BNC President’s Message: Philanthropy ~~ Learning ~~ Community


Greetings everyone,

The end of January marks the completion of three special events.  In early January we held the annual University on Wheels.  For our newer members, this is an annual event wherein Brandeis University sends each chapter a faculty member to make a presentation.  This year on January 8 our chapter was very fortunate to host Professor William “Billy” Flesch, Professor of English, who presented “HOW MOVIES WORK’.

This was an outstanding lecture that focused on the essentials for script writing, cinematography, editing and acting that became standards in the industry from the beginnings of filmmaking. There was a lively Q and A session and those attending had an informative and entertaining experience. University on Wheels is always an outstanding program and I urge everyone to put this event on your January calendar for next year.

Game Day, held in conjunction with Sabra Hadassah, was a big success with 97 attendees. There were door prizes galore and a good time was had by all.

One other program, Bridging Cultures, is scheduled for January 31. Cecilia Cohen will present her usual excellent and intelligent program on foreign cultures, this time on North Korea.  Attendees will lunch on food from the region at a Korean restaurant, and learn about the cultures, traditions and challenges.  If you haven’t signed up, please do.  You are in for an educational and entertaining afternoon.

Our next very big event is the Gala at CODA Gallery. This is our major fund raiser for the year and I urge you to attend.  The money we raise goes to important neuroscience research at Brandeis and we need every member in our chapter to support this effort.

And there is an additional factor for members to consider.  Your special events team, the entire planning committee and individual members, work all year to plan events and study groups for our members enjoyment. I ask you to actively support those efforts by your attendance.

I hope to see you at the upcoming events.

Marcia Plumleigh, President



Special Memories

Brandeis is about giving, about friendship and about fun!  It’s about learnng and opening our eyes to the world around us too.  We are avid art lovers, readers, movie goers, and so much more. Keep checking this site for links to our chapter photo albums. Visit and revisit the special places our chapter has visited and the wonderful people and things we’ve seen.

Learning Opportunities

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Do you want to take part in some special activities?  Check out our 2018-2019  LIST OF GROUPS .    Even if you are not sure where your interests lie, you will be able to check out the many LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES our chapter will offer this season.  If you’re interested, be sure to click on our Study Group Sign-up Sheet. 

You must be a current Brandeis National Committee member to participate in study groups.  Fill out our Local BNC DESERT CHAPTER Membership Registration Form and let us know your interests.  Or apply online using the BNC Registration Form and join today!

SPECIAL NOTE:  As in the past, we will be maintaining a Wait List for all Groups and Events that are filled.