Tattler 03 13 06 - Rotary Club of Bellingham

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                                                                                                            March 13, 2006

                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
                     Patti Imhof
                Bellingham Bay     introduced by Ron Jepson.                                                March 20
                                                                                                            Gerald Pumphrey, BTC
                                                                                                            March 27
               Scott Wallace                                                                                Eric Smith, Smith Garden
                 Pete Kremen
         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”
                                                                                                            April 10
                                   at 6:00 pm. Be sure to sign up for this fun event.                       Harold Heiner: “Story”
                                                                                                            April 17
                                                                                                            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.
                                                                                                            ROTARIAN BIRTHDAYS

                                   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
                                                                                                            CLUB ANNIVERSARIES
                                   Friday!!! Get off your duff and nominate someone!
                                                                                                            Val Berry, March 15th
                                                                                                            2 Years
                                   Roster Picture Updates - It is time to update your pictures. Some        Julie Shirley, March 15th
                                                                                                            2 Years
                                   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

Reporter: Terry Robertson
Editor: Yvonne Bianchi
Photographer: Del Vandekerk

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                                                Board Briefs
                                                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
                                                                                                                             a tunnel.

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
                                                                                                                             interest rates.
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”.

Sherlock Holmes:
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

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March 13, 2006


                 Jim Cunningham

                        Tim Farris
                   President Elect

                       Dave Blair
                   Vice President
                 & Program Chair

                  Steve Hoekstra
              Secretary Treasurer

               Jan Marchbanks
        Immediate Past President

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