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  • 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
    President

  • 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
    President

  • 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
    President

  • 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
    President

  • 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
    President

  • 09 Jan 2012 11:04 PM | Anonymous
    Don Lupo

    Dear Fellow Alumni,

     

    We had a great 2011. However, that is in the past. As we embark on 2012, there are items of business to be handled. The Nominating Committee put out the call for nominations for a new Board of Directors and the new Board was elected at the Annual Meeting. So, let me welcome the new Board Members. Now it is time for the Board to elect new officers for our FBI CAAA. The call has gone out and next week at our Board Meeting that will be held at FBI Building we will elect new officers to lead the group for 2012. I am excited about the new members and the possibilities they bring to the table.


    Dues for 2012 are payable. You can pay online by PayPal or download the form and mail your check to the address given on the FBI CAAA website. We ended 2011 with the largest membership ever.   I am confident that 2012 will be even better and that more things will be offered to you as dues paying members that are exclusive to you.

     

    One of those exclusive offers our annual Alumni Field Trip and the opportunity to go to Quantico and FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Mark your calendar for March 26, 27 and 28 and check the website for details. I have not been able to make this trip in the past, but I hope to be able to attend this year. All reports are that it is a DO NOT MISS trip. 

     

    I am excited about our organization’s sixth year. Thanks to all the Alumni for sharing the goals that are in our Mission Statement. We all want and strive to make our Nation safer.


    Sincerely and Thank you,
    Don Lupo

  • 07 Nov 2011 10:59 PM | Anonymous
    Don Lupo

    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    It has been a phenomenal year!  Our organization is thriving and growing.  The number of active members is at the highest level in our organization’s history.  Last week I had the honor of speaking at the graduation of the Birmingham Class, where 20 outstanding individuals joined the elite ranks of Citizens Academy graduates.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and I know that they will strengthen our organization as they get involved in the Alumni Association.

    The year is drawing to a close but it is far from over!   I am excited to tell you about some important activities that are planned for the next few months.  All alumni are invitedundefinedso please mark your calendars and plan to get involved!

    • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – FBICAAA Board of Directors:
      Several positions are coming open on the Board of Directors for next year.  Positions to be filled include slots for Huntsville and Birmingham CA graduates.  All alumni interested in serving on the board should submit an application to the Nominating Committee for consideration by Friday, November 11.  Board members will be elected at the annual meeting and will serve a two-year term (January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013).  Click HERE to learn more about the qualifications for board service and to obtain an application form.
    • ALUMNI PARTY - November 20th:
      Believe it or not, this year marks our chapter’s 5th anniversary!  Please join us on Sunday, November 20th, as we return to the scene of our very FIRST alumni event for a party to kick off the holiday season.  We’ll be honoring Paul Daymond for his service to our chapter and we hope that everyone will join us for this event!  It will be a great opportunity to reconnect with alumni from Birmingham and Huntsville CA Classes and to visit with FBI instructors and retired agents previously involved with the Citizens Academy. Click HERE for more information and to register.
    • ANNUAL MEETING and BOARD ELECTIONS – December 8th:
      All alumni are invited to attend our annual meeting on Thursday, December 8th.  We will have a special guest speaker and present a report of the year’s activities, hold board elections, and announce plans for the coming year.  More details will follow soon, but please save the date!  We hope that each of you will plan to be there.
    • MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES:
      You also know that we’re in the midst of a membership drive.  It’s not too late to join the FBICAAA!  As part of this campaign, anyone paying their dues between now and the end of the year will have their membership extended through the end of 2012 at no additional cost.  Dues are tax deductible and help us carry out our mission.  So don’t wait!  Join today!  Click
      HERE for more information.

    It has been an honor to serve as your president this year.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

    Sincerely and Thank you,
    Don Lupo

  • 15 Sep 2011 10:52 PM | Anonymous
    Don Lupo
    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    9/11 has come and gone without incident. Ten years have passed without an attack on our homeland. Both of those statements are true and there are reasons that we can say that. One of the reasons is groups like the FBICAAA. We have adopted the words: momentum, commitment, strength, opportunity, leadership and service; in our journey to “making our Nation Safer Together.”  Every time we identify ourselves as FBICAAA members we are taking on the role of siding with the good guys and standing against forces of evil. Every time we see something that looks suspicious and report it to the proper authorities we do a job that needs to be done. We as Americans don’t ever want another attack on our homeland; however, there are groups that intend on doing just that. So, to prevent those attacks, we adopt those words and our mission statement and we stand together with the FBI in defense of our nation.

