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Speaker programs at Wednesday SMA Meetings

October 21, 2015
Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. The book tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War.

Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides.

Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named “Frank Thompson,” witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that her past would catch up with her.

The beautiful widow Rose O’Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined.

Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives.

October 14, 2015
William F. Baker, former CEO of WNET/Channel 13

William F. BakerDr. Baker directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University. He is also a Distinguished Professor of management at IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, and President Emeritus of WNET-Thirteen, New York’s public television station.
During his 21 year tenure as president of WNET in New York, America’s flagship public broadcaster, Baker led the effort to raise over one billion dollars for the station. As a commercial broadcaster, Baker helped start many cable networks, introduced both Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose as talk show hosts, and oversaw the launch of the Discovery Channel and the Disney Channel. He was president of Westinghouse Television and Chairman of Group W Satellite Communication.

He is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, two Columbia Dupont Journalism Awards, and is the executive producer of the theatrical film and PBS documentary, The Face: Jesus in Art. He is co-author of the book Leading with Kindness (American Management Association, 2008) and hosts the series of the same name on public television. Baker is also the co-author of Every Leader is an Artist (McGraw-Hill, 2012), and Down the Tube: An Insider’s Account of the Failure of American Television (Basic Books, 1998).

He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and nine honorary doctorates from universities in America and Europe. His interests include astronomy, horology, and polar science, and he is believed to be the eighth person in history to have stood on both the North and South Poles.

October 7, 2015
Art Gottlieb on the history of Grand Central Station

Art GottliebGRAND CENTRAL STATION, spared from demolition, is now restored to its original beauty. This 1913 Beaux Arts masterpiece remains one of New York’s most famous landmarks.

Art Gottlieb is a local historian on subjects of political and military history. He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. In these roles, Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of 20th century warfare.

From 1989 through 1997, Mr. Gottlieb coordinated with all branches of the armed services and National Guard towards the preservation of historic ships, aircraft and armor from around the world, and has facilitated the recovery of scores of artifacts from warships slated for demolition from reserve fleets.

For the past 10 years Mr. Gottlieb has refocused his professional efforts towards reaching out and addressing the growing needs of aging veterans and their families. In addition to maintaining a private practice as a Counselor and Certified Senior Advisor in Norwalk, CT, he is a field instructor for Sacred Heart University. Mr. Gottlieb offers Pro Bono counseling services to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Gottlieb served as an Auxiliary Officer of the United States Coast Guard for 17 years and for 4 years was Commander of Flotilla 7-2, Division 1 (Southern Region), Sector Long Island Sound North.

September 30, 2015
“Inside the Glass” with Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire is NBC Sports Group’s NHL ‘Inside the Glass’ analyst, alongside the broadcast team of play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick and analyst Eddie Olczyk. In 2013 McGuire won the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter. Previously, he was the game analyst for TSN Canada’s national NHL broadcasts. In addition to his NHL work, McGuire has covered men and women’s hockey at the past three Winter Olympics, as well as NBCSN’s coverage of college hockey. Recognized as one of the NHL’s most passionate and knowledgeable analysts, McGuire has received multiple Best Game Analyst Gemini awards, and he has been selected eight times by Hockey News as one of the game’s 100 most influential people. Prior to his radio and television career, McGuire coached at several colleges, was hired as a scout by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was part of that organization’s back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, and served as head coach of the Hartford Whalers.

At the DMA Pierre will speak about recent developments and dynamics in the NHL as a league; the prospects of various teams, particularly the Rangers, Devils, and Islanders; and other perspectives about hockey in general that he feels will be of interest. He looks forward to a robust Q+A.

September 23, 2015
Fay Vincent, Jr. – former Commissioner of Baseball

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938) is a former entertainment lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.

After graduating from law school, Vincent was a partner in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He also served as Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Vincent was the chairman of Columbia Pictures and the vice chairman of Coca-Cola beginning in March 1982. In April 1986, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company, which placed him in charge over all of the company’s entertainment activities.

September 16, 2015
Philip Vitiello, Civil War historian

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

Philip Vitiello, well-known Connecticut Civil War historian, will speak about Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor winner for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Philip, Program Director of the Civil War Round Table of South Central Connecticut, is both historian and re-enactor.

He majored in law enforcement administration at New Haven University and currently works as a marketing director.

Joshua Chamberlain was a soldier, a statesman and a scholar. Philip’s slide presentation reviews his journey from Bowdoin College professor to the Brevet Major General of US volunteers. In 1862 he joined the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment,  and led it in its epic stand against the Confederate attack on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, earning the Medal of Honor.

