The DCA provides a unique community home in a welcoming setting, with stimulating learning and outreach experiences for the enrichment of the community. Within this site you will find information about programs and activities that are open to the public, DCA groups, volunteering opportunities, and holding weddings and events at the DCA Meadowlands, our historic home. Should you require more information, please contact us. Inclement Weather: the DCA will typically follow any closing decisions of the Darien Public Schools.
Darien High School Class of 2016 DCA Scholarship Award winners pictured above, from left to right: Ken Yamaguchi, Tom Berisha, Tyler Grant, Carey Hocker, Emily Coyle, Robert Waters, Laine Blummer, Niamani Williams-Coles, and Alyssa Findlan. Not pictured: Savannah Chaput, Jennifer Previte, and Alexa LoPiano.
On May 19th the DCA presented 16 college scholarship awards and four community service awards at two Darien High School (DHS) ceremonies. The latter awards are new this year, and given to two juniors and two seniors who have made significant contributions to the community during their high school years. The DCA is the largest provider of scholarships at DHS – providing funding for both new and returning college students – and the only one offering recipients the opportunity to reapply for funding during all their years of college. Celebrating its 75th anniversary of granting scholarships, the DCA will award a total of $51,000 this year, based on both merit and need. The following DCA scholarships were awarded to members of the Class of 2016 for their college plans:
1. Anne C. Cary Scholarship – Robert Waters, University of Connecticut
2. Brendan Shay Scholarship – Tom Berisha, Southern Connecticut State University
3. Carolyn Jean Rich Memorial Scholarship – Niamani Williams-Coles, Amherst College
4. Cora Osherow Scholarship – Emily Coyle, Boston College
5. Darien Rowayton Bank Scholarship – Alyssa Findlan, Michigan State University
6. Joy Family Scholarship – Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
7. Kazia Klimczak Scholarship – Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
8. Margaret Harrington Scholarship – Jennifer Previte, Coastal Carolina University
9. Maybell Family Scholarship – Ken Yamaguchi, University of California, Los Angeles
10. “Mr. Z.” (Darien Sport Shop) Scholarship – Savannah Chaput, Colorado State University
11. Nielsen’s Florist Scholarship – Robert Waters, University of Connecticut
12. Patricia Buchanan Scholarship – Tyler Grant, University of Connecticut
13. Ring’s End Scholarship – Emily Coyle, Boston College
14. Scott and Jane Pelley Scholarship – Carey Hocker, University of Richmond
15. US Chemicals Scholarship – Laine Blummer, University of Connecticut
16. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty – Darien Scholarship – Alexa LoPiano, University of New Hampshire
The DCA is grateful for the support of these local businesses and families.
Four students received the new DCA Community Service Award:
1. Helena Cush – senior
2. Robert Waters – senior
3. Thomas Kreuch – junior
4. Olivia Lew – junior
These awards were made possible by an anonymous DCA donor.
Over the past 75 years, the DCA is proud to have awarded over $2 million in scholarship funding to more than 1300 DHS students – through the generosity of the Darien community, and income from DCA programs, house rentals and Thrift Shop. Scholarship applications for seniors are made available through the DHS Guidance office each winter, and the returning student application is posted on the DCA website each spring. Awards are determined by the DCA Scholarship Committee, after careful review of all applications and applicant interviews. The DCA would like to thank committee volunteers for their continued commitment to this vital community program. Committee members include: Kate Larson, Joan Barksdale, Ulla Kremer, Judi Linskey, Diane Schlinkert, Linda Terhune and Pat van den Broek.
Click here for more details about DCA scholarships or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or email@example.com.
A lot has been going on at the DCA in May…
At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting that took place on Thursday, May 19th, Kristen Harnisch celebrated the launch of her second historical novel, The California Wife and the slate for the 2016-2017 DCA Board of Directors was approved.
On May 12th we celebrated our DCA volunteers with a recognition breakfast, catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. The hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of our many volunteers allows the DCA to continue to enrich the community in so many ways. We are grateful for what they do to support our mission.
Our Annual Plant Sale & Tea was a great success! Thank you to all who came and enjoyed the day.
We had our May Women’s Luncheon with Eve Mauger who spoke about pruning hydrangeas and roses. Peggy Raleigh was presented with a hydrangea bush of her own for her many years as our Women’s Luncheons Committee Chairman. We will miss you Peggy!
Author Gregg Swain came and spoke about her book, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, which is the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles.
Looking forward to seeing you in June at the DCA!
According to the DCA bylaws, the Board of Directors slate must be made available to the membership 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting.
At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19th at 9:30am, Kristen Harnisch will celebrate the launch of her second historical novel, The California Wife. The event will be preceded by several minutes of DCA business, but is open to the public. Click for full details and online registration.
Darien Community Association Board of Directors: Proposed Slate 2016/17
President Ulla Kremer
Executive VP open
Secretary Sue Hayes
Finance VP/Treasurer Tom Taylor
Investment Chair Joe Duwan
Membership Chair Susan Hamill
Nominating Chair Sue Hayes
Programs VP Kristen Harnisch
Property VP Norman Kenyon
Director Sig Buchmayr
Director Chris Filmer
Director Judi Linskey
Director Michele Litt
Director Cindy Ryan
Director Deb Suckow
Director Anita Walter
The DCA’s long-time Facilities Manager, Stephen McGeachy, will be moving to the Boston area this summer.
We are currently seeking to fill this position. As many of you might know, working at the DCA provides the opportunity for conscientious and community-minded individuals to support our non-profit mission, in a small office setting within a lovely historic estate, set on 8 acres of property.
Visit our DCA Facebook page to see more great photos from our Studio 54 – Revisited fundraiser.
Thank You for a Wonderful Studio 54 – Revisited Fundraiser
To those who joined us for the evening, the volunteers who worked so hard on every detail, and our donors and sponsors, thank you for your support, and for making the evening a success for the DCA mission, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.
Here are a few pictures from the fundraiser. More pictures to come throughout the week so check back in with us!
More pictures to come throughout the week so check back in with us!
Our Valentine’s Day tea was catered by the “fabulous girls” from Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events, who once again brought a proper British Tea Room to the DCA.
Those who enjoyed our Valentine’s Day tea also got to wish Pat Parlette a very happy 90th birthday! Pat is a long-time DCA Thrift Shop volunteer, and was one of the first DCA scholarship winners.
Our painting class with Nobu Miki was a success as many spent a relaxing morning creating a custom flower bouquet painting.
Pictured left to right: Arlene Tulacro, Rosemarie Reardon, Jeanne Eckrich, Nobu Miki, Barbara Adams and Martha Hathaway
Cheese, cheese and more cheese was discussed and tasted at our last Women’s Luncheon as Darien Cheese Shop owner, Ken Skovron, presented the family tree of cheeses.