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President's Message

  • 21 Dec 2012 8:13 PM | Anonymous

        Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    I have been trying for a few days to come up with a final message for 2012, my final message as President of the FBI Birmingham CAAA. The words haven’t come until now.


    As excited as I am for 2013, I am full of fear. I am fearful for our nation. It is ever more challenging for us as people that have taken an oath and a mission “to strive to keep our nation safer”. The battle rages on all sides. We are engaged in war abroad and in our own country. We kill small innocent children, we kill mothers, and we kill teachers and don’t forget we kill a Law Enforcement Officer every 54 hours. We kill those people on our own streets, in our own neighborhoods and in schools where it should be safe. The challenge is before us. What will we do?  What will I do?


    Well, I for one will not forget why I became a part of this group to begin with. Sure I was asked to join, but then I wanted to be part of something that would stand for good, that would help ensure that the acts of 9/11 didn’t happen again and I would get to join a group that was held together by a common goal, a common bond.


    In the years that we have been an organization I am proud of what we have accomplished. I am proud to have followed Dr. Mark Michelson and Heather White in this position. I am proud to have been a small part in getting Child ID kits out to so many. I am proud to have had a small part in this organization reaching out to so many and saying we are here “to strive to make our nation safer”. I am proud to have had the opportunity to be a small part in bringing HEROES BEHIND the BADGE to our community. I am proud of each of you for standing up and claiming our mission statement.


    I am not going away. Fatima, PK, Heather and I are not going away. This means something to us. What does it mean to you? What does it mean to me?


    Even if I had not learned all about the history of the FBI, gotten to shoot on the FATS machine, gotten to attend the National FBI CAAA conference, gotten to go to Range Day, gotten the opportunity to go to FBI Headquarters and all the other opportunities that have come our way I would still be out there doing what we do because I am an American. I am a proud American. I love my country.


    We were not built by slackers. We were founded by men and women of principle. We have a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to defend. We have a flag to fly higher than any other. We have an obligation to those that came before us and those that will come after to love, honor, cherish and defend our land. I am not a slacker and I know none of you are either. We alone can not do all that needs to be done. We must help recruit people to join us in the FBI CA. We must find people that share our goal, our common bond and that will accept the challenge laid out in our Mission Statement.  2013 and beyond depend on us. Our small group can be a mighty force in a revolution of change in

    America . We can. We must make our nation safer.

    Thank you Carmen Adams! Thank you Pat Maley! Thank you Paul Daymond!


    2013 promises to be a great year. You have elected a strong board. You have elected officers that are going to lead us into the future.  We have a SAC and two ASACs that have put it on the line to defend us. We have our SAC’s promise that he is here for us. With the Board, the officers and the leadership of the FBI Field Office we are going to have a great 2013.


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays


  • 01 Dec 2012 10:50 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    Please join us for our final meeting of the year.

    I hope that you will make plans to join us on Tuesday as we gather for our annual business meeting and board elections.  We’ll be meeting at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of the UAB Highlands Hospital, located at 1201 11th Avenue South in Birmingham (click HERE for details).  Our featured speaker for the evening will be Richard Schwein, the new Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division of the FBI.

    During the meeting we’ll be voting on a slate of nominees for the board of directors. Candidates will be elected for a two-year term for the period January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2014.

    Candidates running for a second term (current board members).  Per our bylaws, this will be their final term of eligibility.



    Mark Belcher* (2007)

    Hilda Mary Esguerra-Eisler* (2009)

    Keith Feinman* (2009)

    Daniel Fillmore* (2010)

    Mark Froehlich* (2010)

    Deb Jaramillo* (2010)

    Leria Jordan* (2007)


    Andrew Smith* (2007)


    Libby Todd* (2005)


    Candidates running for a first term (new board members):



    Poojah Chawla (2011)

    No applications received

    Sunil Sane (2012)


    Andre Bittas (2011)


    Shane Spray (2012)


    Some board members have elected not to run for a second term.  This leaves three vacant positions on the board which will be filled at a later date:



    Vacant  (was Montre Carodine)

    Vacant (was Ana Ramos)


    Vacant (was Jacque Bray)

    Our bylaws dictate that board members must retire after serving two full terms in office.  During the meeting, we’ll be saying goodbye to several of our long-serving board members and officers who will be retiring at the end of the year:  Don Lupo (2005), Pravin Kotian (2007), Fatima Carter (2006), and Heather White (2005).

