclose what part of the title relates to Fred’s family.  

 

Saturday, April 8th, 12:30 pm – The Magic of Chautauqua

The 144 year old Chautauqua Institution in western New York state will be the focus of attention. Fraser Smith will kick things off, with other club members and guests sharing their memorable experiences attending. The Chautauqua website is www.CIWeb.org  and here is link to a recent article:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/07/09/the-magic-of-chautauqua/#4877633358e6  (David & Robin Zoll and Bob & Sherry Locke, hosts)

 

On Tuesday, April 11th, Jim Case will have as his guests Deb Tillett of Emerging Technology Centers and Kimberly Neal of TranZed Alliance, who will tell us what old-fashioned apprenticeships have to offer the digital age.

 

On Wednesday April 19, Sam Hopkins will have Vernon Herron as his guest. Vernon is Director, Office of Performance Improvement and the Office of Early Intervention, Baltimore City Police Dept. Here’s a link to a recent article in Chiefs of Police Magazine about his new approach to Early Intervention.

 

Saturday, April 22nd, 11:30 am: German Sub in Baltimore in WWI

Meet at the Maryland Historical Society at 11:30 followed by lunch and discussion at the Club: John Emondwill lead a tour of the MdHS’s exhibit commemorating the voyage of the German submarine Deutschland.At the height of WWI, in 1916 the German merchant submarine Deutschland entered the Chesapeake Bay and docked in Baltimore Harbor!  

 

On Tuesday, April 25th, Mike Franch will have author Mark Cheshire as his guest. Mike will discuss his new biography of Baltimore political legend Willie Adams.

 

 

March 2017 

 

Steering Committee

 

The Steering Committee is responsible for all aspects of club operations, including Programs, Membership, House Operations (Building and Staff), and Business (Finance, and Legal).

 

David Zoll has assumed the position of Co-Chair, focusing on the operations of the Club, working with the Steward and Staff.

 

At the end of the Club’s Spring term, Jack Lapides will assume the Co-Chair position presently held by Jim Ulmer, working on the overall leadership of the Club and working with members of the Steering Committee and other Club members in the Program, Membership, and Business areas.

 

The current members of the Steering Committee include:

 

John Bond

Greg Cukor

David Gleason

Martha Hill

Antonia Keane

Jack Lapides, Co-Chair Designate

Sarah Lord

Stanley Mazaroff

John Murphy

Jim Ulmer, Co-Chair

David Zoll, Co-Chair

 

Club members are encouraged to take part in the life and leadership of the Club. Bring a guest to speak or take part in the conversation, nominate a new member, help out on a Committee. It takes a village!

 

Membership Matters

 

Please welcome our newest member, Mike Franch, an affiliate minister of the First Unitarian Church.

 

Jim Case nominates and Michael Yaggy and Jim Ulmer second John Kratz for membership in the Club. John is a native Baltimorean with a BA from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. As a partner at DLA Piper he led the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group.  After retiring from Piperhe was General Counsel to Baltimore City's Retirement Systems.  A follower of the Orioles, Ravens and Hopkins lacrosse, John and his wife “Jigger” live in Roland Park and for the past year have been spending much of their time on a church project sponsoring a Syrian refugee family. 

 

Event Calendar – Please note Date & Program Changes in the April Programs

 

 -- To sign up, please reply to 14hamilton@gmail.com or call 410-72-2518 --

 

March 2017

 

Saturday, March 18th, 12:30 pm: the Club’s “America Looks Ahead” series looks at the future of healthcare, led by Martha Hill, professor of nursing, medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins and Dean Emerita of its School of Nursing. Guest participants in the discussion include:

 

  • Richard Bennett, MD, President of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Rick is a clinician and researcher. He served as Executive Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center, and is a current member of the Board of Directors at Keswick Multicare Center, where he also serves as executive medical director.

 

  • Jack Keane, health care consultant specializing in health care data analyses and payment policies and methods. He serves as a Commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission with appointments from both Governors O’Malley and Hogan.

 

Friday, March 24th - Maryland Day Party at the Club with members of the ladies’ Hamilton Street Club. -Cocktails begin at 6 pm and the buffet opens at 7.  The party is a festive event which celebrates our state, and participants enjoy a hearty buffet of Maryland specialties and a traditional punch.  Party goers have been known to wear Maryland flag socks or other typical attire. 

FEBRUARY 2017

Clubhouse News

 

Thanks to all of our members who supported the Club’s Christmas Fund this year. It was a record turnout and greatly appreciated by our talented and hardworking staff!

 

A not so cold and snowy January made for a lively lunch table. It was a good time for members to bring guests, and several from here and away got their first taste of the Club – it’s a great way to show visitors something they’re not likely to experience at home.

 

Joan Feldman, the new President of our sister Club at 16 East Hamilton Street, paid a midmonth visit to the lunch table. It wasn’t her first time, though; she is the wife of long-time member Paul Feldman. The two clubs are planning a joint event later in the year, and several 14 West members took advantage of the warm welcome at 16 East recently as the water leak in the clubhouse basement was repaired.

 

Both our evening events were sold out – Fred Hill and Stevens Broening discussed their new book about the Baltimore Sun The Life of Kings and members Frank Burd and Al Berkeley led the first session of the Club’s “America Looks Ahead” series, discussing foreign, military, and trade policy.

 

Members were saddened to hear of the passing of active member Bruce Leopold. He brought an inquiring and unique perspective to the table and always made the conversation lively. Our thoughts are with Bruce’s wife Niki. A life celebration will be held in the spring.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Club soon and often. Remember that lunches are served regularly on Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that same evening (so no lunches will be served on February 8th or 22nd). Guests are always welcome, and the staff would appreciate a call or e-mail in advance if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45.

 

Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days before each announced Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance of an event, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Weekdays, conversation and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm, luncheon at 1, and invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8.

 

Membership Matters

 

Skip Isaacs nominates and Ray Jenkins and Dan Berger second journalist Stephens Broening for membership in the Club. Steve was an Associated Press correspondent in Paris, Moscow, and Lisbon before joining the Baltimore Sun, where he created the paper's first Op-Ed page and was then the paper's diplomatic correspondent. Later, he served as news editor for the International Herald Tribune in Paris, and after returning to the United States spent ten years as a visiting scholar in history at Johns Hopkins. Steve and his wife, Christine, live part of the year in The Orchards neighborhood of north Baltimore and part of the year in Phippsburg, Maine.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

February 2017

 

Wednesday, February 8th, 6 pm: Before depictions of the United States began to get very politically blue or red, in Jasper Johns gave us his vibrant painting suggestive of America Map (1961)…which also includes a lot of yellow, actually. Virginia Anderson, a Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Theory, & Criticism at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Museums & Society Program at Johns Hopkins University, will speak about her scholarship on this work of art and its place in the larger context of modern and contemporary painting.

 

Saturday, February 18th, 12:30 pm: You may already have heard the voice of Aaron Henkin, creator and producer of original public programs on Baltimore’s own WYPR, but now you can meet him in person and discuss his current Baltimore neighborhood documentary series Out of the Blocks.

 

Wednesday, February 22nd, 6 pmChristopher Bedford, the recently appointed Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art will speak about the recent Matisse and Diebenkorn exhibition, his work with the Venice Biennale, and plans for the BMA (Stan Mazaroff and Nancy Dorman hosts).

September 2016

Clubhouse Updates

It is nearly time to throw open the clubhouse doors again after a quiet, and productive August. You may not realize it by looking, but quite a lot of work and maintenance has been done in our old building during the dog days of summer, nearly all of it infrastructural. The major project has been a long-needed facelift and weatherization of the front of the house and its many windows. Additional, essential ventilation projects have been undertaken in our kitchen area, and (fiat lux!) new lighting fixtures installed in our basement bathrooms. Come one, come all, to see the improvements.

 

     Also, a start-of-autumn reminder that the spouse or partner of any member of the 14 West Hamilton Street Club enjoys full privileges at the clubhouse, regardless of whether the member is in attendance. Spouses and partners are welcome to come to meals and programs independently of the member, and to host their own guests. Just RSVP or cancel reservations where required (as is always indicated in the monthly clubNewsletter), and to complete a chit upon arrival at the parlor bar, indicating all drinks and meals purchased. All relevant charges will simply appear in the member’s regular monthly bill.

Scheduled Talks/Events

Mark your calendars! Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each Hamilton Street Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Lunch drinks begin at 12:30, luncheon at 1:00, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks start at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8. There will be no lunches scheduled on Wednesday September 14 and Friday September 30 so that club staff can prepare the house for the large evening events planned for those dates.  

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

Mark your calendars! Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each Hamilton Street Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Lunch drinks begin at 12:30, luncheon at 1:00, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks start at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8. There will be no lunches scheduled onWednesday September 14 and Friday September 30 so that club staff can prepare the house for the large evening events planned for those dates.  

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

 

Wednesday, 9/7/15, 12:30 pm: Clubhouse reopens for normal weekday lunch schedule following the August break.

 

Wednesday, 9/14/16, 6 pm: Diana Morris, Director of the Open Society Foundation’s Open Society Institute in Baltimore, and Open Places Initiative, addressing current social and economic issues that impede opportunity and justice in Baltimore and other large cities (Stan Mazaroff host).

 

Saturday, 9/17/16, 11:30 am: Lynley Herbert, Robert and Nancy Hall Assistant Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, will lead a Curator’s tour of the current exhibition “Waste Not: The Art of Medieval Recycling.” Meet at Walters Art Museum, Centre Street Entrance, tour followed by luncheon at the clubhouse. NOTE THE EARLY 11:30 AM STARTING TIME.

Friday, 9/30/16, 6 pm: New Member’s Party. Come one, come all to share in this annual welcome event held in honor of new members who have joined our club over the past year.

 

 

2015 - 2016 Season

August 2016

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

The clubhouse is closed from Tuesday, August 2 through Tuesday, September 6. The club reopens for its normal weekday lunch schedule on Wednesday, September 7. 

 

Please note that there may be ad hoc, off-site August lunches scheduled on Fridays at either the Maryland Club (Downtown Baltimore, 1 East Eager Street) or the Ambassador Restaurant (North Baltimore, 3811 Canterbury Road). Information about these lunch events will be sent out several days in advance to the membership, advance RSVPs will be required and can only be received via e-mail during the August clubhouse closure as indicated.

 

Clubhouse News

 

Keep your eyes peeled when our clubhouse reopens in September, after its modest facelift during the annual August closure. Front door and window trims, shutters, sills, and sashes will be scraped, cleaned, sanded, caulked, waterproofed, primed, and repainted.

 

Membership Matters

 

David Meadows

Luke Marbury nominates and Mark Stichel seconds David Meadows for membership in the club. David and his wife, Erica, recently moved to Baltimore from Kosovo. David has worked for the United Nations for the last 28 years, primarily for its Department of Peacekeeping. His main tasks were to be part of advance teams setting up UN Peacekeeping and Election Missions. In one capacity or another he has worked for the UN in dozens of foreign countries from Haiti to East Timor. 

Peter Dunn

Tony Carey nominates and Henry Johnson and Cary Woodward second Peter

Dunn for membership in the club. Peter is a graduate of Tufts University, and is

currently the Director of Community Relations with the Samaritan Community, a

non-profit organization located in Bolton Hill that provides crisis intervention and

counseling services for persons in need. Previously he was the development officer for several non-profit organizations, including Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and Community Action Marin. He has also done freelance work redesigning gardens for the TKF Foundation and has taught horticultural therapy to young adults for The League for People with Disabilities. In his free time Peter maintains a 200-year-old farm in the Worthington Valley in Baltimore County. 

