On Nov 15, 2018, Steve Tarani presented a webinar on Your Most Powerful Weapon: How to Use Your Mind to Stay Safe. Steve is a professional educator, author, and keynote speaker who has served the United States defense, law enforcement, and intelligence communities for over 25 years. He taught members how to build mental toughness, control our environment, avoid a threat, defeat an attack, and control fear.
On October 27, 2018, the FBI and FBISTLCAAA participated in a block party at Peabody Elementary in St. Louis. Thanks to generous donations from our members, we were able to serve almost 500 slices of free pizza to students and their families. The FBI passed out activity books to kids and information about the FBI Child ID App to parents. The block party included a bounce house, DJ, community services and food to bring the neighborhood and school together.
The school held the block party to build on the positive momentum gained after the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force dismantled a drug-trafficking ring which operated in the Clinton-Peabody housing complex. Read more at STL Today.
During the weekend of October 27, 2018 our chapter membership dues increased from $25 annual/$250 lifetime to $35 annual/$350 lifetime. All annual payments made after this date will apply from the payment date through Dec 31, 2019.
The FBISTLCAAA held a Fall Range Day on Sunday, October 21, 2018. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day with excellent weather and good company.
The firearms instructors helped new and experienced shooters get better. Members shot skeet and trap outside as well as pistol indoors.
The gun club awarded two 1-year free memberships, one to the best indoor shooter and one to the best outdoor shooter. The FBISTLCAAA awarded a $100 cash prize to the best overall shooter as well as Life Lapel pins to new Life Members.
All proceeds from this event will be contributed to the amount raised for the 2018 LDA Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits the FBIAA Memorial College Fund for children of deceased agents, Missouri Special Olympics, Backstoppers, and other charities.
The annual Citizens Academy trip to FBI Headquarters and FBI Academy took place on September 26 – 27, 2018. Graduates also visited the Pentagon and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial. This year’s trip was held jointly with fellow graduates from FBI Chicago’s Citizens Academy. A total of 36 people attended. The tours were free, but travel, meals, and lodging were at each attendee’s own expense. The overall mood was excitement, amazement, and awe as all were simply honored that the FBI would invest so much time into us and the tour. There was plenty of conversation and laughter and times of solemn introspect during various parts of the tours when there were stories of lives lost in the line of duty. The “FBI Experience” exhibit at Headquarters was a highlight as many expressed what they observed.
The 37th annual LDA Memorial Golf Tournament, in memory of FBI St. Louis SWAT Agent Doug Abram, was held on September 7, 2018, at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. The rain held off during the first few hours of the tournament, but Tropical Storm Gordon took over, making the last few holes tough.
After the round of golf, attendees sat down to a fantastic dinner and discussion with new and old friends. A special thank you to St. Johns Bank, World Wide Technology, and members who donated. Our chapter offered its highest support in years. The FBISTLCAAA is responsible for $1,100 in registration fees and the following donations: $3,000 in cash, 2 gun club gift certificates, a golf outing certificate, a PGA golf ball, 6 Cardinals box seats with parking passes, and any amount raised from the upcoming Fall Range Day event.
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.