Much has changed in our world and, for the first time in our organization’s and our chapters’ histories, all the events that we have looked forward to attending, hosting and participating have not taken place this year. It is heartbreaking to know that we could not celebrate our Jewish pride marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade, or come together at various chapters’ dinner dances and bbqs, or remember our fallen colleagues during National Police Memorial Week or at the 9/11 Memorial Service. It is tough to think that we have not been able to see our Shomrim friends face to face, but have still managed to connect thru Zoom, which has been a lifesaver. In spite of these uncertainties and challenges we are still moving forward with plans for our National Shomrim convention on board the Celebrity Edge cruise ship in January 2021. I am very happy to report that National Shomrim Corresponding Secretary/Port Authority Shomrim First Vice President Betty Astrizky has accepted my invitation to co-chair the National Convention with Marty Turetzky, taking over for Murray Ellman, may he rest in eternal peace. Truth be told, Betty always worked with Murray in the background on the convention, so it was natural for her to take his place and work alongside Marty. I know Betty will do a great job and that Murray, who we all continue to miss, will be helping her now from above.
We will be having a Zoom meeting on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at 1200 EST, so all chapter presidents, associate members and past presidents, please make every effort to participate. We last met in May, and although the summer has gone by quickly, I am hoping everyone enjoyed the nice weather and have above all stayed safe. Our profession is under attack and we have been targeted daily by those who seek not only to harm us but take our lives. I cannot stress enough to all of you who put on the uniform, whether you are police officers, fire fighters, or serve in any public safety capacity – be careful. Watch out for each other and go home to your families and loved ones at the end of your tours. One day this will all pass and we will be respected again.