Spring has sprung and so has your chapter into action with much to share. The board had their orientation, made preliminary plans for 2021, and is in need of two additional positions to be filled. The chapter has signed the 2021 Memorandum of Agreement with Goals and Objectives. Do we have programs for you!
First, we have directors with specific areas of responsibility who welcomes your talents and time as committee members. Watch for requests for committee volunteers! Community Outreach handles programs whether FBI Initiatives or community areas our chapter can be ambassadors for the Dallas Field Office and the FBI. Chapter Engagement will have activities both virtual and in-person (within pandemic protocols). Emergency Response will formulate how as members in our communities we have more knowledge and are better equipped when there is an incident. We are in need of an individual to head Education endeavors of our Scholarships and the Little Free Libraries. Another individual is needed to handle our Communication position. This will involve a quarterly newsletter, posting to our chapter social medias, and with a committee, helping to create brochures for our incoming class to promote our chapter and various events. If you are interested in applying for either Education or Communications, please complete the Board Application and send to my attention for the Nomination Committee. Deadline is April 5th. Link to Board Application 2021
Secondly, in each news posting, I want to share components of the larger picture that the chapter is part of with the FBI National CAAA who works diligently with Headquarters. For example, once we become members of the FBIDallasCAAA not-for-profit organization, we have requirements in order to have the acronym “FBI” in our name. As such, all chapters are required at the end of a calendar year to sign, with their SAC, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA wording is exactly the same for all chapters. However, the Goals and Objectives attached to the MOA are what each individual chapter works with their Field Office leadership to determine for the coming year. I think it is important for members to know about and read the MOA with the Goals and Objectives. Link to Signed MOA for 2021
Chapters are assigned to a Regional Mentor. All of the Texas chapters are assigned to Region 3 Mentor, Herb Hames, a member of the National Chapter Engagement Team. (As a member of the Chapter Engagement Team, I support the Region 4 Mentor for the eastern part of the United States.) If the Dallas board does not have answers to your questions, has challenges or needs guidance, he is our contact. He answers and receives guidance from the National Director of Chapter Engagement, Sue Smith. With her vast experience, it will be rare that she does not have an answer. Learn about Texas chapters in a Region 3 Conference Call (RCC).
Thirdly, if you have not already paid your 2021 Annual Dues of $50, please do so in order to attend our virtual and in-person events. Here is just a few of the upcoming events:
March 30th – Zoom presentation, “Hidden in Plain Sight” to strengthen your detective skills as a parent, grandparent, or family member on current teenager drug and alcohol trends, concealments, and how a concerned adult can help a young person making drug-using choices. Link to Event Page
March 31st – Fundraiser for our 2021 Scholarship Program at Eagle Gun Range located at 14400 Midway Road, Farmers Branch at 6:30 p.m. with a social across the street at The Midway Point. We will take walk-ins that night. Remember what a great cause this event will fund. Link to Event Page
April 19th – Zoom presentation, Todd Boeding, retired Major of the Marine Corps. He will share his past, present, and future as a Marine Corps Veteran who knows the challenge of transitioning back to civilian life: finding a sense of belonging. He has been able to accomplish this and will share how he has done so.
April 28th – “Financial Crime Money Matters” presented by the San Diego Chapter partnering with Intelligence Research Institute and San Diego State University’s Center for Information Convergence and Strategy. Learn about trends in white collar crimes – such as fraud, corruption, tax evasion, insider dealing, market manipulation, and electronic scams – and get resources to detect, deter, and defend against such threats.
May 19th – Colby Harries, IRS Prosecutor Criminal Investigations
June – Kathleen Hickman, Presidential Security
September 14th – Scott Garriola, Whitey Bulger’s Capture
If there is a speaker, program, community volunteer need, etc. please let me know. Watch the website calendar for information, flyers, and registration. Links will be sent once registered and you must use your name as on membership for virtual meetings.
Lastly, I will be doing a monthly fulfillment of t-shirt orders. We want to see how many can show up to in-person events and meetings promoting our chapter. Send your name, mailing address, and size to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “T-Shirt Request”. Mail your $20 check to the chapter address of FBIDallasCAAA, 7750 N. McArthur Blvd., Suite 120, MD 188, Irving,Texas 75063-7501. Once I have your monies, I will send the shirts out the last week of the month. See you soon!