I attended the FOP Spring Board Meeting in Illinois and had our Auxiliary Cullinane Challenge Coins for sale. We took a portion of our sales and donated it to the National Auxiliary to help with the additional costs of this year's National Memorial Service, affected by the large number of line-of-duty-deaths, which include many who died from 9/11-related illnesses. My Vice President, Patty Sucato, and I are proud to be helping at the VIP tent again this year at the National Memorial Service. It is always nice to be a part of this wonderful memorial service.
Our next event will be co-hosting the 38th Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service on Monday, May 8, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at DC MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The Honorees this year will be Corporal Harvey Snook III (Arlington County, VA), Officer Ashley Marie Guindon (Prince William County, VA), Corporal Jacai David Colson (Prince George’s County, MD), Senior Deputy Mark Franklin Logsdon (Harford County, MD), and Senior Deputy Patrick Bryan Dailey (Harford County, MD). Our guest speaker will be Chief Thomas Manger, Montgomery County, MD) and our emcee will be Alison Starling from WJLA 7. We will be hosting a luncheon at the nearby DC FOP Lodge after the service.
If you are in the DC area during Police Week, please stop by our Auxiliary tent at Tent City so we can introduce ourselves or say "Hi" to those of you we already know. We will be having unique raffles and selling some nice law enforcement support items.
We have another DC MPD class, CLASS 16-8, graduating on April 21st. We are very proud of the new recruits and again will be providing them with a graduation cake.
We presently have a 2017 Back The Blue DC Auxiliary Touchstone Crystal Fundraiser going on. If anyone is interested, please go to sites.touchstonecrystal.com/mirella/myevent?e=116544. If you have any questions about the products, please contact Mirella Arroyo at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are some great ideas at this site for Mother’s Day.
From the DC FOP Auxiliary we wish all of you a safe and Happy Mother’s Day.
Bonnie Cannon, President/National Trustee