Friday, September 27, 2013

Amazing

The 51st Annual IAWP Training Conference has ended.  Delegates from all over Africa and the world are heading off on journeys around Africa, back to work and back home.  The conference theme was to empower women in law enforcement globally.  The conference committee selected speakers on topics that addressed worldwide concerns and inspired all attending.

The most quoted pharse was "If you educate a women, you educate a country"

So key this is.  Women helping other women to achieve their full potential creates a stronger world filled with empowered people who choose to reach back and give back to the environment they have come from.  Once knowledge is acquired it should be applied.  It should be taken back and shared so that it can help many and improve lives.

An empowered women nurtures her environment.  A women raises up other women, men and children.  The influence of a women is truly countless.  Think about it.  How many people are in your circle of influence ?

Your neighbor
Your co-worker
the person on the bus, plane,
in the supermarket line
at the bank ....

The list can go on and on not to mention you family.  You are a daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, neice, mom....  
You are so many things in relationship with so many people.  Please use the knowledge you have acquired to bless the people God has placed in your life.

Do this and you will continue to be re-filled as you pour out.

Safe travels.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Opening Ceremony 2013

Global Empowerment of Women in Policing

The 51st Annual IAWP Conference began today with over 1300 delegates.  The delegates marched in formation from a local park to the city hall where we participated in Opening Ceremonies.  I had the pleasure of welcoming the delegates with an opening prayer and memorial ceremony in honor of the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We also prayed for former President and Father of South Africa Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Mandela has been ill. It is such an honor to be in his home land.  Mandela's leadership is well recognized around the world.

This is the first International Conference to be held on the African continent.  Earlier this year Region 18 Coordinator Patience Qaye held a Regional IAWP Conference in Ghana.

Uniformed officers from all the nations present posed for photos together exchanging names and contact details.  Today was just the beginning of a week designed to connect law enforcement women all over the globe.

In the evening we enjoyed a beach party at Ushaka Marine a beautiful aquarium.

Tomorrow training sessions begin.

Details of the conference can be found at www.iawp.org .  IAWP can be found on twitter and I can be found on Facebook under Chaplain Dow or on twitter @Chaplain Dow.

Tweets and FB post will becoming all week long.

Stay Tuned and Stay Safe.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

South Africa

I have arrived safely, my luggage still hasn't.

Smiling BIG though.

Too many positives to even glance at the negatives.

I have arrived safely.
I was greeted by smiling friendly South African police officers that got me safely to my hotel, allowed me time to check-in and refresh and then took me to the mall to buy some clothes (as I have been in this outfit for two days and I did not pack a change of clothing in my carry-on). For future travel I will start packing at least two days worth of outfits in my carry on.  I can safely say in all my years of traveling around the world this is the first time (as far as I can remember) that my luggage did not at least join me at my destination within 24 hours of my arrival.

I have past the 24 hour arrival mark.  I am praying my airline will soon rectify my missing luggage issue.

Until then, I am off to the lobby to greet friends and delegates as they arrive at the hotel.

Safe travels to those still on their way. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Africa, Africa

I am so excited to be enroute to Durban, South Africa for the 51st Annual International Association of Women Police Conference.  Over 1,000 women and men from the international law enforcement arena will be in Durban for five days of networking and training.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) have promised an amazing conference and if my first trip to South Africa hosted by SAPS is an example I cannot wait to see the great hospitality our South African colleagues have prepared for us.

The conference experience begins from the moment you register, to your trip to the airport, to your plan flight and the people you meet along the way.

I started my journey on 16 September boarding an afternoon plane to San Francisco from Las Vegas.  This four leg journey began great.  I was driven to the airport by one of my best friends and accompanied by a new friend who both sent me out with blessings.  The blessings appeared right away in that I was upgraded to First Class and was able to meet me first new friend of the journey my seat mate,

Look out upcoming seat mates.  The Chaplain is next to you.  Let's talk.....

More reports from the journey to come.

Safe travels to all who are on their way to the conference.  See you in Durban.

Stay Safe.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Last Weekend of Summer

Happy Labor Day weekend

In the United States Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season and Labor Day closes out the summer.

I hope everyone has had a fun and safe summer.  I hope you had the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. I hope you had the opportunity to travel, have summer adventures, go hiking,  horseback  riding, swimming and all the fun options we have in the warm summer months.

Knowing this is an international association I know some of us are not celebrating the summer season we are celebrating the fall.  With that I hope this fall season has been a pleasant one for you and your family and friends.

We are fast approaching the annual International Association of Women Police conference. 

This year we will be going to Durban, South Africa. Friendly faces, beautiful scenery, and  luscious beaches await us when we arrive.

The conference committee has put together a fabulous program of training and cultural entertainment that promises to be fun, fun, fun.

I eagerly anticipating the conference activities seeing old friends and meeting new.

If you have not planned your trip to join us in Durban in September you still have time.

Space is still available and you are definitely welcome.

