Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, May 8, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

We had a lot of announcements today.

Keith was interviewed about the Bike Rodeo this morning on KXLF for the morning and noon news to air on the 17th.

The Bike Rodeo is the 19th. We'll start setup at 9, and start letting people through at 10. A signup sheet went around, and will go around next week as well. We really need your help on this.

The Butte Central High Key Club appreciation and recruitment barbeque is this Thursday in the Library at Central High at noon.

The Butte Central Middle School Builder's Club is having an ice cream social at 12:30 on Wednesday at the Central Middle School at Delaware and First. The need a couple hands to serve ice cream.

Jerry is selling raffle tickets for the Montana Police Protective Association. Tickets are $10, and the prize is hotel and tickets to see a Vikings game on December 30.

Today is the school elections. The ballot issue is a mil levy to provide continuing funds for Butte High. Be sure to vote - it impacts your taxes whether you vote or not...

The next Walk/Bike to school day is Thursday, May 17 (a week from this Thursday), and related to that the Journeys from Home training is May 15-16 for those of you who signed up.

Mayfair is this weekend, and Betsy will be there giving out free CFL lights from Northwestern Energy. And Jackie and Francine want us to remind everyone to see the other vendors as well.

This weekend the Copper King Hotel is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" event Saturday from 10-2. There will be a debate between several of the Montana gubernatorial candidates from 2-3 moderated by Marco from the Chamber.

In addition, Doreena brought prospective member Cathy Tutty and Betsy brought her friend and coworker (and wife of today's speaker) June Pusich-Lester.

Shane quickly introduced Ed Lester, candidate for Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff. Ed is a life-long resident of Butte, graduating from Butte Central in 1984. He attended Montana Tech for two years before transferring to Montana State University to complete a degree in sociology and criminal justice. He returned to Butte and got a job working for the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement department working night shifts until 1998 when he became the first School Resource Officer in the department. In 200 he became a detective, but retained the position as School Resource Officer until 2003 when he became a full-time detective. As the school resource officer his office was in Butte High, and he was able to work with student victims and student witnesses and follow those cases through to close.

Ed believes that the Sheriff needs to be more visible in the community and in the department. He also believes that cooperation needs to be improved with external and neighboring organizations, from the sheriff and police departments in neighboring counties and communities (Anaconda, Great Falls, Deer Lodge, and Helena were mentioned), as well as with the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force, the fire department, the city attorney, and federal and state agencies. Working with federal and state agencies, including their officers stationed in or near Butte can help with the prosecution of "Historical Cases," where evidence of a crime outside our jurisdiction is brought to a local officer or detective who can't act on that directly, but the state or federal agent could if the teams are working together.

Ed would also like to see better interdictions, particularly with drug trafficking into Butte or through Silver Bow County. Part of this would be to get a drug dog in the department to reduce costs and improve response times and warrant execution times in drug-related cases.

Ed Lester, Candidate for Sheriff
Cheeseburger and Fries
Event Updated
3:07 Tuesday, May 8, 2012