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SEMMantics Talks: Social Change in the Military – Where Are We Going With This?

Elaine Donnelly is president of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, nonpartisan public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues. President George H. W. Bush appointed Mrs. Donnelly to the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, which studied all aspects of the women in combat issue, and she also served on thePentagon’s Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOWITS) for a three-yearterm. In 2002 she was the recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Ronald Reagan Award.She attended Schoolcraft College and the University of Detroit and resides in Livonia, Michigan.

Ms. Donnelly will join us at SEMMantics 40 to speak on Social Change in the Military – Where arewe going with this? She says, “Under civilian control, America’s armed forces have been ordered to accept and implement certain social theories and mandates that are unprecedented in military history.” Ms. Donnelly will provide an overview of what has been happening in the All-Volunteer Force, and why, and invites listeners to decide whether controversial social changes are weakening mission readiness or strengthening it.

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SEMMantics Talks: From Heaven to Hell

The SEMMantics team endeavors to present a wide range of speakers during the weekend of the Regional Gathering.  This year, you can enjoy excellent speakers who will take you from warm and cozy to terrifying, all included in your SEMMantics registration.

Simon Ren is a Renaissance man, Energy Engineer by trade, philosopher who ponders deep and interesting questions as an avocation. He will welcome us with an uplifting message on the challenges and rewards of finding/making/coming “home”.

Lest you get too comfortable, however, well known author Tom Carr will tell stories, with a slide show, of murder, robbery, and mayhem in the Great Lakes state.  He is a reporter who has told stories of true crimes in all corners of both peninsulas, and has been heard on NPR and published in the Detroit Free Press and New York Daily News.  

Mr. Carr is the author of Blood on the Mittenand MI Bad:  Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present.  He will have copies of his books to autograph after his talk.

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SEMMantics 40 Talk: Protecting Yourself Against Fraud

You may have heard Rob Rayer when he presented at a monthly gathering several years ago about the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.   He was such a good speaker we were delighted he will return to tell us about Fraud Awareness.

His presentation will provide a brief synopsis of current fraud crimes that citizens should be aware of and how to protect yourself, including Identity Theft, Insurance/Health Care Fraud, Credit Card Fraud. Internet Fraud, and other scams that have been hitting Michigan’s citizens. 

Detective Sgt. Rayer is now a Trooper assigned the Fraud Investigative Section of the Michigan State Police.  He has a varied background that includes over 32 years of Law Enforcement.

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SEMMantics 40 Talk: Making Sense of Terrorism and the Changing Middle East

At SEMMantics 40, Jim Marcinkowski will be giving a talk on the basic tenets of both terrorism and Middle East politics that will seek to provide you with the analytical tools necessary to understand and perhaps make some sense out of this extremely complex area of international relations.

Marcinkowski began a thirty-eight year career in law enforcement and national security with Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI).  He then served as an Operations/Intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy and later joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he was trained and served overseas as a clandestine Operations Officer. He has appeared as a commentator on national news venues such as the CNN, CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Fox News, NPR News and MSNBC.  He is currently an adjunct professor at Wayne County Community College District where he established the Homeland Security degree program.

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SEMMantics 40 will keep you moving

SEMM’s own Kathy Phipps will return to lead Tai Chi. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, it is harder than it looks, yet can be done to your own individual level.

Our own Tom Ott will teach folk dances from several different countries. Tom is a great teacher and we all had a great time last year. Cone see what new dances he has for this time.

New this year we will have an experienced line dance teacher who ought to be a Mensan. She will teach and demonstrate how to do it, then we join in. Her classes are always popular and energetic.

No partner is needed for any of these activities. Just come as you are to work off some calories while doing something fun.

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