Ethics Night in Wellington
Last night’s May meeting of South Florida 912 began a little bit differently. Gypsy Horse Pub set up a very nice buffet dinner for us – and many of the attendees took advantage of the dinner deal. Later we found out that Commissioner Jess Santamaria was covering the costs of the buffet so that we could donate the proceeds to our charity. Thank you, Jess! And to everyone who donated so generously to the effort!
Between dinner and the meeting, Ken Barnett set up our banner – and he took a lot of effort to devise and create a projection screen integrated into the banner for us – thanks so much Ken! We had a packed agenda. Shannon Armstrong (co-founder) was MC for the evening. Ed Fulop led us in the invocation and Mike Lamayer in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our value of the month, was ” Humility” and Jason Shields movingly described the impact his illness has had on making him humble.
Iris Scheibl asked the members to attend Tuesday’s BCC hearing on the Ethics and IG Ordinances and then introduced Al Johnson, Executive Director of Palm Beach County’s Commission on Ethics. Al gave a very informative presentation on the background and functioning of the Commission on Ethics as well as the relationship between the Inspector General, the Commission on Ethics and the State Attorney. Time for a break!
Ed Fulop spoke briefly about the charity and how much money we’d raised. Commissioner Santamaria quickly reiterated how important it was for all of us to turn out next Tuesday for the ordinance vote. Then Ed took the mic to introduce Deerfield Beach crusading blogger Chaz Stevens, who spoke about how he got involved four years ago and found his blogging niche – searching for corruption on a local level.
By then we were running a little late – Dr. Richard Rayborn (Delray 912) spoke about our next meeting which will be in the Lantana branch of the Palm Beach County Library on Tuesday, June 14th. Fred Scheibl gave a quick Tallahassee update and mentioned the County Commission budget workshop – on Monday,June 13th in the evening.
Shannon also spoke about an opportunity to welcome home one of our hard-working military this Saturday at 4:15 at the PBIA terminal. We’ll post more details as they’re available, as well as the 4th of July celebration meeting at Original Pancake House and Christ Fellowship. Watch for details.
We hope you join us at our upcoming meetings.
Pictures from Boris and Fred