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Upcoming Speakers

August 28

Erika M. Elliott, MD

Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert—A Healing Story for Our Times

After her first week teaching at a boarding school on the Navajo Reservation near Canyon de Chelly, young Erica Elliott almost leaves in despair, unable to communicate with the children or understand cultural cues. But once she starts learning the Navajo language, the people begin to trust her, taking her into their homes and ceremonies. As she is drawn deeper into Navajo life, Erica has a series of profound experiences with the people, animals, and spirits of Canyon de Chelly. Fulfilling a Navajo grandmother’s prophecy, she returns years later as a medical doctor to offer her services to Navajo patients.

Erica Elliott is a medical doctor with a busy private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A true adventurer, she has lived and worked around the world. She taught rock climbing and mountaineering for Outward Bound and led an all-women’s expedition to the top of Denali in Alaska. In 1993, Erica helped found The Commons, a cohousing community in Santa Fe. She raised her son Barrett in this safe and happy environment. Known as the “Health Detective,” she treats mysterious and difficult-to-diagnose illnesses at her clinic within The Commons.

“What a wonderful book! Elliott’s voice mesmerized me. . . . Such an inspiring, life-affirming, yet tough tale, woven through with a strong drive to realize one’s life path. . .” 

-Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home


September 11
William J. Havlicek, PhD

Modern Art Demystified

For many people modern art remains an enigma, and for good reason, as some practitioners of modernist art seek to provoke and confront rather than console viewers. This audio-visual presentation presents many of the best-known modernist artists within a tradition that began with 19th-century Impressionists and Post-Impressionists including Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and continuing into the 20th century with De Kooning, Rothko, Gorky, Pollock and many others who retained, well into our own era, a love for nature as they practiced advanced painting research.

Author, art historian and artist Dr. William Havlicek presented one of our most popular mornings with his book and lecture on Van Gogh’s Untold Journey.  He has over 30 years of experience in college teaching, museum administration, publishing and fine art/studio production and exhibition. He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with both Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts Degrees. He currently teaches at the Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California and has lectured often at the Bowers Museum.


September 25

Cindy Pitts

Taking the High Dive -
A Unique Journey of
a Contemporary Artist:
Her Life, Her Evolution

Cathy Pitts is an award-winning international contemporary artist who will dazzle with her unique story of life as an artist today. She will be discussing the challenges, the opportunities, and the day-to-day activities of a full-time working artist, accompanied with exciting visuals.

Cathy received a BFA from UCLA and has been painting and creating art close to four decades. Her work has been selected to exhibit in over 40 national and international juried exhibitions by prominent curators from the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, Guggenheim and The Museum of Modern Art/New York, and by world renowned art critics such as Donald Kuspit, Phyllis Tuchman and Kenneth Baker. She entered the international scene as an invited featured artist representing the US in Taipei for four years where she showed at the World Trade Center in Art Revolution Taipei and in X Power Gallery, and the Baosheng Galleries in Taichung and Kaohsiung. She was the commissioned artist for the Vail Jazz Festival in 2010. Her work has appeared in many publications such as Marie Claire, Vogue, Chinese Contemporary Art News, Art Investment Magazine, Artist Magazine (Asia) and Palm Springs Life Magazine.


October 9

Joyce Bulifont

My Four Hollywood Husbands

Beautiful, bubbly Joyce Bulifont is set to entertain us with her lifetime of memories in the entertainment industry.  Joyce is an American film and television actress, notable for her cheerful, girlish voice with a Southern lilt. In addition to many theater appearances, her memorable role in the film Airplane!, and a recurring role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Marie Slaughter, she was a frequent panelist on the television game shows Chain Reaction, Match Game, and Password Plus. Joyce is the author of My Four Hollywood Husbands, a book about love that is woven through the fabric of the world of entertainment, alcoholism, co-dependency and family.

 “It is my hope that those reading this love story will gain an understanding of the hurtful actions the alcoholic and the co-dependent have upon others and, most important, the harm that children endure. It is also my hope that anyone caught in the web of addiction might realize that one can detach and go on with one’s life.”

October 23

Winn Claybaugh

Be Nice Leadership

Winn Claybaugh returns as the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King. A speaker and a business owner with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership, the 105-plus schools have raised more than $21 million for multiple charitable organizations. 

We’ve all heard that people don’t quit companies; they quit bosses. And those who quit are usually the most talented and productive. Leadership is not a position, but a mindset and attitude. In this lively and humorous talk, Winn Claybaugh shares proven systems to empower everyone to be more inspiring and engaging—the skills that make us more attractive as leaders. Winn shares very specific ideas and concrete steps to increase happiness, improve relationships, lead with integrity, and design a life filled with bliss and purpose.


Directions to the Pacific Club:

From South county – Take the 5 North to the 405 North. Keep Left on the 405 N. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur & go Left on MacArthur. Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into the first driveway.  Take a parking ticket at the ticket booth, pass the first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking lot. You might want to look at directions if you use the 73 instead of the 405.
Using the 405 South – Transition to the 73 South. Take exit 15 toward Jamboree Road, onto Bristol Street South.
Left on MacArthur.  Turn on Von Karman and make an immediate Left into the first driveway, take your parking ticket, pass first building continuing on to the Pacific Club’s parking lot.
From Orange & Anaheim Hills – Take the 55 fwy. South, to the 405 fwy South. Take exit 8 toward MacArthur/OC Airport & go Left on MacArthur.  Turn Left on Von Karman & make an immediate Left into first driveway.  Take parking ticket at booth, pass first building on your right, continuing to the Pacific Club’s parking area.

6:45 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

2nd and 4th Wednesday Morning Meetings:
6:45-8:45 a.m.

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