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

2019 Seminars and Lunch

and lunch

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.

2019 Seminars

January 17, 2019
Nancy Sharp


Pushing Through Life's Challenges


Nancy Sharp is a woman who understands loss, adversity, and the sheer messiness of life. On the day she delivered premature twins Nancy learned that her husband’s brain cancer had returned after eighteen months in remission. He lost his fight to that cancer two-and-a-half years later.

Now a nationwide inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, and writing coach, Nancy’s transformative story and programs teach us how we, too, can reframe our perspective to move past challenges in our own lives. Nancy will give us concrete tools to push beyond obstacles and demonstrate how we can choose happiness and success in an imperfect world.

As a best selling author Nancy has shared her story in Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living (winner of the Colorado Book Award) and has also written Because the Sky is Everywhere to support children and families grieving the loss of loved ones.

Come be inspired and learn how with resilience we can push through life’s challenges.

February 21, 2019
Polly Letofsky

First Woman to Walk Around the World
3 Miles Per Hour

On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles — by foot — to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and well-wishers around the world, came out to walk with her. But in the middle of Polly’s five-year journey, the world suddenly shifted on its axis when September 11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history. Polly did finish, and her GlobalWalk has been featured in over 2,000 newspapers, magazines, and on radio and television around the globe. Her book, 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World tells her amazing story and has earned 6 national awards including Writer’s Digest Best Memoir of 2011.
Polly will richly detail her journey with humor and honest reflection, she’ll talk about the good times and the hardships. Sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always inspirational, Polly’s program personifies the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel you to conquer life’s challenges — one step at a time.

After lunch we will all share in telling our own adventures -- both at home and abroad.


March 21, 2019

Adult Coloring
with Colorful Colorado: Coloring Journal

Grab your colored pencils, gel pens, and paints and come spend the day coloring scenes from Fulcrum’s new adult coloring book Colorful Colorado: Coloring Journal by Amanda Lenz.

Everyone will be given their own book to color the images as they wish. Choosing which to color of the thirty-six illustrated animals, insects, flowers, and reptiles that all live in Colorado is up to you. Concentrate on one or color them all, you are in total control.
You will want to bring your own pencils or pens to color with especially if you want to use shades of brown (for example) to differentiate the shadows and highlights on a moose, coyote, or beaver. And then there are the birds: like Steller’s Jay and the Broad-tailed Hummingbird; and flowers like Indian Paintbrush, Rocky Mountain Columbine and Bee Balm.

Adult coloring books are very popular as many people are finding that coloring is a great way to relax, release stress and unwind. Being the master of your own color palet is not only satisfying but it helps one’s mind free itself up to process things we’ve been too busy to think about. You will be surprised at what you will start to remember: “Oh, that’s where my keys are!” or “I forgot to pick up the dry cleaning from last week.”

So come and join us for a colorful day of fun and relaxation.



April 18, 2019
Boyd Norton and Mario Corvetto

A Visual Journey into the Mysterious Jungles

What are the different kinds of forests from around the globe? What is a rain forest? Where are rain forests located (some surprises here)? Why are rain forests important and what makes them so special? What critters and humans live in rain forests? What threats are there for rain forests? Can I visit a rain forest and where? These are some of the questions and topics we will cover in our program. Be prepared for some surprises and also be prepared for some shocking photos as we take you around the globe to some of these unique ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Boyd Norton has traveled the world photographing and writing about wild regions and their importance. His work has taken him from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Serengeti to Siberia. Many of these regions are the subject of his 17 books and scores of magazine articles. Two of his favorite places in the world are the rain forests of Borneo and the upper Amazon Basin rain forest of Peru (which he and Barbara revisited this past October with Mario Corvetto).

Mario Corvetto was born and raised in Peru and has lived in the United States for the past four decades. Some of his earliest memories of growing up in Peru were visits with his father to the rain forest regions in his country. An award winning photographer, Mario has lived in such far flung places as Italy, England, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Venezuela, but his permanent home is in Frisco, Colorado He is the founder and director of the successful ecotourism company Mondo Verde Expeditions, offering small, high quality, low impact trips to India, Tanzania, Botswana, Galapagos, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Italy, France, Spain and, of course, Peru. He is also a very accomplished gourmet cook specializing in the world famous cuisine of Peru!

The above photo shows Mario and Boyd in front of Angel Falls in Venesuela, the highest dropping falls in the world, a total of 978 meters (3,208 feet).


May 16, 2019
Bruce Paton

What Makes a Good Leader?

What is it that make a good leader? A leader that others will follow into battle or endure great hardships to discover the unknown? Why do some men succeed while others fail? Is it by succeeding that one is considered a great leader? Or is there some charisma or ability they have that make others want to follow them even if the outcome is uncertain?

What made John Wesley Powell, a one-armed man, someone that a band of men would follow down the Grand Canyon — a feat that had not been accomplished prior to that time — and many thought it impossible to do so and come out alive? Or in the case of William Bligh, what caused the undying admiration of his crew to falter and break into two camps: those who would continue to follow this remarkable sailer of seas and those who mutined and left him and his band of followers to find their way home, though it seemed impossible?

