Monthly Meeting Review

June 5, 2019

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by President Gaynor. Members enjoyed deli sandwiches, chips and cakes prepared by lodge members. Our next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, July 10th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Dana Pierce won the $50 attendance award

Lodge Business

Seven new members were voted into the Lodge.

President Gaynor discussed that $1,475 was approved at the Commissioner Meeting for Cobb Public Safety Personnel. In addition there was discussion about a potential 7%-9% raise and POAB taken care of.  Retention attraction and bonus contract discussed.  Step in grade is being discussed for 2021 budget year.  Upcoming meetings of Commissioners are July 8 @ 1330, July 9 @ 0900, and July 16 @ 1830. We need our members to attend to show support fo the raises. The Lodge meeting has been moved to July 10th @ 1700 with dinner starting @ 1630.  Elections for 2019-2020 Executive Board will be held at Sept 4th meeting.  National President Chuck Canterbury has been nominated by President Trump for Director of ATF. 

Lodge Attorney - Brother LoRusso informed members that Brother Gaynor won Member of the Year for the Georgia State Lodge at the State Full Board Meeting that was held in Savannah.  In addition he has responded to an officer involved shooting in Rome and also defending an officer in Dekalb County.

VP Byrum - Spoke at length of the praise from the officers on Brother Gaynor’s and FOP’s work getting issues involving Cobb Public Safety addressed.

2nd VP McCraw - Received a $100 to the Sgt. Steve Reeves Golf Tournament (Fallen Cobb PD Officer) to raise money to assist his son Clint Reeves.  Tournament will be June 28th at St Andrews in Winston, GA. 

Treasurer Kelly - provided the members a review of our current finances. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc are in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

Sgt at Arms Shrodes - Brother Shrodes wanted to pass along from his wife Cathy a thanks to all members who help with the Cobb Memorial this year. He was also honored to present President Gaynor with his Georgia State Lodge Member of the Year Award at the State Lodge Board Meeting in Savannah.

State Trustee Thompson - Advised members the lodge won the Lodge of the Year Award at the State Board Meeting in Savannah.

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

Nominations for the new E-Board will be Monday, September 4th with the vote being finalized by Monday, October 4th. Members wishing to run must have attended at lease six meetings during the year to become eligible.

Membership Information

On April 11th a $32 penalty was instituted for those members who wish to rejoin Lodge 13 after their membership was inactivated due to non payment.

Legal Representation

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:


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:



Cobb Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020 on the Square in Marietta.

National FOP Conference

Will be held in New Orleans from August 11-15, 2019. Brother Ken Kelly, Kevin Shrodes, Carl Dimare, Lance LoRusso, Mike Brice, Steve Gaynor and David Stone will be our delegates for the National Conference.

Cops & Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, September 16th at Governors Town Club in Acworth. Details are posted on our main webpage, "Upcoming Events" page and on our Facebook page. We will be co-hosting the event with the Cobb Community Policing Unit who will be raising funds for the School Lunch Program.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 26th - 28th, 2019 at Panama City Beach. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn

Sick & Distressed

Prayers to the family of Coweta Co SO Deputy Edmund Irvin

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

Matt Payne, Cobb PD battling cancer
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.
Cathy Davis, wife of Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis
Brother Roger Nalls battling cancer
Brotehr RC Cole