The greatest question of life is what good will I do with it? - Benjamin Franklin

2018 Seminars

The 3rd Third Seminars are held in Golden, Colorado, although at times they will be held in other parts of Colorado or broadcast from other locations.

Come for coffee or tea at 9:45
All seminars will be from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Free beverages and lunch are provided. Those with dietary restrictions are asked to bring their own lunch.


January 18, 2018
Wesley West

Spies, Satellites, and Space

The US Space Program

Wesley West, retired Air Force Colonel and Space industry leader, will guide us through the days of the Cold War when national security relied on satellite-based photo reconnaissance. What steps did the US take to get quality intelligence regarding the Soviet Union once the Iron Curtain went up? How did the 1947 Foreign Affairs article by “Mr. X” (the US Charge d’affaires in Moscow) set the stage for the Truman Doctrine and initiate the Cold War? What gaps did President Eisenhower see in our ability to make intelligence assessments? How did the covert Gary Powers U-2 spy plane incident mandate a space-based solution for our intelligence and protection? We’ll learn more about the CIA/Air Force Corona photo reconnaissance satellite program that was outwardly called Discoverer with the “public mission” of scientific research. And we’ll see recently declassified images from the Gambit and Hexagon satellite reconnaissance programs.

We’ll hear the fascinating history of what went on in our quest for intelligence in the early days of the Space program. We’ll find out about technical challenges encountered in gathering information through space-related devices. And we’ll learn about the evolution of the Space Industry and just how large it is today.

Come join us!

February 15, 2018
Nicole Rosmarino

American Serengeti
Reviving the Splendor
of the Great Plains

Huge herds of native grazers with predators hot on their tails on a savannah landscape stretching to the horizon. We’re not talking about Africa, but rather the North American Great Plains, not too long ago. With imagination, Dr. Nicole Rosmarino, director of the Southern Plains Land Trust, will take you on a journey that begins in the 1800s, continues to the present, and holds great promise in the future.

Along the way, you’ll meet wildlife so abundant and spectacular that John James Audubon had to put down his pen because he was just too overwhelmed. Some of these creatures may surprise you – while now associated with western forests, they were once prairie dwellers. There are bright spots and bleak, featuring humans as both antagonists and protagonists. The culmination of this journey is an invitation to re-create the lost world of the American Serengeti.

Among the topics in this seminar are:
• The historic fauna of the Great Plains
• Homesteading on the prairie
• Rough times of the Dust Bowl
• The formation of the National Grasslands
• Attitudes toward nature and wildlife
• Economics and demographics in the Great Plains
• From private lands to national parks
• Prospects for a new American Serengeti


March 15, 2018
Nancy Lund

The Creative Switch
Tap into the Creative Part of your Brain


Nancy Lund will take us on a explorative journey to the creative part of our brain. She will introduce us to prompts and functions that will help flip our perception from the analytical to the intuitive. Many have found great productivity and insight in looking at life, and tasks we need to perform, from the intuitive side of our perception. But how can we get there? Some days it seems impossible to make the leap — ask any writer with writer’s block. Is it possible to be able to open the creative gates whenever we need or want to?

Nancy will share some prompts that have been very successful in allowing people to free their minds and cognitive thought from logical baselines that keep us in a rational world. She will introduce ideas using devices from our play as children. And remember how creative we were before someone told us we weren’t good at something? Ah, but the creativity is still there. Let it out again.

Come join us and open up your doorway to the creative part of your mind. Dress comfortably. We will be using glue sticks.


April 19, 2018
Cheryl Martin

Work that Impacts the World


"If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it’s a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene.”
— General James Mattis, March 2013

The U.S. Department of State fields personnel in over 270 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions throughout the world, as well as in Washington D.C., New York City, and passport agencies throughout the United States. It is staffed by Foreign Service officers, Civil Service employees, and security, information technology and other specialists, as well as political appointees. All share common missions, including to represent, explain and advance the interests of the United States, to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes, and to protect and assist American citizens when abroad.

Joining the Foreign Service is to sign on to a career, not a job: the richness and the variety of the work are sometimes balanced by a degree of sacrifice and even danger — some of the same challenges faced by military personnel.

This is one officer’s story of how Cheryl Martin got into the Foreign Service, how she was trained, the kinds of work she did — and some memorable moments from a career that lasted a quarter century.


Stay tuned as the rest of the 2018 Schedule will be added soon!


To register call: direct 303-928-8220, or 303-277-1623, ext 220, or register via email here. You will receive a confirmation.

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