    It will be a great meeting and I hope that you will make plans to be there.  As always, we want and strive to make our nation safer.

    Sincerely and thank you,
    Don Lupo

  • 19 Nov 2012 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,  Don Lupo


    Our organization has reached its highest-ever level of membership and we have thriving programs in place in both Birmingham and Huntsville. The coming year is going to be awesome, and we want YOU to be a part of it!


    Please consider serving on the FBICAAA Board of Directors.


    Several positions are coming open on the Board. Positions to be filled include slots for Huntsville and Birmingham CA graduates. The Board needs ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS. The board meets monthly and at other times as needed. Board members are expected to serve on and/or chair committees and special events and to take an active role in FBICAAA activities. It is recognized that the FBICAAA board is a volunteer endeavor. However, it is also recognized that board  membership comes with responsibilities that are endowed by the membership at large. All Board members thus recognize their obligations to be responsible to their election by fellow alumni as well as respecting the time and effort of other Board members.


    All alumni interested in serving on the board should submit an application to the Nominating Committee for consideration by 5pm on Thursday, November 29. Board members will be elected at the annual meeting and will serve a two-year term (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2014). An application form and list of qualification is available on our website [CLICK HERE]. For questions, please contact the Nominations Committee at fbicaaa_bham@hotmail.com.


    Please consider joining us in leading the efforts of the FBICAAA in the coming year!


    As always, we want and strive to make our nation safer.


    Sincerely and thank you,

    Don Lupo


  • 25 Oct 2012 10:01 PM | Heather White
    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    I have never been more excited to be your president than I am today.

    Our chapter has never been in a better position to do great things for our state and the 31 counties in the jurisdiction of the FBI Birmingham Field Office than it is now.

    I told you in my last post that we were gaining momentum.  We are.  The final quarter of 2012 is going to be great, and next year will be even better.  I urge you to get involved now.  TRUST ME.  There are huge things on the horizon and you will definitely want to be a part of it.

    Here's a brief glimpse at what is coming:

    • November 13 - The Fall Citizens Academy Class will graduate.  All alumni are invited to come back to the FBI building to reconnect with the alumni association and to meet the newest group of leaders to complete the academy.  [Click HERE to register]
    • November 18 - We have the honor--and the responsibility--of being the first chapter to host a screening of the movie,  Heroes Behind The Badge.  We've booked the Alabama Theatre for the event and  we need your help to fill the seats.  So mark your calendars: we need people to help raise funds and we need volunteers to staff the event.  Most of all we need you to help spread the word!   [Click HERE for more information]
    • December 4 - Don't miss our annual meeting!  We'll be meeting at UAB Highlands Hospital again this year for elections, a report on the year's activities, and an outline of things to come.  Make plans now to attend!  [Click HERE for more information]
    • April 15 - Introducing the Law Enforcement Open (the LEO) golf tournament.  Under the leadership of Charles Perry this will be a unique experience for everyone.  Make plans now to help.  [Details to follow soon]

    We're increasing our communiction channels to help YOU stay more connected with the FBICAAA:

    Find us on FBWe have a brand-new Facebook Page!  Please find us on Facebook and "Like Us" to stay connected.

    TwitterWe have a brand-new Twitter Account!  You can find us on Twitter @FBICAAA.  Please "Follow Us" to stay connected.

    ebsiteWe have an new-and-improved Website!  Please continue to check the site for the latest information about the FBICAAA.

    October was a busy month:

    • Range Day was a huge success.
    • National Night Out in Homewood went smoothly.  Our association was well represented as we passed out child ID kits and safety information to the attendees.
    • Our new SAC, Rick Schwein, will be on site soon.  We met him at Range Day.  He's full of new ideas and promises to be a strong ally as we build our association.

    I say this to you every time I write, but I mean it every time: we want and strive to make our nation safer.

    Don Lupo

  • 01 Oct 2012 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    The summer has brought many changes.  SAC Maley is now the Inspector General of South Carolina and ASAC Fletcher has retired and moved to Texas. We embrace the changes and we look forward to great times under our new SAC, who will be arriving in November..

