Chapter Chat for the Alaska Chapter by Shirley A. Coté, President (Session #164)
Waqaa! (Hello in Yupik) from the Alaska Chapter. Our Secretary/Treasurer, Captain Andrew Merrill, Alaska State Troopers (Session #257) and I were fortunate to have been able to attend the FBI National Academy Associates’ Chapter Officers’ meeting at Quantico March 5-8, 2018. We found the meetings to be well-structured and informative. Thank you to President Scott Dumas and the National Board for your presentations and demonstrated excellent leadership and support of the Chapters. Thank you to Executive Director Howard Cook, also for his excellent leadership, and to his friendly, helpful, and competent Staff.
Andrew and I brought back many good ideas and important information to our Executive Board. The willingness to share by other chapter officers, along with the leadership of President Dumas, Section I Representative Braniff, Executive Director Cook, and the rest of the board and staff recharged my energy to build upon our extremely high level of excellence, professionalism, and communications.
Andrew and I appreciated and seized the opportunity to meet with our two newest members of the chapter and graduates of Session #271 – Corey Rowley, Chief of Police for the Yakutat Borough Police Department and Lt. John McKinnon from the Anchorage Police Department. We had dinner at the Globe and Laurel and we had plenty of time to talk. We enjoyed hearing about their favorite classes and other experiences, and we’re looking forward to their involvement in our Chapter.
We are pleased to announce that our Chapter is a $1000 donor to the FBINAA Charitable Foundation. We support the mission of helping our brothers and sisters in law enforcement when they need help just as much as the people they are helping. We appreciate the presentation of Chairman Doug Muldoon and the commitment to expediently come to the aide of those least likely to ask for help.
The bi-annual membership meeting will take place on May 7th starting at 3:00 p.m. in Fairbanks. We look forward to seeing our members from the Interior who cannot always make the annual meeting in Anchorage in December.
We are pleased to be able to send three of our members to the National Conference in Quebec City. Two of our board members, Barry Wilson (Session #244) and Chad Goeden (Session #266) plan to attend along with another member, yet to be selected.