UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

February 3, 2016

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:00 pm. Members enjoyed a chili dinner during the meeting. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting for dinner. Brother Ron Hicks won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Seventeen new member were accepted into the lodge.

Five candidates for open seats on the State & Superior Court in Cobb County were present to speak to the members during the meeting. Each were allotted 5 minutes to address the members to introduce themselves and their qualifications.

A new two year contract with our Solicitation Company was presented to members for a vote. The vote to accept was unanimous.

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.

The 2016 Lodge Budget was presented to the members for review. The vote to accept the budget as presented was unanimous.

Members present voted Brother Bill Mull & Brother Bob Pierce as the 2016 Kermit Sanders Lodge 13 Members of the Year. Both are long time members of the lodge and have served in various capacities in the lodge including both being Past Presidents. In addition both created our Charities, Inc. Non Profit which sponsors our Cops and Kids Shopping Program during the Christmas season. The membership is deeply grateful for all of their contributions.

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 $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:

No requests for legal assistance were received.

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 advised he will be correcting a couple of typographical errors in the Lodge Constitution.

National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2016.

State Conference

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

Annual Florida Trip

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

Donations/Sponsorships

None

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 Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Steve Nolen who is deployed to the Middle East

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