Hopefully, you could enjoy a wonderful summer, even though it was a summer in which we were, once again confronted with volatility and uncertainty.
But we have also seen the emergence of brighter prospects that we have forged together in the hope that they will endure. It has become patently clear that the solution to the pandemic lies with us all.
Recently we learned that Australia is keeping the borders closed for all tourist travel until 2022. It is not without reason of course, but wouldn’t it be great to travel that part of the world again next year? It is because of that; we must live by the guidelines that are set for us as much as possible.
Therefore, we decided to host our next years AGM in the Netherlands. Stay tuned for updates as the date approaches. We will continue to shape our plans to have in-person meetings again, and adapt as needed. A regional meeting is scheduled for 28-29 April 2022 in Olhai, Portugal. Maybe other meetings at first will be on a local level , but in the end, we all will all meet again.We will all learn soon about them in more detail. The 2022 AGM planning has started and the first inquiries have been made. I am really looking forward to it!
The Board of CII is ready too. The Officers are appointed, and the Committees are formed. Looking at the Board and Committee members, we have great diversity in nationalities, and they are ready to go to work and receive your suggestions and ideas. You will receive updates from the Board frequently. Whenever you need my presence at, either a virtual or in-person meeting, I promise that I will do my best to be there.
On October 15, the first “Fika with the President” was held. We had 20 attendees. I am looking forward to seeing many more members joining. This year, we will also have the workshops, presentations, and virtual meetings as we have provided over the last two years. It is so amazing to learn that the Council adapted this form of meetings this well and so quickly.
It is because of the hard work of mostly our younger (Board) members that it was possible. They master the new communication skills more than most of us.We do not have to be afraid to adapt the new working methods. Sometimes it is difficult and maybe scary, but the last two years, we slowly transitioned into the new meeting era!
It is one of my goals to have more interaction between the Board and the members and get the Council back “in shape again”. There are no reasons anymore that we cannot connect.
I would like you to check the website more frequently. There are some great posts on the educational portal and the Councilor is on the home page. We also have the LinkedIn account for the Council which is waiting for content from all of you. I know for a fact that we have a great base of knowledge and experience among us. Wouldn’t it be great to share?
Finally, there is one favor to ask you. The last two years, some of our members went a bit “off the radar”.
They are still members, but somehow we didn’t see them. Maybe it’s because of the new way of having meetings, their situation due to COVID, or any other reason. We need you to come back and join us.
CII, to me, is not only a great professional organization, but also a great group of friends. Friends and family look after each other. So please check in on them once a while and make sure they are okay. If you need help to do that, just reach out to me or the Board.
Wishing you all the best and lots of good health for you, your families, and friends.
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Welcome to our new Board Members
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 INCOMING BOARD:
Gautam Kumar, Jacob Lapid, Marc Reed, Paddy Beiner join President Goorts and re-elected board member Nancy Barber in service alongside Niclas Franklin, Galen Clements and Yosh Wong.
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It's hard to believe, but the 2021 AGM is behind us. The second virtual AGM in CII history. Granted, zoom is not as entertaining as being in a physical space with everyone,, but it’s better than chatting it up over the telephone. And, as we all know, you can get away with wearing your pajama’s during a webinar if you dare.
In case you haven’t heard, and for those of you who were not among the 108 attendees at the 2021 AGM, let me bring you up to speed.
The AGM kicked off with another photo montage executed by our world’s best PI photographer Ed Kelly. Outgoing President Kumar ran the meeting efficiently but not effortlessly. If you want the gory details, all of the officer and meeting reports are available in the member’s only section on the cii2.org website.
Congratulations to our new board members Marc Reed, Jacob Lapid, Gautam Kumar, Paddy Beiner who join Preisident Goorts and newly re-elected board member Nancy Barber along with Yosh Wong, Niclas Franklin, and Galen Clements to do the heavy lifting for CII (along with our Regional Directors and ERD).
President Goorts held his first board meeting the day after the AGM and hosted a "Fika with the President" on 15 October. Technically, a fika is a coffee or cake break but in actuality, it's an attitude or state of mind. CHILL.
The concept of a fika was introduced to CII by Anne Styren and Niclas Franklin when they hosted a regional meeting last winter. Toine plans to host a Fika on the 15th of every month moving forward. Give it a try if you missed the first one, it's a good way to stay connected.. We promise not to make you introduce yourself again unless you are new to CII or you want to do so. The registration link is here
Fika with the President.
