Posted by Jeff Benson on Feb 20, 2018

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and Nils Friberg offered an Invocation.


Geoff Hollimon reminded us of the CPY Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, March 6th at the New Brighton Community Center.  This meeting serves as the Rotary noon meeting for that week.  The keynote speaker will be former Gopher football star, Darrell Thompson.  Darrell is the founder of Boulder Options, an organization focused on healthy youth development.  Check-in begins at 11:30 and the program will run until 1:00.  Please sign up at next week’s meeting or let Geoff know if you will be there.


Service Projects Director, Jason Slama, was inadvertently overlooked at our recent club assembly so he took a few moments to supplement the reports offered by his committee chairs.  He noted that we serve our community in a great variety of ways and highlighted upcoming efforts like our scholarships, 4th Grade Foresters and Camp RYLA.  Jason is looking for an organized individual to track our service initiatives so we can report them to the district for the District Governor’s Award Program.  Contact Jason if you might be interested in this task.


The Gold Plate Dinner is fast approaching (April 13) and everyone is asked to do their part by inviting friends and business associates to the Gala.  To help motivate ticket sales, weekly and overall ticket sales contests have been established.  Expect to hear from your sales team captain soon.


Paul Fournier was happy to announce that he sold his vintage (1929) fire engine to a buyer in North Carolina who already had an identical fire engine.


Cindy Carlson forwarded  a message from Pamela Wolf Sladek at Life Prep Academy which said that they will be taking in homeless teens by the end of February.  You are all invited to attend the Dorm Opening Celebration open house on Friday, February 23 between Noon and 8PM.  Life Prep Academy is located at 1628 County Highway 10, in Spring Lake Park.


Our Speaker today was New Brighton Public Safety Director Tony Paetznik.  Since Tony had presented to the club recently, he decided to talk about what’s been going on at Public Safety so far in 2018.  He reported that it’s been a busy seven weeks. 

    -The police department recorded their first drug overdose save using the anti-narcotic medication, Narcan.

    -The department is participating in a ten jurisdiction traffic stop data collection effort, gathering race, gender, personal search and vehicle search data to reveal if racial profiling is present in traffic stops.

    -The Coffee with a Cop partnership with area McDonalds restaurants is ongoing and very successful.

    -Nearly half of the N.B. Police force applied, and 8 were selected to assist the Minneapolis Police Department with security at the Superbowl.

    -A Community Chaplain program has been started.

    -The Public Safety Department celebrated the 18th anniversary of its creation.  The Public Safety Department was created by merging of the Police, Fire and Emergency Management departments.

    -The Fire Department hired seven new recruits to keep their numbers at about 40 paid-on-call volunteer firefighters.  Twelve police officers are cross-trained as firefighters and many municipal employees also serve as firefighters.

    -The Police Department is helping New Brighton schools consider safety and security issues as the schools plan facility updates.

    -Small property crimes are increasing in New Brighton, as they are everywhere, but these crimes of opportunity could be greatly reduced by locking cars and keeping possessions out of sight in your cars.  Tony noted that we are still extremely safe in New Brighton.

    -Juvenile arrests have dropped dramatically from 312 in 1999 to just 27 in 2017.  Early intervention by police and public private partnerships like CPY has been instrumental in the decrease.

Tony and Gerry are shown below.