Chamberlain later became governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College.

September 9, 2015
Chief Superintendent Barbara Fleury, RCMP
Speaks on International Policing

Barbara-FleuryFor societies to thrive, citizens need to have safe and secure environments to send their children to school, to walk to a market, and to thrive economically. They need to have confidence in the institutions mandated to ensure their safety and security. Policing is a partnership with the citizenry. This is the basis of community policing.

Canada, like many countries in the world, has adopted the community policing style for decades. It is part of our brand. We also recognize that while we “police locally” we need to “think globally”. Canada has been deploying serving law enforcement officers to United Nations Peacekeeping Missions for over 25 years now. Our first mission was to Namibia in 1989. Today, more than ever, there is an increasing recognition of the role policing plays in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and as a path to building capacity for long-term peace.

Chief Superintendent Fleury will speak to the role of Canada’s contribution to International Policing efforts.

Chief Superintendent Fleury was born and raised in Québec City, Québec, Canada. After completing a college degree in social sciences, she attended Simon Fraser University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in criminology.

She joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1981. After completing her training in Regina, Saskatchewan, she was posted to Surrey, British Columbia, where she performed general policing duties and completed a Master’s degree in criminology.

She spent a number of years working in British Columbia and at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa where she performed a variety of policing roles in operational, operational support and administration. This included working in the Marine Drug Interdiction Unit in Vancouver, work as an undercover operator, as well as other assignments in the field of human resources in Ottawa. She was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1992 and to Sergeant in 1997. After studying Spanish for four years, she was assigned a liaison position at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles from 1995 to 1999. Following this international assignment, she returned to Vancouver to work in the Internal Investigations Unit and promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2002.

In 2004, she transferred to Montreal to work as an assistant to the Criminal Operations Officer. Her duties included oversight of the undercover program, the source witness protection program as well as the Aboriginal liaison program.

In 2005, she was promoted to Superintendent and became the Officer in Charge of Protective Services Branch in Montreal, which oversees the protection of all diplomatic missions in the Province of Quebec as well as visiting dignitaries. This position also served as the program manager for the Canadian Air Carrier Program resources assigned to the province of Québec.

In 2007, she was transferred to Québec City and assumed the role of Eastern District Officer. Her role included oversight of seven detachments as well as a number of federal program resources. In June 2007, she completed the Executive Development in Policing Program offered at the Canadian Police College.

In 2009, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent as Director General of the RCMP’s International Policing program, at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. She oversaw the International Peace Operations Branch, the International Operations Branch, the Interpol National Central Bureau, the International Travel and Visits Branch, as well as the International Affairs and Policy Development Branch. In 2010, she was assigned the role of Silver Commander at Whistler, British Columbia during the Winter Olympic Games.

In 2012, she completed the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course. She was transferred to New York in 2013 and is currently the senior police adviser at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations as well as the International Vice-President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is a recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal, and both the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

June 3, 2015
The Darien Senior Songsters present a Barbershop Harmony Concert

Darien Senior SongstersJoin us at our last Member Meeting on June 3 and enjoy our own DMA Senior Songsters, a bunch of stout-hearted senior men who enjoy performing a selection of Barbershop Harmony, Broadway, and Spiritual songs.

Guests are welcome so bring your wife, significant other, or other guests with you.

This Songsters’ performance marks the end of the 2014 — 2015 program year for the DMA.


May 27, 2015
Bob Masterson, Ph.D., Discusses Reactive Physics and Nuclear Power Engineering

Dr. Bob Masterson earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at MIT.

Bob will discuss the basics of reactive physics and nuclear power engineering, and offer an up-to-date approach to the newest nuclear reactor designs and computer applications.

To review the slides of the presentation, click here.

May 20, 2015
Mark Albertson on the WW l Treaty of Versailles and its Aftermath

Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson

The Treaty of Versailles (French: Traité de Versailles) was one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. It ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers. It was signed on 28 June 1919, exactly five years after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The other Central Powers on the German side of World War I were dealt with in separate treaties. Although the armistice, signed on 11 November 1918, ended the actual fighting, it took six months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty. The treaty was registered by the Secretariat of the League of Nations on 21 October 1919, and was printed in The League of Nations Treaty Series.

