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Monday, March 3, 12:30 p.m., BOOK BEAT LUNCHEON with Jim Wallis, author of the best-selling book, "God’s Politics." He will talk about his new book, "The Great Awakening – Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America." Wallis is the founder of Sojourners, a faith and justice network.

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March 5: Fireside Chat - 6pm- 8pm with CBS 4 Reporter Rick Sallinger on investigative journalism. Rick has worked in Denver twice, for KUSA-9News and now KCNC-CBS 4. He has reported nationally and internationally. He was given the George Foster Peabody Award for his series on improper U.S. Army recruiting tactics. Free, no reservations required. All are invited to attend, particularly journalism students.

Friday, March 7, 6-8 p.m., 3RD ANNUAL CELEBRITY CHILI COOK-OFF
This benefit for the Women's Bean Project will help Denver-area women as they work on building a better life. Chili-cookers from media outlets compete for the Gold Crockpot, Silver Crockpot and Bronze Crockpot. Admission is $20 (at the door only; no presale). Info: 303-292-1919.Co-sponsored by the DPC, SPJ, Denver Newspaper Guild. Tickets are $20, cash bar. for info and tickets. Yum!

Monday, March 10, at the Denver Newspaper Agency auditorium, 101 W. Colfax Avenue, Colorado SPJ presents, "The Principled Politician – The Ralph Carr Story," a new book written by KUSA Channel 9’s Adam Schrager. Join us for a discussion of the life and times of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr; Gov. Bill Ritter will join Schrager for an informal discussion of Adam's new book.
Carr sacrificed his political career during WWII by opposing internment camps for Japanese-American citizens. Historian and Rocky Mountain News columnist Tom Noel will serve as moderator.This event will begin with a 10:30 a.m. continental breakfast in the first-floor lobby followed by an 11 a.m. talk in the DNA auditorium. To RSVP, go to:

To RSVP go to: (click on the event in the calendar for rsvp page)

Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m., FIRESIDE CHAT SERIES with Denver Post reporter Bruce Finley, talking about international journalism. Finley has reported from more than 40 countries. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for contributing coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. Free, no reservations required. All are invited to attend, particularly journalism students.

Thursday, March 13, dinner 7 p.m., program 8 p.m., Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America hosts Ryan Kelly for "Writing and War ... and Surviving Both!"

Ryan Kelly is a native of Wyoming, He began his writing career in journalism, where, as a beat reporter and later a sports editor and columnist, he garnered several writing awards. He later studied playwriting at Columbia University. As a playwright and screenwriter, Ryan was the 2000 national winner of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, was a national finalist for the 2003 Humana Festival, and was a national semifinalist in the 2003 Chesterfield Film Writer's Project. His plays have been produced and developed across the country, including Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, New York and London. His work has been featured by The New Yorker, The National Endowment for the Arts, and has been published by Random House and Samuel French.

RSVP is MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is noon Monday, March 10 to Colleen Collins at . No-shows will be expected to pay.

Friday, March 14, 6-9pm- "DEATH FOR DINNER" Murder Mystery event, upstairs at the DPC. Dinner includes Steamship Round (slow-roasted beef sirloin), rice pilaf, grilled vegetables, Caesar Salad, rolls & butter, dessert, one glass of wine included. Cost: $35 per person, including the show.

The summary: You're invited to a dinner party with featured guest motivational speaker, Cliff Worthington. However, Cliff's confident facade seems shaken every time smarmy Jonathan Bosco mentions Cliff's father. Enter the beautiful, scheming Tara Lindt. She's after every man in the room, so why is she so concerned with Jonathan's activities? Suddenly, we notice the maintenance man, C.J. Hammer. He should have finished the job of fixing the electrical outlets hours ago, so what is he doing at the party tonight? As C.J. casually chats with dinner guests, there's one person in the room that he purposely avoids: Susan Snu, the event planner. Granted, she's irritating, but there's more to this hatred than meets the eye. The evening continues, events take a turn and soon you are solving the crime of your life! This is a three-hour ride that you won't want to miss.


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Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan Street. "Landing the Big One" seminar will take you from idea (with Sally Stich, contributing editor of Woman's Day) to formulation (Linda Berry with her murder mystery series) to making the most of the "big one" with Debra Fine (Fine Art of Speaking and Writing) to landing the big contract (EllynAnne Geisel, whose apron idea spawned a book now in its sixth edition, to being on Sunday Morning CBS News, to having her aprons on "Desperate Housewives."
Cost: $35 for DPC members. Register with or call with questions: 303-757-3765. The DWPC also will host a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 14 to see part of the collection of aprons that EllynAnne has, plus to see her books. Drinks and treats will be served. Parking for both events is in the lot to the north of the house.

Saturday, March 15, St. Patricks Day Celebration, Noon - 5pm

All Welcome- $10 Corned Beef, Shepards' Pie, Music, Irish Dancing and lots of "Blarney"

Wednesday, March 19, noon, BOOK BEAT LUNCHEON with Mike Nelson, Emmy Award-winning meteorologist on KMGH TV (Channel 7). His book is the "Colorado Weather Almanac." reservations :

(click on the event in the calendar for the rsvp page)

Wednesday, March 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., GUEST BARTENDERS will be the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Tamara Door, CEO and president, and Sarah McClean, Public Relations and Communications Manager. Their tips will benefit the club.

NEW LISTING Thursday, March 19, the Design to Print Media Group presents "PDF Tips and Tricks," about new features of Acrobat 8 Professional. 5:30-6 p.m. registration, 6-7:30 p.m. program, at the DPC. Please register in advance at 303-771-1578 or by March 14. Free to members; students $8; non-members $15.

