Our chapter membership dues will increase from $25 annual/$250 lifetime to $35 annual/$350 lifetime. This will take effect the weekend of Oct 27, 2018. After the switchover, all annual payments will apply from the payment date through Dec 31, 2019. According to an FBINCAAA survey, $25 was the minimum amount that any CAAA chapter in the nation charged. Even with the increase, our membership dues will still be amongst the lowest!
FBISTLCAAA members attended the annual FBI National CAAA conference Sep 5-7, in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees networked with counterparts and learned about the remarkable work that CAAA chapters are engaged in across the country. The FBI presented the Las Vegas shooting investigation and a public corruption investigation in the Washington, D.C. area. Our Chapter donated a basket of St. Louis BBQ goodies for a silent auction. Overall, the conference helped build relationships and provided everyone with new ideas to create value for chapter members and their communities. Next year’s conference will be held in Houston, Texas.
The FBISTLCAAA held its Annual Meeting for its members on August 14. The events and successes over the past year were shared and members weighed in with ideas on several topics around the coming year’s activities.
With your donations and membership fees, the FBISTLCAAA donated $1,000 towards the purchase of anti-theft devices for cars. A special thank you to an anonymous and generous member who matched our original $500 donation. The donation will pay for devices for roughly four blocks of houses in south city as St. Louis Metropolitan Police goes door-to-door throughout the year to meet with residents. The goal is to help prevent vehicles from getting stolen and used to commit violent crimes.
FBISTLCAAA had a booth at the St. Louis Cardinals’ Redbird Rookies Health Fair on June 23rd. We engaged more than 550 children with temporary tattoos, stickers and activity books while parents learned about the FBI Child ID app and FBI internet safety program for 3rd to 8th graders.
The FBISTLCAAA held a firearms safety events for members. A local Police Chief gave an insightful keynote speech on how he would reinvent law enforcement in today’s age to better serve the community. Afterwards, members were invited to use the simulation shooter or live fire range.
Members of the FBISTLCAAA participated in a Violence Prevention Commission outreach event on Saturday, June 9. The mission was to go door-to-door in the Walnut Park neighborhood to: (1) hear directly from families about the specific resources and basic supports they need; and (2) connect families to resources immediately or through ongoing follow-up and community events.
Volunteers placed door hangers with details about how to access common social services for any unanswered doors. Volunteers also provided customized United Way 211 cards for community members to help them access services. Volunteers worked with 211 staff on-site to help connect community members with resources for immediate needs.
The FBI gave FBISTLCAAA members a behind-the-scenes look at the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting from an investigator’s standpoint. Participants learned how the situation unfolded, the suspect’s behavior before and during the event, and the challenges law enforcement encountered throughout the investigation. It was a very insightful overview of the horrific event and tremendous response and support from local and federal law enforcement. In addition, the FBI recognized three out-going Board members (George Wilder, Norm Appelman, and Rick Heinrichs) for their self-less service to the FBISTLCAAA Board and helping the community.
The FBI St. Louis office taught a 7-session course on Introduction to Law Enforcement to 10th graders at the Northwest Academy of Law High School in St. Louis from February 27, 2018, through April 17, 2018. The students learned through the practical exercise of investigating a bank robbery, and FBISTLCAAA volunteers helped by playing the role of a key witness or assisting with processing a crime scene, etc. In addition to teaching the ins and outs of investigative work, the teaching team showed students the various careers in law enforcement available to them and a path to get there. The graduation event was May 2. Of those who graduated, four students (randomly chosen by drawing) won tablets that the FBISTLCAAA donated.
We had many outstanding candidates apply for positions on the Board of Directors to help make a difference to our community. We are thrilled to receive such a positive response. The Board is currently reviewing the applications and will be in touch with all applicants this month (May).