I’m as sickened by the recent riots across our great country as you all are. Seeing rocks, bricks, bottles and Molotov cocktails hurled at my brothers and sisters in blue infuriates me. There’s no doubt that there are forces at work that wish to defund and dismantle many large police departments nationwide. With that said, I still believe that we have the support of the overwhelming majority of the law-abiding citizens that we serve. Please keep yourself and those shoulder to shoulder with you safe and make sure you return home to your families. We will get through this!
Our June deck meeting is still up in the air. We need to wait until the Haverstraw Elks is fully open and operational. This is when we would normally draw the winner of our “Super 50-50” raffle. If we are unable to have the June deck meeting we will make arrangements to draw the raffle on that day anyway. Please send in your raffle tickets if you have not done so already.
Membership continues to be our biggest challenge. My goal is to increase our membership to 1500 members which will prolong the need for any future dues increases. As I mentioned earlier this year, we are going to be increasing the annual dues to $50 per year. This will make up for the 22 years that we did not increase dues and also make up for our decrease in membership. Those members who are currently paying dues at the discounted rate of $17.50 will continue to pay that amount. Any current members who pay $35 will start paying $50 in January 2021. Any members who are slated to begin paying the discounted dues in 2021 will pay $25 per year. I appreciate the support of the membership and strongly encourage each member to give an application to at least one friend who is a sworn law enforcement officer that lives or works in Rockland County.
“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.” -President Ronald Reagan
President Keith Hansen
1st Vice President Chris Cortelli
2nd Vice President Lou Falco III
Treasurer Joe Cain
Secretary Lynn Hayes
Financial Secretary Jim Sciacca
1st Sgt. at Arms Mike Heath
2nd Sgt at Arms Dennis Dodrill
Editor Mark Swammy
Chaplain George Albin
Orangetown Daniel Ryan
Clarkstown Gerry O'Connor
Haverstraw Manny Figueroa
Stony Point Bob Bertrand
Ramapo Mike Higgins
Trustee at Large Tim Connolly Jr
Health and Welfare John Dillon
Historian Jack Coleman
Past President Ed Weireter
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