Thursday, March 20, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., at the Denver Women’s Press Club, 1325 Grant Street, Francine Mathews will speak on "From Fact to Fiction." Mathews will talk about turning real stories or snippets into works of fiction. She's used real people and historic events, factual research and a "journalistic" approach in her Jane Austen books, her espionage novels, A Flaw In The Blood (which deals with Queen Victoria, hemophilia, and the death of Prince Albert), and the book she's currently writing, which is about Virginia Woolf's suicide. Reservations to Alice Bakemeier, 303-321-1708 or . Deadline to make or cancel a reservation is 5 p.m. Monday, March 17. This event is open to DWPC members and their guests. If you are not a member and would like to attend, contact us to check on available space.

Thursday, March 20, The Denver Book Club Meet-up Group meets at the DPC, organized by DPC member Judah Freed. Info: http//

Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m., DPC Board of Directors meeting. We urge members to attend.

Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m., DENVER PRESS CLUB annual membership meeting. All members are urged to attend as we review the previous year, present a financial report, and elect new board members and officers.

Friday, March 28, 6 p.m. cocktail hour, 7-8:45 p.m. dinner, the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro Chapter Annual Awards Gala, featuring Kenneth Walsh, U.S. News & World Report White House correspondent and former capitol reporter for The Denver Post. This event will be held at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St.
Walsh has been on the White House beat for more than 20 years, writing about everything from President Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign to George H.W. Bush’s immense distaste for broccoli. He’s also written four books, including one about the relationship between the White House and the press.
He’ll talk about the evolution of his career from Capitol Hill in Denver to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He’ll also talk about how reporters can localize the presidential race in Colorado.
Cost: $55 for SPJ members, $65 for non-SPJ members. Info: Noelle Leavitt,, 720-299-4895. RSVP:


NEW LISTING Friday, April 4, HANGIN’ PARTY for JOE MCGOWAN, in which we’ll hang his caricature on the wall. Reception at 6 p.m., hangin’ at 6:30 p.m. Joe is the retired former bureau chief for the Associated Press and a longtime club member.

NEW LISTING Wednesday, April 9, noon, BOOK BEAT LUNCHEON with DPC member Rich Maturi, whose new book is titled "Will Rogers, Performer." The book recently came out in a revised, expanded and nicely illustrated paperback edition. Perfect timing for a presidential election year, as Will Rogers once said, "I really don’t see any advantage to having one of your party in as president. I would rather be able to criticize a man than have to apologize for him."

Sunday, April 13
14th Annual Damon Runyon Award Banquet
honoring Tim Russert, at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St. Denver. Purchase tickets at

The Damon Runyon Award

The Denver Press Club Board of Directors has named Emmy Award-winning journalist Tim Russert as recipient of the 14th Annual Damon Runyon Award.
Russert will accept the award at a banquet in his honor on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Denver Marriott City Center.

"Tim Russert is the perfect choice," DPC President Bruce Goldberg said. "In a year when Denver takes center stage as the site of the Democratic National Convention, there’s no one better when it comes to telling the stories of a presidential campaign."
Russert is the managing editor and moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and the "Today" program. He anchors the "Tim Russert Show," a weekly interview program on MSNBC. He serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.

He took over the helm of "Meet the Press" in December 1991. Since then, the program has become the most-watched Sunday morning talk show in America. Russert has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene.
Russert is also the author of two best-selling books, "Big Russ and Me," a memoir of his father, and "Wisdom of Our Fathers."

Each year, the club presents the Runyon award to a journalist whose work best exemplifies the vivid writing style of Damon Runyon, an early member of the Denver Press Club in 1906-07.
Runyon wrote for The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News before going on to fame and glory in New York City as one of the best-read columnists of his day. His collection of short stories, Guys and Dolls, later became the basis for the famous musical.

Previous recipients of the award include Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Molly Ivins, Herb Caen, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, Ed Bradley, Carl Hiaasen, Seymour Hersh, George Will and Bob Costas.

For more information on the award, contact Bruce Goldberg at 303-803-9226 or John Ensslin at 303-882-9029.

Friday, April 25, Lobster Night. More details TK.

Friday, May 23, Mexican Fiesta Night. More details TK.

Friday, June 20, "Summer Begins BBQ" in the alley.

Friday, July 18, Sinatra Night. More details TK.

Friday, Aug. 22, Clambake. More details TK.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 17th Annual Colorado Book Awards, presented by the Colorado Center for the Book. Info:

Sunday, October 26, 6pm dinner, 7pm showtime: The DENVER PRESS CLUB GRIDIRON SHOW at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, 1701 California St.
More details to come.


Anonymous said...

John: What an improvement...great visual marketing...Breathing some life and color into the website causes (even) me to want to turn out for the goings-on! Congrats! A

Anonymous said...

Awesome photo (upper right corner of the website) of the DPC main floor -- why can't we make the room look like that all the time?? Or at least put the furniture back that way after an event, it looks so welcoming and classy like that!!

Che' Rippinger said...

Hi John,
Once again you have stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park. The web site looks great! You have done and continue to do so much for the Denver Press Club. You are the best example of selfless volunteerism. Now if only the rest of us could even attempt to keep up with you...
Thanks for all you do!
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denise connor said...

Thanks for allowing the Colorado Concierge Association to hold our meeting at your club. We are happy to support you in anyway. Denise Connor

Denver Press Club said...

The current website for the Denver Press Club is at:

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