Tuesday Programs: A Life of Luck and Pluck

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11:15 am

Guest Speaker: Bette Hammel

Writing in a snappy, breezy style, Bette Hammel relates how her journalism degree from the University of Minnesota led to a unique career as a radio reporter and broadcaster, ad agency copywriter, TV producer, jingle writer and later an architectural journalist and author. 

Her latest book, A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, is a memoir describing her adventures as a journalist: relating how she attended Grace Kelly's marriage to the Prince of Monaco, skied in the Austrian Alps, spent a panicky evening in East Berlin, and then returned to Minneapolis to begin a career with various ad agencies. In 1969 she met Richard Hammel, founder of HGA Architects and Engineers, who changed her life. After his untimely death, she focused on the vital role architects play in shaping the world we live in. 

After the Bosnian war, another big adventure awaited: sailing the Adriatic through the Croatian Islands bound for Dubrovnik, as part of an all-female crew and captain. Nowadays, she often leads tours aboard the "Minnehaha." 


The Tuesday Program is a Club tradition to educate, inspire and entertain our Members and guests. Coffee and tea are served at 10:30 am in the Lounge, followed by a Guest Speaker in the Ballroom at 11:15 am and lunch in the Dining Room at 12:15 pm. The cost for lunch is $18.00 plus tax and service charge ($23.28, inclusive of tax and service). Reservations are not necessary.