UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

December 2, 2015

The meeting was opened by Chaplain Haywood with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, January 6th at 5:00 pm. Many thanks to Brother Gaynor for cooking the turkey and the members of the FOPA for preparing dinner. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting at 5pm for dinner.

Lodge Business

2016 Membership cards have arrived and will be mailed in early January.

Two new member were accepted into the lodge.

Food Baskets were delivered to 24 schools in Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Cherokee Counties for children in need to take home for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Complete information is listed on our "Events Gallery" page.

The lodge received a check for $1,000 from Cobb 911 in support of our Cops and Kids Program. Their continued support over the years is greatly appreciated by the members.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash with a brief discussion about the finances of the lodge. 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.

Members heard a presentation by Phil Ridgeway of the Casino Junket Club. The lodge is considering sponsoring a trip to Biloxi in January. Details should be presented to the members soon. The buses will hold 50 passengers.

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

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 Gaynor for cost if you wish to reserve the lodge.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

Two members were referred to a Lodge Attorney Lance for assistance.

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:

Brother Stone read two proposed amendments to our local by-laws to put them in compliance to changes of the by-laws on the national level. Members voted to accept the changes.

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday, December 13th from 2pm to 5pm at the lodge. Reservations are not required. Open to all Public Safety children. Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be served at the event.

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

Scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th from 7am to noon at the Target Store, E/W Connector at Austell Rd. Commissioner Bob Weatherford will serve as Honorary Chairperson for this event. Participants are selected from various area schools. Lots of officer volunteers are needed.

National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2016. Details about our participation willl be released after the first of the year.

Annual Florida Trip

The 2016 trip is scheduled for Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2016 at the Sunset Inn in Panama City.

State Conference

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

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to sponsor the New Hope Athletic Association Baseball Team 8up for $300. Members voted to sponsor the Cobb Atlanta Junior Volleyball Team for $300.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Tony Coker passed away after a long battle with cancer
Brother Bobby McBrayer is recovering at home from a hospital stay
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with 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 Point of Contact:

Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093