Tuesday, December 02, 2014

#GivingTuesday

Let the "Thanks" Giving continue

Holiday Greetings Everyone,

This is the season encompassing many holidays and the approach of a new year.  In the US we have just had a very interesting week holidaywise.  The beginning of the week lead up to our Thursday  Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time traditionally when family and friends gather together and regardless of their faith or belief system the focus is on what they are thankful for.

The activities may be different; things like a prayer of thanksgiving around the table where each person at the table shares what they are thankful for to a tree formed by cutting construction paper where each attendee writes on a pre-cut leaf what they are thankful for and adds it to the tree.

How ever it is celebrated the key is to be thankful and to acknowledge that fact.

What are you thankful for ?  Please take a few minutes and think about it and then write it down.  Meditate on it.  When we know what we have and truly appreciate that blessing we fuel happiness and peace within our spirit.

On this #GivingTuesday I encourage you to keep up the Giving of "Thanks" spirit by emailing a picture, card or heartfelt greeting to someone you are thankful for and tell them why you appreciate them.  The act of sharing a kind word with someone who has made a difference in your life is priceless.  Even if you have already told them how you feel two days ago, this year on their birthday or last Christmas, tell them again.

#GivingTuesday also encourages people to donate to causes that are close to their heart.  So if you were planning to give a donation today is an excellent day.  Remember the IAWPF as you are making donations, help share the gift of education with our international colleagues.  Get more info on our Home page.

We all know it warms our heart to know someone sincerely appreciates us, not just on special occasions but always.

People and the relationship you have with them are priceless.  Much more valuable than anything (item) you can accumulate during this heightened shopping season.

Send your thanks.  Share your love and appreciation with the people in your life.

Trust me it will be very encouraging for them and you too.  Find some way to give thanks.

Bosses, coworkers and neighbors who have helped you throughout the year are great candidates for this Continued Thanksgiving season.

Stay Safe and Enjoy the holiday season.

Tamia
IAWP Chaplain
www.iawp.org

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tis The Season

Tis the season to be Thankful

This week in the US many are preparing for Thursday.  It's often called Turkey Day because this is the most popular food item to be included in this holiday's food choices.  It's Thanksgiving.

Time together with family, extended family, neighbors and friends is eagerly anticipated.  People travel long distances to return home to be with loved ones.

Recognizing our blessings and giving thanks for them is a cherished activity.  Whether you choose to do it by phone, text, email, card or in person take the time this week to tell those you love why you are thankful for them.  Tell them how much they mean to you and how much their presence in your life makes a difference.

Pictured here I show an Honor ceremony the ladies from my church prepared for me.  I read the cards of encouragement and appreciation daily.

Honor the people you have in your life.  In this season of Giving Thanks  words of sincere appreciation go a long way.

I pray you have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving week.  To our colleagues around the world, Thank you for all you do to keep your communities safe. We pray for continued protection over you.

Happy (American) Thanksgiving !
Happy Belated (Canadian) Thanksgiving !

Blessings,

Tamia
IAWP Chaplain

Friday, September 19, 2014

Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness I announce that Travis County Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis lost her life in the Line Of Duty.  Please pray for her family, friends and colleagues as they prepare to honor her life and lay her to rest.

We will be honoring her and all law enforcement officers who have had their lives taken In The Line Of Duty next week at our annual conference in Winnepeg, Canada.

Stay Safe,


http://www.odmp.org/officer/22194-senior-deputy-jessica-hollis


http://m.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/Search-to-resume-for-Texas-deputy-missing-in-flood-5766116.php

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 nationally recognized call for help

Happy Patriot's Day! 
Never Forget all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Pray for the families left behind. Pray for all our first responders. Pray for a day of Peace for our nation. 
Have a safe day.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

More law enforcement officers lose their lives by their own hands than by criminal assailants.

Who rescues the Rescuers as the darkness of incidents one can't unsee closes in ?

This is a reality in law enforcement.  I know of over ten in my career.

