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Like the last 3 Rotary meetings, a looped PowerPoint presentation recorded recent Rotary events, pictures and upcoming events for the meeting of July 25.
Ginny White officially opened the meeting with a Quote of the Day, and Wally Schmidt led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 8 guests among the 35 attendees present, with 7 members submitting regrets about inabilities to attend the meeting. President Marshall Cook received thumbs up for an opening joke, and two prospective members received a first reading for Rotary membership. Several announcements were offered next, most being about next week’s Chautauqua schedule and about Rotary’s involvement in that event.
Lowell Willey then collected a few bucks from members who reported birthdays, happy events, and items worthy of the surrender of a dollar to the club. Such donations last year raised over $1000 for the Orofino Rotary Foundation.
Then the Program Chairperson and President-elect, Clayne Tyler, introduced the speakers for the week, Orofino Police Sgt Vince Frazier, Officer Mike Shore, and later, the department’s drug dog, Kacy. Kacy is a 2 year-old Black Labrador Retriever.
Officer Mike Shore & Kacy
Officer Shore, Kacy’s handler, whose biography is listed online at www.orofinopd.com, noted that his and Kacy’s primary job is to detect illegal drugs in the area and to educate the public on the efficiency of drug dog-handler teams in law enforcement.
Kacy and Mike had to take over 160 initial hours of training, have frequent daily training sessions, and numerous practical exams to remain certified in drug detection.
Whenever a routine traffic stop is made by an Orofino Police Officer, Mike and Kacy search the scene of the stop to insure no illegal drugs are present if, and only if, the call for the search does not prolong the stopping officer’s actions on scene. The dog’s responses to the search outside the car constitute “probable cause” for more detailed searches under Idaho law. Also, Mike and Kacy periodically search schools and other public areas for the presence of illegal drugs.
Drug dogs are taught to detect 4 main drugs and their related byproducts. These main drugs are Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamines. Training of drug dogs also involves training the animals to “proof off’ or ignore scents of their handlers, packaging materials, surrounding food odors, and the like. Sometimes drug users, transporters and pushers attempt unsuccessfully to package drugs in various foods, such as peanut butter or meat.
According to Sgt. Frazier, whereas we might smell stew cooking on the stove, dogs can distinguish the components of the stew and can pick out the aroma of the carrots, peas, meat, and the like in the stew with their incredible noses. It is estimated that dogs can sort out over 100 simultaneous smells to identify the smells they are trained to detect.
Sgt Vince Frazier
Kacy is rewarded for her work by being allowed to play with a squeaky toy or tennis ball on a short rope. That she dearly loves to do!
Officer Shore hid some samples of illegal drugs about the room, and then brought Kacy in to find the samples. This she promptly did as revealed by changes in behavior as she traced scents, and then eventually alerting on the sample by sitting down.
Kacy finding a Heroin "stash"
When not working and awaiting duties in the police car, Kacy is favored by over $3000 worth of air conditioning and alarm systems in the car to assure she remains comfortable and healthy.
Thank you, Mike, Vince and Kacy, for visiting Rotary and telling us about the training and functions of Orofino’s Drug Detection Team, and for your detection demonstration!
Next week, Clayne Tyler will give the opening Thought of the Day, and Richard Whitten will be the Greeter. The program next week will be April Barazza, Former Orofino Rotary Youth Exchange to Japan, who will talk about her experiences as a National Geographic Ocean Liner Chef.
Next month, Randy Bowen will sell 50/50 tickets to raise money for Orofino Rotary’s upcoming projects in the Philippines, and Lenard Eckman will act as Sgt-at-Arms.
Remember to participate in next weekend’s Chautauqua. You will find it to be a remarkable learning, educational and entertaining event!
The Orofino Chautauqua schedule:
Thursday, August 31, Potluck Dinner, 5 PM, City Park
Friday, September 1. Cast performs at prison, SHN, etc.
Saturday, September 2, Parade, 11 AM, Michigan Avenue
Rotary cooks in the Park, Noon - 5 pm
Workshops,, City Park, Noon - 5PM
Family Vaudevlle Show, OHS, 7 PM
Posted by Marshall Cook
This past week, the Orofino Rotary Club received this thank-you note from one of the Scholarship recipients:
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