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Clarkston ladies lead Oakland lecture series

Oakland Town Hall officers are, standing from left, Linda Kolody of Clarkston, ticket chairman, and Peggy Combs of Waterford, luncheon chairman, and, seated from left, Mary DuBois of Rochester Hills, president elect, and Rebecca Hahn of Clarkston, president. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
August 14, 2013 - Rebecca Hahn of Clarkston, president of Oakland Town Hall, is thrilled with the speakers lined up for the 2013-2014 lecture season.

"I'm looking forward to each and every one of them," Hahn said. "It was a struggle to find the right people. I think we did."

The series begins, Oct. 9, with Dickie Arbiter Lvo, British monarchy expert, former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, and manager of media relations for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana

It continues on Nov. 13 with Rochelle Pennington, newspaper columnist and author. Gary Walters, chief usher at the White House from 1986-2007 who served seven presidents, from President Ronald Reagan to President George W. Bush, is on April 9.

The series wraps up on May 14 with Clint Van Zandt, hostage negotiator with the FBI for 25 years, including the Branch Davidian siege with David Koresh in Waco, Texas, in 1993.

"Clint is new to the lecture circuit we're excited to have him," Hahn said.

Each lecture includes a luncheon, said Peggy Combs of Waterford, luncheon chairman.

"We have a diversity of selections to meet everybody's tastes," Combs said.

"We encourage everyone to stay for lunch and the question-and-answer session with the speaker after lunch," Hahn said.

Lectures start at 10:30 a.m. at the St. George Cultural Center, 43816 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills. Admission is $145 for all four lectures and lunches; $40 per lecture and lunch; and $25 lecture only.

Call Linda Kolody, lecture, 248-625-4137; and Peggy Combs, lunch, 248-673-6556.

Phil Custodio

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