Duties next week: Front desk Bill Kames, Scribe Rick Weiss, Takedown Kwamina Botsio, Invocation Walt Smith, Greeter Nate Owens, Joke Anna Wong, Photos (need help), Songs Merring, Fines Richard Oberreiter.
Program Sept 12 Police Chief Jay Johnson, Sept 19th Mike Giddings NFL Pro Scout Celerbrity guests former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and former UCLA quarterback John Sciarra, September 26th Fire Depatment, Oct 3rd DARK, Oct 10th District Governor Jim Lorman, Oct 17th for Laker Tommy Hawkins, Oct 24th professional political strategist John Thomas.
Sept 12 Board meeting 4:15pm-5:30pm
Sept 15 10:30am Back Bay Clean Up at Shellmaker Island, contact Bill Hossfeld with your availability. Directions are here https://www.facebook.com/groups/144390510654/
Sept 29 RC Tustin Poker fundraiser, contact Gary Konecne
Sept 30 Okazaki Party 4pm-8pm, 2218 Private Road Newport Beach
Oct 12 Rotary Business Awards 11am Doubletree Hotel in Orange
Oct 15 Foundation Dinner
Please visit our new website www.newportbeachrotary.com which I have been working on intensely for the last month. The member directory and duty roster are on the site protected by the password “newportprivateroster”. The Anchor Watch will be there soon. I will take unsolicited opinions on the site until Wednesday 12th, email me any pictures you think would be good too.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NEWPORT-BALBOA’S
FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
How to start out a meeting by having some 30 Rotarians attending along with 8 visitors for a great evening of Fellowship before, during and after our meeting on a warm balmy evening. We were warmly greeted by Richard Oberreiter, also the “Secret Greeter,” and a warm smile at the Front Desk by “The Father of the Bride” and celebrating his 31st Anniversary to his one and only Heather at this Rotary Meeting. Our President AJ was caught up in the occasion by ringing the Rotary Bell a few minutes late but no one really carried and continued on with their conversations.
AJ finally got us settled down and had PDG McGonegal gave the Invocation from a quoted message from Mother Teresa followed by PP Morris leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dr. Weiss (missed Portia) lead us through The Four Way Test and fitting the time of the two national conventions was PP Dickson leading a very rousing rendition of God Bless America. President AJ went to the different tables where Bob Merring introduced his wife Lynn and his Mother-in-Law followed by Walter Smith introducing his wife Barbara, Bill Hossfeld introducing visiting Rotarian, Rotary Volunteer in Africa and member of RC of Newport-Irvine: Bob Selinger plus Steve Speer’s bride of 31 years Heather Speer who was the “Mother of the Bride” on this past Saturday evening. Lauren Reeves brought Caden plus her very good friend Suze Glen from Australia, her Father, Owen Glen spoke to us a few years ago. Also, it was noted that Burt Zilligitt was in attendance after a busy summer of sailing the waters of California. AJs job of selecting the order to go to the buffet was really easy this evening with few complaints while Pat Reilly played a wonderful medley of tunes while the Fellowship continued through dinner.
AJ called the meeting back to order after dinner and took on the role as “Joke Master” with three short police jokes as he concluded, everyone clapped instead of laughed, must be a story here! But AJ let the water run off his back as he made many announcements before Tom Walley extracted “Fines” from Bob Merring, Andy Campbell, and Jon Mandala and “Happy Fines” from Linda Klevatt, Steve Speer popped for $31 for 31 years of marriage to Heather Speer, and Suze, Lauren’s guest.
Your Scribe introduced Kurt Timken, who is a 16 year veteran of the El Monte Police Department by serving as a Senior Detective, Federally Deputized Task Force Officer representing the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division. The most interesting thing, Officer Timken grew up in Ohio, went to Phillips Academy, a prep school in Andover, Mass., Pomona College, and then received his MBA from Harvard. He worked at his family’s company, Timken Bearing and Steel company in Ohio, came west to Seal Beach to the aero-space industry at Rockwell International before becoming a law enforcement officer and putting his life on the line dealing in counter-Narcoterrorism where he is involved in wire taping, money laundering drug enforcement on a very limited financial budget.
Agent Timken gave us an up front and personal overview what he is trying to control on the streets with a table display of some 12 different drugs which he deals with on a daily basis starting with marijuana buds with a street value of $800/$1,000 pound to black tar heroin that was priced at $20,000 pound just a few years ago and now is selling at $12,000 pound, this is the drug the police are most concerned especially with young people who can smoke it with a straw after heating it in foil and throw away the evidence. This is cheaper and less expensive than oxy-codone drugs (pain killers) that sell for up to $80 a pill on the
street. The man made drug, Ecstasy is still the wave drug for teens that sells for approximately $20 a pill on the street. The collection that was on display probably has a value of many hundreds of thousands of dollars and all fit in a small case, frightening!
We hear about all the drug cartels in Mexico but they are migrating to the U.S. with the area around Chicago having a huge drug problem with a great deal of violence and is spreading to other parts of the Country as the different cartels are taking control of the drug trafficking. Agent Timken noted that their budgets to combat narcotic enforcement has been seriously reduced in California with the Federal Government now supplying and funding the over time he gets when he is not on duty with the El Monte Police Department.
President AJ ended the meeting with quote about “Ideas” and Adjourned at 7:48 PM to the parking lot to see the “War Wagon” which is a Ford “Edge” that Linda Klevatt had the privilege to demonstrate with all the required lights, siren, loud speaker, etc. then Agent Timken opened the back and he was ready for action at a moment’s call with his equipment for his protection as well as go on the offensive with both shot guns and many different hand guns of his choice with plenty of ammunition. As he said, the most important thing is the safety of the men and women on the task force.
A great and very informative program and for me after a recent surgery, I was prescript oxy-codone but did not take any because I don’t like the side effects of these types of pain killers plus I my nerve block and the use of ice controlled any discomfort. I can see how one could easily be addicted to meds after listening and talking to DEA Agent Kurt Timken.
The Scribe for September 5th – Bill Hossfeld