This year, Ed Bloch (edbloch@optonline.net) and 
Marty Yellin (martinyellin@gmail.com) are Speaker Co-Chairmen.

Members who have potential speakers should contact them 
or Y’s Men President Jay Dirnberger ( jaydirnberger@gmail.com)

Meeting Photos beginning in January 2012 can be found under Photos and Videos 

2016 – PRIOR 

Presenter’s Affiliation and Topic
Feb 1 Tom Seligson Tom Seligson believes “everyone has a story; you just have to find it.” Tom, who grew up in Westport, has been telling personal stories throughout his 40-plus-year career. He’s an author, journalist and four-time Emmy Award-winning television producer. He will share his thoughts on writing memoirs, revealing just how rewarding it can be. Recent studies have shown that writing can alleviate stress and reduce worrying.
Feb 8 Mary Elizabeth Fulco The interplay between social media and journalism will be examined by Mary Elizabeth Fulco as she sorts “the good, the bad and how to tame” the dynamic relationship between the two. She is a teacher of advanced journalism and adviser to Inklings at Staples High School. In 2016, Mary was honored by the Deadline Club of the New York City Society of Professional Journalists for excellence and professionalism.
Feb 15 Dr. Robert Altbaum
Dr. Stephen Batter
Dr. Martin Krauthamer
Dr. T. Jay Kleeman
Dr. Kenneth Wright
In a reprise of last year’s popular “The Doctors Are In” panel, five of the most talented physicians in our area will put forth the questions (and answers) that they would most like their patients to ask them. The physicians and their specialties are Dr. Robert Altbaum, internal medicine; Dr. Stephen Batter, urology; Dr. Martin Krauthamer, cardiology; Dr. T. Jay Kleeman, orthopedics; and Dr. Kenneth Wright, emergency medicine.
Feb 22 Alison Davis, With a booming stock market many of us may feel good about the way we are handling our finances, but what is the true level of our financial literacy? Alison Davis, an Executive Director and Banker at J.P. Morgan, sees an American crisis in financial literacy that has the potential to exacerbate problems in difficult markets. She will discuss reasons behind the low level of financial literacy; its unintended consequences; and why it should be relatively easy to correct.
Jan 4  Dan Woog

Meeting cancelled due to snowstorm

Dan Woog returns to the Y’s Men to talk about the evolution, from its inception to its current scope, of his blog “06880, Where Westport meets the world.” Besides multiple daily blog postings, Dan writes “Woog’s World,” a weekly column which has appeared in the Westport News since 1986. A graduate of Brown University, he is the author of 17 books. In his spare time Dan is the head coach of the Staples High School boys’ soccer team.

Jan 11

James Naughton

Carole Schweid

The theatrical career of Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton will be examined when “Play With Your Food” artistic director Carole Schweid interviews him. In the process, she will add some of her own background in musical theater. A Weston resident, Jim won his first Tony for best actor in a musical in “City of Angels” and his second for his role in “Chicago.” Carole is a co-founder of JIB Productions, Inc. a non-profit producer of professional performing and visual arts programs in Fairfield County. Following the interview, the two will perform a short “script-in-hand” piece entitled “Post-its.” 
Jan 18 David Waldman David Waldman, whose firm, David Adam Realty, created the Bedford Square redevelopment of the YMCA, will discuss changes to downtown Westport in the last decade. He will describe zoning changes, Bedford Square, and the Save the Children development on the West Bank. Looking to the next decade, David will examine the rapid changes which are affecting the way we shop, live and work. David founded his company in 1991 following his graduation from Syracuse University.
Jan 25 Staples Chamber Orchestra The Staples Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Adele Cutrali-Valovich, will perform a variety of pieces in their conductor’s swan song appearance. Adele retires this year after heading the Staples orchestras, both symphonic and chamber, for more than 35 years. She started her teaching career in Atlanta, and found her way to Westport where she originally taught music in a middle school before coming to Staples. Wives and significant others are invited to attend. There will be coffee and donuts as usual downstairs in Hoskins Hall followed by our business meeting and the Orchestra’s performance in the sanctuary
Dec 7 Orphenians
The Orphenians – a 33-member vocal ensemble at Staples High School, was founded in 1958. Since then, the group has concertized in the U.S. and abroad, even opening two Yankees baseball games at the Stadium with the National Anthem. On December 7th, the Orphenians, led by their director, Luke Rosenberg, will herald the holidays in the Sanctuary of the Saugatuck Congregational Church with a performance of sacred and seasonal music. Members and their significant others are cordially invited.
Dec 14 Holiday Party

The 2017 Y’s Men’s Holiday Party – begins at 11:30AM at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center at 99 East Avenue. The cost is $46.00 per person and a cash bar will be open throughout the affair. Food choices are prime rib with horseradish sauce, chicken cordon bleu and poached salmon with dill sauce. There also will be a special meal for people with food sensitivities.

Dec 21 No Meeting  
Dec 28 No Meeting  
Nov 2 Charles Grady Who better to tell us about addressing the opioid crisis here in Connecticut than someone who is on the front lines of the battle? He is Charles Grady, Community Outreach Specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. He became a police officer in Hamden in 1982 and was the department’s first African American civil service ranked detective. During the next 25 years, Charles focused on investigating long term narcotics trafficking on assignment to FBI and DEA task forces and was deputized by the U.S. Marshalls. He has a long history of creating a number of significant community programs including the FBI’s Connecticut youth program. 
Nov 9 Stefan Underhill Stefan R. Underhill has been a U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut since 1999. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1978 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, and, in 1981, received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1984. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and then joined Day, Berry & Howard LLP, becoming a partner in 1991. Recently, he has begun a program of trying to rehabilitate convicted drug dealers who have served long sentences, once they are released from prison.
Nov 16 Leonard Everett Fisher The Y’s Men’s own Leonard Everett Fisher, a pillar of the Westport arts community, will talk about “Artists in Westport.” Len served with the 30th Engineers in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in WWII, making topographical maps from aerial photographs. After discharge, he returned to the art world, receiving Yale’s Winchester Fellowship and the John Ferguson Weir Prize. He taught Design Theory as a Graduate Fellow. He was recently appointed to the board of the Westport Arts Center where he will focus on helping to bring the Westport Artists Museum to fruition.
Nov 23 Thanksgiving  No Meeting
Nov 30 Mark Pazniokas A close up view of Connecticut politics, public policy, and all things going on in Hartford that affect us will be provided by Mark Pazniokas, Capitol Bureau Chief of the CT Mirror (CtMirror.org) a non-profit and non-partisan web site launched in 2010 to help fill the void left by the retreat of newspapers from coverage of the State Capitol. A winner of numerous journalism awards, Mark has written for The Hartford Courant and The New York Times. In more than 30 years as a reporter, he has covered some of the most compelling stories in the state. 
Oct 5 Frederic Chiu Frederic Chiu a world-renowned musician, pianist, teacher and devotee of arts integration returns to perform for the Y’s Men. This time he will focus on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 comparing orchestral performances with the Liszt piano transcription.  He plans to play at least two of the symphony’s four movements.  In addition to his performing, recording, teaching and world tours, Frederic has created a local arts experience with his periodic, multi-disciplined Beechwood Arts Immersion Salons located on Weston Road. They offer a chance for music, dance, the written word and the fine arts to meet and interact in front of an appreciative audience. Frederic has performed worldwide as well as in all 50 United States.
Oct 12 Daniel Ksepka Did you know that the world’s largest bird had a wingspan of up to 24 feet? No chance of encountering it today because it lived 25 million years ago in South Carolina.  But a full scale model of this largest known flying animal resides in the lobby of The Bruce Museum whose Curator named the species (Pelagornis sandersi) and reconstructed its flight capabilities.  He is  Daniel Ksepka who will tell us about his research in this field. He earned a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, performing his dissertation research on fossil penguins at the American Museum of Natural History.  His current research focuses on fossil birds and reptiles and has resulted in over 40 scientific papers. He has named 13 extinct species including a giant penguin, the oldest tree-dwelling crown bird, and a long-necked sauropod dinosaur. His field work has spanned sites in Peru, New Zealand, and China in search of new fossils.
Oct 19 Foster Hirsch Hailed as perhaps “the best film interviewer in the world,” Foster Hirsch is Professor of Cinema at Brooklyn College.  A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Hirsch received his M.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University and joined Brooklyn’s Department of English in 1967. He moved into the newly-formed Film Department in 1973 and has been there ever since. The  author of 16 books on subjects related to theatre and movies, Dr. Hirsch was a key pioneer in film noir studies. His Dark Side of the Screen was published in 1981 and, considered a seminal book in the field, was updated in 2008. His books have examined widescreen cinema, key facets of mid-century theater and cinema, colorful directors and movies of the 1950s. When he is not conducting interviews or presiding over packed classes at Brooklyn College, Dr. Hirsch may be traveling the globe as a lecturer and interviewer.
Oct 26 Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar We all have heard about arrhythmia and some of us unfortunately may have experienced it.  Here, to give us a better understanding of the subject, is Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar, a specialist in Cardiac Electrophysiology, which deals specifically with heart rhythms.  She is Director of Electrophysiology for Stamford Hospital and is fellowship-trained in electrophysiology with expertise in device implantation and cardiac ablations. She also has advanced training in complex ablations including atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular contractions. Dr. Dhruvakumar received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors from Brown University, attended the University of Massachusetts Medical College, and completed an internship and residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also completed a cardiology fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and an electrophysiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sept 7 David Dequeljoe

 Dave Dequeljoe is a former Navy fighter pilot with two combat tours in Iraq. He was awarded the Navy Commendation with Combat “V” device for valor, as well as an Individual Air Medal with Bronze Star and two Strike Flight Air Medals. But a battle with untreated combat issues began after the fighting.  He took careful notes during his recovery from severe depression and now helps veterans and others overcome the disease. Author of “Dogfighting Depression,” Dave is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Sept 14 Supt’s of Schools

As a new school year begins, we will gain a perspective on the state of education in our towns from Dr. Colleen Palmer and Dr. William McKersie, Superintendents of Schools for Westport and Weston, respectively.  Dr. Palmer, beginning her second academic year in Westport, was formerly, for five years, superintendent of schools in Weston. She considered the Westport position “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”  Dr. McKersie is a career educator who previously was superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools.  He has worked for a diverse set of high performing educational organizations—public, independent, parochial and philanthropic.

