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Editor's View: Folsom Rotarians invade Natomas

By: Don Chaddock
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Dozens of local Rotary Club members turned out Saturday morning at Inderkum High School in Natomas for the District 10 Rotary Conference. I spied plenty of local folks in attendance including Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty, Orangevale’s Russ and Lorie Rheams, Ralph Beard (co-owner of Grocery Outlet), Lola Purdy, Jim Garity, Mark Moran, Anna Alavarez (with Snowline Hospice) and many others. More than 300 from the district were there to learn, swap stories and plan the 2010-11 year. One of the focus groups discussed service club projects. Regionally, one project that has benefited many is the new police K9 training facility at McClellan. The Rotary Club of East Sacramento spearheaded the effort, which has turned out to be a blessing for police forces around the area. Sacramento City Police Officer Randy Vandusen, with his four-legged partner Buck, said agencies around the Northern California region now use the facility. Before the project, it was a dirt lot. “We had the land, but nothing to use for training,” Vandusen said. “Without having the budget for the grass or obstacles, this project was needed.” He said the day it was dedicated, the Folsom Police Department’s K9 unit turned out to train. “Seeing these guys regularly out at training is a neat thing for us,” he said. The officers share tips and strategies, making all the agencies stronger, he said. “It made us better at crime fighting in the region,” Vandusen said. Even Eukanuba, a dog food manufacturer, got in on the act by using the facility to film a commercial. “Now we have a lot of Eukanbua,” Vandusen joked. Some of the other law enforcement agencies using the training grounds include Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, West Sacramento, Davis, Corning and Vacaville. “It all revolves around this facility at McClellan,” he said. Don Chaddock can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.