August 6, 2015 “Family Renewal Shelter” – Keith Galbraith, Executive Director (Herb – MC)
The Lakewood United group meets at 7 AM every Thursday at Burs Restaurant, which is located at 6151 Steilacoom Boulevard SW in Lakewood. Upcoming topics are as follows:
- August 13, 2015 “Washington State Liquor Control Board – Update – Sgt. Jackie (Jacquelyne) Eliason, Washington State Liquor Control Board” (tentative)
- August 20, 2015 “Here Comes the Judge!” – Grant Blinn, Municipal Court Judge – Serving Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, and DuPont (Gil – MC)
The July 30, 2015, program “Community Neighborhood Policing” featured Sgt. Mark Eakes, NPO Unit, Lakewood Police Department, with John as MC. The program started off at full speed, with Sgt. Eakes’ stopping and questioning a suspicious character on the way to Burs Restaurant; this police action provided the first anecdote of the meeting, and showed that policing is a fulltime job.
Neighborhood policing focuses on where the action is, often involving young adults and drugs. In fact, most Identity theft goes back to drugs as the main cause. Sgt. Eakes was born in the original “Lakewood General Hospital,” served 8 years in the US Navy, including some security work, and then spent 10 years with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department before joining the new Lakewood Police Department in 2004. He currently supervises the Neighborhood Patrol Officer’s Unit and Code Enforcement Officers.
He has extensive experience as Crisis and Hostage Negotiator. Neighborhood Policing allows 50 percent more cases to be worked on with the same number of personnel. Personnel have multiple assignments. For example, one officer in charge of a Neighborhood Policing district also handles shopping theft. Another Neighborhood Policing officer has a large part of his salary paid by Western State Hospital, since he responds to such a large number of calls there. Summarizing the favorable trend in crime statistics for Lakewood, Sgt. Eakes said that violent crime and total crime have dropped approximately 50 percent from 1997 to 2014. Neighborhood policing has gone hand-in-hand with City of Lakewood’s successful effort to revitalize neighborhoods. For example, the former poorly maintained trailer park adjacent to Denny’s on Bridgeport Way is now gone. Thank you for an interesting presentation. Attendance was 30.
The dues for our fiscal year, which started on July 1, 2015, are $20 per year. Lakewood United operates with a volunteer board and our guest speakers only charge us the cost of a breakfast. You can pay your dues by mail to: Lakewood United, P.O. Box 99785, Lakewood, WA 98496 or directly to our Treasurer, John Huber, if he is present at the weekly Thursday morning events. Burs Restaurant does not charge us a room fee. Hence, please ensure that you at least order a beverage if you attend the meeting and remember to leave a gratuity. If you wish to make suggestions for future topics or speakers, please contact any of our board members: Marie Barth, Sue Boguszewski, Bryan Christensen, Gil Conforti, John Huber, Kris Kauffman, Karen Lebeter, Pamela Maddess, Steve Smith, or Herb Stumpf.
Lakewood United is now on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LakewoodUnitedofLakewoodWashington. Our website: www.thesubtimes.com/serviceclubs/lakewood-united/.
The next Lakewood United Board Meeting is on Friday, August 14, 2015 (second Friday), at 12:00 Noon at Carrs Restaurant, 11:30 AM if you wish to order lunch. Visitors are encouraged.