- In coordination with FBI, organize, invite, and present cyber security information to businesses and non-profits, especially those that do not have dedicated IT resources.
- Support FBI Citizens Academy in addition to the new half-day version for executives.
- Support FBI Teen or Youth Leadership Academy, where top junior or senior high school students will be invited to participate.
- Co-sponsor and support the annual LDA memorial golf tournament.
- Fundraise, possibly at Top Golf, to increase general revenue to enable FBISTLCAAA to better support and/or execute initiatives that make a difference in improving the community.
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!
- Immediate Past President Gary Chan recapped how our chapter won two national awards, the Presidential Chapter of Excellence & Public Safety Innovation Award, which were presented at last August’s National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Leadership conference in Houston.
- Chapter President David Brickhaus and FBI SAC Richard Quinn signed the 2020 Memorandum of Agreement, which includes five objectives for our chapter.
- SAC Quinn presented significant investigations accomplished by FBI St. Louis in 2019 and answered lots of questions.
Thank you to all who brought books to the event to help launch our chapter’s “Little Free Library.” Installation locations TBD.
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.
The FBI, US Secret Service, and DHS held a briefing regarding e-Skimming on September 5, 2019. Any business accepting online payments on their website is at risk of an e-Skimming attack.
To learn more about the growing threat of e-skimming attacks, you can listen to this FBI podcast.
Or review this recent posting from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies.
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.
Our members volunteered to help the Spring 2019 FBI Teen Academy by role-playing for a mock bank robbery investigation.
The FBISTLCAAA helped sponsor a Mental Health First Aid Public Safety course for Special Agents of the Army’s Criminal Investigative Command by donating funds to pay for all of the class manuals. Retired FBI Special Agent Karyn Feeney commented:
“A special thank you to the FBISTLCAAA for sponsoring Mental Health First Aid Public Safety to Special Agents of the Army’s Criminal Investigative Command on April 18, 2019 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. We had an engaging class of students who were open to reducing stigma surrounding mental health. We were excited to certify over fifteen Special Agents from across our nation and we could not have done it without your help. We look forward to partnering with you in the future. Thank you. Mental Health First Aid Instructors Karyn Feeney and Tony Campbell”
By Philip Deitch – FBISTLCAAA life member
Congregations of all faith have been facing growing security concerns. There is no longer a single faith or type of spiritual community that can consider itself immune whether in urban or rural areas.
The FBI St. Louis office offered a free seminar on “Protecting Houses of Worship’” on January 26, 2019. More than 50 people from congregations as far as Cape Girardeau came out on a snowy, bitter, cold Saturday morning to learn how they can better protect their congregations and their congregants. In the process, they created a supportive community among representatives from diverse faiths to include the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. The host location was the New Northside Conference Center, 5939 Goodfellow Boulevard, in the City of St Louis. The FBISTLCAAA provided continental breakfast and refreshments. About ten FBISTLCAAA members came to volunteer and/or to learn themselves.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn welcomed and thanked the attendees and put the importance of the day into stark perspective. FBI special agents gave an overview on hate crimes, active shooter behavioral analysis, and what to do in an active shooter situation. Also, on the program, a Jewish Federation security expert who provides evaluations and trainings to all Jewish congregations and Jewish communal organizations. He self-identified as a Christian underlying the point that all spiritual congregations should be taking preventive action. Our own FBISTLCAAA President Gary Chan provided tips on cyber security. Rounding out the 3-hour seminar, a sergeant with SLMPD’s Crisis Intervention Team talked about the mental health resources available and how it provides such training to police officers.
The St. Louis office of the American Red Cross is hosting informational sessions on being a volunteer for their organization. These sessions will run once a month from February through December in 2019. These Red Cross volunteer activities are separate from FBISTLCAAA activities, but we are exploring partnerships with them. If there are joint activities in the future, we will advertise them as such.
If you would like more information on this topic, please Contact Us.
Additional information from the Red Cross
Learn the impact the American Red Cross volunteers have on the local community and how you can help:
- Provide shelter, food and comfort following a home fire, tornado, flood or other disaster
- Save lives by installing smoke alarms
- Provide support at local blood drives which keep our nation’s blood supply stable
- Provide support to our military and their families
- Learn about the menu of volunteer opportunities and ways you can give back to your community
Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn spoke about the accomplishments of the St. Louis Division and the challenges it faces, his appreciation for the FBISTLCAAA, and ideas on how the association can partner with the FBI to help improve the community. FBISTLCAAA President Gary Chan also shared the organization’s accomplishments in 2018 and painted a picture for what 2019 could be.