UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

April 2, 2014

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, May 7th at 5:00 pm. Brother Steve Gaynor won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

At the start of the meeting members welcomed Angie Williams with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. She provided information to the members about discounts that are available to FOP members with all insurance products.

Members welcomed the following candidates to our meeting:

  1. Bob Weatherford, candidate for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Post
  2. Angela Barner, candidate for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Post
  3. Bill Byrne, candidate for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Post
  4. Derrick Crump, candidate for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner Post
  5. Colonel Larry Mrozinski, 11th District U.S. Congress
  6. Bob Barr, 11 District U.S. Congress
  7. Tricia Pridemore, 11 District U.S. Congress - Ms. Pridemore was unable to attend. Brother Bob Pierce read a statement from her.
  8. Juanita Steadman, Cobb County Superior Court
  9. Ann Harris, Cobb County Superior Court
  10. Josh McCoon, 29th District Georgia Senate

Each candidate talked 5 minutes to the members. At the end of each candidates presentation members were given the opportunity to ask questions. We appreciate each candidate being available to meet with our members.

Georgia State FOP President Carlton Stallings was present during the candidate presentation. He thanked the members for supporting the political process including the Day on the Hill in Atlanta during February.

Towards the end of the meeting the members voted to endorse Bill Byrne for Cobb County District 1 Commissioner, Ann Harris for Cobb County Superior Court and Tricia Pridemore for 11th District U.S. Congress.

Seven new members were voted into the Lodge.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

The granite monument on the Square in Marietta honoring fallen Public Safety Officers is currently being updated.

A plaque for fallen Cobb County PD Officer Freddie Norman is being placed at the Cobb County Public Safety Training Academy.

Brother Thompson is in the process of receiving bids to replace the roof and the lodge and paint the building. The roof is currently leaking.

What has been described as a no brainer all officers, regardless of your affiliation with the lodge should join the Peace Officers Annuity and Benefit Fund. This very low cost fund provides another piece to the puzzle of our officers overall retirement picture. Current cost is only $20 per month.

Membership Information

Current member dues not paid, are considered deliquent as of April 1, 2014. As of April 1st all rights and benefits from Lodge 13 for those deliquent have been suspended. To become current the member must add a $5 fee during payment for a total of $83 for active officers and $30 for retired officers. On June 1, 2014 members are purged from our membership list.

Dues to join the lodge for new members are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers.

Legal representation is one of our core benefits to members. It provides legal protection with our Lodge Attorney's for members involved in Critical Incidents or Administrative Actions. As such the following eligibility guidelines were set as of March 6, 2013:

  1. Critical Incidents – member in good standing at time of incident is immediately eligible for representation.
  2. Administrative Action – member in good standing 60 days prior to the incident or action is eligible for representation.

The 60 day waiting period for new members starts when the member is voted into the lodge at the monthly meeting.

Members are requested to update their personal information either online or on our application form. The application form must be mailed to the Lodge Secretary. Both are at the membership link on the left side of this page.

Members are also requested to update their beneficiary information on an annual basis. This can only be done on a paper application form and mailed to the lodge secretary. This record allows benefits to be paid in a timely manner.

In the future all members wishing to apply for a Life Membership (retired & a member 20+ years) must request it in writing. All members who wish to know how long they have been a member can go to the national website at www.fop.net. You can go to the “Members Only” area and apply for access. Once approved you should find a link to your membership information, including the ability to change your address information.

Lodge Rentals

The lodge recently revised the "Use of the Lodge" fee schedule. Generally the cost is Members $250 per event and $500 for Non Members. There are exceptions for current members. Please conact President Mull or VP Bob Pierce for cost if you wish to reserve the lodge.

Check “Upcoming Events” on the Lodge website for information on events.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

None

Members are strongly encouraged to review the FOP Legal Defense Fund on the National Site for legal coverage above and beyond what Lodge 13 provides to each member as part of yearly dues. FOP Legal Defense Fund

By Laws

None

Solicitation

None

Taxes, Politics & BBQ

Join our own Cobb County Solicitor General Barry Morgan for the Taxes, Politics & BBQ Event on Tuesday, April 15th from 5-7pm at Jim Miller Park.

We are told there will be many politicians seeking office at this event and it will be a good time to have some one on one conversations with them. Might be a good time for those that have one of the t-shirts used at the Commissioners Meeting to wear them.

Flyer

National Police Memorial

May 12th-15th in Washington D.C. The lodge will be sending a delegation to help escort families during the event.

Three of our members (Jeff Adcock, Jeff Perry and Mike Swift) will be participating in the Police Unity Tour. This ride starts in New Jersey and ends at the National Police Memorial in Washington D.C.

Lodge 13 Police Memorial

Scheduled for May 22nd at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta. National FOP President Chuck Canterbury will be the featured speaker.

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, July 21st at Brookstone Country Club. This is our major fundraiser for our Cops and Kids Shopping Event in December. Cost is $125 p/player with max of 120 players. Details will be announced soon.

Annual Steak Dinner

August 14th at the Jim Miller Park. Event will be catered by Outback Steakhouse. Details will be released as we get closer.

Florida Trip

Set for September 17th-21st at the Sunset Inn in Panama City Beach. Lodge will pay 2 nights (Friday & Saturday Night) of the stay. Members must reserve their own rooms by June 15th in order for the lodge to pay. Please contact Jim, Chris or Anna at the Sunset Inn to make the reservations

Sponsorships

Members voted to send $300 to the young son of Officer Timothy Smith with Eastman PD in Middle Georgia due to medical issues.

Sick & Distressed

None

Legal Representation

Critical Incident Lodge Attorney - Click Here for details

Members “do not” need the approval of the legal committee if you are involved in a critical / use of force incident. The member or his representative holds sole responsibility for contacting one of our four attorney's should the need arise.

If you are in need of an attorney for any other purpose a member of the Legal Committee must be called before contacting an attorney. If you do not clear the contact of an attorney through the Legal Committee the Lodge will not pay for the legal services.

Legal Committee:

Bob Pierce – bob.pierce @ cobbcounty.org or 678-467-4387
Bill Mull – billy.mull@gmail.com or 770-361-1239