- President's Message :
Another year comes to a close, and as we have reorganized ourselves, hopefully for the better, we hope that the members have noticed the hard work the new Board is putting into everything to make this Lodge more successful.You will be noticing some of the events that we will be organizing and running in the upcoming months.
One of the new things that we are working on is full carry permits for our members who are retiring, and judging from the recent trend, there will be a lot of them in the upcoming year. It has been brought to our attention that some members have had a hard time getting full carry permits. If you are one of them, please let us know so we can work on this problem.. We have talked to several judges who are friendly towards us and are willing to help streamline the process. However, we would encourage any member who intends to retire in the upcoming year, at least six months before throwing in your papers, apply to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for a full carry permit, as this will save you some time and hassle if you do it now. One of our first priorities in the new year will be full carry permits for our retiring/retired members. We will keep you informed throughout the year.
Remember, there is no regular meeting this month, but we will be having an adult Christmas party on Friday Dec 15 starting at 8:00. It will bew $20.00 per person and include catered food and an open bar,at the Legion, we urge you to bring out the significant other and let them see us(on our best behavior). Hopefully we can make this an annual event, we are still going to try and organize a kids party for next year. We will need a head count for the food so you can call our hotline, the bugs have been worked out and the message updated, and the hotline will be checked everyday by more members of the Board for a quicker response.
Congratulations to Steve Giove, who was electecd November 15th as the new Orange County Shields President, we wish him and his new Board good luck and hopefully they will come to one of our meetings and talk about their plans. We look forward to working with them to assist all of our members.
On Monday December 4, the Shields will be hosting their annual Blood Drive at the Legion, we strongly urge our members to attend and give a pint, to help the Blood shortage in Orange County.
On a personal note, thank you to the Lodge for the Fruit Basket for my father, and Lodge member, Tom Carton, who is recovering from an illness.
On behalf of the Board and our families to the members and their families, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season, and I'll probably be seeing most of you in Times Square again this New Year.
Lastly, remember to stay safe and wear your vests.
On Monday December 4 from 1200-1900hrs the Orange County Shields will be hosting their annual blood drive. For more information contact Tommy Carroll. The Drive will be held at the American Legion, Post 488.
The Venture Scouts a new BSA Scout Troop will be hosting a fund raiser Spaghetti Dinner at the American Legion, Post 488 on Friday December 8. For more information contact Frank Cush at 782-4101.
1st Annual Law Enforcement Poker Run
The Lodge will be hosting a Motorcycle Poker Run in May 2001 with the Nam Knights, a motorcycle club made up of various Law Enforcement Officers. We will have more information in the next newsletter.
The Monroe PD is hosting their annual Toy Drive. Toys may be dropped off at the Monroe PD Headquarters on Stage Road, Monroe
Cop On The Take
First he takes the oath.
Now look at all he takes:
He takes it in stride when people call him pig.
He takes his lousy pay check realizing he'll never be rich.
He takes a second job sometimes to make ends meet and support his family.
He takes time to stop and talk to children.
He takes your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really deserved.
He takes on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.
He takes time away from his family to keep you safe.
He takes your injured child to the hospital.
He takes the graveyard shift without complaint because it's his turn.
He takes his life into his hands daily.
He takes you home when your car breaks down.
He takes time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
He takes the job no one else wants-telling you a loved one has died.
He takes criminals to jail.
He takes in sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes he cries too, but he takes it anyway because someone has to.
If he is lucky, he takes retirement.
He takes memories to bed each night that you couldn't bear for even one day.
He takes time to explain to his family why he can't make the ball game his child is in and why he has to work on the holiday when other parents are off.
Sometimes, he takes a bullet.
And yes, occasionally he may take a free cup of coffee.
Then one day he pays for all he has taken, and God takes him.
Please remember that the "he" in all this represents all police officers, both men and women who have served and are serving our cities, counties and states and their citizens we have all sworn to protect.
The next time, and all the times after, that you see a cop please take a moment to pray for them. Pray that they will make it home to their families and live to see another day.
God bless ALL cops everywhere