Sunday, April 19, 2009

Seguin Citizens Police Academy Alumni

My husband and I attended Seguin Citizen Police Academy classes several years ago (can't recall the exact date of our graduation; we lived in Elmwood at that time so it has been awhile).

This is a great program and after graduating from the academy, one has the option to join the Alumni Association [SCPAAA] - which offers the opportunity to volunteer in various areas to support the SPD within the community.

There should be another academy class within a few weeks, I think.

"The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a 'Reserve Police Officer' but to produce informed citizens. The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly setting and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge."

The Academy is a ten-eleven week program (three hours one evening a week) with various police instructors and law experts. Instruction consists of lectures, demonstrations, tours, and riding with a police officer. We learned about the S.W.A.T. team, the canine force, forensics, use of force, criminal law (if I remember correctly Judge Frank Follis spoke to us about this subject) and information about illegal drugs. We were informed about search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms safety, and students observe hands on training that the officers perform.

The program originated in Orlando, Florida in 1984. Orlando was the first city in the United States to start a Citizen’s Police Academy. Since that time, there are hundreds of cities who use the program and thousands of graduates. All classes are free.

The more information the public has about the police department, less fears and misconceptions will exist. This is a very worthwhile (and eye-opening) program.

Denim and Diamonds

Founded in 2004, the Seguin Education Foundation is a not-for-profit educational organization made up of business, community and educational leaders who work towards the SEF mission of generating and distributing resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in the Seguin Independent School District.

This year's fundraiser was "Denim and Diamonds" at the Seguin Fairgrounds. A 1 carat diamond ring (appraised at $9,750) was raffled off as well as a dual wine refrigerator fully stocked with wine. Various other items were auctioned and hopefully this fun event raised a lot of money for the Seguin Independent School District.

The Seguin high school
baseball and softball teams
were the servers.
The Nash Family Caterers provided the meal.

The Texas University State Jazz band played some great music!

Texas State Representative Edmund Kuempel was the auctioneer.
KWED announcer Darren Dunn was the emcee.

Flapjack Jamboree

Kiwanis Flapjack Jamboree!

Copied from The Seguin Daily News:
Seguin's most special breakfast returns this weekend. The Seguin Kiwanis Club will again be warming up the griddles for its annual Flapjack Jamboree. Kiwanian Henry Hill says there’s no need to fix breakfast at home Saturday morning. "The Kiwanians volunteer all their services to do all their cooking and putting together everything needed to (happen) to put this on and then, like I said, it's one of our largest fundraisers. We serve pancakes and sausage all morning at the Silver Center, and we start at 6 in the morning if you want to come for breakfast or if you're a late sleeper and want to come out for brunch. We'll still serve you sausage and pancakes, and if you're really a late, late sleeper, you can come at noon and we'll serve you sausages and pancakes for lunch," said Hill.
Hill says the morning breakfast is one of the group's largest fundraisers of the year. "We also have a silent auction at the same time. It's all against one of the walls and after you finish your pancakes and sausage, you can go over and bid on some things. We use the money to do a lot of good in this community. We give out scholarships to people who want to go to Texas Lutheran or other colleges. We support DARE and a lot of childrens' programs," said Hill.