Every year starting in September it becomes the responsibility of the Membership Committee to make sure all membership dues are paid. Our Constitution tells us that all dues should be submitted by Novem­ber 1st. To jog the memories of delinquent mem­bers, e-mails and post cards are sent out followed by phone calls. By the end of this year there were still a sizeable number of members who had failed to pay.

After waiting until mid February the Membership Committee mailed personal letters to the remaining delinquent members. This brought the number down to seven. Of these members two are ill but indicated they would pay if and when they are well. The remaining five will be dropped from our rolls.

As of this date there are 17 members 90 years old and older. These members are exempt from paying dues. Currently the membership totals 280.

We welcome the following new members:

Cecil Wade was born in Parkersburg, W. Va., in 1943 and grew up in Middle River, Md. He gradu­ated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md., in 1964 with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts. Cecil’s career spans the history of information technology. He started as a programmer trainee working on a vac¬uum tube computer and went onto help develop and man-age the embryonic global po¬sitioning system at the Naval Weapons Laboratory, the IBM election projection system at CBS News, a global financial system at Citibank and J.P Morgan Chase’s credit card websites. He also was part of a failed internet startup company.

Cecil and his wife, Amy, moved to Darien 17 years ago. He is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Darien Democratic Town Committee. He has two sons who attend Darien schools and two adult daughters each with a grandchild. One daughter is an Oscar winning documentary filmmaker. The other is the author of the book “The Cleaner Plate Club”.

Although retired, Cecil maintains an interest in internet development along with reading and learning.

Dieter Wachter was born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1944 and came to New York City in 1965. He became a U.S. citizen in 1970.

Dieter began his business career in New York in 1965 as an administrative trainee with the Inter Continental Trading Company (ITC), an importer and exporter of consumer products to Europe and West Africa. ITC is a subsidiary of UTC, Basel, Switzerland. In 1970, he joined J.P. Stevens Industries, a textile company, in sales and marketing. In 1976, Dieter became manager of sales and marketing for Clark-Schwebel Fiber-glass Corp., a manufacturer of fabrics for industrial, aerospace and defense applications. As part of his work with ballistic fabrics for law enforcement body armor, Dieter served as an advisor to the National Armor Advisory Board and the Office of Technology Assessment Committee of the U.S. National Bureau of Standards. Prior to retiring in 2011, he was vice president of advanced materials for JPS Composite Materials.

Dieter and his wife Erika moved from Manhattan to Darien in 1974. They have two children; Stephen who lives in Stamford and Karen who lives in Houston. Dieter is a golf, tennis and skiing enthusiast.