Cleaning out my InBox and a Note about Bob Levinson . . .
This is my last Scoop message. Please know that I, along with our staff and officers, have made a concerted effort to communicate with you in meaningful ways: in person, through the Grapevine, in the Scoop, with targeted emails, with snail mail, and in personal notes. It has been our goal to be and stay connected.
Every week for the last two years, I have received letters, emails, and phone calls from our members. Over my term, I have easily received at least a thousand of them. The sheer volume of correspondence has been a blessing and a challenge, and I have tried to respond to every piece of correspondence that was more than a simple “Thank You.”
Cleaning out my InBox for the last time, here’s a snapshot of my last week as Society President:
- Speaking to a new Grapevine widow.
- Supporting a staff member dealing with a health crisis.
- Explaining the Society’s advocacy of Associate Member Rick Bell.
- Preparing a media response on the Bell matter.
- Recruiting an old friend to finally join the Society.
- Collaborating on a press release about our members of Asian ancestry.
- Supporting the family of an active Agent who died suddenly.
- Offering condolences to a father who lost a child.
- Arranging for an SAC to speak at a Chapter event.
- Giving advice on an OPM matter.
- Speaking at a memorial service for young retiree.
- Coordinating with a local Citizens Academy.
- Completing liaison with the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation.
- Working on the Reno Conference.
You get the picture. My InBox is empty. Except for one, very big item. It was in my InBox on my first day, and it remains there today.
When I became a national officer five years ago, it was with the chief objective to raise Society awareness about the case of our colleague Bob Levinson. At that time, Bob had been missing for three years, and most members did not even know who he was.
Our information campaign to Bring Bob Home remains a national priority of the Society. Today, Bob has been missing for more than eight years. Although our members may know who Bob is, we still have no answers, and we need to keep the pressure on. To Bob’s wife, Christine, and to Bob’s children: your friends in the Society are behind you. As long as it takes.
Best wishes to incoming President Larry Langberg! I know you will find the work meaningful and rewarding.