On September 1, 2021 the Los Angeles Retired Fire and Police Association held their annual barbecue. This year it was held at the Middle Ranch in Sylmar. Normally this event has taken place at the Grace Simmons Lodge in Elysian Park, but because of its run-down condition this venue was not available. The Middle Ranch is actually a privately- owned equestrian center, surrounded by hills, large green lawns and ridin’ trails. When I pulled through the entrance, I was pleasantly surprised just how beautiful this area is. After walkin’ through the main entrance and into the lobby area it was evident that the LARFPA had made a great choice. I think I was most impressed by the tables that were loaded with food, desserts and a table specifically set aside with bottles of champagne. I’m definitely goin’ back next year! As I made my way outside, I found a large open area with more tables and chairs and a covered area which was obviously the designated eatin’ area. There were also small canopies set up, each representin’ various service organizations, such as our Credit Union and Relief Association. The LAPD also had a representative.
Before lunch was served the board had their annual meetin’, which was open to all in attendance. Changes to the board that had been made were announced and new members fillin’ these positions were on hand to introduce themselves. Our outgoin’ President, Don Forrest, was replaced by Jim Mateer. Our new Vice President is now Ted Nonini and the new Secretary is Vance Bjorklund. These positions are for two-year terms.
Lunch was catered by Rattlers, who has done this event in the past, and who provides plenty of great food. Dessert was provided by Panera, who should be outlawed from makin’ all the sweet stuff. I think I gained 10 lbs. just eatin’ their carrot cake!
If you’re not a member of this organization, you should be. It’s only five dollars a month and you don’t have to be retired to join. Active members are welcomed. Besides gettin’ your belly full of good food and desserts, information about our pension is discussed and those with ongoin’ worker’s compensation cases are also discussed. Don Forrest is also a great source for anyone needin’ help with worker’s compensation issues.
This is really a great event and if you’re not a member of this valued organization you’re missin’ out. Also, in December the LARFPA puts on a Christmas party at the Sheraton Universal, at Universal City. With this comes lots of camaraderie, which is very similar to a retirement dinner. Hope you can make it.