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Pringle shares on JRCC dog training

Chad Pringle, deputy director at James River Correctional Center, along with Brandy Netolicky, unit manager, shared on the Inmate Canine Assistance Program at the recent Rotary Club meeting. ICAP and JRCC have been training service dogs since 2008.

This program puts inmates and service dogs together to teach dogs how to work with people who are prone to seizure, mobility issues and other disabilities, Pringle said. The program currently has four dogs that are being trained on the basic skills of answering and obeying commands such as heel, come and sit. They may also train the dogs to retrieve a TV remote, open doors and push a response button.

Each inmate must apply to be in the program and take the necessary skills training. It’s a privilege for an inmate to be selected to participate, Pringle said. There are currently six teams of trainers, and each team has three members. The teams will spend three to six months in basic training for each dog. The benefits of this program are giving inmates some self-esteem and helping them think of others rather than dwell on themselves, he said.

Carrie Orn presided over Tuesday’s meeting, Teresa Brecto gave the table prayer, Gail Martin and Jackie Tewes led the group in singing and Vince Gregor collected “Happy Dollars.” The guest was David Hoffman, son of Rotarian Larry Hoffman. Students from Jamestown High School for November are Macy Kopp and Maggie Erickson.

David Rogers gave the two-minute talk. He was born and raised in Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in economics. He has earned a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in economics.

He has worked for the Federal Reserve Board, BFGoodrich and as chief financial officer for a bank in Dallas. He also spent 20 years in Las Vegas as a bank president. He and his wife, Bonnie, have five grown children. He said he loves classical music, opera and reading fiction. Rogers is currently working at First Community Credit Union.

Orn reminded members to sign up for Meals on Wheels, which is the first Thursday of each month. Bell ringing for the Salvation Army is Dec. 3-4. The Rotary Club is also helping with the Toys for Tots and Angel Tree programs.

The district governor is asking each club to help sponsor a “shelter box” for disaster relief in the Philippines and here in the U.S.

Mary Jensen has today’s program, Tom Eckstein has the invocation, Darrell Losing is song leader, and Warren Tobin is the sergeant-at-arms.