Social Events

Spring Luncheon
Monday, May 6, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Renaissance Spring Luncheon features not only great food and company, but also the annual CSUS Scholarship Awards and the annual election of officers for the upcoming year.

The RS Board has ratified the slate of candidates as presented by the Nominating Team; on May 6 the Membership will vote to accept the candidates, or, there can be nominations from the floor. Members who wish to vote and see the scholarship awards but do not want to eat lunch are welcome to attend.

It will be held at the DoubleTree Inn by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way (across from Arden Fair Mall on Arden Way). The cost is $30 a person. There will also be a no-host wine bar.

The menu includes a garden salad; choice of Herb-Marinated Breast of Chicken, Grilled Salmon, or Baked Polenta; Salted Caramel Cream Cake and hot beverages.

Non-members are very welcome. This is a great way to introduce your friends to the Renaissance Society.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 26.

You can find a signup form here.


Spring Luncheon and Scholarship Awards
May 7, 2018

Our annual May Luncheon was held at the Doubletree Inn Hilton and about 120 members enjoyed the choice of three entrés, socializing with friends and a full agenda.

Members learned about the inspiring lives, accomplishments and future hopes of the seven Renaissance Scholarship winners (a seventh award was added this year in memory of the late Scholarship Co-Chairman Lou Weintraub). Learn all about them here.

The Board of Directors officers were also chosen for the 2018-2019 year. The terms all begin July 1. They are:

Photo by Jeff Hendy


Holiday Reception
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

winter party
Winter Party
Photos by Jeff Hendy, Jennifer Kerr
winter party
winter party

About 111 Renaissance members gathered in a University Union Ballroom for a Holiday Reception to celebrate the end of another fun semester.

The party coincided with the special membership vote in a nearby room on Renaissance incorporation as a non-profit. The two measures needed for the change were both overwhelmingly approved. This means lots of work for the Board of Directors in the coming months as the organization makes the transition.

The drop-in reception featured assorted hors d'oeuvres, holiday punch and a no-host wine bar. Members gathered around the round tables to talk about their seminars and their holiday plans.

Members were encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to be given to CSUS's Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Food Pantry on campus. According to the ASI website, "The Food Pantry aims to decrease the impact that food insecurities have on the academic success of Sac State students. It is increasingly challenging for students to juggle the costs of living while working to obtain their degree. Many students are finding themselves choosing between basic essentials such as food and basic toiletries and the required costs of tuition, fees, and books. The ASI Food Pantry helps to alleviate hunger within our student community."

The Renaissance Membership, Diversity and Community Engagement Committee has been collecting donations from members all semester for the Food Pantry. At the reception, committee members presented ASI with a mock $5,000 check representing the donations.

A California State University study found that one in 10 students in the system are homeless and that one in five are food insecure. You can read more about the issue in this Sacramento Bee article.


Spring Luncheon
Monday, May 8, 2017

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Right: Trendy new RS fashion? Nope, the table centerpiece favors!
Photos by Jeff Hendy, Jennifer Kerr

Our annual May Luncheon was held at the Doubletree Inn Hilton and 130 members enjoyed the choice of three entrés and a full agenda.

As usual for the spring, members learned about the fascinating lives, accomplishments and goals of the six Renaissance Scholarship winners. Learn all about them here.

The Board of Directors officers were also chosen for the 2017-2018 year. The terms all begin July 1. They are:


Holiday Reception
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

party party
Right: Part of the Social Committee that Planned the Event
Photos by Jeff Hendy, Jennifer Kerr

With the Fall Semester closing, more than 170 members gathered in Ballroom II in the University Union for the popular Holiday Reception.

This drop-in or "meet-and-greet" affair included a lineup of delicious appetizers (for the second year, the stuffed mushrooms disappeared very quickly!) and holiday punch. The cookies also went fast! And there was a no-host wine bar.

Members circulated and chatted at the tables, discussing the seminars they had just finished. The past three months went by so quickly! And they shared plans for the upcoming holidays and the break until the Spring Semester, just two months away.


30th Anniversary Celebration
Scholarship Awards, Election of Officers
May 2, 2016

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Robert Heilman (left), Georgene and Dick Tarble

More than 300 people enjoyed the company, the entertainment and the scholarship awards as they celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of our wonderful Renaissance Society. The luncheon took place on May 2 at the Doubletree Hilton ballroom.

