Month: August 2013

We Remember — 2012 – 2013

Members who passed away during the 2012-2013 term of the Darien Senior Men’s Association:

Jerry Vernon,

Dr. John Wilson

Membership Committee Report — September, 2013

With the beginning of the meetings in September, members are reminded that it is time to pay dues for the coming year. You can print a copy of the annual dues form here,  DMA Annual Dues Form 2013-2014.  If you have trouble printing this form, there will be copies available at all membership meetings, or email us and we will send you a copy by return email. According to our By-Laws, all dues should be paid by November 1st. Please submit your dues promptly, a lot of extra effort is involved in collecting late dues, and this delays publication of our Membership Directory.

If you have had a change of address or phone, please inform the membership desk. All members are entitled to a copy of the directory but you have to pick it up at meetings or let someone pick it up for you.

Our current membership is 261.

Chick Scribner, Chair Membership Committee

Message from the President — September, 2013

BillBallCaricature2As we begin our first year as the Darien Men’s Association, I am excited to welcome you to what promises to be another year of dynamic programs and activities. Our various committees have been hard at work finding stimulating speakers, and planning interesting and fun outings. Based on last year’s survey and conversations with members, I also anticipate organizing additional activities that will further enhance our group and meet your interests.

Please visit our ever-improving website to be fully aware of all that the DMA has to offer. I look forward to continuing our very successful membership drive and encourage all of you to invite your friends to experience first-hand all that we enjoy as active participants.

I also encourage existing members to participate in all our meetings and provide me with feedback on any way we can improve the DMA.

Bill Ball, President

Speaker — September 18, 2013
Robert J. Begiebing

Robert J. Begiebing PhotoRobert J. Begiebing is the author of thirty articles and stories, a play, and six books, including an historical New England trilogy of novels spanning 1648-1850. His final novel in the trilogy, Rebecca Wentworth’s Distraction (UPNE, 2003), won the Langum Prize for historical fiction in 2003. The first novel in the trilogy, The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin (Algonquin, 1991, 1996), was chosen as a Main Selection for the Mystery and Literary Guild Book Clubs, has been optioned for a film, and is now available from the University Press of New England in a new 20th anniversary e-book and hard copy edition.

His novels, including a third book in the trilogy The Adventures of Allegra Fullerton (UPNE 1999, 2001), have been widely and favorably reviewed in The New York Times, The Times of London, The Los Angeles Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Yankee Magazine, and Library Journal among many other national and regional periodicals. He is also the author of two critical books on twentieth-century fiction, and an historical anthology of nature writing in English since the 18th century.

His fiction writing has been supported by grants from the Lila-Wallace Foundation and the New Hampshire Council for the Arts. In 2007, Governor John Lynch appointed Begiebing to the Council for the Arts. In 2009 he served as one of the inaugural faculty members at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony. He has been a finalist judge for the Langum Prize in historical fiction twice (2009-2010), and a member of the board of trustees for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. He currently serves on the board of the Norman Mailer Society and on the editorial board of The Mailer Review.

He is Founding Director of the Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampsire University, where he has won three awards for excellence in teaching and is currently Professor of English, Emeritus.

Begiebing’s biographical novel about the great British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner. The Turner Erotica, explores the mysterious relationship between Turner’s secret life and work, and his public life and work, a mystery that Begiebing believes has yet to be fully explored or adequately explained.

Upon his death in 1851 at the age of seventy-six, Turner left a massive legacy of paintings and sketch studies to the National Gallery in London. Critic John Ruskin and Gallery Keeper Ralph Wornum, charged with sorting and cataloging that legacy, were shocked to discover a considerable body of erotica and other materials suggesting a secret life about which they and Turner’s colleagues had little knowledge. Documentary evidence suggests that to protect Turner’s reputation, Ruskin and Wornum burned most of the erotic materials.

Begiebing’s talk and slide show will consider Turner’s life and work, as a context for readers to better understand the novel, and to better appreciate Turner’s influence on American writers and artists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Arranged by Alex Garnett

Speaker — September 11, 2013
Fay Vincent, Jr. – former Commissioner of Baseball

Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938) is a former entertainment lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.

After graduating from law school, Vincent was a partner in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He also served as Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Vincent was the chairman of Columbia Pictures and the vice chairman of Coca-Cola beginning in March 1982. In April 1986, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company, which placed him in charge over all of the company’s entertainment activities.

Arranged by Jeff Freeman

Hyde Park, NY Excursion — October 17, 2013

Morning – Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill Cottage
Val-Kill photo
Val-Kill, the retreat about two miles from the “big house” at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Hyde Park, was the only place that Eleanor Roosevelt ever could call her own.
Lunch at Bocuse Restaurant
Bocuse RestaurantThe exciting new student-staffed Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America provides a dining experience that is inspired by traditional French regional cuisine, re-envisioned through the lens of modern techniques. The menu includes creative new interpretations of classics selected from the bistros of the French countryside as well as the sophisticated restaurants of Paris.
Afternoon — Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR Home
“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River”  FDR

This quote captures FDR’s connection to Springwood, the estate that he loved & the place he considered home. The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.

The price is $70 per person.

Bus departs from  the parking lot of the Christian Science Church located at 2331 Post Road. (Salt Box Lane is the cross street.) at 7:30am SHARP, boarding starts at 7:15am.


To make your reservations, please contact Mel Klugman, 914-417-1568, or

DMA Picnic — August 15, 2013

Thanks to Frank Johnson and Bob Smith for theses photos! Bob reports that the fellowship, weather and sunset were outstanding. [camera slideshow=”2013-dma-picnic”]

Officers & Directors
2014 — 2015

DMA Bd 2014-15 Photo with Names #2

President Robert Smith Director
First Vice President Alexander Garnett Director
Second Vice President Scott Hutchason Director
Secretary Thomas Brayton Director
Asst. Secretary Chris Filmer
Treasurer William Ball Director
Asst. Treasurer Robert Baker  

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Speaker — September 4, 2013
David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General

David Walker, former Comptroller General in Washington D.C. will talk about the state of the Nation’s and Connecticut’s finances. According to Walker, the Government is too big as it is 24% of the economy, moving toward 37%.

Only 37% of spending is controlled by Congress, and 63% is fixed. There has been no budget for three years, so that there cannot be an allocation of resources. We must somehow control the spending, and 97% of those polled agree. The demographics show that the number of Social Security recipients is moving toward the same number of payees.

Program: 1) grow the economy, 2) reduce the amount of debt as a % of the economy, 3) The social effort made manageable, 4) Plan has to be politically feasible; opposition party must help.

The biggest holder of our debt is not China, but the Federal Reserve. We need extraordinary leadership from the President. He must go to the American public to pass legislation with bipartisan support.

We need redistricting to change the makeup of Congress reflect reality. Term limits would help, and House terms should be four years with half the House elected every two years.

Wally Pugh passes away

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing last week of our great friend and beloved DMA member Wally Pugh.

Wally died on August 6, 2013 at age 78.

Wally was a man we could always count on for good advice, and a thoughtful, well-turned word or two about current activities.
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