Month: August 2015

Speaker — September 23, 2015
Fay Vincent, Jr. – former Commissioner of Baseball

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Fay Vincent, Jr.

Francis Thomas “Fay” Vincent, Jr. (born May 29, 1938) is a former entertainment lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from September 13, 1989 to September 7, 1992.

After graduating from law school, Vincent was a partner in the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. He also served as Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Vincent was the chairman of Columbia Pictures and the vice chairman of Coca-Cola beginning in March 1982. In April 1986, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company, which placed him in charge over all of the company’s entertainment activities.

Speaker — September 16, 2015
Philip Vitiello, Civil War historian

Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain

Philip Vitiello, well-known Connecticut Civil War historian, will speak about Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor winner for gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Philip, Program Director of the Civil War Round Table of South Central Connecticut, is both historian and re-enactor.

He majored in law enforcement administration at New Haven University and currently works as a marketing director.

Joshua Chamberlain was a soldier, a statesman and a scholar. Philip’s slide presentation reviews his journey from Bowdoin College professor to the Brevet Major General of US volunteers. In 1862 he joined the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment,  and led it in its epic stand against the Confederate attack on Little Round Top at Gettysburg, earning the Medal of Honor.

Chamberlain later became governor of Maine, and President of Bowdoin College.

Bill Flanagan passes away

Bill FlanaganWilliam “Bill” K. Flanagan Jr. was born and raised in South Orange, N.J. in 1926. He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., in 1944. Prior to graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was assigned to the 144th Naval Construction Battalion Advance Base Construction Depot in Guam. He attended Navy officer training at the Univ. of Mississippi and was honorably discharged in June 1945.

In 1949, Bill received a B.A degree in history from Brown University, and in 1952, a J.D, degree in law from Rutgers Law School. He was a member of the bar in New Jersey and New York. He started his legal career as a litigator in his father’s firm in Newark, N.J., where he completed many jury trials. He then went to ITT Corporation where he worked for 30 years as an international corporate transaction attorney. He retired from ITT in 1987 as a senior legal officer of the company. For several years thereafter, Bill was an attorney for Walsh Construction Company, in Trumbull, CT.
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September 9, 2015, 12:30 pm — Book Discussion Group Meeting
The Coroner’s Lunch
by Colin Cotterill

The Coroner's LunchLaos is an impoverished, landlocked socialist republic in southeast Asia, bordering with the more dominant nations of China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The Coroner’s Lunch is set in 1976, a year after the end of a long civil war that resulted in the Soviet-backed communist Pathet Lao coming to power.

The protagonist of this wonderful book is Siri Paiboun, a doctor and a widower who, rather than being able to enjoy a peaceful retirement at the age of 72, is made the country’s only coroner. One of the many delights of this book about ordinary people’s experiences of living under the communist regime are the small everyday acts of subversion and rebellion that avoid the notice of the unimaginative authorities but cause a liberating sense of personal triumph that sustains people through each day.

Siri has been a communist ever since his student days in France, but only because of the woman he loved and subsequently married. Although perceived by the authorities as a safe pair of hands, Siri in fact is a detached observer of the soulless regime.

One of the many pleasures of this delightful novel is the life Siri has made in his hospital lab with his two co-workers: Drui, a spinster who reads out-of-date fashion magazines and looks after her ill mother; and Mr Geung, a man considered “simple” (he has Down’s syndrome). The collaboration and relationship between these three in their working and, occasionally, personal lives is a subtle yet sharp portrait of how the human spirit can prevail against the most deadening official dictates and the most extreme poverty of resources.

Turning to the actual plot, Siri is faced with two baffling and dangerous cases. One concerns Mrs Nitnoy, the wife of a senior government official, who has died mysteriously while at a Women’s Union meeting. Another concerns the bodies of three men who have been discovered at the bottom of the sea, tied to rusty bombshells. Siri’s professional attitude leads him to dig into these obscure deaths against the desires of officialdom to the extent of endangering himself. He also feels driven to continue because of his spiritual visitors and the final rest that will be brought to them by the knowledge of how they met their ends.

Speaker — September 9, 2015
Chief Superintendent Barbara Fleury, RCMP
Speaks on International Policing

Barbara-FleuryFor societies to thrive, citizens need to have safe and secure environments to send their children to school, to walk to a market, and to thrive economically. They need to have confidence in the institutions mandated to ensure their safety and security. Policing is a partnership with the citizenry. This is the basis of community policing.

Canada, like many countries in the world, has adopted the community policing style for decades. It is part of our brand. We also recognize that while we “police locally” we need to “think globally”. Canada has been deploying serving law enforcement officers to United Nations Peacekeeping Missions for over 25 years now. Our first mission was to Namibia in 1989. Today, more than ever, there is an increasing recognition of the role policing plays in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and as a path to building capacity for long-term peace.

Chief Superintendent Fleury will speak to the role of Canada’s contribution to International Policing efforts.

Chief Superintendent Fleury was born and raised in Québec City, Québec, Canada. After completing a college degree in social sciences, she attended Simon Fraser University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in criminology.

She joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1981. After completing her training in Regina, Saskatchewan, she was posted to Surrey, British Columbia, where she performed general policing duties and completed a Master’s degree in criminology.

She spent a number of years working in British Columbia and at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa where she performed a variety of policing roles in operational, operational support and administration. This included working in the Marine Drug Interdiction Unit in Vancouver, work as an undercover operator, as well as other assignments in the field of human resources in Ottawa. She was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1992 and to Sergeant in 1997. After studying Spanish for four years, she was assigned a liaison position at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles from 1995 to 1999. Following this international assignment, she returned to Vancouver to work in the Internal Investigations Unit and promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2002.

In 2004, she transferred to Montreal to work as an assistant to the Criminal Operations Officer. Her duties included oversight of the undercover program, the source witness protection program as well as the Aboriginal liaison program.

In 2005, she was promoted to Superintendent and became the Officer in Charge of Protective Services Branch in Montreal, which oversees the protection of all diplomatic missions in the Province of Quebec as well as visiting dignitaries. This position also served as the program manager for the Canadian Air Carrier Program resources assigned to the province of Québec.

In 2007, she was transferred to Québec City and assumed the role of Eastern District Officer. Her role included oversight of seven detachments as well as a number of federal program resources. In June 2007, she completed the Executive Development in Policing Program offered at the Canadian Police College.

In 2009, she was promoted to Chief Superintendent as Director General of the RCMP’s International Policing program, at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa. She oversaw the International Peace Operations Branch, the International Operations Branch, the Interpol National Central Bureau, the International Travel and Visits Branch, as well as the International Affairs and Policy Development Branch. In 2010, she was assigned the role of Silver Commander at Whistler, British Columbia during the Winter Olympic Games.

In 2012, she completed the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders Course. She was transferred to New York in 2013 and is currently the senior police adviser at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations as well as the International Vice-President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is a recipient of the RCMP Long Service Medal, and both the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.