UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

August 6, 2014

At 1700 hrs. President Mull gave the floor to Cobb County Public Safety Director Sam Heaton. Members submitted a series of questions for Director Heaton to answer in regards to the current issues at Cobb PD. At the end of the questions being read, the floor was opened for questions from the active duty officers present. The question and answer session was closed at 1800 hrs. The members of Lodge 13 are deeply grateful for Director Heaton's willinginess to stand for questions knowing a lot of them would be potentially uncomfortable to answer.

Brother David Stone opened the regular meeting with a prayer and the pledge at 1805 hrs. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:00 pm. Brother Stephens won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Nine new members were voted into the Lodge.

All death benefit claims for our two members who recently passed away have been submitted. Benefits will be distributed directly to the family.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. We are in very good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

Members voted to hire Brother Lance LoRusso as a spokesperson for the lodge when the need arises. The e-board is currently in the process of drawing up a contract.

The Fallen Officers 5K Fund has been turned over to the Hunting for Heroes Organization.

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

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:

Two members were approved to contact the lodge attorney in regards to a personnel issue

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

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, August 11th 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.

Annual Steak Dinner

August 14th at the Jim Miller Park. Social 5:30 pm. Dinner 6:30 pm. Event will be catered by Outback Steakhouse. Cost is $20. Contact any Executive Board Member for a ticket.

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. Everything is ready to go

Donations

Members voted to donate $300 to Acworth PD's Shoot for the Horizon Event.

Members voted to donate $480 to sponsor two golf teams at the September 22nd American Legion Golf Tournament.

Sick & Distressed

Brother Rolla Green with continuing health issues.

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