UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

December 7, 2016

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Many thanks to Georgia Clean and Doug Cunningham for the BBQ Ribs and Chicken dinner. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, January 4th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Joe Gavalis won the $50 attendance award and donated it to the FOPA.

Guest Speaker

Members welcomed Cobb Chairman Elect Mike Boyce to our meeting. Chairman Boyce discussed some of his priorities when he takes office in January. The members appreciated Chairman Boyce's willingness to stop by and talk with our members.

Lodge Business

Ten new members were accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor briefly discussed our participation in the annual Cobb County Candy Cane Event, new banners and flyers for our fundraisers, letter from Cobb Public Safety Director Sam Heaton and the status of our opposition to the current nepotism policy and action being taken against two of our members.

Secretary Stephens provided an update the distribution of the 2017 membership cards and read several thank you letters from local schools who were receipants of our Back to School Supplies and Thanksgiving Food Baskets.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. A financial report was distributed for all members to view. All is well and in good order. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings..

President Gaynor discussed legal protections available to our members via the Grand Lodge Legal Defense Fund. Members are strongly encouraged to review all options.

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.

Membership Information

Dues to join the lodge for new members are $78 for active officers and $35 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 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:

One request for legal representation by a member was granted.

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:

None

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday December 11th between 1pm & 4pm at the Lodge. All are welcome. We are requesting (not required) a new toy donation which will benefit a child in need.

Cops & Kids Shopping Program

Scheduled for Thursday, December 14th at the Target Store on the East West Connector.

Washington D.C. National Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2017

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 28 - October 1, 2017.

National Conference

Scheduled for August 27-30, 2017 in Nashville Tennessee

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to give a Kroger Gift Card to our neighbor Mr. McArthur who keeps an eye on our property and volunteers at some of our activities.

Received a $3,000 donation from American Legion Horace Orr Post 29 for our Cops & Kids Program. These veterans have supported our program for many years.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Alvin Arrowood battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer

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