UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

February 1, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed a chili dinner prior to the meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, March 1st at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Sister Joan Bloom won the $50 attendance award. Brother Pete Jones won the $25 gift card for the best chili and Ramona Stone & Patti Gaynor shared 2nd place for the best chili.

Guest Speaker

Members welcomed Cobb Chairman Elect Mike Boyce & Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott to our meeting. Chairman Boyce spoke about the pending pay study and review the hiring process for the new Cobb Co. PD Police Chief. Commissioner Ott talked about the Braves and other pending issues. The members continue to appreciate both for their willingness to stop by and talk with our members.

Lodge Business

Twenty One new members were accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor briefly discussed changes to the Cobb County Nepotism Policy, the recent injury to Brother Matt Nerbonne, reviewed the National Legal Defense Plan with lots of members joining, update of the Braves Advisory Committee meetings and members use of the lodge for their retirement parties.

Secretary Stephens advised 2017 dues are being accepted. All members are reminded this year the deadline for payment of dues is March 31, 2017.

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.

Twelve delegates to the National Conference in August were selected by the members.

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. 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:

Legal Committee:

Our lodge attorney was able to save the Post Certification of one of our members.

No new requests 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:

None

Washington D.C. National Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2017

National Conference

Scheduled for August 27-30, 2017 in Nashville Tennessee. The lodge has decided to send 6 delegates to this event. Names will be decided at our February meeting.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 29 - October 1, 2017.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members donated $300 to the 7 & 8 year old Dallas Tigers Baseball Team.
Members donated $500 to the Blue Knights Law Ride

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother John Bennett passed away
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer
Brother Gil Rusterucci battling cancer
Brother Matt Nerbonne recovering from a recent vehicle crash

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