Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. 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

Facing Change – Making Choices

Chris Cremean

Friday, January 17

Life changes for seniors lead to new choices in finances, housing, legal issues, medical care, nutrition, and transportation. Making the right choices requires quality information and services. Chris Cremean of the Caregiver Resources Group will discuss making informed choices in care and services for yourself and loved ones.

Afghanistan in Context

Michael Krautkraemer

Friday, February 21

The roots of the current situation in Afghanistan can be traced to its history from the 19th to 21st century. Learn the ethnic make-up of Afghanistan, its borders, and government. We will discuss the role of Afghanistan in world politics since the 1800s and its possible futures. Michael Krautkraemer is from the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University. Please note this speaker is joining us via live computer link so will be able to interact and answer your questions.

The Newest Theater in Town

Lori Hauser

Friday, March 27

The KeyBank Discovery Theater is coming to downtown Toledo! The newest cool addition of Imagination Station offers an incredible immersive experience that redefines film engagement. Families, young adults, lifelong learners, school groups, business professionals and travelers alike will be wowed by the mammoth 8,200-square foot theater, 58-foot wide screen and incredible mind-blowing events and programming. Lori Hauser, CEO of Imagination Station, will give a sneak preview of the new theater and offers a VIP behind-the-scenes perspective of the science center’s role in Toledo’s revitalization. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

Human Trafficking 101

Chuck Campbell

Friday, April 17

This presentation will provide a basic overview of human trafficking, focusing on both domestic and foreign trafficking as well as labor and sex trafficking. Topics will include the definition of human trafficking, how traffickers recruit, indicators for victim identification, the use of social media, and how individuals can make a difference in helping to combat and end human trafficking, with discussion of what this means to Toledo and surrounding communities. Speaker Chuck Campbell is Education Co-chair for the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition.