UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

April 6, 2016

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. A dinner of Pizza and Chicken Fettuccine from Pasta Bella and dessert from Atlanta Cheesecake Company was sponsored by the LoRusso Law Firm. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, May 4th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Garofalo won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Edorsements for 2016 Elections

At the conclusion of our monthly meeting members voted to endorse the following candidates for office:

  • Bert Reeves - State Representative District 34
  • Joe Duvall - State Representative District 19
  • Mike Boyce - Cobb County Commission Chair
  • Bob Ott - Cobb County Commissioner District 2
  • Ruben Green - Cobb Co. Superior Court Judge
  • Stephen Shuster - Cobb Co. Superior Court Judge
  • Grady Moore - Cobb Co. Superior Court Judge
  • Allison Barnes Salter - Cobb Co. State Court Judge
  • John Morgan - Cobb Co. State Court Judge
  • Brendan Murphy - Cobb Co. State Court Judge
  • Frank Reynolds - Cherokee Co. Sheriff

Lodge Business

Eleven new members were accepted into the lodge.

The following candidates were present to speak to the members. Each were allotted 5 minutes to address the members to introduce themselves and their qualifications. Bert Reeves for State Representative District 34, Joe Duvall for State Representative District 19, Tim Lee for Chairman Cobb County Commissioners, Mike Boyce for Chairman Cobb County Commissioners, Bob Ott for Cobb County Commissioner, John Page for Cobb County Commissioner, Chip McCarthy for Cherokee Co. Sheriff, Frank Reynolds for Cherokee Co. Sheriff, Stephen Shuster for Cobb Superior Court, Ruben Green Cobb Superior Court, Chuck Bachman for Cobb Superior Court, Grady Moore for Cobb Superior Court, Allison Barnes Salter for State Court Judge, John Morgan for State Court Judge and Brendan Murphy for Cobb State Court Judge.

Brother Stephens provided a 2016 Membership Report.

A financial report was distributed for members to view. All is well and in good order. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in strong financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

President Gaynor discussed legal protections available to our members via the Grand Lodge Legal Defense Fund. Members are strongly encouraged to review all options.

All active Law Enforcement Officers in the State of Georgia, 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

Per our bylaws starting on (April 1st) all members who have not paid their 2016 dues have all of their benefits from the lodge suspended until payment is received.  If they are not received by June 1st the deliquent member can be purged from our membership roster.

Dues to join the lodge for new members are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers. The definition between active and retired officers is if you are still carrying a gun and performing law enforcement duties then you are considered an active officer.

Legal Representation

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.

Beneficiary

All active members are requested to update their personal information and beneficiary information on an annual basis on our application form. The application form must be mailed to the Lodge Secretary. 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.

Lifetime Membership

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. Once on the site 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 is for the exclusive use of our members and only available for rental by them. Please conact President Gaynor for cost if you wish to reserve the lodge.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

One officer was referred to our Lodge Attorney for consultation.

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

ByLaws:

None

National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2016. This year four of our members will represent the lodge in the Police Unity Tour.

Cobb County Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Scheduled for Thursday, May 26th at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta.

State Conference

Currently scheduled for July 17-20, 2016 at Sea Palms Resort. Details and participation will be considered at a later date.

Annual Florida Trip

The 2016 trip is scheduled for Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2016 at the Sunset Inn in Panama City. Members should call 1-850-234-7370 to make your reservation. The reservation must be secured with the members credit card.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members provided a $1,000 sponsorship to the Blue Knights Annual Law Ride. This is an annual event with money raised used to support families of fallen officers.

Members voted a $300 donation to the Marietta Police Athletic League

Sick & Distressed

Please remember each of these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers:

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Sister Ramona Stone of the FOPA having heart surgery
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Steve Nolen who is deployed to the Middle East

Cobb PD Officer Joe Cole who sustained significant injuries during an on duty car accident.

Cobb PD Officer Nancy Reyes battling cancer.

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 Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093