Month: February 2015

Murder Mystery Dinner Photo Gallery

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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.

Caddied Dellwood Country Club, New City, NY 1977-1987 and was 1st Assistant Blue Hill Golf Course, municipal golf course in Pearl River, NY from 1987-1989 and 1st Assistant Woodway Country Club, Darien, CT from 1990-1998 and Head Golf Professional Silvermine Golf Club from 1998-present. Currently, Head Golf Coach of Wilton High School Girl’s Golf Team.

Awards and leadership positions: 2007 MET PGA Junior Golf Leadership Award, 2013 MET PGA Junior Golf Leadership Award. A member of MET PGA Board of Directors from 2009-2015, 2011-2013 MET PGA Secretary and MET PGA Vice President from 2014-2015.

Arranged by Alex Garnett.

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.

Jim is currently on the Board of Directors for the New York Metro Marketing Cooperative and has served as President of that Board in the past. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Marketing Strategy Committee for New York. Jim has served on many National and Divisional teams for the McDonald’s system during his tenure.

Arranged by Tom Lom.

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.

Arranged by Frank Johnson.

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.

Arranged by Alex Garnett.