Office of the President
May 23rd, 2018
Brothers and Sisters,
On behalf of the Washington State Executive Board, I would like to give all of you an update on what we have been involved in the past month. The Washington State Lodge sponsored the Steve Young Honor Guard Competition and Tribute in Washington DC during police week. This is the 16th year we have sponsored this event to recognize teams from all over the country who provide honor and services to our fallen brothers and sisters, and their families, in Law Enforcement.
The Honor Guard event is very time consuming and I would like to thank Chairman of Trustees Brian Banner, Past President Ken Roske, National Trustee Jack Simington, Chaplain Chad Peterschick, and lodge 7 members Jamie Raebel, Mike Cobb and Ken Hohenberg for their assistance to make this event successful. I would also like to thank Minnesota State President Matt Hagen and the Minnesota State Lodge for assisting us. It was truly a team effort and shows why fraternalism is alive and well in our organization.
Your State Lodge has continued to focus on benefits and growth throughout Washington. The Executive Board discussed options to further our growth and have come to realize that we are at a point that we need to take this organization to the next level. The Executive Board had a conference call with our State Trustees to discuss the possibility of hiring an Executive Director for our organization. After some discussion, the State Trustees agreed that it is important to invest in an Executive Director for the State Lodge. We have contacted a search firm and are hoping to identify the most qualified person to fill this role by our State Conference in October.
We also discussed with the State Trustees their roles on behalf of the state lodge. To properly grow this organization, we need more individuals engaged to help us achieve our goals. The State Trustees will be that point of contact with their local lodges to help the Executive Board grow with membership, benefits and a pipeline for information to disseminate to our members.
We will be holding a training for all State Trustees Thursday afternoon during State Conference. It is extremely important that our Trustees attend this training. The training will be focused on recruitment and presenting to groups interested in our programs. The more we market and brand what we offer, the more people will be interested in being a part of our organization.
These are exciting times for the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police. We are confident as we invest our resources toward growth, we will see great strides with recruitment and revenue to the State Lodge. As always, we appreciate the support of our members and are excited in what the future will bring to the Washington State Lodge.
Marco Monteblanco, President
Washington State Fraternal Order of Police