Urbana Police Chief Addresses C-U Sunrise Rotary

Great presentation by Pat Connolly, Urbana Police Chief, who discussed targeted deterrence strategies as they relate to the shootings in Urbana-Champaign.

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Football Guessing Final Results

So the big mystery is how C-U Sunrise Rotary could jump two spots from last place on a week we didn’t even meet. Maybe we might be on to a new strategy for next year.

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C-U Sunrise Spelling Bee Contestants for C-U School Foundation

Robb Patton, Jen Shelby and Billy Stull try their hand at spelling

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December 17th, 2015 Newsletter

 

“We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” – Aristotle

 

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” ― Leo Buscaglia

 

 

Dec 24th 31-Dec Jan 7th Jan 14th
Introductions No No Ata Durukan Diana Dummitt
Invocation Meeting Meeting Ben Mast John McDaniel
Greeters This This Ata Durukan Diana Dummitt
Week Week Andrew Kerins Dave Krchak
Song Leader Mary Hodson Phillip Holthaus
Notetaker Perry Penwell

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 24th – Christmas Eve, no meeting

December 31st – New Year’s Eve, no meeting

January 7th – Randy Hauser, Horticulture and Natural Areas Supervisor, Champaign Park District, will discuss Spring garden planning (meeting in the Skyway)

January 14th – Andrew Ferguson, son of Robin Ferguson, will speak about his experience as an RYE in Poland

January 21st – Linda Tammen, Coordinator of the UIUC Youth Literature Festival

January 28th – Leslie Deem, Program Coordinator at the UIUC Pollinatarium

February 4th – Dr. Matthew Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will present What Works in International Development: The Latest Evidence

February 11th – TBD

February 18th – Ray Cunningham will discuss North Korea

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December 10th, 2015 Newsletter

 

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

“Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” ― Bruce Lee

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Notes provided by the unorthodox and unconventional Paul Conforti)

 

Robb thanked everyone for their participation in our annual fruit fundraiser.  As Chief Fruithead he is looking forward to early January when everyone has submitted their fruit money and he can enjoy being retired again.

 

Our next meet is an evening affair at Jennifer Shelby’s home this Thursday 12/17 at 5pm (the morning meeting will be cancelled that day).  Please contact Jen to let her know if you are coming to her house, if you have kids, if you are bringing those kids, if you are planning to have kids in the future, and what age your kids will be as of this Thursday.

Jen’s contact info:
2105 Bristol Rd, Champaign (pretty close to Devonshire & Prospect).

Home: 351-9119

Cell: 840-4290

jen@magleoinc.com

 

Side dishes are welcome – Jen even has tons of crackers she can offer to go with your side dish.  Our next morning meeting will be Thursday, Jan 7th in the Skyway room.

 

PROGRAM

 

Our December 10th presentation was by Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly. Chief Connolly began his law enforcement career in 1977 serving six years as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Investigations. In 1984, Connolly left active military service to develop Champaign County’s first Intensive Probation Supervision program. In 1988, he began his career with the Urbana Police Department, and since that time has touched every division within the department including patrol, criminal investigation, two specialized narcotics units, two first line supervisory positions, two commander level positions, the METRO/SWAT Commander, Assistant Chief and for the past five years as Chief of Police.

The primary focus of Chief Connolly’s presentation was the recently formed Area Law Enforcement & Community Coalition Partners (ALECCP). While overall crime in Campaign-Urbana is down, gun violence across our community has increased at a disturbing rate. The ALECCP has worked diligently for months developing coordinated tactics and strategies to take action against those engaged in criminal activities.

Chief Connolly spoke about the interesting genesis of the ALLECCP, modelling from two primary police departments: Peoria, Illinois and High Point, NC.  The implementation of these plans started with a book published in 2011: Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America by David Kennedy (the book is available on Amazon).

Chief Connolly revealed that roughly 60 folks in Champaign County are responsible for 75% of the violent crime. The book confirmed everything already known by law enforcement: most crime, particularly serious crime, is committed by relatively few people in relatively few places. And of those relative few, even fewer are what we would be considered “hardcore.” The police know those people and those places.

Older strategies like repeat offender programs and “hot spot” policing have typically only focused on law enforcement. David Kennedy’s approach takes law enforcement to areas previously not fully considered. What if we could bring down violence and eliminate drug markets without making arrests? And what if it just wasn’t law enforcement doing it but the whole community that is impacted by serious crime, including the offenders themselves? And what if it could work no matter where, as long very basic principles were followed?

