The Palm Beach Roundtable is entering its 91st season “to a very strong start,” according to board chairman Herb Roemmele.

“Our program for the coming year is exciting and I thank everyone who made recommendations to enable us to have such an exceptional group of speakers,” Roemmele wrote in the 2022-23 brochure.

The group also has new executives and board members. This “new blood” includes incoming board chair Peggy Johnson, who notes in the brochure that the roundtable “is not just a meeting to share ideas and hear a speech, but a social time together, a camaraderie that sets us apart from other organizations.”

The lineup includes experts in the arts, medicine and law enforcement. These will be presented via speakers luncheons and members-only speaker events at member homes.

Additionally, the 91st birthday celebration at the Kravis Center on February 11 will include a performance of the touring musical “Tootsie,” followed by a reception. This is the organization’s only fundraiser for the season; the sums raised will be used to finance future speakers as well as the bursary program.

The scholarship program provides grants to students to help with tuition fees, and to schools and academies to help with their cultural programs. The roundtable also hosts local students for its lunches and sponsors an essay contest based on the speakers’ topics. For 2021-2022, essays by Chloe Brown and Melina Willson, both students at Palm Beach Atlantic University, were awarded scholarships.

“As we turn the corner of time, leaving behind the pandemic and fear of COVID, we enter a new era of promise with a tremendous 2022-2023 season ahead!” says Johnson.

Palm Beach Roundtable patron membership is $325 per year for individuals and $550 for couples. For more information, visit


Event calendar

November 16

Opera reception with the Palm Beach Opera General and Artistic Director David Walker, 5-7 p.m., at a private home. Members only

December 7

Speakers’ Reception with Keith and Anne Wargo of Autism Speaks, 5-7 p.m., at a private home. Members only

January 11

Luncheon with guest speaker Jennifer Skiff, author and animal advocate, 11:30 a.m., Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach

January 25

Luncheon with guest speaker Nicholas Caristo, Palm Beach Police Chief, 11:30 a.m., The Colony, 155 Hammon Ave.

February 11th

91st Birthday Celebration and Annual Fundraiser: A presentation of the musical “Tootsie,” followed by a reception in Founders Hall, 2 p.m., Kravis Center

February 18

Lunch with guest speaker Baron Acton and lunch prepared by Chef Amy Freeze of Gourmet Daily, 11:30 a.m., Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 141 S. County Road

March 9

Luncheon with guest speaker Christopher J. Hickey, cancer researcher, 11:30 a.m., Bear Lakes Country Club, 1901 Village Blvd., West Palm Beach

Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation

April 6

Luncheon with guest speaker Eric M. Kelly, President of the Quantum Foundation, 11:30 a.m., Bear Lakes Country Club