Sept 21 meeting cancelled.

Speaker rescheduled to May 10, 2018.

James Canton Who better to tell us about the 30-year history of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and its “A Different Kind of Healing” than James Canton who has had a relationship with the organization since its founding in 1988.  Jimmy has been a counselor, unit leader, assistant director and camp director, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2002.  He has extended the Camp year-round with fall and spring weekend programs to serve the previous summers’ campers, as well as family retreats for children who might not have the chance to experience a summer session.
Sept 28 John P McKinney

“How Connecticut Became a Fiscal Mess. What Can Be Done to Fix It.”
John P. McKinney was a Republican member of the Connecticut Senate, representing the 28th district, comprised of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport, from 1999 until 2014.  During that period, he served as its Minority Leader for seven years.  He entered the Republican primary for Governor in 2014 but was defeated by Tom Foley 


2016 – 2017


Presenter’s Affiliation and Topic
May 25 Mike Guthman The 2017 Annual Meeting and Picnic
May 18 Westport/Weston Selectmen
Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Weston First Selectwoman Nina Daniel will end our season with discussions on the State of Our Towns. 
May 11 Adele Cutrali Valovich

The Staples High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Adele Cutrali-Valovich

May 4 Jon Stashower

Jon Stashower joined NBC Sports Radio in 2012 and serves as the host of The Jon Stashower Show 

April 27 Frank Derico “Neighborhood Studios” 
April 20 Jim Himes
Jim Himes  – represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives
April 13 Marty Yellin
“Update on the Hubble Telescope” – Y’s Man Marty Yellin 
April 6 Claudia Connor
“The Refugee Crisis” . 
March 30 Daniel Lanzillota
Once we called it garbage; now it’s recyclable, but Daniel Lanzilotta turns it into art.  
March 23 Susanne Atkins and Meredith Kazer
 Susanne Atkins, a physician’s assistant, and Dean Meredith Kazer, dean and professor at the Fairfield University School of Nursing
March 16 Andrew Wilk
 Andrew Wilk,  Executive Producer of Live From Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center at the Movies 
March 9 Mike Daglio

Michael J. Daglio, President of Norwalk Hospital and Chief Strategy Officer of Western Connecticut Health Network

March 2 David Pogue
David Pogue returns to the Y’s Men to talk about the latest in his “Basics” series of
books, “Basics: Money, Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That Nobody Bothers to Tell You).”
His previous Basics books dealt with technology and life. A graduate of Yale with a
music degree, David spent ten years working in musical theatre and continues to be a
brilliant pianist and song writer. We also will hear from Y’s Man Dr. Rich Ellis on “24
Hours in the Human Body.”
David Pogue returns to the Y’s Men to talk about the latest in his “Basics” series of
books, “Basics: Money, Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That Nobody Bothers to Tell You).”
His previous Basics books dealt with technology and life. A graduate of Yale with a
music degree, David spent ten years working in musical theatre and continues to be a
brilliant pianist and song writer. We also will hear from Y’s Man Dr. Rich Ellis on “24
Hours in the Human Body.”

David Pogue returns to the Y’s Men to talk about the latest in his “Basics” series of books

February 23 Susan Granger
“Oscar Time” – Susan Granger. 
February 16 Panel of Doctors
“The Doctors are In” 
February 9
Meeting cancelled.

Mary Elizabeth Fulco  Mary Elizabeth Fulco, faculty adviser to Staples High School’s Inklings newspaper
February 2 Gregg Dancho and Anne Keefe
The Bearsley Zoo – Gregg Dancho
January 26

Vanessa Richards and Jeremy Tendler

“Staying Safe from Cyber Fraud” 
January 19 Robin Tauck
The Role of Travel and The Preservation of World Heritage – Robin Tauck 
January 12 Jerry Shereshewsky
Social Media and the Communications Revolution 
January 5 Doug Schwartz
Presidential Polling 
December 15   Holiday Party at the Norwalk Inn, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
December 8 Luke Rosenberg

Luke Rosenberg is Director of Choral Music and Music Theory at Staples High School.  

December 1 Mark Albertson
Mark Albertson will be making his fourth appearance before the Y’s Men. He will discuss “Defeat of a Superpower” 
November 24   Thanksgiving (no meeting)
November 17 Barbara Pearson-Rac
Barbara Pearson-Rac chairing Westport’s Make A Difference Day, Board President of First Night
November 10 Matt Storch
Stephanie Webster
Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant and Stephanie Webster, editor in chief and founder of CT Bites
November 3 Peter Kolbrener
Marc Hartog
Y’s Man Peter Kolbrener, a member of the Westport Commission for Senior Services
October 27 Ken Bernhard
Ken Bernhard – “The Syria Fund”

October 20 Michael Barker
David Roth
David Roth – “Staples Theatre Department”

October 13 Barry Persky
Frederic Chiu
Frederic Chiu Recital

October 6 Melissa Kane 
Bill Harmer
“Westport’s Downtown Implementation Plan” Melissa Kane
September 29 John Santa
“The Need for Prison Reform”
September 22 John Kavulich
“The Future Relationship with Cuba”

September 15 Paul Bracken
“The Future of the Corporation”
September 8 Tom Appleby 
“The State of Modern Journalism”


2015 – 2016


Affiliation or Interest & Topic
September 10
Robert Klee
Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Enviromental Protection

September 17 

Gordon Joseloff
Former Westport 1st Selectman and Publisher of “Westport Now.”
September 24  Faye Vincent
Former Commissioner of Baseball 
October 1  Ken Roman
Business (David Ogilvy) 
October 8  Robert Valentine
October 15

Paul Bogaev

Musical Presentation
October 22  Irwin Lebish
Atomic Testing in Nevada
October 29 Judith Marks-White
Author/Humorist – What Men Don’t Know About Women
November 5  Tony Hwang
 Ct State Senator (Republican)
November 12 Jim Himes
U.S. Representative for CT (Democrat)
November 19 Paul Friia
Westport Town Assessor. Will talk about reevaluation and other topics pertinent to Westport Residents
December 3 Robert Weingarten
Westport Historical Society
December 10 Staples H.S. Orchestra
Concert by Staples H.S Orchestra
January 7 Marty Yellin
Marty will talk about space programs that he was involved with at Perkin-Elmer
January 14 Tony McDowell
Earthplace (Sustainability)
January 21 Dr. Howard Fillit
Alzheimer’s Talk
January 28 David Levinson
President of Norwalk Community College
February 4  Alan Nevas
Story of the Pardue Brothers 
February 11 Peter Van Heerden
New Director of the Quick Center
February 18 Andrew Banoff
Director of Jewsish Senior Services – Help for Seniors with Alzeimer’s
February 25 Susan Granger
Movie Critic – Her Choices for theOscar Winners 
March 3 Gregg Dancho
Did not show 
Director of the Beardsley Zoo 
March 10 Daryl Hawk
Explorer and Photographer, will speak about his adventures with a slide show 
March 17 Arthur Gottlieb
Korean War
March 24 Charles Frumberg
Emancipation Capital 
March 31 Bill Harmer
New Director of the Westport Library will Describe his new Projects 
April 7 Randall Enos
Illustrator, Cartoonist with Interest in Whaling
April 14 Dr. Protomastro
Discussion of Shoulder Problems 
April 21 Dan Libertino
Sikorsky Historical Archives 
April 28  David McCormick
Bridgewater (Hedge Fund Investing) 
May 5   Win Allen
Win will discuss his new Book 
May 12 Dr. Andrew Parker
Westport ENT Physician, will talk about the relationship between hearing loss and memory loss
May 19 Jim Marpe & Nina Daniel
First Selectmen of Westport and Weston with the state of each Town 
May 26 Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting and Picnic at Sherwood Island State Park 

2014 – 2015


Affiliation or Interest & Topic 
Sept 4
David Pogue
Personal technology author, columnist, speaker, NOVA host, musician and wit 
Sept 11 
Dr.Paul Strassmann
Retired information technology executive and former WWII partisan fighter in Czechoslovakia
Sept 18
Edward Hynes
Speaker on the Raid on Danbury, the Battle of Ridgefield and Connecticut in the Revolutionary War
Sept 25
John Dodig
Principal of Staples High School
Oct 2
John Seo
CEO of Fermat Capital Management
Oct 9
Jack Cavanaugh
Sportswriter and Author of The Mr. Inside and Outside on “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis
Oct 16
Deirdre Daly
Recently appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut
Oct 23
Capt. Carl A. Lahti
Commanding Officer of the Naval Submarine Base at New London
Oct 30
Ronald M. DeFeo
CEO of Terex Corporation
Nov 6
Lisa Wexler
Probate Judge for Westport and Weston 
Nov 13
Frederic Chiu
Concert Pianist
Nov 20
Larry Silver
 Westport Photographer: A Life in Photography
Dec 4
Jamie Raskin
Law Professor and Maryland State Senator
Dec 11
Lt. Col. Sherman Fleek (Ret.)
West Point Historian
Jan 8
Dr. Eileen Hunt
Minister of Music at the Congregational Church of Green’s Farms on Opera
Jan 15
James Prosek
Artist, writer, naturalist and angler 
Jan 22
Jeffrey R. Immelt
CEO and Chairman of GE
Jan 29
Kevin Keenan
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Feb 5
Dan Woog
Blogger and columnist on Westport goings on
Feb 12
Andrew Wilk
Executive Producer Live from Lincoln Center
Feb 19
Susan Granger
Movie maven on the Oscars
Feb 26
Florence Ricciuti, PhD
Biology PhD, Public Health MA, retired professor on Pros and Cons of Alernative Medicine
Mar  5
Meeting Canceled
Mar 12
Jay Dirnberger
Former Infantry Helicopter Pilot on the Proliferation of Drones
Mar 19 
Dacia Toll
Co-CEO and President Achievement First Public Charter Schools
Mar 26
Mark Albertson
Norwalk CC Instructor on The Great Patriotic War: WWII on the East European Front
Apr 2
Senator Chris Murphy
Connecticut US Senator on What’s Going On in Washington
Apr 9
Matt Davies
Pulitzer Prize-winning Political Cartoonist for Newsday
Apr 16
Foster Hirsch, PhD
Professor Brooklyn College on American Cinema in the 1950’s
Apr 23
Julia E. Sweig
Former Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations on Cuba
Apr 30
Anthony Banbury
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General Overseeing Ebola Efforts
May 7
Nick DiBerardino
Staples Grad, Rhodes Scholar, Yale Grad Student in Music Composition on Composing Modern Concertl Music
May 14
Jim Marpe & Gail Weinstein
Update from Our First Selectman (Westport) and First Selectwoman (Weston)
May 21 Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting and Picnic


