Past Speakers and Topics; Prior Years

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Dec 28 Mike & Sally Harris, “Inside the Mennonite and Hutterite Cultures”
Dec 21 David Shafer, Frequent Speaker, “A Humorous Guide to Better Photography”
Dec 14 Peter Malkin, Debra Mecky & David Parker, & “Re-imagining the Greenwich Historical Society”
Dec 7 Ambassador Donald Gregg, “The New Administration’s Major Foreign Policy Challenges”
Nov 30 Steve Myers and Martin Waine, Physicists, “Proving Einstein Right on Gravity Waves and Relativity Theory”
Nov 23 Evelyn Farkas, Former Asst Sec of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, “Current Thoughts of a Russia Expert”
Nov 16 Bobby Valentine, Athletic Director, Sacred heart U. former MLB player and NY Mets Manager, “Reflections of a Sports’ Leader”
Nov 9 No program: RMA Annual Luncheon
Nov 2 Michael A. Fitzpatrick, Esq., Attorney, “Criminal Defense Law: The Skakel Case”
Oct 26 Daryl Hawk, “Exploring the Himalayas and Ladakh”
Oct 19 Andy Bramante, Gwch H. S. teacher, “Teaching High School Students to Excel in Science Research”
Oct 12 Lauren Elliott, Gwch Tax Assessor, “The Hard Parts about Assessing Taxes in Greenwich”
Oct 5 Randall Atcheson, Minister of Music & Organist, First Presbyterian Church of Grnwch, “Pieces from My Performance At Carnegie Hall”
Sep 28 Joel Blatt, Historian, “The Misunderstood Treaty of Versailles”
Sep 21 Robert Klee, Commissioner-CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, “How CT is Addressing The Challenges Of Climate Change”
Sep 14 Philip McKnight, Prof- Williams College,“The History of America’s Democratic Institutions”
Sep 7 Sharon Vos, Winner of Marathon 60-64 bracket & Gwch resident, “Seniors Can Do It!”
Aug 31 Donna Spellman, Exec Dir- River House, “Adult Day Care”
Aug 24 Thomas Byrne, Moderator, Gwch RTM, “Greenwich RTM: the People’s Legislature”
Aug 17 Dr. Chris Choi, President- Fairfield County Region Board of American Heart Association, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Your Heart But Were Afraid to Ask”
Aug 10 Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Director, Greenwich Library, “Greenwich Library in the Digital Age”
Aug 3 Jonathan Chanis, Professor-economics, Princeton, “The Future of Fossil Fuels”
Jul 27 George Ubogy, RMA Pianist, “Music for Non-Musicians”
Jul 20 Jean-Paul Desrosiers, Jr., Semi-pro cyclist, “Marathon des Sables” (156 mile race across African Desert)
Jul 13 Janice P. Nimura, author, “Daughters of the Samurai”
Jul 6 Norman Roth, Pres. Greenwich Hospital, “Greenwich Hospital: Past, Present, Future”
Jun 29 Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem, “Securing Safe Water Supplies for Future Generations”
Jun 22 David Shafer, Optical Systems Designer, “Physicist Richard Feynman: A Most Curious Fellow”
Jun 15 Laurence Kantor, Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, former Managing Director and Global Head of Research at Barclays, “The Global Economic and Market Outlook”
Jun 8 Al Knight, “From Political Disagreement to Civil War: Spain’s 1930’s Tragedy”
Jun 1 Heather Ewing, Exec. Dir. – Center for Italian Modern Art, “The Smithsonian Institute and its Fascinating History”
May 25 L. Scott Frantz, CT State Senator (Republican), 36th Assembly District, “Current Events”
May 18 Maria Tiscia and David Oliver, Professional vocalist and pianist, “Composers of The Great American Songbook – A Sampling”
May 11 Carolyn Cole, Corrective Exercise Fitness Trainer, “The Importance of Fitness and Home Safety for Seniors”
May 4 Dr. Ernest Fleishman, Educator, ex-Superintendent Greenwich Schools, VP, Scholastic Corp., “The Most Important Actions to Make Our Nation’s Educational System More Competitive”
Apr 27 Anne Gilhuly, Lecturer on Classics and Shakespeare, “The Great Essayist, Michel Montaigne”
Apr 20 Sean Pica, Exec Dir., Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, “Transformation Through Rehabilitation”
Apr 13 Dr. James Rosoff, Asst. Prof Yale Med School, Urologist, “Prostate Screening: Pros and Cons”
Apr 6 Frederic Chiu, Concert Pianist, “My Evolution as an Artist”
Mar 30 Herb Mueller, Black Forest Pastry Shop, “A Day in the Life of a Bakery: How Sweet It Is”
Mar 23 Richard Blumenthal, CT’s US Senator (Democrat), “Current Issues Facing the Senate”
Mar 16 Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science – Bruce Museum, “The Largest Known Flying Animal”
Mar 9 Dan Marcy, Spokesman – Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement, “The New TZ Bridge”
Mar 2 Robert Rubin, Former Legal Director- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco; “Our Precious Right To Vote: Riddled By Fraud Or Targeted For Suppression?”
