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A Message from the President June 2019

24 May 2019 3:30 PM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

I am pleased to take this occasion to welcome our newest members – the graduates of the Huntsville class of 2019 -- who graduated on May 7th. It is great to have you aboard. Let me say to each of you that you – new members -- represent the lifeblood of our chapter, as your enthusiasm and curiosity are major factors that drive us to reach farther and be better in all our endeavors.   

You’ll  find that I have a recurring theme: involvement. Having been a member in this and other organizations presently or in the past, I have had the experience of being a “newbie” more than once, and have dealt with the feeling that as an inexperienced party, I wasn’t sure where, how, or if I would fit in; and I worried that I might not be entirely welcome if I just appeared at those organizations’ functions. If you are entertaining any such thoughts, please allow me to disabuse you of any similar notions – as a new member, you are the single most-important individual in this chapter, and that we are all delighted to have you with us. The only thing you can possibly do to disappoint us is not to become an active part of the life of the chapter.

And to become a truly active member, let me point out several entry points that are available – to you new members, and in fact to all our members: Read the newsletter each month. It’s got news and a calendar of upcoming events. It’s also a pretty good way to learn “who’s who” in the chapter.  You are now in the Circle of Trust, and as such, you will receive email releases from the SAC, from the US Attorney, and from other such sources. Read them and you’ll be up to date on major Law Enforcement activities in North Alabama. And join our Facebook group – it’s cleverly named “FBI Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association.” The FB group can be an excellent way to communicate and interact with your fellow members. And, finally, come to our events and meetings. We have multiple opportunities to participate in social or educational events, numerous public service initiatives, and various committee meetings that you are encouraged to participate in. So, in summary, to our newest members, please accept our warmest welcome; and to all our existing members, this is a reminder that we are an active and engaged chapter because of you – your interest, your attendance, and your service. Please remain engaged, or get engaged.

I hope to see you at one or more of our events soon. Many thanks,

Paul H. Franklin, President                                                                                      

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