UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

January 6, 2016

The meeting was opened by Brother Stan Melton with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:00 pm. Many thanks to Gus Tselios & Casa Grande for providing dinner for those in attendance. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting at 5pm for dinner. Brother Mark Cole won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Nine new member were accepted into the lodge.

The lodge presented a plaque to representatives of Cobb 911 who raised $1,000 for our Cops & Kids Program

Food Baskets were delivered to 21 schools in Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Cherokee Counties for children in need to take home for the Christmas Holiday. Complete information is listed on our "Events Gallery" page.

The Executive Board is currently working on a new contract with our Solicitation Company for a new 2 year contract which expired at the end of December 2015.

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.

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. 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:

One request from a member was referred to a Lodge Attorney Lance 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

ByLaws:

Brother Stone advised the amendment changes to our local Constitution & ByLaws passed favorably out of committee at the State Level. They will be considered for final approval at the next State Lodge Meeting on January 9th.

Cookies with Santa

Approximately 200 kids were served at our annual Cookies with Santa Event. Many thanks to Patak Meats & LoRusso Law Firm for the donation of Hotdogs & Hamburgers to serve to the kids.

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

Our program provided Christmas to 143 kids who shopped with Police Officers at the Target Store on the East/West Connector and Austell Rd. A total of $21,895 was spent

In addition our program shopped with 35 kids from the Calvary Children's Home at the Target Store on Dallas Hwy @ Barrett Pkwy. A total of $4,954 was spent.

We are deeply indebted to Target Corporation for hosting both of these events.

National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2016. Details about our participation should be available by our February Meeting.

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

Members voted to sponsor the Cobb County Explorer Post for $300.

Sick & Distressed

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

The father of Fallen Cobb County Officer Robbie Ingram, James Ingram passed away.
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Kelvin Ramirez and his battle with cancer
Brother Steve Nolen who is deployed to the Middle East
Brother R.C. Cole recovering from medical issues with his new kidney
Brother Mike Gotay who is in Puerto Rico tending to his sick father
Brother Ray Marino whose father passed away recently

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