Officers bring the message of "there is hope and so much more to live for " to citizens we encounter during our shifts attempting suicide yet embarrassment and fear of stigma sometime prevent a first responder for reaching out and seeking help.

Please keep our first responders in prayer.

I pray, Lord protect their hearts, minds and souls as they do their duty give them sound minds with a daily cleansing and renewing that only your can impart.  We lift each and everyone up to you believing you will guide them Safely Through.  Thank you, Lord. Amen.

If you or someone one you know needs help please contact :

www.safecallnow.org

www.thepainbehindthebadge.com


Or your police employ assistance program.

Suicide is a permanent solution to a (often) temporary problem that leaves trauma for your loved ones when you make that choice.  Choose help.

#RescueMe
#Suicide
#Police

You are not alone.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

No One need be alone

It is just a few weeks until our Annual Training Conference which is being held in Winnepeg, Canada.  I hope you and your family are doing well.

As your Chaplain, I am checking in to see how you are doing and to let you know about a few services available to IAWP members.

As a sisterhood we walk this journey of life together with all it's ups and downs.  We want to share in Celebrations and times of need. Tell us of your promotions, weddings, births, children heading to college, retirement also your illnesses or family member illnesses or their passings.  Let us join you.

I can be reached atChaplainDow@yahoo.com.  I can arrange times for us to communicate internationally (we are in different time zones around the globe ). Communication between us will remain confidential unless you request I share your situation.

No woman is an island nor should any of us try to be.  This network is in place to support and help each other.  When you joined IAWP you joined a sisterhood.

Here is the link to the Chaplain Cornerand to our Memorial Section.  All known bereavements are entered into this area.

As I prepare for this year's memorial ceremony, please let me know of any additional law enforcement officers who you know of that lost their lives in the Line of Duty.

Also let me know of officers or IAWP members who have passed away and you do not see listed.  Because our organization encompasses the planet I do not always get all the news of deaths.

I truly appreciate your help.  I am looking to form a Chaplain's Committee to include advisors to represent our diversity of beliefs.
If you are interested in being a part of this committee please contact me.

This organization is a major blessing.  Participate and share your accomplishments, dreams, goals and concerns.  You never know who you could inspire, who could share your dreams and how your story could help change our world.

There is more good than bad in our world, continue being The Good.

Stay Safe.

Blessings,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
Twitter @ChaplainDow
Facebook -Chaplain Dow
Email - ChaplainDow@yahoo.com 




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Passing of Mr. Roland Duncan

It is with sadness and a heavy heart I announce the passing of Mr. Roland Duncan on August 22, 2014.

Mr. Duncan was an IAWP member and the husband of the late Ann Duncan (long time Region Coordinator).

Roland was a smiling face that greeted all the ladies with a hug at many IAWP conferences throughout the years.  He was a very kind, loving and generous man who has remained a part of IAWP activities (including last years Trinidad & Tobago Regional Conference).

Cards and letters of condolences can be sent to:

Anndeloris/Roland Duncan
#20 Bermudez Street
Siparia, Trinidad & Tobago

Anndeloris is Roland's Niece which many of you met at the awards ceremony at last year's Regional Conference in T&T.

His family and friends are making their way to Trinidad now and will enjoy the memories and wishes you can share with them.

Memorial services will be held at 1000 hours:

Saturday August 30, 2014
At LaDivina Pastora
Roman Catholic Church
La Pastora Street
Siparia, Trinidad & Tobago

Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help Roland's friends and loved ones say goodbye to him.

Stay Safe,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
ChaplainDow@yahoo.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30 the United Nations designated as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Day Against Trafficking in Person

July 30 the United Nations designated as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Good Bye May

The month of May is drawing to a close.  Graduation season, summer vacation and adventure are ahead for many people yet I want to take a minute and say good bye to May 2014.


