UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

August 5, 2015

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, September 2nd at 5:00 pm.

Lodge Business

Five new members and three associate members were voted into the Lodge.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in strong financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings. Sister Ash also reported $3,000 worth of (pens, calendars, etc) were purchased for giveaways at various events.

Jolette Holmes, Chief Magistrate Judge Cobb County introduced herself to the members at the beginning of the meeting.

Members were notified that nominations for the 2016-2017 executive board will be made at the September 2nd monthly meeting. Currently the President, VP, 2nd VP and State Trustee will not be running for another term.

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. 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

Current members who have not paid 2015 dues have been purged from our active membership roster. 2015 dues not paid are currently deliquent. All member benefits have been suspended. Cost to be reinstated is $83 for active members and $30 for retired members.

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 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.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

All legal issues and requests are documented in the official meeting minutes.

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

Our contract will be up for renewal on December 31, 2015

Steak Dinner

Our annual Steak Dinner was sparsely attended but all had a good time. Many thanks to Carrabba's for catering the event.

Annual Florida Trip

All active members of Lodge 13 are invited to join us September 23-27, 2015 in sunny Florida for our annual trip. We will be staying at the Sunset Inn, 8109 Surf Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Call 1-850-234-7370 or 1-866-275-1205 to make your reservations. Chris is the contact person and mention you are with Lodge 13. Once again Brother Mapes will be doing a Low Country Boil.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $300 to the Acworth P.D.'s "Shoot for the Horizon" event to benefit disadvantaged children.

Members voted to donate $300 to the South Paulding High School Spartans.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Jim Schaffer with the loss of his brother

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