12/29/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
12/29/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: "Review of the Year 2020"
12/22/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
12/22/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: "Holiday Sing-a-Long"
12/15/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
12/15/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: Senior Recognition Day
12/15/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: Topic: "What Should President-Elect Biden Do His First 100 Days"
12/8/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am Old Guard Memorial
12/8/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Jim Cunningham
Title of Talk: "Protecting Our Power Grid"
12/1/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
12/1/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Jeanne Zaino
Title of Talk: "American Democracy in Crisis"
About the Speaker
Dr. Zaino specializes in public sector, government, and media & entertainment. Her experience includes extensive work with public policy building in federal and local state government, and higher education entities. Dr. Zaino has more than twenty-five year’ experience across a range of complex and often high-profile strategy, operations, transformation initiatives. She is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on electoral politics, and her ideas are being widely used in governments, industries and organizations throughout the world.As a member of the Political Science and International Studies faculty at Iona College and NYU, she is the Carol S. Russett award winning professor of American government, voting, elections, public opinion, political parties, presidency, congress, the courts, civil liberties, constitutional law, and research methods. During her tenure at Iona College she has served as Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of the Honors Program, and Dean of the School of Arts & Science. Synopsis:
Public disenchantment with and distrust of American government is at an all-time high and who can blame them? In the face of widespread challenges – everything from record levels of personal and national debt and the sky high cost of education, to gun violence, racial discrimination, an immigration crisis, overpriced pharmaceuticals, and much more – the government seems paralyzed and unable to act. The most recent example is Covid-19. It’s the deadliest pandemic in over a century. In addition to an unimaginable sick and death toll, it has left more than thirty million Americans unemployed. Despite this, Washington let the first round of supplemental unemployment benefits run out and for more than a month were unable to agree on a bill to help those suffering. This talk, based on my upcoming book of the same name, delves into why we are in this situation.
12/1/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: Topic: "What Should President-Elect Biden Do His First 100 Days"
11/24/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
11/24/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Evan Medeiros
Title of Talk: "Assessing the Future of US-China Relations"
About the Speaker
Dr. Evan S. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His research and teaching focuses on the international politics of East Asia, U.S.-China relations and China’s foreign and national security policies. He has published several books and articles and regularly provides advice and commentary to global corporations and the international media. Dr. Medeiros’ expertise is a unique blend of research and practical experience. He previously served for six years on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia.
Dr. Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in addition to an M.Phil degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), a M.A. degree in China studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, and a B.A. degree in analytic philosophy from Bates College in Maine. He is married to Bernadette Meehan, and they have a daughter, Amelia.
The US-China relationship has become one of the most important relationships in global politics - if not the most important one. It is also one of the complex ones: it has elements of both cooperation and competition. US and Chinese interests increasingly diverge on a diversity of both economic and security issues. At the same time, the US and China need to work together on global challenges such as the pandemic and climate change. How should policymakers balance these two imperatives? China policy in the US is also an intensely political issue, with a variety of views across the political spectrum. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of US-China relations and assess the trajectory of the relationship going forward.
11/24/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: Topic: "What are you grateful for?"
11/17/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
11/17/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Joshua Mendelsohn
Title of Talk: The Cap: How Larry Fleisher and David Stern Built the Modern NBA
About the Speaker: Joshua Mendelsohn is a veteran labor lawyer with extensive experience in sports and entertainment. He is currently the senior labor counsel for the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and an adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, teaching collective bargaining in sports and entertainment. Mendelsohn has negotiated agreements covering professional athletes and sports broadcasters with media companies and professional sports franchises. He lives in New York with his wife.
