UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

January 4, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Many thanks to Lodge President Gaynor for the Spaghetti Dinner prior to the meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, February 1st at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Ron Hicks won the $50 attendance award.

Guest Speaker

Members welcomed Cobb Chairman Elect Mike Boyce & Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott to our meeting. The members continue to appreciate Cobb Chairman Boyce and Cobb Commissioner Ott for their willingness to stop by and talk with our members.

Lodge Business

Four new members were accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor briefly discussed members use of the lodge for their retirement party, National Legal Defense Plan, upcoming National Conference, final report from the Public Safety Committee and the new Braves Advisory Committee.

Secretary Stephens provided a end of year 2016 Membership Update. Currently we have 581 members in our lodge. Our 2017 membership cards for those members who have paid their dues will be in the mail this week. 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. Brother Stephens provided the members with an end of year report on the Lodge finances and Charities Inc. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings..

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. 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 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:

No new requests were received.

Brother LoRusso spoke about the National Legal Defense and the need for all of our members who are active Law Enforcement Officer to be a member of the plan.

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

Christmas Food Bags

The lodge distributed a total of 130 food bags to schools in the Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Cherokee County area during the month of December. This is a huge need, especially during the holiday season.

Cookies with Santa

This year the lodge served approximately 130 public safety children at this years events. They enjoyed a picture with Santa and various crafts/games. For lunch the children and families were served Hamburgers & Hotdogs. All of the children enjoyed roasting marshmellows over a fire.

Cops & Kids Shopping Program

Once again we owe a big thank you to the staff at the Target Store, 4125 Austell Rd., Austell Ga. and 2535 Dallas Hwy, Marietta Ga. for hosting our event. We sponsored 114 children, mostly from Title One elementary schools at the Austell Rd. Store and 31 children from the Calvary Childrens Home at the Dallas Hwy Store. Each of these children were partnered with a Law Enforcement Officer to shop for needed items.

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

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
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Alvin Arrowood battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer
Brother Gil Rusterucci battling cancer

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