In the US this month is filled with celebrations.  One of which for me is my birthday so I make the entire month of May a time to Celebrate.  I love to celebrate with friends and people I meet in life. May 1st marked May Day.  May 5th was Cinco de Mayo (a day celebrated big in my area of the US which has a large Mexican influence.  May 11th was Mother's Day a day I was thankful to God to be able to celebrate with my mom. May 14th was my birthday which I also celebrated with my mom and friends.  I love to spoil my mom and on my birthday it a perfect day to celebrate her because she gave me life.  Thank you Mom.  On May 24 I attend my friend Amanda's wedding and was able to celebrate and meet her family and make new friends in Omaha, Nebraska.  I had never visited there so it was a fun adventure. May 26th we celebrated Memorial Day and as a US Army veteran I always take the day to celebrate our fallen military men and women who chose to served this country and ultimately gave their lives to protect our freedom.  Thank you for your service.  When next you see a service member take a moment to smile and shake their hand and tell them "Thank you for your service " 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Preparing for the conference

This is a whole new experience for me.  I am preparing for a conference;

That I can drive less than an hour to. 
That is occurring in the city I call home
That will be located on the very streets and avenues I patrolled for 23 years of my life.

Vegas Baby
Vegas

I have been a member of the IAWP since 1996 and have not missed a conference.  Every year I packed my bags and headed to an exciting new location to meet up with my international friends and receive excellent police training.  This year many are coming my way :)

So it is my honor and a true pleasure to share some insider tips.

Vegas can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of your interest or your budget.

There are many strip show, attraction and activities to be explored by all ages.

So what is available for FREE ?

Visit the Bellagio.  There you can watch the beautifully choreographed outdoor water show at the fountains and enter inside the casino to see one of the best decorated hotel lobby in Las Vegas which leads you to the lovely design of the Bellagio"s seasonally themed flower display.

The "Las Vegas" Sign (described in an earlier blog post)

The Fremont Street Experience - located in downtown Las Vegas and featuring street performers, many interesting sights and a free over head themed show shown hourly under the canopy.

Just three today and more to come.  As you can see from my photo of the many guides offering suggestions on what to do the possibilities are endless.

If you have any specific questions about activities in Las Vegas feel free to post them here or email me ChaplainDow@yahoo.com

Stay Safe.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Vegas Lights

The Lights of the Night life 

Vegas is a city of lights.  

Our conference will be in Vegas at a perfect time.  The evenings are lit by the lights of the strip beaconing visitors to "Come See".  Our pleasant evening temperatures make walks along the strip inviting.

Your eyes will be exposed to mobile billboards, casino welcome boards, every shade of color you can imagine and a wide array of strip sidewalk performers.

Your fellow tourist may also be an interesting site.  People still believe "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. " and sometimes behave and or dress unconventionally.

Having patrolled the streets of Las Vegas for 23 years I can assure you what happens in Vegas can affect people all around the world.  
And the sights I have seen good and bad could fill several books. 

Be careful and wise as you enjoy all that Vegas has to offer. 

While on your Vegas adventure you could find yourself in Egypt (at the Luxor), Paris (at the Paris) , Rome (at Ceasar's Palace), Venice (at the Venetian) even New York City (at the New York, New York). 

You can be as busy as you want with the options available ; sight seeing, shopping, dining, watching casino shows and free entertainment.

Tomorrow I will share tips about the free shows around Vegas.

Stay Safe. 

www.iawp.us (IAWP Region 9 and 10 Training Conference ) 



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sunny and warm at the Top Of The World 

Las Vegas is sunny and warm this time of year enjoying nice windy days that make it perfect for exploring all our sights.

Located in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, The Stratosphere tower is my featured attraction today.

The Stratosphere offers a breathtaking  panoramic view of the Vegas Valley.

It's a destination in and of itself.  It stands over 113 floors above the Vegas Valley towering  1,149 feet into the sky and it is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States.  An elevator ride to the top is achieved in less than a minute. 

It also has the world’s highest thrill rides and the tallest controlled free fall in the world called "SkyJump Las Vegas".   

Relax and enjoy a beverage while viewing the strip from The Top of the World, a restaurant that rotates 360 degrees as you dine. 