    Make plans to come to RANGE DAY on October 11 and meet our new SAC.

    It seems funny to write October. Where has this year gone? Your FBI CAAA has had a wonderful and busy year. I hope you will take the time to look at the events and the gallery to see all the great things your alumni association has done.

    The Fall 2012 Citizens Academy class is underway in Birmingham. The class is comprised of 28 of the city’s best business, civic and community leaders. I know many of these people personally and am proud to welcome them to the FBI Citizens Academy. We look forward to them joining our ranks in the Alumni Association when they graduate.

    Heather White and I just returned from the National Leadership Congress in Denver. We had a great trip and many opportunities to network with FBI CAAA members from 56 chapters from across America. I can tell you that our chapter ranks up there with the best. You can be proud of all of the activities that we are involved in.

    One of the action items you will be hearing about shortly is HEROES BEHIND the BADGE. Your alumni association will be bring to a local theater this beautiful and thought provoking motion picture. It will be a night you will not want to miss.
    Stay tuned to our website for more information.

    One of the items that all chapters struggle with is retention of members and the funds that it takes to make a chapter run. We will have over 100 members by the end of the year. 2012 will be our most successful year in membership since we started. However, we know we can’t do all we plan or need to do with our membership dues only.

    Our Fundraising Committee and the Board of Directors are planning our first golf tournament. You are going to hear a lot about THE LEO golf tournament over the next few months. Mark April 15, 2013 on your calendar. Come play golf or volunteer on that day and let’s raise some money for THE FALLEN OFFICERS FUND and for your FBI CAAA.

    2012 is almost over and 2013 promises to be an even better year for the FBICAAA.  Please let me encourage you to join us. Pay your dues and enjoy all the benefits of full membership. As always, I want to remind you to adopt our mission statement. We all want to strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Don Lupo

  • 05 Jul 2012 6:05 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    As we swelter in the summer heat, I want to challenge you to seize the opportunity for leadership and service.  Each of us was selected for the FBI Citizens Academy because we are business, civic, and community leaders--and I firmly believe that if our organization were to fully leverage the talents, abilities, and resources of our members, we could set our communities on fire!

    The FBICAAA is a vibrant and growing organization.  If you haven't been actively involved, I encourage you to get involved.  We make a difference.  And we have fun at the same time. 

    This past month we sponsored a members-only Law of the Gun training event that was both educational and fun--click here to learn more about it and to view photos.

    Don't miss the opportunity to get involved this summer:

    • A CERT training class will take place in Huntsvile July 9- August 27.  Click HERE for more information.
    • We'll be supporting National Night Out in three locations this year.  On August 7, consider volunteering for a shift in one of our booths in Alabaster, Homewood, or Huntsville as we distribute Child ID kits and other safety information to families in our area. Click HERE for more information.
    • Join us in Denver for the National Leadership Congress September 19-22 as we gather with other chapters in the mile-high city.  Click HERE to learn more.

    The Birmingham and Huntsville Event Committees have more exciting events in the planning pipeline: the ever-popular Alumni Range Day, Community Awareness Day, a Gun Safety and Awareness event, and an Alumni Golf Tournament

    Our membership drive is underway. We're doing some big things in the FBICAAA, and we want YOU to be a part of it! So, if you haven't already paid your dues for 2012, please take a moment to do it today. Dues are tax deductible and help us carry out our mission. Click HERE for more information.

    As always, I want to remind you to adopt our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Let's keep the momentum going!

    Don Lupo

  • 15 Jun 2012 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    The FBICAAA is strong and growing stronger!

    May was a busy month:

    • The graduation of the Huntsville Citizens Academy added 22 new alumni to our ranks.  I was impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of the Huntsville Class of 2012, and I know that each of them has something that can help make our Alumni Association the best in the nation.  We will soon have photos from the event posted to our website, so check back soon.

    • Over 100 FBICAAA alumni, FBI personnel, and their families on an Elephant Walk!   We gathered at Sundown at the Birmingham Zoo where we enjoyed the hospitality of Dr. Bill Foster and his staff.  It was a great time for food, fellowship, and a behind-the-scenes look at the animals.  If you weren't able to make it, you missed a wonderful experience.  Click HERE to view photos.

