Opening and Welcoming Remarks - President Pam Cohen
  • Dick Myren offered the invocation.
  • Lola McClane led the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Steve Ross was thanked for serving as greeting, welcoming members and guests to the meeting.
Welcome Back!
Chuck Flint was welcomed with applause after having been absent from our regular meetings in recent months.  Anita Kegler was present, and will be formally inducted into the club at our post-holiday celebration January 21.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Dick Myren
Dick asked our speaker, Lt. Bill Peters, to draw the winning ticket.  The ticket he drew belonged to Chuck Flint, making Chuck the automatic winner of the small pot of $35.  He also won the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  If Chuck had drawn that evasive card, he would have won an additional $230.  The card Chuck drew was the Nine of Hearts,.  The large pot will be even larger next week.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • President Pam contributed $5 and apologized for failing to introduce our speaker who is also a visiting Rotarian.  Bill Peters is a member of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.
  • Warren Williamson contributed to tell a story.  He said he was reminded of it when Colleen Coons talked about Handyman Dan at our last meeting.  A handyman was working behind the altar in a church.  He noticed a sweet little old lady come in and sit down and start saying her Rosary.  In a clear, deep, voice, he said "Madam, this is Jesus speaking.  Thank you for coming to my house of worship today.  The lady looked up briefly.  When she couldn't see anyone, she went back to saying her Rosary.  The handyman, again using his clear, deep voice, asked "May I ask what brings you here today."  The little lady used a loud firm voice of her own when she said, "Young man, you need to be polite and wait until I am finished with my conversation with your mother."
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for the privilege of he and honorary member Rod Daniels being associated with the Ace of Clubs.
  • Jack Rosenberg pledged $100 for the Rotary Foundation.
  • Steve Ross pledged $100.  He was happy their son came to visit and to celebrate Steve's 76th birthday.
  • Allan Cady contributed - happy to see Chuck Flint at the meeting.
  • Polly Cady was happy Anita Kegler committed to be inducted at the post holiday celebration.
  • Jim McGown pledged $100 to be sent to Polio Plus and count toward his Paul Harris recognition account to celebrate what would have been his dad's 107th birthday.
  • Ray Smith contributed $35 but wanted Chuck to get credit for it.
  • Don LaBarge said when he owned a boat, he had tons of friends.  After he sold it - not so many.  He said he thought he had something that would attract friends almost as well.  He had tickets for the Barrett Jackson 2023 Auction in Scottsdale.  He got the tickets because he has a booth there - a booth he had to pay $7,000 for.  
  • Ron Thompson contributed $20 to get two of the tickets.
  • Penny May was happy her back was feeling much better, but sad that she didn't win the lottery.
  • On behalf of Shelly Romine President Pam reminded everyone to make their reservation for the post holiday celebration to be held Saturday, January 21 at the home of Ron and Toni Thompson.  If you have made your reservation but not yet let Shelly know what you would be contributing to the pot luck, please do so.
  • Polly Cady announced that Rotary Leadership Academy would also be held Saturday, January 21, at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in downtown Phoenix.  Polly is very proud of Mesa West as Jim Schmidt and Jeanie Morgan will both be facilitators.  Anyone wishing to register can send Polly and email.
  • Good news was announced.  A new club was chartered Monday evening.  the Rotary Club of the Verdes.  They have 22 charter members.
  • January 12 is National Curried Chicken Day.
Program - Lieutenant Bill Peters - Mesa Family Advocacy Center
Polly Cady said she felt privileged to have the honor of introducing Lieutenant Bill Peters.  He has been in the Mesa Police Department over 32 years.  He currently oversees the Special Victims Unit at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center.  Lt. Peters has worked in, or been responsible for, nearly every sworn and civilian area within the Mesa PD.
Lt. Peters holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police DRE Subcommittee.  Lt. Peters serves on the State LETR Executive board.  He is a past President of the Arizonan Chapter of the VBI National Academy Association and a two-time President of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.
Mesa Family Advocacy Center was established in February, 1996.   It was the first victim/child advocacy center in Arizona.  There are currently 24 victim/child advocacy centers in Arizona and over 500 nationwide.  The Mesa center has been a model used by agencies across the Nation and abroad.
At the center, they utilize a multi-disciplinary team (MDTT) approach.  A coordinated response and system of investigation and prosecution intended to reduce the trauma experienced by victims of sexual assault, abuse or molestation.
Primary goals are to reduce further trauma to the victim, increase the quality investigations, reduce crime and recidivism and empower each victim.
Involved in the multi-disciplinary approach are:
  • SVU Detectives/Victim Services
  • Department of Child Safety/OCWI
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • HonorHealth Healthcare
  • Maricopa County Attorney
  • San Tan Behavioral Health 
  • Adult Probation.
  • Mesa Family Advocacy Center Police Units:
    • Special Victims Unit
    • Victim Services
    • Digital Forensics
    • Missing Persons
    • SONET
Lt. Peters explained that Trauma-Informed Response begins with telling someone you trust something you don't want anyone to know.  There are six key elements:  safety, trust,. choice, empowerment, collaboration, and respect.  He shared some shocking statistics.  One in five women and 24.8% of girls 14 and under have been targeted,
During his presentation, Lt. Peters shared some personal quips.  He said when Jim McGown was on the force, Jim picked up a lot of drunks for him.  One of the things he thought was too good to be true about being a police officer was that he actually got paid to ride a motorcycle.  He said he has had a blessed career.  He has been on the force in Mesa longer than anyone else.  
He was asked some questions about human trafficking and said that would actually be a program in and of itself.  The one thing he did share was that in the past prostitutes were treated like criminals.  Today, they are treated like victims.  They are involve in a life they would never have chosen for themselves, and are nearly always under someone else's domination.