Galen Clements is the new Vice President, Ethics & Legislative Chair; and Chair of everyone’s favorite committee, the By-Laws committee! In short, although Galen has shuffled the deck with some tasks, he continues with his long-standing commitment of servitude to CII.
Board member Paddy Beiner has taken the helm as Secretary and Yosh Wong is our new Treasurer and chair of Audit & Finance. Outgoing secretary Melissa Kelley Hilton, Treasurer John Withers and conference chair Howie Griffiths are gone but not forgotten. Hopefully someday, one or all of them will return to the Board.
Executive Regional Director Brett Mikkelson is running the membership committee again this year. Brett does A LOT of work behind the scenes, overseeing the vetting of all of our CII applicants, with very few accolades. Professional Development chair is board member Nancy Barber who has hit the ground running; having already coordinated webinars that provide legislative updates within the US and Europe. As the winter season approaches in those regions of the world, what better way to pass the time than scrutinize legislation? Now that's entertainment. YIKES!
Returning stars Norm Willox and Steve Kirby will co-chair the CII-Kirby Family Legacy Scholarship fund for another year. Many thanks to outgoing committee members who awarded six $1500.00 scholarships to the lucky recipients in August 2021. Steve and Norm managed to reel in nearly $20,000.00 in new pledges at the AGM. $19,253.00 to be exact of which $10,000.00 was generously donated by Norm and another $2500.00 donated by Mike & Linda Duffy in August .
Steve & Norm must have panicked before the AGM, because in a total act of desperation, Steve auctioned away the POD ball. At least it is staying on the “right” side of the pond, where it belongs, thanks to Chris Ballou, with his winning bid in behalf of the Patriot Group. (Safe until the next AGM.) Steve must have felt some twinge of guilt, because he promptly flew over to Ireland to provide an in-person explanation to the PODs about what happened.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Committee chairs include new board member Marc Reed, Chair of the PR & Marketing committee, and Niclas Franklin Conference Chair. Niclas is joined by our behind the scenes Zoom hero; new board member, Gautam Kumar.
The conference committee is a tough act to follow with the loss of board member Howie Griffiths, leadership during the 2020-2021 pandemic. Don't forget the upcoming webinar entitled “All things artificial”, a virtual event delving into artificial intelligence & robotics. The registration is here:All things artificial!
Marc Reed is busy updating the Councilor which he plans to oversee and roll out with a new look toward the end of this year,
WE WILL MISS YOU LAUREN!
Editor, Lauren Sowers moves on to newer endeavors launching her own mediation business and saying goodbye to her leadership role with The Councilor. I’m not sure how to thank Lauren for her heartfelt devotion to our CII newsprint other than to scream THANK YOU, along with a hat tip filled with gratitude. She's definately going to get a birithday gift this year. Fortunately for CII, Lauren will remain a member and within our grasp.
Reed research has stepped in to provide CyberNews and long-standing member Mike Duffy provided an article about the history of CII, so if you haven’t read these pieces, please do so. They are in this edition. Submissions to the councilor should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have a suggestion for an event or webinar, email it to email@example.com.The board and the office are committed to give you what you want.
The very best news is the in-person events planned for next year. In May 2022, there is a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal hosted by local member Carolina Bennencourt, Regional Director Anne Styren (Sweden) and Cyprus member Polys Kyriacou. The AGM is scheduled for the Netherlands in September 2022, and organized by President Goorts. If the pandemic overruns our plans ---we will adapt, but at this point, it’s full tilt ahead for future merrymaking!
