The heat has been oppressive this summer. By the time you receive this newsletter, I hope that the heat is winding down some, but I wouldn’t count on it. It’s been an eventful year so far for many of us with the food prices, illnesses, gas prices, etc, and I hope that also quiets down a bit.
· We had a great turnout at our June 15, 2022 meeting. The food, of course (shrimp and bull roast), was fantastic. We got to see some old friends that we hadn’t seen for a while, and that’s always a fun time.
· During that meeting, we collected clothing for McVet. Our members came through big time with 43 boxes of clothing! On June 16th, one of our widows, Linda Limmer, and our members Howard Stansbury and Tom Tumminello joined with me to deliver the clothing to McVet (301 N. High Street, 21202). You have heard us speak of them before and we continue to support them because they are such a great organization.
· Unfortunately, one of our members lost his house and his beloved eleven-year-old dog to a house fire on June 1, 2022. That dog was a hero because it saved everyone in the house before succumbing to its injuries. We all would be lucky to have such a pet in our lives. When the Board learned of this house fire, we immediately sent a check to this member, and at the following General Meeting, a collection plate was passed around. Our wonderful members and widows gave $842.00 in cash, a check for $250.00, and a $50.00 check from one of our widows. I cannot thank you all enough for your generosity. The member who lost his home and pet was overwhelmed by your kindness. This is why I love being your President. Our organization is filled with great guys and gals to be associated with.
· We’ve lost an unprecedented number of members this year so far (non-Covid deaths). Who knows why, but it’s almost twice as many as years in the past, and we are sad to see so many pass away. We hope they are all Resting in Peace.
· On November 28, 2022, the FOP3 will hold their election. The BRPBA would like to recommend the following Brothers and Sisters for office as we are working well together. (This, of course, is only a suggestion):
President: Mike Mancuso
1st VP: William McDonald
2nd VP: Paul Blair *
3rd VP: Ed Gorwell *
Secretary: Lisa Riha
Treasurer: John Nolan *
Chaplain: Don Helms *
Guard: Jon Glazerman
State Treasurer: Earl Kratsch *
State Trustee: Elliot Cohen
Commission of Trustees:
George Trainor *
Ron Starr *
* DENOTES RETIREE BRPBA MEMBERS
· In July, we sent out a series of very confusing and misleading emails about Workday. I apologize for this. That was a good example of garbage in and garbage out. We were receiving information from all over and trying to make sense of it all. As I am writing this Message late July, I hope that by the time you receive this newsletter around Labor Day, it will all be cleared up.
· Update on Margaret and Wes Wise. After their hospitalizations and rehab, they were no longer able to return to their home and are now residing at Lorien Nursing Home, 1904 Emmorton Road, Bel Air, MD.
Some of you have asked for an update on Cody Ruhling. The Ruhling family moved out of state and at the time of this writing, we have been playing phone tag. I’ll pass along an update as soon as I hear from them.
· Congratulations to Ivan Bates on his election to BC State’s Attorney. I wish him luck in turning Baltimore City around.
I pray you have a great fall, and I will be writing to you again around the holidays.