 

Phillip Shivers

Jack Lapides nominates and Jim Ulmer seconds Phillip Shivers for membership in the club. Phil is a Bolton Hill native and son of long-time member Frank Shivers. A

graduate of the University of Maryland and the London Business School, Phil was in the securities business in London for two decades before recently returning to

Baltimore. He and his wife Selby Hall, also a Bolton Hill native, live in Roland Park.

 

Ron Kreitner

Henry Johnson nominates and Jim Ulmer seconds Ron Kreitner for membership inthe club. Ron is a retired Baltimore lawyer and businessman, and his wife “Flip” Kreitner recently retired after a career as a legislative aide. They live in Roland Park.

July 2016

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

Summer is usually a time for quiet contemplation, vacation travel, and the hot dog days. While we are on our own quieter summer schedule, the club has, however, been hopping. From a record Mint Julep party turnout to an all-time record response to our first-time July Garden Party (RSVPs were due in mid-June), summer has delivered a bumper crop of fellowship and bonhomie.

 

As ever, please remember to book yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of any regular evening Hamilton Street Club event. Lunch begins with drinks at 12:30, luncheon at 1, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table.Evening drinks start at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid charge]. Please also note that there will be no lunches scheduled on 7/13/16 and 7/27/16, so that club staff can prepare the house for out typically large evening programs. Please also recall that our annual clubhouse August closing is nearly upon us. In the meantime, recall that guests are always welcome at any lunch (officially announced or not) and scheduled evening program. 

 

July 2016

 

Tuesday, 7/5/16, 12:30 pm: No lunch will be served on this Tuesday in observance of the 4 th of July holiday on Monday. Lunch service will resume beginning Wednesday, July 6.

 

Saturday, 7/9/16, 5-7 pm: Special Pre-Ticketed Event. A record-breaking 80+members and guests have purchased tickets to the club’s inaugural “Summer Art and Garden Party,” to be convened at Timber Ridge Farm in Upperco Maryland, hosted by member Stanley Mazaroff and Nancy Dorman. Come join your fellow club members for this very special early evening of country air and contemporary artwork on a picturesque 85-acre farm in northern Baltimore County, a 40-minute drive down from Baltimore City on Falls Road, through pleasant and rolling hills. All proceeds from the party will directly benefit the capital fund of the 14WHSC. Contact Lisa Hillring to inquire about any remaining tickets that may still be available (Tel: 410-727-2518; E-mail:14Hamilton@gmail.com).

 

Wednesday, 7/13/16, 6 pm: Judge Lynne Battaglia, on her recent volume of essays, Finding Justice (2015), on the contributions of women to the legal profession in Maryland since 1642. This is a rescheduled presentation, canceled due to a blizzard back in January 2016. (Jim Archibald host).

 

Wednesday, 7/27/15, 6 pm: An Open Forum, “Reflections on the Brexit,” in our ongoing Members Speak series. After dinner members and their guests will convene in the parlor for some brief comments and informal Q&A with our forum panelists, representing the fields of legal and constitutional history, journalism, and medicine:Peter Quint, Dan Berger, and Stephen Oppenheimer (Stephen is also British, though a long-time resident of Baltimore without a vote in the Brexit referendum!). Let’s close out our Spring/Summer 2016 season with one last engaging conversation. (Earle Havens host).

 

A full schedule of September programs will be sent out to the club membership in mid-August.

 

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Club Challenge!

 

A small announcement and challenge to the membership comes this month from fellow member, Philip Slavney: If any Club member is going to visit Sacramento, CA anytime in the near future, there will be an opportunity to add to the Club’s archives, for in the California State Library are the collected papers of Edwin Castagna, quondam director of the Pratt Library and 14 West Hamilton Street Club member. To be more specific, in archival box 1894 are materials from “14 West Hamilton Street” (as well as some from the “Baltimore Bibliophiles”). According to Karen Paige, Librarian in the California History Room (914-654- 7328), the materials can be seen only if one visits the physical premises, though photographs are allowed to be taken. Who knows what secrets wait to be revealed?

June 2016

Scheduled Talks/Events

Summer is upon us! And, so, it is a good time to remember to mark your calendars and put in RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days in advance of each Hamilton Street Club event. Lunch drinks at 12:30, luncheon at 1, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid charge]. 

 

There will be no lunches scheduled on June 8th, June 17th and June 22nd, so that club staff can prepare the house for our typically large evening events on those dates.  

 

Please also note that during June and July (before our annual clubhouse closing in August), we revert to our customary two Wednesdays-only program schedule. There will be no scheduled Saturday luncheons, though normal weekday lunches will served regularly throughout June and July between Tuesdays and Fridays and, as always, guests (officially announced or not) are always welcome. 

 

June 2016

Wednesday, 6/8/16, 6 pm: Dr. Homayra Ziad of the Institute for Islamic, Christian,

and Jewish Studies (ICJS) of Maryland, on the subject of drawing on Islamic traditions to engage people in questions of religious pluralism and justice. (Sam Hopkins host)

Friday, 6/17/16, 6 pm: Annual Mint Julep Party. Join the rest of your club members in a great Ham Street tradition evocative of Maryland’s long south-of-Mason-Dixon-Line traditions. The mint julep—a spirituous libation mixing bourbon, sugar, and mint (customarily spearmint in the South, particularly in Kentucky)—seems to derive from the Spanish (“julepe”) for rosewater. Apparently prescribed in the late 18th c. for medicinal purposes, it first appeared in print (London, 1803) as “a dram of spirituous liquor that has mint steeped in it, taken by Virginians of a morning.” We Marylanders tend to prefer our juleps at the early evening cocktail hour, and hope to see you then and there, with plenty of occasional dishes for fine dining in equal abundance. Please see the invitation attached below.

 

Wednesday, 6/22/16, 6 pm: Steven Stanley, Member’s Speak Series, will speak to the club about his scholarly research on how a global climactic change—the onset of the modern Ice Age—caused a developmental shift that produced the large human brain.” Professor Stanley is a Research Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics. In 2013, he was also the recipient of the 2013 Geological Society of America’s Penrose Medal, the society’s highest honor awarded for eminent research in pure geology. (Earle Havens host)

 

 

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Clubhouse Updates

1. This is a reminder that the spouse or partner of any member of the 14 West Hamilton Street Club enjoys full reciprocal privileges at the clubhouse, regardless of whether the member is in attendance. Spouses and partners are welcome to come to meals and programs independently of the member, and to host their own guests. Spouses and partners are simply asked to RSVP or cancel reservations where required (as is always indicated in the monthly club Newsletter), and to complete a chit upon arrival at the parlor bar, indicating all drinks and meals purchased. All relevant charges will simply appear in the member’s regular monthly bill.

2. Each year several members of the club exercise the privilege of membership that entitles them to arrange clubhouse rentals at reduced and extremely reasonable rates for on private events on weekdays and weekends, during daytime and evening hours.

Please simply contact club Steward, Lisa Hillring (Tel: 410-727- 2518; E-mail: 14Hamilton@gmail.com), in order to secure advanced booking for a private lunch, dinner, business meeting, reception, or party event.

 

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Membership Matters

 

The Club is delighted to welcome two new members this month 

 

Todd Canter – Todd has been in the real estate investment and securities business his entire career, and was based in Hong Kong for a number of years before returning to Baltimore two years ago. He and his daughter Chloe live in Homeland. Todd serves as Treasurer of Grace Methodist Church, and is active in Friends School and the Girl Scouts. A native of Ohio, he is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and has an MBA from Cleveland State University. Todd was proposed by Jim Ulmer and seconded by George Duke. 

 

 

Jeffrey Grigg, Ph.D -- Jeff is joining the faculty of the JHU School of Education as an Assistant Professor. His current research focuses on education in Baltimore. Jeff and his wife Lael, a health policy analyst, both have undergraduate degrees from Yale University and graduate degrees from the Univ. of Wisconsin. They and their two young children live in Roland Park, where they are renovating a Georgian Colonial home.  Jeff was proposed by Frank Yockey and seconded by Henry Johnson and Earle Havens. 

 

The club’s Steering Committee is committed to making the club a center for civil and lively conversation, and welcomes new members. Please be in touch with Jim Ulmer for information regarding membership and assistance in the admissions process.

 

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May 2016

 

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

As we anticipate the arrival of “the darling buds of May,” it is a good time to remember to mark your calendars and put in RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days in advance of each Hamilton Street Club event. Lunch drinks at 12:30, luncheon at 1, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid charge]. Please also note that there will be no lunches scheduled on 5/11/16 and 5/25/16, so that club staff can prepare the house for our typically large evening events on those dates.  

   

 May 2016

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Friday, 5/6/16, 6 pm: Spring Party. Since this anticipated event now coincides with the annual Flower Mart festival, in addition to the extensive closure of streets and restricted parking due to emergency road work in the area near our clubhouse, so this event has been canceled.

 

Tuesday, 5/10/16, 12:30 pm: Bill Reynolds (Professor, University of Maryland Law School), will address the club in our “Members Speak” series on the concept of Constitutional “Originalism” in light of the death in February 2016 of its most outspoken proponent, Antonin Scalia, and the ensuing struggle to appoint his replacement to the Supreme Court bench. Follow the links to read more about Constitutional Originalism, and about President Obama’s pending nomination of Merrick B. Garland to replace Scalia on the bench. (Jim Ulmer host)

 

Wednesday, 5/11/16, 6 pm: Shane Butler (Professor of Classics, Johns Hopkins University),will speak on the Victorian polymath, John Addington Symonds, who was, at turns, a poet, literary critic, biographer, and also a pioneer for gay rights as a public intellectual. He was equally famous as a biographer (of Dante, Michelangelo, Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson, and Percy Bysshe Shelley), and translator of the famous 1887 bestseller, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini. (Earle Havens host)

 

Saturday, 5/14/16, 12 pm: Jo Briggs (Assistant Curator of 18th and 19th Century Art, Walters Art Museum), in our “Members Speak” series, presents a curatorial tour of her recent prints exhibition, “Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker,” which highlights the lesser-known artistic side of the King’s mistress, both as a collector and maker of art. Meet at Centre Street entrance of the Walters at 12 noon sharp for a one-hour curator’s tour, followed by lunch at the clubhouse. (Rob Mintz host)

 

Wednesday, 5/25/16, 6 pm: Kalman “Buzzy” Hettleman is a nationally acclaimed expert on American public education will speak to us this evening about the current state and near-term future of the Baltimore Public School system in light of larger trends. He has served twice on the Baltimore Public Schools board, in addition to serving as Deputy Mayor of Baltimore. His extensive publications on the subject include newspaper articles, public reports, and his last book, It’s the Classroom, Stupid: A Plan to Save America’s Schoolchildren (2010). His most recent focus has been on education reform for students with disabilities.  (Diana Edwards-Murnaghan host)

 

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Clubhouse Updates

In order to enhance the security of our clubhouse during busy events, please be aware that the front door may remained locked after members and guests have arrived for luncheon and evening meals and programs, until the conclusion of an event. Ring the doorbell and a member of the clubhouse staff will promptly admit any latecomers, have no fear. Also, as we are now in the closing months of our Spring/Summer 2016 season, please know that guests are always welcome, and that the table at the 14 West Hamilton Street Club is always ready to meet new people, and to engage in our customary lively and engaging conversation. It is not too late in the year to bring friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that you think might enjoy or take an interest in our club.

