Month: March 2017 (page 2 of 2)

March 29, 2017
April Foley, former US Ambassador to Hungary
“Ukraine, Russia,
and Issues of the Day”

April Foley

April Foley

April Foley was US Ambassador to Hungary from 2006-2009. She is a former 1st VP and Vice Chair of the US Export-Import Bank, and a Pepsi executive for 17 years.

Ms. Foley is will speak about “Ukraine, Russia, and Issues of the Day”.

March 22, 2017
Jayme Stevenson
State of the Town

Jayme Stevenson, first selectman of the Town of Darien, will present “The State of the Town.” Jayme’s update will include a review of town operations and the outlook for changes in the near future. She has been first selectman since 2011 and has been a member of the board of selectmen since 2009. Jayme recently was elected chairman of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments and served as vice chairman beginning in 2015. She recently was named to the board of directors of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and to that organization’s municipal risk insurance agency known as the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency. Jayme has served on a wide variety of Darien nonprofit boards, including The Depot, the Darien Nature Center and the First Congregational Church Nursery School. She also was chairman of the Parent Teachers Organization for Royle Elementary School and Darien High School. She has been a member of the board of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education since 2016. Jayme and her husband have lived in Darien for 26 years and have five children. Her husband grew up in Darien and is a graduate of Darien High School.
Arranged by Marc Thorne

March 15, 2017
Zachary Janowski
Yankee Institute
Connecticut’s Fiscal Crisis:Why the State’s Deficit Won’t Die

The Yankee Institute for Public Policy is a 30-year old, Hartford-based organization that monitors the most critical areas of interest to Connecticut citizens: taxes, the state’s fiscal status, energy costs, the health industry and political and governmental integrity and accountability.

Zachary Janowski is Director of External Affairs for the Yankee Institute. After spending time in mainstream journalism, Zach joined the Institute in 2010 as its first investigative reporter and founder of “Raising Hale”–an investigative reporting blog. He writes extensively about waste, fraud and abuse in state and local governments. Zach, a native of New Hampshire, serves on the board of the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and works closely with the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information. He was a 2012 recipient of a Phillips Foundation Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. Zach, his wife and two children reside in Plantsville, CT.

Download his PowerPoint presentation here:

March 8, 2017
Sandy Garnett
Author “The Year of an Artist”

Sandy Garnett will talk about his career as a fine arts artist and his book, The Year of an Artist.
His presentation will include slides of his work and a video. A
successful painter, sculptor, creator of public arts installations, author
and songwriter, he has been plying his craft for the past 25 years. He
lives and works out of a loft in South Norwalk. Sandy began his career
in high school, selling his art in parking lots at Grateful Dead
concerts. While attending St. Lawrence University, he set up a studio
and created art for 50 bands and production companies. Today, his
work can be found in 40 states, 10 countries and a network of 500
collectors. His art has been placed in museums and public, corporate
and private collections. Sandy has developed a reputation as a selfsufficient,
prolific painter, sculptor and multimedia creator. He is best
known for his 20-year running Fingerprint Project, which features
sculpted and painted fingerprints, human silhouettes and signatures.
He recently signed his 1,250th career painting. The first 1,000
paintings appear in his 2012 catalogue, “The First 1000 Paintings of Sandy Garnett.” Sandy’s
public arts projects have received national recognition. At the Stamford train station, he created a
permanent fine arts lighting installation hailed as one of the most compelling public arts projects
on the East Coast. Other public arts projects include the Fox Cities Building for the Arts in
Appleton, Wis., and the New London Light Cube here in Connecticut. As an author, his first book,
Baloney Express, is an autobiographical coming-of-age story. The Year of an Artist, published in
2011, documents his survival as an artist. He also writes, illustrates and publishes The Rainbow
Riders children’s books. His album, “Ep1,” is available on iTunes and includes “Busted Wing,”
“Sylvie,” “Northern Lights,” “Cruzing,” “Perry Street,” “Every Love” and “MCT of Thee.” For
more about Sandy and his work, go to

Arranged by Tom Lom

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