Month: September 2014

Speaker — October 22, 2014
Daryl Hawk will speak about “Ladakh: Land of High Passes.”

Daryl Hawk cropedDaryl Hawk, a documentary photographer, will present a slide show and speak about “Ladakh: Land of High Passes.”  

Ladakh is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

For the past twenty-five years, explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has traveled alone to some of the most remote places in the world telling stories with his camera. Hawk spends months at a time documenting and immersing himself in different cultures and landscapes. He is a passionate defender of the world’s remaining wilderness areas and uses his photography to shine a light on why we need to protect them. His articles and images often appear in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and FOX 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, founded in New York City in 1904 promoting the exploration of land, sea, air and space. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Professional Photographers Association. He is a lecturer and presenter for the World Explorers Bureau.

Hawk is also the producer and host of the Cablevision television show “The Unconventional Traveler” which features some of the world’s leading explorers, travel photographers and filmmakers sharing their work from various expeditions and documentaries. He has produced over 100 shows over the past 10 years. Some of his guests have included Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall and George Schaller.

In 2004 Hawk had the unique distinction of carrying the historic Explorers Club flag across the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan (“Bhutan West to East Traverse”, flag #73). A guest of the Royal family, he was hired to produce and host an indepth documentary for both American and Bhutanese television as well as international magazines. An Explorers Club flag expedition must further the cause of exploration and field science.

Arranged by Andre Guilbert


Speaker — October 29, 2014
Catalina Horak will speak about the mission of Neighbors Link in Stamford

Catalina HorakCatalina Horak is Executive Director of Neighbors Link in Stamford which opened on June 12, 2011, as an affiliate of Neighbors Link Northern Westchester, a successful 12-year-old nonprofit organization in Mount Kisco, NY.

Neighbors Link has developed a strategic plan to replicate its mission and successful programs in other interested communities.

Stamford is honored to be the inaugural partner in this endeavor. While our name and programs are similar to those of Neighbor’s Link Northern Westchester, Neighbors Link Stamford is led and operated by members of the greater Stamford community.

Neighbors Link Stamford’s purpose is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. NLS’s goals span 3 areas relative to immigrant integration:

  • EDUCATE (English language, computer and other classes);
  • EMPOWER (connect individuals and families with schools, health, legal, law enforcement and other vital services); and
  • EMPLOY (develop job skills and a worker center to match day workers with available jobs).

NLS is pleased to have reached more than 2400 Stamford-area immigrants to date, but they recognize that there remain some 22,000 recent immigrants in Stamford alone (source: US Census) whose integration needs have not yet been addressed. The majority of our clients work in service jobs in Stamford and its neighboring towns, including Darien and New Canaan. In Stamford alone, immigrants comprise 37% of the city’s total population. (text adapted from Neighbors Link in Stamford website.)

This is a quite new, really responsive, and effective agency.

They have a great story to tell, and she can tell it.

Arranged by Marc Thorne

Speaker — October 15, 2014
Mike Santoli, Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance will speak about Escape Velocity or False Start? Thoughts on the state of the economy and markets.

Mike Santoli, Senior Columnist for Yahoo FinanceMike is a Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance, where he writes, analyzes and comments on the economy, the stock markets and corporate news.

He has covered Wall Street for 20 years, including 15 years as a columnist and feature writer for Barron’s magazine.

He is a regular on-air contributor to CNBC and a frequent guest on other cable and broadcast news programs.

(The following is food for thought from Mike’s latest post)  Never mind Hong Kong protests, Pimco’s palace intrigue or violent clashes in the Middle East. The crucial influence on our markets now is what investors are willing to pay for junk.

The high-yield, or junk bond, market has been the pounding heart of the bull market, pumping the cheap liquidity created by central banks through the corporate economy, attracting billions from income-parched investors, enabling generous corporate share buybacks and making stocks look attractive in comparison.

That’s why the recent bout of nervous selling in high-yield debt has got the stock market fibrillating in the six trading days since the Standard & Poor’s 500 index hit an all-time high a week ago Friday.

The junk-bond spread is the amount of extra yield investors demand above Treasury securities to compensate for the risk lower-rated issuers might default. This spread, while still quite tight versus history, weakened to its widest levels of the year Friday, according to bond strategists at RBS. At 4.62 percentage points above comparable Treasuries, the spread was up substantially from 4.08 points at the end of 2013.

Arranged by Gehr Brown

Speaker — October 8, 2014
Prof. William Happer of Princeton University on climate change/global warming

William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics at Princeton University, is a highly regarded physicist whose research includes selected dynamics of climate change. As such, he is superbly equipped to discuss the roles of natural forces and fossil fuel-generated CO2 in climate change.

A particular interest of Prof. Happer’s is properly quantifying the greenhouse impact of CO2. Prof. Happer’s work on climate change has included numerous research papers, presentations at Congressional subcommittees, briefing Congressional staff, authoring opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, and providing papers for general readership as well as presentations at various universities and research institutions. Professor Happer has the ability to lucidly explain and discuss climate change, a most challenging task.

