UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

July 6, 2016

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Sister Robinson. A dinner of Hamburgers and Hotdogs was provided to the members for dinner. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Sandru won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Edorsements for 2016 Elections

Please vote at the July 26th runoff election in Cobb County. The lodge has endorsed the following candidates:

  • Mike Boyce - Cobb County Commission Chair
  • John Morgan - Cobb Co. State Court Judge

Lodge Business

Six new members were accepted into the lodge.

Mike Boyce candidate for Cobb County Commission Chair stopped by the lodge to thank the members for our support. Please vote in the July 26th runoff.

Brother Stephens provided a 2016 Membership Report. A final postcard has been sent to all members who are currently deliquent with their 2016 dues. No further notifications will be sent.

Brother Charlie Pritchard presented the lodge with a very nice plaque for our continued annual sponsorship of the Blue Knights Georgia Police Memorial Ride.

Brother E Kenneth Kelly was sworn in as the new Lodge Treasurer.

A financial report was distributed for members to view. 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.

The State Conference starts July 17th. Nine delegates will be attending as our lodge representatives.

President Gaynor discussed legal protections available to our members via the Grand Lodge Legal Defense Fund. Members are strongly encouraged to review all options.

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 $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 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:

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

State Conference

Currently scheduled for July 17-20, 2016 at Sea Palms Resort. Our delegates are ready to go.

Annual Florida Trip

The 2016 trip is scheduled for Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2016 at the Sunset Inn in Panama City. Members should call 1-850-234-7370 to make your reservation. The reservation must be secured with the members credit card.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members provided send $300 to the West Virginia Officers Relief Fund via the Grand Lodge in response to the extensive flooding in the state.

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 Freeman Wallace with health 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 Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093