Emergency Meeting Cancellations

If the Darien schools are closed because of weather conditions, there will be no DMA meeting on that day.

If the Darien schools either open on a delayed schedule, or close on an early schedule, the DMA meeting will be held at the usual time on that day.

School closings are announced text crawls on Optimum News12 television, and on Optimum Channel 6, they are also announced on local radio stations WSTC(1400AM) and WLNK(1350AM).

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April 15, 2015
Jean Paul Desrosiers, Jr. speaks about
the Marathon des Sables

Jean-Paul Desrosiers, Jr.

Jean-Paul Desrosiers, Jr.

Jean-Paul Desrosiers, Jr., Marine Corps veteran, semi-pro cyclist, marathoner and owner of Sherpa Fitness, recounts his journey to the toughest footrace on earth, the Marathon des Sables. The Marathon des Sables is a 156-mile, 5-day race across the African desert. Desrosiers will talk about the physical and mental journey he took to prepare for and complete the race, and how the experience challenged and expanded his views.

Arranged by Scott Kuhner
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April 8, 2015
James Rickards on Currency Wars

James G. Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker. He is a regular commentator on finance, and is the author of The New York Times bestseller Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, published in 2011.

Arranged by Gehr Brown

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April 1, 2015
Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from CT, and
Jim Himes, U.S. Representative, CT 4th District

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Christopher S. Murphy is the junior United States Senator for Connecticut. Elected in 2012, Murphy serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Murphy served Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District for three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the towns of Danbury, Meriden, New Britain, Torrington, and Waterbury. During his three terms, Murphy served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services.

Before his service in the U.S. Congress, Murphy served for eight years in the Connecticut General Assembly. He spent four years representing Southington and the 81st district in the House, and then spent four years representing the 16th Senatorial District, which includes the towns of Waterbury, Wolcott, Cheshire and Southington. While in the Senate, he served as the Chairman of the Public Health Committee.

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March-April 2015 Newsletter flipbook

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March 26, 2015
DMA Trip to the 911 Site and Museum

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Murder Mystery Dinner Photo Gallery

This gallery contains 28 photos.

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March 25, 2015
Stuart Waack, Silvermine’s Head Golf Professional since 1998, will talk about his process of obtaining his PGA membership, his journey to be a Head Professional and the state of the game today.

Stuart Waack

Stuart is a PGA Professional The PGA of America that comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind – to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you.

Stuart was born in Nyack, New York and raised in New City, NY where he graduated from Clarkstown School district. Played high school and college golf and was Captain of University of Rhode Island Golf Team and graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in Finance.

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March 18, 2015
Jim Lewis will speak about the challenges and current hot topics in the franchise world and specifically McDonalds’ Franchising.

Jim Lewis McDonaldsThe issues facing franchisees today include the sharing of rising costs, profit split, lifespan of franchise concepts, chasing trends and who carries the risk. Current regulatory environment affects franchise on several levels. Managing real estate cost and franchising business models.

McDonald’s Specific Issues include product perception, profit split due to unique real estate partnership, labor force challenges, doing business in NYC, and advertising–structure.

Jim Lewis has been in the McDonald’s system since 1986 and as an Owner/Operator since 1993. He currently owns 17 Restaurants in Manhattan and Queens including the famous Times Square and 42nd St McDonald’s. Prior to his involvement in McDonald’s he worked as a Sales Manager for AT&T in Southfield, Michigan. Jim began his career as an Account Executive with Michigan Bell Telephone in 1981.

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March 11, 2015
Tara Contractor, a staff member of the Bruce Museum, will speak about the Story Behind the Story of the Northern Baroque Splendor Exhibition at the Bruce Museum.

Tara ContractorTara Contractor, the Kress Interpretive Fellow at the Bruce Museum, will present the highlights of the current exhibition, Northern Baroque Splendor: The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION From LIECHTENSTEIN. This collection consists of 64 paintings and displays the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish art between the late 16th and early 18th centuries.

The paintings cover a wide range of subjects to illustrate everyday life of that time. The show, the Bruce’s largest ever, is roughly arranged chronologically and exhibits beautiful and alluring still-life pictures of fruits, intricate goblets and detailed tapestries; landscapes of rural scenes, turbulent seas and tranquil rivers, and portraits of an assortment of characters and emotions. The artists are also numerous and include such well-known names Gerard Dou and Peter Paul Rubens.

Contractor is a graduate of Scripps College and Courtauld Institute of Art, U. of London and has worked directly with the museum’s director in organizing this outstanding exhibit.

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March 4, 2015 — Music Program
Acabella, all-female a cappella vocal group

This gifted and committed auditioned group, known for its talent and wide-ranging repertoire, is a crowd-pleasing favorite in the area.

Acabella was originally founded in 2001 by Kathy Knapp and Heather Raker, who both loved to sing and were looking for an opportunity to sing again as part of a group. Thus, they formed Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella meaning unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker and Carolyn Woodberry with Caroline LaMorte as a creative director.

Acabella is presently comprised of 14 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands, and coffeehouses.

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