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Speaker programs at Wednesday SMA Meetings

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 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 … Continue reading

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March 18, 2015
Jim Lewis will speak about the challenges and current hot topics in the franchise world and specifically McDonalds’ Franchising.

The 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. … Continue reading

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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 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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February 25, 2015
Art Gottlieb, local historian on military history, will talk about the “Battle of the Bulge”.

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of … Continue reading

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February 18, 2015
Speaker Eric Chandler will speak about Sheldon’s Horse, 2nd Regiment Light Dragoons “Washington’s Eyes” & “Watchdogs of the Highlands”

Many people are unaware that the first commissioned cavalry in the history of the United States, one of four congressionally commissioned dragoon regiments, was formed in and consisted largely of men from Connecticut. In addition to being the first commissioned … Continue reading

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February 11, 2015
Speaker David Shafer will talk about the Salk Polio Vaccine and the Story Behind the Story

It was a scary time in America – commies under your bed and the McCarthy hearings, UFO sightings, the Cold War nuclear threat, and worst of all – the polio epidemic sweeping the country. Parents were terrified their kids would … Continue reading

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February 4, 2015
Art Gottlieb, local historian on military history, will speak about the “Invasion of Normandy”

The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion by and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II; the largest amphibious invasion to ever take place. D-Day, the day of the initial assaults, … Continue reading

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Speaker – January 28, 2015
Mark Luschini, Chief Investment Strategist of Investment Strategy Group at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, will speak about his 2015 Outlook

Mark currently serves as the Chief Investment Strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. In this capacity he is responsible for establishing the firm’s broad outlook relating to conditions in the capital markets and the economy and to develop investment strategies … Continue reading

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Speaker – January 21, 2015
Les de Villiers will speak about his recent visit with the gorillas on both the Rwandan and Ugandan side of the Virunga Mountains

Having seen most everything Africa has to offer by way of wildlife during numerous safaris, De Villiers undertook this trip see why other seasoned safarists are so smitten with these endangered primates. After visiting with chimpanzees several times in Tanzania … Continue reading

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Speaker – January 14, 2015
Steve Roach, author of “Unbalanced: the Codependency of the U.S. and China”, will speak about the economic dynamics of the relationship between these two superpowers.

Stephen Roach is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a senior lecturer at Yale School of Management. He was formerly chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s chief economist for the bulk of … Continue reading

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Speaker – January 7, 2015
Jack Cavanaugh, acclaimed author, will speak about his new book, “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army’s Undefeated Teams, and College Football’s Greatest Backfield Duo”.

Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard—renowned during their playing days at West Point as “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside”—were the best-known college football players in the country between 1944 and 1946, and Army was the nation’s top-ranked team … Continue reading

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