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

2017 Seminars

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.

January 19, 2017
Dave Johnson

Zookeeper with a Purpose

Climbing for Rhinos on
Mt. Kilimanjaro


Dave Johnson is an author, a climber, a birder, a runner of marathons, and a zookeeper. He uses all of these avenues as a conduit for saving rhinos worldwide. In August of 2016 Dave, and the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, took a group of climbers to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya followed up with a safari to the Serengeti. The Climbing For Rhinos event not only raised money for rhinos and other animals, the group was able to visit the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Mkomazi National Park so they could see some of the amazing animals they were helping to protect.

When Dave is not climbing peaks or leading a group to raise awareness of the dwindling numbers of rhinos and elephants worldwide, he is writing books to educate young people about these magnificent animals. And you may have guessed, proceeds from the book sales go to help the animals too.

Join us as Dave talks about the recent Mount Kilimanjaro climb, African conservation issues, using bees as elephant fencing, anti-poaching issues, helping victims of the Nepal earthquakes through Team Nepalorado plus many other programs and happenings that Dave is involved in that help rhinos throughout the world.

February 16, 2017
Evelyn Waldron

Anne Evans – A Pioneer
in Colorado's Cultural History

The Things That Last When Gold is Gone

Evelyn Waldon, co-author of the definitive book about Anne Evans, will share stories of this amazing woman, who was one of the largest supporters of the arts in Colorado. Anne (1871–1941), was the daughter of John Evans, second Territorial Governor of Colorado and his well-educated New England wife, Margaret Gray Evans. Born in London and raised in Colorado Anne Evans is credited with the founding and development of many cultural institutions still thriving today: the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Municipal Art Commission, University of Denver Arts and Theater Departments, the Restoration of the Central City Opera House and initiation of the Central City Summer Festival. It was her collection that became the foundation of the Native Arts Collection of the Denver Art Museum.

Anne Evans was a quiet benefactor to many talented artists in Colorado, often helping them to get the education and commissions needed for success. She was a pioneer in the movement to have Native American art recognized as worthy of being placed in art museums along with the art of any other culture.

Anne died at home, at 1310 Bannock on January 6, 1941. Her contributions, much honored in her day, had been virtually forgotten. But there has been renewed interest in Anne and her family with the publication of the book The Things That Last When Gold is Gone, the story of a pioneer family who changed the complexion of Colorado.

March 16, 2017

Rocky Mountain
National Park

Our 10th National Park

More than 100 years ago on January 15, 1915 Rocky Mountain became America’s 10th National Park. Located in Colorado's northern Rocky Mountains the 415 square mile park can be traversed by driving the stunning 48 mile long road across the park between Estes Park and Grand Lake, all the while feasting one’s eyes on the scenic beauty and wildlife of the area. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States climbing to a height of 12,183 feet and is open from the end of May until the first part of September.

But what is the story of this park and how did it become one of the jewels in the National Park System? Why did it take three tries for Congress to approve the park? And what has been the park's history since? Come explore these answers and celebrate a National Park jewel so close to home.


April 20, 2017

Field Trip to the
Denver Zoo!

Visiting the Toyota Elephant Passage

In April the 3rd Third is going to the Denver Zoo! We'll visit the Toyota Elephant Passage and see our favorite zoo keeper Dave Johnson. Dave, the charismatic pachyderm expert who was our January speaker, will see us at the McGrath Family Amphitheater for the 11:30 elephant demo. Afterward Dave will take us to meet a few of his animals.

The Toyota Elephant Passage is situated on 10 acres with two miles of interconnected trails and is one of the most complex and interesting elephant habitats in North America. We will see Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs and one-horned rhinos. These animals are able to roam through five different habitats that include mud wallows, scratching trees, shade structures and more than one million gallons of water for their bathing and swimming enjoyment.

Lunch will be provided and you will be free to explore the zoo on your own. You will provide your own admission and transportation. Car pools will be arranged if there is interest.



May 18, 2017
Bob Pence

The FBI Through the Years
From Hoover to Terrorism


Former FBI Executive Bob Pence spent a good part of his professional career in the FBI. After leaving the military service he aspired to the professionalism and ethics for which the Bureau was known. As a young FBI Agent in the 1960s one of Bob’s first assignments was in the Deep South during the time of the race riots, civil unrest, and blatant bigotry. His first ten years with the FBI was during the tenure of Director J. Edgar Hoover. He was on the front lines when women agents were brought into the Bureau, not just as support staff, but as full agents. And his career led him to interesting locations and situations, like becoming fluent in Chinese Cantonese, and working in places across the US from the Big Easy to the Big Apple and others along the way.

Bob met many famous people and US Presidents. In one instance Don Knotts and Tim Conway helped solve a rare book crime that was discovered by one of the comic duo while filming Private Eyes. The crime was serious enough to require the services of the FBI.

Now retired from the Bureau, Bob is still busy with fighting crime, but as a consultant. As well as talking about the FBI he will talk about crime and terrorism today.


June 15, 2017
Elizabeth Darby

Women of the West
A Multi-Ethnic View



Elizabeth Darby will discuss how no one experience was the norm for a woman in a land that was this vast and inherently multicultural.

The common experience for the Women of the West was one of wrasslin cultural norms that defined what ‘women’s work’ was in the day, even as they struggled through the hard work of their daily lives in a land far away from what was thought to be ‘civilization,’ meeting the demands of a territory without infrastructure or ‘niceties’ inherent in the most basic of urban or village communities. Where in the more populated eastern states, a woman had female companionship, a few miles walk to church or dry goods, easy access to flowing water; Women of the West had none of these. Only the indigenous women knew how to thrive in a land where there were miles and miles between water sources and without infrastructure of any kind.

