Report on the 2014 Silvermine Challenge
by Denny Devere DMA Team Captain

For those who missed my recap at a recent DMA meeting, the DMA – SMCNC (Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan) Golf Tournament was held at the Silvermine Golf Club on June 18, 2014. This is the third year in a row that this golf tournament between the two men’s organizations has been held. After losing the inaugural match in 2012, DMA has won the last two matches and the Silvermine Challenge trophy by identical 18.5 to 11.5 scores. Our own Terry Brewer won the Long Drive Contest for the second year in a row.

I am particularly grateful to the following players who willingly made themselves available to play on the DMA team:

  • Tom Haack
  • Jim Kelly
  • David Mace
  • Bob Baker
  • Peter Carnes
  • Alex Garnett
  • George Gilliam
  • Austin Schraff
  • Tom Hayne
  • Ron Kahan
  • Mike Brennan
  • Tom Reifenheiser
  • Kevin Monahan
  • Doug Campbell
  • Joe Holmes
  • Terry Brewer
  • Jim Crane
  • Fred Conze
  • Chris Filmer.

DMA has a strong golf team when our best players are able to participate. Last-minute cancellations were kept at a minimum which made my job as Captain much easier.

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Speaker – December 17
The DMA’s Christmas Season Cocktail Party will replace the regular meeting and feature a Christmas concert by the Blue Notes singing group

Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a philanthropic group of women who volunteer their time and talent for a good cause. Singing music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs in four-part harmony for senior centers, assisted living venues and for a variety of audiences throughout Southern Fairfield County. Their director, Dr. Craig Scott Symons, is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir.


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Speaker – December 10
Stuart Gibson will present an illustrated talk on the art of the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Stuart circles the globe to help museums undergo rebirth and save cultural treasures in war-torn lands. Stuart was also a Chief Consultant to the UNESCO/Hermitage project and assisted the museum in its leap into the 21st century.


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Speaker – December 3
Lee Reynolds Crouch will speak about the CT Challenge and how it empowers cancer survivors to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

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In 2012, programs funded by the CT Challenge impacted the lives of over 54,000 cancer survivors.

On July 26th, Lee rode 25 miles in the CT Challenge’s 10th Bike Ride – as a 6-month cancer survivor.

Lee joined the CT Challenge in January 2013 after a 30-year sales and marketing career in the healthcare and financial services industries. In addition to leading sales teams, Lee brings expertise in consultative selling, marketing, print and online communications and fund-raising to her role as Director of Development and Community Relations for the CT Challenge.

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Happy Wanderers – November 20, 2014
Explore the NY Highline and the newly opened section

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Bill Bellis and Taylor Strubinger are leading the Happy Wanderers to explore the High Line Park in NYC on November 20th. It’s always entertaining, educational and healthy! So get your walkin’ shoes on and join them.The High Line is a … Continue reading

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Book Club Discussion – January 14, 2015
“A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal ” by Ben MacIntyre

John Podkowsky will lead this book club discussion of “A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal ” by Ben MacIntyre

Review by David Ignatius July 24, 2014:

By now, the story of British double agent Harold “Kim” Philby may be the most familiar spy yarn ever, fodder for whole libraries of histories, personal memoirs and novels. But Ben Macintyre manages to retell it in a way that makes Philby’s destructive genius fresh and horridly fascinating — and to me, at least, ultimately inexplicable. In an age when every puzzle is thought to have its solution, Philby’s inner motivation remains unfathomable.
Philby emerges from “A Spy Among Friends” as a supremely perverse antihero, remarkable for his sheer guts and tenacity in concealing for more than 30 years his treason against his country and class. He was arguably the most gifted liar in intelligence history, a man who, despite what sounds like almost constant drunkenness, never really cracked, even as the evidence against him became overwhelming. One of his Soviet handlers, Yuri Modin, wrote that he was “breathtaking” in publicly denying a 1955 parliamentary leak that he was a KGB spy. It’s a measure of Philby’s capacity for deception that, to the end, some Russians wondered if he was, in fact, a triple agent all along, loyal in the deepest chamber of his heart to queen and country.

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Book Club Discussion – December 10, 2014
“Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” by Christian Caryl

Tom Reifenheiser will lead this book club discussion of “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century” by Christian Carrel

Review by Isaac Chotiner a senior editor at The New Republic:

If Christian Caryl had set out to write a book about 1968, showing how the many convulsions and uprisings of that astonishing year were connected, his task would have been an easy one. It might be difficult to prove cause and effect between, say, the May events in Paris and the chaos at the Democratic convention in August, but as people might have said at the time, something was in the air. It wasn’t mere coincidence that led to youth revolts all over the world. In the case of 1989, such connections are even more obvious.

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October 30, 2014
Trip to Goodspeed to see Holiday Inn

Fun was had by everyone on the Trip to Goodspeed Opera. First was a good lunch at the Gelston House followed by the Holiday Inn at the Goodspeed Opera House.

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Speaker – November 19, 2014
Lisa Wilson Grant will speak about her new book “Norwalk”

1a52f0a‘Norwalk’ includes a wonderful collection of vintage photographs of the area. In this presentation, she’ll talk about the history of the area with special attention given to the parts of Norwalk near or in Darien like Old MacDonald’s Farm, the trolley on Tokeneke Road leading to Rowayton, Roton Point Park, White Bridge, and more.

Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, Norwalk’s close proximity to New York City prompted the building of many summer residences and guest cottages along its coast. In the summer, steamships and trolleys arrived with passengers looking to enjoy the local amusement park, Roton Point. Norwalk’s earliest industries included farming as well as mills powered by its rivers. The area has been famous for its pottery, oystering, and hat manufacturing. Over time, this community has endured disasters; it was burned during the American Revolution, and the flood of 1955 wiped out much of the Wall Street area as well as several bridges on the Norwalk River. Norwalk shares vintage images from the mid-1800s through the 1960s, highlighting memorable sites such as Old MacDonald’s Farm and the Melton Automobile Museum. The revitalization of Norwalk’s downtown areas proves it is possible to respect the past and those that came before through the renewal of historical architecture.

Author Bio: Lisa Wilson Grant is a lifelong Norwalk resident and has been collecting images for many years. In addition to her own images, she has also included many from local historical societies and private collections. She also co-authored Postcard History Series: Roton Point with the Roton Point History Committee.

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Speaker — November 12, 2015
Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Hudson Link was founded in 1998, at a time where New York state and federal funding for college education in prisons ceased. The abrupt loss of a college program had a devastating effect on prison morale. As a result, inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility reached out to religious and academic volunteers for assistance, which received their immediate response.

Believing in the transformative power of education, Hudson Link helps men and women prepare themselves for more constructive and meaningful lives while incarcerated and upon reentering society. We accomplish this by providing the opportunity to experience the positive effects of learning at the college level.

In 12 years, we have granted 200 Associate and Bachelor Degrees. We currently have over 200 men and women enrolled in our programs. More than 50 men and women have been released from prison and most work in the social services field. NOT ONE of our graduates has ever been reincarcerated for a new crime – that is a 0% recidivism rate.

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