Lectures are held the third Friday of the month. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10–11 a.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Free for members and first-time visitors.

For questions –or to suggest a speaker– please call 419-824-3707 or email

Bicycling Around the United States for a Cause
Friday, December 14

In August 2015, 68 year old Toledo native and retired Sylvania Schools teacher Alan Thompson began a 12,000 mile bicycle journey along the perimeter of the U.S. His goal was to raise money and awareness for two charities: Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children. He raised over $32,000 for these two worthwhile organizations and volunteered at Habitat For Humanity build sites in 19 cities along the course of his ride. Alan rode 9,000 miles between August, 2015 and May, 2016. In the summer of 2017 he bicycled the final 3,000 miles along the northern perimeter, completing the 12,000 mile circuit of the U.S. perimeter. Come hear his personal stories of this epic ride!

After the lecture, stay for lunch and laughter…

Comedy of Reed K. Steele
Friday, December 14
11:15 am -12:45 pm, includes buffet lunch.

Reed K. Steele is a cross between Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye. As a master of physical comedy, mime, stand-up, and improvisation, Reed combines comedy, music, mime, magic, stunts, sign language, and audience participation to make a memorable comedy variety family fun event that will capture an audience of any age.

As an actor, mime, stuntman, comedian, clown, puppeteer, magician, and director, Reed has performed literally thousands of times on stage, television, and film from Los Angeles to New York. He was the recipient of the 1990 “Hollywood USO Entertainer of the Year” award, working with Bob Hope, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Greenwood and many others. Reed also created sound effects for films, television, and cartoons, working with Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, and Bruce Willis. He also worked with the puppetry of Jim Henson’s Muppets and performs professionally with his production company, Saturn V Productions, throughout the country as time permits. A delicious hot buffet luncheon is included, so please lunch and laugh with us!

U.S. Immigration Policy   
January 18

As caravans of migrants seeking asylum descend upon our border with Mexico, the debate on our approach to immigration intensifies. Should immigration laws be restructured? Should we build the wall? Do immigrants have a role in “Making America Great Again”? Join Retired Psychology Professor Tom Estrella and Dr. Dale Lanigan, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Justice Studies when they discuss and debate immigration policy in the United States. Good friends from opposite sides of the political aisle, they will tackle the history of domestic immigration policy as well as the positions taken by the major political parties.

Smart Cars, Smarter Transportation        
April 12

Transportation is a basic need in our daily lives and the transportation industry is vital to the economy.  For the past 100 plus years, cars and buses have been the primary mode of transportation for most people.  Many technologies being developed will improve the safety and efficiency of these vehicles.  Self-driving technology promises to drastically reduce collisions and improve mobility for many, including seniors and disabled people. Exciting developments and their widespread impacts will be discussed.

Dr. Eddie Y. Chou, PhD., P.E. is Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Transportation Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Toledo.  He has been a transportation engineering researcher for over 30 years, and has conducted numerous research projects for various agencies including US DOT, Ohio DOT, City of Toledo, among others.