2013 – 2014


Affiliation or Interest & Topic 
Sept 12
JohnMcKinney Minutes
Republican CT State Senate Minority Leader, Representing the 28th District
Sept 19

John Herzog

Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance 
 Sept 26

Bill Burrows

Planetary Defense Against Comets and Asteroids 
Oct 3

Dr. Joseph Agris

Author of “Tears On the Sand,” an American Doctor’s Mission of Mercy Becomes the Successful Search for the World’s Most Wanted Man, Osama Bin Laden.
Oct 10

Joe McNay

Chairman of Essex Investment Management Company LLC. Changed Yale University’s Investment policy for 25th Reunion Gifts Starting with the Class of 1960. He increased the value of 1954’s Gift from a modest fund into a staggering $114 million. 
 Oct 17  Danielle Ogden
Danielle is the Director of Education of the Westport Arts Center. She will talk about the WAC Gives Back Program dealing with Homes for the Brave, a homeless shelter for military veterans. 
 Oct 24 Brian Nurnberger
Founder of “Simply Smiles,” a Local Charity Dedicated to Providing a Better Life for Children on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota and in the Poorest Regions of Oaxaca, Mexico  
 Oct 31 Donny Beaver
Founder of  HalenHardy a Member of The Marcellus Shale Coalition which Manages the Enviromental, Health & Safety of their Shale-Oil Operations.
 Nov 7 Jim Himes
Democratic U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District, Since 2009
 Nov 14 Jim Greenberg
Jim will Provide a History of the Chocolate Industry, including Sustainable Agriculture in Cocoa Producing Countries, Protection of the Growers both Physically and Economically and how to Taste Chocolate to determine its Components and where it was grown.  
Nov 21

Toni Boucher

Republican Deputy Minority Leader of CT State Senate, Representing the 26th District

 Dec 5 Charles Firlotte

President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company will talk about the history of Aquarion Water Co and the changes they have made over the years.

 Dec 12 Christopher Manfredi, DO

Dr. Manfredi will talk about Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Disease Medicine, and his work as Chief of Norwalk Hospital Sleep Disorders Center

Jan 9

Amy Riggio
Fuchs’ Blog

Amy is the Executive Director of Builders Beyond Borders. She will talk about building homes, schools and other projects in Needy Countries using Local Fairfield County Volunteer High School Students. 

 Jan 16 Art Gottlieb
Fuchs’ Blog

Formerly Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum He will talk about “Inside Nazi Germany” during WWII.

 Jan 23 Pam Allyn 

Pam is an advocate against childhood illiteracy. She will talk about her work as President of LitLife/LitWorld that Promotes Literacy in Many Countries. Pam also wii discuss her Educational Consulting Service that helps schools in the U.S. build  New literacy Curricula. 

 Jan 30 Les de Villiers
Fuchs’ Blog  

Born in South Africa Les has a Travel Company that provides Safaris to Tourists in Africa. A Professional Wildlife Photographer he will have a pictorial Exhibition of Safaris and Wildlife.

 Feb 6


 Chris Neubert moved to March 27, 2014

 Feb 13

Stephen C. White


President of the Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT. Steve will discuss Whaling. Wooden Ships and his efforts to Create Interest In Mystic Seaport  NOT RESCHEDULED

 Feb 20 Dr Spike Lipschutz

Vice-President of Medical Services and Chief Quality Officer at Greenwich Hospital, Spike will talk about the future of medicine and healthcare as he sees it after 45 years in practice. 

Feb 27

Susan Granger

Fuchs on Granger


Susan Granger, Westport News film critic, will analyze the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards and offer her predictions.  The 86th Academy Awards will be televised on Sunday, March 2nd. For more than 25 years, movie and drama critic Susan Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews, and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate.  


Mar 6  David Brant

Executive Director of the Aspetuck Land Trust. David’s Talk will Describe the way the Trust Acquires and Preserves the Land which it Manages. He will show visuals of their various Preserves.

Mar 13

Jeffrey N. Wieser


President & CEO of Homes with Hope. Jeff will describe how his group Provides Shelter for Homeless People and Food for People Who Are Struggling to Provide for Themselves here in Fairfield County.

 Mar 20

Holly Drinkuth  & Sally Harold



Holly is the Director of Outreach and Watershed Programs for the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. She is a member of the Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program team and will describe how  she leads water quality restoration strategies in coastal Connecticut water sheds.

 Sally is the Director of Migratory Fish Projects with the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. She will describe a flow management project she is working on with Aquarion Water Company and is working with a four state team to develop and implement region-wide strategies to protect and enhance populations of diadromous fish.  

Mar 27

Chris Neubert


Chris is the President of MONECO Investors and will speak about “Technical Investing” versus “Fundamental Investing” or others types of Investing Strategies.

Apr 3 Mark Albertson

Mark is a Historical Research Editor at Army Aviation Magazine and will talk about that portion of the Second Amendment dealing with “A Well Regulated Militia.” 

Apr 10

David Kooris


David will speak as the Director of the City of Bridgeport, Office of Planning and Economic Development. He will describe projects his group has undertaken to enhance and develop the city of Bridgeport.

Apr 17

Jonathan Ventura


Jonathan is with the Los Alamos National Laboratories. He will talk about “Maintaining the Nation’s Nuclear Deterrant”. He is the Executive Advisor to the Principle Associate Director for Weapons Programs.

Apr 24

Yale Whiffenpoofs


The Yale Whiffenpoofs are the oldest and most famous College Acapella singing group.   They give over 100 concerts each year traveling all over the world to perform. They will sing many of the songs for which they are famous.

May 1 Marty Yellin
Fuchs’ Blog

Marty will present the “Biology of Cancer.” It discusses what Cancer is, what causes it, how to prevent it, and why current treatments have little or no value. It concludes with new treatments that have great promise.

May 8

Maxine Bleiweis


Maxine is the Director of the Westport Library. She will discuss the changes that will be made to the physical building and other services.

May 15

Gayle Weinstein & Jim Marpe


Gayle and Jim will present their plans for the coming year and what they will try to do to improve town services and infrastructure in the future for Westport & Weston.

May 22

Brian Strong, President

Minutes of Annual Mtg.

Picnic and Annual Meeting at the Unitarian Church

2012 – 2013

Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 6

Joseph Farris

Minutes of Farris

In “A Soldier’s Sketchbook,’’ National Geographic compiles the work of the 87-year-old Farris, a Bethel resident now and an acclaimed cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

Sept 13

Gordon Edelstein,
Long Wharf’s Artistic Director

Minutes of Edelstein

In our fast paced, digital world, is there still value in coming together as a community to experience stories on a stage in a darkened theatre?
Gordon will talk about his abiding faith in the power of stories to increase empathy, stimulate thought, and help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Weaving his deep knowledge of the theatre, keen interest in social and political history, and with anecdotes from his experiences directing at Long Wharf, on Broadway, and throughout the country, Gordon will make his points humorously and passionately !!
Sept 20

David Pogue

Minutes of Pogue

In November 2000, Pogue became the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. In 2012, he was named the new host for the spinoff sesries “NOVA ScienceNow,” which premieres in October 2012.  David will speak and entertain on Current Technolgy Trends including the just annouced iPhone 5.  

Sept 27

Jay Tunney

Minutes of Tunney

The Prizefighter and the Playwright

A son of the famous prizefighter Gene Tunney (and also vice-president of the International Shaw Society), will recreate the story of the twenty-year friendship between his father and George Bernard Shaw. It is the story of two men who, ignoring a forty-year age difference, found enduring satisfac- tion in each other’s company: John James (Gene) Tunney was thirty-two; Shaw was seventy-three when they met in 1929.

Oct 4

Jack Cavanaugh

Minutes of Cavanaugh

Jack Cavanaugh, a veteran sportswriter, radio newsman and author, has tackled the national pastime and its effect on the war effort in his new book, Season of ’42: Joe D, Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War.



Wednesday Oct 10 5PM

Arthur Levitt

Minutes of Levitt

After sixteen years on Wall Street, Levitt became the Chairman of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in 1978. He later became the twenty-fifth and longest-serving Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 1993 to 2001. Since May 2001 he has been employed as a senior adviser at the Carlyle Group.

Oct 11 Y’s Men Jazz Group

Arthur Ashman and Mickey Golomb have gathered together a wonderful group of local professional

jazz musicians. They will entertain us with some of America’s most loved and lasting music –

with a little jazz history for perspective.

Oct 18

Steven M. Forman
Fishmonger and Author

Minutes of Forman

Steven Forman went from  creating and operating a giant seafood business to becoming an author of wonderfully enjoyable fiction.  He moved from  Boston to Boca Raton and has written some very entertaining fiction about the characters from each. You will enjoy his life story and the characters he has created.

Oct 25

Sumner Glimcher

Minutes of Glimcher

Sumner Glimcher, Professor Emeritus from NYU, has worked in film, radio and television since he graduated from Harvard with a degree in Nuclear Physics in 1948. He began his career as a page at NBC in New York where, in six years, he worked with many of the greats in the Golden Age of Television; Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon. He is just completing his memoir: “A Filmmaker’s Journal,” which as an EBOOK, has embedded in it short excerpts from 22 of his documentaries.

Nov 1

No Meeting



Nov 1 meeting cancelled due to Sandy..

Nov 8

David Gaynes

Minutes of David Gaynes

David Gaynes is the director of Saving Hubble, a soon-to-be-completed documentary film about the people’s successful battle to reinstate the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004-2005. The film pairs that story with reflections about humans and our connection to the universe.

Nov 15

Mark Albertson

Minutes of Albertson


Roy Fuchs on Albertson’s Sunrise Rotary talk

Mark Albertson will talk to us about the History of Armistice/Veterans Day. Mark is an historical research editor for Army Aviation magazine. He has been a member of the United States Naval Institute for more than twenty-five years as well as the Navy League. He has published articles on issues of history and current events in newspapers and magazines (refer to his web site, MARKWRITER.COM; proceed to the ARTICLE ARCHIVES for published clips). He has authored these books:

USS Connecticut:  Constitution State  Battleship. They’ll Have to Follow You! The Triumph of the
Great White Fleet. On History:  A  Treatise.

Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College for  the Lifetime Learners Institute, four courses:  1)  The  Turning Points of World War II; 2)  The Great Patriotic  War:  The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the  Soviet Union; 3)  World War I and 4) Iraq:  A History.

In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly  Citation by both houses of Congress in Hartford, for his efforts in  commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.  He is an avid speaker on a variety of historical topics.

Nov 22

Thanksgiving week – no meeting



Nov 29

Arlo Ellison 

Minutes of Ellison

Arlo Ellison is  a Westport resident and native of Colorado,  is President and CEO of Reliable Silver Corporation in Waterbury. His career in engineering has included assignments in Australia, Asia, and Africa. He was the President of the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors of: the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Brownfield’s Redevelopment Authority; the Isaiah 61-1 prisoner reentry program; and the Westport/Weston Family Y.  He has been active in Westport youth sports leagues and the Saugatuck Congregational Church. His presentation will be a fascinating story about manufacturing in our Nutmeg State, his own business growth here,  and some personal observations about our wonderful community.


Dec 6


Charles Grodin

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Charles Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a small part as an obstetrician in Roman Polanski‘s Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. In the 1970s he moved into film acting, including playing the lead in The Heartbreak Kid and a supporting role in Catch-22. He became a familiar face as a supporting actor in many 1980s Hollywood comedies, including Midnight Run, Taking Care of Business, Seems Like Old Times, The Great Muppet Caper, The Woman in Red, The Lonely Guy, Ishtar and The Couch Trip. He is probably best known for his role as George Newton in the 1990s John Hughes comedy franchiseBeethoven.

Grodin has won several acting awards, including American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for 1993’s Dave, Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival (for Midnight Run). He was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Heartbreak Kid in 1972. He also shared a 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for his work on The Paul Simon Special.

In the mid 1990s, Grodin became a talk show host on CNBC and in 2000 a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. He has written several autobiographical and acting related works, including 1990’s It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here: My Journey Through Show Business and 1994’s We’re Ready for You, Mr. Grodin.

Dec 13


Ed Silverman

Minutes of Silverman


Ed Silverman not only has been there, he’s DONE it! In this memoir of his unparalleled career, he shares the sights and sounds of a walk through broadcasting history.

— Dave Kindred, author of “Sound and Fury,” a dual biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell

Ed Silverman is a distinguished broadcast journalist and documentarian, having received numerous major awards for news and documentaries. During his career, he found himself in the midst of some of America’s most historic events. He served as a TV network news correspondent, commentator, analyst and producer.  He was Assistant Director of News Operations for the . ABC TV network and Director of News and Public Affairs for WABC-TV, New York.
He earned 11 EMMY Awards, the Albert Lasker Foundation Award, for medical journalism and numerous other major awards for news and documentaries.
He also served as president of the Radio-TV Working Press Association for two terms. .
Among his notable broadcasts: He was first on the air for ABC TV during the JFK assassination, broadcast the JFK funeral, was pool correspondent for the networks at Guantanamo during the Cuban missile crisis, anchored the Man in Space broadcasts, covered the March on Washington, the admission of James Meredith to Ole Miss, national and local elections, the visits of Nikita Khruschev and Fidel Castro, the Jack Ruby trial, and broadcast the America’s Cup Race from the Goodyear Blimp, plus a host of other major stories.
He was also the producer/managing editor of the three time EMMY winner, ABC SportsBeat with Howard Cosell and a producer of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles for which he won his last EMMY.
He also served as a Mayoral assistant in NYC government for 10 years during the administrations of John V. Lindsay,,Abraham Beame and Edward I. Koch.
Ed lives in the Riverdale section of “Da Bronx” NY, where he has resided since 1950.



Dec 20

Santa Claus*

*Santa will actually be appearing at our Annual Holiday Party which will be held the

night before,  Wednesday December 19. Santa requested this special appearance due to his heavy workload at this time of year.

Therefore there will be no meeting on either Thursday December 20 or 27.


Dec 27

Christmas week – no meeting 


Jan, 3 

Jonathan Fanton

Minutes of Fanton 

Fuchs on Fanton

Jonathan Fanton is a Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at Hunter College and was President of The MacArthur Foundation from 1999-2009.  Mr. Fanton holds a Ph.D in American History from Yale University where he taught and was Chief of Staff to President Kingman Brewster.  He was Vice President of Planning at The University of Chicago and for 17 years was President of The New School for Social Research.

He is author of Foundations and Civil Society, Volume I and II (2008), and The University and Civil Society, Volume I and II (1995, 2002).

Dr. Fanton currently serves as Interim Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College which is dedicated to innovative approaches to teaching, research, and public programming. Located in the heart of New York City, the Institute provides a platform from which high quality scholarship effectively informs and influences public debate and public life. The mission of Roosevelt House is three-fold: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue


Jan. 10 

Alan H. Nevas

Minutes of Nevas



Alan H Nevas, our fellow Y’s Man, is a retired Senior United States District Court Judge, who serves as an arbitrator and mediator in a broad range of commercial disputes. He also counsels clients on complex litigation and pre-litigation strategy issues.

He was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut by President Reagan in 1985. He held that position until retiring in 2009.  During his years on the bench, Judge Nevas presided over a wide range of civil cases, both jury and non jury. He also presided over numerous major criminal trials involving white collar offenses, organized crime, public corruption, and large scale drug distribution rings.  He will speak about three trials he presided over that were particularly interesting jury trials.


During his tenure on the bench, Judge Nevas served as a member of the Board of Directors and then as President of the Federal Judges Association; a member of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the United States Judicial Conference; and a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

From 1971 to 1977, Judge Nevas served as the elected State Representative from Westport in the Connecticut General Assembly, and in his second and third terms served in turn as Deputy House Majority and Deputy House Minority Leader. In 1976, he was named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Members of the Connecticut General Assembly in a poll of the Assembly’s membership conducted by Connecticut Magazine.

From 1981 to 1985, Judge Nevas served as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Prior to his appointment as a federal prosecutor, he was engaged in the private practice of law.

He is a Life Fellow of the American and Connecticut Bar Foundations and an Honoree of the Connecticut Branch of the Federal Bar Council of New York and Connecticut.



Jan. 17 

Marty Yellin 

Minutes of Yellin


Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed: HEXAGON

For over 30 years, Marty Yellin was a engineer at Perkin-Elmer. Starting in 1965, he helped design key elements of  a top secret program called Hexagon — a reconnaissance spacecraft that, one NASA official says, “helped prevent World War III.” For over 45 years, Yellin was forbidden to talk about any aspect of his work. Finally in October 2011, 25 years after the last mission ended Hexagon was finally declassified.  It was dubbed “Big Bird” and it was considered the most successful space spy satellite program of the Cold War era. From 1971 to 1986 a total of 20 satellites were launched, each containing 60 miles of film and sophisticated cameras that orbited the earth snapping vast, panoramic photographs of the Soviet Union, China and other potential foes. The film was shot back through the earth’s atmosphere in buckets that parachuted over the Pacific Ocean, where C-130 Air Force planes snagged them with grappling hooks. The scale, ambition and sheer ingenuity of Hexagon KH-9 was breathtaking. The fact that 19 out of 20 launches were successful (the final mission blew up because the booster rockets failed) is astonishing.

“We were like the guys who worked on the first atom bomb,” said Yellin. We had been entrusted with the security of the country. Even wives couldn’t contact their husbands or know of their whereabouts when they were traveling, and for the most part accepted the secrecy. They knew the jobs were Top Secret. They knew not to ask questions.


Jan. 24 

Dr. Michael Carius

Minutes of Carius


“Dr. Carius serves as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at
Norwalk Hospital, a community hospital in Connecticut. He practices
clinically in the emergency department and is an assistant clinical
professor in the Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine at the
University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
He is board certified in emergency medicine and family practice. He has
served as an oral examiner for the American Board ofEmergency Medicine for
many years and was elected the ABEM Board of Directors in 2009.
Before being elected president of the American College of Emergency
Physicians in 2001, he served on the ACEP Board of Directors as
secretary-treasurer and as vice president. In 2012 he was awarded the
national ACEP Wiegenstein Leadership Award.  In addition to his leadership
role at the national level, Dr. Carius is an active member of the
Connecticut Chapter of ACEP. He has served in many offices including
chapter president, and in 1999 was awarded the Connecticut College of
Emergency Physicians Phil Stent Award for Outstanding Contributions to
Emergency Medicine.”

Jan. 31

 Mark Mathias

Minutes of Mathias

The Westport Mini Maker Faire.

This is a launching pad for many interesting topics about making, including 3D printing, stuff that flies, robotics, local, national and global initiatives and more.

In many ways, “making” is about creativity, innovation, global competitiveness and 21st century skills. Many people  grew up with “shop” classes such as woodworking, metal shop, print shop, drafting, electronics and more. These have mostly been dropped from school curriculums, but are finding their way back as we find other countries are starting to do this better than we are.

Feb. 7

Rob Reeves
Minutes of Reeves


Tueday this week is the groundbreaking for our new Family Y home.

Rob, CEO Westport Weston Family Y, will tell us all about our new Y facility and WWFY  plans along with some very informative video and pictures.


 Feb. 14

Kristen Cusato

Minutes of Cusato

Fuchs’ Article


                                 A World Without Alzheimer’s

Kristen Cusato Will  present an  overview of dementia and talk about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, what to look out for in your friends, family, neighbors. Right now, there are 70 thousand people in CT with dementia. Awareness is our hope.


Kristen is the Southwestern Regional Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Kristen received her B.A in Communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has 22 years working in the television industry.   Her career path began at Cable 6 TV in Middletown, NY. She went on to KCBD in Lubbock, Texas and then spent 9 years at WTNH as an anchor/reporter.

After spending 4 years in San Diego working at KUSI-TV, Kristen returned to Connecticut in 2009, to help take care of her mother and best friend who had just been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Kristen went back to her job as the Co-Anchor of Good Morning Connecticut on WTNH News 8. She has Emcee’d the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past two years in New Haven, and late in 2011 left News 8 to join the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

In her role as the Southwestern Regional Director, Kristen coordinates and implements all Chapter services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, families, professionals, and the general public.  She is working towards the mission of a World Without Alzheimer’s, so that other families don’t have to lose loved ones to this mind-robbing disease.


