TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON
March 19, 2009 - Covina Woman's Club, Covina
2009 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jim Williams (Long Beach Police) welcomed everyone to the Covina Woman's Club, and introduced himself as the 2009 Southern Chapter President. This is the newest WSATI venue. Jim explained that WSATI was trying to reach out to potential and current members by holding meetings in various locations.
Jim then requested that 2002 WSATI Past President Lou Koven (LAPD BADCATS) lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. Jim noted that Lou would be retiring in April after 35 plus years at LAPD. If you would like to attend Lou's Retirement Cookout on April 16, 2009, click here.
Jim then requested that the attendees give self introductions. This took some time due to the great turnout of attendees for the meeting. 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.
Jim then introduced the 2009 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers in attendance:
Legal Counsel Richard
Knapp (Knapp Law Firm, LLP)
Secretary Dave Petrelli (State Farm Insurance SIU - Retired) was unable to attend the meeting.
Jim then spoke about upcoming training at the WSATI meetings. Jim said he was going to try to have training that could fill some of the needs of the new law enforcement detectives as well as the new insurance SIU personnel. He said he has found that many of the new detectives don't seem to understand some of the basics so he will try to cover some of the topics they are lacking.
Jim then asked if anyone had anything they'd like to discuss with the other attendees.
Several of the attendees brought up topics for discussion. Due to the sensitive nature of the discussion, you should contact the attendees directly regarding information shared at the meeting as it will not be posted here.
Felicia Crockett (LAPD
Jim then introduced Guest Speaker LAPD/TRAP Detective Cesar Ramirez. Cesar began his presentation letting the attendees know that the WSATI Southern Chapter has a section for Stolen Classic Cars on the WSATI website. Cesar thanked Gary Labb for putting together the Stolen Classic Cars web page at http://www.wsati.org/stolenclassics.html. Cesar continued, giving a PowerPoint presentation on Classic Car Identification. He also thanked Bill Harris (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) for bringing his personal vehicle, a 1957 Chevrolet BelAir, to assist with the training. Cesar ended his presentation by giving a "quiz" on classic car identification. The top four attendees in identifying the cars were presented with special T-shirts that were created by Cesar (besides classic cars, designing T-shirts is another hobby).
2009 IAATI Western Regional Chapter President Rick Greenwood announced that the IAATI Western Regional Chapter (IAATI WRC) would be co-hosting the 2009 International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) Annual Training Seminar in Denver, Colorado with the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI). The information is posted on the CATI website. The seminar is scheduled to take place on August 9th-14th, 2009.
Jim then advised the information regarding the 2009 Annual WSATI Training Seminar (hosted by the Northern Chapter) could be located on the WSATI website. It will be held at South Lake Tahoe on October 6th, 7th, and a half day on the 8th. A golf tournament is scheduled to take place on October 5th.
WSATI Southern Chapter President Jim Williams then presided over the raffle, assisted by WSATI Southern Chapter Treasurer Tim Glover and Southern Chapter Sergeant-at-Arms Rob Manning. 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...
Jim then announced that the lunch was ready. The attendees were then served an Italian style luncheon provided by the ladies of the Woman's Club.
Following lunch, the meeting was adjourned.
Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance: Skip Davidson (1991), Ted Saraf (1992), Dave Dempsey (1998), Gary Labb (2000), Lou Koven (2002), and Rick Greenwood (2008).