Blog

2018 Fall Conference in Review

What a great week it has been! We had an awesome turn out for our Fall Conference that was co-hosted with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council. The conference committee did a fantastic job bringing us great training and social networking opportunities.

Some highlights of our time in Salina:

  1. Monday training and meetings
  2. Monday night social with games, snacks and good conversations
  3. Keynote Speaker Nathan Lee from the Denise Amber Lee Foundation on Tuesday.
  4. Our Tuesday lunch time entertainment was Trooper Ben from the Kansas Highway Patrol. Educating us on his experience as one of the “Tweeting Troopers”.
  5. Many great breakout sessions Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
  6. Tuesday night banquet where we honored our newest Kansas Life Member, Elizabeth Phillips. We followed our meal with some entertainment by a comedic magician.
  7. Lots of great prizes that were donated to our event.
  8. Wednesday we followed up with more great classes to include Tai Chai for dispatchers, responder to responder training brought to us by the 10-33 Foundation.
  9. After lunch on Wednesday we had more breakout classes and our Fall APCO Board of Officers Election where our Treasurer Lori Alexander was re-elected and Marie Athearn became our new 2nd Vice President for 2019.
  10. Our biggest prize of the conference was a 39 inch tv won by Derek Schmidt.

We had 141 attendees and 51 of them were brand new to our conference.

Please check out our Facebook page for pictures and posts throughout the event.

We can’t thank our Committee members, sponsors and instructors enough for all that they do to make this happen. We can’t wait to see you all again in the Spring!

Spring 2019 Conference will be held April 1st-3rd, 2019 at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. A committee is currently being formed to assist with this conference. Please contact the 1st or 2nd vice president to sign up for the committee.

Thank you all for coming!

Updated training opportunities can be found here.

Special Business Meeting Announcement

apco logoWe have a special announcement for our first Business Meeting on October 8th, 2018 from 1400-1600. We will be meeting right after the NENA chapter meeting to announce a Life Member nomination for Elizabeth Phillips from KU Public Safety. We will be voting on this nomination at this time. This meeting will be in the Earhart room at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Salina. If you would like to show your support for this nomination, please feel free to attend. Only full members can vote. The reason for this early meeting is so that we can honor Liz at the Banquet on Tuesday night.

A 2nd business meeting will be on Wednesday October 10th from 1300-1400 to finish up our conference items. The agenda for each meeting will be posted later this week.

We Have an App for That

Hello Friends- We hope that you are all getting pumped up for our conference starting next week!

We are one week away from our pre-conference day and we wanted to share with you information on our App for the Fall conference. The Salina Area Chamber and Kansas APCO are sponsoring the app. If you would like to see an app considered for future conferences we need to see that it will get used. The app will include schedule, bio’s for instructors, social media links, and some special offers from Salina Area Chamber.

You can download it to your phone or other mobile devices. Go to the link above to find out download instructions.

Meet the Chapter Officer Candidates

We have two candidates that has submitted their declaration of candidacy as a Chapter Officer. The positions that are up for election are 2nd Vice President and Treasurer.

Meet the Candidates!

The 2nd Vice President Candidate is Marie Athearn.

SAMSUNG

Marie Athearn is a results driven community service professional that is dedicated to public safety and has been committed to excellence in emergency communications for 18 years. Marie started her career in 2000 as a police dispatcher and call taker. She transitioned to fire and EMS and has continued to grow with her current emergency communications center. In 2007 Marie certified as a Registered Public Leader (RPL) with APCO. She maintains her certification and continues to expand her knowledge and grow personnel within her organization. Marie has worked her way from a call taker/dispatcher to supervisor to Operations Manager, and is currently the Deputy Director Of Operations and Communications Services with Johnson County Emergency Management and Communications. She is consistent in her approach and always an advocate for positive change for 911 staff, processes, and systems. Her commitment is to efficient and effective 911 processing that strives to be seamless in how we interconnect agencies and technologies that support 911.

The Chapter Treasurer is currently Lori Alexander and she has submitted her declaration for re-election

lori bio pic

I am the 911 Liaison with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, where I among many other things research NG911 and provide guidance and training to Kansas PSAP personnel. Prior to joining the 911 Council I worked for Douglas County Emergency Communications for 18 years in various roles from dispatching, call taking, training officer, supervisor and Deputy Director of the 911 center. While at Douglas County I served as the President and Secretary for the Division One User’s Group. I graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management. In 2015, I obtained Certified Public Manager through Kansas University. I have been an APCO member since 1998 and a NENA member since 2014. In my personal time I serve on the board for the ARC of Douglas County and I just recently became the treasurer with Jefferson County Rural Water District #10. I understand the importance and responsibility of the role of a treasurer with the funds that belong to the members. I have been your Kansas APCO Treasurer for the past two years and would love the opportunity to continue to serve as your treasurer.

Any APCO Member can submit a declaration of candidacy up until the Election on Wednesday October, 10th at the Business Meeting at 1300-1400. You must have an application submitted at that time.

Things to Know Before You Go

We have many new attendees coming to our conference and may not know what to expect. The following are some things to know before you go to conference. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Secretary at bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov or 785-738-7822. Today is the last day to be guaranteed a t shirt with registration or order extra. You can still register for the conference up to the first day.

2018 Fall Kansas APCO Conference Salina, KS
October 8th-10th, 2018

Things to Know

The Fall Conference Hosts, KS APCO, 911 Coordinating Council, and local agency assistance from Salina Police Department want to inform all of our attendees of some of the highlights for the Fall KS APCO Conference.

Registration will be Open:
Monday 0700-1700
Tuesday 0700-0800
Wednesday 0700-0800
You must sign in at the registration table.

Monday will be meetings and Pre-Conference classes. You must sign up for the classes separately. Full Schedule information has been updated.

