Sgt. John Walters, a training officer with the Rome Police Department, spoke to members of the Seven Hills Rotary Club on August 17 about the recent adoption of Tasers for use by the city police dept. Rome police aquired more than 60 of the non-lethal weapons using a grant from the US Dept. of Justice.
Though Tasers have been available for many years, Walters said city police had not purchased Tasers until now because they wanted to learn more about the effects and after-effects of their use. After much study, the police dept. determined that they are both a safe an cost effective substitute for pepper spray or more lethal weapons such as guns and clubs.
Walters explained that the police-issue Tasers only disable a suspect with a 5 seond burst of energy. The trigger must be pulled again to continue the charge. He also pointed out that after the 5 seconds charge is complete, the suspect returns to a completely normal condition and may be ready to fight again. It is therefore important to use Tasers in teams of two, where a second officer quickly handcuffs the suspect while the Taser is operating.
During the Aug. 3 meeting Berry College professor and Rotary Grant recipient Dr. Steve Bell reported to members of the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club on his visit to the West Bank region of the troubled Middle East of Palestine. During his four month stay in the region, Dr. Bell stayed with a family in Bayt Sahur near Bethlehem. The original intent of his visit to the region and the actual result were far different, he explained, which is not surprising given the difficulties in the region. Though he has returned now to Berry College, he remains in touch with the colleagues in the region that became his friends, and he is extremely satisfied that he made the trip, to experience life in the region. His advice to Rotarians: Life is short, so take the steps to do those things you want to do, as he did, in visiting this exciting region of the world.
For the July 27, 2010 program, the Rome- Seven Hills Rotary Club hosted Shorter University men's lacrosse coaches Nathan Young and women's lacrosse coach Brittni Dulaney. They explained how the sport of lacrosse, originally a Native American game, will become a part of the Shorter University sports program in the upcoming school year.
Young, who comes to Shorter from Tennessee Wesleyan, plans to start the spring season with as many as 35 players: Men's teams have ten players on the field at one time. Dulaney, who played high school lacrosse at Darlington followed by a spot on the team at Presbyterian College where she graduated a couple of months ago, hopes to start her season with as many as 18. The women play with 12 on the field.
Young pointed out that Berry is also adding the sport this year and hinted that the Berry-Shorter rivalry on the lacrosse field could be even more intense than the current cross-town rivalry in basketball, known as the Seven Hills Rotary Basketball Classic played each January.
Lans Rothfusz, director of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City told members of the Rome-Seven Hills Rotary Club in Rome on Tuesday July 20, 2010 that weather forecasting has improved to the point that the National Weather Service can make a reasonable forecast of weather up to a week in advance. Lans was also quick to take credit for the good weather that blessed Rome as he spoke, saying that meteorologists are always blamed for the bad weather, so they might as well take credit for the good weather, too!
After pointing out the relationship between private weather forecasters such as radio and televison and the sources of weather information that they use, he then encouraged members to take a look at the website that our tax dollars are funding: www.weather.gov for forecasts for anywhere in the USA.
Read more at RN-T.com - National Weather Service official says technology improving forecasting
Walter "Butch" Garrison, director of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute located at Redmond Regional Medical Center spoke to the Rome - Seven Hills Rotary Club at the July 14, 2010 club meeting about about the new medical research triangle located in Rome. Clinical trials in medicine are a growing industry and Romans are expected to benefit from the newest medical research triangle in the area, anchored by Redmond Regional Medical Center, Harbin Clinic cardiologists and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute. Read more about this presentation at RN-T.com
The new year for the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club, 2010 - 2011 starts now. Think about it. What will you do with the dash between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011?
Each of the directors and committee chairs is looking for help. There is much opportunity for service to the club, to the community and to our friends who need our help abroad, but you have to step forward.
This year, as well as every year, I ask you to BRING-BRING-BRING and JOIN-JOIN-JOIN.
Bring a program, Bring a potential new member, Bring-up your attendance ratio! Join a standing or a new committee when asked, Join in spontaneously when not asked, and by all means Join in the success of the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club in 2010-2011!
As part of the annual renewal of the leadership of the Rome Seven Hills Rotary Club, the new officers, directors and standing commitee chairs were installed at the regular club meeting on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Their names and positions are found on the bar at the left of the home page. Thanks to everyone who participated in making the club so successful under now Past-President Jerry. We look forward to another great year under President Alan.