Presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting


Technology:  Stimulus or Detractor of Learning?
January 20

Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, President of Lourdes University, will discuss how radically technology has changed education for teachers, students, and for Lifelong Learners!


Suing the EPA for Lake Erie
Feb. 17

Great Lakes environmental groups have united to pressure appropriate enforcement of the Clean Water Act for Lake Erie by suing the EPA. What difference will this make? Marya Czech is a regional environmentalist.


Christian Communities in the Holy Land
March 17

Christians have lived in the Holy Land (now Israel and Palestine) since the first Pentecost. Learn who they are and about the struggles that are causing them to emigrate. Jeff Abood is a speaker and author, and has served as Advocacy and Outreach Director of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation. Jeff was knighted by the Vatican and currently serves in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Lead Poisoning in Toledo

April 21

Toledo ranks second in the state for lead poisoning cases, most of which are children. Lead poisoning can affect the entire body and cause irreparable damage. Gloria Smith, R.N., is lead case manager to the Lucas County Childhood Lead Prevention Program. She will talk about the work being done to combat this issue, work that ultimately led to the recent ordinance passed by Toledo City Council.