 

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Membership Matters

The following candidate is proposed for admission to the Club:

Todd Canter – Investor; formerly Global Head of Product Development and Strategy and CEO Asia-Pacific at LaSalle Investment Management (Securities). Todd has been in the real estate investment and securities business his entire career, and was based in Hong Kong for a number of years before returning to Baltimore two years ago. He and his daughter Chloe live in Homeland. Todd serves as Treasurer of Grace Methodist Church, and is active in Friends School and the Girl Scouts. A native of Ohio, he is a graduate of Ohio Northern University and has an MBA from Cleveland State University. Todd is proposed by Jim Ulmer and seconded by George Duke. 

 

The club welcomes the following new members elected in April:

Carl Eastwick (Julie) – Estate and Trust attorney at Semmes Bowen and Semmes. A Princeton and University of Virginia law graduate, Carl served in the Marine Corps and was formerly Assistant Attorney General and Chief Legislative Officer to Governor Harry Hughes. He was board President of the Cathedral School and is Chairman of the Board of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund and incoming Program Chairman at the Wednesday Club. He is nominated by Jim Ulmer and seconded by Henry Johnson, John Murphy, and Luke Marbury.

 

Charles Rowins (Susanne) – Pastor at St. Christopher Church at Gibson Island. Chuck is an ordained Episcopal priest and served as a private school chaplain before joining the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Chuck is planning to move to Austin in the next year-or-so, and is being proposed as a non-resident member. He is nominated by Sam Hopkins and seconded by Luke Marbury.

 

Martin Knott (Allison) – President of Knott Mechanical, a large Baltimore HVAC and plumbing contractor. Martin graduated from Xavier University with a degree in entrepreneurial studies and serves on its President’s Advisory Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, President of the Signal 13 Foundation, and recently served as national finance chairman for Governor Martin O'Malley in his presidential campaign. He is nominated by Larry Haslip and seconded by Jim Case and Earle Havens.

The Steering Committee is committed to making the club a center for civil and lively conversation, and welcomes new members. Please be in touch with Jim Ulmer for information regarding membership and assistance in the admissions process.

 

MARCH 2016

 

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

We have a mighty lineup of club speakers and lunchtime conversations, so please mark your calendars and make RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days in advance of each event. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid charge]. Please also note that there will be no lunches scheduled on 3/9/16 and 3/23/16, so that the house can prepare for the large evening events on those dates. 

 

MARCH 2016

 

Wednesday, 3/2/16, 12:30 pm: Weekday lunch conversation withKathleen Lane, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects Baltimore; and Meg Fairfax Fielding, President of theBaltimore Architecture Foundation (David Gleason host).

 

Saturday, 3/5/16, 12:30 pm: Lunch conversation with John Emond, “Members Speak” series, on Commercial space research and exploration. John was a contract specialist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between 1984-87. He then moved on to NASA headquarters holding various positions as a senior policy analyst and collaboration program manager in commercial space development and technology transfer before retiring in September 2011. This is a rescheduled presentation due to an inclement weather cancellation in January 2016 (Jim Ulmer host).

 

Wednesday, 3/9/16, 6 pm: Speaker Emily Emerich, Director, Ladew Gardens, will discuss the history and upcoming season at Maryland’s greatest topiary and flower gardens (Charlie Keenan host). Nota bene: no luncheon meeting today.

 

Tuesday, 3/15/16, 12:30 pm: Lunch conversation with Bruce Barnett, Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins University in our “Member’s Speak” Series, will lead a special discussion of the recent “Eureka!” discovery by scientists of the existence of gravitational waves, first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 in the context of his theory of general relativity (Sam Hopkins host).

 

Saturday, 3/19/16,11:30 pm [NB: EARLIER-THAN-USUAL START]: Weekend tour and lunch conversation with Joneath Spicer in our “Members Speak” series, James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art, Walters Art Museum. Curator’s choice from the current exhibition, “A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli.” Meet at Centre Street entrance of Walters at 11:30 sharp for a one hour curator’s tour, then to the clubhouse for a meal and further conversation (Rob Mintz host).

 

Wednesday 3/23/16, 6 pm: Annual Maryland Day Party. Nota bene: no lunch meeting today.

 

Friday, 3/25/16, 12:30 pm: Lunch guest Greg Britton, Editorial Director, Johns Hopkins University Press, will answer questions about the world of print and digital publishing today.

 

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Clubhouse Updates

The 14 West Hamilton Street Club has not revised its meal and drinks pricing in over eight years. The Steering Committee has voted on a new schedule to reflect price inflation:

 

Weekday & Saturday lunches: $20 per person, wine now complimentary at all lunches.

Evening dinners and parties: $42 per person, wine remains complimentary at dinner.

Bar: Sodas/Sparkling Waters, $2; Wine/beer $6; Cocktails $7.50.

 

Please note that members’ annual dues remain unchanged.

 

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FEBRUARY 2016

 

Veni, vidi, vivi (I came, I saw, I survived)!  Thus do we say farewell to “Blizzard of 2016.” Happily the 14 West Hamilton Street Club survived as well, despite a couple of cancelled talks that, happily, have been rescheduled, and lots, and lots of snow: (see attached photos) As per custom, our social calendar at the Club is as lively as ever, and we hope to see you all healthy and hale at the clubhouse in the winter weeks and months to come.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

We have a strong cadre of club speakers, so please mark your calendars and make RSVPs for yourself and your guests at least two days in advance of each event. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance to avoid charge]. Please also note that there will be no lunches scheduled on 2/10/16 and 2/24/16, so that the house can prepare for the large evening events on those dates.

 

 

Saturday, 2/6/16, 12:30 pm: Family and Friends Luncheon with no scheduled speaker. Members are especially encouraged to invite guests for our customary informal conversation and fellowship.

 

Wednesday, 2/10/16, 6 pm: Elizabeth Archibald (Humanities Program, Peabody Institute), will talk about her new book (which grew out of a runaway bestselling blog) Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear (2015). See http://askthepast.blogspot.com/, for examples of how Dr. Archibald finds historical advice on matters relevant to modern day issues. (Earle Havens host)

 

Saturday, 2/20/16, 12:30 pm: George Liebmann, “Members Speak” series, on his recent book, The Fall of the House of Speyer, The Story of a Banking Dynasty (2015) (Jim Ulmer host) 

 

Wednesday, 2/24/16, 6 pm: Judge Andre Davis, “Members Speak” series. Topic TBA. (Laurie Zabin and Diana Edwards Murnaghan hosts)

 

New Introductions from the Club Staff

 

Our Club Steward, Lisa Hillring and Chef, Idalee DiGregorio, would also like to ask the membership to join them in welcoming Brittany Wilson to the clubhouse staff. Please stop by the bar, say “hello,” and introduce yourself to her the next time you are at the 14 WHSC. While you're there please be sure to sign in to help Brittany get to know you as well. 

 

Announced Guests:

 

Announcing guests to the membership is a great way to introduce new people to the Club.  However, it is very important to coordinate these plans with the staff to ensure that they will not overlap with already scheduled events.  Below you will find the preferred dates for February for announced guests. You can also find this information on the on-line calendar of events http://www.14whsc.com/#!calendar-of-events/ctvi  with available dates marked as Open for Announced Guests. This month's dates are:

 

Tuesday, February 16th

Tuesday, February 23rd

 

Members are always welcome to bring unannounced guests. Please be sure to let the staff know in advance if you or your guests have any dietary restrictions or requirements so that they may accommodate your needs. 


JANUARY 2016

 

 

A fine time was had by all in December, with a record turnout at the Christmas Party to enjoy Lisa and Idalee’s festive holiday menu, plentiful libations, and conversation befitting the season. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones, including recent members George and Lucy Duke, Charles and Marcia Moyland, and Jill Jonnes and Christopher Ross.

 

Many thanks to all the members who made generous contributions to the Employee 

Christmas Fund. This is an important way to thank our current staff and honor the 

Estelle’s quarter-century of service. 

 

A new year is upon us at the 14 West, let it be an annus mirabilis of friends old and 

new, fellowship, and bonhomie. Mark your calendars, there is much fun and monkey 

business to look forward to (2016, Chinese Year of the Monkey)!

 

We have an exciting array of club speakers, so please mark your calendars and make 

those RSVPs at least two days in advance of each event. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 

7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Lisa 24 hours in advance to avoid 

charge]. Please note that the clubhouse will reopen after its annual holiday closure for 

Tuesday lunch on January 5. Please also note that there will be no lunches scheduled on 

either 1/14/16 or 1/27/16, so that the house can prepare for the large evening events 

on those dates.

 

Announced Guests

 

As you know, members can and are encouraged to bring guests to lunch (or any other 

event). The club is happy to announce a guest, which may bring other members to 

join in discussions of mutual interest, say hello to old friends, or make new ones. 

 

 

Kicking off the January season, 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

JANUARY 2016

 

Tuesday, 1/5/16, 12:30 pm: Club reopens for regular weekday lunches.

 

Saturday, 1/9/16 12:30 pm: Traditional Club “One Conversation” Lunch.

 

Thursday, 1/14/16, 6 pm: (NOTE CHANGE OF DATE – Thursday NOT 

Wednesday this month as we will be at the Walters first): Amy Landau, Curator of 

Islamic Art, Walters Art Museum, will lead an exhibition walk through of the 

wonderful Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts (on view 

through 1/31/16). Meet Amy at the Centre Street entrance at 6pm sharp, followed by 

dinner at clubhouse. (Rob Mintz and Joneath Spicer hosts)

 

Saturday, 1/23/16 CLUB CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 5th 12:30 pm: John Emond, “Members Speak” series, on 

Commercial space research and exploration. John was a contract specialist at NASA 

Goddard Space Flight Center in the mid-1989s and then moved on to NASA 

headquarters holding various positions as a senior policy analyst and collaboration 

program manager in commercial space development and technology transfer until 

retiring in 2011. (Jim Ulmer host)

 

Wednesday, 1/27/16, 6 pm: Judge Lynne Battaglia, on her new edition of essays by 

various authors, Finding Justice (2015), the first comprehensive overview of the 

contributions women have made to the legal profession in Maryland from 1642 

onwards. (Jim Archibald host)

 

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Membership Matters

 

Please give a warm welcome to our new members and thanks to their proposers and 

seconders: 

 

 Jo Briggs (nominated by Stan Mazaroff and seconded by Joneath Spicer and 

Rob Mintz). Jo is the Associate Curator of 18th and 19th-century art at the 

Walters Art Museum. She received her Master’s degree at Oxford and her PhD 

in art history at Yale. Before joining the Walters, she was a research associate at 

the Yale Center for British Art. She recently curated the highly praised exhibit 

about Henry Walters, "From Rye to Raphael." 

 

 Prof. Peter Danchin (nominated by Sam Hopkins and seconded by Bill 

Reynolds). Peter is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the International and 

Comparative Law Program at the Univ. of Maryland School of Law. Trained at 

the Univ. of Melbourne and Columbia Law School, Peter was law clerk to the 

Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and an associate in 

firms in New York and Australia. He teaches public international law, 

international human rights, South African constitutional law, and comparative 

public policy and law reform.  Previously Peter was a Senior Research Fellow at 

the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton.  

 

New members are the lifeblood of the club. Please think of candidates who might 

be interested to join and bring them to any of our weekday lunches. Jim or Earle can 

help with the mechanics and answer any questions. And, of course, all guests are 

welcome and encouraged…sometimes lunch is “just lunch.”

