Nov/Dec 2000 Handshake I-dition
The I-dition (Internet Edition) of the Handshake does not always include all articles published in the printed edition
This year, you elected another new Executive Board. New Regional Directors have stepped up to take their place on the Board of Directors. This shows a renewed interest, by our membership, towards the leadership of this organization. For this, I thank your immediate Past President, Roy Pollack, and his Board for paving the way, this year’s Board of Directors for volunteering their valuable time to the Association and to the membership for entrusting the business of this Association to us.
Our first line of business was to accept the membership vote at the General Assembly for the changes to the bylaws. All of the amendments were passed, except for the vote on the NBFAA. This vote ended in an exact tie. This resulted in the AAF remaining a charter state member of the NBFAA. We are looking forward to our continued relationship with NBFAA and will support their efforts in unifying their national status. We will have our first Executive Board meeting on December 16th in Orlando. The main focus will be to prepare the budget for 2001, which will be presented to the Board of Directors in February. Naturally, all members are welcome to attend. Contact the AAF office for details.
My Board Member of the Month is Ron Toole. Ron is your new Vice President/President Elect. I am honoring Ron for his outstanding work as Convention Committee Chairman. I commend Ron on a job well done. Thank you Ron!!
My Regular Member of the Month is Simon Plummer. Simon is the owner
of All Florida Alarms. Simon has been the Secretary of the Broward Region for
eight years. He has remained a valuable volunteer to this association and as
a regular member volunteered to work on the Convention Committee for next year.
Thank you Simon!!
My Associate Member of the Month is ADI. We cannot say enough about all of the distributors and manufacturers that support us in our industry. I recognize ADI, this month, for their help as one of our partners in the industry. Thank you Steve Creasey, Alan Higgins, and all of the fine people in your organization we deal with on a daily basis. Special thanks to Kevin McCaffrey for sitting on our Board of Directors as an Associate Representative. Thank you ADI!!
My Public Safety Member of the Month is Cheryl Cummings. Cheryl is the alarm unit coordinator for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. I recognize Cheryl for her open view and interest in the alarm industry. She took this position with great interest in alarm industry methods. This helps everyone involved to better understand how public safety officials and the industry can partner in false alarm prevention. Thank you Cheryl!!
It is difficult to describe the feelings that flooded
into my consciousness during this year’s convention. I have been to many conventions
over time, but this one with its 30th anniversary celebration was
extra special. Thirty years worth of memories, events, friends, industry evolution
and fond remembrances were summed into three days of convention schedule.
This security industry is special of itself, because it evokes a bond that is enduring and very hard to shed. Once you have been in the industry in any form it becomes an inherent part of you and forever remains integral to your being. I have known people who were in it, then left only to return in some other facet of the industry, time after time
That is one reason that this event was so special.
As the years of photographs appeared on the viewing screen Saturday evening
before the awards banquet, we all thought of friends and colleagues past and
present who have meant so much to our lives and to our industry. There are several
that are no longer among us. But they are not forgotten because their deeds
live and their help was there when we needed them most.
In addition to the great and frequent memories,
this Association had much current business to attend to and you did it in fine
style. From the casual golf tourney shared by many friends, to the ‘happening’
auction dinner on Friday; to the exhibit hall and our great Associate supporters,
to the General Membership Assembly and the Awards Banquet Saturday evening,
it could not have been grander. The new officers were sworn in customarily and
with the dignity their offices deserve. The former Board members were presented
with mementos of their service and then the evening’s speeches gave way to the
recognition of the most valuable person of the year. The members voted Ron Toole
as their choice for MVP 2000. A more deserving person could not be mentioned.
Our congratulations to Ron for many jobs well done.
We all enjoyed a very poignant moment when the membership
celebrated a presentation of the Most Valuable Person of the Decade to our friend
and associate, Terry Akins. No one could have been more surprised than he as
he approached the podium to accept the award and as a first in our lifetimes,
found him to be speechless. Quite an accomplishment! Many thanks to you, Terry,
for all the years of dedication and hard work on behalf of your friends in this
Association. It could not be more deserved.
Sincerely yours, Bob Neely
Executive Director, Alarm Association of Florida
The Alarm Association of Florida would like to give special recognition
Donnelly from Central Alarm Control. Mr. Donnelly donated his entire
$1,000 prize winnings at the Convention Banquet to the Alarm Industry Foundation
This is an outstanding
contribution to both this fund and the industry in general for future students.
The members of the Association salute you, Mr. Donnelly!
Congratulations all around are in order for Ed
Bieluch who was recently elected to the office of Sheriff of Palm Beach
County. Continued success and good luck to you Ed in your endeavors in the realm
of public safety. The members of the Alarm Association appreciate it.
· Congratulations to Heather Fiorentino, our "Legislator of the Year" on her re-election to office. The Alarm Association wishes you the best of luck in your continued support of public safety legislation.
West Palm Beach Region
Joe Holfelner, Regional
The October 12th meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. with approximately 30 people in attendance.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff,
Robert Neuman, was expected to speak but was unable to attend. A stand-in representative,
Mike Gauger, filled in for him. Pat Kenny of the PBSO Alarm Unit also attended
the meeting and spoke to the membership. Their message was that they would now
like to attempt opening dialog with the alarm industry and that they want to
take back the permit billing, sending it directly to the alarm users once again.
The next speaker was John Carroll, a Sheriff's Deputy campaigning for Ed Bieluch for Sheriff. He promised that if Ed Bieluch was elected, he would do away with the current alarm ordinance and start over on a new ordinance based on the "Model States Ordinance". He would work with the alarm industry and alarm users to come up with a version that works for everyone involved; the alarm industry, the Sheriff's Office and the community.
