President’s Message, December 2003

December 2003 – It is my sad responsibility to report the recent death of Shields Chaplain Rev. Robert Arnold, who passed away on November 11 th, due to a heart ailment, he will be missed by many. Rev. Arnold was a straight shooter, he didn’t patronize you, he told it like it was. But most of all he was devoted to his family and friends. I can never thank him for the words and prayers of encouragement he gave to me through out the many years I knew him. To Gerry his wife of 58 years our thoughts are with you.

On a lighter note I can’t say enough about November’s speaker Ret Capt. NYPD/Author Dan Mahoney, his talk was both amusing and revealing about the publishing industry.

Speaking of authors, Ret. Lt. NYPD Ed Dee, has a new novel out, ‘The Con Man’s Daughter’, I just finished it, and it doesn’t get much better. Good Luck Ed!

Who said things are not as good the second time? Well The Shields and FOP Lodge 317 shot that to pieces on November 8th, our benefit dinner/dance featuring ‘Emile Stucchio and The Classics’ was better than ever, just ask the many members and friends who attended. To all who assisted (too many to mention) “THANK YOU” your generosity and help made it Possible.

Don’t forget this is the meeting to bring a toy for a needy child, as in the past I’m sure you’ll feel better making a child happy this holiday season.

The December 11th meeting promises to be interesting; our speaker will be NYPD Det. Nelson Doanes, founder of The National Police Support Network. In April of 2000 he was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, with about four months to live without treatment His story is one to hear.

As of January 1 st, Ed Henson will step down as Vice President due to his relocation to Florida. Recording Secretary Jim Bartkowski will assume the Vice Presidency, Board Member Bill Petito will take Jim’s spot, and Joe Wolff will become the new member of the Board of Governors. Thanks for a11 your time and efforts Ed, they are greatly appreciated

Hope we see you on the 11th, if not have a happy and safe holiday, and We’ll see you in 2004. Happy Holidays!

Fraternally,
Richie