UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

January 3, 2018

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, February 7th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Donnie Ethridge won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Eight new members were accepted into the lodge.

Chaplain Scotty Davis invited all members to view the next "Cop Church" "Stress for Cops" online at https://missionteaminc.com

President Gaynor gave an update on the Rule of 80 Pension Plan review status. Information requested via Open Records request has been received by the lodge. The information will be reviewed by the company hired by us to provide a status report.

All members are reminded as of January 1, 2018 the lodge no longer provides representation at the local level. All member are encouraged to join the Legal Defense Plan. Information can be found at www.foplegalcom

Secretary Stephens advised our current membership is 600+. He provided an end of year report on our membership.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. 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.

Treasurer Kelly presented the 2018 Lodge Budget. After discussion the membership voted unanimously to accept the recommendation as is.

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.

New Business

None

Membership Information

Dues for 2018 continue to be $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 Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

After many months of discussion our members voted to discontinue the legal representation that was available from our local lodge to members as part of their $78 yearly dues on January 1, 2018.

In its place all members are strongly encouraged to join the FOP Legal Defense Plan. For $68 a year (in addition to your dues) the member will be enrolled in UNLIMITED legal coverage for any criminal (includes Critical Incidents) or civil action taken against the member. For $282 a year the member will be enrolled in UNLIMITED legal coverage for any criminal (includes Critical Incidents), civil or administrative actions taken against the member. Many other benefits are provided when full coverage is purchased. Payment can be made either annually or semi-annually. Because of the number of members in our lodge these plans are only available at the individual rate. Sign up and payment to this plan is the sole responsibility of the member. You can review full information on coverage at:

http://www.foplegal.com/docs/FOP-Legal-Defense-Plan_RevisionEffective_121015.pdf

To sign up for either of these plans please go to www.foplegal.com or call 1-800-341-6038. This plan is administered by Hylant.

Death Benefit/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

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:

None

ByLaws:

None

State Conference:

Scheduled for June 10-14, 2018 at Unicoy State Park. Details will be announced as we get closer.

Cops & Kids Charity Golf Tournament:

Tenatively scheduled for Monday, June 25th at Brookstone Country Club. Details will be announced as we get closer.

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 Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife Kathy battling cancer