 

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Future Events/Save These Dates

 

Please also save dates in your calendars for any of these scheduled upcoming speakers 

and annual events at the club in February and March: 

 

Saturday, 2/6/16, 12:30 pm: Family and Friends Luncheon, all are welcome.

 

Wednesday, 2/10/16, 6 pm: Elizabeth Archibald (Humanities Program, Peabody Institute), will talk about her new 

book (which grew out of her massively popular blog) Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear (2015), 

which seeks historical advice on modern day problems. (Earle Havens host)

 

Saturday, 2/20/16, 12:30 pm: George Liebmann, “Members Speak” series, on his recent book, The Fall of the House of 

Speyer, The Story of a Banking Dynasty (2015) (Jim Ulmer and Earle Havens hosts) 

 

Wednesday, 2/24/16, 6 pm: Judge Andre Davis, “Members Speak” series. Topic to be determined (Laurie Zabin and 

Diana Edwards Murnaghan hosts)

 

Saturday, 3/5/16, 12:30 pm: Traditional Club “One Conversation” Luncheon, all are welcome.

 

Wednesday, 3/9/16, 6 pm: Emily Emerich, Director, and Tyler Diehl, Head Gardener, Ladew Gardens (Charles 

Keenan host)

 

Saturday, 3/19/16, 12:30 pm: Joneath Spicer, “Members Speak” series, The James A. Murnaghan Curator of 

Renaissance and Baroque Art, Walters Art Museum, Curator’s Tour of Exhibition, “A Renaissance Original: Carlo 

Crivelli.” Meet at Centre Street entrance of Walters at 12:30 sharp for a one hour curator’s tour, followed by lunch at the 

clubhouse. (Earle Havens host)

 

Wednesday 3/23/16, 6 pm: Annual Maryland Day Party! Celebrate the landing of the Ark and the Dove upon these 

virgin shores!

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

The Holiday Season is in full swing, and so is the 14 West Hamilton Street club!

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

We have an exciting array of club speakers, so please mark your calendars and make those RSVPs at least two days in advance of each event. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 [cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Lisa 24 hours in advance to avoid charge]. Please not that the clubhouse will close for the holidays after our annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 19th, and will reopen Tuesday, January 5. Please also note that there will be no lunch scheduled on Wednesday, December 2nd so that the house can prepare for the evening event.

 

Wednesday, 12/2/15, 6 pm: Kurt Schmoke, President of University of Baltimore, on the present and future of the University. (Jeffrey Sawyer host) This event was fully booked. Thanks to all for making this such a popular evening. 

 

Saturday, 12/5/15, 12:30 pm: New Event! Spouses’ and Partners’ Luncheon, ALL are welcome. Please invite your spouse or partner to meet and join others at the clubhouse, a new opportunity and 14WHSC tradition: meet members of the larger Hamilton Street Club family. Please also recall that spouses and partners of club members are also welcome to attend any of our regular meals and scheduled events, please just be sure to RSVP for evening and Saturday events at least two days in advance. However, this “first Saturday” is set aside to celebrate our better halves.

 

Tuesday, 12/8/15, 12:30: Member John Murphy will have as his guests Fern Shenand Mark Reutter to lunch. Fern and Mark are the editors of the Baltimore Brew https://baltimorebrew.com, a leading on-line source of news in the Baltimore metropolitan area that is free and financed by grants from various Baltimore foundations, including the Abell Foundation. The Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Brew, Fern’s prior career in journalism included work at the Washington Post and Evening Sun, and Mark, who previously worked for the Baltimore Sun, is the senior writer and editor.

 

Saturday, 12/12/15, 12:30 pm: Richard Striner, Professor at Washington College, in our “Members Speak” series, on his new book How America Can Spend Its Way Back to Greatness (2015).

 

Saturday, 12/19/15, 6 pm: Holiday Party!!! Fellowship, food, and the wassail bowl. This will be an extremely popular event, so please make your reservations 

 

Membership Matters

 

Please give a warm welcome to our new member George Duke and his wifeLucy. 

 

 Jim Ulmer nominates and Barrett Freedlander seconds Michael Yaggy for membership in the club. A lifelong Baltimorean, Michael served in the Marines in Vietnam and spent the bulk of his legal career at DLA Piper. He has a long-standing interest in military history and has recently completed research and lectures on the World War II battles of Pearl Harbor and D-Day. Michael is married to Nora Yaggy, who has been active in social services for many years.

 

 Stan Mazaroff nominates and Toni Keane seconds Ginny Adams for membership in the club. Ginny was one of the first women partners at DLA Piper. After she retired, she earned a PhD in Art History at the University of Maryland and teaches and lectures on issues of modern and contemporary art. She is a Trustee and former Board Chair of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and a Trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her husband, Neal Friedlander, chairs the Department of Medicine at GBMC. 

 

 Earle Havens nominates and Jim Ulmer seconds Paul Espinosa as one of our first nominees under the status of “Junior Membership,” in an effort to encourage younger members under the age of 40 to consider joining the club at a reduced dues rate. Paul Espinosa is the Curator of the George Peabody Library, part of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, and has been a frequent guest to the club over the past several years. In addition to his expertise as an historian of the book, he holds Master’s degrees from the University of Maryland in Classics, as well as Library and Information Science. He is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the library, helping to build the collection by gift and acquisition, and frequently speaks about the library’s history and collections to members of the greater Baltimore area. In Fall 2017, Paul will co-curate with member Earle Havens the first major exhibition and allied publication to explore the full history and collections of the Peabody from the library’s extensive historical archives: “A Cathedral of Books: The History and Collections of the George Peabody Library, 1857-2017.”

 

New members are the lifeblood of the club. Please think of candidates who might be interested to join and bring them to any of our weekday lunches. Jim or Earle can help with the mechanics and answer any questions. And, of course, all guests are welcome and encouraged…sometimes lunch is “just lunch.”

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 

The leaves are changing spectacularly, the specter of Halloween is around the corner, and November is nearly upon us. We have much to look forward to at our clubhouse.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events:

 

November presents us with a really super array of club speakers, so please mark your calendars and make those RSVPs at least two days in advance of each event. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8 (cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Lisa 24 hours in advance to avoid charge)

 

Wednesday 11/4/15, 12:30 pm: Earle Havens will bring a special guest to lunch, David Norbrook, Merton Professor Emeritus of Renaissance English Literature at Oxford University, and Fellow of Merton College. Professor Norbrook recently moved to Baltimore, where his wife, Sharon Achinstein, is the Sir William Osler Professor of Literature at Johns Hopkins University. He is an expert on the endlessly fascinating female Renaissance polymath, Lucy Hutchinson.

 

Saturday, 11/7/15, 12:30 pm: Traditional Club Saturday Lunch, no announced 

 

Wednesday, 11/11/15, 6 pm: Dr. Gabrielle Dean, Curator of Modern Rare Books & Manuscripts at Johns Hopkins will lead a Curator’s tour of her latest exhibition at the George Peabody Library, “Lost and Found in the Funhouse: The John Barth Collection.” Meet at the George Peabody Library at 6pm sharp. Then walk to clubhouse for drinks and dinner with the Curator at 7 pm. Read more here about this exciting exhibition of the papers and literary archive of one of Maryland’s most celebrated regional authors.NOTE that the clubhouse will NOT be open for lunch on 11/11, please observe the 24-hour cancellation requirement for the evening program.

 

Saturday, 11/21/15, 12:30 pm: Dr. Leopoldine Prosperetti, (Towson, History of Art) will talk about her current book project on the color green and the place of trees in Old Master landscapes: “Sylvan Moments: Trees and the Natural World in Renaissance and Baroque Art.”

 

Saturday, 11/28/15, 12:30 pm: Annual Saturday-After-Thanksgiving Family 

Lunch (we promise NOT to serve turkey!), and members are especially encouraged to bring friends, family, and out-of-town visitors for this always agreeable respite from the seasonal chaos at hearth and home.

 

Membership Matters:

 

Please give a warm welcome to two new members this month. Nominators and 

seconders, please accept our sincere thanks for bringing them into the fellowship of 

 

 Jill Jonnes (Christopher Ross), a Wilson Scholar, non-fiction author, and 

founder of the Baltimore Tree Trust [Tony Carey and Sarah Lord]

 

 Charles Moylan (Marcia), for two decades a judge on the Maryland Court of 

Special Appeals with ties to City College, Johns Hopkins University, and the 

University of Maryland Law School [Jack Lapides, David Zoll, Barrett 

Freedlander, Stan Mazaroff]

 

New Member Nomination – George Duke

 

Jim Ulmer nominates, and Charlie Mitchell and George Wills second George Duke for membership in the club. George is a Managing Director at LaSalle Investment 

Management and has been a friend and colleague of Jim’s for upwards of twenty 

years. He holds a BBA from William and Mary, an MBA from the University of 

Virginia, an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, 

and an MLA in Philosophy and Literature from Johns Hopkins University. While his career has focused on the real estate industry, his interests run to the intersection of history and philosophy, first editions, and good wine. George and his wife, Lucy, live in Lutherville. Their oldest daughter is a doctor in Boston, and other two attend 

 

New members are the lifeblood of the club. Please think of candidates who might be interested to join and bring them to any of our weekday lunches. Jim or Earle can help with the mechanics and answer any questions. And, of course, guests are always welcome and encouraged…sometimes lunch is also “just lunch.”

 

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It may not be widely understood among the membership, but spouses and domestic partners of current members of the 14 West Hamilton Street Club are always welcome to take up the hospitality of the clubhouse on their own, and with guests of their own (the member in the family need not accompany you). The Steering Committee just asks that spouses and partners be certain to call in advance their reservations for dinner programs with speakers, any scheduled parties, or any scheduled Saturday lunches at least two days in advance, and to cancel any reservations within 24 hours of any of those events. Upon arrival, spouses and partners of members are simply obliged to sign a chit at the second floor bar, mentioning the member’s name, listing how many are in your party, and tallying the number of drinks and/or meals your party will be having that day.

 

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Future Events/Save these Dates

 

Please also save dates in your calendars for any of these scheduled upcoming speakers and annual events at the club in December and January: 

 

Wednesday, 12/2/15, 6 pm: Kurt Schmoke, President of University of Baltimore, on the present state and future of UB, hosted by fellow club member Jeffrey Sawyer. 

 

Saturday, 12/12/15, 12:30 pm: Club member Professor Richard Striner, Washington College, contributes to our “Members Speak” lecture series, discussing his new book How America Can Spend Its Way Back to Greatness (2015), hosted 

 

Saturday, 12/19/15, 6 pm: Annual Holiday Party.

 

Wednesday, 1/13/16, 6 pm: Amy Landau, Curator of Islamic Art, Walters Art Museum, Walters Exhibition curator’s tour, Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts (11/8/15-1/31/16), hosted by members Joneath Spicer and Rob Mintz. Meet at the Walters’ Centre Street entrance at 6pm sharp, followed by dinner at clubhouse.

 

Saturday, 1/23/16, 12:30 pm: John Emond, in our “Members Speak” series, on Commercial space research and exploration. John was a contract specialist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center between 1984 and 1987. He then moved on to NASA headquarters holding various positions as a senior policy analyst and collaboration program manager in commercial space development and technology transfer before retiring in September 2011. 

 

Wednesday, 1/27/16, 6 pm: Judge Lynne Battaglia, on her new book Finding Justice: A History of Women Lawyers in Maryland since 1642 (2015), hosted by member Jim Archibald.

