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This year, Baxter Urist 1st VP,  is Speaker Chairman. 
Members who have potential speakers should contact Baxter Urist
We also want to thank Dick Kalt, who has produced these very informative Y's Men Virtual Videos

Meeting Videos after 2/11/21 are located below.  Older Meeting videos are located in our Members Only Section .

Y'S MEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 18 WITH LT. COL. RICHARD ANDERSON
Lt. Col. Richard Anderson presented a thorough description of the events leading up to, and the necessity for a well thought out U.S. military plan for engagement in World War II. This was both a history and management discussion that involved the many events and challenges faced by our leaders, and the leadership excellence required for proper entry and ultimate victory. This presentation by Lt. Col. Anderson is one of great interest and value. Listen and learn!

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Y'S MEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 11 WITH DAVID FITZPATRICK
David is a highly regarded producer and reporter who recently retired from CNN, as he spoke about how cable news reporting has changed the landscape of America. The presentation covers the business, the aspects of news coverage, as well as opinion and commentary. Do not miss this most important presentation as it will educate you about what you see and hear, reported on cable as news and commentary, and its impact on our society today.

Y'S MEN MEETING OF NOVEMBER 4 WITH MARK ALBERTSON
Our meeting of November 4th features Y’s Men’s visiting professor of American History, Mark Albertson. Mark joined us to talk about George Washington’s Farewell Address.
This address remains to be one of the most important in our history. In it Washington set the stage for the two-term presidency, guidance lasting until well into the 20th century — without a law, or Constitutional amendment — and he warned of the dangers of permanent alliances between the United States and foreign nations. Watch now for what you will learn will be most interesting and surprising.

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Y'S MEN MEETING OF OCTOBER 28 WITH TONY MCDOWELL
Tony is Executive Director of Earthplace, speaks about the challenge of climate change — what it is, what must be done and what we should do internationally, nationally, locally and personally. It was an informative and motivating discussion with a clear message of how we must prioritize our efforts to save our environment sooner, not later. Do watch this video and learn how you can do your part.

Y'S MEN.10-21-21 WITH RANDY HERBERTSON
Randy is President of the Westport Downtown Association, who will tell us about the new and exciting plans for our downtown area. Many initiatives are underway to enhance our already great downtown area including beautification, events, retail support and more that bring people to Westport. The downtown has garnered almost 40 new stores and restaurants. Many are small specialty chains and concept stores that chose Westport as their sole regional location. Join us for a most interesting and informational discussion.

Y'S MEN 10/13/21 WITH FRANK SPARKS 


Y'S MEN MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 30 WITH ED HAJIM
Ed is an American financier, philanthropist and author of On the Road Less Traveled, Ed Hajim. His compelling story of his rise from a dire childhood to professional success and personal fulfillment is truly inspirational and a must listen, proving that passion, positive thinking and humanity conquers all.


Y’S MEN MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 WITH OUR FIRE CHIEFS WESTPORT’S ROB YOST AND WESTON’S JOHN POKORNY
This is an extremely informative session with our fire chiefs Westport’s Rob Yost and Weston’s John Pokorny, discussing how we can best take care of ourselves in the event of fire on our home.

Y'S MEN MEETING OF 9-9-21 WITH SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL


Y'S MEN MEETING OF 5/20/21 WITH FIRST SELECTMAN CHRIS SPAULDING OF WESTON AND FIRST SELECTMAN JIM MARPE OF WESTPORT


Our Meeting of May 13, 2021 features Dr. C. Griffith Mann - Curator of the Metropolitan Museaum of Art — Dr. Mann spoke to us about J.P. Morgan’s contributions to the Metropolitan Museum Art, which was founded in 1870 to bring art and art education to the American people. Morgan was one of the museum’s greatest benefactors, from the time he became a patron in 1872 until his death in 1913. He was a generous financial donor and a significant contributor of art works. Dr. Mann is the Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, overseeing the medieval collection and departmental staff at both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. His presentation contained spectacularly detailed images of the truly historic artworks that Morgan, a native of Hartford, donated to the Met as well as to the Wadsworth Antheneum in his hometown here in Connecticut.

Our Meeting of March 18, 2021 features Harold Bailey Jr., Chair of TEAM Westport — Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism. He spoke about Black experiences from their arrival in 1619 to today. Bailey is a retired IBMer, a trustee emeritus of his alma mater, Brown University — from which he received an honorary Ph.D., and a founding member of the Stamford chapter of 100 Black Men. In 2005 he received the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Community Leadership award. TEAM Westport is an official town committee established to “achieve, celebrate and extend a more welcoming, multicultural community” with a focus on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion.

Our Meeting of March 11, 2021 features Joe Saldutti, Managing Director at Gridiron Capital in New Canaan, spoke to the Y’s Men on March 11 about how his firm selects investment opportunities — and why it rejects others. Gridiron focuses on middle market private investments, many of which are founder or family owned businesses. His focus is finding great companies to invest in and building value in Gridiron partner companies. This is the audio only version from our speaker. 

  Our Meeting of February 18, 2021 features Seana Turner, master organizer who founded her business, The Seana Method, in 2010 to help people who complained their spaces were a mess, their schedules were out of control, and they felt overwhelmed by their “stuff.” Turner is a well organized person who recognized that what she did in the normal course of her day was a skill not many others possessed. She will share its essential aspects with us, and you will come away ready to organize.

Our Meeting of February 11, 2021 features Charlie Taney, President of the Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail Board. The NRVT is a partially constructed trail, ten feet wide and 30 miles long beginning at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, running through Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding and ending at Rogers Park in Danbury. Taney will talk about the trail as it is today and about the work being done during the next two years to complete it.