Hello Kansas Fire Service. Here we are at another Holiday season. Luckily this year, it is a little easier to gather as a group, than last. As I write this article, Thanksgiving is coming up. Many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas in a different fashion or with family members missing. This past year has been a hard one for many in the fire service family with losses. It is our hope that you may find comfort in the fact that your loved ones or co-worker's life was one of being a servant for the public. Somewhere, someone is celebrating this Thanksgiving due to the work of your family member. Always remember that.
I would like to take just a few minutes to say a huge THANK YOU to our SW Trustee, Chris Komarek. Chris is stepping down from his position after spending the past four years with us. Chris stepped up to do his part to help make the Kansas fire service a better place. Chris has done that and more. His 40 years with Ellinwood Fire Department and his previous service with Ellinwood EMS and his many other ventures, have made the Barton County area a safer place. His last four years has spread that knowledge and experience throughout the state. The Executive Board cannot express our gratitude to Chris enough. Alex, we thank you for sharing Chris with us and allowing him to serve for these past years. Chris, remember to sleep with one eye open! The Executive Board will be reviewing what steps to take to address the vacant Trustee position in the near future. We will post any future information on the website.
Also, on the website you will find the details of how to renew your membership online. This year is the first full year we will have of online membership enrollment. If you have any questions on that, feel free to contact the webmaster or our Secretary for clarifications or help. Another item that is on the website is the upcoming regional school schedule. We have the 2022 schedule built and it is posted now. January, we will be in Bentley and February is in Kirwin.
You will also find the FRA Secretary Treasurer conference agenda posted when it is available. It will be held on January 15th in Salina at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center. Mailers will be out shortly on it as well as the posting on the website. We hope to see you there. This event is a great refresher for current FRA board members as well as lots of pointers for newly elected ones.
The final item I will leave you with is to ask all of you to consider participating at a higher level in this Association. In the next few years, there will be a couple of positions that will need to be filled. We sometimes need that movement to keep the ideas fresh in this organization. With the current vacancy in the SW Trustee and a possibility of others at this year’s conference, we need some interested folks. Please, reach out to one of the current board members to inquire about what is involved in serving in this Association. I look forward to hearing from you.
Stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2022.