Kelly Kevari of SLP Direct was introduced as a new member and took a few minutes to tell us about her company.
Mary Galloway, Regional Director
The October meeting was called
to order with 9 people in attendance. After dinner, Bob took the floor and gave
all the updated information on the convention.
It was announced that Sheriff
Bob Newman will be at the West Palm Beach Meeting to discuss the False Alarm
Having CE classes at the monthly meetings was discussed and it was whole-heartedly approved to have the classes every other month. The AAF is proposing a partnership with the members to help them track and maintain courses. The Sponsor of the CE courses will be required to transmit results of the classes to the State who will then in turn automatically know whether you have all of your CE credits.
Tarry Baker and other officials
are to be contacted as guest speakers as well as manufacturers.
The articles in the Handshake will again be put on the web site. A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m.
The monthly meeting of the Tallahassee
Region was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at the Silver Slipper in Tallahassee.
The following people were in attendance; Ed McDaniel (Wiregrass Systems), Justin
Bozone (Mathers Electric), Betty Blighton (Wiregrass Systems), Dave Ulmer (Mathers
Electric), Sid Hill (Professional Security) and Howard Hawn (Detection Systems).
Elections were held for Regional
Director and Regional Secretary for the next year. Justin Bozone was re-elected
as Regional Director and Betty Blighton was re-elected as Regional Secretary.
Copies of the absentee ballots
for the upcoming General Assembly Meeting were handed out and discussed. Everyone
was urged to mail an absentee ballot if they would not be attending the convention.
Howard Hawn presented and discussed the features of one of Detection System's Fire Panels. He also went over the other products manufactured by Detection Systems. The meeting was adjourned.
Around The Industry
Chicago - Maureen Gold, Vice President
of marketing and sales for EMERgency 24, announced her retirement from the company
in October. She has worked for EM24 for 19 years. Her retirement will take place
in mid December. We wish Maureen good luck and a long and healthy retirement!
Congratulations to Darbony and Edward
Mugford on the birth of their baby girl, Alexis, born on September 20th.
Alarm Prevention Month Campaign Educates Consumers
Silver Spring, MD - Everyone knows
calling 911 for a reason other than emergency wastes police time and jams phone
lines preventing callers with real emergencies from getting through to police.
As an alarm owner, you should know the severity of a false dispatch is the same
as falsely calling 911. False dispatches waste resources - law enforcement's
time and money should be better spent responding to actual crimes.
Resource consuming false dispatches
can be prevented and you, as an alarm owner, play an integral part in this prevention.
Simply put, education is the key to reducing false dispatches. In an effort
to educate alarm owners and alarm companies, The National Burglar and Fire Alarm
Association (NBFAA) declared November False Alarm Prevention Month
NBFAA has established a multi-faceted
plan for alarm companies to become proactive in preventing false alarms. This
plan, called the Dealer Outreach Program, educates alarm companies through seminars,
articles, and presentations. As a part of the Dealer Outreach Program, alarm
companies sign a pledge vowing to prevent false dispatches.
Alarm companies are taking action to prevent false dispatches and so can you! Listed below are some tips to reduce false dispatches.
1. Be comfortable using your system.
Keep a sheet with simple operating procedures for the system handy.
· Be comfortable with how much time you have to arm and disarm your system.
· Before leaving securely close and lock all protected doors and windows (doors and windows should stay closed whenever your system is armed).
· Keep pets, fans, heaters, balloons, etc. away from motion sensor areas.
2. Everyone who has a key to your home or business must know how to operate your security system.
· Remind visiting relatives, kids returning from school, etc. how to use your system.
3. Have all alarm system users practice the process to cancel an accidental alarm.
· If a false alarm occurs - don't panic! Enter your disarm code carefully to reset your alarm.
· If you set your alarm by accident, do not leave until you are certain that either your system is reset or your central station calls you and you give your pass or ID code (this is different than your disarming code).
· If you don't understand any aspect of your system, ask your dealer.
· Service and maintain your system before false alarms occur.
4. Keep in touch with your alarm company.
· Contact your alarm company if you are planning any home improvements.
· Contact your alarm company and tell them of any changes in your telephone service (call waiting or fax line) or if you get a new area code.
· Contact your alarm company as soon as you obtain a new pet.
Nevada Affiliates and Becomes the 42nd
September 28th, the Board of Directors of the Nevada Association
of Security Professionals (NASP) affiliated with the NBFAA, bringing the number
of state associations to 42.
NASP is the third state to join NBFAA as an AAA, a new state association category
designed by NBFAA in 1999 to encourage NBFAA affiliations in all 50 states.
The Massachusetts Burglar & Fire Alarm Association became an NBFAA affiliate
in August and the Arizona Burglar & Fire Alarm Association joined in September
Marsh, NASP President, explained NASP's reasons for affiliating. "If you
are a small state association with limited funds, becoming an AAA member gives
you the support needed to grow at the local level and also allows participation
in the larger industry picture.
membership allows state associations without financially strong budgets to benefit
from NBFAA through its meetings, networking opportunities, publications, insurance
discounts and numerous other services, " said NBFAA President Bart Didden.
"All the while, NBFAA continues to strengthen its ties in the industry
by reaching out to more and more dealers. We are well on our way to having state
associations in all 50 states, which is essential for the NBFAA to meet its
members' expectations." Didden continued, "It's all about the size
of membership when we deliver our message to government agencies whether it's
on the local, state or national level. Additionally, NBFAA is moving back to
its original mission as a buying group for products and services and the more
members the better for everyone.
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