In the meantime, remember, all of our members from around the world are, like you, struggling to overcome the unpredictability of this pandemic. So “If you can’t beat fear, just do it scared.” (Glennon Melton)
PRESIDENT tOINE gOORTS
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 AGM SPONSORS
The first year of the CII-Kirby Family Legacy Scholarship was a rousing success far beyond expectations.Because of the initial support of many CII members, and the overwhelming generosity of the Willox Family Trust, at the inauguration of the program in September 2020, CII was able to award US$1500 scholarships to six deserving students: 2 members; 3 children of members; and one grandchild in 2021 for a total of $9,000. Those recipients were:
Francie Koehler – Member
Israel Garcia – Member
Sara Stein – Daughter of member Jeff Stein
Chloe Halick – Daughter of member Wayne Halick
Colin Redmond – Son of member John Redmond
Emma Murphy – Granddaughter of member Jack Burke
Continuing our success, at the 2021 virtual AGM, 36 CII members pledged almost $12,000 in donations, of which $10,000 was again matched by the Willox Family Trust.The famous POD ball was the main incentive as members bid fast and furious for the honor of hosting the ball until the 2022 AGM, which hopefully will held in person in the Netherlands.The ball was seized by Chris Ballou with very generous donation of $1,500.Chris barely outbid Brian King, Polys Kyriacou, Brett Mickelson, Sachit Kumar, Dave MacLeod and others.Earlier in the year, Mike Duffy, son of CII founding member, John Duffy, also made a substantial donation to the cause.A full list of donors can be found on the CII website.
With the current balance in the fund, in 2022 we will be able to give awards totaling over $12,000. To contribute you can go to the CII website and click on the link Make a Donation, which is under the heading Scholarship Program on the top of the home page.Or you can just click here
The Scholarship Committee is looking forward to receiving applications.The process is simple and non-competitive. Any member, member’s spouse or partner, child, or grandchild is eligible if enrolled or accepted at a recognized University.The complete rules and regulations, as well as the official application can also be found on the home page of the CII website, under Scholarship Program.Applications are now being accepted for awards to be granted in the summer of 2022.So, get those applications in and if you are so inclined, please make a donation.
CII-KIRBY FAMILY LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP FUND A HUGE SUCCESS
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Brian and Jeremy King
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Mike and Linda Duffy
big thank you to our scholarship donors
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FROM REED RESEARCH
History of the World-famous POD ball
The year was 2003 in Kinsale, Ireland, when the POD ball made its first appearance at a CII function.The Council was conducting an auction of several items to raise money for a local charity.Jimmy Gahan, who has clearly kissed the Blarney Stone on numerous occasions, was the auctioneer.As the auction was coming to a close, Jimmy told those in attendance that he had one more item, a very special relic of the past to put up for bid.
He then, with great flourish, revealed a green, white, and orange ball. But this was just not an ordinary ball; this one had history and, according to Mr. Gahan, was worth tens of thousands of dollars.
With his Gaelic lilt, Jimmy regaled the crowd.He recalled how it was in the year of our Lord, 1956, or maybe 1957, really no matter, that the County Tipperary team was playing in the All-Ireland Rugby Championship against the hated Dubliners from the big city.
It was indeed a long way from Tipperary as the Dublin boys were heavy betting favorites over their country cousins, and no one in all of the Republic gave the lads from Tip a chance.Yet, with just one minute left in the match the Dubliners were winning by only one point.Time was quickly coming to the end of the contest, down to just seconds and, despite a heroic attempt, it looked like the team from County Dublin would prevail.Suddenly, Derek Nally, snatched the ball, and from at least 70 meters away made what is still, to this day, referred to in all of Ireland as“The Kick”sending the ball through the uprights as the clock expired, giving the decided underdogs from Tipperary the win.
The crowd went wild, and while the bookmakers ran for cover, men, women, and children from Tipperary celebrated, while the team carried Derek on their shoulders. The Tipperary County Council later awarded Derek the ball as a testament to his winning goal.
Now, almost 50 years later, Derek was willing to part with this iconic piece of Irish history.The bidding was fast and furious, eventually up to several thousand dollars.However, there were a few cynics in the audience who doubted Jimmy’s story.Derek stood, tsked the doubters, grabbed the ball and with great skill and dexterity, kicked the sphere through the length of the banquet hall, barely missing several chandeliers and waiters carrying desert. For the second time in Derek’s rugby career, the crowd went wild.
Since that time, a tradition has been established wherein the highest bidder has the honor of holding the POD ball for one year, before returning it to the Annual General Meeting for another auction.Over the years, the ball has raised over $25,000 for various charities.It is always the one item at the auction that brings in the highest bids.Often, in the spirit of nationalism, members pool their money to ensure that the ball goes to their country.The ball has been housed in Ireland, the USA, Canada, and has visited Panama, Sweden, India, Hong Kong, Portugal, Germany, and has literally traveled the world.
