FBISTLCAAA in partnership with St. Louis Food Bank is sponsoring The Officer Tamarris Bohannon Food Drive
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – Tuesday, November 24, 2020
St Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Tamarris Bohannon was shot and killed on August 29, 2020 while answering an emergency call for help in the 2nd District of the City of St. Louis. Officer Bohannon, 29, was the first officer to die in the line of duty in St. Louis City since 2011. He leaves behind a wife and three young children.
Shortly after Officer Bohannon’s death, Sanford (Sandy) Mangold, Executive Director of the FBINCAAA, contacted our chapter. Sandy offered the resources of the National office and its corporate partners to assist the Bohannon family in whatever manner they deemed appropriate. The family requested to honor Officer Bohannon with a food drive to assist those in need.
On March 12th, our St. Louis chapter in conjunction with the Kansas City chapter jointly presented “Chasing the Dragon” in Jefferson City. This is the second time in as many years, the FBISTLCAAA helped the FBI and DEA inform the public about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. This year’s panel included a mother and daughter who gave very emotional testimony about the daughter’s journey from addiction to recovery. These two women actually attended our “Chasing the Dragon” event in Festus almost exactly a year ago. Watching the film helped both women see each other’s perspective. After more tough love from her mother, the daughter finally agreed to an out-of-state treatment program that lasted 10 months. The women’s courage to testify at the event gave hope to other families suffering from drug addiction. Thank you Board Director Pastor Randy Gray for spearheading this event.
“The FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association has joined efforts with Little Free Library (LFL) to improve literacy in the FBINCAAA affiliate chapter communities. Stewarding Little Free Libraries provides a great way for chapters to connect community, law enforcement outreach, and education. Free Library® is the largest grassroots book sharing literacy network in the world with over 90,000 Little Free Libraries in 91 countries and in all 50 states. As partners we can work together to address the growing illiteracy crisis in the United States. LFL’s mission is to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.” – FBI National CAAA, 2019
The FBISTLCAAA has purchased two libraries and are in the process of choosing their location. We need books to fill these Free Little Libraries! The plan is to purchase a wide variety of books for all ages to fill our Free Little Libraries.
Please donate by clicking here. All donations received will be used to purchase books for the FBISTLCAAA chapter Little Free Libraries now and in the future.
On February 14, 2020, FBISTLCAAA members joined DHS, TSA, and Federal Air Marshalls at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport for a behind-the-scenes look of airport security operations. Attendees learned about the airport’s different security programs and also watched a K-9 explosives search demonstration and baggage search demonstration. Thank you to the fantastic airport security personnel who keep all of us safe when we travel!
The FBISTLCAAA held its holiday reunion at Spazio Westport
on December 12th. Approximately 40 members gathered to enjoy each
other’s company, food, and the following:
Emeritus and founding member Norm Appelman was recognized for his enormous generosity. He gifted his shares to start an investment account to sustain the viability and to support the mission of FBISTLCAAA. Happy 93rd Birthday Norm!
The FBISTLCAAA received two national awards at the recent annual 2019 National Conference: the Presidential Chapter of Excellence and the Public Safety Innovation Award. Thank you to all our members for helping us achieve this honor.
Presidential Chapter of Excellence Award This award is given to an FBICAAA chapter, which has exhibited excellence in all organizational aspects: strong partnership with their local FBI Field Office; successful community outreach programs; sustained membership growth; full compliance with all documentation required by the Federal, state, and local entities to be a certified 501(c)(3), non-profit organization; meeting all FBINCAAA standards for professionalism and participation to include attendance at the previous year’s FBINCAAA Leadership Conference.
FBINCAAA Innovation Award This award is given to chapters, who exhibit uncommon innovation and creativity. This includes innovative approaches to community outreach; developing and maintaining excellent chapter membership participation; creating unique partnerships within their communities; and/or leading the way in establishing true “Best Practices,” which can be replicated by other FBICAAA Chapters.
On June 29th, members supported the FBI at the annual Redbird Rookies Health Fair, hosted by Cardinals Care, the team’s community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children. Our booth sported giveaways, community-relevant FBI information, and a virtual reality experience. This combination made the FBI/FBISTLCAAA booth the hit of the event with crowds lining up to learn about the FBI and play games.