2024 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 2024

RETIRED SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Minutes of Monthly Meeting
January 11, 2024

President Taylor called the meeting to order in the Red Room of the Nile Country Club at 1145 hours January 11, 2024. Rich O’Neill led the Pledge of Allegiance and following that Taylor asked all to remain standing for a moment of remembrance for Arvid Jensen #2359 passing Monday December 25th at 83 years of age.

Roll call of Board members showed Taylor, John Nordlund, Nick Bulpin, Rich O’Neill, Terri MacMillan, Joe Bouffiou, Dan Melton as present with Dan Oliver, Kevin O’Neill excused.

Taylor directed attention to the minutes of the December 10 meeting and asked for any corrections, additions, or deletions. There being none Frank Kampsen moved the minutes be accepted as written, second by Joe Bouffiou and passed.

Myrle Carner reported he will try to have a speaker for the February RSPOA meeting to be the head of the city council’s public safety committee for a presentation.

Roy Skagen took a moment to relay recent contacts with former Chief of Police, George Tielsch who is now in his nineties living in Ranch Mirage following his retirement from Santa Barbara PD. Roy recalled how Chief Tielsch was not favored by local media with his no-nonsense approach when referring or defending the police department activities.

Frank Kampsen reported the national police officer’s Line of Duty Deaths for 2023 were 124 with countless additional injuries from assaults, accidents, etc. as results of official on duty contact with citizens. He mentioned recent suicide deaths are being investigated as whether these incidents are duty related. He concluded by understanding the nationwide difficulty recruiting and retaining officers.

Rich O’Neill reported the 80th Annual retired Officers Banquet has been scheduled for Saturday September 14th at the SPAA Range pavilion. He noted the change to Saturday may make attendance less traffic impacted. He asked for suggestions of improvements to make next year’s event even better than 2023. Several comments were voiced regarding minor improvements. The banquet cost is $20,000.00 and RSPOA members are free with guest dinners kept at a minimum when compared with an evening out. Donations would be welcome along with possible sponsorships on ads or in programs/ads. RAP President, Pepper Prahmus started the 2024 banquet fund with a generous donation of $1000.00.

There being no further business John Guich and Joe Sanford conducted a door prize raffle. The meeting adjourned at 1245 hours and 44 folks enjoyed a nice lunch.

Nick Bulpin, Secretary

RETIRED SEATTLE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Minutes of Monthly Meeting
February 8, 2024

 

President Taylor called the meeting to order in the Red Room of the Nile Country Club at 1150AM February 8, 2024. Joe Bouffiou led the Pledge of Allegiance. Taylor asked all to remain standing for a moment of remembrance for Gerald Sampont #3193 passing away January 17th at 79 years of age. Taylor went on to recognize four widows who have recently passed on.

Roll call of Board members showed Taylor, John Nordlund, Nick Bulpin, Rich O’Neill, Joe Bouffiou and Dan Oliver present with Terri MacMillan, Dan Melton, Kevin O’Neill, and John Sullivan excused.

Taylor directed attention to the January 11th minutes that have been distributed and asked for any corrections or omissions. Joe Bouffiou moved the minutes be accepted as written, second by Ron Haviland and passed.

Myrle Carner addressed the meeting with an update on the scheduled fund-raiser for gubernatorial candidate, Dave Reichert here in the ball room at the Nile, April 9th. from 10 to noon. He was asking for table captains for 8 person tables in hopes of reaching the goal of 300 attendees. Information pamphlets were passed out.

Jim Yoshita announced there will be a celebration of life for Gary Veatch here at the Nile scheduled for March 2nd. More details are being worked out.

President Taylor reported the current legislative session is coming to closure with several bills being discussed. He noted the law restricting police chases is being reviewed and currently is the only law enforcement item on the agenda.

President Taylor was pleased with the turn-out for today’s meeting and attempted to acknowledge the many folks who haven’t been seen for a while. He apologized to anyone not recognized but stressed the importance of socializing with one another at these various RSPOA gatherings.

The door prize team of Joe Sanford and John Guich held the drawing for the lucky ticket holders and following that, the meeting adjourned with 52 folks enjoying lunch.  The catering staff was overwhelmed by the attendance and did the best possible to provide enough food.

Nick Bulpin, Secretary

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