By David Mahoney
Comments and letters can be sent to President Mahoney at WPPA, 340 Coyier Lane, Madison, WI 53713, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the first issue of the Wisconsin Police Journal in 2005 reaches each of our members, we find ourselves closing out 2004 with year-end celebrations and entering yet another New Year. Before we move ahead in this New Year, let’s reflect on the gifts we each give and receive.
Thanksgiving begins our annual holiday season; it provides each of us an opportunity to slow the pace of life and give thanks for the blessings we have been given. For those of us with children, we give thanks for the chance to impact and guide them toward a productive life, and, with the love of a spouse or partner for life, a chance to drop our defenses and open our hearts to be loved.
Our blessings also include our families and friends. At work, our co-workers are our extended families – the dispatchers who send us into danger and make sure we return, our supervisors and fellow officers who answer the calls for service alongside us, and the WPPA Business Agents who work to improve the contract benefits we rely upon.
The next holidays are the more faith-based celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza – times of giving and reflection. Each of us gives to our communities on a daily basis, working the hours we do and responding to the varied calls for service, hoping each turns out the best we can make it. The greatest gift one can give is the gift of friendship and service to others, and as we enter a New Year and a renewed beginning, your Board of Directors, our Business Agents, all our staff and I will continue to earn your friendship through our service to you, our members.
New Year’s completes the “hat trick” of holidays and is the time we start anew and make plans for the future. Those plans include the continued work of Steve Werner, who on WPPA’s behalf will continue to participate on the Wisconsin State Retirement Committee and to monitor statewide issues of concern to our members, and of Jim Palmer at the Capitol to monitor the Legislature’s discussions on TABOR and its ever increasing impact on local municipalities’ budgets.
As we enter a New Year, I would like to welcome David Hendrickson to our organization. Dave is a new Business Agent and will be servicing locals and members in southeast Wisconsin. Dave brings to the WPPA seventeen and one-half years of experience as a Muskego police officer, six years on their union board, and four years as the local president.
Additionally, it is the time of year to plan for how we will spend our time off in 2005. I encourage you to think about spending the days of May 14, 15 and 16 in Wisconsin Dells during the 2005 WPPA Convention. We will again be hosted by the Kalahari “Family” Resort & Convention Center and have planned the dates to accommodate more family schedules.
In closing, give thanks all year for your blessings and enjoy the rest of the winter season alongside someone who loves you.
Until we meet again, take care of those who take care of you. Be safe!