UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

January 8, 2014

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 pm. Sister Robinson won the $50 attendance award and donated it to the FOPA. Thanks to Sister Ash for providing the pizza dinner and cake for the members.

Lodge Business

Members welcomed Acting Cobb Co. Director of Public Safety Sam Heaton to the meeting to discuss issues involving the Cobb Co. Police Department. Director Heaton spent almost 30 minutes fielding some pretty tough questions from the members in attendance. We appreciate Director Heatons willingness to talk to the members of the lodge.

Ten 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 in the next week or so.

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

Lodge Attorney Lance LoRusso addressed the members in regards to political speech and what frequently gets officers in legal trouble.

Former Cobb Co. Public Safety Director Jack Forsyth stopped by and addressed the members of the lodge. He reinforced with the members his reasons for resigning the position

Sister Robinson presented the lodge with a plaque thanking members for their support of the Cobb Co. S.O. 3rd Shift Christmas Party for foster kids on December 7th and shopping at the Target Store on December 21st.

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

Cops and Kids Christmas Event

We wish to thank every agency within Cobb County for supporting our Cops and Kids event on Wednesday, December 18th at the Target Store on the East-West Connector. A special thanks to Cobb County Solicitor Barry Morgan for chairing this event. We sponsored 155 school children at this event and spent $125 per child. Our total expenditures for this event was $26,800.

Lodge 13 Police Memorial

Scheduled for May 22nd on the Square in Marietta

Sponsorships

None

Sick & Distressed

Please keep Brother Rolla Green in your thoughts and prayers and he continues to 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