A legacy of  bringing some of the world’s most sought-after speakers to our region since 1943

Our mission: To conduct meetings and provide speakers for the purpose of aiding in the creation and expression of enlightened public opinion on the important economic and social questions of the day … but without endorsement of a particular cause.

New members welcome

You won’t find this caliber of thought-provoking, world-renowned speakers at any other venue in our region. Just as importantly, it’s your opportunity to network and exchange ideas with some of the most influential men and women from our communities. As a new member you’ll enjoy:

Four or more meetings in our annual series that begins in the fall and ends in the spring.

Two membership choices: Upton Hall or Mainstage. Read more about each below.

Guaranteed seating at each meeting at the lowest ticket prices.

Convenient location: Both venues are at The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI (I-94, Exit 30).

Upton Hall Membership

With this membership you have the privilege to see all of this season’s speakers live in the Grand Upton Hall. You will have the choice of buying a Dinner or Speaker-Only ticket to each meeting. The cost of the series is much lower than paying for individual tickets. Upton Hall is an excellent venue to meet and talk with friends and community leaders. Most of our guest speakers are willing to answer your questions after their talks and many are open to signing autographs. You’ll find the interaction and engagement with our renowned speakers and members very rewarding.

To attend each meeting, you need to order a ticket. A Dinner ticket will include a full meal served by a wait staff at tables set up in a portion of the hall. A Speaker-Only ticket gives you a seat in chairs arranged theater-style in the other portion of the hall. A cash bar is available to all attendees up until dinner is served.

At 6:55 p.m., we will broadcast into Grand Upton Hall a 20-minute question-and-answer session with our Mainstage members and the guest speaker. After dinner, the speaker will address The Club in Grand Upton Hall. Commonly the speaker will then answer members' questions for approximately 40 minutes.

For complete details about Upton Hall Membership benefits, policies and prices, read more here.

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Mainstage Membership

This membership is also an excellent social opportunity, but in a more informal setting in the Mainstage Theater. With your membership you have the privilege to see all of this season’s speakers at the lowest per meeting cost. You will be served complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar during a social hour. Then you will take a seat in the Mainstage Theater to see the speaker in person. Usually the speaker will spend 20 minutes answering member questions. This will be followed by a live broadcast from Upton Hall of the speaker’s main presentation and Q&A which you will watch on a large screen. It is a dynamic, enriching experience unparalleled in our region.

For complete details about Mainstage Membership benefits, policies and prices, read more here.

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Mitt Romney

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Former Presidential Candidate, Governor and Business Leader

“The Future of America/The Politics of Today.”

Tuesday
October 18
2016

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Dana Perino

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Co-Host of Fox’s “The Five” and Former White House Press Secretary

“Politics Right Now.”

Monday
November 14
2016

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Capt. Scott Kelly

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History-Making NASA Astronaut and Retired U.S. Navy Captain

“The Sky Is Not the Limit: Lessons from a Year in Space.”

Wednesday
March 22
2017

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Michio Kaku

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World-Renowned Physicist, Futurist and Best-Selling Author

"The Future of the Mind."

Thursday
April 20
2017

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Anderson Cooper

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Broadcast Journalist and Anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°”

“360o Look at World Events.”

Wednesday
May 17
2017