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Speaker programs at Wednesday SMA Meetings

April 15, 2015
Jean Paul Desrosiers, Jr. speaks about
the Marathon des Sables

Jean-Paul Desrosiers, Jr., Marine Corps veteran, semi-pro cyclist, marathoner and owner of Sherpa Fitness, recounts his journey to the toughest footrace on earth, the Marathon des Sables. The Marathon des Sables is a 156-mile, 5-day race across the African desert. … Continue reading

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April 8, 2015
James Rickards on Currency Wars

James G. Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, and investment banker. He is a regular commentator on finance, and is the author of The New York Times bestseller Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, published in 2011. … Continue reading

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April 1, 2015
Jim Himes, U.S. Representative, CT 4th District

Jim Himes (born July 5, 1966) is an American businessman and U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district incorporates portions of Fairfield and New Haven counties in … Continue reading

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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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