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Speaker programs at Wednesday SMA Meetings

May 31, 2017
DMA Songsters

May 24, 2017
Rear Admiral John Weigold – Reserve Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Defense and foreign policy issues in the region

May 17, 2017
Sean Connolly – Commissioner CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs

May 10, 2017
Phil Vitiello – Civil War historian
The CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship in battle.

May 3, 2017
David Polk – First Tee Foundation of CT

April 26, 2017
Michael Parry – medical expert
Infectious Diseases

April 19, 2017
John Rousmaniere – Historian for the New York Yacht Club
History of the America’s Cup yacht races

April 12, 2017
David Fitzpatrick, CNN Journalist
Cable news coverage of and impact on the 2016 election.

April 5, 2017
James Mapes
Author: “Imagine That:Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance”

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:
http://sma.darien.org/wp-content/uploads/Why-Connecticut-deficit-wont-die.pptx

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