One review of the book nicely summarized Chief Connolly’s message: “David Kennedy shows that the cops, the shooters, the victims, the families, the communities, all start from the same human place. These are similar people trapped in extreme circumstances, not a radically and permanently different type of person. Kennedy shows how many features of the “inner city wasteland” of our public discourse—e.g., the “super-predators” who don’t fear death and prison and the “value-free” families that rear them–are figments of our public imagination, products of our own ham-handed anti-crime tactics. He shows why our blindness to these things has prevented real changes, and he shows what those changes can be.”

We will be hearing more how organizations such as Rotary as well as the greater CU community can support the ALECCP over the upcoming months.

Chief Connolly ended his talk with a Q&A about other community law enforcement priorities. Non-lethal tasers was part of that discussion. Chief Connolly gave several real life situations in which tasers saved both perpetrators and potential victim’s lives. He is looking to expand the number of tasers currently in use from six to twelve.

Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly’s contact information: 217-384-2331 and connolpj@urbanaillinois.us

Dec 17th Dec 24th 31-Dec Jan 7th
Introductions Meet in the No No Ata Durukan
Invocation evening at Meeting Meeting Ben Mast
Greeters Jen Shelby’s This This Ata Durukan
house for Week Week Andrew Kerins
Song Leader CUSR Holiday Mary Hodson
Notetaker Party Perry

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 17th – No morning meeting; evening Holiday Party to be held at Jen Shelby’s house

December 24th – Christmas Eve, no meeting

December 31st – New Year’s Eve, no meeting

January 7th – Randy Hauser, Horticulture and Natural Areas Supervisor, Champaign Park District, will discuss Spring garden planning (meeting in Skyway)

January 14th – Andrew Ferguson, son of Robin Ferguson, will speak about his experience as an RYE in Poland

January 21st – TBD

January 28th – TBD

February 4th – Dr. Matthew Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will present What Works in International Development: The Latest Evidence

February 11th – TBD

February 18th – Ray Cunningham will discuss North Korea

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December 3, 2015 Newsletter

 

 

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ― Saadi

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
(Notes provided by Allan Penwell)

 

Don’t forget our holiday party on Thursday, December 17th at Jen Shelby’s house (2105 Bristol Rd., Champaign).  Be sure to tell her who is coming, what you are bringing, and any beverage preference.  It should be fun!

Hopefully by the time you receive this email we will know the date of the 650 cases fruit delivery.  If you are not a seller, a donation of $200 to Sunrise Charitable Foundation would be much appreciated.

We are bell ringing for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 19th at the North Prospect Walmart.

 

PROGRAM

David Thiel and Danda Beard of WILL-AM-FM-TV were our guests last week to discuss the shows this season on PBS.  As a side note, Dave Krchak is currently a member of the WILL Citizens Advisory Council, and Allan served on it for many years.

Season 3 of Sherlock Holmes premiers on January 1st.

Season 6 of Downton Abbey premiers on January 3rd, and this is the final season of this immensely popular series.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. begins on January 5th.  Popular guests who have discovered their unusual family histories are Stephen King, Derek Jeter, Anderson Cooper, and Ken Burns.

Doc Martin begins its 7th season this year.

Mercy Street premiers on January 17th which is Civil War medical drama and is new this season.

Don’t forget to watch American Experience which is billed as TV’s most watched history series is coming up.  Featured shows are Bonnie and Clyde and Pilgrim Ancestors.

Other shows featured on PBS are Mr.Selfridge, Grantchester, Call the Midwife, and Ken Burns will be presenting a two-night look at Jackie Robinson. Check out the PBS website.

 

 

 

Dec 10th Dec 17th Dec 24th 31-Dec
Introductions Paul Conforti Meet in the No No
Invocation Bob La Charite evening at Meeting Meeting
Greeters Paul Conforti Jen Shelby’s This This
Phillip Holthaus house for Week Week
Song Leader Bruce Hatfield CUSR Holiday
Notetaker Conforti Party

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 10th – Pat Connolly, Urbana Police Chief, will discuss targeted deterrence strategies as they relate to the shootings in Urbana-Champaign

December 17th – No morning meeting; evening Holiday Party to be held at Jen Shelby’s house

December 24th – Christmas Eve, no meeting

December 31st – New Year’s Eve, no meeting

January 7th – Randy Hauser, Horticulture and Natural Areas Supervisor, Champaign Park District, will discuss Spring garden planning

January 14th – Andrew Ferguson, son of Robin Ferguson, will speak about his experience as an RYE in Poland

January 21st – TBD

January 28th – TBD

February 4th – Dr. Matthew Winters, Associate Professor of Political Science, UIUC, will present What Works in International Development: The Latest Evidence

February 11th – TBD

February 18th – Ray Cunningham will discuss North Korea

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