It has also been abducted in Portugal and Chicago by sore losers; so once it is won in the bidding war, it must be secured.
Numerous luminaries have signed the POD ball, including Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland; Pat Cox, former President of the European Union; and Roberto Duran, four-time world boxing champion in four weight classes.It is also inscribed by Derek himself, as well as his lovely wife Joan and feisty daughter Laurena.The names of CII members Galen Clements, Ed Henry, Eddy Sigrist, Steve Kirby, Jim Kirby, and others can be found on the ball, some faded by time, some not.
So, if you are in possession of the ball, know that you have a piece of history.Some Irish folklore, some CII legend.
Oh, why is it called a POD ball?At the Chicago convention in 1998, over twenty of Derek’s family and friends came to see him inaugurated as President of the CII.Collectively they were nicknamed, Pals of Derek, or PODs.Why did they all travel to Chicago?And how much did they drink in the parking lot behind Wilson’s Liquor store near Wrigley Field with members of the Chicago Police Department?Well, that is another story for another day.
My first exposure to any detective organization was in 1965. I attended the W.S.S.A. meeting which was held at the Carlton Towers in London England, I attended with my parents. I stayed up all night one night tending bar for many of the people that were there, which included, Burt Hinds, Colin Finley, Peter Heims, Ellis Sandlin, Norm Sloan, Al Devries, George Hargrave, Jim Six and several other names from the past.
There was a gentlemen in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by the name of Wes Sanford, who used to handle all the security for the University of Michigan athletic events. His son Austin Sanford was also a member if I recall. Quite fun for a 15 year old!!!!
The name of that organization was the World Secret Service Association. I’m not sure what happened at that meeting but somehow or another there was a falling-out and a group of people decided to start their own organization which I believe became the Council of International Investigators.
Al Devries who lived in Ft. Wayne, IN, became the secretary treasurer of CII and he, I think, ran it with kind of an iron fist and until he and Norm Sloan had a falling out and then Norm went back to, what by then had become The World Association of Detectives. There were any number of people over the years that were involved in CII that I meet since my parents were very involved in that.
Even thinking about this is jogging my memory. If any of those names mean anything to you or Steve, if you shoot me some specific questions I’ll try to answer them. I think George Hargrave from Hargrave Secret Service was sort of a power to be in the detective associations back at that time and I think that Jim Six from Indianapolis worked for George.
There is another fella by the name of John Lynch, who was from Detroit, and another gentleman from Baltimore named Marshall Meyer. These were all high class former federal agents and well connected with the FBI or Secret Service or other forms of government service, and my dad would tell you that he learned a lot from all of them.
Another couple that I got to know at the time was Keith and Kathy Rogers from Los Angeles. Keith had been a very successful business person in Cuba when Castro took over. He ended up fleeing Cuba and relocating to Los Angeles where they started a company called Rogers and Associates, where they did a lot of loss prevention work.
Keith also authored a couple books that I may still have a couple around the office. Another interesting character that was involved way back when was Ward Keller, from Seattle, Washington and he had a book published called “How to Make $50,000 a year as a Private Detective”.
Ward was originally from Illinois and was a big 10 football player for the University of Illinois. He struck it big in the Investigation business and later did a government approved training course for security and investigation called May Day, which we partnered with him on.
If anyone would like to buy any of their books that were approved by the department of education, I have some here that I’d be happy to make a deal on
One more person that I can recall was a true gentleman was Carl Glinton, who was in the Bahamas and had been a former Inspector in the Bahama Police Department.
One thing I remember most about those original people is that they all had interesting backgrounds in investigative work and were all very entrepreneurial and did anything they could to help each other out all over the world to try and build their businesses and all seem to be extremely successful. It certainly is a different business today.
The Canadian contingency included brothers Don and John Barnes which had a large operation with over 1000 employees covering all of Canada. I remember they sold their business to Burns International. Their operation was not only investigation but security guard and alarms, headquartered in Montreal.
Another fella from Montreal, was Bill Phillips who was a real character with a security and investigation business. He used to provide security for the Canadian postal strikes, that made him very successful.
