Our May meeting, we were honored to host Chief of Police for the city of Manhattan Beach, Chief Derrick Abell. Chief Abell gave a fascinating presentation about how he leads the department, about the state of policing in Manhattan Beach, and about how you can make yourself and your possessions less likely to be on the wrong side of a situation. Chief Abell is focusing his tenure as Chief on three main areas:
- Succession planning
- Strategic planning
- Crime fighting/quality of life issues
Chief Abell encourages his team to think progressively and, rather than thinking outside the box, forget about the box altogether! If there are innovative ideas out there, he wants to hear them. He hopes to empower his people to use reason and make decisions on their own. He also aims to build on his partnership with the community to be an extension of his eyes and ears. Chief Abell's talk was full of great anecdotes and real data and he was cheered on with a standing ovation when he finished.
In addition to the Chief, we were also happy to welcome additional guests to dinner who, hopefully, will be our future members! We had a packed house of members and guests as we followed up Chief Abell's informative session with updates about our upcoming volunteer events, including the Older Adult Health Fair and the bike and stroller valet at Tour de Pier.
Our big fundraiser at the Comedy & Magic Club is also coming up! Tickets are just $20 each and the event will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018. We hope to see you there!
We gave a recap of our fun social night at Jeff's place and announced that our next social night will be at Misty's house with a date still pending. Whenever we get together, though, it's always a great time!
Lastly, we have officially set up our scholarship fund on Amazon Smile. If you buy things on Amazon, please consider buying the exact same thing on Amazon Smile and selecting the Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach as your charity. Here's how you do it: just go up to Change Your Charity and search for "Manhattah Beach Kiwanis Scholarship Fund" and hit select.
It only takes a minute and a portion of your purchases will go to a great cause!
Thanks for joining us in May. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Monday, June 11th! If you're interested in joining, please just click here.