Month: January 2014

Speaker — February 19, 2014
Art Gottlieb on Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa

As the Blitzkrieg raged in France, Hitler was already planning to fulfill his promise laid out in Mein Kampf, the forceful conquest of new living space for Germany in the East. Operation Barbarossa began on June 22 1941 and betrayed Germany’s non-aggression pact with Stalin, The Germans attacked Russia with 3 million soldiers, 3,350 tanks and 2,000 aircraft.

Mr. Gottlieb has been curator of naval history and technical director of exhibits at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City, where he worked extensively with veterans of all services to create exhibits that accurately illustrate warfare of the 20th Century. In the past three years Mr. Gottlieb has presented many informative programs to the DMA, area senior centers and the Norwalk Lifetime Learners Institute.

Arranged by Alex Garnett

Speaker — February 12, 2014
Susan Gilgore, Executive Director of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Susan Gilgore

Born in Paris, France, Ms. Gilgore earned a Ph.D. in political science from the Università degli studi di Milano (Milan, Italy) and began pursuing her love of the arts in New York City as assistant curator/editor for the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Science and the Humanities.

She later worked for University Archives in Westport, CT, dealing with research and sales of historical documents and artifacts and in 2003 served as U.S. coordinator for the exhibition and catalog “SuperWarhol,” sponsored by Montecarlo’s Grimaldi Forum, assisting Germano Celant, then senior curator of the Guggenheim Museum.

Ms. Gilgore served as marketing director for the Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra from 2001 to 2008, where she managed marketing and public relations initiatives, organized press launches of international performers, and coordinated fundraisers and special events.

She later worked for University Archives in Westport, CT, dealing with research and sales of historical documents and artifacts and in 2003 served as U.S. coordinator for the exhibition and catalog “SuperWarhol,” sponsored by Montecarlo’s Grimaldi Forum, assisting Germano Celant, then senior curator of the Guggenheim Museum.

Arranged by Bob Smith

Museum Trip to New Haven, CT
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Yale University Art Gallery

Van Gogh's The Night CafeFitz Henry Lane, Lighthouse at Camden, Maine
The Museum has collections of over 200,000 objects – Art, Sculptures, Photos, and Furniture.

Special Exhibit: A Great Crowd Had Gathered: JFK in the 1960s.


Lunch: Union League Cafe

The Union League Cafe,New Haven CTThe former home of John Sherman – a signer of Declaration of Independence, this beautiful building later served as a private club until 1940.
We will enjoy a three course luncheon with a cash bar.


Two Roads Brewery Tour

Two Roads Brewing Co.A 112 year old building transformed into brewery in Stratford, Ct.

Hour long tour of brewery and samples of beers in the company pub.


Cost: $ 60.00 per person

Departing from the DCA Parking Lot — Boarding bus starts at 9:00 am

Contact Jeff Freeman at 203-655-4786 or jeff.freeman60@yahoo.com

Speaker — January 29, 2014
Terrie Wood, State Representative for Darien and Rowayton

Terrie Wood, State Representative for Darien and Rowayton, will speak on the current political climate and the stasis of the Connecticut legislature.

Terrie Wood is serving her 3rd term as State Representative for Darien and Norwalk. She currently serves as ranking member on the Human Services committee, and also serves on the Regulations Review and Appropriations committees.

This past session, Terrie served as Co-chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence and School Security Bill. Terrie was instrumental in crafting and implementing the Mental Health portion of the bill along with her Co-Chair Sen. Toni Harp. Both were very much aware of the importance of educating people about mental health and helping to de-stigmatize mental illness.

One of the initiatives of the bill was to encourage citizens to take the nationally certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course. After recommending the course, Terrie took the MHFA Course and is now “Mental Health First Aid Certified”. She felt that if she were recommending the course, she should know what it was all about. She encourages everyone to take the course as it is a good step to increasing awareness of Mental Health issues. Terrie also coordinated the organization of two course offerings in the area for citizens to take the MHFA Course.

Previous to serving in Hartford, Terrie had successful careers in advertising and photography. Terrie was an actor in many national television commercials and voiceovers in New York City. She later founded and ran a portrait photography business specializing in black and white portraiture.

In time, the non-profit world and passion for community advocacy beckoned. She is a Co-Founder of The Darien Environmental Group, served as President of the Darien Land Trust, Co-Chair of the YES…DHS Referendum Committee for a new Darien High School, trustee of The Darien Library and The Community Fund, member of Republican Town Committee and the Representative Town Meeting. Terrie and her husband Jay, have three children all of whom graduated from public high school and were EMT’s and members of Post 53 EMS service.

Involvement in these community organizations has given Terrie an understanding of the issues of the 141st District as well as leadership experience in bringing people together to find solutions and make the community stronger. Besides actively serving her constituents in Hartford, she continues her community advocacy as CT Board Chair of The Trust for Public Land and on the Person-to-Person Advisory Board. She is honored to represent the many spirited citizens of Norwalk and Darien.

SMA Contact: Bob Smith

2014 Events Planned

The Social Committee has prepared an active and interesting program of events for 2014 as follows:

September 11th, Visit to the Samuel Morse House and lunch at the CIA. Later a tour of the Storm King Sculpture Park.

October 2nd, Lunch at the Gelson House and attend a play at the Goodspeed Playhouse in East Haddam.

December 11, Tour the New York Botanical Garden Christmas Train Show with lunch at LaPanetiere restaurant in Rye.

Looking for D-Day Vets

Atria Darien is planning a 70th anniversary program on June 6, 2014 to pay tribute to those who served our country at Normandy.

They are looking for contact information on any living veteran of D-Day (Darien residency is not required).

If you are aware of any D-Day veteran, please contact DMA members George Walsh gjwalco@msn.com or John Geoghegan jgeoghegan0l@snet.net.

Message from the President — January 1, 2014

BillBallCaricature2We are about to begin the New Year at the DMA in a strong financial position as well as continuing to pursue our goal of recruiting new active members.  This gives us the advantage of utilizing the experience of our older members and adding the enthusiasm of our younger members.

We have started new activities and will continue to add more as they are requested.  Tom Lom and members of the Revitalization Committee have done an excellent job in this regard and will now focus on publicity to inform the community about our group activities with the goal of attracting new members.  The Community Events Committee will focus on added activities that will enhance our community presence.  We would appreciate any ideas you have in both of these goals.

Events Committee will focus on added activities that will enhance our community presence.  We would appreciate any ideas you have in both of these goals.

Several members have brought guests to our meetings and we should continue this.  It is an outstanding opportunity for potential members to learn about the DMA and what we have to offer.

Thank you for all your support and my best wishes for a prosperous 2014.

Speaker — January 22, 2014
Mark Albertson on the Causes of World War I

Mark Albertson is an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine, has been a member of the United States Naval Institute for more than twenty-five years, as well as being a member of the Navy League.

Marking the Centennial of the start of “The Great War”, Mark will give a presentation on the causes leading to World War I, a cataclysm that largely shaped the history of the 20th Century, and the event that truly led to The United States’s emergence as a global power.

 

Mark has published articles on issues of history and current events in newspapers and magazines, and has authored three books:

  1. USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship;
  2. They’ll Have to Follow You! The Triumph of the Great White Fleet and
  3. On History: A Treatise.

He is currently at work on a fourth project, Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation.

You can learn more about Mark from his website.