Monthly Meeting: 17 Nov 2018

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Crime Victim Specialist III, NYS Office of Victim Services, Kathy Davidson
Saturday, November 17, 11:30-12:30, Bethlehem Library

Hear about the inner workings of the Office of Victim Services (OVS). After a brief overview of agency functions and structure, Kathy Davidson will answer our questions, so bring them on!

As a crime victim specialist with the office of victim services for over 20 years, Kathy has worked with countless individuals during times of hardship. Beginning at the agency as a crime victim specialist, grade one, she’s worked to advance the agency’s ability to offer compassionate services to crime victims across New York State. She directly supervised improvements to all reimbursement procedures, especially those related to reimbursement of property, making the process more accessible to elderly, underage, and disabled individuals. Today, Kathy oversees the Investigations Department, as a Crime Victim Specialist III. For over four years, she has served on the NYS Committee for Police Services for Elderly Persons, and takes great pride in her commitment to improving awareness of the struggles many elderly citizens face in today’s society.

(Members meeting prior to the event)

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Monthly Meeting: October 2018

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Bury the Lead, with author, detective, historian and medical examiner Archer Mayor

NOTE THE EARLY START TIME:

October 20, 11:00-12:00, Bethlehem Library

Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as “the best police procedurals being written in America.” His 29th book, Bury the Lead, is due out in September (Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press). 

Protagonist Lt. Joe Gunther works for the Brattleboro, Vermont, police department. Books about his case-solving prowess have been completed about once a year since 1988, and have been published in five languages (if you count British). They routinely gather high praise from such sources as The New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Times, and the New Yorker, often appearing on annual “ten best” lists.

Mayor’s novels are based on actual experience in the field. Closely aligned to the Gunther series are his experiences while working as a police officer and a firefighter/EMT in Vermont. In addition, he is currently still working part-time as a death investigator for the Vermont State Medical Examiner’s office. The result adds depth, detail and veracity to his characters and their tribulations.

Free and open to the public!

Monthly Meeting: 15 Sep 2018

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Mortuary Science: The Ins and Outs, w/Lori Q. Purcell
September 15, 11:30-12:30, Bethlehem Library

Lori Q. Purcell was named chairperson for the Mortuary Science Department at Hudson Valley Community College in 2016. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the funeral business, began teaching as an adjunct at HVCC in 2005 and became a full-time faculty member in 2008. 

Purcell began her career at the Bowen Funeral Home in Latham and continued to work in the industry with the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home until 2014. A native of Newburgh, Purcell said she always knew she wanted to work in the funeral business. “I grew up between two funeral homes on either end of my street. I knew it was something I always wanted to do,” she said. 

Purcell is one of a growing number of women who have entered what was once seen as a male-dominated profession. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), 57 percent of mortuary science students in the United States are women, and that number has been steadily growing over the past several decades. In the late 1970s, according to the NFDA, only 13 percent of students in similar programs were women. 

Bring your questions; our speaker’s leaving a block of time at the end for Q & A.