May 20th-24th, 2013
Hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter at the
The 2013 Training Seminar was held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California. The seminar was hosted by the WSATI Southern Chapter.
Most of the attendees had the opportunity to see Mike Elenitsky, Judy Greenwood, Martha Jones-Joseph, Gary Labb, and Geraldine Ward at the registration table. If you purchased raffle tickets or WSATIwear, the attendees had the chance to see Bud Hood, Jim Williams, and later, Martha and Geraldine. And that voice "hawking" the baseball tickets was Rick Greenwood's. It takes a lot of people to put on a seminar the size of this one.
The seminar opened on Tuesday morning with the California Highway Patrol Border Division Honor Guard presenting the colors while the National Anthem of both the United States and Canada was played.
2013 Southern Chapter Vice President Tim Jackson (AAA Southern California) presided over the opening ceremonies and welcomed the close to 210 attendees. Tim said that WSATI Southern Chapter President Rob Manning had a prior commitment and was not able to attend opening ceremonies.
Tim then introduced San Diego County Sheriff's Department Chaplain Herb Smith who gave the invocation.
Tim then introduced the Keynote Speaker, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele.
Following Chief Abele's address, Tim made introductions of the 2013 WSATI Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:
Secretary Aristeed Powell,
Tim then introduced 2013 WSATI Central Chapter President Mark Driscoll and 2013 WSATI Northern Chapter President Jay Bobrowsky, who were seated in the audience.
Tim introduced 2012-2013 IAATI Western Regional Chapter President Bud Hood.
Tim then brought up three of the seminar vendors who wished to address the attendees:
Dennis Frias, representing
Tim ended the opening ceremonies and invited all to take part in the training sessions that would immediately follow.