Check out www.iawp.org for more information.

I pray you have a safe and Healthy September and look forward to seeing you in Durban.

Stay Safe

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Happy Summer Everyone


 
 
In most places around the world summer break is upon us. The kids are out of school so we, our friends and colleagues are planning holiday escapes.  Whether you're heading to the pool, to the beach, to the mountains, camping, hiking whatever your summer escape is Be Safe and enjoy the moment.

Leave work and worries behind and be present with yourself and with the people you are traveling your summer adventure with.

Take long walks, play board games or card games, talk about life and things that interest you and your companion.

Enjoy the now.

Be at peace with the proximity.  Let work and worries take care of themselves for you gain nothing and lose valuable quality time focusing on the projects or task you've left to come on vacation.

If you stay present on this year’s holiday adventure I promise you it will be one of the most memorable experiences you've had on a while.

Have a safe summer.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

IAWP Early Board Meeting in T & T

Many members of the IAWP board of directors are heading to Region 17.

Trinidad and Tobago will host it first Regional Conference starting 22nd and 23rd April 2013.

The IAWP Board of Director's meeting is being held in conjunction with the conference. The BOD will meet 20 and 21 April 2013.

I pray traveling mercy to everyone enroute to the Early Board Meeting and the conference.

Please Check my blog for daily updates.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter and Passover

During this Holy season I have been really blessed to meet many new and current IAWP members as I have traveled through Europe after the March 18- 20, 2013 Region 13 Conference held in Lower-Saxony (Hannover) Germany.

I sepnt a few days in Hannover visiting local sites and getting to know local police members.  I will dedicate an entire blog to that visit.  I followed up with a trip to Munich where I visted many local sights to include churches.  The impact of religious observance in Germany is fascinating.  Protestants and Catholics are the dominant religions observed.

Exploring their houses of worship was educational.

This past week leading up to today is refered to as Passion Week.  It is the week used to symbolize the last days of Jesus Christ on this earth.  Palm Sunday begins his ministry with a welcoming procession. Each following day of the week has significance with Good Friday actually be a celebrated holiday (day off) in Ireland.  No alcohol can be bought or sold on this day.  It is taken as seriously as Chritsmas.

The practice on Good Friday is to walk the stations of the cross which are generally posted (or depicted) in local churches.  The stations (or sometimes called the way of the cross) cover Jesus Christ path from being condemned to death to his burial.

Easter Sunday (also called Resurrection Day) is in honor of the belief Christ rose from the dead and the the grave could not keep him from changing lives even until this day.

Millions celebrate Easter worldwide.

I pray however you celebrate that you are spending it with family and friends enjoying fellowship and fun.

I will be visiting two different churches in London.  I enjoy discovering diversity in forms and ways of worship when I travel.

Stay safe.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

International Women's Day


Happy International Women's Day

It was my honor to work with my friend Charmaine Lee in coordinating the Las Vegas portion of International Women's Day.  We held the "Courageous Women Clothing Drive" in the Las Vegas/Henderson area.  The drive was to benefit local Domestic Violence (DV) Shelters.  These shelters take in women and children (and special ones house male victims of DV) that seek refugee from violent and abusive homes.

People displaced by DV often leave without anything simply the clothes on their backs.  We collected clothing, underwear and socks for women, men and children along with toiletries (toothpaste, deorderant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion,etc)

The drive was held at four locations throughout Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was our contribution to aiding in Empowering women as part of International Women's Day.  Hundreds of pounds of items were collected and donated to local shelters.

The community support and involvement was tremendous. The drive helped to increase awareness about Domestic Violence and the fact that "there is help" in the way of shelters and counseling to help victims of DV become whole and to become strong victors over their situations.

Three DV survivors told their story during our official kick off ceremony which took place at Adapt Insurance (one of the host locations).  Charmaine Lee, Tish Mezell, and Richelle Shelter shared their unique stories of violence and abuse then shared their escape to wholeness stories.  It is so important that victim hear from people who have successfully and safely gotten out of potentially life threatening situations.

It was humbling to be a part of this International Women's Day event.  I pray many lives will be affected by the knowledge shared as part of this educational event.  A video of the presentation by the speakers will soon be available.  If you are interested in viewing it please let me know.

Have a great weekend.  Stay Safe.

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Friday, March 01, 2013

We honor you

On this first day of March please join me in remembering those who have passed away in February 2013.

On February 2, 2013 Police Officer Patricia “Patty” Parete of the Buffalo, Police Department passed away as a result of a violent line of duty attack.

On February 3, 2013 Margaret “Marge” Matrisciano passed away.  She was a Life member of IAWP and a retired Morris County, New Jersey Sergeant.

On February 12, 2013 Police Constable Phillippa Reynolds of the Police Service of Northern Ireland passed away after a violent suspect rammed her police vehicle.  Two other colleagues were injured and are recovering.