    The upcoming summer months also bring opportunities for service and education in Birmingham and Huntsville, and I encourage you to get involved.  You won't want to miss the upcoming Law of the Gun training event on June 23rd, and National Night Out service event on August 7th. More activiites are being planned, so stay tuned.

    Don't forget that our membership drive is underway.  We're doing some big things in the FBICAAA, and we want YOU to be a part of it!  So, if you haven't already paid your dues for 2012, please take a moment to do it today.  Dues are tax deductible and help us carry out our mission.  Click HERE for more information.

    As always, I want to take a moment and remind you to adopt our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Sincerely and Thank you,

    Don Lupo

  • 07 May 2012 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    I am pleased to announce that our chapter has a new website!  This website is our chapter's information hub; I hope that you will return here often to keep informed about events and activities and to connect with your Alumni Association.

    Some of the enhancements to our website include:

    • a password protected members-only area (COMING SOON!)
    • an expanded photo gallery (COMING SOON!)
    • a membership directory and the ability to manage your contact information online ((COMING SOON!)
    • the ability to pay your dues online.

    We wrapped up the month of April with a memorable FBI After Dark event. About 35 of us gathered at Nabeel's cafe in Homewood to hear SAC Maley brief us on the Ulugbek Kodirov case.   If you weren't there, you missed a real treat!  Click here to view photos.

    The Events Committee has been hard at work planning a slate of activities for the next few months.  You won't want to miss the upcoming  Sundown at the Zoo, and the Law of the Gun training event. More activiites are being planned, so stay tuned.

    As always, I want to take a moment and remind you to adopt our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Sincerely and Thank you,

    Don Lupo

  • 17 Apr 2012 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    The year is going strong, and your board has been hard at work to provide leadership and programs which will benefit our membership and our communities. 

    • The Huntsville branch of our chapter is active.  The current Citizens Academy is underway and will be new graduates will be joining the ranks of the Alumni Association next month.  Several Huntsville Alumni are enrolled in CERT Training, and have formed a FBICAAA CERT response team.
    • The Birmingham Events Committee has been busy as well.  You won't want to miss the upcoming FBI After Dark program, the Sundowner at the Zoo, and the Law of the Gun training. More information about these events will be available shortly.

    As always, I want to take a moment and remind you to adopt our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Sincerely and Thank you,

    Don Lupo

  • 20 Jan 2012 11:54 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,Don Lupo

    Happy New Year! I am proud to report that your FBICAAA is strong and growing. We did many good things last year. To name a few, we made our trip to Quantico and FBI Headquarters, we participated in Community Awareness Day and National Night Out, we were able to help two of our Alumni after the tornado, we had a FATS Day at the FBI Building, we had a holiday party where we honored Paul Daymond, and we established our After Dark series in Huntsville and Birmingham. We also achieved the highest level of paid membership since our incorporation. So 2011 was a good year. Thanks to all.

    2012 offers us the opportunity to do so much more and we will seize that opportunity.  Our first order of business was to elect officers for 2012. Several people stepped up and answered the call for office and I am very proud to announce we have elected a great slate of officers.  At the Board Meeting we also announced committee assignments.  I am excited to have these officers and committee chairs to help lead our FBICAAA for 2012.

    It was my honor to be in a leadership position in 2011. I am even more excited about returning as your president for 2012. I am pleased to announce that the folks elected to the Board from Huntsville are no longer ex-officio.  You elected a strong group to serve you on the Board and now the Board has elected a group of officers that are going to lead us and do many exciting things in 2012.   I am excited that in a short time we will have a class starting in Huntsville and it will not be long till Birmingham kicks in again.

    Many ask, “Why should we pay dues?”  The answer is simple:  you get special invitations to events and the right to participate in those events that the general membership doesn’t get. Only dues paying members can go on the Alumni Field Trip to FBI Headquarters and Quantico in March. Only dues paying members can go to Range Day or FATS Day. So pay your dues and don’t miss out on any opportunity that is offered. You can pay by credit card, PayPal or check. Just visit the website for instructions.

    Let me again point you to the website to see your slate of new officers, committee chairs and the calendar that offers opportunities for you to participate.

    As always, I want to take a moment and remind you to adopt our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer together.

    Sincerely and Thank you,

    Don Lupo

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