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2015

 

The autumnal equinox has come and gone, and Fall is officially upon us. As we prepare for the leaves to change and the breezes to cool, we have much to look forward to at our clubhouse this October.

Scheduled Talks/Events 
This month we have a really super array of club speakers, so please mark your calendars and make those RSVPs. Evening drinks at 6, dinner at 7, talks at 8, cancelled reservations must arrive 24 hours in advance: 
  
This Saturday, 10/3/15, 12:30 pm: Traditional club Saturday lunch, no announced speakers.

Wednesday, 10/7/15, 6 pm: Baltimore’s own Scott Shane, national security reporter for the New York Times, will give us a presentation on his brand new book just released in September 2015, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone. Member Johnathan Hill will introduce his friend and neighbor. Perhaps you have heard one of the recent advertisements for his book on National Public Radio just this week? If you want to do your homework, see the recent Sunday New York Times book review if Objective Troy here. 

Saturday, 10/17/15, 12:30 pm : James Dilts, President of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, will address the club about the initiative to revive Baltimore’s original Peale Museum. You can read more about it in advance here. 

  
Wednesday, 10/21/15, 6 pm: Butch Darrell, will inform the club about the history, achievements, and plans for Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore and Maryland. Member Greg Cukor will introduce his friend to the club. 
  
Please note that the clubhouse will NOT be open for lunch on Wednesday, October 7 or Wednesday, October 21, due to necessary preparations for club events planned for those evenings. If you need to cancel an evening reservation, please contact the club the day before the event or your account will be charged.

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Membership Matters 
Please give one more warm welcome to our new members who have joined the club over the past year, who were duly welcomed many to the club at a blockbuster New Members Party on Friday, September 25. Nominators and seconders, please accept our sincere thanks for bringing them into the fellowship of the club (supporters’ names in parentheses):

Rob Brennan (Gleason and Benn) 
George W. Liebmann (Gleason, Stichel, and Quint) 
Sarah Lord (Carey and Mazaroff) 
Qayum Karzai (Murnaghan and Heuisler) 
Richard Striner (Brugger, Ulmer, and Murphy) 
John W. “Jack” Eddinger (Hasler and Jenkins) 
Judge Andre M. Davis (Zabin and Murnaghan) 
Barrett Freedlander (Ulmer and Mazaroff) 
Peter Stockman (Ulmer and Cukor)

New members are the lifeblood of the club. Please think of candidates who might be interested to join and bring them to any of our weekday lunches. Jim or Earle can help with the mechanics and answer any questions. And, of course, guests are always welcome and encouraged…sometimes lunch is “just lunch.”

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

The lazy, dog days of summer are nearly past us, and we have much to look forward to in the coming autumn season, beginning with the clubhouse’s reopening for lunch on Tuesday, September 8. As you enter this September, take a moment to absorb the freshly restored first floor front hall and stairway. Water damage and peeling plaster have been mended, the inner bowels of the building’s façade treated against future water damage, and even the front door and hallways have been painted in fine new colors appropriate to the building, selected by historical color expert, Mattew Mosca, who spoke to the club last July. 

Our fellow members Henry Johnson and Frank Yockey have been doing yeoman’s work, Frank’s team stripping and refinishing the badly stained first-floor hallway floorboards, and returning the front door radiator to its former glory. Henry worked with the house subcommittee to repaint and reappoint the first floor and stairwell to the parlor, and rehang much of the club’s artwork, in addition to directing the plasterwork downstairs, adding a goodly number of historic and early prints, and other furnishings, recently donated to the club by members. None of this would have been possible without generous donations from the club’s membership. If you have not already contributed to the cost of this work, please feel free to send a voluntary gift to support it by contacting: earle.havens@jhu.edu.

 

This September we have several exciting events to announce:

Wednesday, 9/9/15, 6 pm: Baltimorean Susan Fisher Sallum will give an illustrated lecture about her personal discovery in 2013 of a trove of hundreds of top secret and classified files belonging to her late father, Joel Fisher, a member of General Eisenhower’s staff tasked to locate and secure billions of dollars’ worth of gold, silver, and currency plundered by the Nazis. Her discovery was first published in June 2014 in the Washington Post Magazine, and more recently in August 2015 on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks. Seewww.wwiirecoveredtreasure.com. For 27 years, Susan served as director of communications for US Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. Cocktails and conversation at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, talks at 8:00. Please RSVP before 9/7/15.

Friday, 9/11/15: 12:30 pm: Special weekday luncheon guest, Anthony Grafton(Princeton). Professor Grafton is the most influential scholar of Renaissance history of his generation, and the author of well over a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles and reviews. He is in Baltimore collaborating with member Earle Havens on two rare book projects, one on Renaissance forgery, the other an international digital humanities initiative called The Archaeology of Reading. Seewww.bookwheel.org. Space will be limited for this luncheon, so please RSVP early.

Saturday, 9/19/15, 12:30 pm: Jim Williams has spent 50 years in international advertising executive work, and is a past recipient of two awards for public health campaigns from US Presidents (and a Medal of Honor from the Egyptian Ministry of Health). He is now retired from his last vocation as Associate Director of the Center for Communication Programs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Hopkins, and now pursues his true avocation for books and history, in part as President of the Friends of the Sheridan Libraries at Hopkins. He will share an illustrated talk from his most recent antiquarian castle and palace itineraries in the UK, following in the footsteps of King Henry VIII and his wives. These will include Lambeth Palace, where Jim recently held in his very hands a draft copy of Henry's marriage license to Catherine of Aragon; Thornbury Castle, where Henry slept with the doomed Anne Boleyn; and Windsor Castle, where Henry is buried next to his later wife, Jane Seymour. Please RSVP before 9/17.

Friday, 9/25/15, 6 pm: Season Opening and New Member’s Party. Please join us in this annual celebration of the autumn season at the club, and to greet our newest members from the past year, and their guests. This popular club party presents a great opportunity to formally welcome our freshest additions to the fellowship of the club, and for existing members to invite guests of their own who might make excellent members in the near future. Please RSVP before 9/23.

Please note that the clubhouse will NOT be open for lunch on Wednesday, September 9, or on Friday, September 25, due to necessary preparations for club events planned for those evenings.

 

On membership matters, Peter Stockman (nominated by Jim Ulmer and seconded by Greg Cukor) has been elected to non-resident membership in the club; and Barrett Freedlander (nominated by Jim Ulmer, seconded by Stan Mazaroff) has been elected to resident membership. We look forward to seeing Peter and Barrett much more often in the near future at the clubhouse, along with their respective wives, Dyson and Laura.

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2017

Post-Holiday Reopening

 

After a lively Holiday Party, the Club staff took a well-deserved vacation. Thanks to Lisa, Idalee, and all for making 14 West Hamilton Street a happy and welcoming place. The Club will reopen for our regular weekday lunch schedule at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, January 4. Remember that lunches are served regularly on Tuesday through Fridays, except on days when there is a Club event that same evening (so no lunches will be served on January 11 or January 25). Guests are always welcome, and the staff would appreciate a call or e-mail in advance if guests are expected or members plan to arrive after 12:45.

 

Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each announced Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance of an event, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Weekday drinks and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm, luncheon at 1, and invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8.

 

Membership Matters

Please joins us all in a warm welcome to our newest members elected in the Fall term: Mike Abromaitis, Tim Armbruster, Charles Dibble, Bob Locke, and Jim Wright.

 

Special Program Series: “America Looks Ahead”

With the new administration coming to power, this is a perfect time to discuss our country’s prospects in the coming years. If we can put together the right combination of people and issues, this could be a signature program series for 2017, enriching the mix of personalities and ideas that is the lifeblood of the Club. Please share your ideas for topics and speakers you would like to hear from with Jim Ulmer, Frank Burd, and/or Dan Berger. The current thinking is that this series could be broken up into three evenings dealing with broad issues initially, supplemented by more detailed sessions addressing particular topics in greater detail (Supreme Court, relations between government branches, federal vs. state government dynamics, cyber-security, the “post-factual age,” the makeup of the electorate, &c.). The first sessions in this year-long series would include in the near term:

 

Session 1, January 25, 6 pm, “America Looking Outward,” on relations between the U.S. and other countries, particularly on defense and trade policy.

 

Session 2, date TBD, “America Looking Inward,” on domestic economic and social programs, immigration, and border security.

 

Session 3, date TBD, “The First Hundred Days, And Beyond,” on the new government’s initial activities, their intended and unintended consequences, and broader governance issues.

 

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

 

January 2017

 

Wednesday, 1/4/17, 12:30 pm: Club reopens for regular weekday lunches.

 

Wednesday, 1/11/17, 6 pm: Fred Hill and Stephen Broening, to discuss the recent book of essays that they have edited and contributed to, The Life of Kings, The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper (Skip Isaacs host).

 

Saturday, 1/21/17, 12:30 pm: Peabody Institute professor Susan Weiss (and wife of member Jim Weiss) will speak about her new book on A Cole Porter Companion and his many Baltimore social and musical connections. Susan will be accompanied by her accomplished colleagues—soprano Melissa Wimbish (who recently had her debut at Carnegie Hall!) and jazz guitarist Michael Harris—in a live performance of Cole Porter’s most iconic songs at the clubhouse, so it should be a lively occasion.

 

Wednesday, 1/25/17, 6 pm: First installment of our Special Program Series America Looks Ahead (see description above), beginning with, “America Looking Outward,” on the US and international relations, particularly defense and trade policy. Club member Frank Burd will lead this evening’s discussion.

DECEMBER 2016

 

 

Clubhouse News

2016 has been an interesting and productive year at 14 West Hamilton Street. The “single-conversation” table is alive and well, with few topics left out! We have significantly increased our programming this year by converting the experiment of a Saturday luncheon into a regular, third monthly speaker event, and a rich list of upcoming programs continues apace. 

Since 2014 member Earle Havens has helped organize our slate of programs bringing in scholars, authors, collectors, curators, scientists, and civic leaders from the US and abroad to share their work and participate in many spirited conversations with members and guests. Earle has recently received a multi-year international research grant through Johns Hopkins, and so he has now stepped down from his Co-Chair role on the Club’s Steering Committee and from heading up club program planning, though his contributions will conclude with a robust cadre of speakers through to the end of February. 

 

More members of the Steering Committee have taken on additional responsibilities, with Greg Cukor helping with accounting and computer systems and procedures, David Zoll recently taking charge of many of the operating aspects of the Club, Stephen Oppenheimer about to take on the Membership role, and Frank Yockey and Henry Johnson formally taking a role after many years of tending to the bones and atmosphere of the clubhouse. 

 

2016 was one for the record books. We welcomed 23 new members to the club in the past year, and also hit an all-time record attendance level for a single club social event in living memory thanks to the hosts of our Spring Garden Party, kindly hosted by member Stan Mazaroff and his wife Nancy Dorman. As you will know from monthly newsletters we suffered the deaths of three non-resident members in 2016, and had three resignations and two changes of membership status from resident to non-resident. Club usage by members increased this year and rentals of the clubhouse by outside groups have stabilized. 

Lisa and Idalee continue to provide first-class service for members, guests, and outside users of the Club, with tremendous help and assistance from Brittany and the occasional event staff. Bookkeeping and billing were brought in-house as well this year, and a new accountant has helped the staff streamline the management of club information and finances. 

