January 10th Meeting Program

A dynamic and informative program was provided by Captain Rex Caldwell, a division manager at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Captain Caldwell started his career in law enforcement in 1981, and has served in Kirkland and Mukilteo, as well as abroad in countries like Germany, Hungary, and England. He provided an overview of the training program, which he characterized as training the "guardians of democracy". 

Trainees receive 720 hours (5 months) of training, which uses the L.E.E.D. method: Listen, Explain, Equity, Dignity. The training facility was established in 1974, and includes fundamental knowledge of policing, physical skills, applied training (mock scenarios), and communication and behavior management.

The mission of the WSCJTC: "Establish high standards and exceptional training to ensure that criminal justice professionals in Washington State have the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively protect the life, liberty, and property of the people they serve." The training program uses the pillars defined by President Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force to train recruits in community-oriented policing methods.

Captain Caldwell emphasized how the training works to provide more effective learning, with a focus on trust, removing bias in interactions, the importance of serving the greater good, and instilling in each recruit the mind of a guardian and the heart of a warrior.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Capt. Caldwell donated three winter hats in Seahawks fleece fabric to our club, which he had sewn himself. Fantastic! The hats were raffled off at the end of the meeting to three lucky winners, along with a Seahawks-themed basket full of snacks and logo items perfect for watching the playoffs.

December Students of the Month

On Tuesday, December 13, club member and Ballard High School principal Keven Wynkoop introduced Audrey McFarland and Jonny Maier as the Rotary Club of Ballard Students of the Month for December.


Audrey McFarland is a dynamic student, active in sports and academics. She is a member of the Swimming Team and Cascade Swim Club. She is a member of Biotech Academy and has a strong interest in science. She hopes to major in biology or pre-med in college. Her top 3 choices for college are George Fox University in Oregon, Seattle Pacific University, and Azusa Pacific University in California. 

Jonny Maier keeps very busy with church, academics, athletics, and the arts. In school, he is a member of the BHS Vocal Jazz Choir, and was captain of the cross country team, which went to state this year. He has applied to several universities, and has already been accepted by Pacific Lutheran University. Church is also a big part of his life. He works for his church in various capacities, including community service.

Congratulations to these exemplary students!

Rotarians at Work!

Service Project: Assistant Governor Express Grant

Staff member with new computer. 

Our Assistant Governor Express Grant of last year, which was proposed by Peter Anderson, has funded two computers in the Women's Overnight Shelter on Capitol Hill run by the Union Gospel Mission. Kathleen Davis, Grants chair, reported at the January 10th meeting that the computers are now installed and in use by staff and clients. They use the computers to find jobs and arrange badly needed services. We partnered with the Magnolia and Northshore Rotaries for a total of $1500 for this grant. 

The AG Express Grant focuses on finding new ways to strengthen club member engagement and new member attraction. Up to $500 per club is available during the Rotary year for club leaders to invest in community service projects that will engage Rotarians and community leaders. Projects which bring together more than one club and include a local chamber or community group are preferred but not required.

If any club member has a proposal for using this grant this year, please call or email Kathleen Davis as soon as possible. It makes a great "one and done" project! 




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