Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Minutes of Monthly Meeting
October 11, 2017

President Taylor called the meeting to order at 1145 hours in the Red Room of the Nile Country Club October 11, 2017. Dan Melton led the Pledge of Allegiance and Taylor asked all to remain standing for a moment of silence: Noreen Skagen #1990 passing August 25th, Randall Benson #3434 passing August 24th, Howard Monta #2992 passing September 27th and Robert Burns #1497 passing September 24th.

Roll call of officers showed Taylor, Nick Bulpin, John Nordlund, Jeff Caldwell, Terri MacMillan, Dan Oliver, Joe Bouffiou and Dan Melton present with Dick Rovig and John Sullivan excused.

Taylor directed attention to the minutes of August 9th that have been distributed and asked for corrections, additions or deletions. Dick Sherwood moved the minutes be accepted as written, seconded by Dan Melton and passed. Nick Bulpin gave the financial report and stated it would be submitted for audit.

President Taylor stated pursuant to RSPOA by-laws Article VII, nominations are now open for all positions of the RSPOA Board of Directors. Taylor has selected John Guich as election chairman and all nominations shall be submitted to him. All Officer and Board positions are open. Present board members have indicated they will stand for re-election at this time. The election will be held at the December meeting. Terms are two years duration and anyone seeking to serve (or know of anyone) are urged to contact Chairman John Guich 206 546 1425 or email:

Roy Skagen explained his wife of 48 years, Noreen did not want any memorial service but she thoroughly enjoyed attending the monthly RSPOA meetings. She would like Roy to buy everyone lunch. Her failing health did not allow her to make the last several meetings. Roy told of Noreen’s dedication to law-enforcement and how disappointed she was with the recent federal scrutiny and unnecessary compliance. Roy closed with recognizing retired Chief of Police, Bud VandenWyer.

Cory and Kathy Ness presented a slide show of their recent trip to Cuba. They covered their travel through Havana and surrounding region. They shared their personal insight on the results of communist rule since the 1959 revolution and resulting change since the fall of the USSR. They talked about tourist restrictions and the poverty they observed. They held the rapt attention of the audience and were warmly thanked.

Frank Kampsen briefly reported the status of current off-duty work issue being aired by the media. Administration changes are being made by the city and contractors. There is still a lot of work opportunities for current and retired officers.

Terri MacMillan announced on October 24th at 1815 there will be a gathering at Scott’s Grill in memory of Officer/Detective Jody Higgins. Jody left the department in 2006 and was recently killed in farming accident.

There being no further business, Joe Sanford presented the door prizes. Taylor adjourned the meeting at 1245 hours and 45 people enjoyed lunch.

Nick Bulpin, Secretary/Treasurer