I’d like to share the highlights of our April 28th board meeting:
We have a new membership management software Neon One that is almost in full swing. The thing to note is that it does ask for login information, and you will have your own account. This new software will also help us keep track of information better than our previous one. It’s meant to simplify the membership database as well as the administrative side. Sarah and Nicole are still learning all of the features and are excited about its capabilities. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please reach out, we want this to be an enjoyable experience for you.
Our Lifetime Legacy Memberships will now dedicate 100% of the amount to our current legacy account. It was also decided to raise the current cost of the Lifetime Legacy Membership from $1,500 to $1,875. Five percent of the yearly income will be used for operating expenses. The purpose is to be a Legacy Lifetime Member to fund our future legacy. We sincerely appreciate our current Lifetime Members and their continued dedication to donate to our events and fundraisers so that STPRA can continue its growth.
We have plans to start a weekly zoom call with legislative updates to keep you informed as to what is happening at the State Capitol during the Legislative Session. Stay tuned for the set days and times.
Here’s an overview of some of the things that I’ve been doing the past three months:
In early February I attended the National Sheriff’s Association’s winter conference in Washington, D.C., have been appointed to the Border Security Committee;
February 22 – Attended Sheriff’s Day at the Capitol and met with some of the South Texas Representatives and Senators;
Helped facilitate a “Community Project” grant for a Brooks County EMS/Fire Station/Dispatch Building with Brooks County officials and Congresswoman Monica De La Cruz;
March 3 – Participated in a Senatorial delegation led by John Cornyn and gave landowner input on the effects of the border situation;
March 15 – Was invited to participate in a listening session with committee members prior to the Homeland Security Committee Field Hearing in Pharr;
March 16 – Invited to attend an Operation Lone Star (OLS) Landowner meeting for a Criminal Trespass Initiative in Quemado with regional landowners, sheriffs, and prosecutors;
Worked to get a law enforcement participation for the April 15 Clay Shoot. Had Border Patrol from the Rio Grande City Station, Weslaco Station, and Falfurrias Station. Also had participants from the Goliad County Sheriff’s office and the State Guard;
April 16 – Attended the Texas and Southwestern Sheriff’s Associations bi yearly conference in McAllen;
Continue to actively work as a coalition member with the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Strike Team;
Will be meeting with John Grotrian, Texas DPS, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence & Counterterrorism Division, Border Security Operations Center to discuss possible collaboration on Drawbridge cameras.
Please let us know if there’s an issue that you need addressed!
Until next month,