UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

March 4, 2015

The meeting was opened by 2nd VP David Stone with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00 pm. Members enjoyed a Spaghetti & Lasagna Dinner provided by the members of our Auxiliary.

Lodge Business

Seven new members were voted into the Lodge.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. We are in very good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

The IRS Audit was successfully completed as of this meeting. Many thanks to Sister Ash and our CPA for the countless hours gathering and submitting documentation.

Brother Carl Dimare is the chair of the committee organizing the attendee's for the National Convention in Pittsburgh Pa. if anyone is interesting in attending as a delegate.

Brother John Thompson discussed several bids received for repaving the parking lot. After much discussion the issue was tabled until our April meeting.

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 for new members are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers.

2015 dues are now payable by all current members. Cost is $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 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:

Two members were referred to a lodge attorney for assistance.

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

Solicitation

None

Blue Knights Chapter 7 Memorial Ride

Scheduled on Saturday, April 25th. Details will be posted on our upcoming events page once they are received.

National Law Enforcement Memorial

Friday, May 15, 2015 is the 34rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Service begins at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to run approximately 2 hours.

Lodge 13 Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for Thursday, May 21st starting at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta. Our guest speaker will be Tom Charron former District Attorney with Cobb County.

Annual Florida Trip

All active members of Lodge 13 are invited to join us September 23-27, 2015 in sunny Florida for our annual trip. We will be staying at the Sunset Inn, 8109 Surf Dr., Panama City Beach, FL 32408. Call 1-850-234-7370 or 1-866-275-1205 to make your reservations. Chris is the contact person and mention you are with Lodge 13. The lodge will pay for 2 nights up to $95 p/night for attendee's.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted $1,000 at to the Blue Knights Chapter 7 Memorial Ride. This sponsorship is a budgeted item.

Members voted to donate $300 to an officer in need.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Mike Brice with health issues
Sister Jackie Owenby currently in hospice
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Tony Coker with continuing significant health issues
The family of Brother Jack Gregory who passed away on January 17th

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