NEED A BAGPIPER OR THE HONOR GUARD? Member Craig Hasting wanted to remind our group that bagpipers from the Greater Milwaukee Fire & Police Pipes and Drum Unit are available for weddings and funerals of police, fire and military personnel. As for MPD’s Honor Guard, it is available for funerals of retired police personnel. Should the need arise to request a bagpiper, the Honor Guard or both, contact an MRPA board member who will put you in touch with Craig and the commander of the MPD Honor Guard.
Support Your MRPA members. A number of board members have taken computer problems to MRPA member Tom Canzoneri at Milwaukee PC at 4160 S 108th St, Greenfield, WI 53228 and been very satisfied with the service and price. If you choose to go there be sure to tell him you are an MRPA member.
If we asked if there were any “philatelists” in our ranks you might just bypass this article but member Gary Meyer hopes that you won’t! Gary is the current president of the Milwaukee Philatelic Society which has about 80 members and holds its monthly meetings at the Wauwatosa Library. If you are a stamp collector or you used to be and still have an interest in it you are invited to join or encourage any of your stamp-hoarding friends to join. Dues are only $10 for the first two years. If interested, visit the Society’s website at milwaukeephilatelic.org and leave a message for Gary and he’ll get back to you. If you are not interested in joining but have an old collection stored somewhere and don’t know what to do with it, contact Gary and he can give you some advice or will gladly accept it as a donation for the Society’s Youth or Outreach program.
International Police Association United States Section – by Jim Sanfillippo
I am a long time member of the International Police Association and have made many friends throughout the world. I know that several of our members (Emerald Society, MRPA, and the Pipe Band) are also members. I believe this to be a great way to make contact and network not only here in the US but across the world. Click on the link below to get more information about the International Police Association.
The Milwaukee Retired Association- (MRA)-
by Wray Young
This organization incorporated in 1960, is comprised of over 2,000 members of retired workers, any retiree who worked in any capacity for the City of Milwaukee. It’s principal goals now are to work with the City in order to improve and safeguard our health and pension benefits. They have even set up a pension defense fund, now at over $75,000. in case our pension, our “lifeblood”, is threatened in anyway. This has been occurring in numerous cities all over the country, with retiree’s health benefits and pensions being cut due to poor city fiscal management. It is in all of our best interest to join this organization as there is strength in numbers. The MRA is no longer affiliated with AFSCME in any way, but is currently working to form an affiliation with the Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO. I have been a member since I retired in 2000 and have found it to be an excellent & very well run organization working hard for us retirees, and highly encourage all Milwaukee retirees to join.
To obtain more information use the below link to go to the Milwaukee Retired Association website
Milwaukee Police Post 415 of the American Legion
Fellow MRPA members: I invite all retired Milwaukee Police Department employees, who are also military veterans, to join Milwaukee Police Post 415 of the American Legion during the commemoration of our 75th year of service. Since 1939, Police Post 415 has been one of the very few American Legion Posts nationwide made up of only employees from one police department. The American Legion is the nation’s largest veteran service organization and the Milwaukee Police Post has won state and national awards for our service on the local level and has been active in leadership at the District and State levels. Even if your schedule does not allow you to be actively involved, your membership adds to the organization’s power, clout and ability to help our disabled vets. This space does not allow for all of the positive points of the Post to be presented so please give me a call for more information and THANKS for your service to our country and our city! Kendel D. Feilen, Past Commander, 262-536-4494