    The new Birmingham Fall Class is in session. I had the honor of addressing them the first night. They are a great group of folks that are going to add a lot to the FBICAAA.

    There are new dates on the calendar for events that we encourage you to take advantage of. Some of these events are for members only. The Membership Committee has done an outstanding job under Andrew Smith’s leadership. This year promises to be our best year ever for dues paying membership. Take a look at the calendar and see all the events that are still left for 2011 and make sure you pay your dues so you can take full advantage of every opportunity.

    Your Executive Board met recently and will bring some items forward to the full board that I think are going to make us an even stronger FBICAAA. It is my pleasure and honor to be the President but all the credit goes to the full Board and our members for all that we have done so far this year.

    Sincerely and Thank you,
    Don Lupo
  • 14 Jul 2011 10:45 PM | Anonymous
    President Don Lupo
    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    Can you believe that half of 2011 is past us? It has been a busy time for your Alumni Association and for the FBI Citizens Academy.  I want to thank each of you for you for adopting the words: momentum, commitment, strength, opportunity, leadership and service this year. Those words define our journey to “making our Nation Safer Together”.

    We have new graduates from Huntsville, a Birmingham-Huntsville FBI Citizens Academy Newsletter, a trip to FBI Headquarters and Quantico, the After Dark Program with the SAC, a National Board Member in Heather White and lots of events coming this fall that promise to make 2011 a tremendous year for the group. We want you to be part of the excitement. The Membership Committee led by Andrew Smith is working hard. It appears 2011 will be our biggest membership year to date. There are events coming up this fall that only members can participate in so get your dues in and join in the fun with us.

    We will be announcing dates soon for CERT Training, Range Day, and a make-up date for FATS, a Sundowner experience at the new Trails of Africa at the Birmingham Zoo and an After Dark event in Huntsville.  Please check the calendar often as new dates are posted.

    The storms of April 27 have been the focal point for a lot of people this summer. Being the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Citizens Assistance for the City of Birmingham, I can attest to the long hours and pain that our communities have gone through.  Some of our alumni members had total losses. By grace all our Alumni are safe but we all know someone that was taken from us on that day. Let’s honor them by doing something for others.

    Sincerely and Thank you,
    Don Lupo
  • 24 May 2011 10:38 PM | Anonymous
    President Don Lupo

    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    Congratulations to our newest graduates from Huntsville! The nine weeks went by way to fast. I enjoyed meeting you in Huntsvilleand look forward to seeing you again. The FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association hopes you will consider joining as a full member and enjoying the rights to extra benefits that non-members do not have. If you will visit the website you can see all the extras that are lined up for the year.

    June 14 is approaching. Our trip to Headquarters and Quantico is planned for June 14-17. It will be a great trip to Washington. In addition to the Birmingham Chapter being there, the New Orleans Chapter will also be there. The SAC from New Orleans is making the trip as is SAC Patrick Maley from Birmingham. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the FBI, socialize with members, and make new friends from New Orleans. If you are a graduate and an Alumni Association member you are eligible to make the trip.  Your guests are also welcome.  The deadline for registration is May 31st.

    On May 11 the SAC gave us an impressive briefing on International Terrorism (IT). It came just a few days after an event in our country’s history that we will never forget. Murder of U.S. Nationals outside the United States; Conspiracy to Murder U.S. Nationals outside the United States; and Attack on a Federal Facility Resulting in Death were the charges. Usama Bin Laden, one of the worlds MOST WANTED, has been taken care of. IT is still a threat. Bin Laden was one of many so the war against terrorism goes on. SAC Maley provided us a lot of information and challenged us to be vigilant in our quest to eliminate IT.

    We will be announcing dates for CERT Training, Range Day and another Sundowner event with the SAC soon. Watch the calendar for upcoming events and remember:  momentum, commitment, strength, opportunity, leadership and service are the words that define us in our journey to “making the Nation Safer Together.”

    The storms of April 27 that hit Alabama did a lot of damage. That damage was to things that can be and will be replaced. Some of our members were directly affected. We all share in the hope of rebuilding. Lives were lost. Almost 250 people that were Alabamians were taken from us. We all knew somebody that is not here today. Let’s honor them by doing something for others.

    Sincerely and Thank you,
    Don Lupo

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