First, I would like to say Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful new year.
During the holidays our Auxiliary collected non-perishable food items for families in need. We received generous food donations and they were distributed to local area shelters and food pantries. We also collected winter weather apparel and blankets to support the DC MPD Police Wives Group, who were sponsoring a winter coat and blanket drive for the homeless in memory of Officer Barry Eastman.
Our Auxiliary also assisted our FOP with a Blue Christmas this year in which our FOP sponsored one hundred $50 meal cards for members who, during the holiday season, find themselves in the difficult position of not being able to afford a holiday dinner.
We were very proud to be able to help support our FOP this year during the annual Gibson Christmas Dinner. It turned out great and many officers showed up to demonstrate their continued support for each other as well as for the Gibson family.
On Law Enforcement Appreciation day our Auxiliary put together a spaghetti dinner for our law enforcement members. We were very surprised and pleased that Attorney General Sessions and US Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu made an appearance to thank our officers. It was a great day and is now going to become a tradition every year at our Lodge to hold a complimentary lunch for our heroes.
Please save the date for our annual local Law Enforcement Memorial, which will be held on May 7 at 11am this year. Our Auxiliary will be providing a lunch afterwards. Again, if you are in the area we would love to have you come to our memorial and stop by for some lunch.
Congratulations goes to new DC MPD Recruit Class 2017-5. We are proud of our new recruits and pray for their safety always.
We are always looking for new members. If you are an FOP member, any of your family members would be eligible to be an Auxiliary member. The cost of membership is $20 per year. We have monthly board meetings and quarterly membership meetings. If you are a Maryland resident you are also eligible for FOP tags under this membership. You are not required to put in any time at any events or come to the meetings but if you do have the time it would be greatly appreciated. This membership gives your family members an opportunity to establish a fraternal bond with police families. If you are interested in a brochure or would like more information please contact Bonnie Cannon at email@example.com