 

The club’s dedicated staff members do yeoman work, often under difficult circumstances in a dated kitchen facility. Please join us in thanking them generously through your contribution to the Club Christmas Fund. The Club also supplements a modest pension for Estelle Manigault who served the Club faithfully for 26 years.

 

Improvements continued to the Club’s physical structure this year, with completely rebuilt shutters and work on the front façade, and in restrooms, deck, and kitchen. Over the past several years the clubhouse facility has enjoyed significant refurbishments. However, further repairs and improvements will be needed as the clubhouse approaches its third century, and there are continuing concerns, particularly in the kitchen, that will need to be addressed moving ahead.

 

As we look forward to 2017 and beyond there are several priorities that are important to the long-term health of the club. We must remain energized and committed collectively, so that we can:

  • Continue to build the Club’s membership and ensure that new members are integrated into the life of the Club so they become active, long term participants.

  • Focus on increasing usage during weekday lunches—a full table feeds both the minds and hearts of participant, and the coffers of the Club.

  • Continue to bring a variety of top-flight speakers and guests, and actively encourage newer members to add other bright new faces to the mix.

  • Make sure that the Club has a combination of facilities, staff, and finances that will allow it to endure for many years as “the best conversation in town.”

 

Membership Matters

Earle Havens nominates, and Bill Johnston and Joaneath Spicer second, Charles Dibble for membership in the Club. Charles is Managing Editor at the Walters Art Museum. He spent his youth in Alexandria, Egypt and has lived in several other

countries. Educated at the University of Chicago, Charles worked at the Library of Congress, the Congressional Research Service, American Research Center in Egypt, and the Brookings Institution press. He and his partner Charles Tharpe, a Yale graduate and defined-benefits consultant in Washington, DC, recently acquired and are restoring Rockland Hill, an historic 1703 house on Falls Road in Baltimore County. 

Steve Scott nominates, and John Bond seconds, Robert W. Locke III for membership in the Club, following after his father who was a member for many years. Bob’s career was in banking. He led Maryland National’s operations in Mexico and was a founder and Executive Vice President of The Columbia Bank. He is a graduate of Gilman School, holds a history degree from Colgate University, and a MS in Education from City College of New York. Bob and his wife Sherry live in Ruxton. 

Stan Mazaroff nominates, and Bob Shelton seconds, James D. Wright for membership in the Club. Jim recently retired from Venable, where he chaired the firm’s real estate section, and was selected each year as one the best lawyers in America. A graduate of the University of Delaware and the Harvard Law School, Jim presently serves as the principal Trustee of the Ratcliffe Foundation for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Vice Chair of the Gunstan School in Centerville. He and his wife Chris live in Bolton Hill. 

Stan Mazaroff nominates, and Jim Ulmer seconds, Michael J. Abromaitis for membership in the Club. Mike is a partner at Wright, Constable & Skeen. Active in the legal and civic world in Baltimore for more than 40 years, he has served on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards, including that of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Opera Company, Notre Dame Preparatory, and Loyola Blakefield, of which he is a graduate. . Mike holds a BA from Loyola College, MLA from Johns Hopkins, LLB from Maryland, and LLM from Georgetown. He is a collector of master drawings, some of which were recently featured in Honoré Daumier: Caricaturing Bourgeois France at Loyola University. Mike and his wife Sue live in North Baltimore.

Finally, hats off to new member David Meadows, and his wife Erica and son Rocky, who were featured on the cover of Roland Park Living this month.

End-of-Year Holiday Closure: The club will close after the Saturday, December 17 Holiday Party, and will reopen for our regular weekday lunch schedule at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, January 4.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each announced Hamilton Street Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance of an event, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Weekday drinks and cocktails begin at 12:30 pm, luncheon at 1, and invited speakers and members’ guests generally speak informally at table. Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6 pm, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. There will be no lunch scheduled on Wednesday December 7 so that club staff can prepare the house for the large evening event planned for that date.  

 

December 2016

Saturday, 12/3/16, 12:30 pmAl Sommerprofessor of Epidemiology and International Health, and past Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1990-2005), will share his thoughts in our “Members Speak” series on the recent emergence in the U.S. of the Zika virus and other related tropical diseases (Martha Hill host).

Friday, 12/9/16, 12:30 pmDavid Reuger, a young antiquarian bookseller from Vienna and New York, will answer questions about life and work researching, describing, and selling the rarest books in the world (Earle Havens host).

 

Saturday, 12/17/16, 6 pm: Holiday Party. Toast the Holidays and join in a feast of Chef Idalee’s seasonal favorites. Guests, relatives, and pre-Christmas houseguests welcomed all! 

 

November 2016

 

 

 

Clubhouse News

There is increasing interest among several members in positively identifying and making accessible information on the many prints, drawings, cartoons, and other artwork that adorn our venerable clubhouse walls. If anyone is interested in pitching in with this effort, please contact David Zoll at zollmediate@yahoo.com

 

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Notice

The club will be closed and no meals served from Thursday November 24 until reopening for our regular Tuesday lunch schedule at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each announced Hamilton Street Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Regular lunch drinks and cocktails begin at 12:30, luncheon at 1, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. There will be no lunches scheduled on Wednesday November 2, or Wednesday November 9, so that club staff can prepare the house for the large evening events planned for those dates.  

 

November 2016

 

Wednesday, 11/2/16, 6 pmGabrielle Dean, Curator’s exhibition tour of “The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Highlights from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection” (the world’s most extensive collection of Poe materials in private hands). 6 pm at the George Peabody Library exhibition hall (main entrance from East Mt. Vernon Place, exhibition hall is the first door on your left as you enter the building). Join Gabrielle and your fellow members for drinks and dinner after the tour at the clubhouse.

 

Wednesday, 11/9/16, 6 pm: Come celebrate (or drown your sorrows, as the case may be), about the future of America at our Post-Election Recap Cocktail Party!

 

Saturday, 11/19/16, 12:30Jonathan Pevsner, Professor of bioinformatics and genomics at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Discovery Channel habitué, will discuss his long-standing interest in the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci’s unique integration of art, science, and engineering.

October 2016

 

A Year for the History Books!

 

We are happy to report that the past year has been as successful as it was eventful for the club.A full slate of programs brought scholars, writers, scientists, and civic leaders from here and abroad to share their work and participate in lively exchanges with members and guests. We significantly increased our programming this year, as well, by turning the working experiment of a Saturday luncheon into a regular, third-week monthly speaker event.

A record 23 new members were admitted to the club this year, from a broad variety of backgrounds –writing, history, science, museums, academia, architecture, ecclesiastical and social work, foreign service, business, and law. And robust attendance at the New Members Party at the end of September is a sign of many more good things to come.

Lisa and Idalee are joined once again by Brittany, who joined the clubhouse staff team last year, manning the bar and helping with table service, all providing warm and welcoming service for members and their guests, and for outside groups that rent out our facilities for their own events. Bookkeeping was just brought entirely in-house, and a new, efficient, and cost-saving electronic billing system is under development. Improvements continued to the Club’s physical structure during the August break with completely rebuilt external façade shutters, restoration and painting, as well as improvements in the basement restrooms, the outside deck, and club kitchen.

 

Clubhouse Updates

 

Raise the flag high! It has frequently been observed by members of our club that newly invited guests can mistakenly end up ringing the bell at the East Hamilton Street Womens’ Club instead of 14 West (particularly thanks to faulty Google search results). A major part of the problem has been that there is nothing especially distinct about the clubhouse façade that clearly separates it from other buildings on our street. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous member-donor, and the creative and ever aesthetically-attuned efforts of club member Henry Johnson, you will soon see an attempt at a solution: a new flag billowing in the breeze at 14 West Hamilton Street, complete with a soon-to-be-familiar insignia that you can refer to when directing guests to clubhouse events. Keep your eyes peeled; many will already have seen and discussed informally the mock-up of the flag that had been perched above the first-floor fireplace mantle at the clubhouse prior to our annual August closing.

 

Scheduled Talks/Events

Save these dates! Please send RSVPs for yourself and your guest(s) at least two days in advance of each announced Hamilton Street Club event. Cancelled evening reservations must arrive to Club Steward Lisa Hillring 24 hours in advance, via telephone or e-mail, to avoid an automatic charge to your club account. Regular lunch drinks and cocktails begin at 12:30, luncheon at 1, invited speakers and members’ guests talk informally at table. Evening drinks and cocktails start at 6, dinner at 7, talks at about 8. There will be no lunches scheduled on Wednesday October 5, or Thursday October 27, so that club staff can prepare the house for the large evening events planned for those dates.  

 

OCTOBER 2016

 

Wednesday, 10/5/16, 6 pm: Christopher Celenza, Professor of Classics and Italian Studies, and Vice-Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. Professor Celenza will speak about “Why Niccolò Machiavelli Matters,” drawing from his recently published book, Machiavelli: A Portrait (Harvard University Press, 2015). It is an election year…perhaps not a bad time to brush up on your Machiavelli’s The Prince? (Earle Havens host)

 

Saturday, 10/15/16, 12:30: Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, and National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Professor Campbell will speak about her research and advocacy in the area of domestic violence (“Intimate Partner Violence,” or IPV). (Martha Hill host)

Friday, 10/21/16, 12:30: Stephen Parks, Retired Curator, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, and lifelong antiquarian book collector of the 19th-century Gothic Revival in England and America. The Parks Collection of Augustus Welby Pugin now forms a permanent part of the world-class (and still-growing) architectural rare book collection first started by Baltimore architect Laurence Hall Fowler (and 14WHS member in the middle decades of the 20th c.), now in the collections of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins. (Earle Havens host)

Thursday, 10/27/16, 6 pm: Members Speak Series: a special “behind-the-scenes” museum exhibition tour, “A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe,” at the Walters. Joaneath Spicer, fellow club member and Managing Curator of this show, will share the greatest jewels and hidden treasures of this dazzling exhibition of medieval art dedicated entirely to the five human senses. Meet at the Centre Street entrance at 6 pm sharp. Note the date is a Thursday (not a customary Wednesday evening event, in order to accommodate the evening hours schedule at the Walters Art Museum).

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Membership Matters

As explained above, the 2015-16 season was a banner year for new members, and we are looking forward to moving from strength to strength with more new members in the coming year. New members are the lifeblood of the club; please let Jim Ulmer know if you are interested in introducing prospective members. It is also vital that we ensure new members are fully integrated into the life of the Club and become active, long term participants in our fellowship. Ask a friend to lunch and a carpool – a full table feeds the intellect, delights your tablemates, and helps keep the Club moving and coffers growing.

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2014 - 2015 Season

 

 

AUGUST 2015

 

All good things must come to an end! The clubhouse is officially closed from Saturday, August 1 until its reopening for lunch on Tuesday, September 8. In the meantime, several members may attempt to organize ad hoc August lunches for club members at either the Maryland Club or the Ambassador Restaurant, as per custom, so please keep your eyes peeled for any e-mail announcements on that front in the weeks to come.

 

In addition to our customary weekday luncheon schedule, please hold the following upcoming September event dates in your calendars now, with more details to follow in our September Newsletter, which you will receive before the end of August:

 

Wednesday, 9/9/15, 6 pm: Evening Speaker (TBA)

 

Saturday, 9/19/15, 12:30 pm: Luncheon Speaker (TBA)

 

Friday, 9/25/15, 6 pm: New Member’s Party 

 

In other news, we have two nominations for new members to the club:

 

Jim Ulmer nominates and Greg Cukor seconds Peter Stockman for non-resident membership in the club. Once a colleague of our long-time member Bill Fastie, Peter has retired as Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute and Head of the James Webb Space Telescope Mission Office. He and his wife Dyson live in Florida, and spend the warmer months in Baltimore. Peter holds a BS from Princeton and PhD in Physics from Columbia. He is a Trustee and former Board Vice President of the Walters Art Museum, and a former Trustee of Bryn Mawr School.

