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Winter 2009 Executive Message

For the past year, I have had the opportunity to travel to various states to attend Sheriff’s and Chief’s associations.  I have discovered that without an enthusiastic leadership team and supportive membership, an association can become stagnant and is locked into a stale pattern.  In Utah, the Sheriff’s Association is held every year in St. George with a two day program.  It is so popular with training for every avenue of law enforcement; there were over six hundred officers and one-hundred vendors at their conference.  Agencies from Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada sent participants with guest speakers like Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, and of course me.  Needless to say, my session had a small group when I was scheduled in a breakout with Ed Smart at the same time.

The reason I bring this information to you is perhaps it is time to revive our annual conference.  I am making a strong effort to bring the tradition back and get officers involved again.  I received a note from a life member who questioned why the organization doesn’t highlight stories about our state agencies.  The answer is difficulty in getting members involved.  Therefore, we often go outside of our state to find worthy and educational articles to try and keep our magazine an informational tool for the law enforcement officers throughout our state.  If you have information you would like to share, please let me know so we can get it out to our membership through the magazine or our website.

Speaking of our website, we have changed hosting and our new web address is:

This new template allows me to immediately change or add information to keep members better informed.

IPOA recently co-hosted a Grant Writing Seminar with the Idaho Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Association in Boise.  For our first effort, there were nineteen students in attendance representing Utah, Indiana, Idaho and Oregon.  The two-day class was provided at no cost for the instructor but a small fee for the conference room at BSU.

As we approach the upcoming season, I would like to leave you with the following message from Apollo 8.  I encourage you to look to the night sky and be thankful for the creation that we have been provided.

Christmas Eve Aboard Apollo8 In Lunar Orbit

The first manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 8, launched on December 21 and entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That night, Christmas Eve, the astronauts, Commander Frank Borman, Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders did a live television program from the lunar orbit, where they showed photos of Earth and the moon as seen from their spacecraft. Jim Lovell said, “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth.” They closed the Christmas Eve broadcast by reading from the book of Genesis.

William Anders:

“For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you”.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.”

Jim Lovell:

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

Frank Borman:

“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called the Seas: and God saw that it was good.”

Borman then added, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”

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