UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

December 5, 2018

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all as we enter the Christmas Season.

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed a Pizza Dinner prior to the meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd 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 David Stone who donated the check to the Cookies w/Santa event.

Lodge Business

Three new members and one associate member was accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor accepted a donation from the Corvette Club and the Cobb County Friendship Club for our Cops & Kids Program. He is also working with 32 schools to prepare for the upcoming Cops & Kid Shopping Event on Wednesday, December 12th.

Secretary Stephens states our Paypal payment link for payment of 2019 dues will be open in about a week. All 2019 dues must be paid by March 31, 2019

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. Members were also provided a copy of the current year to date lodge income and expenses. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc are in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

Brother Stephens presented the members present with the 2019 Lodge Budget Proposal. Line items were discussed and questions from the members were answered. A final presentation of the Lodge 2019 Budget will be presented at our January 2nd meeting for a vote by members for approval.

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

Yearly dues for our members in 2019 will continue to be $78 for active members and $35 for retired members.

Legal Representation

Three of our members were involved in a critical incident and were covered by the Legal Defense Plan.

Legal Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

All 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:

ByLaws:

None

Thanksgiving Food Bags

144 Thanksgiving Food Bags were delivered to 23 elementary schools in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding County

Christmas Food Bags

144 Christmas Food Bags were put together by our members at the conclusion of our monthly meeting. These bags will be delivered to elementary schools in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding County over the next week.

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, 1pm - 4pm at the lodge. All Public Safety Families were invited to attend.

Cops & Kids Shopping Events

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.

We have scheduled a Cops and Kids Shopping Event with the children at the Calvary Children's Home on Friday, December 14th at the Target Store Dallas Hwy @ Barrett Pkwy.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to present $200 to Mr. Mack who lives near the lodge and monitors our property and participates in our activities when possible.

Members voted to donate $300 to the Cobb Atlanta Volleyball Team.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife, Kathy Shrodes, battling cancer.
Brother Henry Higgins battling health issues.