First, I would like to ask for prayers for our Chaplain, Maureen Curtis who recently lost her brother. We wish her and her family our deepest condolences.
Since our last report my Treasurer, Sgt at Arms/Alternate Trustee, and I attended the FOP National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. During the conference National Officers and Trustees were elected for the years 2017-2019. The following people were elected as the National Officers:
President: Linda Hennie
Past President: Beverly Crump
Financial Secretary: Florence Votava
Treasurer: Delores Green
2nd Vice President: Kristina Waters
Sergeant at Arms: Julie Black
Chair of Trustees: Glenda Lehmann
I will remain as the National Trustee of Washington, DC. Mirella Arroyo, who is our Sergeant at Arms, will be the Alternate Trustee to represent DC in case I am not able to attend conferences or board meetings.
At the conference we reviewed our duties and discussed any new rules concerning the Constitution and By Laws and Standing Rules. It was very educational. It was great to hear ideas that each state had regarding events and fundraisers as well as tips on helping families in times of crisis and providing names of resources that can help. There were women from a few states that came to observe to see if an Auxiliary would be good for their FOPs and when the conference was finished they seemed quite interested. One state was Missouri.
I was very honored to receive the M. Michele Letz National Auxiliary Merit Award. My name will be placed upon a plaque at the National FOP Office in Tennessee. I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I was and very surprised. I feel that what I do and with whom I work are exceptionally gratifying. Thank you all for your constant support.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention that Auxiliary member Kelly Wince’s husband Rick had a massive heart attack while at work at DC MPD on August 23, 2017. “On duty” does not mean in performance of duty, which can, and will, affect his paid leave. He has a very long road to recovery. Kelly has gotten a second part-time job to help with finances. Our Auxiliary has set up a GOFUNDME page for her which is www.gofundme.com/help-for-officer-wince-family. Please consider donating to this family. Kelly is also the President of United for Blue and has done quite a bit for law enforcement. After we spoke with the Code3 company they generously sent a check to Kelly and her husband. Please keep them in your prayers and continue to share this GOFUNDME page during this difficult time.
Our Lodge #1 Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was called to Florida after Hurricane Irma. Our Auxiliary as well as the FOP collected and donated items to go with the trailers that went to Florida. The DART folks did an amazing job, as always, helping the officers that were in need throughout the disaster zone.
On September 16, 2017 our Auxiliary provided breakfast for DC law enforcement officers with the help of several sponsors that provided either money and/or help. I would like to take the time to recognize who they were. Thank you to:
Bernie and Irene Richardson
Rolling Thunder, Washington, DC and Team Richardson
Kellerwilliams Preferred Properties; www.mddreamhomes.com
Realtor, Barsch Realty, www.barschrealty.com, Gary@BarschRealty.com
Lou Cannon, DC FOP Trustee at Large
Cannon Consulting, email@example.com
Also, a big thank you to the many FOP members, FOP Auxiliary members and some of DC MPD’s finest that came out to help as well with this event. Our Auxiliary could not have done this without you.
We are starting to start collect non-perishable food items again this year for the families in need during the Holiday Season. There will be containers in our lobby at the FOP. Please take time to drop an item or two off to help those in need in our local area.
Our annual Fall/Winter Yankee Candle Fundraiser will be starting shortly. I will be posting the information for this fundraiser on our FOP website soon. Thank you in advance for all of you who support us every year. To participate is easy just go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com, enter group number 990060931, and place your order. I was told there are many new items this year that they are offering.
We have provided graduation cakes to our the most recent DC MPD Academy Recruits, Classes 17-3 and 17-4. We congratulate them and pray that God keeps them safe always.
We will be decorating for the annual FOP Christmas Party which will be on December 2 this year at the DC FOP Lodge #1. More information will be provided in the near future regarding the cost and other details. If you are available to come help decorate on November 30 between 4pm and 7pm please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We could really use the help. We will have a couple of raffles at the party as well 50/50 and the FOP will have raffles as well.
On a final note, the Auxiliary was pleased and honored to donate a memorial wreath to the Honor Flight that visited Washington DC at Reagan National Airport on October 24, 2018.
Thank you and have a great fall season from the DC FOP Auxiliary!