With 18 members and two
guests present, UH Lions Club President Jim Watkins
called the meeting to order at 6:55 a.m. at the Chef’s
In Buffet at 105 Burke Street.
Tail twister Bill
Dickens did his thing and Badge Numbers 18 and 19 were
drawn, that’s Don Vineyard and Tom Wood, for you who
keep up with such things, and neither were present.
However, No. 48, Ron McCormick, was present and pocketed
the $4 and change with a big grin on his face.
underway, Donnie Kissinger led the song; Ron McCormick
the pledge and Bryan Ulmer the prayer.
Jonesboro Police Chief
(or is it Chief of Police?) Rick Elliott, speaker for
the meeting, talked about his job and aims for the PD
and introduced the department’s public information
officer Paul V. Holmes, former employee of St. Bernard’s
and former reporter and associate editor of The
Elliott pointed out
that the department has 153 officers at this time and is
also about 10 officers short. He also noted that about
eight months is required for a new officer to train and
meet other requirements between hiring and going on the
streets as a certified and trained officer.
Elliott also talked
about gaining trust of the community, a chief goal of
his, community policing and relating positively with the
different ethnic communities that are in Jonesboro.
community trust in the department, the veteran officer
and new police chief said public support and assistance
is also a necessary factor in successful police
work. “If you see crime happening, report it,” he said
and noted there are several ways to do that - telephone,
text, e-mail, facebook etc.
As to the “Wet-Dry”
issue, Elliott said it is a quality of life issue and he
personally does not support the county and city
becoming “wet.” He said there are a lot of good things
happening here and alcohol doesn’t need to be one of
Lions were reminded of
the upcoming TV Auction and the need for auction items
to be sold in the upcoming fund raiser.
Lions were also
reminded of the monthly board meeting Thursday at 6:30
am at Chef’s In.