C-G-D educators meet ‘our adopted’ LAPD officials

In January, Clarion’s Marys & Marthas (M & Ms) ‘adopted’ the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). A news story about the adoption was published previously in the Monitor. CGD elementary principal Tricia Rosendahl read the story and made a mental note: she and three other educators from the localschool district were slated to attend a week-long conference in Los Angeles in February.  Maybe, just maybe the foursome could make contact with the LAPD some time while they were there.

            The relationship began last fall when the M & Ms, an ecumenical group of gals, sent a card to the LAPD, thanking them for their service and commitment to their community. Cards, signed by all the members in attendance at a meeting, are routinely sent to police and sheriffs’ departments across the U.S. when the group hears of an officer who has been wounded or killed in the line of duty during the month. Someone had been killed while serving in Los Angeles. A card was sent.

            Karen Weld of the M & Ms shortly after received a call from Sergeant Ron Walker who serves in the Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit, thanking the Clarion group for the card. “We rarely get thanked for what we do here,” he said. Near Christmas, Weld received a Christmas card signed by about twenty LAPD officers, wishing the local members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, thanking them for their thoughts and prayers.

For the full story, see the April 25th edition of the Monitor