Of the many provisions in the treaty, one of the most important and controversial required “Germany [to] accept the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage” during the war (the other members of the Central Powers signed treaties containing similar articles). This article, Article 231, later became known as the War Guilt clause. The treaty forced Germany to disarm, make substantial territorial concessions, and pay reparations to certain countries that had formed the Entente powers. In 1921 the total cost of these reparations was assessed at 132 billion Marks (then $31.4 billion or £6.6 billion, roughly equivalent to US $442 billion or UK £284 billion in 2015). At the time economists, notably John Maynard Keynes predicted that the treaty was too harsh—a “Carthaginian peace”, and said the figure was excessive and counter-product ive. The contemporary American historian Sally Marks judged the reparation figure to be lenient, a sum that was designed to look imposing but was in fact not, that had little impact on the German economy and analysed the treaty as a whole to be quite restrained and not as harsh as it could have been.

The result of these competing and sometimes conflicting goals among the victors was a compromise that left none contented: Germany was neither pacified nor conciliated, nor was it permanently weakened. The problems that arose from the treaty would lead to the Locarno Treaties, which improved relations between Germany and the other European Powers, and the re-negotiation of the reparation system resulting in the Dawes Plan, the Young Plan, and the indefinite postponement of reparations at the Lausanne Conference of 1932.

Mark Albertson is an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine, has been a member of the United States Naval Institute for more than twenty-five years, as well as being a member of the Navy League.

Arranged by Alex Garnett

May 13, 2015
Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam

Peter Georgescu

Peter Georgescu

Peter Andrew Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam, was born on the eve of the Second World War in Bucharest, Romania. His Romanian parents were educated in England and France. Peter’s father was the Managing Director of Exxon’s operation in Romania. While on a business trip to New York in 1947, the Iron Curtain fell and Peter’s parents could not return to Romania. Overnight they became the enemy of the Communist regime (his father would have been killed if he’d returned to Romania). Peter and his brother were left in Romania with his grandparents and would remain apart from his mother and father for eight years. His grandfather was seized and imprisoned as a political threat, and then murdered in captivity. Shortly after his grandfather was taken away, Peter, only nine years old, was arrested along with his brother and grandmother and sent to a work camp. In 1953 his father was approached by Romanian Communist diplomats in New York and asked to spy for them in exchange for “good treatment” for the children. Georgescu’s parents refused and went to the press, causing an international scandal. With the intervention of Congressman Frances Bolton and President Eisenhower, the boys were reunited with their parents in April of 1954.

Peter’s American journey started with a gifted admission to Exeter Academy in the fall of 1954—which generously overlooked his inability to speak English and having had no formal schooling since second grade. He attended Princeton and earned an MBA degree from Stanford Business School. In 1963 he entered Young & Rubicam as a trainee in their research department. Thirty-seven years later he retired as Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam with Y&R at the pinnacle of the advertising and related communications industry.

Under Mr. Georgescu’s leadership, Young & Rubicam successfully transformed from a private to a publicly-held company. During his tenure, Young & Rubicam built the most extensive database on global branding and, from its findings, developed a proprietary model for diagnosing and managing brands. Within the marketing community, he is known as a leading proponent of creating unified communications programs, agency accountability for measuring the impact of communications programs, and structuring value-based agency compensation.

In recognition for his contributions to the marketing and advertising industry, Peter was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and received several Honorary Doctorate of Humanity degrees and other recognitions from a number of colleges and universities.

Peter has served on eight public company boards and continues as a Vice Chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital and several other nor-for-profit organizations.

In 2006 Mr. Georgescu published his first book The Source of Success — asserting that personal values and creativity, devoted to creating lasting relationships with individual customers, are the leading drivers of business success in the 21st Century.

May 6, 2015
Julia Wade, Director of Volunteers, Domus

Julia Wade, Domus Director of Volunteers

Julia Wade

Since 1972, Domus has helped thousands of our region’s most vulnerable youth experience success. Domus is the Latin noun for home, which is where our roots are: We opened our doors as a group home for homeless boys and stay in touch with many of them. We also keep home and all its positive connotations in mind as we create loving relationships and warm, loving places to heal from trauma.

Our goal for the young people we serve is to create the conditions necessary for them to get on a path toward health and opportunity so they can engage and succeed in school and ultimately have satisfying and productive lives. Our programs–schools, community programs, and residential programs–lead youth to that path.

In order to help our youth stay in school and catch up academically so they can achieve the important milestone of high school graduation, Domus focuses on three interventions:

  • High-quality remedial academic instruction;
  • Effective out-of-school-time programming;
  • Support in overcoming non-academic barriers to academic success

Domus Core Principles

A United Way Agency Partner

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