Feb 24 Tom Niles, Former US Ambassador – Canada, EU and Greece; “My Perspective on Foreign Affairs Today”
Feb 17 Philip Berns, Attorney/immigration; “Myths, Lies and Urban Legends About Immigrants and the American Immigration System”
Feb 10 Kermit (Kim) Roosevelt III, Writer, lawyer, law professor at University of PA. “Allegiance: Internment of Japanese Americans In WWII”
Feb 3 Alan Clair, Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturers, “How Shotguns are Made, with Examples of Extraordinary Shotguns”
Jan 27 Elizabeth Burleson, Legal Advisor to Intl. Union Conservation of Nature, UN Treaty Writer and Law Professor, “Behind the Scenes at the UN Climate Conference in Paris”
Jan 20 Themis Klarides, Republican Minority Leader, CT Senate, “Connecticut’s Business Climate: Challenges and Solutions”
Jan 13 Janeen Bjork, TV Researcher, “The Evolution of American Newspapers: Style, Philosophy, Role in Society”
Jan 6 Cora Ragaini, Retail Dietician at Shoprite: “Good Nutrition”


Dec 30 Jack Trout, “Positioning: the Key to Marketing Strategy”
Dec 23 Eric Jenkins-Sahlin, “My Dear Miss Blatch”
Dec 16 The RMA Winter Holiday Party, including Sing Along, skit, music and fun for members
Dec 9 Jim Bell, Exec Producer of Olympics for NBC, “How Politics Affect the Olympics”
Dec 2 Governor Dannel Malloy “The View from the Governor’s Desk”
Nov 25 Volunteer Day; “Local groups describe their volunteer needs & activities
Nov 18 Chris Winters, Head-Master, Greenwich High School, “The Innovation Center: Increasing Readiness for College”
Nov 11 Douglas Elmendorf, Former Dir. Congressional Budget Office  “Fiscal Policy to Spur Economic Growth”      (will be held at Christ Church, 254 E. Putnam)
Nov 4 No Program: Annual RMA Lunch
Oct 28 Alex Earles, The International Rescue Committee “In Support of West African Immigrants” in conjunction with Greenwich Reads Together
Oct 21 John Markoff, NY Times Senior Science Writer/Pulitzer Prize winner; “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common ground Between Humans and Robots”
Oct 14 Evie Salomon, CBS Producer/Emmy Winner, “Untreated Mental Illness in America: An Imminent Danger”
Oct 7 George Jepson, CT Attorney General, “Legal Issues Facing Connecticut”
Sept 30 Martin Mushkin, Esq., “Bitcoin: What Is It, Why Is It and Is Virtual Currency Here To Stay?”
