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May 21, 2007

Dear FOS11 Member,

Families of September 11 (FOS11), in partnership with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and The Camilla Group (TCG) has held several speaking events this month.  As a reminder, there will be more opportunities available in the upcoming months with events at other locations including but not limited to:

-New York, NY
-Newark, NJ
-New Orleans, LA
-Chicago, IL
-Los Angeles, CA
-Milwaukee, WI
-Denver, CA
-Indianapolis, IN
-Houston, TX
-Dallas, TX
-Tampa, FL
-Columbia, OH

The next speaking event will be held at the New Orleans airport in mid June (June 11th or 12th) and another upcoming event in New York at JFK airport and Newark International airport (ERW) in late June (June 26th and June 27th). Please let us know if you are available and interested in volunteering by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org. We invite you to join us and participate in this program. (Please note that the dates are all tentative, so if the date is not convenient, please let us know as it is possible for the dates to be changed). 

The program allows volunteers to speak to Transportation Security Officers (TSO’s) at their local airport alongside FOS11 Board Member, Carie Lemack. This is your opportunity to get involved in a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of thorough and consistent security checks. You will have the unique opportunity to visit with screeners, express solidarity, empower yourself and share your story.

This program will engage volunteers nationwide and will allow you to:

  • Speak to a group of TSO’s at an airport near your hometown, to tell them your story, and express your support and sentiments regarding their work to ensure 9 /11 never happens again  
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of aviation security, reminding people that keeping the skies safe is a community effort, not just the work of TSO’s
  • Be an integral part of boosting the effectiveness of aviation security across the nation

Don Goodrich, FOS11 Board member, provides the following account of his experience speaking to TSO’s in Vermont.

It is all too easy to reflect on what might have been – to imagine every possible thing that might have saved the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  It is harder to confront the enormous challenges faced by Transportation Security Officers as they work 24 hours a day 7 days a week to prevent more lost lives.  Last May Carie Lemack and I participated in a presentation/exchange with the officers at the Burlington (VT) International Airport . It was an empowering experience to learn what is really happening as passengers prepare to board their plans, get a better understanding of the frustrations of the officers screening them and join with them to help improve safety at our airports.  It is out of this type dialogue that the resolve of the officers, the policies of their managers and the safety of our airports will improve and I am glad I had a part in it.
--Don Goodrich, Father of Peter Goodrich, who died on United Airlines Flight 175

If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with the FOS11 staff.  They will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story.  Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a volunteer by emailing info@familiesofseptember11.org

Please note, we have some funds available for reimbursement for expenses such as parking fees, transportation fares, etc.

Thank you for considering this opportunity – we hope you will volunteer a few hours of your time to make a big difference in the security of an airport near you.


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