Now one of the best participatory lifelong-learning programs for older adults in the country or perhaps the world, Renaissance held its first four seminars and forums in the fall of 1986. There were 17 founding members and 36 charter members. Attending the anniversary luncheon were founding members Robert Heilman and Dick Tarble and charter member Georgene Tarble.

Heilman, then a professor of social work, described how he proposed Renaissance after learning of other universities' learning-in-retirement groups. He outlined much of the Renaissance history.

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Photos by Jeff Hendy

Before the luncheon, members enjoyed guitar music by Andre Lomenli, a CSUS graduate student in guitar performance.

Tom Holt, Technology chairman for Renaissance, outlined the online changes being undertaken to help efficiently deal with our 2,000 members. These include online membership signups, which began last summer, and online seminar signups, which started with a few trial seminars in the spring semester and will cover all the registration-required Friday, Saturday and off-campus seminars for the upcoming fall semester.

Susanne Coleman, who has led the Cracker Barrel lunchtime discussion group for 23 years, was presented a special service award. That's a whole lot of time listening to a bunch of strong opinions!

As is traditional for the spring meeting, the six CSUS students who are receiving the $3,000 Renaissance Scholarships were introduced. You can meet them on the Scholarship page.

Officers for 2016-17 (effective July 1) were elected by a unanimous voice vote:

The celebration concluded with a musical performance, including several sing-a-longs, by The Singing for Fun off-campus seminar group

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Photos by Jeff Hendy, Jennifer Kerr

Holiday Reception

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Once again, Renaissance members marked the end of the Fall Semester with a Holiday Reception following the final Friday afternoon seminars.

Some 169 members gathered in Ballroom III of the University Union for bountiful hors d'oeuvres (except for the stuffed mushrooms, which went fast!), punch and a no-host wine bar.

This drop-in affair, similar to a meet-and-greet event, allowed members to socialize and recall the high points of the concluding semester.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Renaissance's own Singing for Fun group. The singers started with the beloved Renaissance Recruitment Rag and went on to some standards and, of course, holiday carols and tunes.


Spring Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Annual Meeting and Election of 2015-2016 Officers

Monday, May 4, 2015

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The luncheon crowd (top);
CSUS musicians Robert Mitchell,
Bianca Patterson and Brennen Milton
Photos by Jeff Hendy (top), Jennifer Kerr

Some 118 Renaissance members and guests gathered at the CSUS Alumni Center for the Annual Meeting and luncheon, catered by Epicure, the Sac State catering service.

Special background music was offered by a trio of Sac State clarinetists.

The Society business began with election of officers for 2015-2016. Elected unanimously by those present were:

The new slate takes effect on July 1

Then came the highlight of every spring luncheon: announcement of the new crop of Renaissance Scholarship recipients. The number and amount have been increased this year to six students and $3,000 each. Learn more about these outstanding students on the Scholarship page.


Spring Awards Luncheon
and Annual Meeting

Friday, May 9, 2014

guitar performance

The Sacramento State Alumni Center was the sunny site of this year's annual spring awards luncheon and annual meeting, with 118 attending. The luncheon this time was a Pacific Rim Buffet catered by Hannibal's.

After the food came the business of the Society's Annual Meeting. First was the election of officers for 2014-2015. Elected unanimously by those present were:

The new slate of officers takes effect on July 1.

The second order of business was the presentation of five, $2,500 Renaissance Society Scholarships to CSUS students. Learn more about these outstanding students on the Scholarship page. One of the recipients, Ivan Parker, entertained during the meal by playing classical guitar pieces.

Winter Lunch
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winter lunch
winter lunch

Holiday Magic Luncheon

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Singing for Fun group winter lunch

winter lunch

Some 165 members donned their holiday sweaters and seasonal colors to gather at the Dante Club for the festive annual winter luncheon.

Everyone was urged to bring some canned or nonperishable food items, which were donated to two local food banks.

As usual, the Singing for Fun seminar group provided the entertainment, singing favorites and holiday melodies. However, the group is losing its two long-time co-coordinators, pianist and musical arranger Donna Auwaerter and organizer and writer Marilyn Penland. They were presented with a seasonal basket.

And the group performed, perhaps for the last time, the "Renaissance Recruitment Rag," with words written by Marilyn.

Buffet Line
Brunch Goers

2013 Spring Awards Luncheon
and Annual Meeting

Monday, May 6

Some 152 Renaissance members enjoyed the annual spring luncheon, which this year was a seasonal buffet at the Dante Club.

