New leadership for Senior Men’s Club
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, August 29, 2015
The Senior Men’s Club of New Canaan has elected new officers.
New officers include President Les DeVilliers and Vice Presidents Bill Pike and Andy Sherwood, who were elected to one-year terms at the organization’s annual meeting at the Country Club of New Canaan. Elected as directors for three-year terms were Dave Conrod and Nick Yanicelli.
South African-born Villiers, who holds a Doctorate in Economic History and his Boston-born wife, Ruth, have resided in New Canaan for more than 30 years. In the late 1970s, after a diplomatic career involving negotiations with decision makers and heads of state in Africa, Europe and the United States, he moved to New York to become vice chairman of a management-consulting firm and subsequently established his own company. Currently he runs an upscale safari travel business and a publishing firm, specializing books about Africa. In addition Les has written more than a dozen books on economics, politics, and conservation. He also volunteers as a patient counselor at Norwalk Hospital.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Pike graduated from the Naval Academy in 1952. After service in the Korean War, he earned his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1960. He then joined Morgan Guarantee Trust Company in New York, where over thirty years he rose to chairman of the Credit Policy Committee of the company and its parent, J.P. Morgan and Co. He served on the Board of Directors of several public companies and civic boards including New York Blood Center, The New Inn, and Miss Porter's School. He and his wife, Cathie, have lived in New Canaan since 1969 and have three grown children.
Sherwood, a Certified Management Consultant has served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Think First Foundation for Kid's Safety. Additionally, he has participated on a number of not for profit boards, primarily focused on children and young adults. He is a graduate of Nichols College of Business Administration, where he was named Outstanding Alumnus in 1994. Andrew’s personal interests include family activities, the National Forest Foundation for preservation of our natural resources and The African Wildlife Conservancy. He and his wife Diane have been married for more than 40 years and have two daughters, five grandchildren and numerous dogs. They spend their time between New Canaan and Sarasota, Florida
The Senior Men’s Club aims to create an atmosphere in which members can enjoy conversations in a non-political, non-commercial, and non-soliciting environment; help each other enjoy life more fully; and provide a forum to acquaint members with community activities and services.
Weekly meetings feature a “coffee and danish,” social session and a guest speaker. Members may choose to join fellow members in golf, tennis, investment discussions, cooking, luncheons and photography. Members also have opportunities to invite significant others on trips to museums, theaters and other historical and cultural venues in the surrounding areas.
The club’s 400 members span a variety of professional, academic, legal, medical, entrepreneurial, and public service backgrounds, as well as, being long-time providers of civic contributions.
Applications for membership are welcome. Prospective members are invited to attend meetings most Friday mornings at 10 at Morrill Hall in St. Mark’s Church. Residents, age 55 or older, can obtain more information at SMCNC.org or by calling membership chairman Kevin Faughnan at 203-966 5702