|The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan, Connecticut, welcomes men 55 and older who reside, or own property in, New Canaan, CT. Founded in 1977, the SMC is affiliated with the New Canaan YMCA, but individual Y membership is not necessary. SMC membership applications are available here, at the YMCA on South Avenue or at our Friday 10 a.m. meetings at Morrill Hall at St. Mark's Church on Oenoke Ridge. Each weekly meeting features local, state and nationally known speakers. Visit the links below for the many additional activities of our SMC members. Click on: SMCNC.INFO to watch our video and learn more about the Senior Men's Club of New Canaan. Members are reminded that Getabout is available for rides to and from our Friday meetings. Call Getabout at 203-972-7433 one day in advance and sign up to travel with the others enjoying this service.|
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held Fridays at 10 a.m. in Morrill Hall
at St. Mark's Church on Oenoke Ridge. Directions to St. Mark's
Upcoming SMC Speakers
|April 10||John Kennedy, Director of Golf at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, will be speaking about how to improve in golf and life and of his work with wounded veterans. He is the author of You Can Do It, A Path to Improvement in Golf and Life. [If only golf was as easy as life!] He has been awarded two of America PGA's most prestigious honors; the 2010 Horton Smith Award and the 2012 Patriot Award. His passion has always been teaching and coaching, whether on the lesson tee or monitoring staff or fellow professionals.|
Note: this meeting will be held at the Lamb Room on the lower level of the New Canaan Library.
Dr. Brian Luizzi, Superintendent of Schools for New Canaan, will bring us up to date on all the challenges he sees in educating our youth in a rapidly changing environment. Dr. Luizzi holds his doctorate in education degrees from the Teachers College, Columbia University and has taught at the college level at Central CT State University and UCONN. He progressed through administrative posts in the Brookfield CT school system, then becoming principal of NC High School. Last year, Dr. Luizzi was voted Superintendent of NC Schools.
|April 24||Nicholas A. Yanicelli, SMC member and President of Malta Justice Initiative, will speak on the reform of the criminal justice system in Connecticut. He and his leadership team are among people of all faiths, consisting of past and present criminal justice workers, former inmates, business leaders, lawyers and academics that have joined together to suggest solutions and improvements to Connecticut's criminal justice system. The coalition's new book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper-Incarceration Has Hijacked the American Dream, will be discussed.|
|May 1||Bob Mazzone, is Chief Operating Officer for the CT Challenge and the CT Challenge charity Bike Ride that finances the bulk of all their programs. CT Challenge focuses their time healing the bodies, minds and spirits of post-cancer survivors affording them longer, stronger, happier lives through exercise, nutrition and mind-body health with community building support systems. Mr. Mazzone is a graduate of Harvard College with a concentration in Biology. He and his wife and family live in Darien.|
|May 8||ANNUAL LUNCHEON MEETING - At Country Club of New Canaan. Everyone is invited, open seating, plenty of parking. Cash bar starts at 11:30am, your choice of roast beef or salmon lunch at 12:20pm. Make a reservation and pay at the Couth table at the Friday meeting. Cost: $55. Price includes tax and tip, but is $60 if you pay at the door. You also can mail the check to Paul Stein, 172 Oenoke Lane, New Canaan, CT 06840. Be sure to write "beef" or "salmon" on the check. And attending the luncheon is a great relaxing way for all new members to meet SMC members and to enjoy the group.|
|May 15||Stuart Gibson is an international museum and cultural policy expert with over 20 year experience working with cultural organizations and governments undergoing economic and political transition and post conflict development. He will offer an illustrated talk on the history of the 250 year old Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, highlight it's collections, the Winter Palace's role in Russian history, the challenges it has faced since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its emergence as one of the premier museums in the world today.|
|May 22||No Meeting - Memorial Day Weekend|
|May 29||Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, an organization that provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women to help them make a positive impact on their lives, families and communities. The classes taught are identical to those taught at the teachers' home colleges. Today over 300 students are enrolled in graduate programs and classes in life skills and re-entry. Is Hudson Link successful, you ask? Over 270 graduates released ... none have returned to prison.|
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