Kansas Western Missouri
Our Chapter enjoyed an in-person Spring Retrainer in Manhattan, KS at the Bluemont Hotel near Kansas State University in April. We were able to enjoy excellent training, much-needed comradery, and words of wisdom from the retired two-time head football coach of the Kansas State Wildcats, Bill Snyder.
Our retrainer in Manhattan was a huge success by all measures! Attendance (100+) was off the charts, including six selectees for upcoming sessions and a few wives. The training was excellent, the food and venue were superior, and all went exceedingly well, except we did hear that the golfers found the course and especially the Kansas spring wind to be a real challenge. It was said that not a single golfer broke par during the tournament. The Midwest Dream Car Museum, the site of one of the evening’s social gatherings, was a surprise to nearly everyone with its amazing car collection!
For the first time in many years, sponsors and vendors were included in the spring conference. Kelli Bailiff, NA Session 200, Second Vice President and Vendor Coordinator, was able to raise nearly $9,000.00 to support the retrainer!!
The most senior member present was Bruce Mellor, NA Session 127. The newest members were Andrew Dean and David Hart, NA Session 279. Eleven were in sessions 199 and below; 26 were in sessions 260 and higher. Thanks to all for attending and helping to make it a success.
Also in attendance were Kevin Wingerson, NA Session 223, of Texas, the Immediate Past President of the FBINAA National Board, and Tom Dirlam, NA Session 225, who came from Michigan just because he could!
Many thanks are due to Riley County Police Department’s Dennis Butler, NA Session 223, Erin Freidline, NA Session 264, and Brad Jager, NA Session 277, for their efforts in making us welcome and for their help in making the event successful.
(Left to Right): Frank Papish-President Elect, Kevin Freeman-President, Coach Bill Snyder, Chief Tim Schwartzkopf, Kelli Bailiff-2nd Vice President, Steve Cox-Secretary/Treasurer, Shane Hoobler-Immediate Past President. (Not shown: Erik Holland-1st Vice President)
Congrats to Tim Schwartzkopf, NA Session 238, who was named the 2021 Kansas recipient of the Clarence M. Kelley Award for Meritorious Service. This prestigious award is given away to a member from Kansas and Missouri each year for their contributions to law enforcement. Chief Schwartzkopf retired in January 2021 from the Prairie Village, KS Police Department.
Ray Smee, NA Session 181, received his 25+ year membership pin and Ron Miller, NA Session 184, received his 25-year membership pin last week. Thanks for your many years of commitment to the chapter and the organization!
J.P. Thurlo, NA Session 246, was appointed as the Chief of Police in Fairway, KS in May 2021. He took over the helm after the retirement of Chief David Brown, NA Session 243. Congrats, J.P.!
Mike Keller, NA Session 222, will retire in September of this year from Andover Police Department. Congratulations, Mike! Be sure to stay active and involved with the chapter!!
Mike Hasty, NA Session 234, retires later this month from Gladstone, MO. Congratulations to you too, and we’ll add the same note to stay active and involved.
Our Chapter mourns the loss of Colonel Clarence E. ‘Mel’ Fisher, NA Session 92, on May 4, 2021, at the age of 86. Mel began his career with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1958 as part of the 18th recruit class. He was appointed Colonel in 1989 and served until his retirement in 1993 after 35 years of service. He went on to become the Assistant Director of Enforcement and then Executive Director of the Missouri Gaming Commission until 2000 after decades of service to the State of Missouri. He also served our country in the U.S. Army and obtained his degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia prior to his law enforcement career. He valued the friendships he built along the way and never forgot a name or face.
We also mourn the passing of Chief Robert C. Perkins, NA Session 81, on May 15, 2021, at the age of 92 who attended the Academy in 1968. He served with the McPherson, KS Police Department from 1950-1984 with 22 years as the Chief of Police. He served in the National Guard and U.S. Air Force prior to his law enforcement career. He was a member of numerous civic organizations, the Kansas Peace Officers Association, and the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.
Rest in peace to both of our brothers.