TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON
July 21, 2011 - City of Irvine Conference & Training
Center - Irvine
2011 WSATI Southern Chapter President Dave Petrelli (Workmen's Auto Insurance SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting, and advised that this was a brand new venue for the Southern Chapter. Dave then requested that Past President Skip Davidson (Davidson Investigations) lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.
Dave then introduced the other 2011 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance at the meeting; Vice President Tim Glover (LASD TRAP), Secretary Rob Manning (LASD TRAP), Treasurer Tim Jackson (AAA Southern California SIU), Sergeant-At-Arms Aristeed Powell (DMV Investigations - Artesia), Past President John Bartolone (DMV Investigations - Artesia), and Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp Law Firm, LLP).
Dave then requested that the WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance stand up and introduce themselves to the attendees: Skip Davidson (1991), Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), Lou Koven (2002), Jim Williams (2009), and John Bartolone (2010).
Dave then asked the attendees go around the room and do self-introductions.
Dave then spoke about the upcoming Orange County ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Brunch that took place on June 16, 2011 at the Irvine Marriott, recognizing the top officer from each agency in Orange County for 2010. The ceremony recognizes Patrol / Traffic Officers for their efforts in recovering stolen vehicles. Dave wanted to give special thanks to Dennis Frias (OCRA) for taking the "behind the scenes" lead in making sure the ceremony took place, as well as AAA for their continuing efforts in sponsoring the event.
Dave also spoke about the WSATI Southern Chapter's Billy Osborn Memorial Award. The Southern Chapter Officers are seeking nominations for the 2010 Billy Osborn Memorial Award. Nominations will be accepted until August 16, 2011 as the Award is scheduled to be presented at the September 15, 2011 Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon. Please send your nomination, along with a brief narrative, contact information for yourself and your nominee, to email@example.com to make sure your voice is heard.
Dave then introduced the Guest Speaker, Allen Mayea, of Pacific Rim Investigative Services Group, who gave a presentation on "Vehicle Fire / Arson." Allen also prepared a class manual which was distributed to the attendees.
Following Allen's presentation, WSATI Southern Chapter Secretary Rob Manning (LASD TRAP) requested that all the attendees sign the sign-in sheets that had been going around during the meeting. He said that the information was taken from the sign-in sheets and transferred by Past President Gary Labb (Santa Ana PD / OCATT - Retired), who is the WSATI webmaster, to the online Roster. Gary then spoke about the online encrypted Southern Chapter Roster that can provide great networking potential. Gary gave the attendees the password for the encrypted roster.
Treasurer Tim Jackson (AAA Southern California) then conducted the raffle. There were a lot of great raffle prizes. Sergeant-At-Arms Aristeed Powell (DMV Investigations - Artesia) and Victor Valdez (AAA Southern California) assisted Tim with the raffle. Again, it appeared that those who bought extra raffle tickets did the best, right Skip. Some of the raffle prizes included WSATI Southern Chapter shirts. To see some of the available shirts, please go to WSATIWear. Please contact Rob Manning at his listed email address for current availability and pricing on the shirts.
Following the raffle, Southern Chapter President Dave Petrelli (Workmen's Auto Insurance SIU) announced that the next meeting would be held on September 15, 2011. Dave then announced that the Santa Maria Barbecue Style Lunch prepared by Past President John Bartolone (DMV Investigations - Artesia), with the assistance of Southern Chapter Vice President Tim Glover (LASD TRAP), was ready. Dave invited the attendees to help themselves to the tri-tip, chicken, sausage, salad, potato salad, beans, and dessert to top it all off. Everyone appeared to enjoy and some took a trip back for seconds....
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. This meeting drew people from as far as the Simi Valley and Riverside.
2011 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers in attendance were:
Petrelli (Workmen's Auto Insurance
Associate Director Brian Yori (LAPD/TRAP) could not attend the meeting.