UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

February 5, 2014

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, March 5th at 5:00 pm. Brother Dana Pierce won the $50 attendance award. Many thanks tot he FOPA for the Chili Dinner.

Lodge Business

Members welcomed Angela Barner, candidate for the Cobb County District 3 Commissioner Post. She spoke to members about her qualifications and positions on local issues.

Eight new members were voted into the Lodge.

The 2014 membership cards have been received. Members who have paid their 2014 dues will receive their cards in the mail.

A financial report was given by Sister Ash. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

The lodge received a thank you letter and certificate from the Center for Children and Young Adults thanking us for allowing their kids to go shopping under the umbrella of our Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping event. The certificate was signed by all of the participants.

Congratulations to Brother Mike Gotay and Brother Mike Tocco who received the Lodge 13 Officer of the Year Award. Each member was awarded a check of $250. Almost immediately both brothers returned their checks to the lodge and asked them to be donated to Brother Vill who was shot in line of duty a couple of days earlier.

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 are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers.

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:

No requests for legal consultation during the month.

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

One issue is currently being dealt with. Brother Stone reviewed the end of year report with the members present.

National Police Memorial

May 12th-15th in Washington D.C. The lodge will be sending a delegation to help escort families during the event.

Lodge 13 Police Memorial

Scheduled for May 22nd at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, July 21st at Brookstone Country Club. This is our major fundraiser for our Cops and Kids Shopping Event in December. Details will be announced soon.

Florida Trip

Set for September 17th-21st at the Sunset Inn in Panama City Beach. Lodge will pay 2 nights of the stay. Members must reserve their own rooms by June 15th in order for the lodge to pay. Please contact Jim, Chris or Anna at the Sunset Inn to make the reservations

Sponsorships

None

Sick & Distressed

Please keep Brother Charles Vill, Cobb PD and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from gunshot wounds he received in the line of duty. Brother Mestre reports he is in good spirits.

Please keep Brother Rolla Green and Brother Mike Hicks in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with medical issues.

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