UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

June 7, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed an Italian Dinner from Pasta Bella. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, July 12th at 5:00 pm. Please note the change to the 2nd Wednesday in July. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Eric Smith won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Eighteen new members were accepted into the lodge.

Chaplain Scotty Davis discussed the new "Cop Church" which will be conducted at the lodge starting on June 15th at 1900 hrs. The program focuses on "Stress" within the job.

Soon to be Cobb Co. Police Chief Mike Register addressed the members for approximately 45 minutes this evening. He shared his vision with the members and the strong desire to be part of the team. We greatly appreciate his willingness to address the members today and in the future.

Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott addressed the members and gave a briefing on issues and plans in Cobb County. He wanted to emphasize if any member of the lodge or police departments in Cobb County would like to discuss his position or votes he is more than willing to discuss one on one.

President Gaynor discussed outstanding issues witht he IRS.

President Gaynor gave a briefing on building relationships with the Cobb County Commissioner, Cobb County Manager, various media outlets, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, South Cobb Business Association and various businesses within the community. Time to get on board with a new line of open communication.

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.

President Gaynor provided the members a review of working with the Cobb Fire Union to address ongoing issues with pay and other personnel matters.

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.

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. 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:

The legal committee received three inquiries 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

ByLaws:

None

Cops & Kids Golf Tournament

Our annual Cops and Kids Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at Brookstone Country Club. Carrabba's Italian Grill is catering the event. This event is open to anyone who wants to play golf and help out our Christmas Kids. Limit of 120 players. Register to play by July 1st.

Online Registration & Payment

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

Donations/Sponsorships

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

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