Synopsis: Today the salary cap is an NBA institution, something fans take for granted as part of the fabric of the league or an obstacle to their favorite team’s chances to win a championship. In the early 1980s, however, a salary cap was not only novel but nonexistent. The Cap tells the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of the deal between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association that created the salary cap in 1983, the first in all of sports, against the backdrop of a looming players’ strike on one side and threatened economic collapse on the other. The Cap explores in detail not only the high-stakes negotiations in the early 1980s but all the twists and turns through the decades that led the parties to reach a salary cap compromise - including the rise of the ABA, the leadership of Oscar Robertson in the NBPA, threatened strikes in 1964 and 1967, the NBA's tortured relationship with television, the broader development of economics in the NFL and Major League Baseball all are just part of the story of the growth of the business of professional basketball. It is a compelling story that involves notable players, colorful owners, visionary league and union officials, and a sport trying to solidify a bright future despite a turbulent past and present. This is a story missing from the landscape of basketball history. Harvey Araton, author of When the Garden Was Eden, called The Cap a "most comprehensive and well-written history" and a "compelling evolutionary tale of the professional game." SBNation said of The Cap that, ""Mendelsohn’s work is an essential piece of NBA literature... accessible to nearly all readers and of particular interest to anybody who wants to understand the circumstances that have perpetuated the NBA’s ongoing popularity. The Cap... gets the highest of recommendations."
11/10/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
11/10/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Philomena Dunn
Title of Talk: " Getting Started in Finding Your Roots"
About the Speaker: Philomena Dunn has been doing genealogy research on her own extensive New England and Irish family for over 30 years. She now has more than 1,500 of her closest family members entered in her database. A member of numerous national and local genealogical organizations, Philomena is current President of Westchester County Genealogical Society and has been a member since 1989. Since 1990, she has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through her New England line and she is the Regent for Hudson River Patriots Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution in Westchester.
Extra Information: This talk, "Getting Started in Genealogy" is going to be a quick overview of how you can start looking into your family tree. The presentation, via Zoom, will mostly be conducted with PowerPoint.
11/10/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "Post Mortem on the Election"
11/3/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
11/3/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Walter Schwartz
Title of Talk: "Presidential Trivia and Anecdotes About Former Presidents"
10/28/20 Program 11 am - 12:30 pm
Name of Speaker: Jeffrey Graham
"Title of Talk: Smart DriverTEK Vehicle Technology Workshop"
10/27/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
10/27/20 Timely Topics 11 am
Topic: "US Senate Races"
10/20/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
10/20/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: Old Guard Art Show (Part 2)
10/13/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
10/13/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: Old Guard Art Show (Part 1)
10/13/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "What if.........."
10/6/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
10/6/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Andrew Morse
Title of Talk: Delving into the Economy
About the Speaker: Andrew Morse is a Managing Director of Hightower Advisors the Chicago, IL headquarted private wealth management concern. Mr. Morse is the senior partner of Morse, Towey and White (of NYC) that is one of 110 wealth management teams Hightower owns. Hightower Advisors manages in excess of 75 billion dollars. Mr. Morse served on the Hightower Board of Managers (Directors) from 2010-2019. He is now an advisor to the Board. As well he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Seacor Marine Holdings Inc. (SMHI-NYSE) and has served on three other NYSE Boards of Directors. In the 1970s and 80s Mr. Morse worked in merger arbitrage, corporate finance, public finance, fixed income trading and other areas of Wall Street. He lived in both London, England and at the time Edgemont, NY. Later he spent a year working with Democratic Party politicians and their aides in formulating both tax and budget policies in Washington, DC and locally. In the early 1990s he decided to embark upon “money management” professionally in which he had little background. Some years later he was named to the Barron’s Magazine Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors and in 2015 named as well to the Financial Times “Top Advisors” list. Mr. Morse is the Chair of Class Agents, Yale University and sits on the Advisory Board to the Yale University Cancer Center’s Board of Trustees. He served nine years on the Management Committee of the Weizmann Inst. Of Science in Rehovot, Israel and is Vice-Chair Finance of the Weizmann Institute’s American Committee. Mr. Morse is 74 years old. He and his wife live in Harrison, NY. They are the parents of two married daughters and the grandparents of four children. Mr. Morse was introduced to the Old Guard by his father, Ted Morse who died on July 27, 2019 at age 98. He was an active member from age 72until he lost his mobility at age 95. He served in many Old Guard leadership roles including its president. Mr. Morse began speaking with the Old Guard annuallycommencing in 1998 at the invitation of his father. Today he will continue his annual talks reviewing the state of the economy.
About the Program: In light of governmental action such as a zero-interest rate policy, and the global pandemic, how have financial markets been impacted? Where might we be going from here with regard to either a change or the continuation of governmental administration, risks to be introduced in light of Covid-19 and potential vaccine distribution, Chinese influence in global finance, energy, particularly oil, as a driver of the financial markets, and how much the United States has morphed in its role of preeminence.
