We had a late program cancellation, but it was truly our gain. Former CHP chief and current Bakersfield Californian “Cop Tales” column writer, Brian Smith, was able to join us. As President Cheryl rightly commented, he packed a lot of life lessons into 20 minutes. This captivating storyteller regaled us with stories of both the gruesomeness of police work and the reward of being a civil servant. 
Brian recently finished writing his 40th column, so check it out in the Californian. He also left us with some leadership lessons: When you are there for someone during the hard times, they will be loyal to you forever. Write a note to follow up with people when they are going through hard times; everyone is doing that now, but who dies it later? You can’t fake being genuine. Treat people like family!