If you’ve always wanted to be an Economic Club member, now is your chance!

August 25, 2017



Memberships are available for Grand Upton Hall and Mainstage seating as part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series. The Speakers Series, now hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, provides a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines with some of the world’s most sought after guest speakers.


“I meet people all the time who have always wanted to be an Economic Club member. We are working hard to get the word out that memberships are available to the public this year. Everyone in our community is welcome to share the experience of hearing the speakers’ thought-provoking and educational messages,” states Mike Nadolski, director of the Speakers Series and executive director of The Mendel Center.


This season’s lineup features personal money management expert and radio personality Dave Ramsey, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016) The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot and best-selling author Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, and award-winning actor, writer, and musician Steve Martin.


Seating in two Mendel Center venues is available.


Grand Upton Hall memberships are $225 and include:

  • The lowest per-speaker ticket prices of the season for the venue

  • Priority purchasing of dinner or speaker-only tickets

  • Member dinner tickets are $23. There is no additional charge for member speaker-only tickets. Both types of tickets must be reserved in advance, either at the time of membership registration or during the members-only ticket pre-sale that extends until four weeks before each event.

  • Cash bars available inside Grand Upton Hall

  • Broadcast viewing of the 20-minute Mainstage Q&A

  • In-person speaker’s presentation delivered from the Grand Upton Hall stage

  • Opportunity to participate in the Grand Upton Hall Q&A


Mainstage memberships are $150 and include:

  • A free ticket for each speaker automatically included with every membership

  • Pre-event cash appetizer stations and cash bars in the Mainstage lobby

  • Opportunity to participate in a 20-minute in-person Q&A session

  • Broadcast on the Mainstage big screen of the speaker’s presentation and Q&A session from Grand Upton Hall


Season memberships will be available until September 19 or until sold out, whichever occurs first.



Individual speaker tickets

For only the second year, individual speaker tickets are available to the public. This is an excellent way for members to bring a guest, or for the public to enjoy selected topics of interest.


Three individual speaker ticket options are available:

  • Grand Upton Hall dinner tickets - $93

  • Grand Upton Hall speaker-only tickets - $70

  • Mainstage tickets - $50


Individual speaker tickets are available as follows:

  • Grand Upton Hall and Mainstage tickets for Dave Ramsey are on sale now.

  • Grand Upton Hall tickets go on sale four weeks before each event as space permits for the remaining three speakers.

  • Individual Mainstage tickets for the remaining three speakers go on sale September 20 at 10 am.










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