9/29/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
9/29/20 Program 11 am
Presentation: Man of the Year Award Cermony
9/29/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "Who will win the Election?"
9/22/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
9/22/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Bernadette Meehan
Title of Topic: "Diplomatic Musings:Reflections on Life in the U.S. Foreign Service"
Synopsis: Drawing from her 13 years as an American diplomat, serving under Democratic and Republican presidents, Bernadette will discuss the role of the Foreign Service Officer in crafting and implementing foreign policy, both overseas and in Washington.
Bio: Bernadette Meehan is the Chief International Officer at The Obama Foundation, where she oversees international leadership development programming. Previously a Foreign Service Officer at the State Department for thirteen years, Bernadette served in a variety of assignments in Washington and overseas. From January 2016 to January 2017 she served as a Senior Advisor at the White House National Security Council. From August 2015 to August 2016 Bernadette was an adjunct professor and State Department resident fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In June 2015, Bernadette completed her first three years of service at the National Security Council, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Spokesperson for the National Security Council.
Prior to her assignment at the National Security Council, Bernadette served at the State Department as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. Her overseas diplomatic assignments include Dubai, Baghdad, and Bogota. In 2007 Bernadette was selected as a Powell Fellow, recognized as one of the 12 most promising future leaders in the Department of State.
Bernadette serves as a Member of the Board of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, within the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Hostage US, an organization dedicated to ensuring that US hostages and their families get the support and guidance they need to survive the challenge of a kidnapping.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Bernadette was a Vice President of Private Banking at J.P. Morgan and Vice President of Asset Management at Lehman Brothers. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science. A native of New York, Bernadette speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.
9/15/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
9/15/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Alfreda Williams
Affiliation: Westchester County Vice Chairwoman Board of Legislators
Title of Talk: "November Elections and Voter Concerns"
9/15/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "The Stock Market"
9/8/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
9/8/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Ellen Flaks
Title of Talk: "A Workshop: Zoomprov! with Ellen Flaks"
About the Speaker: Ellen Flaks has been helping people ages 3-103 "stretch their imagination muscles" for 25 years in Westchester County and beyond. She jumped into Zoomprov in April. She holds degrees in Theater and Education.
Extra Info: Ever watch "Whose Line is it Anyway" on tv or see a live improv show and wonder, "How do they do that? They make it look so easy!" Wonder no more! In this workshop you will play some fun theater games, perform improvised scenes and discuss how these skills can translate into a shift in communicating in your own life. Ellen has a knack for making first timers as well as pros feel welcome and comfortable.
Note: Improv is best done with a variety of “voices” — Invite your wives and other family members to come to this workshop and participate. Bring your imagination too.
9/1/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
"9/1/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Dr. Jill Horowitz
Title of Talk: "COVID Therapy and Protection with Monoclonal Antibodies from Recovered Patients"
About the Speaker: Dr. Horowitz is the Executive Director Strategic Operations at Rockefeller University in NYC. Highly successful life sciences global business leader with >10 years in pharma BD&L and product development and 6 years in US government healthcare regulation. Deep understanding of strategy and decision-making in the healthcare industry, honed by years of experience working with large payers to develop and commercialize new products successfully in the managed care setting.
Extra Info: Based on successful therapy and prevention for other viral diseases, we are seeking a treatment and prevention against COVID-19 using monoclonal antibodies from recovered patients. We isolated antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 from patients who had recovered from COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic in the New York City area. We were able to identify and clone a cocktail of 2 highly potent monoclonal antibodies that neutralize different, non-overlapping parts of the spike protein on the surface of the virus. These antibodies are currently being manufactured and tested in animals and are expected to begin human trials in Q4 2020.
9/1/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "Democratic and Republican Conventions. What did they do well and what did they do poorly?"
8/25/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
8/25/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Greta Cohan
Title of Talk: Discussion the short story "Sonny’s Blues" by James Baldwin
About the Speaker - Until her retirement, Greta was a English Professor at WCC
About The Program - Greta Cohan continues on her annual talk series to the Old Guard of Westchester discussing a short story which is pre-read by the attendees. This year's story, Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin is as powerful and important as it was when published in 1957.
