Greetings! In my new role as HCCSA Alumni Association President, I would like to welcome everyone to a new year filled with boundless possibilities! The February meeting was a great opportunity for members to collaborate and provide input on how the Association would like to move forward in the upcoming year; thank you to those who were able to attend. We also received a grand tour of the new Public Safety Building and it is awesome!
In thinking about what the Association would like to do; we must remember why we are here: “The purpose of the Alumni Association is to bring together graduates of the Hays County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy to enhance relations between the community and the Sheriff’s Office. The Alumni Association will assist, support and promote special projects that strengthen the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office”.
There are many of you who have been members for quite a long time and have had the opportunity to participate in various ways; there are others that may be newer and aren’t fully aware of what the Association is all about. In order to best serve the Alumni Association, I am interested in hearing from members about what the Association means to you, what do you like about it? what do you think we could do better? etc. We’ll be sending out a survey to all members with these questions, as well as others, to get a feel for what is working well and what we can build upon. It’s a great opportunity to make tweaks where needed to ensure we are fulfilling our purpose and that members are energized and excited about all of the great things we can accomplish when we work together.
COVID really threw a wrench into 2020 and hindered many activities and services; it appears the world is slowly getting back to some sort of normalcy and folks are taking the necessary precautions to remain safe and healthy. Being that the Association didn’t have regular meetings last year, we may be a bit slow out of the gate, but it is a great time to review and take inventory of where we are and where we are headed.
If you haven’t joined us in quite some time, please consider doing so. We have a great speaker lined up for the March meeting and many volunteer opportunities available; the newest being ‘greeters’ at the new Public Safety Building which is where we are now holding our Alumni Association meetings.
Speaking of volunteer opportunities, several members attended the Court Security Scenarios this week and it was amazing! Volunteering for these types of activities are extremely beneficial in assisting LEOs with vital training; not only does it assist the LEOs, but we as volunteers can learn a great deal about what our fine LEOs endure on a day-to-day basis. I would highly recommend volunteering for these types of opportunities as they are great fun and they truly assist, support, and strengthen the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office!
I look forward to serving the Alumni Association to the best of my abilities and to support and serve those who dedicate their lives to serving us!
Cathy Gieselman, President