STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way executive Peter Saverine will speak at the Kiwanis Club of Wilton‘s luncheon meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 29.

STAR is a Norwalk-based not-for-profit organization started in 1952 by parents who wanted more lifetime opportunities for their children who had intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Today, STAR serves over 600 people per year in the greater Norwalk communities, including Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport, Weston and Norwalk. Its programs benefit infants and children from birth to three years old and adults from 21 and older throughout their senior years.

STAR programs include early intervention therapies for infants and toddlers, employment training and supported employment in competitive jobs for students transitioning from high school, residential supports in group homes, apartments and individual living arrangements, recreation programs, day services community volunteer options, respite care, family supports, transportation, self-advocacy groups, peer support groups for siblings of people with disabilities.

Peter has impressive roots in Wilton going back to the 1980’s when he was one of the founding committee leaders of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce. Further, his son still holds rushing and touchdown football records for the Wilton Warriors.

Valentine’s Day with Wilton’s Music Man

Wilton Kiwanians will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, Feb. 8; they’ll be joined by members of Wilton’s Encore Club to hear former Wilton Kiwanis president and renowned “Music Man” Al Galletly in a program of “Melodies for Your Heart.”

Galletly is extremely active on the Wilton music scene. He is currently director of music for Wilton Presbyterian Church. He frequently is the music director for the Wilton Children’s Theater, where he is presently working on “Seussical the Musical” to be performed at Middlebrook Auditorium on March 17, 18 and 19. Galletly was a co-founder of the Wilton Singers. He has also accompanied a number of benefits for the Wilton Playshop over the past 12 years.

Galletly retired in 1993 after more than 30 years in the corporate world, first with AT&T, then with GTE Corp (now Verizon). When he retired, he was vice president of Corporate Public Affairs.

Founded in 1951, Wilton Kiwanis is the town’s oldest service club. To find out more about attending the lunch as a guest, contact Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208.