Monthly Meeting Review

July 12, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed dinner prior to our meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, August 2nd at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Brian Moore won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Nine new members were accepted into the lodge.

Chaplain Scotty Davis discussed the next "Cop Church" which will be conducted at the lodge July 20th at 1900 hrs. The program focuses on "Stress" within the job.

Cobb Chairman Mike Boyce & Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott addressed the members and gave a briefing on the future and also gave a thank you to all officers and surrounding agencies involved in the hostage standoff at the Wells Fargo Bank in Cobb County.

President Gaynor wanted to thank all members who help with State Lodge Board meeting on June 19th.

President Gaynor reminded upcoming elections for all Executive Board positions of the lodge. All members are encouraged to become an active in the lodge.

The State Lodge and Lodge Attorney Lance LoRusso have produced two video's in regards to all officers needing to belong to the FOP Legal Defense Fund. Click on this link to view.

Secretary Stephens advised 2017 dues are now past due. Members not current have been inactivated and receive no benefits from the lodge until the dues are brought current.

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

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

2017 dues for current members are now past due. To renew the current cost is $110 for active officers and $62 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.

Death Benefit/Beneficiary

The benefit to the family of one of our members who recently passed away was paid.

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. 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:

One case was successfully cleared by our lodge attorney.

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



Back to School Supplies

Brother Thompson is in the process of obtaining the school supplies for our annual event.

Cops & Kids Golf Tournament

Brother Pierce provided an overview of the tournament on July 10th. Even though the turnout was small all had a good time.

National Conference

Scheduled for August 27-30, 2017 in Nashville Tennessee. The lodge has selected 12 delegates to attend this event.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 29 - October 1, 2017. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn


Members voted to send $100 to a friend of the lodge in medical distress.

The lodge received a $500 donation from Joe Gavalis & Pace-O-Matic Inc for our Cops & Kids Program.

The lodge received a $1,000 check from Shirley Morrison for our Cops & Kids Program.

Sick & Distressed

Please remember each of these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers:

Brother Gil Rusterucci passed away
Brother John Thompson with medical issues
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife Kathy battling cancer
Brother John McCraw's wife Carol dealing with cancer
Brother Mike Bowman's wife Leslie dealing with medical issues

We are asking for special prayers for Cobb 911 Operator Amanda Raines who is dealing with significant 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 Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093