Sept 23 Ajit Hutheesing, “India: Past, Present and Future”
Sept 16 Maryan Ainsworth, Curator, European Art at Metropolitan Museum of Art;
“A European Curator’s Profession: An Inside View”
Sept 9 Ronald Kahan, MD, Maximize The Medical Care System As A Medicare Recipient
Sept 2 Captain Carl Lahti, C/O, New London Submarine Base, Current Role Of Submarines In Defense Of US
Aug 26 Marina Julia Neary, Irish History – Trilogy Dealing With The Events Of 1916
Aug 19 Dr. John Hughes, Yale Medical School, Status & Future of the Affordable Care Act
Aug 12 Art Gottlieb, Battle of the Philippine Sea
Aug 5 Hollister Sturges, A New Vision of the American Frontier; The River Paintings of  George Caleb Bingham
July 29 Nelson Tebbe, Prof. Const. Law, NYU, Meaning of 2015’s Supreme Court Decisions
July 22 – Amanda Poole, MSW; “Alcohol And Substance Abuse”
July 15 Gordon Beinstein, Principal, Western Middle School; Closing The Achievement Gap Between Low And More Affluent Middle/Upper Income Students
July 8 Robert Henrey; Syria: the Culture of A Troubled Land/Sturgis
July 1 Dan Libertino and John Bulakowski; Igor Sikorsky, Life & Achievements
June 24 Denise Savageau; Climate Change in Greenwich: a Local Perspective
June 17 Sherman Bull, retired surgeon; Climbing Mt. Everest in One’s 60’s
June 10 David L. Levinson, Ph. D., President of Norwalk Community College; The Unique Role Of Community Colleges In The
June 3 RMA’s Melody Men
May 27 Gary Ashley, Manager, Riverside Yacht Club; How to Run a Club in Greenwich
May 20 Stuart Gibson; Hermitage Museum; 250 Years in the Shadows of History
May 13 Paul-Henry Nargeolet; Underwater Exploration & Diving On The Titanic
May 6 Jim Himes, US Representative from CT’s 4th Congressional District; The Middle East
Apr 29 Ambassador Tom Niles; Hotspots Around the World; Implications for the US
Apr 22 Edward G. Hynes; The 1777 Danbury Raid and the Battle of Ridgefield
Apr 15 April Foley, Former US Amb. to Hungary; Ukraine, Russia and issues of today
Apr 8 Susan Bissell; UNICEF; Protecting Refugees and Displaced Children Globally
Apr 1  Jane Condon, comedienne; April Fool’s Day
Mar 25 Ambassador Donald P. Gregg, Ambassador to Korea, US Natl. Security Council; Perspectives on Two Koreas
Mar 18 Debra Ponzek and Greg Addonizio, proprietors of Aux Delices; Growing a Small Business
Mar 11 James Y. Lee, COO, Lawrence Hospital, Bronxville NY; Hospital consolidation
Mar 4 Dr. Maureen Raymo; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Ocean levels & Global Warming
Feb 25 Prof Arnold Stancell; Is OPEC Trying to Rain on US Oil Self-Sufficiency Parade?
