2021-22 General Meeting Programs
First Presbyterian Church, Cranford

Meeting         7:00PM        Social time     7:30PM

Program         8:00PM

The Women of  Cranford
Oct 11, 2021
Fannie Bates, Elizabeth Miller Bates, Alice Lackey, Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, and numerable other women had a profound impact on Cranford, and some on the nation as well.  Their efforts led to a better quality of life, purer food, and women’s suffrage.  The Women of Cranford” will cover many of Cranford’s more well-known women as well as others that are less well-known but who have equally interesting stories.
Speaker: Maureen Strazdon, well-known Cranford Historian and Board Member of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board of Cranford.
First People-The New Jersey Connection
Nov 8, 2021
The First People of New Jersey arrived thousands of years before the Colonial Era.  These Stone Age travelers came after the last glacial age began to recede, and over time, became the Leni-Lenape.  Walter Choroszewski shares their story revealed from artifacts discovered at New Jersey’s archeological sites, as well as the written record after First Contact with European colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries
Speaker: Walter Choroszewski, NJ Photographer.  Walter is an accomplished presenter and author who has published 18 photographic books about New Jersey.  
Impressionism with a Woman’s Touch: Berthe Morisot
Feb 14, 2022
Explores the French Impressionist whose art often focused on modern young women and children – Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (1841-1895). She captured her world in a vibrant changing style. Local museums, such as the Newark Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will help tell her story in art.
Speaker:      Michael Norris, Ph. D.
Former Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Living Longer, Living Smarter – Legal
Mar 14, 2022
This program is about preparing for the future.  We will explore a variety of topics related to preparing your advance directives and legal considerations, creating your long-term care plan, and identifying resources available to you.  This is a 30-minute program plus Q & A, provided to the community by the AARP Speakers Bureau free of charge.  AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all, as we age.
Speaker: Amos A. Britton, Distinguished Toastmaster. He is a three times New York / New Jersey International Speech Champion.  
Wii Tournaments

Apr 11, 2021
Life presents many obstacles.  Sometimes we have to stop doing the fun things in life because of health or time constraints. Interactive Gaming has brought back physical activity without the physical demands it once had.  Our Wii Tournaments provide a structured and competitive arena for everyone to show their skills and have fun without any restrictions.  Games include Bowling, Tennis, Golf and Baseball.    
Speaker: Lauren Feldman, Community Health Rep for Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NJ. 
     Some (Male) Cranfordites You     Should Know
May 9, 2022
Earlier this year, Maureen Strazdon introduced us to some notable Women of Cranford.  As a follow-up to that presentation, Vic Bary will introduce us to some Male Cranfordites worthy of note.  In this presentation, we will meet several notable men including Cranford’s First Mayor,  a former Confederate Engineering colonel who designed the base of  the Statue of Liberty;  an African-American resident who would hold over 35 patents for organs, musical instruments and recording devices and many more.
Speaker:Victor A. Bary, Member of the Cranford Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Trustee, Curator and Newsletter Editor for the Cranford Historical Society.