The story of the Women of the West is at once awe-inspiring, gut wrenching, and humbling. They left us a long list of ‘firsts’ through their strength and independence, from first elected female Senator to first female Supreme Court Justice, from first Asian women ever to become educators to first African-American women to own their own enterprises before the Civil War, to the amazing businesses of the Native American and Hispanic women who were here before the next waves of immigrants arrived.



July 20, 2017
Angela Overy

Sex In Your Garden
Attracting Pollinators



Angela Overy, author of the famed book Sex In Your Garden, is an accomplished botanic illustrator, gardener and authority on what attracts pollinators of all kinds. Whether you enjoy the hands-on process of getting your fingers dirty working the soil to shepherd your plant from seed to blossom or whether you prefer to only admire flowers tended by others, you will be interested to know that there is a lot going on in the flower bed. Plants are looking for pollinators to ensure they produce seeds that will grow into the next generation.
Competing with one another for more space and water, advertising for sexual partners, plants engage in many methods to attract pollinators. Some change their sexual orientation to give them the edge while their neighbors may depend on others to help them propagate. Plants are not bound by ethics and may use bribery, treachery or traps to help them succeed in reproducing. And what of climate change and the effects it will have on our flowers and our food?

August 17, 2017
Barb Norton & Patty Maher

Conversations on Conservation
The Interview Collection

In 2011 Bob Baron and an associate filmed interviews with three people in New England. Within the following 24-months two of the three had died. Bob not only felt fortunate to have their stories on film but saw the importance in capturing the essence of their personalities. He and a small crew began interviewing people working in the field of conservation either as a full time employee (at a government agency or foundation) or as a passionate volunteer wanting to make a difference.

Since then a full spectrum of conservationists have shared their stories both in the U.S. and abroad at gatherings like Wilderness 50 (the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act) in Albuquerque, New Mexico; WILD10 (the 10th World Wilderness Congress) in Salamanca, Spain; and those at the top of the Interior Department, the Forest and Park Service, and others in Washington, D.C. It became a wealth of information.
Bob wanted to share the wisdom and insight of those interviewed in what has become known as the Conversations on Conservation collection. Each interview was edited by deleting pauses and non-essential noise, then the 106 interviews were placed in repository for scholars, researchers and others to view at the Denver Public Library, Western History Collection.

Barb Norton and Patty Maher, who edited the collection, will present highlights from the 106 interviews. You’ll see why this collection is so compelling, passionate, and informative.


September 21, 2017
Cheryl Martin

Work that Impacts the World


"If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition ultimately. So I think it’s a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully the less we have to put into a military budget as we deal with the outcome of an apparent American withdrawal from the international scene.”
— General James Mattis, March 2013

The U.S. Department of State fields personnel in over 270 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions throughout the world, as well as in Washington D.C., New York City, and passport agencies throughout the United States. It is staffed by Foreign Service officers, Civil Service employees, and security, information technology and other specialists, as well as political appointees. All share common missions, including to represent, explain and advance the interests of the United States, to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes, and to protect and assist American citizens when abroad.

Joining the Foreign Service is to sign on to a career, not a job: the richness and the variety of the work are sometimes balanced by a degree of sacrifice and even danger — some of the same challenges faced by military personnel.

This is one officer’s story of how Cheryl Martin got into the Foreign Service, how she was trained, the kinds of work she did — and some memorable moments from a career that lasted a quarter century.


October 19, 2017
Bill Ritter

Powering Forward
America's Energy Revolution




Bill Ritter Jr., the 41st governor of Colorado (2007–2011) and one of America’s foremost leaders on sustainable energy resources and implementation, will discuss the forces behind the energy revolution, the new ways we must think about energy, and the future of fossil and renewable fuels. His Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) works with government officials and other decision makers to get America thinking about power in a clean energy way.

Ritter’s book Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution examines the historic energy revolution underway in the United States. Wind, sunlight, and other sustainable resources are now the fastest growing sources of energy in the U.S. and worldwide. American families are installing power plants on their roofs. Entire communities are switching to 100% renewable energy. The urgent need to prevent climate change is causing people around the planet to question their reliance on carbon-intensive oil, coal, and natural gas. It is an essential read for any who want to understand one of history’s biggest challenges to peace, prosperity, and security in the United States.



November 16, 2017
Bob Baron

The Light Shines from the West
American Western History




Much of world history is written east to west – from Greece to Rome to France and England, then across the ocean to New England, and then quickly over the plans and mountains to the Promised Land of Southern California. The lands in between are merely footnotes in this northeastern view of American history. The reason for this eastern perspective is in part because the sliver of America between Massachusetts and Virginia has been home to many historians. Western History, like Women’s History, was viewed by many of those historians to be less important than Colonial History or Civil War History. And publishers located in Manhattan and Boston generally assumed that nothing of importance occurred beyond the Alleghenies.

Bob Baron will discuss how there has been a westward shift of political and economic power in the twentieth century. For the last one hundred years the American West has been the area of growth for the country in ideas, innovation and the American story. Why have women had a greater role in the West in suffrage, in medicine, in education and in leadership? Why have so many political ideas originated in the West? What is special about the history and geography of the West, its people and character?


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