Feb 18 Jim Cameron; CT Transport Authority for 19 years; Metro-North
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Feb 11 The Grace Notes, singing group
Feb 4 Harvey Weiner, Esq., Peabody & Arnold, Boston; “Reflections on My Vietnamese War”
Jan 28 Mark Albertson, Professor, Norwalk Community College; The Great Patriotic War; Nazi Germany vs Soviet Russia
Jan 21 Richard Koch, Sr. Partner, Davenport Builders; From Hole in The Ground to Occupancy
Jan 14 Robert S. Salomon Jr., former head research, Salomon Bros.; 50 years on Wall St
Jan 7 Joe Gianquinto; A Life in Broadcasting


Dec 31 No Meeting
Dec 24 No Meeting
Dec 17 Dr. Elizabeth Pisani, Epidemiologist, Corruption; Lessons from Sex, Drugs and Indonesia
Dec 10 Dr Donna Colletti, Greenwich Hospital: Palliative Care – Educating, Empowering and Comforting Patients; based on “Being Mortal,” end of life choices
Dec 3 Dr. Joel Blatt, Prof., Univ. of Connecticut, Stamford; “Unification of Germany”
Nov 26 cancelled- weather
Nov 19 Chris King, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister; View from abroad
Nov 12 RMA Annual Dinner
Nov 5 Alan Nevas, Retired Senior US District Judge; Tales from the bench: organized crime, corruption, drugs
Oct 29 Greg van Antwerp, Confessions of an Urban Archaeologist
Oct 22 David Isenberg, Net Neutrality And The Future Of The Internet
Oct 15 Boys in the Boat – Greenwich Rows Together, various speakers about rowing
Oct 8 RMA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, Peter Tesei, 1st Selectman – Proclamation
Oct 1 Stephen Forman, author, created a giant seafood distribution business
Sept 24 Dick Lewis, owner of several fast food franchises
Sept 17 Philip McKnight, Prof., Williams College, History of US Reluctant Participation in Foreign Affairs
Sept 10 Allen M. Brown, Exec. Dir., Nathaniel Witherell, Nursing home & rehab. facility
Sept 3 Mike Gatliff, Greenwich Chaplaincy, Bringing Joy to Seniors
August 27 Juanita James, Fairfield County Common Fund
August 20 Theresa Rogers, Chevalier du Tastevin, Horseneck Wines & Liquors
August 13 Robert Henrey, author, “Through Grown-up Eyes, Living with Childhood Fame”
August 6 Dr. Jerry Sehulster, Prof of Psych. at U. Conn. Memory
July 30 Raymond Stone, served on the USS Intrepid during WW2
July 23 Stephen S. Lash, Chairman, Christie’s, Art as an Asset Class
July 16 Nelson Tebbe, Supreme Court, Freedom of Religion & the Hobby Lobby Decision
July 9 Capt Jay Dirnberger, Evolution of Drones,  helicopter search & rescue
July 2 Ambassador Tom Niles, Russia, Putin, Where do we go from here?
June 25 Hon. David Tobin, Retired Justice, Probate Court
June 18 Andy Shapiro, co-owner of Hyundai/Subaru Dealership in Stamford
June 11 Lowell Weicker, former 1st Selectman, Governor, Senator – and more
June 4 Frank Anderson, former head, Middle East Division, CIA
May 28 Melody Men
May 21 Prof. David Koch, “19th Century Inventions – The Age of Progress”
May 14 Chief James J. Heavey, The Operations of the Greenwich Police Department
May 7 Dr. Richard Connors, Dermatologist
Apr 30 Cindi Bigelow, Sr. VP Bigelow Tea – tea making, from growing to brewing
Apr 23 Gwen Ruta, VP Environmental Defense Fund – works with multinational cos.
Apr 16 Harlan Stone, Chief Business Officer, US Tennis Association – sports marketing
Apr 9 Dr. William Dynan, scientist, doctor, interesting person
Apr 2 Tod Ladonia, Greenwich Tax Collector – forget the Bible, he’s really a nice guy
Mar 26 Rui & Dana Correira, owners, Douro Portuguese Restaurant, 363 Greenwich Ave
Mar 19 Missy Wolfe, author, “Insubordinate Spirit,” History of Greenwich, 1610-65
Mar 12 Virginia L. Gwynn, Exec. Director, Greenwich Land Trust
Mar 5 Debra Sawch, President, Teach for America
Feb 26 Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, author, “I Kiss Your Hands Many Times”
Feb 19 Gideon Fountain, Sotheby’s Homes, Adventures in Greenwich Real Estate
Feb 12 Russell S. Reynolds, RSR Partners, executive search
Feb 5 cancelled, snow
Jan 29 Sean Higgins, Ships, Scientists and the Sea: Exploring Earth’s Last Frontier
Jan 22 Jerry Sehulster, Prof of Psychology, UConn, Opera
Jan 15 Marty Yellin, former engineer, Perkin Elmer, Spacecraft, Hexagon Spy Satellite
Jan 8 Ken Roman, former CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, on David Ogilvy


Dec 18 Tim Armstrong, Chair/CEO, AOL, former Pres, Google, N. American Operations
Dec 11 William McKersie, Super. of Schools, Gwch, Why has US education fallen behind?
