PHI BETA KAPPA DELAWARE VALLEY ASSOCIATION
Book Club - "The Doctors Blackwell" - Thu. February 9, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) "Making American Artists" Special Exhibition Tour and Lunch - Sat. February 11, 10:30 am; in-person; fee.
Movie Club - "What We Leave Behind" - Thu. March 9, 7:00 pm; virtual; no charge.
PBK's Toured Philadelphia's Yards Brewery
On January 21, 2023, PBK's enjoyed a tour of Philadelphia's Yards Brewery with a most enthusiastic guide, followed by lunch and good conversation with PBK colleagues and family/friends in the large, open and industrial-space high-ceilinged Yards Taproom Restaurant. On the tour the group got a behind-the-scenes look at how Philly's award-winning ales are made, learned about the brewing process, saw the bottling line, and those who chose sipped one of Yards' beers along the way, while each of the group was gifted at the end of the tour with a souvenir Yards pint glass
PBK's Toured Winterthur Kennedy Exhibit & Yuletide-Decorated Mansion
On Dec. 3, 2022, PBK's and friends enjoyed a private 30 min. gallery tour of the acclaimed Jacqueline Kennedy special exhibit , an approx. one-hour tour of the seasonal unique Yuletide-decorated DuPont mansion containing historical American decorative arts, and an optional "buy-your-own" lunch in the Winterthur Cafe to enjoy good conversation with other PBK's and friends. The Kennedy exhibition displayed how Winterthur experts assisted Mrs. Kennedy to famously & authentically refurbish the White House historical rooms during the Kennedy administration.
Latest "Mini TED-like Talks: What I Care About"
On November 3, 2022, Alan Mason hosted and moderated this event, where three PBK DV members shared insights about topics they are engaged with. Richard Kiger, Esq., spoke on "Dispute Resolution: What You Need to Know", Margaret Bacheler, Ed.D., spoke on "Angels in Your Neighborhood: How Angel Investing Supports Economic Development", and Alan Mason spoke on "Don't you wish you played the picolo? An introduction to the Double Bass". Each speaker took questions after their talk from the engaged and appreciative audience.
PBK's Enjoyed Pennypack Park Nature Walk
On Oct. 15, 2022, PBK's and friends enjoyed great conversations during a beautiful 2-hour nature walk on trails of Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia, the "cousin" to Wissahickon Valley Park in Northwest Philadelphia and comprised of over 1600 acres on both sides of Pennypack Creek from Montgomery County to the Delaware River. The walk was led by Shea Sandifer, Council member and Co-Chair of the Young Professionals group. Participants enjoyed more conversation over a bring-your-own lunch in one of the picnic areas after the walk.
Key Connections 2022 - "Effective Networking for Career Success"
On Sept. 28, 2022, as part of the PBK Society's national "Key Connections" September initiative to reach out to recent PBK inductees, five PBK Delaware Valley members with established successful careers connected with recent PBK inductees from our region and discussed how to develop and optimize networking skills. After opening remarks by Doug Bobrow of JP Morgan Private Bank, small group breakout rooms were led by Doug, Heidi Gray-Devita of The 200% Company, Diane Roggen Sirull, Esq. of MUFG Bank, Margaret Bacheler of Angel Capital Association, and Brigid Connolly of Language Service Associates.
PBK's Visited Mt. Cuba Center Gardens
On Sept. 10, 2022, PBK's and family/friends enjoyed a guided walking tour of the formal gardens, trial gardens, and forest trails at Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE. Mt. Cuba Center is on the former property of the Copeland family, one of the many DuPont descendants with a profound interest in gardens and the natural world. Mt. Cuba is particularly dedicated to native plant species for their benefits to the local ecology, supporting pollinators and the web of life intertwined by the evolutionary history of native plants with the soil organisms, birds, insects and animals supported therefrom. The group enjoyed a box lunch picnic after the tour.