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The Old Guard

Guest Speakers 2022-2023

(Weekly Sept.-May)

Rick Ledwith, West Hartford Town Manager
Nick Bellantoni, Archeologist Emeritus
State of Connecticut
Soldiers of the Revolutionary War in Connecticut



Col. Mike Cabrey, U.S Army (ret.)
Women in the Military

Paul Blanch, Nuclear Expert
The Challenge of Nuclear Waste

Roger Hanlon - My Adventures in the Minor Leagues


Judith Stonger, VP, Wheeler Clinic
Modern Rehabilitation Methods


Stephanie Dattellas, Gen Mgr., The Ballet Theatre Co.


Hon. Omar A. Williams, Judge, U.S. District Court

File photo

Ruth Mitman, PhD, Gerontologist
Aging Together

Susan Kirk Ryan - Genealogy
(via Zoom)


Howard Greenblatt - Hartford Basketball History


Rev. Henry Brown, Anti-Violence Leader

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Shawn Wooden, CT State Treasurer

Sport and OnLine Gambling

Derek Slap, CT State Senator

Diane Goode, Director, CT Council on Problem Gambling

Tom Mullaney, Investment Advisor
Brian Keane, CEO, SmartPower
Chris Keating, Political Reporter, The Hartford Courant
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor 
State of the Town
Wendy DeAngelo, Vice President
Hospital for Special Care
The Rev. John Mitman, The Early History of Yale College
Andrew Eccles, WHFD
 Using CPR and an AED
Jeff Lee - My Dad Bill Lee and Me 
Cmd.Sgt.Maj. CNG (Ret. ) John Carragher   Veterans Affairs
Hon. Barbara Bailey Kennelly
A Life in Politics
Tracy Wilson, West Hartford Historian
Covenants, Redlining and Steering

Recent Guest Speakers

Clem Sayers - The History of Beer Sales in Connecticut

Mary Donohue - Big Houses, Big Architects, Big Stories
The Salvation Army - Michael Baldelli and Holly Fink
Mark Vasington, Board Chairman
Hartford Habitat for Humanity
Prof. Eric Lehman, University of Bridgeport
Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London
William Keller - Monuments Men (Italy)
Steve Gephard, CT DEEP
Status of the Connecticut River
Terry Fogarty -  Kaman Corp.
Kaman Helicopters in 2021
Jason Jakobowski, President Connecticut Foodshare
Coach John Gallagher  University of Hartford
Elizabeth Normen,  Publisher
Connecticut Explored
Steve Loff, Film Producer
Willie Pep, Documentary
Todd Andrews, Senior Vice President
Goodwin University
Margaret Hann, Executive Director,
The Bridge
Prof. John Bell, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, UConn
Mark Moriarty, PGA  Executive Director
first tee (connecticut)
Walter Woodward, Ph.D.
Professor of History, UConn
Creating Connecticut
Salvatore Menzo, Superintendant
University Magnet School System
Dr. James Gill, Chief Medical Examiner, State of Connecticut
Attorney Michael Cantor,
Connecticut Business Development

 Speakers via Zoom During Covid

Jeff Lee       Mantle, Mohammad and Me

Greg Boyko   Japan: Always Reinventing Itself

Tracy Flater     An Inside Look at the Playhouse         Theatre Group

Beth Boyle   The House of Bread

Tom Mullaney  What's Up with the Financial Markets

Shari Cantor, Mayor, West Hartford   Town  Update

Interesting presentations and lively questions and answers 

As many as 35 presentations during normal season

(some meetings may be cancelled due to weather)

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