March 13, 2006
VISITING ROTARIANS OPENING REMARKS
Lynn Templeton We kicked off our meeting by singing the Star Spangled Banner,
Chuck Olsen followed by the invocation by Rod Elin. Visiting Rotarians were UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Bellingham Bay introduced by Ron Jepson. March 20
Gerald Pumphrey, BTC
Scott Wallace Eric Smith, Smith Garden
Whatcom North Rotary BUSINESS NOTES April 3
Ken Hoover, WWU Professor - Retired:
There will be a Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Friday, March 17 “Poverty & the Politics of Economics”
at 6:00 pm. Be sure to sign up for this fun event. Harold Heiner: “Story”
New Generations Committee:
There will be a kick-off breakfast meeting for the Major Project “Youth Mentoring”
Fund-raising committee Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 am at the April 24
New Member Talks
Harborside Bistro. Those of you on the committee be sure to RSVP
to either of the Co-chairs, Kevin Williamson or Matt Hammatt.
Tim Farris reported on this year’s PETS (President Elect Phil Gubbins, March 13th
Pete Foti, March 15th
Training Seminar). Rotary International hosted 800 incoming Jack Mulhern, March 15th
club presidents. Tim said he was overwhelmed and amazed at
the multitude of good works that Rotary International has been PARTNER BIRTHDAYS
responsible for and continues to participate in all around the world.
Joyce Shintaffer, March 6th
He encouraged us all to donate to RI when we pay our club dues. Bob Hughes, March 7th
Julie Rogge, March 7th
Nancy Schmidt, March 9th
Wayne Langei reminded us of the RYLA initiative coming up soon,
soon, soon. RYLA committee needs your nominations by noon this
Friday!!! Get off your duff and nominate someone!
Val Berry, March 15th
Roster Picture Updates - It is time to update your pictures. Some Julie Shirley, March 15th
members have been contacted and others who may want to update Steve Adelstein, March 17th
theirs, please seek out Del Vandekerk at any of the upcoming 3 Years
meetings this month and he will gladly take one or if you have one
on file, just email it to Sandee at email@example.com.
Reporter: Terry Robertson
Editor: Yvonne Bianchi
Photographer: Del Vandekerk
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At the Regular Board Meeting held Thursday, March 9, 2006, the Board of Directors of the Rotary
Herald Heiner was $1 happy that he
does not have diabetes and for the Club of Bellingham acted on the following items:
cookie he was about to enjoy.
Greg Grant paid up for a soon- to- be- • Letters of resignation were accepted with regret from George Thomas and Sheila Brillson.
permitted building project, and for the
pleasure of deciding the best place to
• Letters of Appreciation were received from:
tan, Hawaii or Florida. Ella Mahler – Student of the Month
Bob Diehl was nailed for Ford’s Jeanne Quinn - Interfaith Community Health Center & Interfaith Coalition
anniversary car show. Cathy Beaty – Teen Court Coordinator & Northwest Youth Services
Julie Shirley parted with $10 for the Opportunity Council’s School Supply Bank
sale of Knight Ridder. Business Week
Associated Students Child Development Center.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2006.
Gary Goldfogel presented “CSI Fact or Fiction?
With 60 million viewers weekly of this crime investigation television show,
what is the impact? What are the positives and negatives?
In CSI’s finger-in-the-chili episode, the CSI used DNA and fingerprinting
Speaker, Rotarian, and to find out that leggy blonde who was murdered was also missing a finger.
Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel
This was solved in the 1 hour program. In reality, the famous Wendy’s chili
incident took almost a year to solve. Turns out the accuser purchased a finger as a result of a
construction accident, planted it in the chili and cried “foul”. Only to be prosecuted for fraud.
A few “Myths”:
1. All deaths are investigated. No, usually only about 10% involve the Medical Examiner.
2. Permission is required for autopsy, No, permission is not needed.
3. Families make the ID at the morgue. No, absolutely the wrong place for an ID.
4. Bodies are disfigured during autopsy. No, incisions are done in obscure places.
5. Viewing allowed before autopsy. Absolutely not.
6. Cases solved in 1 hour. Rarely, if ever.
7. All crime scene investigators are beautiful. Actually, only one out of ten.
8. Exact time of death is established. Only the time when the victim was alive and the time the
victim was discovered deceased is known for sure.
9. Bodies are held for days. They are usually released within 24hrs.
10. All technology is available and used. Not always.
11. Autopsies are useless on decomposed bodies and skeletons.
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Issues that may hinder an autopsy:
Sheriff Elfo and all the Attorneys were
The cost of an autopsy is around $2,500. ﬁned for legislation to make it illegal
The body, or the ME, may not be in an easily accessible location. to pass from Canada to USA through
Cons of real life crime investigation: Pete Kremin left $10 poorer, though we
couldn’t hear why.
1. Jurists expect technology to be used.
2. Over reliance on science. Bankers were ﬁned for the increase in
3. Unrealistic expectation of autopsy results.
4. Lab errors. Jan and D.C. also were asked to
leave some cash in the Rotary till for
5. Specimen contamination. breaking the rule about spouses not
6. Possibility of fraud. sitting together.
7. Witnesses lack the acting skills of TV MEs.
Dr. Goldfogel has seen the evidence from the O.J. Simpson trail and says without hesitation,
“He’s as guilty as hell”.
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
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