Luncheon meetings with a speaker are held the second Tuesday of the month, several times per year, at a local hotel or restaurant. Attendance varies between 30 and 70 people. The luncheon typically costs in the $25 range and requires a pre-paid reservation. Guests and prospective members are welcome.
Past speakers include:
Past speakers include:
· Maria Benitez, performer, choreographer, creator, star of her own Flamenco company, and co-founder/director of the Institute for Spanish Arts.
· Anne Hillerman and Don Strel, author and photographer of Tony Hillerman's Land-scapes: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn.
· Cheryl Bell, Development Director of theThe Wildlife Center.
· Jack Ortega, President of the Santa Fe Rose Society.
· John Calvin, Founder/Owner and winemaker of Casa Rondena winery.
· Jane & Bill Buchsbaum, extensive collectors of Southwest pottery.
· Thomas Chavez, former Director of the Palace of the Governors and Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
· Tom Drake, Public Outreach Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.
· Charles MacKay, General Director of the Santa Fe Opera.
· Randy Chitto, local Choctaw native artist, Chair of the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Native American Endowment Fund and Founding Chair/VP of the developing Santa Fe Indian Center.
· John Vollertsen, Director of the Las Cosas Cooking School, Food & Dining Editor of the Santa Fean magazine, and author of Cooking with Johnny Vee.
· Craig McClure, Founder/Director of the Black Bear Benevolent Bureau in Albuquerque, which works to reverse negative attitudes about bears and other wild creatures.
· Gregory Heltman, Founder/General Director and Steven Smith, Conductor/Music Director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, including a program of Christmas music from orchestra musicians.
· Alan Osborne and Connie Eichstaedt, Founders of Southwest Seminars, which offers lectures, tours, and campouts to enhance knowledge and understanding of the Southwest.
· John Stafford, Director of retail operations at the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and in charge of buying arts and crafts from local artists and artisans.
· Dottie Indyke, Executive Director of Creativity for Peace, which conducts a summer peace camp for Israeli and Palestinian girls.
· Stephen Kingsmore, President and CEO of the National Center for Genome Resources.
· Kerry Peavey, Volunteer and Event Manager at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society.
· John McCarthy, Deputy Director of the Palace of the Governors historian and noted storyteller.
· Carol Franco and Kent Lineback, authors ofThe Legacy Guide, a guidebook on creating a written personal history.
· Joy Poole, Co-Founder of The Santa Fe Trail Association and Deputy State Librarian in the NM Department of Cultural Affairs.
· Joseph Traugott, Curator of 20th Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
· Andrew Lovato, Assistant Professor at The College of Santa Fe and author of Santa Fe’s Hispanic Culture: Preserving Identity in a Tourist Town.
· Michael Clark, Owner, horticulturist, and designer of the Tropic of Capricorn nursery.