After the food came the business of the Society' Annual Meeting. First was the election of officers for 2013-2014. Elected unanimously by those present were:

The new slate of officers takes effect on July 1.

The second order of business was the presentation of five, $2,500 Renaissance Society Scholarships to five CSUS students. Learn more about these outstanding students on the Scholarship page.

Lunch Goers

Winter Wonderland Luncheon

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

Winter Hat

Renaissance members enjoyed the traditional winter luncheon at the Dante Club. The theme was Winter Wonderland and members were asked to wear a winter hat. Many of them doffed cute, warm or Christmas headwear to celebrate the season.

Participants also were asked, again, to bring canned or non-perishable food items for local charities. Several long tables were filled with these!

After the food, there was a drawing for several gifts. And the Renaissance Singing For Fun seminar entertained with songs by Al Jolson, closing with the "Renaissance Recruitment Rag," words by seminar co-coordinator Marilyn Penland. If you would like to see the words (and perhaps sing it in the shower to the tune of "Cabaret"), you will find it here.

Members enjoying Lunch
Members Enjoying Lunch

2012 Spring Awards, Luncheon
and Annual Meeting

The buffet

Members Enjoying Lunch

The annual Spring Luncheon was held on May 1, 2012, at the CSUS Alumni Center. The buffet luncheon, catered by CSUS caterers, included a selection of salads, plus rolls and cookies.

The highlight of the affair was the awarding of four, $2,000 scholarships to outstanding CSUS students. This year's winners are Angelika Dyadchenko, Jessica Heintz, Hind Reggad and James Weygandt. Learn more about them on the Scholarship page.

Also as usual, the luncheon included the election and re-election of Renaissance Society officers for 2012-2013 and a vote to change the society's Bylaws to increase the number and stagger the terms of members-at-large. The slate of officers and the Bylaw change were approved unanimously. President P.J. Garrido, Vice President Marilyn MacBride, Secretary Doris Keller, Controller John Walker and Members-at-Large Bob Taylor, Joy Skalbeck, Al Wolfgang, Richard Sickert, Florence Young and Richard Kowaleski take office on July 1.

One member at each table was able to take home the center floral arrangement (the one with the lucky dot on his or her saucer). There was also a raffle for prizes, which were restaurant gift certificates.

Singing for Fun members
The brunch line
Members standing
Members at Tables

Winter Brunch Buffet

Photos By Mary Alice Coverdale
Singing for Fun group Performer

The annual fall social event, held on Dec. 1, 2011, was a brunch at the Dante Club, featuring scrambled eggs, blintzes, croissants, bacon, sausages, country potatoes, juices, coffee and tea. Enjoying the food and fun were 160 members and guests.

A special event this year: Members brought canned or non-perishable food items that were donated to a local charity.

Entertainment was provided by Renaissance's own Singing for Fun seminar and pianist Tanya Plescia.

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25th Anniversary Luncheon
Photos by Clarence Smith
CSUS Jazz Quintet

25th Anniversary Luncheon

The Renaissance Society celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a May 2, 2011, luncheon at the Radisson Hotel.

The event opened with a social hour and music from the Sacramento State University Jazz Quintet.

While members arrived and ate lunch, they were able to watch a slide show with pictures dating from the Society's founding through today. Four founding members attended: Esther Branthaver, Ruth Brunner, Robert Heilman and Dick Tarble.

The luncheon also included the annual presentation of the Renaissance Scholarships, granted to CSUS students since 1993. In honor of the anniversary this year, five scholarships of $2,000 each were granted. The recipients were Katrina Currie, Shontaine Brayton, Ariadne Antipa, Nancy McCord and Kimberly Litts. Details are on the Scholarship page.

A former scholarship winner, Edna Gabaldon, was a special guest speaker. She received her scholarship in 1994, the second year of the awards. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Technical Sargent in the medical career field, she enrolled at CSUS earning a bacherlor's degree in Gerontology and a master's degree in Social Work. She has been employed with the Veterans Administration and is currently working with military personnel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Next came the annual election of officers. The new slate for 2011-2011 was unanimously elected by those present. President P.J. Garrido, Vice President Marilyn MacBride, Secretary Coby Bonner, Controller John Walker and Members-at-Large Bob Taylor, Doris Keller and Al Wolfgang take office on July 1.

The program closed with a musical interlude by the Singing for Fun group. The songs included one specially written for the 25th Anniversary by Marilyn Penland entitled "That's The Way It Happened".

Singing for Fun Group