Brothers and Sisters,
On behalf of the Washington State Lodge Executive Board, we would like to provide you an update on what the Executive Board has done on behalf of all the members of Washington State.
Prior to National Conference in Nashville, Washington State put in a bid to host the next State President/National Board meeting. I am excited to report that we were chosen to host the Spring State President/National Board meeting in 2018. This is a tremendous honor and we should all be proud of this accomplishment. The Washington State Lodge has decided to host the meeting April 12th through the 14th at the Double Tree in Sea Tac Washington. Hundreds of State Lodge leaders throughout the country will be in attendance and will experience the culture that Washington State offers.
Since the end National Conference, the Washington State Lodge has continued to focus on recruitment and ways we can better relay our message. It is extremely important that we look for ways to improve our organization and that starts with communication to our members and Law Enforcement throughout the state. Social media is a tool that has been underutilized and the Washington State Executive Board has made it a priority to have a better platform, through social media, to reach out to members, prospective members and citizens of our communities.
The Washington State Executive Board had our 4th quarter meeting in Pasco Washington on 10/13/17. As always, your Executive Board worked hard on behalf of the members and will continue to focus on our benefit programs.
On 10/14/17 we had a Law Enforcement Stakeholder meeting to discuss Initiative 940 dealing with the deadly force statute. Rest assured, the Washington State Lodge goal is to make sure all officers throughout the state of Washington have adequate protection when dealing with a deadly force encounter.
On behalf of the Washington State Executive Board, we would like to recognize HR218 Committee Chairman Dan Phillips, Legislative Chairman Michael Sargent, Legislative Committee members James Schrimpsher and Travis Adams for their hard work with helping us achieve our vision with these programs. We would also like to thank State Lodge Chaplain Chad Peterschick for the work he has put in for our CISM program. I am proud to be a part of an organization where so many get involved and care about our profession.
Marco Monteblanco, President
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police