General Meetings

Open to members and their guests
Place:         Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am sharp  Meeting and Speaker
We must enter through the doors from the upper parking lot.  There are a limited number of parking spaces in the upper lot; please leave them for those who have difficulty walking. Others please park in the lower lot and walk to the upper entrance.

April 9 Tom Appleby: ‘What’s News?’
In the 32 years that Tom Appleby was News Director and Co-Anchor of News 12 Connecticut, the network won more than 800 major awards, including 46 Emmy Awards, 59 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, 3 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, and 104 Associated Press Awards, including 5 Mark Twain Awards for Station Excellence. Tom has hosted the weekly political program “Focus on Connecticut.” He has a BA from Dartmouth College as well as Master’s and PhD degrees in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Prior to entering broadcasting, Tom was a tenured lecturer at The City College of New York. Please join us to catch up on all the latest issues going on in and out of the news! 

April 23 Alisyn Camerota: Amanda Wakes Up
Alisyn Camerota is CNN Anchor and Co-Host of CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo. As a veteran broadcast journalist, she knows a little something about the fast-paced world of cable news. In Amanda Wakes Up, her first book, she offers a fictional behind-the-scenes peek at this one-of-a-kind job – a blur of breaking news, big scoops, and colorful personalities. The book follows Amanda Gallo, an ambitious young reporter, who lands a plum gig at a big-time cable news station, and quickly learns that her dream job isn’t exactly a dream.  “If there’s one thing I know through and through, it’s the challenges and behind-the-scenes fun of cable news,” says Alisyn. “Being able to assign real-life dilemmas to a fictional character was strangely comforting and instructive. I started this book years ago and am grateful that Viking has been on board the whole time for this crazy ride. ”Amanda Wakes Up is The Devil Wears Prada meets “The Newsroom,” with a dash of Primary Colors thrown into the mix! Prior to joining CNN, Alisyn served as co-host of America’s news headquarters on Fox News for 16 years. She also co-anchored “Fox & Friends Weekend” and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise, covering the gamut of hard news and human-interest stories. Let’s give a big welcome to Alisyn – and thanks to her mom, Y’s Woman Elaine Camerota, for bringing her to us!