UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

December 3, 2014

The meeting was opened by Brother Stone with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, January 7th at 5:00 pm. Brother David Stone won the $50 attendance award. Thanks to the ladies of the FOPA for providing dinner during the meeting.

Lodge Business

Two new members were voted into the Lodge.

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

Members were presented with the proposed 2015 budget. Members voted unanimously to accept the budget.

For many years our lodge has distributed Thanksgiving Food Bags to those in need. This year the bags have been distributed between Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding County. Food Baskets were delivered to the following schools:

  1. Cherokee County - Little River Elementary, Arnold Mill Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Woodstock Elementary and Bascomb Carmel.
  2. Cobb County - Mableton Elementary, Norton Park Elementary, Austell Elementary, Bryant Elementary and Milford Elementary
  3. Paulding County - Hiram Elementary, Dallas Elementary, Baggett Elementary and Dugan Elementary.
  4. Douglas County - Winn Elementary, Lithia Springs Elementary, Beulah Elementary and North Douglas Elementary.

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:

One member 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

By Laws

None

Solicitation

Brother Stone provided year to date fundraising efforts.

Cookies w/Santa

The Cookies w/Santa Event will be at the lodge on Sunday, December 14th from 1400-1700 hrs. All are welcome to attend.

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

Brother Pierce reports the event will be held on Wednesday, December 17th at the Target Store on the East West Connector. The program will run from approximately 0730 to 1300 hrs. Brother Steve Brawner will be handling the logistics part of the event. Ms. Marie Barnes will be the Honorary Chairperson for the event.

Donations/Sponsorships

The lodge received the following for our Cops and Kids Shopping Event. Brooks Family Foundation $3,000, Target $2,500 and American Legion Horace Orr Post 29 $3,000. We also want to thank all of those who sent in small donations. They are just as important as the large donations. Many kids will have a Merry Christmas because of the support we receive in the community for our program.

Members voted to donate $300 to a former member in need.

Sick & Distressed

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues.
Brother Jason Poole and his fight with cancer.
Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis mom dealing with a light stroke

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