On March 25, 2017 we held the semiannual State Meeting in San Jose. I want to thank Northern VP Joe Lopez for hosting the event. All areas of the state were represented and the VP and Chapter President reports were positive as usual. You are all doing extraordinary things. Our State Chapters are increasing as one new chapter has been accepted and several others are in the process of reactivating.
Of significance was the National Conference to be held in October 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. We will be presenting the Marin County Chapter for acceptance into the NLPOA and are looking forward to your attendance in support of that chapter. Early registration fees are in effect until July 15, 2017; take advantage of that opportunity.
Chapter D&O insurance fees are due. This is very important for chapter officers and it is provided at a very reasonable rate. Please Contact Joe Howie for further information. There was a presentation by Jeff Edwards Esq., from the Mastagni Holstedt Law firm on required paperwork. While I had seen the presentation before, It caused me to review our chapter filings. I urge all of you to take a look at the presentation on our state website.
New business included three SOPs. SOP 2 Chapter Responsibility and SOP 4 Executive Board Reimbursement Expenses were passed by the membership. They will take effect 30 days after the state meeting. SOP 3 Finances was tabled to the next state meeting. The main point is the setting of dues to the State Chapter. Please review them on our state website.
In order to ensure that we continue our professional successful state meetings, I have asked that any chapter that would like to host the next semiannual meeting in either late August or early September submit a proposal to include a training day, a meeting day, lodging and any other event that they plan on hosting no later than May 10, 2017. If you would like to host a future meeting do not wait to submit your proposal. Semiannual meetings are usually held in the 1st and 3rd quarter of the calendar year.
Thank you all for the great work you do every day in support of our Association.
Rafael (Ralph) F. Nieves
National Latino Peace Officers Association
California State Chapter