 

Jim Ulmer nominates and Stan Mazaroff seconds Barrett Freedlander for resident membership in the club. Barrett is a native Baltimorean and Poly graduate; he and his wife Laura live in Cross Keys. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an LLB from Maryland. Barrett has been a lawyer in Baltimore his entire career and is currently a Maryland Assistant Attorney General. Among Barrett’s many interests are the study of history and Penn lacrosse. He has recruited dozens of athletes and other students to Penn over the years, and won the Penn Alumni Award of Merit in 1996. Barrett is a Trustee of the National Museum of Illustration in Newport, and a former Trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Bryn Mawr School. 

 

Lastly, we are happy to report that badly needed renovation work will be performed in the clubhouse between August 3rd and August 31st, so if you observe piles of old plaster on the sidewalk or workmen buzzing in and out of the clubhouse during that period, have no fear! Work will focus primarily on the first floor entrance hall, which suffered badly from major water damage over the past year. Though the source of that damage has been addressed, the clubhouse interior will get new plasterwork, repainting, floor and shutter work, front door treatment, and (we hope!) improved lighting a new piece of furniture or two. Our omnicapable members, Henry Johnson and Frank Yockey, are on the case, as ever. Many members have generously contributed to support the cost of these repairs, and if you would like to pitch in, feel free to contact Earle Havens about that atearle.havens@jhu.edu.

 

 

 

JULY 2015

 

Happy 4th of July to everyone. Please note that the Club will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the holiday.

 

EVENING EVENTS

We are closing out the season, before our August rest from club activities, with two superbly interesting talks, political and art historical:

 

Wednesday, July 8: Member Toni Keane has kindly invited her friend Del Sandy Rosenberg, a Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates for the 41st legislative district, and a member of the Maryland General Assembly since 1983. He will speak to the club about the latest, and at times contentious, state legislative session in Annapolis. 

 

Wednesday, July 22: Matthew Mosca, a former Hamilton Street Club member and long-time friend and collaborator of our member Henry Johnson, will tell “A Tale of Two Parlors.” The first involves his fascinating current conservation project in which he is simultaneously uncovering and rediscovering the wall paintings in the parlor of the home of the Hudson River School master painter, Thomas Cole. The second parlor in question is our own, as Matthew worked closely with Henry last summer to choose a period-specific color scheme for our own newly reappointed parlor. Now is your chance to ask any burning questions you may have about 14 West Hamilton Street Club and its place both in history, and in the broader cultural tastes of a young American Republic.

 

Cocktails and conversation at 6:00, dinner at 7:00, talks at 8:00.

 

Please reply to this email to make a reservation for either of these events.

 

Please note that the clubhouse will not be open for lunch on July 8 or July 22, due to the evening speaker events on those days.

 

On other club business, we have all been honored by Bob Brugger’s yeoman service as Chair of the Steering Committee, in addition to all the fascinating speakers he has arranged to invite over the past years, despite his own personal move from Baltimore to the wilds of Virginia just outside Charlottesville. At the end of June 2015, Bob stepped down from the chairmanship and into a much-deserved retirement from extraordinary club service, handing those responsibilities over to be taken up jointly by current Steering Committee members Jim Ulmer and Earle Havens. Please direct any thoughts, queries, speaker nominations, or other requests that might have regarding the club to both them in future. And please join us at either, or both, of our July evening events where we will raise our glasses in toasts and hearty congratulations to Bob for all that he has done for the 14 West Hamilton Street Club!

 

Finally, our very own, very talented Chef Idalee DiGregorio was recently featured in the Baltimore City Paper.  We are very proud to have her here at the Club.  Please click the link below to read the article.

http://touch.citypaper.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83793582/

 

 

 

JUNE 2015

 

 

 

On Saturday, June 13, the club will stage its annual Mint Julep Party.  We recommend early reservations; this event always proves popular. 

 

The event begins at 6 PM with cocktails and conversation, buffet dinner served at 7.

 


Wednesday evening, June 24, our after-dinner speaker will be Maximilian Tondro, who earned his doctorate studying the urban landscape of Renaissance Italy.  He now works at the federal government, overseeing zoning and land-use issues in the District of Columbia.  His talk will cover them, but range to the future of the American landscape more generally.

 

 The event begins at 6:00 with cocktails and conversation.  Dinner is served at 7:00 and the talk begins at 8:00

 

 

In order to help the staff prepare, we kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event or you will be charged.  Reservations can be made via email14hamilton@gmail.com or by phone 410-727-2518

 

 

 

MAY 2015

 

 

 

SATURDAY LUNCHES

 

The club will be open this Saturday, May 2, for a regular lunch.  Guests welcomed. Please reply to this email if you plan to attend this Saturday.

 On  Saturday, May 16 our special guest will be Catherine Rogers Arthur, director and curator of the Homewood House Museum, Johns Hopkins University.  Catherine will provide background on and highlights of the Homewood exhibit now open on “The Making of a Museum:  The Peale Family in Early Baltimore.” This will be our last Saturday lunch for the season.

Saturday lunches begin at 12:30 with cocktails and conversation. Lunch is served at 1:00

 

 

EVENING EVENTS

 

  On Wednesday evening, May 13, our fellow member Damie Stillman, emeritus professor of architectural history, University of Delaware, will present a talk and slide presentation on the research leading to his next book, a study of Federal architecture in the late-eighteenth/early-nineteenth-century United States.  

 

  Our dinner guest on Wednesday, May 27 will be Fred Bronstein, since June of last year dean of the Peabody Institute, who will bring us up to date on the state of the Peabody and his plans for it.

 Evening events begin at 6:00 with cocktails and conversation.  Dinner is served at 7:00 and the talk begins at 8:00

 

Visit the club website 14whsc.com for a full calendar of events.

 

In order to help the staff prepare, we kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event or you will be charged.  Reservations can be made via email14hamilton@gmail.com or by phone 410-727-2518

 

SAVE THE DATE

 The club will hold its annual Mint Julep Party on Saturday, June 13th at 6:00 PM. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2015

 

 

SATURDAY LUNCHES

 

This Saturday, April 4, the club will be open for a traditional Saturday lunch.  Guests welcomed.

 

On Saturday, April 18, our luncheon guest will be Eric Holcomb, executive director, Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP).  Eric will address, and answer questions about, CHAP efforts to protect and enhance Baltimore’s historic built environment.  Eric began his work as a city planner in historic preservation in 1994.  In 2005 he published The City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660).

 

Saturday lunches begin at 12:30 with cocktails and conversation. Lunch is served at 1:00.

 

 

EVENING EVENTS

 

On the evening of Wednesday, April 8, our speaker will be Steve Butler, a global affairs and financial news journalist who holds a PhD in political science from Columbia University.  His long and distinguished career includes postings in Singapore, London, and Tokyo for various news outlets, among them the Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington bureau of Knight Ridder.  Over the past seven years he has served as executive director of the Institute of Current World Affairs.  Since April of last year he has been senior editor at OZY.com, an internet news site founded by Carlos Watson and geared to an audience of users in their 20’s and 30’s.  Woody Woodward will host the evening, during which Dr. Butler will explore the evolution of the news business from the era of print to its present state and prospects in the digital age.

 

Two weeks later, on the night of April 22, the club will stage another installment in our “Members Present” series.  Stanley Mazzaroff, a retired Venable LLC partner turned art historian, will talk about his current research on the career of George A. Lucas, a Baltimore art agent and collector who resided in Paris during the second half of the nineteenth century and amassed  more than 15,000 works of art.  As latter-day Baltimoreans know, a dispute between the Peabody Institute and Baltimore Museum of Art over ownership of the collection —notably including prints and drawings by Édouard Manet and Charles-François Daubigny as well as American expatriates such as Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeill Whistler--eventually landed it at the BMA.  Stan’s first book, published with Johns Hopkins, explored the story of the Walters art collection, the business of American art collecting that obtained in the late nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries, and the bedeviling problem of authenticating Renaissance art before the advent of modern forensic technologies.

 

 Evening events begin at 6:00 with cocktails and conversation.  Dinner is served at 7:00 and the talk begins at 8:00

 

 

In order to help the staff prepare, we kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event or you will be charged.  Reservations can be made via email14hamilton@gmail.com or by phone 410-727-2518

 

 

 

 

 

   March 2015      

 

 

SATURDAY LUNCH EVENTS

 

This weekend, March 7, the club will be open for regular Saturday lunch.  Guests welcomed.

On Saturday, March 21, looking ahead to summer, Jim Ulmer will lead a discussion of the Chautauqua Institution, a favorite warm-weather continuing-ed destination in Chautauqua, New York. Read more at:http://ciweb.org  Please pass on word of this session to non-members who might have an interest.

Cocktails and Conversation at 12:30, Lunch at 1.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SPEAKERS

 

Wednesday, March 11, the club will host a talk on the Mexican modernist artists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, who are perhaps best known as leaders of the "Mexican Mural Renaissance" during the middle decades of the twentieth century in America and elsewhere.  Our speaker will be Dr. Rena Hoisington, curator and head of prints and drawings at the Baltimore Museum of Art. With slides, Dr. Hoisington will tell the little-known story of how a number of distinguished Rivera and Orozco prints found their way into the BMA's collections during the 1920s and 1930s. To read more about the museum print collections in general, see http://www.artbma.org/collection/prints.html

Cocktails and Conversation at 6, Dinner at 7, Talk at 8.
 

On Wednesday evening, March 25, the club will stage its second annual Maryland Day celebration, an event that features, with all due filiopiety, a large bowl of punch certifiably made to the standards of an early-American recipe; local foods that hearken back to colonial Maryland prepared by Chef Idalee, hopefully including choice venison, if we have better luck than last year; and again spontaneous singing of the Maryland state song, perhaps this year with both original and proposed new, sanitized lyrics.  Out-of-state members may recall that the first Englishmen and women who settled the province landed on the lower Potomac River on March 25, 1634, the Feast of the Assumption.  

Cocktails and Conversation at 6, Buffet Dinner at 7.

In order to help the staff prepare, we kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event or you will be charged. 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015

 

SATURDAY LUNCH EVENTS

 

The club will be open for regular Saturday lunch on February 7.  Guests welcomed.

On Saturday, February 21, our luncheon guest will be Mary Jo Salter, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and author of seven collections of verse .

 

Cocktails and conversation at 12:30, Lunch at 1.

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SPEAKERS

 

On Wednesday, February 11, our evening speaker will be Prof. Michael Skerker of the U.S. Naval Academy.  Professor Skerker will discuss teaching ethics to midshipmen in the midst of the war on terror.  He came to our attention after the appearance of an op-ed piece in the Sun supporting the oft-criticized Senate Select Committee report on the CIA interrogation program.   He has written a book, An Ethics of Interrogation, and various articles on ethics and asymmetrical war, moral pluralism, and intelligence ethics.  See also http://www.usna.edu/LEL/Faculty/Michael-Skerker.php

Skerker's op-ed: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-enhanced-interrogation-20141218-story.html

 

Then on the evening of February 25, the club will step off its familiar path and host a wine-tasting gala.  Victoria Schassler, proprietor of Spirits of Mt. Vernon, will serve as our guide to the best yet affordable French wines to match each of the 4 courses Chef Idalee has planned for the evening dinner.   For this especially intriguing event, per person costs will be $75.

