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  Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2016
February 2016

I would like to take a few moments to extend my condolences to the officer’s families who lost loved ones, 10 since the beginning of this month.  One very disturbing loss occurred just yesterday in the city of Vallejo.  An off duty City of Richmond officer was killed in his own home by a family member after an apparent domestic dispute.  It just goes to show we can never, never let our guard down.  Their families and extended families are in our thoughts and prayers!


Your Conference Chair is busy putting together another great conference for the membership.  We will again be in Anaheim for 2016.  We are searching other venues as we have reached capacity at the Embassy Suites.  I would like to thank Jessica Haydis, Erica Perez and Stephanie Koch for their excellent service they have provided to us for the past several years.  They have provided a great venue, good food and entertainment for our conference and membership.


Your board has been hard at work looking for new venues that can accommodate our group, as it appears to be increasing yearly.  Having said that, we have signed a contract for the 2017 conference at the Peppermill in Reno, Nevada.  The venue there is large enough to accommodate CAHN as we grow and provide cost effective selections for conferences.  We will be looking to going back to alternating North/South so we may be able to serve all of our members.  The Peppermill offers less expensive rooms, free parking, and cheaper meeting space.  For the administrators out there; the conference room is located on the second floor, where the elevators to the rooms are.  Soooooo the attendees do not have to pass the casino floor to access the conference space.  I don’t see that as an issue as we have had Disneyland for the past several years and our members have attended class without any problems.  Several other associations are hosting their conference in Reno this year; CATO and CNOA to mention a few.  I think this will be a good experience and location for us for the near future as their costs appear to be more reasonable than what California offers.  Stay tuned for more info on the 2017 and 2018 conferences.  Mark your calendars for the 2017 conference dates as they are SEPTEMBER 16TH THROUGH THE 22ND of 2017, not the last full week of September.


I look forward to seeing everyone that can make Anaheim this year.


As always this is your association, please contact any board member with suggestions or input you may have.


Have a great rest of the year and watch your six!


Matt Thomas                   


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