Dec  4 Diane Garrett of Dianne’s Books – future of the book store industry
Nov 27 Carol A. Mahoney, Director of the Greenwich Library
Nov 20 Dr. Paul Strassmann, WWII Partizan, warfare in Slovakia
Nov 13 Annual RMA lunch
Nov 6 Lou Mendes, manager of Costco in Port Chester, NY
Oct 30 Walter Carter, author, “No Greater Sacrifice, No Greater Love”
Oct 23 Richard Pierson, MD, Next Steps in Healthcare Reform
Oct 16 Arnold Stancell, ‘Fracking’ as a Game Changer in Energy Independence
Oct 9 Cathleen Caron, Founder and Exec. Dir., Global Workers Justice Alliance
Oct 2 Dr Jeff Brown, Consequences of Infant Circumcision
Sept 25 Peter McSpadden– recent trip to Cuba
Sept 18 Prof. Matthew_Warshauer, CT Central State Univ., “CT in the Civil War”
Sept 11 Dr. Sylvanie_Wallington -astrophysicist, “Gravitational Lensing”
Sept 4 Dr. Barry Boyd -Diet and chronic disease
Aug 28 Art Gottleib-savo_island_two– The Battle of Savo Island: August 1942
Aug 21 Howland Blackiston -Beekeeper, author of articles/books, broadcast journalist
Aug 14 Harvey Araton -sports writer for The New York Times
Aug 7 James Rickards -author of “Currency Wars: Making of the Next Global Crisis”
July 31 Carol Burns -Exec. Dir. of Greenwich Adult Day Care (GADC) River House
July 24 David DAndrea -Operations Manager of The Griff Golf course
July 17 Dr. Robert_Podhurst -American vs. Europeon sport’s systems
July 10 Dr. Joseph Amato -clinical psychologist, speaking on subject of suicide prevention
July 3 Chris Murphy -United States Senator
June 26 Dr. Spike Lipschutz -VP  Medical Svcs & Chief Quality Ofc at Greenwich Hospital
June 19 Melody Men
June 12 Laura Weintraub Beck -an estate planning attorney
June 5 Shepherds Program B. Phillips & W. Morgan, a student mentoring program
May 29 Dr. Lapp & Dr. Karman,  SWRPA, SW CT Regional Planning Directors
May 22 Scott Lamb Buzzfeed -Editorial Director, of (social networking co.)
May 15 Ken Shepard -General Mgr, Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball team
May 8  Dr. Marshall Urist and Fred Gatti -Morgan Stanley speakers on finances
May 1 Mike Mason and Jeff Ramer -of the Greenwich Board of Estimate & Taxation
Apr 24 Robert H Steele, Speaking about the effect of gambling casinos on society
Apr 17 Turner Lewis, Veterinarian speaking about the Iditarod Trail dog sled race
Apr 10 Wes Wheeler, building yachts and other things marine
Apr 3 Dr. George Ubogy, Protections for Medical Researchers
Mar 27 Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar, Atrial Fibrillation
Mar 20 Kristen Cusato, Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association
Mar 13 Benjamin Patton, author and the grandson of General George Patton
Mar 6 Larry Furst, IT Services for Small & Medium Businesses
Feb 27 Paul Paulson, Advertising, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Feb 20 Mr. Nimr, Developments in the Middle East
Feb 13 Ron Kapon, Confessions of a Non-Wine Snob
Feb 06 Mike Mason, Westchester Airport and the Region’s Economy
Jan 30 Jack and Jonathon Moffly, Regional Publishing in the Digital Age
Jan 23 Jay Tunney, The Prizefighter and the Playwright
Jan 16 Kim Jeffrey, Bottled Water; A Strategy for Growth
Jan 9 Diana Taylor, Careers; Choose a Job You Love
Jan 2 Dr. Paul Strassmann, Cyber Warfare; The Battlefield for Our Future


Dec 26  No Meeting.