8/18/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
8/18/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Walter Schwartz
Title of Talk: "Jim Thorpe and Joe Louis"
About the Speaker Walter Schwartz, our speaker, is on the Board of the Westchester County Historical Society and a member of The Old Guard of Westchester.
About The Program Jim Thorpe/Joe Louis, great champions, tragic figures.
8/18/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: " US vs. China"
8/11/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
8/11/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speakers: Alan & Steve
Title of Talk: "The Internet, Lifeline During The Pandemic"
About The Program Alan and Steve will continue with part 3 of our exploration of the use and importance of the internet as a lifeline during the current pandemic. During part 1 we looked at the OGWestchester website and how to access the important information to be found there. In part 2 we looked at interpersonal communications, focusing on ZOOM as the method in which we, as an organization, can continue to function under less than ideal conditions. In part 3 we will continue to look at some other interpersonal communication platforms and how they can keep you connected with friends and family during these isolating times. We will move on to other websites and applications that can expand our world into other areas of entertainment, information, wellness, commerce, and education. Members are invited to bring suggestions of places that they have discovered which have helped them get through the current pandemic.
8/4/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
8/4/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Susan Seal
Title of Talk: "The Odell House in the history of Westchester and of the Revolutionary War."
About the Speaker: Susan Seal is a retired real estate broker who has been active in historic preservation for years. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University, site of the first Federal grant for historic preservation in the country. Her graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning had a specialty in historic preservation.
She is the former president of the Board of the Westchester County Historical Society. In 2019 she formed the non-profit Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters to assist the Town of Greenburgh in fundraising for the restoration of Odell House.
Extra Info The Friends of Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters (OHRH) was created to provide assistance to the Town of Greenburgh in its efforts to preserve and restore the National Register Property, Odell House, located at 425 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale NY. We are working with the Town to obtain funding so that we can educate present and future generations about the critical role this house played in our nation’s successful struggle for freedom during the Revolutionary War. By creating a shared pride in our inspiring history we will weave together our diverse community. OHRH, built in 1732, served as the headquarters for the Count de Rochambeau and his French Forces from July 6, 1781 to August 18, 1781. During that time, General George Washington and the Continental Army camped nearby in Ardsley. The two generals met and surveyed Westchester and the Bronx and received intelligence about British Army and Navy strength in Manhattan. After receiving word from French Admiral de Grasse that his fleet would assist them in Virginia, they made the crucial decision not to engage the British in New York, a battle that they likely would have lost. Instead the two forces of over 7,000 soldiers crossed the Hudson River at night and marched their combined armies to Yorktown, Virginia where they defeated General Cornwallis and won the war.
8/4/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
"Topic: "Gun Violence in America"
7/28/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
7/28/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speakers: Alan & Steve
Title of Talk: "Wonders of the Internet and Modern Technology"
7/21/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
7/21/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Fred Goodman
Title of TalK: "The Rise and Fall of the Rock & Roll Record Business"
About the Program: Speaking from the perspective as a book author and reporter for ROLLING STONE and BILLBOARD magazines. The talk will encompass how the music of the fifties and sixties gave rise to an international music business dominated by companies like RCA, Sony, and Warner Bros., and how it ultimately collapsed under the pressure of the Internet.
About the Speaker: FRED GOODMAN is a former editor at ROLLING STONE and BILLBOARD, and the author of several books on the music industry. His work has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES and many magazines and newspapers.
7/21/20 Timely Topics 12 pm
"Topic: Joe Biden and his Vice Presidential Pick and Why"
7/14/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
7/14/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speakers: John Feerick, John, Rogan, Jenny Brejt, and Andrew Vazquez
Title of Talk: "The Supreme Court's Decision on 'Faithless' Presidential Electors"
About The Speakers: John D. Feerick, Dean Emeritus and Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service, Fordham Law School
John Rogan, Visiting Clinical Professor, Fordham Law School
Jenny Brejt, Fordham Law School Class of 2020
Andrew Vazquez, Fordham Law School Class of 2022
Synopsis:In a rare decision on the Electoral College, the Supreme Court recently ruled that states may penalize electors who do not vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in their states. Seven electors cast "faithless" votes in the 2016 election. This presentation will discuss the Court's decision and its implications for the future of Electoral College reform.
