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A Message from the President May 2019

We have just completed what must go down as one of the busiest and most productive months in our chapter’s history. And having come through the constant hustle and bustle associated with the many events we’ve conducted, hosted, or co-hosted, what I’m left with is a combination of relief, satisfaction…and overwhelming pride in our chapters and its members. On several occasions this month, we asked for volunteers – for help – and you showed up. And you were consistently superb. So thanks to all of you who helped. Through your efforts, and for all the dues-paying members who support the FBI Birmingham CAAA and its efforts, we have helped dozens of local houses of worship to upgrade their security, we reached thousands of people with the anti-opioid message with our Chasing the Dragon showing at Jefferson State Community College, and we saw sick kids’ eyes get wide, as they were, amazed, informed, and delighted at “FBI Day at Children’s Hospital.” For most chapters, that would be a good year. For us, it was part of a good month.

Paul Daymond led a group to DC to visit HQ and Quantico; we saw the beginnings of a cooperative arrangement between the FBI Birmingham CAAA and the local Infragard chapters, with an eye toward complementary efforts on Human Trafficking and security training…and we’re about to roll out our inaugural  sub-regional conference – Birmingham, Nashville, and Jackson chapters – in Huntsville.

That gathering will take place on July 19th and 20th in Huntsville. It will begin in the late morning with a guided tour of the FBI’s installations on Redstone Arsenal, and will include briefings on mission and methods by key personnel. The tour and briefing will conclude in the late afternoon, and we plan to follow that with a barbecue social at Intrepid in Huntsville. Our guests at the social will be the FBI employees who are newly-situated in Huntsville. We’re looking in to entertainment options for the party. We’ll have hotel rooms available for Friday night to accommodate our out-of-town guests. Saturday will feature meetings and discussions on a variety of topics of interest to our members and to chapter leaders, and we will adjourn by mid-afternoon on Saturday. We’ll send out an official notice of the event and open registration as soon as our plans are complete. This will be great.

Good things – important things – keep coming our way. We’ll be looking for more and more opportunities for social events in both Birmingham and Huntsville, to get more of our members the chance to meet and mingle with your fellow alumni members. This is such an outstanding group of people; we just want to see more of you on a regular and ongoing basis. We truly believe that once you get to know your fellow members that you’ll be hooked. 

Paul Franklin

President, FBICAAA Birmingham


            The FBI Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBIBCAAA) is a nonprofit organization separate and apart from the FBI.

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