October 16th - 20th, 2016
Beginning on Sunday afternoon, WSATI Southern Chapter 2016 Vice President Heather Roberts began selling, with the assistance of several people, the new WSATIWear.
After registration, most of Sunday evening saw participants renewing old acquaintances and meeting new contacts, in other words, networking and intelligence gathering. Robbie Midzuno and Heather Roberts presided over the information gathering sponsored by the IAATI WRC.
Throughout the breaks between classes, Heather continued
selling the raffle tickets to those attending the seminar. She also
handed out the daily gifts given to each attendee.
Monday evening, after classes ended, a Mexican Buffet
was provided to the attendees, along with a big, big screen to watch Monday
Night Football. This was an opportunity to network with old friends
and new friends. There was also a little car show taking place in
the parking lot outside the Cabrillo Room
Tuesday afternoon, the IAATI Western Regional Chapter held their Annual General Meeting and Elections. The meeting and elections were presided over by 2015-2016 President Dennis Frias (CA). IAATI 2016-2017 1st Vice President J.D. Hough also attended. The following were the results of the election process:
2016-2017 President John Bartolone
(CA), California Department of Motor Vehicles Investigations
The following Board appointments were made:
2016-2017 Treasurer Rick Greenwood
(CA), Riverside Police Department (Retired)
Tuesday evening, after classes ended, attendees were on their own, with nothing formal planned. Robbie and Heather again presided over an information gathering event.
On Wednesday night there was the annual banquet, awards presentation, and raffle. WSATI 2016 Southern Chapter President Brian Yori welcomed everyone to the banquet and was the master of ceremonies for the event. Brian explained that the banquet would be broken up into three sections, the buffet, the Awards Presentations, and then the raffle. Brian thanked those who had been involved in putting on the Training Seminar. Brian then asked Cesar Ramirez to give a benediction.
Rob introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance; Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Lou Koven (2002), John Bartolone (2010), and Tim Jackson (2014).
Brian Yori then announced
that dinner was served. The attendees found plenty of great food at the
two buffet tables and the numerous dessert tables. Many were seen going
for the dessert while waiting in line for the buffet...
Brian started the Awards Presentations by inviting WSATI 2016 Northern Chapter Director Paul Kennedy (NICB) and NICB Supervising Special Agent Tom Downey to the podium to make the presentation of the Gary Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award. Tom announced that there would be three separate recipients of the award:
Tom called up to the stage CHP Sergeant David Yokley
and NICB Special Agent Kurt Nester and presented them with their Gary
Gray Auto Theft Achievement Awards.
Tom then called CHP / Stanislaus County Auto Theft
TaskForce Commander Lieutenant Larry Chambers
up to the stage. Larry then spoke about the two recipients from his
task force, Investigators Derreck Brackett
and John French. They were then called
to the stage where they received their Gary
Gray Auto Theft Achievement Awards.
Tom then called LASD / TaskForce for Regional AutoTheft
Prevention (TRAP) Commander Captain Val Rosario
up to the stage. Val then asked the TRAP members in attendance to
join him on the stage. Tom then presented the TRAP team with their
Gray Auto Theft Achievement Award.
Following the awards, the raffle was presided over by WSATI Southern Chapter Treasurer Mick O'Neill. Assisting were WSATI Southern Chapter Secretary Jeff Enfield, WSATI Southern Chapter Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Stefanoff, AAA's Martha Jone-Joseph and Geri Gary, and TRAP's Maria Ferreira. As many of the attendees commented, "a lot of great prizes." So much so that there were lines of people buying raffle tickets throughout dinner until the drawing began.
There were numerous door prizes handed out. There
were lots of great door prizes including three big screen TVs, a Lake Tahoe
stay, gift cards, and many more door prizes, too many to mention.
It appears that those that bought the most raffle tickets did the best,
except for a few who came up empty handed.
Following the banquet, Robbie and Heather again presided over the information gathering network event.