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Thanks to Frank Johnson for these photos!
Mark Albertson, historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and a member of the United States Naval Institute as well as being a member of the Navy League will return to speak to us about America, Europe and the War of 1812 . It is not merely another rendition of the conflict itself; rather, it delves into the status of the fledgling Republic at the outset of the 19th century. For this is the beginning of the American Empire, Manifest Destiny. And the talk explores this theme with such developments as the Louisiana Purchase; the decline of France and Spain as New World colonial powers; the War of 1812 as a backwater to the main event in Europe, the Napoleonic Wars; and, the long-slow thaw in Anglo-American relations that eventually resulted in the two powers becoming allies on April 6, 1917.
We want to have a big turnout of DMA member this year.
Be at the Goodwives Shopping Center by 9:30 AM.
(Remember, no cars are allowed to park there except for those that are in the parade).
The parade route is down the Post Road for 1.25 miles. We want to have marchers but if you are unable to walk (march) we will have cars for those who need a ride. The parade starts at 10 AM and will be over by 11 AM.
Spend an hour honoring those who served and gave their lives and also have a good time with fellow members of the DMA.
Greg Van Antwerp will talk about his passionate second “career”. For the past 35 years Greg has been digging for historical treasure through every estate, garage and tag sale he could find. He will be sharing some of his discoveries and search techniques with us.
In 2009, Greg began blogging about his discoveries by creating the Confessions of an Urban Archeologist. There he presents hundreds of posts with photos, videos, and stories documenting the “best of” what he has discovered in his journeys. He also writes a weekly column for Patch titled “The Urban Archeologist” that is published in an average of 15 Patch towns each week. Greg’s professional life has been spent working in community television for over 20 years.
During his treasure hunts Greg is known to travel with his favorite companion/assistant – his daughter by his side.
The election of officers and directors for the June 2013 to June 2014 period was be held at the May 1 meeting.
Here is the new slate of leaders for this period:
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT William Ball
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Robert Smith
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Alexander Garnett
SECRETARY Scott Hutchason
TREASURER Cecil Wade
FIRST TERM SECOND TERM
Robert Baker Thomas Lom
Thomas Brayton Anthony Murray
PAST PRESIDENT DIRECTORS (2)
ASSISTANT SECRETARY John Fitzgibbons
ASSISTANT TREASURER Robert Ready
As noted during the April 17 meeting, Bob Ready will automatically become a director.
Bill Winship will be taking over as chair of the Social Committee, and Chick Scribner will continue to lead the Membership Committee.
At our meetings in late March and early April, our members completed a survey designed to help in our efforts to revitalize our Association. If you missed those meetings, we will be sending the survey to you by email soon, please take the time to fill it out and submit it so that your voice can be heard in our planning.
As we discuss alternatives to make our club more attractive to recent retirees or “younger seniors” and to stimulate greater participation by current members, we are considering expanding our list of activities. The survey results to date indicate the highest interest in:
Also, among other changes that we are considering is the removal of “Senior” from our name, becoming, for example, the Darien Men’s Association. These and other changes are being thoroughly studied by Tom Lom and his committee, and by the Board of Directors. Any changes in our name or charter will be submitted formally to the Board, and if approved, then submitted to the membership for a vote in time to be a part of our communications for the next program year. Tom and his group welcome any suggestions you may have to help us in this revitalization effort.
Our Nominating Committee has finished its work, presenting the new slate and receiving the approval of the membership in recent meetings. Since this is my last newsletter message, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who brought guests to our meetings. As a result of your help, we have added 25 new members thus far this year, a considerable increase over prior years. Thanks to the officers, committee chairs, and volunteers for their help in making this another very successful year for our Association. It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve as your President.
Bob Ready, President
The Membership Committee and the Board of Directors have been collecting dues since the first meeting in September. Normally all dues are in by the end of December. E-mails, Post Cards and Phone calls have been used as reminders to all delinquent members. We are now in April and, after more phone calls, we still have delinquent members. This means a lot of unnecessary work for a few dedicated members. We have constantly been checking our own and the DCA records to keep mistakes down to a minimum.
Attendance has have been good with the exception of Wednesday, April 17 when 78 members and two guests attended.
There were 7 new members admitted since I reported 8 in the last newsletter. Six members have either resigned or passed away.
The current membership is 266
C. Scribner, Chair