 Feb. 21

Susan Granger

Minutes of Granger 

Roy Fuchs’ on Granger


Susan Granger, Westport News film critic, will analyze the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards and offer her predictions.  The 85th Academy Awards will be televised on Sunday, February 24.


For more than 25 years, movie and drama critic Susan Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Her commentaries, reviews, and interviews are distributed around the world by SSG Syndicate.  

Feb. 28 

James Naughton

Minutes of Naughton


James Naughton graduated from Brown University and Yale Drama School. His acting career began when he appeared in a series of Broadwaydramas and musicals. He has since become an accomplished actor in both starring and supporting film and television roles.[3]

His largest fame and first love has been the legitimate theater. He won the Theatre World Award for his performance in Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 1971. He went on to star with Geneviève Bujold in Antigone which was later made into a film in 1974. He starred in the musical I Love My Wife in 1977 and in the drama Whose Life is it Anyway? opposite Mary Tyler Moore in 1980. He won his first Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1990 for City of Angels. In 1997 he won a second Tony Award with his portrayal of lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. He created the lead role of Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany, in the highly acclaimed drama Democracy in 2004.

His films include The Paper Chase and The First Wives Club. In 2006, he appeared in the movie The Devil Wears Prada, opposite Meryl Streep. In 2006, he played the part of Edie Sedgwick’s father, Fuzzy Sedgwick in Factory Girl.

James Naughton and his wife, Pam, have two actor children: Keira Naughton and Greg Naughton. His son is married to Kelli O’Hara. He started singing during his years at Conard High School “with the high school band and at parties.”[5]

His brother David Naughton is also an actor



Mar. 7

John Krubski
Minutes of Krubski

Cracking the America Code; A Plan for Getting US Back on Track By John krubski, Published 8/1/2012 This book began as a marketing exercise to better understand why people make the decisions they make and how they value what they value. It ended up as a fresh take on what makes America America and Americans Americans. Writing the book has crystallized a great many facets of the work I have been doing in consumer insights, marketing and strategic planning for more than thirty-five years. It is also an excellent new platform for communicating with, persuadong, and motivating Americans on their terms.

 Mar. 14

 Jay Dirnberger
Minutes of Dirnberger

Fuchs on Dirnberer

 Jay Dirnberger will present “The Rise of the Drones” a documentary on the history and future  of unmanned aerial warfare.  Jay served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and was witness to what was llikely the first use of an unmanned aircraft in combat.  Thiis subject has many dimensions and is an important issue in our present national dialog.  

 Mar. 21

Jane E. Ferreira

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In 2002, Jane E. Ferreira became the President and CEO of Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc. Believing that each person can make a difference in their life if given access to education, Ms. Ferreira quickly endorsed Mercy Learning Center’s motto: “Educate a woman…Educate a family.” The Center has grown exponentially in the past 11 years, creating increased opportunity for educational advancement and positive life change. Under Ms. Ferreira’s direction, in 2003, programs once consisting of instruction to bring women to an 8th grade reading and math levels expanded to include the opportunity to earn a high school diploma.  . Since 2003, 149 women have received their high school equivalency and more than half of them are now enrolled in a community college.  Ms. Ferreira’s ability to build a team of 41 paid staff and 500 volunteers has been remarkable in the Center’s ability to educate and empower women in the community.

 Programs are currently serving more than 750 women and 150 children annually. With an estimated 37,000 functionally illiterate women in the city of Bridgeport, the Center is actively responding to the great need for adult education for low income women. 

 Ms. Ferreira has had a lifelong commitment to those most marginalized in our society. Every woman who walks through the doors of Mercy Learning Center has the opportunity to improve her own life and the lives of her children. Ms. Ferreira believes that education is key to ending the cycle of poverty. 

 Mar. 28


Bob Steele

Minutes of Steele

Fuchs on Steele



Former Congressman Bob Steele will discuss the background to his new novel, The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town (Levellers Press, Amherst, MA). The story is set against the explosion of casino gambling in Connecticut during the 1990s, when two Indian tribes emerged to build the world’s two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state. WNPR/ Connecticut Public Radio’s John Dankosky calls the novel “fascinating” and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro has described it as “compelling and timely…an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed.” 

The book comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling. 

Steele is vice chairman of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of the New York Mercantile Exchange, CME Group, and the American Stock Exchange. A graduate of Amherst and Columbia, he served in the CIA prior to Congress and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex. 

April 4

US Senator Chris Murphy 

Minutes of Murphy


Christopher Scott “Chris” Murphy (born August 3, 1973) is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Connecticut’s 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. Before being elected to Congress, Murphy was a member of both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly, serving in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1999-2003) and the Connecticut Senate (2003-2007).

After four-term incumbent Joe Lieberman decided to retire, Murphy announced his candidacy for the 2012 U.S. Senate election. He defeated former Connecticut secretary of state Susan Bysiewicz in the Democratic primary, and subsequently defeated Republican candidate Linda McMahon in the general election. At age 39, he is the youngest current Senator.


April 11

Jim Francek

Minutes of Francek

Jim Francek, ACSW,  lived in Westport from 1981-96. He has worked in three major companies Kelsey Hayes, Ford, and Exxon in their medical departments in charge of the mental health and substance abuse programs. He has spent decades of his professional life creating individual and group interventions to address the sense of loss incurred within tragic events, loss of loved ones, violence and organizational change destroy a sense of balance in person’s lives. He also was a designer and faciliStator of the custom leadership programs with the Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs for some eleven years. His background also includes being an ordained minister and recently a chaplain. He now resides with his wife Pat in Huntington, CT where they provide individual coaching and retreats in their company TAVA Full Circle

April 18

Sandhya Dhruvakumar M.D.

Minutes of Dr. D


Dr. Dhruvakumar of Stamford Hospital is a specialist in Cardiac Electrophysiology, which deals specifically with heart rhythms.  She will explain the electrical system of the heart, with specific focus on some of the more common disturbances, and the cutting edge medical advances to address them.


April 25


 Howard Saffan

Minutes of Saffan


Westonite Howard Saffan, is the  President of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team. 

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers is the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders. Its main (and in-state) rival is the Connecticut Whale, the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers — the main rival of the Islanders. 

Mr. Saffan joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as its president in 2011. He oversees all aspects of the operation of the team with a focus on community involvement and creating a more family-friendly environment.

“Sound Tigers hockey is a fun, interactive and exciting product that can be shared by everyone in the region,” said Mr. Saffan. “From families and individuals to community groups and businesses, we will reach out to everyone and invite them to be part of our team.”

Since 1999, Mr. Saffan has owned and operated the SportsCenter of Connecticut in Shelton, a recreational venue that features mini-golf and a driving range, fitness and rehabilitation facilities, laser tag, and the world’s only double-decker skating rinks. 

May 2

 James H. Canton

Minutes of Canton

Fuchs on Canton

 James H. Canton, Chief Executive Officer, has a long record with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp since it began in 1988. During that time he has been a counselor, unit leader, Assistant Director and for eight years, Camp Director. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in the Spring of 2002. As Camp Director, Mr. Canton led the development of various programs to extend the healing touch of Camp throughout the year.  What began as a summer camp in 1988 serving 288 children has grown, under Mr. Canton’s leadership, to a year-round center serving more than 20,000 children and family members annually. 

May 9

Thomas C.  Foley

Minutes of Foley

“You don’t have to be crazy to get into politics, but it definitely helps.”

Thomas Coleman “Tom” Foley  is a former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Connecticut businessman, and was the Republican candidate in the 2010 gubernatorial election in Connecticut.

 May 16

 Lt. Col. Tom Armas, Combat Veteran of Iraq War and Former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent


Minutes of Armas


Lt. Col. Tom Armas graduated Northeastern University in 1992 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1994 he received his commission and attended Officer Basic training and Infantry Officers training in Quantico, Va.

He currently is a Criminal Investigator for the Office of the Inspector General and works out of New Haven, CT.

In 1995 he joined 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. There he served as a rifle platoon commander, company executive officer, heavy weapons platoon commander, and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

In 1998 he left active duty and joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves, Fox Company 1Bn 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine division Albany, N.Y.  Tom currently commands the 3rd battalion, 25th Marines. 

From 1999 to 2008, Tom was a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. He had assignments in the New York Field Office, New Haven Resident Office and President William Jefferson Clinton Protective Detail. 

Lt. Col. Armas’ combat tours include 2004 and 2005 to Iraq with the Joint Inter-Agency Coordination Group, conducting counter terrorism operations, inter-agency operations and hostage recovery operations. In 2008 he deployed for a third time to Iraq as Company Commander Fox company 1Bn 25th Marine Regiment II Marine Expeditionary Force in Al Anbar Province.

Lt. Col. Armas’ personal awards include Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Overseas Service, Sea Service Deployment, National Defense Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. He also has been awarded the United States Secret Service Medal of Valor.

Lt. Col. Armas currently resides in Fairfield, CT with his wife Danielle and their three children.

 May 23

 Picnic and Annual Meeting – music by Hare and Sternbach!


2011 – 2012

Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 8 Jeff Benedict

Prolific Author

“Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat”

Sept. 15 Jeffery P. Pino


President, Sikorsky Aircraft




John Laurence Busch

Independent Art Historian

“Steam Coffin”, first crossing of ocean using artifical power



Beverly Balaz Dir. Of Education Jr. Achievement Fairfield



Emil Frankel Former Connecticut DOT Commissioner



Calvin Burnes Historian on Winston Churchill’s Accomplishments in WWII



Dr. Gordon Mueller

President and CEO

The National WWII Museum



Peter Bregman Bregman Partners



Nick Pera

“History and Evolution of the US Navy’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program.”



Amir Nimir Council on Foreign Relations



Howard Bass

Ernst and Young Senior Partner

Media and Entertainment Industries



No Meeting  



Mike Schell

CEO of RWÂł CultureWizard

Designs and creates online cultural learning tools for global organizations



Bill Mitchell

and Scott Mitchell, Mitchell’s Stores

“How to survive a family business into the 3 rd generation”.



Ys Men Hoilday Party  



No Meeting  



No Meeting  

Jan. 5

 Former Congressman, Christopher Shays

Minutes of Shay’s Talk

“Think Big, Act Boldly”,”This is a nation of opportunity, where anyone can succeed at any level. It’s time for us to think big and act boldly to make that promise a reality again. I did it in Congress by helping to balance the federal budget, to lower taxes, and to reform welfare.  As a result we helped the private sector create 8 million new jobs. It’s past time to get our country’s financial house in order, enabling the private sector to grow once again and to get Americans back to work.”