 

Cocktails and conversation at 6, Dinner at 7. 

 

We kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event, or you will be charged. 

Reservations can be made via email at 14hamilton@gmail.com or by phone at 410-727-2518

 

 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

David Gleason nominates, and Mark Stichel and Peter Quint second, the lawyer and author George W. Liebmann for club membership.  Mr. Liebmann, whose offices stand just a few doors away from the club, graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School.  He has been an invited fellow at the University of Manchester and at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and has written nine books on American government and diplomacy.  He has published his full share of op-ed pieces in the Sun. 

 

Tony Carey nominates, and Stanley Mazaroff and Charles Keenan second, Sarah Lord, a Bolton Hill resident and former Sun theater critic.  Ms. Lord has taught writing and theater in local schools, helped to organize youth concerts, and now presides over the Baltimore Tree Trust.

David Gleason nominates, and David Benn seconds, Rob Brennan, an architect living in Catonsville who grew up in Connecticut, graduated in architecture from Catholic University and then obtained a master's degree in the field at UVa.  He has practiced in the region for nearly thirty years.  Besides working on the Ellicott City Partnership, he chairs the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission and serves as president of the board of directors, Baltimore Chapter, AIA.

 

 

 

JANUARY 2015

 

Happy New Year!

 

 

The Club will reopen for our regular first Saturday lunch on January 3rd when members are encouraged to bring family and guests.  We will resume our normal lunch schedule, Tuesday through Friday at 12:30 PM, on Tuesday, January 6th. 

 

WEDNESDAY EVENING SPEAKERS:

 

On Wednesday, January 14, our evening guest speaker, the Baltimore artist Robert Marbury, will provide an illustrated discussion of his new book, Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself  (Artisan, 2014). He will survey taxidermy as both a pragmatic activity and as a fine art, though one that has received much less serious attention since its heyday in the later nineteenth century, when animalia collections flourished and craftsmen learned to preserve specimens to fill a the high demand. Today, with younger artisans exploring the peculiar challenges of taxidermy in the age of animal rights, the craft enjoys a resurgence.

 

Two weeks later, on Wednesday night the 28th, join us for the first installment of a new series that will focus attention on the work of club members.  The inaugural session of Member Talks will feature Paul Feldman, Johns Hopkins emeritus professor of physics, who will discuss the lengthy planning and recent successes of the Rosetta NASA project, including his own and JHU contributions to this momentous event in the history of space exploration.

 

THIRD SATURDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER:

 

On Saturday, January 17, another fellow member--Michael Greenberger, professor of law at the University of Maryland--will lead a conversation on the various issues surrounding police use of force against citizens.  Many members know that between 1999 and 2001 Michael served in the United States Department of Justice, there leading a major effort to organize regional academies that would train police on a range of community-relations issues. Toward this end he organized a major conference of metropolitan police chiefs in December, 2000. At DOJ his responsibilities included civil-rights litigation and supervision of settlements with police departments in several major cities, including New York City and Los Angeles.  The discussion surely will include comments on the recent tragedies involving deadly violence between police and civilians in Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; and elsewhere.

 

We kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event, or you will be charged. 

Reservations can be made via email at 14hamilton@gmail.com or by phone at 410-727-2518

 

 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS:

 

Richard Striner and Quayum Karzai have been elected to membership.

 

 


 

 

DECEMBER 2014

 

 

EVENING & LUNCH EVENTS: 

 

  Saturday, December 6, the club will be open for our regular first-Saturday lunch. Members are invited to bring guests and spouses.  Cocktails and conversation at 12:30.  Lunch at 1.

 

  On Wednesday evening, December 10, member Charley Mitchell will tell us the stories behind his new book, Travels Through American History in the Mid Atlantic:  A Guide for All Ages, along with commentary on the sites he included in it--among them St. Mary's City, Williamsburg, and Independence Hall and Civil War sites like Antietam and Gettysburg, Washington and Richmond.  Joining him will be his wife Betsy, whose hand-drawn maps make a wonderful contribution to the volume.  Drinks at 6.  Dinner at 7.  Talk at 8.  

  Ten days later, Saturday evening December 20, starting at 6 PM, the club will stage its annual Holiday Party.  One of the highlights of the year, this event especially will call for advance reservations.  As always, Lisa, Idalee and Ryan will prepare a bountiful buffet.  For the second year, Henry Pinckney Johnson has pledged to make a bowl of his famous Mount Vernon Punch.

 

Please make reservations via email, 14hamilton@gmail.com or phone, 410-727-2518  48 hours in advance.
 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS:  

 

  Diana Edwards Murnaghan nominates and Stan Heuisler seconds Qayum Karzai of Baltimore County to club membership.  Qayum arrived in the United States from his native Afghanistan in 1969, when he began flight training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  After finishing a political science degree at American University, he took up residence in Baltimore and became a successful restauranteur.  He nonetheless has retained close ties to his homeland, serving as a member of the Afghan parliament between 2008-2011 and as an early candidate for president this year.  He is married and has two children.  Twice he has been a Saturday luncheon guest at the club.

Bob Brugger nominates, and Jim Ulmer and John Murphy second, Richard A. Striner of Pasadena for membership.  A professor of history at Washington College, Richard completed his baccalaureate degree at American University and a PhD at the University of Maryland in 1982.  Long active in preservation efforts in the District of Columbia, he has published books on the U.S monetary system; Woodrow Wilson and World War I; Abraham Lincoln and the race question; and presidential power in the American constitutional system.  He has visited the club as a weekday lunch guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014

 

 

EVENING & LUNCH EVENTS:

 

 On Wednesday evening November 12 our speaker will be the former Baltimore Sun political reporter and columnist Jules Witcover, whose latest book on U.S. vice presidents, subtitled "From Irrelevance to Power," just appeared.  Jules has published a long list of books, including a recent biography of Joe Biden and another, a print-journalist's memoir, Ink-Stained Wretch, with Johns Hopkins.  He will talk about the book on the vice presidency and its point but also answer questions about the results of the mid-term federal elections.  His spouse, the acclaimed Mencken biographer Marion Rodgers, will accompany him.

  Saturday the 15th of the month we will have as our luncheon guest Qayum Karzai.  A Baltimore restauranteur and participant in the recent Afghan presidential election, Qayum visited the club about a year ago and greatly enjoyed the afternoon.  Once again, he will welcome discussion of the political-social-military situation in Afghanistan and the region.

  The club continues its tradition of celebrating children and family back to Baltimore for Thanksgiving at a Saturday lunch on November 29th.  The origins of the tradition elude us, but they may have something to do with showing off the young and helping to justify the exorbitant cost of a college education.

 

Please make reservations via email, 14hamilton@gmail.com or phone, 410-727-2518  48 hours in advance. 
 

SAVE THE DATE:

The club plans its annual holiday party for Saturday evening, December 20.


MEMBERSHIP MATTERS:

Judge Andre M. Davis and John W. "Jack" Eddinger are elected to membership.


  A happy Thanksgiving to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2014

 

 

EVENING EVENTS:

 

On Wednesday, October 8th, Earle Havens will conduct a special tour of the latest Peabody Library exhibit, “2,500 Years of Lies, Fakes, and Forgeries:  The Arthur and Janet Freeman Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts,” after which we will repair to the club house for drinks and dinner.  Earle will launch the tour at 6:00 PM.  The evening will conclude a little after 8.

 

Two weeks later, on the evening of October 22, Jim Case, Sam Hopkins, and our guest, Gary Clyde Hufbauer, will conduct a panel discussion with Q&A on the broad topic of international trade, with special attention to the issue of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership.  Is the proposed TPP trade agreement a NAFTA on steroids? Dr. Hufbauer, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, will first present the case for the TPP.  Jim Case, author of Why Obama Can't Fix the Economy, will then give a brief opposing view.  Lively Q&A will follow.  The TPP is the hottest issue on the trade plate in 2014.  Proponents see TPP as a pact that will ensure America's continuing geopolitical presence in Asia and deliver a boost to the U.S. economy.  Opponents suspect another gift to multinational corporations (MNCs) and an erosion of labor and environmental standards.   Learn why we should care!! 

 

For more on Gary’s background, see http://www.iie.com/staff/author_bio.cfm?author_id=27   

 

Cocktails at 6.  Dinner at 7.  Adjournment a little after 9.

 

In order to help the staff prepare, we kindly request that reservations be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Cancellations must be made with in 24 hours of the event or you will be charged. 

 

Our Saturday lunch guest on October 18 will be announced soon.

 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS:

 

Laurie Zabin nominates, and Diana Edwards Murnaghan seconds, the Honorable Andre M. Davis, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, for club membership.  Judge Davis received his baccalaureate degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law.  After graduation he clerked with Judge Frank A. Kaufman at the U.S. District Court in Baltimore and then with Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. on the Fourth Circuit in Richmond.  He later served as a civil-rights attorney at the Department of Justice and as Assistant U.S. Attorney for Maryland.  In 1995 President Clinton appointed him to the U.S. District Court for Maryland.  President Obama nominated him to sit on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Senate confirmed him in November, 2009.

 

Tom Hasler nominates and Ray Jenkins seconds Jack W. Eddinger to club membership.  A former newspaperman and journalism faculty member at the University of Maryland, Jack served as press secretary to Baltimore mayor Tommy D’Alesandro, Governor Harry Hughes, and Senators Joseph D. Tydings and Paul Sarbanes.  He attended Villanova University and has a MLA from Johns Hopkins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

 

 

The Club Reopens

 

The club will reopen for regular lunches Tuesday, September 2.  During the August break, we installed a new, highly efficient natural-gas furnace in the basement.

 

But every member should plan soon to visit the house to take in the far more remarkable improvements to the second-floor parlor: freshly cleaned floor, new colors on the walls, much new upholstery, some re-arrangement of furniture, and re-location of art, along with a few new pieces.  Many members contributed toward the fund that made this effort possible, and warm thanks to them.  Deep thanks also to the steering committee members--Diana Edwards Murnaghan, Earle Havens, and Henry Johnson--who worked on plans and pulled together the financial resources necessary to realize them.  

 

Evening Program Sept. 10: Baltimore Monuments

 

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, we will have Cindy Kelly to speak and show slides on the War of 1812 monuments and outdoor sculpture in Baltimore.  Her Outdoor Sculpture in Baltimore appeared with the Johns Hopkins University Press in early summer, 2011.  Earlier she had conducted a survey of this art for the Baltimore Committee on Historical and Architectural Preservation.  She divides her time between Baltimore and New York City.

 

The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 and program at 8. Reservations, please, by September 8th.

 

Evening With New Members On Sept. 24

 

On the evening of Sept. 24, the club will toast new members at the traditional cocktail party and light buffet. The new members to be toasted are Anna Clarkson, John Emond, Fred Graefe, David Hamburger, Skip Isaacs, Paul Marx, Rob Mintz, Richard Weisman, and Frank Yockey. We encourage members admitted since last September, and their sponsors, to attend and hope that many longer-time members will take this opportunity to get to know the newcomers.

 

The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. Reservations, please, by September 22nd.

 

Saturday lunches

 

The club will be open for a regular lunch Saturday September 6, when members and their guest are welcomed.  On the 20th we will have a special guest, announced soon.
 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 

Sarah Lord, Rob Brennan, and George W. Liebmann have been elected to club membership.

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