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WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER
TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON

January 21, 2010 - Metropolitan State Hospital, James Hall - Norwalk


The newest WSATI venue, Metropolitan State Hospital, James Hall

Prior to the arrival of the attendees, Brian Yori (LAPD/TRAP) began preparing the luncheon for the attendees.  Brian has to be thanked for all he did in the very cold, windy, and wet weather. 

Outgoing 2009 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jim Williams (Long Beach Police) started the meeting by welcoming the attendees to the newest venue for WSATI, the Metropolitan State Hospital, James Hall.  (For some it may have been a homecoming)  Jim asked everyone to join him in the pledge of allegiance.  

Jim then requested that WSATI Legal Counsel Richard O. Knapp join him at the podium.  Jim then presented Richard with a certificate of appreciation from WSATI for his long involvement with the organization.  Richard originally was introduced to WSATI when he gave a training presentation at the November 1998 training meeting.  Richard soon became involved with giving legal counsel for WSATI, and became the WSATI Southern Chapter legal counsel.  The certificate read:

Logo (c) 2007 - 2010 WSATI Southern Chapter

WESTERN STATES AUTO
THEFT INVESTIGATORS

"Coming Together is a Beginning. Keeping Together is Progress.
Working Together is Success." - Henry Ford

In Grateful Recognition of your Continuing
Service and Support We Gladly Present

Richard O. Knapp, Esq.
Legal Counsel

This Award Honoring Your Service and Dedication to the
Western States Auto Theft Investigators Mission & Principles

(Signed) John Bartolone
WSATI President
John Bartolone - 2010

Jim then introduced incoming 2010 WSATI Southern Chapter President John Bartolone (DMV Investigations).  John then presented Jim with his "Thank You" gift.

John then introduced the WSATI Southern Chapter Presidents in attendance; Bill Robertson (1998), Dennis Frias (1997), Dave Dempsey (1998), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Lou Koven (2002), Phil Macklin (2004), Bud Hood (2007), and the newest Past President, Jim Williams (2009).

John then introduced the other 2010 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers and presented them with their Officer name tags:

Vice President  Dave Petrelli (State Farm Insurance SIU - Retired) 
Secretary Tim Glover (LASD/TRAP)
Treasurer Rob Manning (LASD/TRAP) 
Sergeant-At-Arms Tim Jackson (AAA Southern California SIU)
Past President Jim Williams (Long Beach Police)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp Law Firm, LLP)

John then spoke about upcoming events:

San Diego County ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Brunch on March 16, 2010
LAPD BAD CATS Detective John Byun's Retirement Party on March 19, 2010
39th Annual WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego on May 24-28, 2010

John then requested that everyone do self introductions and to share information.  The attendees introduced themselves and lots of information was shared.

Jim Williams reminded the attendees that he was taking nominations for the 2009 Billy Osborn Award and that it would be presented at the Training Seminar in San Diego.  The Award is presented to a member of the Southern Chapter.  For the criteria of the award and the contact information for nominations, please go to the Billy Osborn Memorial Award.  

Past President Bud Hood (OCSD/OCATT Retired) spoke about the 2010 WSATI Training Seminar, which will be hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter.  The Seminar will be taking place in San Diego at the Town and Country on May 24-28, 2010.  Bud asked everyone to think about not only attending but letting him know of some business that might be interested in sponsoring the Seminar or being an exhibitor at the Seminar.  Information on being an exhibitor or sponsor can be located here.

John then introduced Guest Speaker 2009 "Hooter's Hummer" Award Recipient Gabe Marquez (CHP ISU/TRAP). Gabe gave a presentation on construction equipment theft.  Gabe was assisted at times by Crime Prevention Program (CPP) of Southern California Executive Director Ron Poll and CPP Investigator Lou Koven

Following Gabe's presentation, John announced that the lunch was ready.  The attendees were then served a Santa Maria Bar-B-Q style luncheon, that had been prepared by Brian Yori while the meeting and training took place.  It included Tri-tip, chicken, sausage, salad, potato salad, beans, and a cookie to top it all off...everyone appeared to enjoy and some took a trip back for seconds... 

WSATI Southern Chapter Past President Bud Hood and Chapter Sergeant-At-Arms Tim Jackson conducted the raffle.  There were a lot of different winners, and at the same time many were upset with some of the repeat winners.  If you want to be like them, do what they do... buy extra raffle tickets... 

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Following lunch and the raffle, the regular meeting was adjourned.

There were a lot of new faces that came to the meeting as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time. 

Following the meeting was a Seminar Committee meeting.  There were many people there offering assistance as the seminar is rapidly approaching.  Dennis Frias and Lou Koven went over the list of possible classes.  As Dave Dempsey said, "It sounds like you have enough training for two weeks of classes."  There definitely should be something available for everyone's taste.

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