Jan 12

Hank Herman/Paul Burger

Minutes of the talk

Hank Herman is an award-winning humor and kids fiction writer. His most recent book, Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell, was published by Da Capo Press. Prior to that, Herman was best known for Super Hoops, his prize-winning series of 15 basketball novels for kids (Bantam Doubleday Dell).

Paul is participating in the presentation with Hank Herman because he has taken the concept of MEMOIR WRITING an additional step and has created a self published photo book.



Dr. Jeff Kaplan

Minutes of Kaplan’s talk

Cataract Surgeon

Jan. 26

Doug Tirola

Minutes of Tirola’s talk

 President, 4th Row Films

Doug is a Westport native and he will talk about the role of Westport in the film industry. 



Anthony Bregman

Minutes of Bregman’s talk

 Film Maker – Likely Story – Film making, yesterday, today and tomorrow



Kathy Maher

Minutes of Maher’s talk

Executive Director/Curator Barnum Museum – P.T. Barnum’s impact reaches deep into our American heritage and the story of his vast contributions are preserved in his Bridgeport museum. Conceived and constructed by P.T., The Barnum Museum has proudly served an international audience since 1893, and is one of our country’s great national treasures. The ornate, exotic building distinguishes the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s uniqueness, it is a symbol of achievement and creativity, and is a testament to the pioneers and visionaries of the 19th century.



 Kai Falkenberg

Minutes of Falkenberg’s talk

 Enterpreneurial Journalism: The Reinvention of Forbes

In the past several years the disruptive forces of digital publishing forced a dramatic transformation at Forbes — from traditional news company to a forward thinking digital news business. What used to be just a magazine and a website is now a market leader in the world of entrepreneurial journalism – a new more sustainable and scalable model for news delivery. She will share highlights from her ring side seat during this unprecedented overhaul of a storied media brand.



  Julie Jason

Minutes of Jason’s talk

Author and financial columnist.  “Managing Retirement Wealth”

Julie’s new book, Managing Retirement Wealth: An Expert Guide to Personal Portfolio Management in Good Times and Bad, will help readers understand how to deal with the uncertainty of the markets so that they can anticipate, not react to market-moving events. Readers will graduate from buying and selling to taking a big-picture portfolio approach to managing their assets. 



Sarah Bloom Raskin

Minutes of Bloom Raskin’s talk

Governor, US Federal Reserve System

Sarah Bloom Raskin took office on October 4, 2010, to fill an unexpired term ending January 31, 2016.

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Raskin was the Commissioner of Financial Regulation for the State of Maryland. In this capacity, Ms. Raskin and her agency were responsible for regulating a vast array of interconnected financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, mortgage servicers, and trust companies, among others. Under her leadership, the Commissioner’s Office played an early and multi-faceted role in the state’s response to the financial crisis, including reforming through legislation, regulation, examination and supervision, the foreclosure process, combating foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams and elevating licensing, lending, and servicing standards. 



Jeff Zeleny

Minutes of Jeff Zeleny


“Speeders, Motorcars, and a Love for the Rails”

When you see a railroad track two items quickly come to mind. The lure of those giant mechanical beasts running through the countryside and the ever present question of, I wonder where that track goes..? Since the 1970’s a group of hobbyists have answered these questions through travel on the rails in their own mechanical motorcars. Remnants of what was once a great part of our industrial nation. Learn about the history of the motorcar and this unique hobby that takes you across the rails of our nation from a different perspective.



 Chris Falkenberg

Minutes of Chris Falkenberg


In 2002, Christopher Falkenberg combined his past endeavors and talents as a Secret Service Agent and an attorney to create Insite Security, a full-service security agency to address the security needs and protection of corporations and high-net-worth individuals.

Following his graduation from Kenyon College, Mr. Falkenberg was appointed a Special Agent of the United States Secret Service and assigned to the New York Field Office. While with the Secret Service, he conducted numerous protective advances for the President and other dignitaries both here and abroad. In 1992, he was assigned to President Clinton’s security detail for the 1992 presidential campaign.



John Krubski

Minutes of Krubski


The Fifty Percent Conundrum; Why Half of Americans Disagree


John Krubski is a long-time Westport resident, futurist, and the author of CRACKING THE AMERICA CODE; A Go-ahead Plan to get US Back on Track, which is due to release in April 2012. In the words of the author – “The book includes original research and proprietary insights that help explain what makes America America and Americans Americans.”




Richard Hyman

Minutes of Hyman



The True Story of My Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso

By Richard E. Hyman

In his personal account of expeditions with legendary French explorer Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of research vessel Calypso, Richard Hyman takes us behind the scenes, inside the ship, and under the sea. 



Rabbi Bob Orkand

Minutes of Orkand 

 Temple Israel –  The Israeli View of Palestine

Ordained as a Rabbi in 1973, Robert Orkand has been the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel in Westport, a Reform Jewish congregation of over 850 families, since 1982. Prior to his arrival in Westport he served as an assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in Miami, Florida and as Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Rockford, IL.

Rabbi Orkand has served as Chair of the Human Services Commission of the Town of Westport, as President of United Way of Westport-Weston, and as President of the Westport-Weston Clergy Association. In 1989 he received the Westport Chamber of Commerce “Community Commitment Award.”



David H. Connell

Minutes of Connell

David H. Connell, D.M.A., has been Artist-in-Residence at the Norfield Congregational Church in Weston since 2007, where his ministry has included music and arts, teaching and preaching. Dr. Connell is also in his tenth year directing the Choral Music program at the North Carolina Governor’s School. For eleven years he was on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music; for ten years he conducted the Yale Glee Club, touring with the group across the United States and around the world. He was the founding director of the Yale Alumni Chorus, and led them in tours to China, Russia and Great Britain. His musical training and experience has included a wide variety of instrumental and choral experiences, in schools and in churches, working with both amateurs and professionals. Among his gifts to the Weston musical community are original compositions and practical arrangements, workshops, and presentations for the PEO, Women’s League, Weston Historical Society and other groups.


Dr. Connell will play piano music of two American composers: Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a Louisiana-born musician who was called the “American Chopin” and was popular throughout the country during the Civil War, and Scott Joplin, the well-known father of ragtime music. The music will be accompanied with some notes about the lives and times of the composers.




 Dr. Elan Singer

Minutes of Singer 


“Plastic Surgery:  What you don’t see on TV”.  

His talk will focus on the reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery with
emphasis on surgery in the third world.  He will also discuss military
surgery as it pertains to wounded warrior care.

Dr. Singer has performed reconstructive surgery on patients from all over the world, including surgical missions in foreign countries. He is currently in private practice in Manhattan and holds an academic appointment at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.



  Chris Hayden

Minutes of Hayden

 Civil Air Patrol – Northeast Region Commander

Hayden joined the 58th Composite Squadron (ME058) in Portland, Maine with 1,000 flying hours, an instrument rating and commercial pilot certificate. With his media experience and recognition, he was picked to be squadron public affairs officer. Hayden soon made strong media contacts resulting in his being recognized as the local television news aviation expert. He appeared live to present CAP’s involvement in the JFK Jr search and to explain the situation when Paine Stewart’s Lear Jet lost pressurization in flight. The Maine Wing Commander invited Hayden to take the position of Wing PAO. His PAO awards in the Maine Wing Guy P Gannett Award and the Northeast Region Lt Joseph Mixter Award.



Michael Arad 

Michael Arad article by Roy Fuchs

Minutes of Arad


“Reflecting Absence; Designing and Building the National September 11th Memorial”

This speech describes the process required to realize the National September 11th Memorial project in Lower Manhattan, from the initial concept through the Memorial’s opening last September.

Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm.



Larry Gastwirt

Minutes of Gastwirt

Stevens Institute – Director, Howe School of Tech Mgmt.

Larry Gastwirt enjoyed a 30-year career as an executive in the chemical industry with ExxonMobil Corporation. His responsibilities there included man- aging multi-national technology organizations and chemical business operations of international scope. Upon his retirement from Exxon Mobil, Larry joined Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, where he was appointed Affiliate Professor of Management and Engineering Management and Director of the Howe School Alliance for Technology Management (HSATM). Larry and his wife Sylvia love living in Westport in the summer and early fall and in Manhattan the rest of the year.



Orin Grossman

Fairfield University, Prof. of Music, Pianist –  Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue”

Orin Grossman received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree and doctorate in music history from Yale University. It was in June 2009 that Fairfield University administrator Orin Grossman decided to recommit himself to his first loves: teaching and piano performance. So following 17 years as Fairfield University’s academic vice president, he returned to the faculty in the fall of 2009, where he is Professor of Visual and Performing Arts.



Y’s Men Picnic

Minutes of Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting and Picnic will be on Thursday, May 24th from 10 AM TO 2 PM at the Sherwood Island State Park Pavilion. This is a great way to wrap up a wonderful year and enjoy the fellowship of your friends. This year we have a fun filled program fol- lowed by a delicious picnic lunch. Please let us know if you are coming by signing up at the next meeting – cost only $10.00.





Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 9 Ron De Feo


Terex Corp.

Sept. 16 Murray Kronick

Travel Writer

“Bosnia-Herzegovina , Croatia & Slovinia…15 Years after secterian warfare”

Sept. 23 Stephen M. Winter, MD


“Bringing Healthcare to the Upper Amazon: Improvising in the Dark”

Sept. 30 Chris Freeman

Mystic Seaport

“Whalers, Tugboats and Canals.”



Professor John H. Maurer

Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department, Naval War College

“Controversial Churchill”



Bernard Schoenfeld

VP and Senior Investment Strategist, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

“The Current Economic and Investment Outlook”



Julie Belaga

Woman of Many Accomplishments

“the world of Web Newspapers” and “an update on the state of the 2010 election cycle”



Dr. David Levinson

President of Norwalk Community College

“Expansion of Norwalk Community College”, and “The Importance of NCC for the Region’s Economic Prosperity.”



Charles V. Firlotte

President and CEO, Aquarion Water Company

“Aquarion Water Company: Protecting the Resource While Meeting Diverse Customer Needs”



Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD

President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

“ Transforming Healthcare”. 



Jack Cavanaugh

Sports Writer

“The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football.”



