Meetings on Summer Recess


Our weekly Wednesday meetings will resume on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. We have some truly exciting speakers scheduled, so be sure to check back in mid-August for the announcements.

Eric N. Ferguson passes away

eric-fergusonEric N. Ferguson of Darien and Nantucket, MA passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4th surrounded by his loving family. He was 93.

Eric was born March 26, 1922 to George and Helen Ferguson in Motherwell, Scotland. The family emigrated to the United States in 1926 and settled in West Orange, NJ. He was a graduate of the West Orange High School, class of 1941. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy in Pensacola, FL. After the war, he attended Rutgers University.

Bob Ready passes away

BobReady_20150612Robert Dale “Bob” Ready passed away at home at age 82 from complications of cancer on June 3, 2015. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 32 years, Jane Wolcott Ready; his children David Reedy (Culver, IN), Lauren Crittendon (Marlborough, MA), Rebecca Fanton (Amherst, MA); and five grandchildren, Rachel, Kyle, Claire, Evelyn, and Henry; a sister, Marjorie Dillabaugh, and a brother, Wayne (Pug) Ready (both of Indiana). A daughter, Eliza Oliver, predeceased him as did his parents, Eldon and Frances Snyder Ready, and two brothers, William and Richard.

Born in Otterbein, Indiana, on March 19, 1933, he was the 4th of five children. Bob enlisted in the Army in 1954 and served in northern Japan at the end of the Korean War.

Photos of DMA in the Darien Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 25, 2015

Many thanks to Katie Lawrence for these photos!

June 3, 2015
The Darien Senior Songsters present a Barbershop Harmony Concert

Darien Senior SongstersJoin us at our last Member Meeting on June 3 and enjoy our own DMA Senior Songsters, a bunch of stout-hearted senior men who enjoy performing a selection of Barbershop Harmony, Broadway, and Spiritual songs.

Guests are welcome so bring your wife, significant other, or other guests with you.

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May 27, 2015
Bob Masterson, Ph.D., Discusses Reactive Physics and Nuclear Power Engineering

Dr. Bob Masterson earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at MIT.

Bob will discuss the basics of reactive physics and nuclear power engineering, and offer an up-to-date approach to the newest nuclear reactor designs and computer applications.

May 21, 2015
Circle Line Landmark Cruise, Boarding at 8:00 am in the DCA parking lot

Take this opportunity to enjoy the Circle Line Landmark Cruise around Manhattan and see Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan,  Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, The Battery, Brooklyn Bridge and the United Nations.

Cost: $85.00 per person

May 20, 2015
Mark Albertson on the WW l Treaty of Versailles and its Aftermath

Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson

The Treaty of Versailles (French: Traité de Versailles) was one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers on the German side of World War I were dealt with in separate treaties. Although the armistice, signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. The treaty was registered by the Secretariat of the League of Nations on 21 October 1919, and was printed in The League of Nations Treaty Series.

Of the many provisions in the treaty, one of the most important and controversial required “Germany [to] accept the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage” during the war (the other members of the Central Powers signed treaties containing similar articles). This article, Article 231, later became known as the War Guilt clause. The treaty forced Germany to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions, and pay reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers. In 1921 the total cost of these reparations was assessed at 132 billion Marks (then $31.4 billion or £6.6 billion, roughly equivalent to US $442 billion or UK £284 billion in 2015). At the time economists, notably John Maynard Keynes predicted that the treaty was too harsh—a “Carthaginian peace”, and said the figure was excessive and counter-product ive. The contemporary American historian Sally Marks judged the reparation figure to be lenient, a sum that was designed to look imposing but was in fact not, that had little impact on the German economy and analysed the treaty as a whole to be quite restrained and not as harsh as it could have been.

May 14, 2015
Hiking in the Babcock Preserve

Babcock Preserve

Join us for Hiking in the Babcock Preserve on Thursday May 14, 2015

The Babcock Preserve is a 300-acre tract of forested land in Greenwich, north of the Merritt Parkway. It is the largest park in Greenwich and comprises several hiking trails over a relatively easy terrain. It was acquired by the Town of Greenwich in 1972, partially by gift, and partially by purchase from the Babcock Family.

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