UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

February 4, 2015

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, March 4th at 5:00 pm. Members enjoyed a Chili Dinner provided by the members FOP Auxiliary.

Lodge Business

One new member was 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.

Brother Carl Dimare is the chair of the committee organizing the attendee's for the National Convention in Pittsburgh Pa.

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.

2015 dues are now payable by all current members. Cost is $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 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:

Two members were referred to a lodge attorney 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

By Laws

None

Solicitation

A final report for the 2014 solicitation was presented to the members.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to once again sponsor three of our members on the Police Unity Tour during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week in Washington D.C. This sponsorship is a budgeted item.

Members voted to donate $250 to the Boys & Girls Club of Mableton.

Members voted to donate $300 to the Cobb Atlanta Junior Volleyball Association.

Per our bylaws members voted $500 from our Officer Distress Fund to assistant a current member with significant family medical issues.

Members voted a donation of $300 for the Classroom to Courtroom Program sponsored by the Cobb County Court System.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues.
Brother Mike Payne's father passed away.
Brother Gil Rusturreci who will be leaving the hospital soon.
Sister Kathy Richardson's father who passed away.
Brother Vaughn's mother who passed away.

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