The third Canadian I recall was Jack Broderick who was very involved in CII and he was primarily an investigator with a terrific reputation. Another name that my memory recalled, Jack Forrest from Windsor Ontario, a very active CII member at one time.Ed and Steve Kirby became very close with my parents and being from Illinois fellow Midwesterners in a global organization.
2021 MALCOM W THOMPSON AWARD
The Malcom W. Thompson Award went to Steve Levine, Regional Director, West Coast U.S. for 2022. The award recipient is designated by the Executive Regional Director, Brett Mikkelson, as being an individual who exemplifies the membership and strategic planning goals of the Council. Steve has provided great support to the members in his region and hosted an impromptu event in February, in addition to the vetting of applicants The award pays tribute to Malcolm Thomson, a CII member from Scottland and Executive Regional Director of CII until his untimely death in 1994.
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A special thanks and debt of gratitude to outgoing board members Howie Griffiths, Melissa Kelley Hilton and John Withers.
Howie served as Conference chair, Melissa as Secretary and John as Treasurer, no easy tasks! Outgoing President Sachit Kumar will serve as Chair of the Advisory committee, available as needed. We can't wait to see each of you on the board again!
This year’s recipient of the Meritorious Service Award was outgoing President Sachit Kumar. This award is presented to a member who distinguishes themselves with meritorious achievement or service to the Council. Sachit’s done both. Sachit was nominated by Nancy Barber who referred to Sachit as “going beyond the call of duty” in his leadership and energy navigating the Council through the pandemic.
2021 INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR
There were three nominees for The International Investigator of the Year (IIOYA) including Sean Peirce of South Africa; Kelly Riddle of the United States and this year’s award recipient Jacob Lapid of Israel. Jacob was recognized for his outstanding investigative work on a domestic case involving a 3 ½ year old child who was removed his mother’s care and unwittingly transported to Armenia by his father. Ultimately, thanks to Jacob, the child was reunited with his mother who ultimately prevailed in court and was able to return to her home in Canada with the child.
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The Professional Development Committee in tandem with our Regional Directors, are hosting meetings around the world . The US is in 2021. Europe and Asia are in 2022. All CII members welcome. The meetings will provide legislative updates; the impact of COVID-19 on public record access; and legislative action that is pending which should be monitored for potential impact on our profession.
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FIKA WITH THE PRESIDENT
Join CII President, Toine Goorts, for a monthly break on zoom. Bring your coffee or your wine, depending upon the time of day and your mood and hang out in a casual setting with other members. You can gripe or smile. We don’t care which, we just want to see you. The registration link is here
Fika with the President
ALL THINGS ARTIFICIAL
10 November 2021 (join the experts as they discuss Artificial Intelligence & Robotics)
Join us for yet another exciting event hosted by CII & ABL (Association of Business Lawyers), entitled “All Things Artificial” where an impressive panel of experts will discuss the advances in artificial intelligence & robotics. For an in depth analysis of the advances in technology that are influencing and sometimes controlling our lives and our professions, register here: All things artificial!
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The Western Region was fortunate to hold a Sunday Spring brunch on May 16, 2021 -live and in person. No Zoom calls were involved. Twelve full CII members met in Berkeley, California at the luxurious Claremont Hotel and Spa. Alas, no spa activities were involved.
To add to our great fortune, we were able to host CII former Board President Sachit Kumar. Sachit was in town for the graduation of his daughter, Priyanshi Kumar. Priyanshi graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in both Cognitive Sciences and Psychology. Many congratulations to Sachit, Priyanshi, and their family.
In addition to Sachit and myself, also in attendance were: Sam Brown, Barbara Burr, Anne Cawood, James Cawood, Charlotte Cochrane, Bob Fenech, M. Patricia Fisher, Ed Kelly, Francie Koehler, and Tay Wiles.
It was a great pleasure to catch up with everyone. We networked informally, and then gathered to have Sachit update us on CII activities. We took turns more formally to let others know how we have been and what we have been doing. We also discussed at length the pandemic situation in India as our thoughts turned to all of our dear colleagues who are still not able to hold in person meetings.
A big shout out as well to Francie Koehler, who brought two guests who are now prospective new members, and to James Cawood, who will be reaching out to a prospective member in Berlin. Many thanks also go to Ed Kelly and his always trust camera for documenting our event. We appreciate Ed’s amazing photography skills. And this time, we are even happier to have a photo of him in front of the camera.