MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Our 2018 Conference is rapidly approaching and is scheduled for July 23rd-
July 27th in Manhattan, KS.
Registration forms are now available at www.ksjoa.org. With
that in mind, I wanted to take some time to address the state of our
association as well as cover some important dates for our association.
First off, I am excited for this conference, because we have the
biggest lineup of speakers to date. Our
board voted back in January to raise our conference budget to allow more room
to book speakers. We were able to do
this largely due to the continued support of Kansas Attorney General Derek
Schmidt as well as some increased funds raised by our golf tournament and
sponsorship work done by the board. We
have some powerful speakers to include Larry Thompson, John-Michael Keyes, John
Moore, Lt. Brian Murphy, and some new training by Calibre Press! We are also partnering with the National
Association of School Resource Officers this year to offer the opportunity to
take the Advanced SRO Course at the same time and location as our
conference. Registration is up on
NASRO’s webpage for that course, and there is no need to dual register.
As excited as I am about our lineup of presenters; I am equally excited
about our location. At the end of our past
conferences, we asked that everyone fill out a survey. We take the data we receive to make KSJOA
better. Several of these speakers come
from your recommendations as well as the recommendation to move our conference
to Manhattan the next two years.
Manhattan was a location that gave people from both the Wichita Metro as
well as the Kansas City Metro regions the opportunity to attend the training
without local travel constraints. The
Four Points Sheraton is a great hotel and have been awesome to work with.
I am also super exited for the future of KSJOA and the energy and new
ideas our Board of Directors as well as Board Representatives have brought to
the table. I can honestly say that I
went into last weeks’ board meeting a little worn out after a personal career
move as well as my three-year Presidency of the organization. I was refreshed by the energy of this
board. We have some surprises as well as
possible celebrity appearances in the works for this conference. We will make these announcements in the weeks
to come. Watch for these announcements
on our new public Facebook page.
A change to this year’s conference I would like to make everyone aware
of is the separation of the golf tournament from the conference. We are looking at doing our annual
fundraising golf tournament in the fall separate from the conference to both
hopefully bring some better temperatures as well as give more time to devote to
This year is an election year, and we will elect a 2nd Vice
President at our conference. This is a
progressive 8-year term. There has been
a change to the KSJOA By-Laws that make it mandatory to submit applications/
intentions to run for this position to the Board of Directors no later than
June 1st, 2018. This process
includes name, address, and a short bio of the nominee for election. Additionally, the nominee must present a
written letter from their supervisor stating that they agree and allow the
officer to run for the position. Please
contact any board member with further questions regarding this process.
Additional Dates to Remember:
Nominations (DARE Essay, SRO of the Year, DARE Officer of the Year, School
Employee, and Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year nominations are due no
later than June 1, 2018. Email these to
Undersheriff Tom Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
@ 5PM- Last day to book a room at conference room block rate ($91). Breakfast for 2 persons per room is included
in the room rate. Hotel information is
available at www.ksjoa.org.
2018- Tentative timeframe for golf tournament.
Email Caleb Lewis at email@example.com if you have a good sponsorship or would
like to help with the golf tournament.