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

Painting Heritage in Frescoes

Dr. Hubert Massey

Friday, September 13

Frescoes have long been considered a lost art and one of the most noble mediums in which an artist can work. Created from humble organic ingredients, durable fresco murals are able to make strong impacts on communities. Discover the history of frescoes and contemporary applications of this classic technique.

Dr. Hubert Massey is a fresco artist inspired by Diego Rivera, pre-Columbian Mexican artists, as well as European masters. Dr. Hubert Massey’s distinctive fresco murals grace numerous landmarks in Detroit and other major cities in Michigan. Dr. Massey studied art at the University of London – Slade Institute of Fine Arts and has an honorary doctorate degree from Grand Valley State University. In 1995, Hubert Massey participated in a fresco workshop under the tutelage of two apprentices to legendary artist Diego Rivera.

Caps, Capes and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo

Patricia Ringos Beach, Susan J. Eisel, Maria Elizabeth Nowicki, Judy Harris Szor, Beth E. White

Friday, October 18

The 20th century was a time of great change in our country and the nursing profession was no different. From 1893 to 1999, eight hospital based diploma schools of nursing operated in Toledo. As medical care advanced, this core group of schools worked to send the best trained registered nurses into our lives to care for our sick and teach us how to stay healthy.

The book Caps, Capes and Caring: The Legacy of Diploma Nursing Schools in Toledo was written by five authors, nurses and diploma school graduates: Patricia Ringos Beach, Susan J. Eisel, Maria Elizabeth Nowicki, Judy Harris Szor, and Beth E. White. The authors will share stories and pictures illustrating the amount of change experienced in nursing education and healthcare.

Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

Geoff Walter

Friday, November 15

Owens Corning is a global leader in engineered materials for roofing, insulation, and composites. Headquartered in Toledo, it employs approximately 20,000 people in 33 Countries. What makes Owens Corning distinctive is its commitment to sustainability, a journey over the last 20 years that has led to first place on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens list for 2019. Learn about the products, corporate culture, and hard work that earned this distinction, as well as the ambitious science-based goals that Owens Corning is setting for the year 2030.

Geoff Walter is Corporate Director of Enterprise Safety for Owens Corning. In this leadership role, he has responsibility for leading and managing the global safety function for Owens Corning and is a member of the Sustainability Leadership Team. Mr. Walter received a BS in Occupational Health & Safety from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois and a MBA from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Mr. Walter is also a Certified Safety Professional.

Engaging Communities, Delivering Justice Results

Alica Smith

Friday, December 20

Community residents in Toledo, Ohio, and Flint, Michigan continue to struggle with trusting that their local government facilities are providing clean, safe, affordable water. The deciding factors seem to be proverbial “bottom line” issues, and crucial information is not being provided by state and local government. Critical public health decisions have been made without risk-assessment or stakeholder consultation.

Engagement of community residents involves providing appropriate information regarding environmental issues which threaten public health. In Toledo, aging infrastructure creates street and residential stormwater management problems; and yearly algal blooms threaten the safety of household water. In Flint, aging infrastructure and change of water source released large concentrations of lead into household water. Because Flint city authorities refused to believe the evidence, residents resorted to out-of-state assistance in proving that something was wrong. Most of these residents still depend on bottled water to meet their ordinary household needs.

Mrs. Alicia Smith, M.A. is the Junction Coalition Community Liaison & Freshwater Future Associate Policy Director, and also works with Alternative Solutions, LLC for Community Empowerment in Toledo.