New Attendees are invited to a class specific to you on Monday from 1600-1700.

1st Business Meeting 1400-1600 Monday–Life Member Nomination vote

2nd Business Meeting 1300-1400 Wednesday–Officer Elections

LUNCH ON YOUR OWN Monday.

Welcome Social will be from 2000-2200. Light h hors d’oeuvre will be served and games to play or you can just sit and visit.
• Cranberry chili meatballs
• Garden vegetable display
• Seasonal fruit & berry display
• Turkey, bacon, cream cheese, and chive roll up
• Brisket & blue cheese crostini
• Tortilla chips & salsa
• Water
• Cash Bar available

Meal tickets for Tuesday lunch, Tuesday Banquet, and Wednesday Lunch will be in your name badge holder. You only receive the tickets that you signed up for. You must present the meal ticket at the door, to eat the meal. You can still attend the lunch time events, without eating. (we need to do this to save on food costs)

o Tuesday Lunch – American Deli Buffet
• Soup
• Tossed garden salad
• Baked potato salad
• Potato chips
• Sandwich
• Deli sliced turkey, ham & roast beef
• Avocado, cucumber, mushroom, sprouts & spinach
• Sliced American, cheddar & swiss cheese
• Lettuce, tomato, onion & pickle
• Sourdough & whole grain bread, pretzel buns, and wraps
• Comes with coffee, tea, and water
• Chef’s choice dessert
o Director/Vendor and Director/APCO Board/911 Council Meet and Greet from 1830-1900
Opportunity for supervisors/directors to meet and mingle with the vendors and meet the APCO Board and 911 Council members. Access limited to management.

o Tuesday Banquet— Banquet from 1900-2200
o Cash Bar (at participants cost)
o Prayer Randall White (NG911 Project Manager)
o Sit down meal
• Chicken Marsala
• Salad
• Vegetable
• Rolls/butter
• NY style cheesecake
o Entertainment Comedian Magician Dewayne Hill
o Cash Bar (at participants cost)

Wednesday Lunch- 1130-1230 Meal– Country Buffett lunch
o Prayer – Randall White
o Do a few prizes
o Election Candidates do quick speech
o Country Buffet
• Garden Salad
• Sweet corn
• Mashed potatoes and gravy
• Chicken fried steak
• Over roasted chicken
• Rolls and butter
• Comes with coffee, tea, and water
• Chef’s choice dessert
Thank you to all of the committee members who have worked very hard to make this conference happen. Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who help us each conference to bring the best training and networking opportunities.

Conference Update

The Conference Schedule has been completed and posted on our conference page.

Please note that the host Hotel Hilton Garden Inn has sold out of it’s rooms. Please go to the hotel information page for the other two hotels that are available near by.

If you want to be guaranteed a T shirt with your registration or extra shirts we need that information by September 21st. 

Thank you to all of the Fall APCO Committee members who are bringing us some great classes, networking opportunities and much more!

Thank you to our Sponsors who help make this possible!

 

Pre-Conference Class Information

Hello Everyone- The Fall Conference committee has been working very hard on the conference schedule. We want to share some pre-conference information with you.

If you go to the conference page you will find a tab at the top call Pre-conference Class Sign up. To attend the classes on this list the instructor wants you to sign up so they can prepare class materials.

You must have a 1 day pass or full registration to attend those classes. Lunch is NOT provided on Monday. You will be on your own.

We are also still looking for candidates for the Fall Election of Chapter 2nd Vice President and Treasurer. If you want to know more about that please visit the Election information page.

You can register for the conference on the Conference Registration page. As always, if you have any questions please send us a message. We hope to see you in Salina!

Friday August 31st- Flash Day!

We are days away from opening registration day! We hope that many of you take advantage of this day of savings. If you have questions or concerns before that day, please call Becky at 785-738-7822 or email bsnook@mitchellcountyks.gov.

The shirt design is to honor our 911 Hero’s! We think you all deserve an Oscar!

We have finalized our conference shirt design and will be available to order extra on flash day. To be guaranteed a shirt with registration you MUST have registration completed by September 21st!! This is when the printer needs our final numbers. Extra shirts will be $10 each (they are short sleeved).

We want to encourage you to also secure your hotel rooms early. There are 3 available hotels with the block rate. Go to the conference page and select the hotel tab to get more information on prices and locations.

Flash day prices are only good for 24 hours and must be paid by credit card through PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to check out. You can check out as a guest. If you have any specific dietary needs or other special requests leave it in the comments of the registration form. If your agency has a credit, please contact Becky directly to work out the payment details.

You can find the most recent Conference schedule draft here. This is subject to change but we will show updates on our conference web page as we get them.

See you in Salina!!!

 

APCO International 2018 experience

Hello Kansas dispatch friends! Many Kansas 911 professionals attend the conference in Las Vegas and it was so wonderful to see you there.

We wanted to share a few pics of our trip. Some of the KS Chapter Board members started their week off with Chapter Leader meeting. This is where they give us information for the new people and updates for things happen in the future.

We attended the APCO Business meetings, many classes, Vendor Expo,  award ceremony and much more. Networking is a big part of the experience and they always give many opportunities to do just that.

Here are a few pictures of our experience. We hope to see you all at our conference in October! Draft Schedule can be found on our conference page.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

2018 Election of Board Officers

officerelectionspromo.jpgThe Fall Conference is coming up soon and we are still looking for candidates for our APCO Board of Officers election.

The chapter Treasurer and the 2nd Vice President position are up for election this year.

If you are interested in running for either position, please go to our Election of Officers page for more information and the form to fill out and return to Past President Elora Forshee at elora.forshee@sedgwick.gov.

Please note that you must be a currant full APCO member and have written approval form from your employer.