 This is one of my favorite places to take friends when they visit Vegas. 

You will find great money saving offers from the Stratosphere in your delegate bag when you join us for our conference here in Las Vegas. 

See you soon.

Stay Safe 

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Conference in Paradise

Surviving and thriving : training in Paradise 

Very soon ( March 24 and 25, 2014) we will be welcoming delegates to Las Vegas, Nevada for our first regional conference located in Nevada.

This conference is a joint venture with Region  9 and Region 10 and myself the IAWP Chaplain.

We are very excited at the lineup of speakers and the activities that surround our conference.

There's so much to see and so much to do in Las Vegas.

In the next few days I will show you many fun things to do after  your conference day here in the valley.  

The first and most popular thing to do when people visit Las Vegas is to go to the famous "Las Vegas" sign. The "Las Vegas"  sign is internationally recognized. The "Las Vegas" sign is located in paradise. That's right I said paradise. Las Vegas is located in paradise. 

At the time you are standing in front of the "Las Vegas" sign you are in an area of Las Vegas called Paradise. If you were to put yourself out there on your Facebook page your location will show you are in "Paradise".

I look forward to welcoming you to paradise when you come to enjoy our conference.

There's still time to sign up for the conference.  The featured speakers are the best in the business.

www.iawp.us

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

Stay safe.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day

Events are being held around the world to recognize the accomplishments of women and the challenges they've overcome.

I am very excited to be two weeks away from welcoming the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the International Association of Women Police to Las Vegas.

The BOD meeting will be followed by a regional conference where it's my honor to be a part of the planning committee and a speaker presenting on human trafficking. 

Human trafficking (HT) is modern-day slavery. It is shocking that slavery still exists worldwide. It is very important to increase the awareness of the types and the activities that are involved in human trafficking.


If you are unable to be at the full conference, plan to attend the first day where a 4 hour HT segment will start off our instruction day. 

The session will help you recognize the Best Practices to deal with the many issues encompassed in Human Trafficking.

I am hoping to see you in Vegas March 24 and 25, 2014. 

Make the most of this International Day dedicated to "The Woman".  

Stay Safe. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Surviving and Thriving in Law Enforcement

I am very excited because we will soon be welcoming many International police delegates to Fabulous Las Vegas.  The word Las Vegas means the meadows in Spanish.  Vegas is an oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by mountains. 

We can image how the Vegas Valley appeared to weary western travelers.  I imagine it appeared as a Mirage in the middle of the untamed mountains and dust.  A respite from the dry heat of the desert.  A perfect place to set up a town. 

Out of that need Vegas was born and welcomes millions of visitors every year.

Over the next few post I will take you around my town.  Vegas has a reputation. There is a lot of light here and that sometimes shields dark secrets.

Our upcoming IAWP Regional Conference will shed some light on the darkness.  One of our sessions will deal with the often believed acceptable Sex Industry. 

Prostitution isn't legal in Las Vegas contrary to popular belief.

Our conference addresses one of the elements that often come into play in this trade. Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking is modern day slavery and it is happening to our friends, children and relatives.

Check out our planned training :

www.iawp.us

Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year

Today begins the New Year in the Chinese Calendar.  It is the year of the horse.  This year is foretold to bring prosperity and favor in to people's lives.

I am excited about this year. I am a horse according to the Chinese Calendar.

I believe that regardless of the forecast for the year according to horoscopes or customs it is up to the individual experiencing the year to determine if its a good year or bad.

When many tragedies and set backs happen within a given year it is often said "this was a bad year".  Yet who makes that determination ?

If you made it through, took a chance, did your best, and stepped out in faith whose to determine that your year was bad ?

It's you.  It's up to you to interpret how you see a circumstance, your life and/or your year.

So let's say you decide to embrace the concept that this New Year is a year of prosperity.  Do you then just sit back and say " ok universe, show me prosperity" ?

Do you ?

Or do you decide to do all that is within your power TO DO to ensure this year is prosperous for you ?

That is up to you.

Happy Chinese New Year
Stay Safe