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RPOC NEWS – May/June 2021
By: Dennis Bambach, President, RPOC
Hallelujah, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know how bright that light will be but let’s keep our fingers crossed for the best. I hope that all of you who wanted to receive the Covid vaccination have been able to get one. It will be a blessing to be able to return to some sort of normalcy in our lives.
I would like to again remind our membership that this is an election year for the RPOC. If you are interested in running for office, please contact anyone on the board or send a letter to the following address: Retired Police Officers Council, P.O. Box 570790, Miami, FL 33257-0790. Our bylaws set a limit for the President of three terms. My final term will be up this year. Running this organization is a joint effort of all board members so please consider joining us on the board.
Ed Spisak, Treasurer: Members: we just want to thank the 55% of those who have paid their late dues. The Board is always disappointed when it becomes necessary to delete members who were previously in good standing. Our organization is still strong, thanks to the support of all who renew each year and those retired LEOs who join as new members.
John Fraley, Vice President: The Otis Chambers Scholarship Fund will present scholarships to five individuals this year for the fall semester in 2021. The five students presented applications that demonstrated their desire to continue their studies and pursue the next level of their education. The applications were reviewed by Paul Rittenhouse, PHD a professor of International Political studies at Florida International University. Dr. Rittenhouse advised that all applicants clearly set goals and objectives in their pursuit of higher education.
John Fraley, Vice President, and the RPOC Board are pleased to announce that five scholarships will be given to the following individuals.
Tori Bevan, granddaughter of the retired member Steven Frazer has been awarded a $1000,00 scholarship for continued studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh Pa. Tori will major in the medical field with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.
Nicole King, granddaughter of the retired member Richard Magaldi has been awarded a $1000,00 scholarship for continued studies at the University of Central Florida. Nicole is a third-year student, majoring in Marketing.
Brooke Woodburn, granddaughter of the retired member Delbert Woodburn Jr has been awarded a $1000,00 scholarship for continued studies at the University of Central Florida majoring in Integrated Business.
Taylor Woodburn, granddaughter of the retired member Delbert Woodburn Jr has been awarded a $1000,00 scholarship for continued studies at Broward College majoring in Business Management, Integrated Business.
Russell Young, grandson of retired member John Fraley has been awarded a $1000,00 scholarship for continued studies at Mississippi State University majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Jerry Rudoff – Sergeant at Arms/Information Officer: How can I not sound like a broken record! As covid continues to occupy our minds and activities, why is it just as important, if not more, that you stay and remain connected to the RPOC “info grape vine line” once retired? Certainly, many of us once retired wish to leave our past life behind but that doesn’t mean to forget about the many friends and relationships you acquired on the job. That doesn’t mean not being able to be kept up to date on the latest happenings in the LE community you just left. That doesn’t mean not having access to “private” social media groups and your very own website so that you can received correct and accurate information such as retiree’s annual qualification shoots as well as dates, times and places for monthly luncheons and our yearly reunions. Whether you belong to other social/fraternal or professional LE groups such as the Progressive Officers Association, the Hispanic Police Officers Association, International Police Association, Shomrim Society, Police Officers Assistance Trust, ASME, PBA, FOP, worked LE for the Federal government or a myriad of others, the Retired Police Officers Council (RPOC) and its resources is there to offer the commonality to bring us all together and to remind us why we all made the choice early on in our lives to become law enforcement officers. We offer to you all the exclusive use of our private social media and our monthly eNewsletters. Do you have some old pictures you’d like to share? Do you have copies of old newsletters from your respective departments you’d like to share such as the one attached? Are you getting together with other retirees for reunions, lunches, etc. and you’d like to have the information coordinated? Well, we are here for you ALL just to do that among the many other things we can assist you with. Do you have ideas on things you’d like to engage in, or would you like to be more engage with the RPOC organization? You can communicate directly with board members by going to your website at www.rocpba.org and clicking on the Contact US tab where you can leave a message. We guarantee a 100% response rate. Try it, you’ll like it!
Reba Miller, Chaplain: Reaching out with special prayers, support, and condolences to all our friends and families following the homegoing of our beloved brethren:
1. Kenneth " Ken" Buzzi April 2021
2. William " Bill" Cegelis April 2021
3. Maynor F. "Frank" Harrell March 2021
4. Gary McCrimmon August 2020
5. Robert "Bob" Rossman April 2021
6. Peter G. Newman March 2021
" Always remember Your Presence is a present to the world. Each of us is truly one of a kind. Make each day count."
As you can see by Reba’s article above, we have lost a number of members in the last few months. Unfortunately, since Maggie and I moved out of South Florida to Dunnellon, FL I have not been able to attend all their services or celebrations, but other Board Members were in attendance. I personally deeply felt all the losses. I did get to attend Bill Cegelis’ celebration and it was quite heartwarming to see how many of our members were in attendance.
To that thought, many of the members I talked to were quite anxious to get back to normal and attend our annual reunions. As of this writing it is a definite go for April 2022. Please make plans to attend and get together with old friends again. Further information will be published in upcoming newsletters.
We would like to welcome the following new members: Marcelene Hudziak, MDPD; Raymond Sipple Jr., MDPD; Kennedy Rosario, MDPD; Kerensa Smith, MDPD; Joseph Fleres, Coral Gables; Reinstated: John Thomas, MDPD.
Let us know if you recognize the family pictured on the newsletter!
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