John Seigenthaler


“Reflections by a Son of the Racist South”



Jack Romanos

Retired President and CEO of Simon & Schuster

“The Transformation of Book Publishing.”



Hoilday Party Continental Manor Norwalk



John Laurence Busch

Historian and Author

“Steam Coffin” 



Christopher Shays

former Congressman from Connecticut ‘s Fourth District

“Tell the American People the Truth”



Dr. Kenneth Feder

Professor of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University

“The Cardiff Giant”, one of the most famous archaeological hoaxes in U.S. history.



Dr. Joseph J. Baxer

President of the United Nations Association of America

“Searching for the Soul of Iran: The Enigma pf Iran – the Land, the People and the Politics.”



James Prosek Artist, Writer & Naturalist



Michael Price

Executivre Director, Goodspeed Musicals

“History and Development of Goodspeed Musicals



Leonard Everett Fisher

Painter, Illustrator and Author

Leonard’s role during World War II in the development and creation of the battle and invasion maps for the Mediterranean/Europe and Pacific Ocean Area Theatres of War.

Feb. 24 Jack Brewer

CEO of Brewer Yacht Yard Group

“A Small Business Success Story.”



Maxine Bleiweis and Dr. Irving Wladawsky Berger

Director of Westport Public Library and Technology Innovator

“The Community Library in the 21st Century”



Thomas H. Dooley Chairman of the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board for the State of Connecticut



Michael Ross and Mark Lamos

Managing Director and Artistic Director

Westport Country Playhouse

March 24 James Prosek

Artist, Writer and Conservationist

“The nature of his work to date”

March 31 Jessica Speart


“story of her latest adventure and book, WINGED OBSESSION , a true story about the pursuit of the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler, Hisoyashi Kojima.”



Cindi Bigelow

President of Bigelow Tea

“the US market leader in specialty teas”



Anne Mulcahy

Formerly Chairman of Xerox Corporation, and currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for Save the Children

Mulcahy will speak about both the Xerox turnaround and the activities of Save the Children.



Jacob S. Hacker, PhD Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University



Dr Joseph J. Baxter

Executive Director of the Intercultural Institute of Connecticut and President, United Nations Association of Connecticut

“Searching for the soul of Iran: The Enigma of Iran – The Land, the People and the Politics”



Arthur N. Gottlieb

formerly Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

“U Boat War in the Atlantic: 1939-1945.”



Stew Leonard, Jr.

President and CEO, Stew Leonard”s

” how Stew Leonard’s continues its success and growth in the face of new competition and a tough economy.”



Nick DiBerardino

Rhodes Scholar and Classical Musician



Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 10 David Pogue

N. Y Times Journalist




Eric Petersen


Expert on Thomas Jeferson

Sept 24 Rob Simmons Connecticut Senatorial Candidate

Oct. 1

Larry Gould

Professor of Physics University of Hartford

“A Convenient Falsehood: Myths, Methods, and Consequences of the Global Warming Hoax.”

Oct. 8 Joseph Marie

Connecticut Commissioner, Department of Transportation

Public Transportation in the State of Connecticut, current and future

Oct. 15 Dacia Toll

CO-CEO, Achievement First Charter Schools

“Connecticut ‘s achievement gap and the work of the Achievement First network”

Oct. 22 Robert A.Levine, M.D.

“A Doctor’s Perspective On Health Care Reform.”

Oct 29

Marshall N. Carter

Charman of the New York Stock Exchange Group

“The economy: what went wrong, and what we should do about it.”

Nov. 5 Dr Daniel Salchow and Dr. Miguel

Dr. Salchow is an Assistant Professor of
Pediatrics and is the Director of Pediatric
Ophthalomology Yale University

Nov. 12 David P. Schmidt

Professor David P. Schmidt, Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University

“Business Ethics”

Nov. 19 Joan Benny

Jack Benny’s daughter

“Sunday Nights at Seven, Life With Jack Benny, Growing up in Hollywood.”



Dr. Dad Downie

Director of Environmental Studies, Fairfield University

“Global Warming”

Dec. 10

Professor Angus Ross

U.S. Naval War College

“The Importance of Military Aviation”

Dec. 17

  Holiday Party
Dec. 24   No Meeting



Mary Manard Ms. Maynard will talk about her experiences being trapped with her family in the Philippines following the Japanese invasion.



John Dodig

Principal Staples High School

“What a Twenty-First Century High School Looks Like”



Chase T. Rogers

Chief Jutice of The Connecticut Supreme Court

“Recent Enhancements To The Connecticut Court System To Better Serve The Public”



Dr. Heidi Hammel


“Telescopes in Space”



Joaquin “Jack” Garcia

FBI Undercover Agent

“experiences as an undercover FBI agent who penetrated the Gambino crime family”



Alex Johnson

Chief Executive Officer of ConnCan

“education in Connecticut and the efforts undertaken by ConnCAN to improve it”



Dr. Arthur Ashman

Dentist, Clinical Professor and Y’s Men member

“NEW TRENDS AND TECHNIQUES IN DENTAL MEDICINE or everything you wanted to know, but couldn’t ask with your mouth open.”




Bob Seelert Author of “Start with the Answer”

“Leading in Tough Times.”



Susan Granger

Internationally known movie and drama critic

“Susan Granger’s Hollywood ”



Governor Jodi Rell

Governor of Connecticut

“customized State of the State”



Richard Blumenthal

Conecticut Attorney General and announced Senatorial Candidate

“the current issues facing the state and an update on the activities of his office”



Patrick Falciano Nuclear Power industry expert and founder or Nuclear Renaissance Services



Jim Himes

Congressman from Connecticut’s 4th District

“Washington matters of interest to Westport”



Dr. Anthony Cernera President of Sacred Heart University



Howland Blackiston

Author and Backyard Beekeeper

“Beekeepinfg for Dummies”



Dr. Katrina Firlik Brain Surgeon, Entrepreneur, and Writer



Frank Anderson

President of Middle East Policy Council

“A Contrarian view on how we can protect U.S. interests in the Middle East.”


2008 -2009

Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 4 Father Charles Allen

Assistant to the President, Fairfield University

“ The Jews and the Jesuits”

Sept 11 Tracy Sugarman

Artist and Author

“Drawing Conclusions – An Artist Discovers His America”

Sept 18 David Neeleman

Chairman, Azul Linhas Aereas Brazileiras

Sept 25 Laszlo Birinyl

President of Birinyi Associates, Noted Financial Expert

“Unfolding global financial crisis”

October 2 Alan Nevas

Federal Judge

“ A Westport Crime Story ”

October 9 Stew Leonard, Jr.

President and CEO, Stu Leonards

“Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Spirit”

October 16 Richard Fatherly

Voice over Announcer/Narrator

“Radio’s Revolution”.

October 23 J. David Nelson

Chief Operating Officer

The National Association for Teasching Entrepreneurship

October 30 John Krubski


“the forces that shape the social, commercial, and political decisions in America.”

November 6 Carl Lindahl

Exec. Producer, History Channel

“HISTORY ON HISTORY, current and future programs on the History Channel.”

November 13 Ray Leoni

Retired Senior Vice President Engineering, Sikorski

“The developement of the Black Hawk Helicopter”

November 20 Susan Bysiewicz

Secretary of State, Connecticut

“the way the elections have gone, new voting technology and related subjects”

December 4 Jack Cavanaugh Author “Giants Among Men”
December 11 Holiday Party Continental Manor
January 8 John Savage Historian, Rochambeau in Connecticut
January 15 Bradley Boyer General Mgr., Macro Trading
Two Sigma Investments, LLC
January 22 Ben Marsan

Vascular Surgeon

Peripheral Arterial Diseases

January 29 Jeff Benedict


Little Pink House (eminent domain story)

February 5 Gina McCarthy

Commissioner Connecticut Dept of Environment Protection

Update on Connecticut Environmental Programs

February 12 Ramona Carlow

President, ATT Connecticut

Current State of Telecommunications in Connecticut

February 19 Paul Epstein

Naturopathic Physician

“ Mind-Body Integrative Medicine, Seeing with New Eyes… The Self Healing Journey.”

February 26 Richard Franzis

Assistant Principal Staples High School

“Recent mobilization to Iraq as Intelligence Officer”

March 5 Joseph Consentino

TV Producer and Director

” The making of successful documentaries”

March 12 Joette Katz

Associate Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court

” The current status of the Connecticut Judiciary”

March 19 Karl E. Meyer

Author of “Kingmakers”

“Inventing Iraq, Inventing Iran: The Past That Haunts Washington.”

March 26 Howard Fillitt, MD

Alzheimer Researcher

“The business of curing Alzheimer’s Disease”

April 2 Theresa Lantz

Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Corrections

“The Department of Correction Six Years Later”

April 9

Richard J. Norton

Professor of National Security Affairs, U.S. Naval War College

“An angry pas de deux: U.S.-Venezuelan relations: 2009”

April 16 Jim Himes

Congressman, Representative from Connecticut ‘s 4 th District

“matters of interest in Washington”

April 23 Toni Boucher

State Senator Toni Boucher, Representative from the 26 th Senatorial District

“Current state of the Connecticut budget process and how it affects you”

April 30 Mike Hill


“The future of large-scale computing”

May 7

Gordon Joseloff

Woody Bliss

1st Selectman

“A Westport and Weston Update”

May 14 Matt Davies Political Cartoonist
May 21 Annual Meeting/Picnic  



Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 6 William Weinbaum

ESPN Producer, About Pat Tillman, The former NFL player killed in Afghanistan

Sept 13 Jodi Schoenburn Carter

Westport Playhouse Managing Director

“Bringing a Historic Theatre into the 21 st Century.” 

Sept 20 Steve Guggenheimer and Anthony Gleason

Managing Directors at Newberger Berman

“Viewing market conditions in uncertain times”

Sept 27 Gordon Joseloff

First Selectman – Westport

October 4 Gregg Dancho

Beardsley Zoo Director

“The Beardsley Zoo in the 21st Century”

October 11 Dr. Charles F. MacCormack

President of Save The Children

“World Outlook for Children”

October 18 Ackley, Fiore, Jacozzi and Wheeler

Emergency Preparedness

“Are You Ready?”

October 25 Diane Farrell

Director, Export-Import Bank

“The Ex-Im Bank”

November 1 Howard Lutnick

CEO – Cantor Fitzgerald

“A story of Loss and Renewal”

November 8 Mitchell Krauss

Former CBS Correspondent

“A Middle East Update.”

