President’s Message – November 2019

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I want to start my last address as President of the Relief Association by wishing my successor, President-elect Jeff Cawdrey and his new Vice-President Chris Stine much success in their new endeavors with the Association. As they begin their tenure, I ask the membership and the staff of the Association to support them in the same way they have supported me during my Presidency. Congratulations Jeff and Chris. Strive to make a difference and always try to exceed expectations. No matter how massive an undertaking, always remember that the tiniest of gestures or details can be the difference between success and failure. Best of luck in your new positions.

Before writing this final message, I looked back through the presidential messages I wrote over the past three years. In doing so, I noticed that November has always been a very special month for me. Thanksgiving is a treasured holiday for many of us. It is a time we give thanks and show our gratitude for what we have in our lives. I’ve always been proud to serve with the members of the Relief Association, and I have so much gratitude for our staff. Without their support and dedication, succeeding in my role as President would not have been possible. Each and every one of them give their best to our members, and it shows in the day to day operations of the Association. To our members who have put their confidence in me running this amazing Association, I am truly thankful for your trust. To our vendors and the professionals who give us their best each and every day, I say thank you. As giving thanks and showing gratitude seems to be a little easier during the holiday season, I encourage everyone to try and keep the holiday spirit year-round.

As you should know by now, we have a new third party administrator (TPA) coming online soon—HealthComp. HealthComp will now be responsible for issuing checks, completing EOB, and performing customers service functions just as HealthScope did previously. The new TPA should not affect your front-end providers and hospitals. This change-over is being led by President-elect Cawdrey and Vice-President Stine. The pair will be working with the staff of the TPA and the Association to make the transition as seamless as possible. Should you have any questions or concerns about the new TPA, please contact one of them or our knowledgeable Association staff.

Also, please don’t forget about the Relief Association Open House, which is happening on November 2, 2019. If you have never been to the Relief Association, there is no better time to visit and see what is happening. Please join us for a time of laughter, cheer, and great food. We also invite you to come celebrate as we honor one of our own—Captain II, Head Chaplain, and LAFRA Trustee, Rick Godinez. Over the years, Rick has been worth his weight in gold to our membership with his mentoring and spiritual guidance. Please take this opportunity to honor Rick and catch up with old friends.

Speaking of a time for giving thanks, this year I couldn’t more pleased with the results of the 2019 LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament at the Mountain Gate Country Club on September 23, 2019. The fundraiser raised just over 100K for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firefighters Fund. Once again, the incredible generosity of our sponsors was overwhelming as was the dedication of all our vendors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you for coming together to make this fun event an amazing success.

This year’s Annual LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony was held on October 12, 2019, at the Los Angeles Fire Museum & Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Hollywood. It was a powerful and memorable event that recognized the 269 firefighters whose names appear on the museum’s remembrance wall. During this holiday period, it is especially important to remember what these brave members have sacrificed so that others may live. Diane Vigil and Valerie Lawrence of LAFRA’s Family Support Group represented the Relief Association at the memorial, and we appreciate their continuing dedication and support.

The David Moorman Over-The-Line Tournament was held October 2, 2019, at Santa Monica Beach. A great time was had by all in attendance. I encourage you to attend the event next year and join in the camaraderie. A big thanks goes out to Sean Millett and everyone else who make this event an annual success.

It has truly been an honor and blessing to have served this Association and its fine membership for the last three years as President. My tenure in in the position has been the most rewarding role I have held as a member of the LAFD, and I hope I met the high expectations of the membership and that of the board during this time. Thank you for the opportunity to serve. I wish much prosperity to the Association while under the care of my successor and future board members.

SAVE THE DATES
• LAFRA Holiday Party – Dec 7
• 23rd Annual Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride – Jan 17-20 (MLK weekend)

Be safe and kind to each other!

Robert D, “Steintalker” Steinbacher
President@lafra.org
323.259.5200

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