7/7/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
6/30/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
6/30/20Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Greenburgh Police Chief B.J. Ryan
Affiliation: Chief of Greenburgh Police Department
Title of Talk: "Community Policing in this Time of Crisis"
Subject: In light of current events it appears that the police and the community view policing issues through very different lenses. If we are ever to resolve the problems that have been a part of America since its inception, we need to at least recognize the various ways that the problems are viewed by everyone, and work to resolve them. Today we will hear from Chief of Police B.J. Ryan, of the Greenburgh Police Department, who will discuss how a modern police department deals with very real issues of how to serve and protect the community in a fair and just manner.
About the Speaker: Chief Brian J. Ryan is a 35 year veteran of law enforcement. A native of Queens, NY, he is the son of Irish immigrant parents, now deceased. He spent his first four years of police service with the NYPD and was assigned to Manhattan North and the Bronx. Chief Ryan has worked in various assignments during his tenure with the Town of Greenburgh Police Department, including patrol, street crime, and the detective bureau. He was assigned to the detective bureau as a Sergeant from 1999-2006. As a Lieutenant he was assigned as Patrol Tour Commander and subsequently as the Commanding Officer of the Special Investigations Unit. He held the rank of Captain from 2013-2019 and served as Commanding officer of the Detective Division and Uniform Patrol Division. In 2019 Chief Ryan was appointed Chief of Police. Chief Ryan holds a B.A. from St. John’s University, and a M.S. from Long Island University. He has been married for the past 31 years to his wife Patricia and has three adult children.
6/23/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
6/23/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: The Hon. Mark C. Dillon
Title of Talk: "George Clinton Versus John Jay, And The theft of The Governor' s Election In 1792."
About The Program: Politics was rough in the 1790s. An example is the race for New York State governor in 1792 between incumbent George Clinton and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Jay. John Jay won the statewide popular vote and should have been declared the winner of the race. The discussion by Justice Mark C. Dillon recounts the questionable methods that Governor Clinton and his supporters used to disqualify the votes of three upstate counties, swing the final tally from Jay to Clinton, and steal the election. The shenanigans earned Clinton the uncomplimentary nickname of “the Usurper.” The person most angered by the circumstances was not Jay, but his wife, Sarah, whose own family had supported Clinton. Voters have memories, so when the same two candidates faced off against each other for the next gubernatorial term in 1795, Jay was elected handily and his party swept New York State political offices. Despite Clinton’s loss in the second Clinton-Jay contest, his reputation remained intact enough to later be elected Vice President of the United States.
Dillon will supplement his Zoom discussion with photograph images and materials of relevant persons, places, and things. The subject matter and material is part of a book that will be published a few months from now by SUNY Press, By the Light of My Burning Effigies: Chief Justice John Jay in the Struggle of a New Nation.
About the Speaker: Mark C. Dillon has been a Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, since the summer of 2005 and currently occupies one of the senior “constitutional” seats of the court. He was elected to the Supreme Court in the Ninth Judicial District in 1999 and re-elected in 2013. Prior, Justice Dillon served as a Judge of the Westchester County Court in 1997 and as a Town Justice of the Town of Yorktown from 1988 to 1997. His career also includes three years as a Westchester County Assistant District Attorney, and a total of twelve years as a trial attorney at the White Plains law firms of Cerussi & Spring P.C. and Dillon & Sarcone, LLP.
Justice Dillon spoke to the Old Guard in 2015 about vigilantism that occurred in Montana of the 1860s, having publishd a book on the subject, The Montana Vigilantes 1863-1870: Gold, Guns & Gallows (Univ. of Colorado Press). It was one of five books nominated nationally in 2014 for “History Book of the Year” by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers’ Association. Justice Dillon has another book being published a few months from now called “By the Light of His Burning Effigies: Chief Justice John Jay in the Struggle of a New Nation” (SUNY Press). He is a contributing author of Practice Commentaries accompanying the official New York State practice statutes, and has published several research articles in law school law reviews.
Dillon also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School in Manhattan, and through that school, volunteered time during certain summers woth Old Guard member Dennis Kenny teaching mediation techniques to tribal chiefs, priests, and imams in remote regions of west Africa.