Arranged by Phillip Meyer

DMA Book Club Discussion – September 10, 2014
“A Higher Call” by Adam Makos

51uD-j-dGZL._AA160_Kent Haydock will lead our DMA book discussion for September. The chosen selection is A Higher Call by Adam Makos.

On December 20, 1943, two enemy pilots met in the skies over Germany—an American, Charlie Brown—and a German, Franz Stigler. What transpired would be called: “WWII’s most incredible aerial encounter.” Now, for the first time, A Higher Call tells the complete story of Charlie and Franz’s WWII experiences, their gritty tales of aerial combat over the African desert, the seas of Sicily, the fog of England, and the ultimate battleground—the frozen skies of Germany. The library will have copies of the book available on or about August 1st.

The meeting will be held on at the Darien Library in the Harris Room on the 2nd floor beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Speaker — October 1, 2014
Michael Dante, award winning TV, film, and stage actor

Michael DanteMichael is also a former professional minor league baseball player.

From Wikipedia:

Dante has appeared in 30 films and 150 television shows.[1] He is notable for spending seven years in supporting roles under contract to three major studios at once: MGM, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century Fox. He considers his best performances the role that he played in Killer Instinct on the CBS television series Desilu Playhouse, along with his roles in the movies WestboundWinterhawk andSeven Thieves.[1]

Dante was cast twice in on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Colt .45, starring Wayde Preston. Dante and Forrest Lewisportrayed Davey Lewis and Willy Ford, respectively, in the 1957 episode “The $3,000 Bullet”. Dante then played the role of Ab Saunders in the 1958 episode “The Deserters”, with Angie Dickinson as Laura Meadows and Myron Healey as an unnamed fur trader. That episode was directed by Leslie H. Martinson.[2]He also appeared on the ABC-WB crime drama, Bourbon Street Beat, withAndrew Duggan, on the syndicated adventure series, Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries, and in three episodes of CBS’sThe Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.

Dante made two guest appearances on Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr. In 1959 he played Arthur Manning in “The Case of the Dangerous Dowager,” and in 1965 he played murder victim Douglas Kelland in “The Case of the Feather Cloak.”

His 1967 performance in the “Friday’s Child” episode of Star Trek as a member of an alien race, has garnered him invitations to Star Trek conventions.[1] He also had a recurring role as the Sioux Chief Crazy Horse in the short-lived ABC military western series, Custerstarring Wayne Maunder in the title role of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.

Dante also has recurring roles on the television serials Days of our Lives and General Hospital.

Michael Dante is currently the host of a syndicated radio talk showOn Deck, previously known as the Michael Dante Celebrity Talk Show on which he interviews some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His program guests have included Milton BerleTony Curtis, andBryant Gumbel.[1] An avid golfer, he once hosted the annual Michael Dante Celebrity Golf Tournament, a charitable fund-raiser held annually in Palm SpringsCalifornia, beginning in 1991.

October 3, 2014
DMA Golf Outing at Sterling Farms

89428809Kevin Monahan has arranged with Sterling Farms for a DMA Golf Outing to be held on Friday, October 3 starting at 10:30 AM. We have 5 tee times starting at 10:30 AM enabling us to have 20 players. The cost per player is $42.00 including the golf cart. An announcement will be made at next week’s meeting at which we will have a sign up sheet. Kevin will be away that day and Alex Garnett will be covering for Kevin in his absence.

September 11, 2014
Hiking in Mianus River Park

mriver-autumnOur first hike for 2014-15 is scheduled for Thursday, September 11 in the 400 acre Mianus River Park which straddles the towns of Stamford and Greenwich and is owned jointly by them.  Those who hiked the Mianus River Gorge last year may be particularly interested in exploring the trails on this downstream stretch of the river. We will hike approximately 4 miles and, starting at 10am, be done by about 12.30 pm.

As usual, participation by spouses, significant others and friends is welcome. The hike will be followed by lunch at a Stamford restaurant (optional).

Meet in the parking lot at the Stamford entrance of the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane, off Westover Road. Park on the lower level, just below the large red cabin on the right side of Merriebrook Lane.

The Mianus River begins its spectacular 20-mile journey to Long Island Sound by flowing north into Bedford, NY near the Greenwich border. Geologists say that the Mianus originally continued north to the Hudson River. However, during the last Ice Age, rock deposits from melting glaciers forced the river to turn south just below Bedford’s Indian Hill. Today, the river flows south-southeast from Bedford through Mianus River Gorge Preserve and into Stamford.

Between Westover Road and Valley Road, the river turns southwest into Greenwich, where it flows through Mianus Pond, over a dam near Rt. 1 into Cos Cob Harbor and, finally into Long Island Sound

Speaker — September 24, 2014
Scott Kuhner

Scott Kuhner, a DMA member, will speak about one of his ocean adventures with his family.