President’s Desk

Don’t judge each day by the harvest
that you reap but by the seeds that you plant”.

  Robert Lewis Stevenson

Dear Sister & Brother Officers,

Our membership drive for 2018 is now underway.  Membership is open to all present and former C.O.s and S.C.O.s, active or retired. Join and be part of the fastest growing, most all-inclusive Court Officer organization in New York State. Dues for 2018 are $20. Members this year receive new member cards and other items. Please find your 2018 application on back of page 3 and kindly return to us by January 31, 2018. Sponsor a new member and have a chance to win 50 “Win for Life” scratch offs. Simply photocopy the application, have the prospective member fill out his/her info and insert your name on the “sponsored by” line and submit with payment.

 

2017 – Year in Review

2017 has been a very active year. Statewide membership surpassed 1,300. Our Twenty-Seventh Anniversary Dinner-Dance was a great success. Our “Belmont Day at the Races” was June 16. Our Eleventh Annual Golf Outing was held on September 20th and our Major Martin D’Amico – C.O. Susan Gerner Memorial outing on August 21th. Our Twelfth Annual Pistol Competition just took place in October. Our Fourteenth Annual Teddy Bear Drive will be underway shortly, and our Fifteenth Annual Holiday Raffle will enable us to continue our holiday tradition of giving.

 

2017 10-13 Updates & Memorial Updates

We are proud to have continued our sponsorship of the C.O. James Barbieri Softball Tournament which took place on September 15. Our memorial plaque dedication for Maj. Martin D’Amico took place on September 20, and our C.O. Susan Gerner memorial dedication will be announced shortly.

 

www.foco.org

Check out our website to see what we have been doing, to download various forms and information, to contact Executive Board members, and to view present and past events.

 

Our Objectives

Our objectives remain as in the beginning; to promote fraternal spirit among our members, to champion the causes that will benefit members and all New York State Court Officers, and to be there for members in times of need (10-13s).

 

Our Tradition of Holiday Giving

The money raised by our holiday raffle also enables us to help less fortunate children and families in New York State. We proudly sponsor the following organizations:

  • The Little Flower Home
  • Pat Cairo Foundation
  • Mary Brennan Interfaith Soup Kitchen
  • Blythedale Children’s Hospital

We are proud to say that since our first underprivileged children’s party, we have raised over $100,000 for charitable causes (excluding 10-13s). Special thanks go to C.O. Mike Riveiro for running our candy desk, as well as to everyone making our Holiday Raffle successful.

 

Our All-Star Team

✮ Dennis Lemke
We are proud to have Dennis Lemke as our attorney. Those of you who have seen him in court know that Dennis is one of the best. He’s always been there for our members. Dennis is on call 24 hours for you and yours @ (516) 294-9200.

 

2017 All-Star Running Backs (Members who’ve helped our projects succeed)
C.O. Janet Garaguso, Sgt. Dominic Napolitano, C.O. Craig Flynn, C.O. Tom Bohan, C.O. Jeanette Reichle C.O. Kim Manz-Smith, Sgt. Tom Jones, C.O. Christina Gordon, S.C.O. Nancy Puglise, S.C.O. Debby Verity, C.O. Cliff Weiss, S.C.O. Tom Murphy, Ret. Sgt. Frank Barry, Sgt. Brian Young, Capt. Denise Zeitler, C.O. Christine Pamulo, Sgt. Jessica Hernandez, C.O. Mike Riveiro, C.O. Kim Coughlin, Ret. Lt. Ed Jakubek. C.O. Tony Beneri

 

Our Membership

The ability of our membership to respond quickly and generously to officers in need has enhanced our reputation throughout New York State and has established a model for other organizations to follow. We take great pride in our members and all the good they have accomplished throughout our history.  With our membership as our greatest resource, there are no obstacles that we can’t overcome.

 

Eyes and Ears

Our membership is our eyes and ears, let us know what’s going on in your command, especially if someone needs a get well or condolence card sent to them. Contact Frank Barry, *protected email*.

 

Going Forward

The success of our projects throughout the year depends on the involvement of our members.  Please volunteer or ask about how you can get involved.                                                                 

 

In Remembrance

As always, we strive to hold our heads high in honor of our Brothers who gave their lives so that others may live.  Let our actions honor the memory of Sgt. Mitch Wallace, Sgt. Tommy Jurgens, Lieutenant Teddy Leoutsakos and Captain Harry Thompson.

 

Yours Fraternally,
Joseph Cannella

 

P.S. Our Twenty-Eight Annual Dinner-Dance will be held on April 20, 2018 at our new venue, the North Ritz in Syosset, New York.

 

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