General Meetings

Open to members and their guests

Place:  Temple Israel, Westport
10:45 am   Coffee and Conversation
11:30 am   Meeting and Speaker
Please 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. 

February 13
Deirdre M. Daly: Life As Principal Litigator in the U.S. for CT, and What Comes Next
Deirdre Daly is the first woman to be nominated and confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the State of CT, an office that was established in 1789. In this role, she prosecutes all criminal and civil cases brought by the federal government and defends the U.S. when it is a party in a civil case. All resources are dedicated to the aggressive investigation, prosecution, and prevention of terrorism. Ms. Daly previously served in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of cases from racketeering and murder to corruption and fraud. She was a partner at Daly & Pavlis LLC, a Connecticut law firm focused on corporate and commercial litigation, white-collar criminal investigations, SEC enforcement actions, and corporate internal investigations and monitoring. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center, earlier in her career Ms. Daly served as law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of NY. Join us to hear her interesting and relevant perspective on the major issues she sees going forward.

February 27
Chris Brubeck: Jazz and International Diplomacy
Chris Brubeck - a Grammy-nominated composer, innovative performer, and educator - will discuss his fabulous career in jazz blended with information on international diplomacy. Chris has created an impressive body of symphonic work while maintaining a demanding touring and recording schedule with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (with his brother Dan on drums).  He wrote and premiered two children’s pieces: The Hermitage Cats Save the Day, a Russian-American cooperative project about the cats in the Hermitage Museum, and “The Cricket in Times Square,” based on George Selden’s book. Other major works include “Travels in Time for Three,” with performances by The Boston Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, and Portland Symphony; “Ansel Adams: America,” which he co-wrote with father Dave Brubeck and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition; and “Interplay for Three Violins and Orchestra,” which was broadcast on PBS’s Evening at the Pops and won Chris an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Chris also performed with his brothers Darius, Dan, and Matthew in a tribute to their father that was part of the Kennedy Center Honors, which was televised around the world. We hope you can join us to learn more about what’s up these days for our All-American Star.