DHS Class of 2016 Scholarship Winners!


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 scholarships@dariendca.org.

Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

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!




Slate for the 2016-2017 DCA Board of Directors

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 


Our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Patiently waiting for the Easter Egg Hunt to begin.

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Here comes the Easter Bunny!






Ready, set, go get the eggs!

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A fun time was had by all!

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More Photos from Our Studio 54 – Revisited Fundraiser

Visit our DCA Facebook page to see more great photos from our Studio 54 – Revisited fundraiser.


Did You Dance with “John Travolta”?

Thank You for a Wonderful Studio 54 – Revisited Fundraiser

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/studio54revisited/Between the disco dance moves, “John Travolta,” 70s inspired decorations and all those auction prizes… our Studio 54 – Revisited fundraiser last Saturday night was a great event!

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!

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More pictures to come throughout the week so check back in with us!








Look What Has Been Happening at the DCA!

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.


Thank You for Making Our DCA Academic Lecture on Cuba a Great Success!

http://dariendca.org/activities-programs/academic-lecture-series/Last Friday night concluded our Academic Lecture series on Cuba with a reception and lecture featuring Ambassador Paul Hare, former British Ambassador to Cuba.



(Pictured left to right: Lynda Hare, Paul Hare and Academic Lecture committee members Susan Bhirud and Kate Larson)

Join Us Tonight for the Conclusion of Our Academic Lecture Series on Cuba

Friday Evening: Lecture 8:00pm, Reception 7:30pm

January 29th      What Now for Cuba’s Role in the World?
                           Presenter: Ambassador Paul Hare, Boston University
                           (Former British Ambassador to Cuba)

Join us for the DCA Academic Lectures Series in January 2016.Paul Webster Hare was a British diplomat for 30 years and the British ambassador to Cuba from 2001-04. He now teaches international relations at the Frederick S Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

Hare graduated with First Class Honors in Politics and Economics from Oxford University in 1972 and from the College of Law in London in 1976. He worked for five years in the private sector, in law and investment banking, before entering the British Diplomatic Service. He served overseas at the UK Representation to the EU in Brussels, in Portugal, New York, and in Venezuela as Deputy Head of Mission. He was Head of the Foreign Office’s Non-Proliferation Department and the first Project Director for the UK’s presence at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

Hare is a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and served as president of the British Baseball Federation from 2000-01. He has been designated a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ambassador Hare teaches classes at Boston University on Diplomatic Practice, Arms Control, Intercultural Communication and on Cuba in Transition.

Tickets ($30) for the Friday evening lecture & reception will be available at the door.

Click for full details of our 2016 Academic Lecture dates and speakers.

Our Second Lecture on Cuba Draws Another Great Crowd






Our 2016 Academic Lecture Series on Cuba continued as our second speaker, Theodore Piccone, presented “Obama’s Big Bet on Cuba: Pros & Cons” to a packed room.

This series examines the past, present and future of the U.S.-Cuban relationship, discussed by Latin American experts from universities, think tanks and business.

Join us for our next lecture in this series on Thursday, January 21st, as Christopher Sabatini from Columbia University will present on “U.S. – Cuba Policy: How Did We Get Here?”

Click for full details of our 2016 Academic Lecture upcoming dates and speakers.