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The Beginning
The Carson Valley Chapter's organizational meeting was held on May 16, 1991 in Gardnerville, Nevada. The Carson Valley Chapter was chartered on June 21, 1991 in Minden, Nevada. Past Grand President Lon Curtis presided over the meeting in which the first group of officers were nominated and elected. The chapter received its charter from the Grand Chapter; Grand President Charles Gorence, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (retired) and member of Los Angeles Chapter #2, conducted the charter installation and presented the gavel to our chapter's first president, William Depew, a retired Lieutenant from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and Past Grand President Lon Curtis gave the Oath and Obligation to all our new members. There were 34 charter members, of which 5 are still active.

Our chapter, as a subordinate chapter of the Grand Chapter, has been held to be Federal income tax exempt under section 501(c)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code. A letter to that effect from the IRS is in chapter files. We have been chartered as a Nevada Non Profit Corporation by the Nevada Secretary of State dated December 30, 1999.

The IFA is organizationally divided into 4 districts. We are in District Two which is currently comprised of the following chapters:
  • San Francisco Chapter #1
  • North Bay Chapter (San Rafael) #15
  • Peninsula (San Carlos-Redwood City) #35
  • Carson Valley (Minden) #72
The IFA Grand Chapter has awarded our chapter the Ed Shapiro Award for two consecutive years (2003-2004 and 2004-2005). This award is the Best Achievement Award for Chapters having a membership of 105 or more members.

Since 2004, our chapter has awarded a Service Recognition Award each quarter to an outstanding area peace officer or firefighter, as nominated by the agency, for "dedicated and sustained professional service." This program has been very successful and is expected to continue.

Our chapter conducts a "Pot of Gold" raffle at each of our ten dinner meetings throughout the year (every month except July and December). This enables us to make an annual donation or donations to projects approved by the membership. Typically, these projects are public safety related, and are either unfunded or under funded by the appropriate level of government.

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