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Monthly Luncheons

Luncheons usually occur on the second Thursday of the month and are held at the
Audubon Country Club on Tamiami Trail, north of Immokalee Road. The cost is $32.00.

The list below shows the dates and topics.

Click below for additional information on each speaker or to make a reservation. 

    • December 16, 2021
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club, 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 5
    Register

    Has the Supreme Court Subverted
    the Constitution?

    presented by

    Bob Levy

    Chairman of the Board of Directors

    Cato Institute


    Bob Levy will discuss how the Constitution should be interpreted.  He’ll contrast the views of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians.  Then, he’ll comment on several politically charged topics, and recommend three constitutional amendments.

    Bob Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute. He joined Cato as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business. Bob is also a director of the Institute for Justice. He received his PhD in business from the American University in 1966, then founded CDA Investment Technologies, a major provider of investment information and software. At age 50, after leaving CDA in 1991, Bob went to George Mason law school, where he was chief articles editor of the law review and class valedictorian. He received his JD degree in 1994. The next two years he clerked for Judge Royce Lamberth on the US District Court and Judge Douglas Ginsburg on the US Court of Appeals, both in Washington, DC.

    For many years, Bob was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, National Review, and many other publications. He has discussed public policy on national radio and TV programs, including ABC’s Nightline, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, PBS’s Newshour, and NBC’s Today Show. Bob’s latest book, co-authored with William Mellor, is The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. Bob served as co-counsel in District of Columbia v. Heller, the successful Supreme Court challenge to Washington, D.C.’s gun ban.



    • January 13, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club, 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 92
    Register

     A  Ritchie Boy and Much More

    presented by

    Andrew Dahl, MD

    This presentation is a true tale that is more remarkable than fiction.  It concerns idealism, love of family, bravery and determination. 

    It is the extraordinary story of my uncle Günter Oppenheim’s life from his birth in 1920, the third child of a  Jewish family in a small German town, until the day, immediately after the German surrender in May, 1945, when he drove hundreds of miles through the Russian-occupied zone in Germany and Czechoslovakia to reach Theresienstadt concentration camp to search for his mother, my grandmother, hoping to find her alive.

     During those 25 years of major political upheaval, he was sent away from home at age 15 for a retail textile apprenticeship and then, at age 17,  was placed on a ship from Germany to come to the USA by himself, where his parents felt he could have the opportunity to have a productive and fulfilling life.  H Günter did not know English and had $ 150 in his pocket, 

    After becoming a US citizen in 1942, Günter immediately enlisted in the Army as a private.  Trained in Army Intelligence a as one of the “Ritchie Boys”, he served as an interrogator of German POWs,  working himself up the ranks to become a Master Sergeant with the “SUPER 6th” Armored Division. 

     After his division was taken over by the Third Army under General George Patton in mid-1944, Günter became a jeep driver for Patton and fought in the Ardennes, in the Allied counteroffensive to stop the German advance during the Battle of the Bulge, crossed the Siegfried Line and rolled into Germany with Patton across the Rhine on March 25, 1945.   He was commissioned as an officer in the field by General Dwight Eisenhower after this campaign and  received a bronze star for bravery.   Günter was part of the “SUPER 6th” which liberated 80,000 Jews and other political prisoners at the Buchenwald concentration camp  on April 11, 1945.  Germany surrendered three weeks later.


    • February 10, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club, 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 81
    Register

     Immigration

    presented by

    Mark Hetfield, CEO of HIAS

    • March 10, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club, 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 114
    Register

    The Life Cycle of the American Department Store:

    Birth, Marriage and Life Support and the Nine Lives of 
    the 
    Dayton Hudson/Target Corporation

    presented by

    Phil Garon and Jim Hale

    Jim, former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dayton Hudson Corporation (now Target Corporation) and Phil, former outside counsel to Target, will discuss the history of American department stores, their mergers and the reasons for their many failures and downturns, with a focus on the growth of Dayton Hudson/Target, the challenges it has overcome and its ability to avoid the fate of most of its competitors.

    About the Presenters

    Jim Hale was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Dayton Hudson Corporation, later renamed Target Corporation. During his 25 years there he was responsible for legal and board matters and at various times also government affairs, corporate audit, geographic research, strategic planning, compliance and foundation giving. He led the legal team in a successful defense of a hostile takeover bid and in the acquisition and divestiture of many retail businesses, including the acquisition and preparation for the disposition of Marshall Field.

    Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, summa cum laude, in 1965 and spent the following year as law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren at the United States Supreme Court, spending a significant amount of his clerkship helping to draft the Miranda opinion.

    Before joining Dayton Hudson, he practiced law at Faegre & Benson and then served as head of international mergers and acquisitions at General Mills. He has served on the boards of Tennant Company and North American Life Insurance Company.

    Jim has been active in community activities in Minnesota, serving as the founding Chairman of the Fund for the Legal Aid Society, on the boards of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Carlson School of Business and as Chair of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Twin Cities Public Television.

    Since moving to Florida, he served on the board of the Speakers Assembly, and has been an active supporter of the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. He currently teaches classes in corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions at Florida Gulf Coast University and serves on the board of WGCU, public radio and television, where he was recently named Board Chair.

    Following his passion for good corporate governance, he served many years as co- chair of the Directors Forum at the University of San Diego and as Chair of the Institute for Responsible Corporate Governance at FGCU.

    Jim has been recognized by the national Burton Foundation as a Legend in the Law and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the University of Minnesota.

    Phil Garon was outside corporate counsel to Dayton Hudson/Target Corporation for more than twenty-five years, represented it in the purchase and sale of Marshall Field, the purchase of Rivertown Trading Company and sales of B. Dalton and Mervyn’s, and advised it in the areas of corporate governance and takeover preparedness and defense. His other clients included The Travelers Companies, 3M, Cargill and Tennant and several retailers, including Fingerhut, Wilsons Leather and Funco.

    Phil graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, summa cum laude, in 1972, and began his legal career at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He then practiced at Faegre & Benson (now Faegre Drinker Biddle) in Minneapolis for 40 years. He served on the Management Committee of Faegre for twelve years, including three years as its Chairman. During that time, Faegre became one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. Following his partnership at Faegre, he served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Law Firm Group.

    Phil’s expertise has been repeatedly recognized, most notably by the Best Lawyers in America, which named him Minneapolis Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year in 2012, Compliance Lawyer of the Year in 2011 and Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2009. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Law Review Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota Law School and of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Cardozo Society Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award.

    Phil is a prolific legal writer. He co-authored the Thomson Reuters treatise, Minnesota Corporation Law and Practice, and the seminal William Mitchell Law Review article comparing Delaware and Minnesota corporation laws. He has won two national Burton awards for legal writing.

    Phil also has been an active alumnus of the University of Minnesota Law School, serving as a member of its Law Review Advisory Board and as a member and Chairman of its Board of Visitors.



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