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Message from the President — January, 2013

There are many good activities and programs going well for our Senior Men’s Association, and our financial condition is quite strong. But there are also signs that we need to take action to strengthen our membership and broaden our appeal, especially to those more recently retired.

For several years, the average age of our membership has held steady at 79 years. Among our almost 280 members, we have very few under the age of 60, and too few between ages 60 and 65.

At a recent SMA Board Meeting, our Board discussed the need to rejuvenate and revitalize our Association, and discussed several options aimed at broadening our appeal to those younger and more recently retired. We decided to form a special committee of our members, headed by Tom Lom, to identify Speakers, Activities, Outings and Community Services that would have greater appeal to recent retirees.

This committee will begin its activities after the holidays and also develop ideas to improve our public relations and community communications programs.

This initiative is very important for the future of the SMA, and I would like to encourage each member to come forward with ideas and suggestions to help the work of Tom’s group. In addition, it would be helpful if each member could identify those more recently retired friends and neighbors and invite them to come as a guest to one of our meetings.

Bob Ready, President

Message from the President — October 2012

It is an honor to serve as your President for the coming year. Our Senior Men’s Club has completed yet another highly successful year, thanks to the continuing efforts of its officers, committee chairs, activity leaders and the Board.

I would like to accomplish two major objectives in our coming year. The first is to increase our membership and the second is to make our web site a dynamic program that is accessed weekly by a growing majority of our computer savvy members.

My proposal for increasing our membership is quite simple and straight-forward. By far, our best source of new members is our present membership. I would like to challenge each and every member to bring at least one guest to one meeting in the coming year.  If we do this, I know that our membership will increase by at least 30 in the coming year, or roughly three times the average of our past years.

With respect to the web site, Bob Smith and his team have already made tremendous progress working during the past spring and summer.  At our fall meetings, we plan to exhibit the web site before the members at several meetings in an effort to train our members to rely on the web site, and rely less on paper bound communications.

I hope each of you will accept the challenge to bring at least one new member to one meeting in the coming year and dedicate yourself to becoming a regular user and visitor to our web site.

Respectfully, Bob Ready


Outgoing President’s Report

This is my final report before handing the gavel to our new President on June 1. I want to start by saying how proud I am to have served as your Presi­dent during 2011-2012, our 34th year. Continue reading

Kent Haydock named SMA 2011-2012 “Volunteer of the Year”

The Darien Senior Men’s Assn. has named Kent Haydock, 15-year chairman of the Town-appointed Deer Management Advisory Board, as its Volunteer of the Year for 2011-2012. Continue reading

May/June Membership Report


Every year starting in September it becomes the responsibility of the Membership Committee to make sure all membership dues are paid. Continue reading

March Madness Winners!

Barston and Bellis have again managed an exciting pool with the winners almost required to select Kentucky-as #1 to get the bonus points. The overall winner, collecting $100, was Jim Hartzer; Continue reading

SMA members spell v-i-c-t-o-r-y

Tom Appleby and Rebecca Surran with Marc Thorne, Cecil Wade and John Lundeen. Photo by Alexandra Howe.

SMA members Marc Thorne and Cecil Wade joined with Selectman John Lundeen to win the third annual Darien Community Spelling Bee held on Sunday, March 21, 2012.

More than 150 people came out to Darien Town Hall for the event.

Lundeen, Thorne and Wade topped 22 other teams competing in the contest which was emceed by News 12 anchors Tom Appleby and Rebecca Surran.

All proceeds of the event were  for the benefit of the Depot, Darien’s local teen center.

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