November 15 Gil Maurer

Former COO of the Hearst Corp.

“The Building of the New Hearst Tower .”

November 29 Tom Appleby

News 12 Anchor

“The challenges of news gathering and reporting in the local, national and global environments.”

December 6 Julie Belaga

Co-Chair of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

“Environmental Activism…A catastrophe or a catalyst?”

Holiday Party  
January 3 Andrew Banoff

President & CEO of the Jewish Home for the Elderly

“The Evolution of Senior Living – Why it Does Matter to You?”

January 10 Dan Woog

Westport Native and Prize-Winning Journalist

” Staples High School : 120 Years of A+ Education”

January 17 Frank Hall

The Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church, Westport

“Poetry by Heart”

January 24 Burt Fried

Chairman of LVI Services

“Environment Remediation & Demolition”

January 31 Bob Mankoff

Cartoon editor of The New Yorker

“The One Hour New Yorker Cartoon Course”

February 7 Dan Bock

Former CEO of Carquest

“Changes and challenges in the automotive industry”

February 14 Susan Granger

Syndicated movie/drama critic

“Susan Granger’s Hollywood ” including her inside scoop on the upcoming Academy Awards.

February 21 Neil Hendrickson

Director with the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

The role that trees play in our environment and the associated threats arising from recent environmental changes.

February 28 Geoffrey Cole

President and CEO of Norwalk Hospital

“Norwalk Hospital ‘s New Initiatives”

March 6

Susan Basker and Thresa Roth

Overview of the work of Project Return, a Westport based organization.

March 13 Ned Lamont

2006 Senatorial candidate from Connecticut

He will speak on what he learned along the campaign trail and the major issues he sees confronting Connecticut today.

March 20 Leonard Everett Fisher

Well-known Westport Artist

“Creative Connections: My life as a brush”.

March 27 Christopher Shays

Fourth Distric Congressman

“Happenings in Washington”

April 3 Robert H. Patton

Author and Grandson of General George S. Patton

He will share stories and observations about his grandfather and tell us about his newest book, Patriot Pirates

April 10 Pradip M. Pathare, M.D.

Medical Director, Whittington Cancer Center and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Norwalk Hospital

“Prostate Cancer”

April 17


James McCreath


CEO of Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services

“The current status of mental health in our culture”

April 24

Michael Fedele

107th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut

“Developments in State Governmemt”

2006 – 2007

Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 7 Jack Mitchell

Chairman and CEO, Mitchells/Richards/Marshs
“Hug Your Customers”

Sept 14 Jim Nantz

CBS Sports Broadcaster
“Heroes In Sports Today”

Sept 21 Eric Roitsch U.S. Army Special Forces – Iraq and Afghanistan
“The War on Terror”
Sept 28 Linda Froschauer

President National Science Teachers Association
“Searching for the next Sputnick”

Oct 5 John Krubski Futurist
Oct 12 Dr. Elliott Landon Supt. of Westport Schools
Oct 19 Jeff Benedict “The Mormon Way of Doing Business”
Oct 26 Tom Brundage Captain Thomas Brundage, USN (RET) Naval War College
Nov 2 Prof. Jonathon Pollack Chairman Asia/Pacific Studies – Naval War College
Nov 9 Thomas C. Grant Strategic Wealth Planning, MW Financial Group
Nov 16 Dr. David Levinson President, Norwalk Community College
Nov 30 Jack Cavanaugh Sports Journalist, “About Gene Tunney former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion”
Dec 7 Prof. Nicholas Bellantoni CT State Archeologist – Forensics
Jan 4 Helene Weir

CEO, Westport/Weston Family Y

Jan 11 Michael Hill IBM General Manager, Global Telecommunications Industry
Jan 18 Alan Nevas United States District Judge
“Judicial Activism: Is It Good Or Bad?”

Jan 25

David Gaynes Film Producer “Saving Hubble”
Feb 1 John M. Fabrizi Mayor of Bridgeport, CT
Feb 8 David Wiltse Westport Playwright In Residence
Feb 15 WWII Veteran Y’s Men Describing their experiences in WWII
Feb 22 Susan Granger Film Critic
“Susan Granger’s Hollywood”
Mar 1 Sen. Judi Freedman CT State Senator
Mar 8 Robert Kueppers Deputy CEO, Deloitte & Touche USA
Mar 15 Richard J. Harrington CEO – The Thomson Corporation
Mar 22 David Pogue Technology Writer for the New York Times
Mar 29 Dr. Bruce Shields Past Chair of Yale Dept. of Ophthalmalogy and Visual Science
“Through the Eye of the Artist”
Apr 5 Sen. John McKinney State Senator
Apr 12 Jennifer Foster Soprano
“Y’s Men Choice”
Apr 19 Chris Crowley Author “Younger Next Year”
Apr 26 Frank DeFord Sports columnist, author “The Entitled”
May 3 Capt. Drew Bisset “The Navy SEAL Recruiting & Mentoring Program”
May 10 Gordon Joseloff & Woody Bliss Westport and Weston First Selectmen
May 17 Alan Murray Wall Street Journal Asst. Managing Editor
May 24 Annual Picnic  

2005 – 2006

Affiliation or Interest & Topic
Sept 8 Steven Parrish Sr. VP Corporate Affairs, Altria Group. Talk Title: “Altria Group Inc.:”From Lightning Rod to Peacemaker”
Sept 15 Jim Nantz CBS Sports Broadcaster
“Sports in our Society Today”
Sept 22 Paul Bucha Paul Bucha & Company & Congresssional Medal of Honor Winner. Talk Title: “American Leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan Today:  Lessons Learned.”
Sept 29 Dr. Lynne Pierson, Ed.D Weston Supt. of Schools
“Letters to the Superintendent:  An Inside View.”
Oct 6 Stuart M. Gibson Assistant to Director, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
“The Survival of Culture in the Former Soviet Imperium: A Decade of Change. A Decade of Challenge”
Oct 13 Father Charles H. Allen, S.J. “The Modern Papacy”
Oct 20 Ken Bernhard, Dan Kail and Larry Weissman Counselors, Hole In The Wall Gang
“Hole In The Wall Gang Camp:  Life With The Kids”
Oct 27 Jeff Benedict Attorney, “Forensics in History and Casinos in Connecticut: Two Detective Stories.”
Nov 3 Fred O’Regan CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare out of Hyannis, MA
“Working on the wild side: A report from the front”
Nov 10 Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. President of Fairfield University
“Students Today: A College President’s Perspective”
Nov 17 Geoffrey Cole CEO of Norwalk Hospital
“Innovative Approaches to Quality Care: The Patient Comes First.”
Dec 1 Lt. Col. Graham Buschor 101st Squadron Commander, 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, L.I. “Surviving The Perfect Storm”
Dec 8 Justice Joette Katz Connecticut Supreme Court, Hartford  “The Judicial Process:
A View From The Bench.”
Jan 12 Joseph Califano Chairman and President of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Former Secretary of HEW
“Inside:  A Public and Private Life.”
Jan 19 Dr. Stephen Winter Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Norwalk
Hospital “Modern Refugee Medicine:  Looking for Camels in South Darfur.”
Jan 26 Laszlo Birinyi President, Birinyi Associates
“Market Outlook for 2006”
Feb 2 Theresa Lantz Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Corrections. 
“A New Day in Corrections: Three Years Later” 
Feb 9 Neil Hardy Medical Illustrator and Associate Professor of Johns Hopkins University Medical School
“The Art of Medicine”  
Feb 16 Maxine Bleiweis Director, Westport Library
“New Directions for Libraries”
Feb 23 Rabbi Robert Orkand

Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel, Westport, CT
“”Religion in American Life”

Mar 2 Eckart Preu Musical Director, Stamford Symphony
Mar 9 Gina McCarthy

Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
“The Environmental Challenges We Face”

Mar 16 Carl Lindahl

Executive Producer of the History Channel
“The History Channel: Business, Art and Responsibility”  

Mar 23 Christopher Shays

“Washington Update”

Mar 30 Morgan Kaolian

Aviator, Aerial Photographer and Journalist
“High Level Work:  Aviation and Aerial Photography”

Apr 6 Terry Eldh Soprano (will perform a varied program)
Apr 13 Charles W. Shivery

CEO, Northeast Utilities
“Connecticut needs a comprehensive energy policy.”

Apr 20 Gordon Joseloff, Woody Bliss

First Selectmen Westport and Weston

Apr 27 Richard Blumenthal

Attorney General
“Increasing role and responsibilities of State Attorneys General”

May 4 Michael Funck

Former CEO U.S. Trust, Connecticut Region
“Affluenza: Attitudes in the Affluent Market”

May 11 Joe Meyers

Film Critic for Connecticut Post
“Oscar Fallout And What’s New At The Movies”

May 18 William Caffery

Chief Information Officer
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

May 25 Annual Picnic  

2005 Through May

Affiliation or Interest
Jan. 6
David Hollender Pianist
Jan. 13 Leonard Boyle Commission Department Public Safety
Jan. 20 Kevin Sullivan Lt. Governor
Jan. 27 Stephen Fahey President & CEO of Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services
Feb. 3 Captain Sullivan Commanding Officer the US Naval Sub Base in Groton
Feb. 10 Daryl Hawk Documentary Photographer
Feb. 17 Peter Hyde Nuclear Safety and Licensing at Millstone Power Station.
“Nuclear Power: A Bright Future”
Feb. 24 James Canton and John McNeil “Hole In The Wall Gang” Camp
Mar. 3 Stuart Robinson FBI – Supervisory Special Agent
Mar. 10 Sumner Glimcher Making of a Documentary
Mar. 17 Professor Abbott Fairfield University, Irish History
Mar. 24 Mark W. Goldenberg, D.C. Defending our Memory
Mar. 31 U.S. Congressman
Christopher Shays
Apr. 7 Karleen Lombard Make-A-Wish Foundation
Apr. 14 Rudolf von Bernuth VP Save The Children
Apr. 28 Richard Foot Executive Director & CEO – YMCA
YMCA – Imagine The Possibilities
May 5 Dr. William Rosenau <span > International Terrorism
May 12 Jennifer Herring Director of Norwalk Maritime Center 
May 19 Diane Farrell and Woody Bliss Westport and Weston First Selectmen


Gordon Joseloff – December 2, 2004

Anne Keefe – December 9, 2004