We haven’t been keeping in contact with each other as much as I would wish. The past few months have seen some busy and some pretty intense times together and the month of May was a very difficult yet fulfilling time for many of us. Some of us met each other for the first time on May 8 at the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial. The biggest event, of course, was National Police Week in Washington, DC, May 12 – 18. There were 23 family member survivors from our state who attended, 15 for the first time. Then May 21 many of us gathered in Chelan for their city’s Memorial Day parade. June 20 several of us gathered at the city park in Manson to see the final stretch of the Saul Gallegos Memorial Run which had over 140 runners of all ages. Chelan County Sheriff Deputy Dale England was the shining leader for handling that memorial run and setting up of the picnic that was for the runners and for attending family survivors. Dale is an absolute dynamo when it comes to doing special events that include WAStateC.O.P.S. members.
We now have our annual Angle Lake picnic scheduled for Saturday, August 22. This is when we really get to pig-out and enjoy the wonderful food that Edwin Barber, surviving cousin (honorary uncle) of Officer Lito Barber, caters for our events. His talent for treating us with delightful picnics is simply fantastic. Please plan to attend and also RSVP so the proper amount of food is available.
One of my favorite topics is always the very special Hands On Programs provided to us by National C.O.P.S. Where in the world could you find a time during the year to simply get away from home, relax, learn, meet wonderful people just like you, and find a new and better way of understanding your officer’s legacy. It’s a time to be able to share with others your memories as well as the methods that you have found successful for living your life with new-found energy. The expert help from counselors and specially designed break-out sessions are invaluable. The peer support is awesome and you will find so many ways to improve your life.
The cost to attend the HOP (retreat) is zero! Your only expense is getting there. Our Chapter is providing you with funding that will take care of much of your travel expenses. There are expenses that include air fare plus getting from home to the airport which can include car parking or shuttle service, and perhaps even having to stay near the airport overnight to make the early morning flight. Details of WAStateC.O.P.S.’ financial assistance are in the body of this newsletter.
This year there is an additional offer of assistance to help offset your excess travel related expenses. The Behind the Badge Foundation, a toitally unrelated organization and unaffiliated with C.O.P.S., has allocated funds for surviving family members that is available to you upon request. Contact gayle@behindthebadgefoundation for information.
Your Board needs input from you as to “what we can do for you”. We are here solely to serve you; that is our mission. To meet your needs more fully, we need your feedback and ideas.
P.S. When you attend any of our WAStateC.O.P.S. functions your NPW or HOP name badge is a good way to identify yourself.
Read more »