UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

August 1, 2018

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, September 5th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. The $50 attendance award was won by Brother John Thompson.

Lodge Business

Four new members were accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor updated the members in regards to the millage increase in Cobb County and the current status of the Cobb County employee pension plan. President Gaynor wanted to thank the 30 plus members of the lodge and Cobb County Government that showed up to support the millage increase proposal at the Cobb Commissioners Meeting on Wednesday, July 25th. In the end the millage increase was approved by the Commissioners for 2019. President Gaynor also updated members on the report from the auditors hired by the membership to review the financial health of the Cobb County Employees Pension Plan. President Gaynor is releasing the report for all to view. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also did a recent story specifically on the financial health of the pension plan. It did not paint a very healthy picture.

Secretary Stephens states all is well with membership. We now have 700+ members in our lodge.

Treasurer Kelly was absent so Secretary Stephens provided the members a review of our current finances. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings. Secretary Stephens also reported after expenses our annual Cops & Kids Golf Tournament at Brookstone Country Club made $11,000+ which will fund almost half of what we spend at our annual Cops & Kids Shopping Event in December. This benefits elementary aged school children from Title One Schools in our area.

State Trustee Thompson reports a leak at the lodge that is being addressed. Brother Thompson announced the dates for the Cookies with Santa is Sunday, December 9th from 1pm to 4pm and the Cops & Kids Shopping Event is Wednesday, December 12th at the Target Store on the East/West Connector.

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.

New Business

None

Membership Information

All dues are past due as of April 1st. Membership for those past due have been inactivated. To reactivate your membership members will have to pay a $32 penalty. Cost for deliquent members is now $110 for active officers and $67 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 Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

Aall members are strongly encouraged to join the FOP Legal Defense Plan. For $68 a year (in addition to your dues) the member will be enrolled in UNLIMITED legal coverage for any criminal (includes Critical Incidents) or civil action taken against the member. For $282 a year the member will be enrolled in UNLIMITED legal coverage for any criminal (includes Critical Incidents), civil or administrative actions taken against the member. Many other benefits are provided when full coverage is purchased. Payment can be made either annually or semi-annually. Because of the number of members in our lodge these plans are only available at the individual rate. Sign up and payment to this plan is the sole responsibility of the member. You can review full information on coverage at:

http://www.foplegal.com/docs/FOP-Legal-Defense-Plan_RevisionEffective_121015.pdf

To sign up for either of these plans please go to www.foplegal.com or call 1-800-341-6038. This plan is administered by Hylant.

Death Benefit/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

All members wishing to apply for a Life Membership (retired & a member 20+ years) must request it in writing. Please contact the Lodge Secretary if you need your join date.

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:

None

ByLaws:

None

Annual Trip to Florida

Scheduled for September 27 - 30, 2018. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, 1pm - 4pm at the lodge.

Cops & Kids Shopping Event

Scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at the Target Store on the East/West Connector. Details will be released as we get closer to the event.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $300 to the Lassiter H.S. Autism Fundraiser.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Bill Rogers with medical issues
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife, Kathy Shrodes, battling cancer.
Brother Henry Higgins battling health issues.