UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

March 2, 2016

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Sister Sylvia Robinson. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, April 6th at 5:00 pm. Members enjoyed a Lasagna Dinner prepared by Doug Cunningham owner of BIO-ONE of GA. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Rocky Rokovitz won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Fourteen new members were accepted into the lodge.

Six candidates for open seats on the State Court in Cobb County were present to speak to the members during the meeting. Each were allotted 5 minutes to address the members to introduce themselves and their qualifications. The candidates were: Kellie Hill, Luke Lanta, Leah Zammit, Jane Manning, Brendan Murphy and Aaron Strimban.

Brother Stephens provided a Membership Report and a Community Outreach Report for 2015 to the members present

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash with a brief discussion about the finances of the lodge. 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.

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

Members voted to accept a two year contract for lawn maintenance at the lodge.

Members voted to accept a bid to repair and repaint the interior of the lodge.

The Lodge presented a plaque to both Brother Bill Mull & Brother Bob Pierce as the 2016 Kermit Sanders Lodge 13 Members of the Year. Both are long time members of the lodge and have served in various capacities in the lodge including both being Past Presidents. In addition both created our Charities, Inc. Non Profit which sponsors our Cops and Kids Shopping Program during the Christmas season. The membership is deeply grateful for all of their contributions.

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:

No requests for legal assistance were received.

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:

Brother Stone held a review of potential minor changes to the Lodge Constitution & Bylaws.

National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2016.

Cobb County Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Scheduled for Thursday, May 26th at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta.

State Conference

Currently scheduled for July 17-20, 2016 at Sea Palms Resort. Details and participation will be considered at a later date.

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 voted a $2,000 sponsorship of four of our members at the annual Police Unity Tour during the National Law Enforcement Week in Washington D.C.

Members voted $300 to sponsor a golf team at the Bill Peacock Golf Tournment on April 18th in Monroe Georgia. This sponsorship is in support of Lodge # 10 in Dekalb County.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Paul Moore in poor health
Brother Steve Nolen who is deployed to the Middle East
Sister Francis Brice whose sister Joan is battling cancer.

Cobb PD Officer Joe Cole who sustained significant injuries during an on duty car accident.

Cobb PD Officer Nancy Reyes battling cancer.

Cobb SO Deputy Sowerby with the death of his daughter.

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