May 11th Meeting

May’s Speaker will be Retired Deputy Police Chief Ron Garvatt. Ron will present a program titled “Little Chicago,” which will cover the history of organized crime in the Pueblo area from the turn of the last century through the recent past. He will discuss everything from the early black-handers and the Ku Klux Klan to the mafia, and Pueblo’s position in the national organized crime syndicate. But, be warned, he will name names and reveal here-to-for secret alliances and pockets of corruption that allowed organized crime to prosper in the Pueblo community.

Ron Garvatt had a very successful and rewarding career with the Pueblo Police Department from 1972 to 2005. During those 32 years he served in many capacities, each of which had increased responsibilities and amounts of community involvement. Even though his assignments often required extra time and efforts, Ron developed an intense interest in the history of local law enforcement, which led to his untiring research of local crime and made him the unofficial, but widely recognized, department historian.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, except June, July, August and December, at the Union Depot.

  • A sit-down dinner is served at 6 p.m. ($19)
  • Featured speaker’s presentation begins at 7:10 p.m.

For reservations, call Larry Frank at 561-0619 or email him, by the Friday before the meeting. If you do not have dinner, the presentation is free.