Month: December 2015

Speaker — January 20, 2016
G. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs
Consulting Geologist and Energy Analyst

The past year as been a time of dramatic upheaval in the domestic energy markets. The oil industry has gone from boom to bust while the USA produces record amounts of hydrocarbons. Clean air regulatory mandates have destroyed the coal industry. Wind and solar are growing in leaps and bounds, but from a very small base. Volatility in the fossil fuels commodity markets is expected to continue, perhaps with more intense peaks and valleys. New Canaan resident Skip Hobbs will present his take on the energy markets as a prominent consulting geologist and energy analyst.

G. Warfield “Skip” HobbsG. Warfield “Skip” Hobbs is a geologist and Founder and Managing Partner of Ammonite Resources, a firm of international petroleum and mining geotechnical and business consultants which has been headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut since 1982.

Hobbs holds a B.Sc. Degree in Geology from Yale College and a M.Sc. Degree in Petroleum Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London.

He has served as an elected officer of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and from 2004-2012 served on the Executive Committee of the American Geological Institute, a federation of 50 geoscience professional societies representing over 250,000 members in every earth science discipline. He was AGI President in 2010-2011. Hobbs was a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., from 2009-2012, where he served as Co-Chair of the Committee on Energy and the Environment. From 2000-2014 Skip was a Trustee of the New Canaan Nature Center and was president of the Nature Center from 2012-2014.

He is currently on the board of the Waveny Park Conservancy. Hobbs writes and lectures frequently on energy economics and energy policy, and on environmental issues.

In his spare time Skip manages a family farm in Massachusetts that produces organically grown vegetables, honey, maple syrup, grass-fed beef, and timber .

Speaker — January 13, 2016
Geoff Feinberg
Research Director
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

Geoff FeinbergGeoff joined YPCCC in 2012. As Research Director, he manages and oversees the Climate Change in the American Mind biannual survey measuring American public opinion on global warming.

Prior to joining YPCCC, he was a vice president at GfK North America, where he specialized in public opinion, thought leadership, social marketing, and strategic communications research. At GfK, Geoff co-founded and was the GfK director of the Associated Press-GfK Poll, which covers a range of current political and social topics and is one of the most widely reported media polls in the world, reaching upwards of an estimated two billion people monthly.

He was also a chief research advisor for the Meth Project, a philanthropic organization devoted to reducing methamphetamine use among teens.

In 2011, it was ranked by Barron’s Magazine as the third-most effective philanthropy in the world. In the environmental arena, Geoff served as research consultant to The Sustaining Family Forests Initiative. He has also conducted national polls on environmental topics for Yale and Stanford.

Speaker — January 6, 2016
Jim Cameron discusses Metro-North’s long sad slide

Jim CameronWhat happened to Metro-North? How did it go from “first to worst”?

Longtime rail advocate Jim Cameron will explain in his presentation of the same name, detailing the railroad’s slide from best commuter line in the US to the subject of federal investigations following derailments and several deaths.

Cameron served 19 years on the CT Metro-North Commuter Rail Council and is author of the newspaper column/blog/podcast “Talking Transportation”.

A member of the DMA, he’s also an elected member of the Darien RTM and Program Director of the town TV station, Darien TV79.

Ronald Peter Freres passes away

RonaldFreresRonald Peter Freres passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015, at Stamford Hospital surrounded by family. He was 72 years old.

Born on February 7, 1943, Ron was the son of the late Henrietta Jahnke and Peter Freres. He graduated with a degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and worked as a CPA at a number of firms, becoming a partner at Ernst & Young in 1977. He retired as a partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers and opened his own consulting business. Throughout his career he was very involved in the International Insurance Society.
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December 4, 2015
Hiking in Mianus River Park

mriver-autumnThis hike originally scheduled for Thursday December 3 has been postponed by a day to Friday December 4, 2015 to allow the trails to dry out from the rain earlier in the week.

The 400 acre Mianus River Park straddles the towns of Stamford and Greenwich and is owned jointly by them. We hiked here last year but this time we will be attempting a different, more interesting trail. We will hike approximately 4.5 miles and, starting at 10am, be done by about 12.30 pm.

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

Date : Friday, December 4, 2015

Time : 10 am

Meeting Point: Parking lot at the Stamford entrance of the Mianus River Park on Merriebrook Lane, off Westover Road
Parking. : lower level, just below the large red cabin on the right side of Merriebrook
Website for directions and trail map:

You can also search Merriebrook Lane in Stamford on Google Maps for directions or follow these directions:

  1. Heading towards NYC on the Merritt take exit 33 on to Den Road.
  2. Then take the first left onto Bangall Road and a
  3. Left again on to Riverbank Rd. This turns slightly right and becomes Westover Road.
  4. After 1.2 miles, make a right on to Merriebrook Lane (careful, it’s easy to miss this turn).
  5. The park entrance is at the end of Merriebrook.

Contact. : Sunil Saksena.
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