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HDSA President’s Message
I am honored to be taking on the position of President of HDSA for the year 2015. I realize the responsibilities of the office, and would like to thank our immediate past President, Allan Rappaport; the HDSA Board of Directors; all committee chairs and committee members; the HDSA staff; Sheriff Gore and his department staff, as well as every HDSA member, for laying the groundwork to more outstanding accomplishments in 2015.
Significant accomplishments in 2014 include:
Outstanding golf and BBQ fundraising events, myriad luncheons with noted speakers, donation of a helicopter simulator to the ASTREA group by HDSA board member Dario DeLuca, update of HDSA By-Laws, significant improvements in the layout and operation of the Sheriff’s museum, overdue improvements in HDSA office administrative operations and a revamp of the HDSA budget system.
Our mission in 2015 is to further institutionalize these accomplishments while we continue to follow the road map so successfully initiated in 2014. Our goals include: a well managed budget, continued improvements to and successful operation by HDSA staff and docents at Old Town Bill Kolendar Sheriff’s Museum, continued aggressive improvements to the financial and construction needs of the Tactical Training Facility including Duffy Town and the ARange (which provides significant training opportunities for sheriff’s staff, other county law enforcement organizations as well as HDSA members) and most importantly, providing vital equipment to assist Sheriff’s Department deputies to safely and successfully accomplish their daily duties. This equipment typically includes special protective clothing for SAR personnel, support to ASTREA flight resources, safety equipment, and specialized training and educational opportunities. We look forward to inducting new quality members and providing continued support of HDSA fundraisers and programs.
In 2015 HDSA will continue to memorialize the accomplishments of the Sheriffs’ Department by providing a living history at our prestigious HDSA owned and operated museum. The Museum will continue to provide an important means of public relations and educational outreach in San Diego County for the Sheriff’s Department with the four goals of Educate, Interact, Remember and Inspire! Funded renovations, which should increase the museum’s visibility in Old Town as well as entice local, national, and international visitors, will commence this year.
Other key goals for 2015 HDSA will include continuing to conduct the “Hand Gun Safety” classes, competitive “Fun Shoots,” sponsor luncheons with inspiring speakers, conduct membership tours of select Sheriff’s Department facilities and others and have focused fundraising events to meet our
In 2014 Heather Araiza joined our HDSA team as Office Administrator. She has already streamlined and automated our office operations. Thank you Heather! A well deserved thank you and appreciation also goes to our HDSA treasurer, Steve Higgins, for his extensive rework of our financial systems leaving us more efficient and transparent for 2015 and beyond.
In 2014 Allan Rappoport both recognized and acted
upon the fact that HDSA had evolved in membership, programs, and the number of dollars managed into a rather growing and complex operation. However, as we grew, we continued to employ the same time -consuming and less precise tools and systems that had been used for years. Allan and the Board’s recognition of the need for updates, and the resulting adaptations, will benefit HDSA greatly as we transition into 2015 and beyond.
The 2015 Board Members and Committee Chairs are listed in our Roster included on our web site. We are very thankful for HDSA members committing to head up our various committees for 2015 .
We are also very fortunate to have a dedicated team of trained docents, volunteers and staff at the Museum.
We welcome five new members to the Board: Buzz Burnett, Bud Silva, Judge Roger McKee, Leo Hamel and Chris Espinelli and thank outgoing Board members: Marilee Howe, Dr Jamal Habib, Dario DeLuca and Allan Rappoport for their support and leadership during their three year terms.
We extend a very sincere thank you to Sheriff Bill Gore as he begins his new term in office, Undersheriff Ed Pendergast, Senior Policy Advisor Greg Thompson and Commander Don Fowler who are all deeply invested in supporting HDSA. Without their dedicated support, our efforts could not be successful. We sincerely wish Commander Don Fowler a successful retirement in March 2015 and look forward to his continued involvement with HDSA as Vice Chair of the Museum Committee.
The 2015 team members are prepared to contribute hard work, creative problem solving, shared wisdom and donated resources as representatives of our membership; however, it is because of YOU, each individual member, that HDSA is a successful and valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Department.
We sincerely thank YOU! Please keep foremost in your mind that we all are here for just one purpose; to support the Sheriff’s Department in its efforts to make San Diego a model county where its citizens know they are respected, safe, and secure.
Looking Forward to a Great 2015
Michael Lapadula, 2015 HDSA President
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