Chapter Chat - November through December 2017

“Freezin for a Reason” Alaska Special Olympics Polar Plunge

FBINAA Alaska Chapter representing- Alaska State Troopers- Capt. Barry Wilson (not pictured), Session #244, Capt. Andrew Merrill, Session #257 (representing in the green NA PT shorts), Lt. Derek DeGraaf, Session #266 and Lt. Paul Fussey Session #269 (both in Black NA PT shorts), accompanied by State Fire Marshal Lloyd Nakano. “Freezin for a Reason” Alaska Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser (this law enforcement partnership with Special Olympics raises more than $200,000 every year for Special Olympic athletes. 

Swearing In

On December 5, 2017, during the bi-annual membership meeting, Special Agent in Charge of the Anchorage Field Office of the FBI swore in the newly elected board members. Chad Goeden, Session #266 (left) ran for his seat again as the Vice President of the Southeast Region, Andrew Merrill Session #257 (middle) ran for Secretary/Treasurer after Bob Beasley, Session #194 decided not to run, and Barry Wilson, Session #244 (right) ran for his seat again as the Vice President of the Southcentral Region. Shirley A. Coté, President and Sean McGee, Vice President of the Northern Region have one year left in their terms. Terry Vrabec remains the Past President. 

Bob and Shirley

Bob Beasley, Session #194 was presented with a plaque of appreciation by President Shirley Coté, Session #164 for the past year as the Secretary/Treasurer. 


On December 7, 2017 Training Specialist Lacy Wolff and Lt. Melvin Allick from the Texas Department of Public Safety presented Executive S.H.I.E.L.D. – Strength and Honor in Everyday Leadership Decisions. We had altogether eight excellent presenters at the annual Executive Development Conference held at the Dimond Center Hotel December 6-8, 2017. We had 90 supervisors, commanders, and chiefs registered for the conference. Two came from outside the state – Greg Olson, Session #174 from Oregon and Bob Pence, SAC Retired and Active member from Colorado. 


Every year we hold our themed Christmas Party on the Thursday evening during the conference. This year the theme was “Back to the 80’s” and our costume winner was Ronda Wallace (left), Session #250. Ronda always participates in our parties and with all the gusto we expect from our members. Runners up were Morgan Warner and Zach Carbaugh. Morgan is Shirley’s daughter who helped in decorating and buying gifts for the party. She has been attending with Shirley for many years because it’s the best Christmas party in town!