Bruce Paton has written about these remarkable men and the teams of explorers they led in his book Adventuring with Boldness. He will talk about other leaders and how they and their men endured hardships in their discoveries and a few who were not successful. It will be a fascinating discussion.


June 20, 2019
Janice Hoffman

How Can We Communicate
With More Success?

Ordained minister, motivational speaker, relationship expert — Janice Hoffman is keenly aware of the different ways that men and women respond to the same situation or challenge. Once we too are aware of these differences between the genders we can optimize the effectiveness of our communication, and understanding, with friends, family, spouses, coworkers and lovers.

What makes Janice unique? Since 1996 her mentor has been John Gray, author of the best-selling book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Working closely with Gray, she’s seen the change in thousands of couples. Janice has trained over 550 Mars Venus Workshop Facilitators and Counselors worldwide and developed curriculum for the Mars Venus Institute. She has been featured in numerous articles and is a popular guest on radio and tv.

Janice specializes in raising the awareness of our differences — while teaching the communication skills necessary to maintain healthy, effective, and passionate relationships.
An author herself Janice’s book Relationship Rules: 12 Strategies for Creating a Love that Lasts is not about doing more, it is about doing what you already do differently to get better results. With simple adjustments in the way you communicate you can get the response you’re looking for in your partner.


July 18, 2019
Ward Lucas

Investigative Reporting
Finding the Hidden Truth

Ward Lucas has always had an inquisitive mind, something necessary for an investigative reporter. From his early days in Seattle, Washington Ward was the first to cover large stories like the D.B. Cooper case where a man hijacked a Boeing 727 airplane and parachuted out with $200,000 in cash somewhere between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. It was never known if D.B. Cooper survived the jump.

And then there were the Ted Bundy murders. They started in Seattle and Ward was the first to cover them while working in radio. After his career brought Ward to Denver to work at 9News, Bundy soon followed ending up in Aspen. Ward tried to convince his news director that the Bundy killings was a national story. Well, the news director soon found out that it was, as Bundy went on to murder 30 women from Washington to Florida.

American journalism has reached a terrifying point, where newspapers and TV stations across the country are collapsing. But Americans have never had a greater need for access to reporting that’s aggressive, yet fair, thorough, ethical, accurate and balanced. In the so-called “information age” real information is almost unavailable and “fake news” is not a myth – it’s a tragic reality. We need investigative journalists.

Ward will talk about his colorful career uncovering con men, Mafia gangsters, crooked politicians, and more.



August 15, 2019
Lucy Garst and Lio Del Piccolo

Colorado's Lost Ski Areas
Berthoud Pass and Beyond


The early days of skiing in Colorado were filled with small operations run by a few people. Mom and Pop businesses that did it for the love of skiing and the thrill of introducing new people to the sport. Long before the days of helmets, body cams, and speedy gondolas, skiers were moved up the mountain by poma lift, rope tow, and T-bars. Sometimes getting up the mountain on these devices was as dangerous as coming down at break-neck speed.

We will open with the film Abandoned by The Road West Traveled. A beautiful short film about a group of backcountry skiers who set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas in hopes of finding adventure amongst the ruins. Instead, they discover the truth behind what made these areas close their doors for good and illustrates what skiing used to be like before mega resorts and climate change wreaked havoc on independently owned ski areas. Lio Del Piccolo one of the film's producers will talk in more detail about the film.

Lucy Garst will then regale us with stories about skiing at the Berthoud Pass Ski Resort. She and her husband Ike ran the ski area from 1977 to 1987. They made history as the first ski area in Colorado to embrace snowboarding, as the new sport was largely disdained by many ski areas. Snowboarders were welcomed at Berthoud Pass and allowed to ride the lifts. Lucy will be our window into what it was like to ski in Colorado before corporate business ruled the day. Please join us!



September 19, 2019
Patty Maher

Colorful Coloradans
The Tabors

If you are a Colorado resident you have no doubt heard about the Tabors — H.A.W. Tabor and his first wife Augusta who helped him build their life, family and fortune and Baby Doe, the second wife who spirited Tabor away from wife and family after he had hit it rich in Colorado mining. But there is so much more to the story! Come hear about the early days of the Pikes Peak Gold Rush and the many characters the Tabors encountered in their own search for financial security. Learn how a good hearted man went from town hero to town chump. Explore how the politics of the 1880s have not changed much in the past 140 years — the users, the losers and the ones who always seem to be at the top. We’ll visit the mysterious ways of the human condition: those who felt guilty for hitting it rich and wanted to flee to those who took advantage of the generosity of others, and of the shameless promotion of one’s name, to the remarkable resilience of the human spirit that could survive unimaginable hardships. Plus, what became of the Tabor children? The day will leave you with a peek into Colorado’s history and no doubt a few good stores to share.


To register call: direct 303-928-8220, or register via email here. You will receive a confirmation. The cost is $50 per seminar or $200 for an annual membership which will give you the opportunity to attend all 11 seminars for the price of 4.

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