The Senior Men's Association of Darien concluded its year on June 1 with a program featuring the group's Senior Songsters, under the direction of Joe Holmes. The hour of song completed a successful year of programs in the fields of government, history, the arts, news casting, economics, science, medicine, sports and entertainment.
June 1 is also the day on which new officers and directors of the association took on their responsibilities. For the coming year the officers will be: John Podkowsky, president and director; Robert Ready, first vice president and director; William Ball, second vice president and director; Robert Smith, secretary and director; Douglas Wyse, assistant secretary; Tom Taylor, treasurer and director; William Nolte, assistant treasurer; George Brookner, Colin Costello, John Fitzgibbons, George Cammann, Peter Hallock and Jim Hartzer, directors-at-large; Bill Winship, Marc Thorne and Kirk Jewett, past president directors; Frank Johnson, social events chairman and director; and Charles Scribner, membership chairman and director.
More than 35 years ago, the association was organized under the sponsorship of the Darien YMCA. When the association outgrew the facilities at the Y, the Darien Community Association agreed to assume sponsorship of the organization. The association holds its regular meetings in the garden wing of the DCA's Meadowland headquarters on Middlesex Road.
The association provides its members with a variety of activities, some of which continue year-round. The Senior Songsters provide programs of light music for retirement residences, convalescent homes and senior activity groups. Bill Flanagan arranges the concert schedule and the group is accompanied on the piano by Bunny Erickson. The Happy Wanderers organizes and conducts walking tours of New York City and environs for members and their guests.
Other activities of the association include bridge, tennis, platform tennis, bowling, golf, table tennis, computer training, an investment club and a woodworking shop. A group calling themselves the Romeos (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet once a week for pizza or pasta and brew.
In addition, the association organizes a number of social events for members and their guests.
In addition to the traditional Christmas luncheon and dance and the annual summer picnic, events over the past year have included a trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, visits to Consumers' Union in Yonkers, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Hispanic Society Museum, and the Hill-Stead Museum as well as attendance at a performance of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Goodspeed Opera.
Membership in the Senior Men's Association of Darien is open to men 55 years and older who live in Darien or its surroundings. Visit sma.darien.org.