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A Message from the President April 2019

02 Apr 2019 4:00 PM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

A couple of the major objectives I had in mind when I took office was to offer increased opportunities for engagement for our members and to raise the profile of the CAAA in the community. Both those objectives should be met -- and met with a vengeance -- this April. We have a schedule of activities for the month that far exceeds anything I’ve seen in my several years in the Association. The full calendar is listed elsewhere, but allow me to hit the high points here:

We begin on 04/03 with ASAC Todd Bobe, who is hosting a “Coffee with the FBI” event from 3:30-5:30 at Urban Standard Coffeehouse, located on 2nd Ave N in Downtown Birmingham. This is part of a recruiting effort, as the Bureau is seeking applicants for future employees. Drop by and drink a cup, and meet and support our ASAC. The next day, 4/04, we co-sponsor (with Birmingham InfraGard) DHS’s training session on Protecting Houses of Worship. Our volunteers will be on hand to conduct registration and provide support and hospitality.

Paul Daymond will be escorting a contingent to Washington, DC, from 4/15-17. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit FBI HQ, Quantico, the Pentagon…If you can make it, please do. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the nation’s capitol and to get to know your fellow FBICAAA members better. If you’re leaning toward it…go. Just go. Just as that group is leaving town, Damita Hill is spearheading a “Chasing the Dragon” event that we will sponsor at the Hoover campus of Jefferson State Community College. “Chasing the Dragon” is, of course, a training session on opioid abuse. You’ll see further details on our calendar. Please come out and support us – we need a good crowd for these sessions. And we’ll need volunteers to help staff the event.

And a brand-new item for Alabama – we will co-host (with the FBI) the inaugural FBI Day at Childrens of Alabama. From 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on 4/25, the FBI will bring equipment and personnel to do demonstrations and visitation to the patients and families at the Childrens hospital in Birmingham. Again, we’ll want volunteers from our membership to help out.

And there is so much more in the pipeline. Look for a sub-regional conference in the summer, refresher training sessions, the annual CAFY night in Huntsville in July…Suffice to say, we are busy and getting busier. We’ll be doing a lot – service, education, social…a lot. And there are many, many opportunities for you to get involved. As I suggested in December at our annual meeting, “Grab a helmet; get in the game.” So join in. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Paul H. Franklin, President                                                                                      

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