On February 16, 2013 Shaunda Bond of the Chicago Police Department passed away after a single vehicle off-duty accident just two days before boarding the plane to a dream vacation.  Shaunda is survived by many family members to include two sisters in Law Enforcement; Officer Wendy Bond of Chicago PD and Sherry Bond of Cook County (Illinois) Sheriff’s Department.

On February 26, 2013 two lives were violently taken in the Line of Duty. Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler fought until the end with a man set against being arrested. These two warriors are Too Soon Gone.

Sergeant Baker and Detective Butler are the 11th and 12th officers to loss their lives in the Line of Duty in the month of February. (The 16th and 17th Line of Duty Deaths for 2013 in the United States)

The month of February ended with eighteen U.S. officers losing their lives.   

Please pray for the friends, family and colleagues of all the officers worldwide who have had their lives cut short in public service and due to accident or illness.  
A weekly law enforcement prayer is held to pray for the safety of officers worldwide.
I am available at Chaplaindow@yahoo.com. Prayer request can be sent to me and they will remain confidential.  I will only share information shared with me at your request.  I will pray with you and for you for any concerns you have.

Please Stay Safe,
Stay Alert,

Go Home to your loved ones every night;
These things I pray for you.

(More information about the passings of these officers can be located in the Member’s area on the www.iawp.org section under Chaplain’s Corner.)

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Seven Days Into the New Year

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending"
Maria Robinson

Happy Tuesday!

We are one week into 2013 and I am curious how many people wrote down new goals of things they want to accomplish in 2013.

January is a great month to set goals and to start on a new path to accomplish them.

It is said it takes 21 days to establish a habit.  Once a habit is establish it becomes ingrained and automatic and if it a positive one it can help you achieve your goals for 2013 (and for life).

So let's say your goal for 2013 is to eat a healthy diet.

Each day either at the beginning or the end of the day you would write "Today I am going to eat healthy." or "today I made healthy food choices".  It may entail you actually writing out what you propose to eat or what you ate.

I ate a banana and yogurt for breakfast with coffee.  I had a salad and fish for lunch.  I had an orange for a snack.  I had chicken and brocolli for dinner with strawberries as dessert.  (this is an actual healthy eating day for me except the fish for lunch I usually double up on grilled or baked chicken).

If I eat something outside of these basic healthy choices I do not just decide to stop eating healthy.  I write it down.  I accept I am human and prepare myself to do better the next day.  Healthy choices as opposed to perfection will aid me in accomplishing my year end goal.  Persistence is important.  Do not give up.  Do not get discouraged.

I share this with you because I want to let you know it's never too late to start or re-start working towards your 2013 (or life ) goals.

So join me.  Feel free to share your 2013 journey with me via email ChaplainDow@yahoo.com or via Facebook at Chaplain Dow.  Let's walk this success journey together.

Stay Safe

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Put Good things in a jar

One of my friends forwarded a very cool challenge to me.  She challenged me to get an empty jar and from the beginning of the year begin to fill it with good things that happened throughout the year.  Each night sit down and reflect on your day.  Think of one good thing that happened that day. 

If you arrived safely to work while driving in the rain or in a traffic jam.  Write it down.  Put it on a small piece of paper.  It could be something like "I walked (for exercise) every day for a week." and write the week. " I spent time with my friend ______ ."  "I made healthy food choices all day today."  "I had a good day at the beach", "I enjoyed fishing today" .

These are all triumphs.  When you fulfill things you have challenges yourself to do to make your life better, healthier and hopefully longer you should remember and recognize it.

These notes will act as reminders at the end of the year of all the good things that happened during the year.

Enjoy this challenge.  It will definitely have you "Focusing On The Good"

Stay Safe.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy Birthday 2013

Welcome to 2013

Today we begin the next year of our life. January 1, 2013 birthed a new year.  We often see an iconic baby dressed in a diaper bearing the numbers of the new year to come.  Well guess what?  It's here !

The calendar says all clear, mark me up, plan your year.

The first day of the year beginning on a Tuesday is cool because of all the days of creation listed in the Bible this is the only day that is twice called "Good". ( I am aware not everyone has read and/or believe everything in the Bible yet this is one of the many books I read in Ministry School )

So what better day to begin on than a day that was twice declared " Good".

I hope everyone had a safe New Year's Eve celebration and was able to spend some of the day with family, friends and colleagues (for those working the celebratory events and patroling the streets).

On this New Day in this New Year which has been declared "Good"  I pray you will have a very fruitful year blessed with many enlightening encounters that enhance your life and the lives of those you influence.

I would like to encourage you to reflect on last year and decide how you are going to live life (differently or the same) this year.  Look at what worked for you and look at what did not.

Decide how you want your life to look in 2013.  Where would you like to see yourself in December 2013?  How are you going to get there?  What do you need to put into place to get there? Then come back to my blog over the next few days as we map out a plan to accomplish our goals in 2013.

Have a great New Year's Day!

Stay Safe