Dec 18  Karen Dynan Elmendorf, VP, Brookings Institute
Dec 12  Dr. Susan Bissell, UNICEF Executive Director, Children’s Services
Dec 05  Dr. Norma Figueroa Hurwitz, Academic Leadership
Nov 28  Dr. Thomas Riles, Exec. Dir., NY Simulation Ctr (NYSIM) for Health Svcs.
Nov 21  Lt. Mark Solomon, 18 Year veteran of the Greenwich Police Department
Nov 14   Annual RMA Lunch
Nov 07  Maury Hill, Medicare and Supplemental Insurance Plans
Oct 31  Cancelled, Storm “Sandy”
Oct 24  Peter Malkin, Greenwich resident and real estate developer
Oct 17  Philip Warburg, author, “Harvest the Wind”, wind energy
Oct 10  Roy Rowan, Famous 90-year old author, writer, and correspondent
Oct 03  Richard Feminella, Town of Greenwich, Manager,  Waste Water Division
Sept 26  Jim McGuire, Chairman, Greenwich Board of Social Services
Sept 19  Kelly Grimshaw -of “Doctors without Borders”
Sept 12  Dr. Stephen Myers, NASA’s Mars Rover “Curiosity”
Sept 05  Richard Meyer, Civil War Historian
Aug 22  Gina Gould, Epic journey of Caffeine: its culture, history, & science
Aug 15  Henry_Tang, The United States & China: understanding our past
Aug 08  Art_Gottlieb, History of the Brooklyn Bridge
Aug 01  Dr. George Rupp IRC,  International Rescue Committee
July 25  Ariel Fein, Manager, Bruce Museum’s education and reservations
July 18  Ian McMillan, Greenwich Harbormaster
July 11   Douglas Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office
July 04  No Meeting
June 27  Paula Bruns and Michael Jin., Masonicare Hospice, End-of-life decisions
June 20  Michael A. Bernstein, MD, Clinical Pathology, Pulmonary Assoc. of Stamford
June 13  Robert Henry, Syrian culture and history
June 06  David Neeleman, founder, Jet Blue Airways
May 30  Jeff Clements, Boston Lawyer: US Supreme Court decisions
May 23  The Melody Men
May 16  Joseph Petro, former US Secret Service agent
May 09  Mary Ellen LeBien,  Town of Greenwich, Oral History Project
May 02  Laszlo Birinyi, Money Management and “The Market”
Apr 25  Captain Gerard Tighe, Capt. USN:  Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Apr 18  Trevor Ganshaw, Author, “Hedge Funds, Fall and Future Rise”
Apr 11  Bisset and Pace, Navy Seals, Green Berets and Army Rangers
Apr 04  Missy Wolfe, author and historian: “The Forbidden Wedding”
Mar 28  Hon David Walker, former Controller General of U.S. & head of the GAO
Mar 21  Dr. Joseph Wesney, Professor at Sacred Heart University, Solar Fares
Mar 14  Joseph Roberto, Supt. of Greenwich Public Works Highway  Division
Mar 07  Johnny Cheung, Restaurateur
Feb 29  Jane Condon , Comedian
Feb 22  Marjorie E. Castro – Teacher, Head of the Eagle School: Education today
Feb 15  Chris Shays – Politician, our former Congressman
Feb 08  Robert Aslanian, DDS, practicing dentistry in Greenwich since 1971
Feb 01  Granville Burgess, Everybody’s Watching, The Making of the Constitution
Jan 25  Peter Godwin – Journalist, Zimbabwe
Jan 18  Jake Hauser – US Coast Guard, Officer, US Coast Guard
Jan 11   Jim Himes – US Rep, U.S. Congressman of our district
Jan 04  Drew Marzullo, Greenwich Selectman and GEMS field Supervisor