Marvin House Presentation: Situational Awareness For Women

The September membership luncheon at the Marvin House featured Capt. Todd Isaacson of the Jamestown Police Department.

His topic, Situational Awareness for Women, stressed the importance of knowing one’s surroundings, and remaining alert and vigilant. Being attentive is not a skill, it’s a mindset. Isaacson said area residents should trust their instincts and be mindful of their neighbors. Police departments rely on community members to get involved and make a difference.

A Chautauqua County native, Isaacson began his law enforcement career in January 1994 after graduating from the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in aviation management and flight technology. He received his FAA commercial, multi-engine, instrument airplane certifications, and helicopter certification. He flew Starflight as a Medivac pilot with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, attended the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia, and received a Master of Science in Emergency Management, in addition to his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.

Isaacson has been an instructor with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy as well as an adjunct lecturer with the State University at Fredonia, DeVry University, and JCC, teaching introduction to homeland security, criminal justice, criminology, interview and interrogation and emergency management, During his career, Isaacson has worked in many areas of the department, including patrol, investigation, overseeing state grants, working with community service providers like Social Services and Probation, and in all areas of administration

Beth Trosper, Marvin House president, welcomed those attending and thanked the who assisted at the luncheon, including Eleanor Carr as greeter, Georgann Bemis who gave the invocation, and cashiers Marcia Bliss and Jonolyn Weinstein. Door prizes were donated by Marcia Bliss and Jan Gibson and were awarded to Sandy Johnson, Carolyn Thomas and Donnell Wiltsie. The September birthdays were celebrated by Frances D’Angelo, Eleanor Franks, Lois Livingston and Beth Trosper. Each received a special birthday cupcake and decorative candle. Luncheon guests included Vicky Krug and Carolyn Thomas.

The October 17 meeting will feature Dr. Marilyn Zagora, Jamestown Community College vice president and dean of academic affairs. Her presentation will be “Jamestown Community College: Major Developments & Future Directions.” Call 488-6206 by Monday, Oct. 14, for luncheon reservations or information on becoming a member.

The Marvin Community House was left to the women of Jamestown in 1951 by Elizabeth Warner Marvin. The home was opened to women’s groups whose purpose is the moral and mental improvement of women in literary, musical, educational, patriotic, scientific and historical fields. For more information, visit The Marvin Community House on Facebook or visit