UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

January 2, 2019

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by VP Jon Byrum. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, February 6th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. The February meeting will be our annual chili cookoff. The $50 attendance award was won by Brother Tom Spruill.

Lodge Business

Eighteen new members were voted into the Lodge.

Secretary Stephens states our Paypal payment link for payment of 2019 dues is now open. Membership cards will mailed soon for those who have paid. All 2019 dues must be paid by March 31, 2019

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. Members were also provided a copy of the current year to date lodge income and expenses. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc are 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.

New Business

None

Membership Information

Yearly dues for our members in 2019 will continue to be $78 for active members and $35 for retired members.

Legal Representation

Three of our members were involved in a critical incident and were covered by the Legal Defense Plan.

Legal Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

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 $310 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:

ByLaws:

None

Christmas Food Bags

144 Christmas Food Bags were delivered to elementary schools in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas and Paulding County over the next week.

Cookies with Santa

Once again this event was a huge success. 100+ Public Safety Kids joined us for a visit with Santa, assorted crafts, hotdogs and hamburgers. Many thanks to all of our volunteers who made this a great event.

Cops & Kids Shopping Events

This year our event was very successful. On December 12th our officer/deputies shopped with 125 children from mostly Title 1 Schools. A big thank you to the staff at the Target Store, 4125 Austell Rd, Austell Ga. A bigger thank you to all of the volunteers who gave of their time for this event.

We held another Cops and Kids Shopping Event at the Target Store, 2535 Dallas Hwy, Marietta Ga. with the 21 children from the Calvary Children's Home on Friday, December 14th. Ten additional children were unable to make it so counselors were given ten gifts cards so the children could shop at a later time. Many thanks to the staff and all of the officers/deputies who made this a successful event.

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
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife, Kathy Shrodes, battling cancer.
Brother Henry Higgins battling health issues.