6/16/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
6/16/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Court Whelan
Topic: "The American Southwest: This Place Rocks" Originally PresentedMay 19, 2020
Program Description: During the current "sheltering in place” there have been a myriad number of entertainment and educational programs which have been offered online for free or at minimal cost (although almost everything I have watched has been free. One such program has been a “Daily Dose of Nature”, which is presented every weekday at 3PM at Nathab.org, but which requires preregistration. The schedule of programs is published on Friday for the following week. Nathab is an ecology tour company which works closely with WWF (World Wildlife Federation) operating worldwide tours on nature topics. Our June 16 OG program will be a rebroadcast of:
The American Southwest: This Place Rocks! Originally presented May 19, 2020
Nat Hab Expedition Leader Court Whelan takes us on an exciting tour through the geology of the American Southwest. Focusing on some of the most dramatic parks and natural areas in Arizona and Utah, Court reviews millions (and billions!) of years of Earth’s history written on these "pages" of stone.
6/16/20Timely Topics: To Be determined
6/9/20 Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
Name of Speaker: Patrick Raftery
Topic: "From Wigwams to Corporate Offices: 400 Years of Westchester History."
About the Presenter: Patrick is a graduate of Concordia College in Bronxville and Long Island University. He has worked at WCHS since 2006, and have been the librarian since 2011. WCHS published two of his books, The Cemeteries of Westchester County and The Cemeteries of the Bronx, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. Patrick has also written several articles for the WCHS quarterly journal, The Westchester Historian.
About the Program: A presentation that discusses the county's history from the early 1600s to the present. Among the topics that are covered are Native Americans in Westchester, the Colonial era, the Revolutionary War, railroads, the development of the county as a suburb of New York City, the development of the county as a source of water for New York City, industry and commerce, recreation and sports, and more.
6/2/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
6/2/20Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Felicia Wilson
Title of Talk: Gratitude: What, Where, How.
About the Presenter: Felicia is a 27-year Westchester County resident and offers this talk as her community service. She gives an annual gratitude talk at her local library in Greenburgh, and we have invited her to share this with the Old Guard community, especially during this unprecedented time of a global pandemic. Professionally, Felicia is in technology sales, working virtually from home these days, on Zoom.
About the Program: Felicia will share her life-long practice of gratitude. She will explain what gratitude is, present a sample of the new science confirming the benefits of gratitude. We will do a gratitude practice together. Felicia will share her “top 10” gratitude practices, from easy to challenging.
6/2/20Timely Topics 12 pm
Topic: "Should schools reopen and how should it be done."
5/26/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
5/26/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Anthony Enea
Title of Talk: "New Medicaid Eligibility Requirements Create Urgency to Long Term Care Planning."
About the Speaker: Mr. Enea concentrates his practice on elder law and estate planning and has spent the past 35 years protecting the rights of seniors and the disabled. He is a member of Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP (www.esslawfirm.com) with offices in White Plains and Somers, NY. About the Program: Serious changes to the New York Medicaid program will soon affect the ability for seniors to obtain the home care services they need. Join elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea, Esq. for a program highlighting some of the most important changes (set to take effect on October 1, 2020) including the imposition of a look back period for Medicaid Home Care and modifications to the consumer-directed Medicaid program. Learn what steps can be taken now to prepare.
5/19/20Business Meeting (open to all members)10 am
5/19/20 Program 11 am
Name of Speaker: Jeffrey Wyant
Title of Talk: Forest Therapy: What is it? Who needs it?
We review the history of forest therapy, how and why it started in Japan, and how it was re-envisioned in the USA to then launch a global network of practitioners. We will cover the basic concepts, elements, principles, and techniques behind forest therapy and discuss its physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. We will also look at how forest therapy is guiding people on new pathways to improved healthcare and to a deeper engagement with nature and their communities.
About the Speaker
Jeffrey Wyant is a filmmaker and commercial television producer, who has written and directed over 200 national TV commercials, produced national daily and weekly TV shows, as well as syndicated prime-time specials — including “Don’t Ask Me, Ask God” with over 16 million viewers. In 2015 and 2016, in an effort to create more sustainable activities in privately-owned forests, and to strengthen people’s nature-connection experiences, Mr. Wyant brought the first forest therapy guide-training program to New England, conducted by The Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs (ANFT).
For more information about Forest Therapy click on the link below.