UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

March 6, 2019

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Members enjoyed dinner from Pasta Bella prior to the meeting. Brother Harry Hammock won the $50 attendance award

Lodge Business

Twelve new members and one Associate Member were voted into the Lodge.

Our guest speakers were Chad Kishel & Vernon Collett from Summit Capital Solutions. They made a presentation to members who were close to retirement.

President Gaynor discussed the recent events at the Cobb Commissioner Meetings and his presentations on February 12th & February 26th. 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.

Lodge Attorney Lance LoRusso - we had one Critical Incident but the officer was not a member of the Legal Defense Plan.

2nd VP John McCraw presented a plaque from the Cobb Atlanta Junior Volleyball Team thanking us for our donation.

Secretary Stephens advised all the upcoming deadline for dues payment is March 31st. Starting April 1st members can be inactivated for non payment. If this happens those that belong to the Legal Defense Plan can be removed from coverage. After April 1st the members will have to pay a $32 penalty for a total of $110 (active) and $67 (retired) to be reinstated. He also advised all investments for the Lodge & Charities Inc. have been moved to Parkland Securities and are doing well.

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.

State Trustee John Thompson is working on a Ford Mustang car show in July. Help will be need as soon as details are determined.

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

Members voted to purchase t-shirts to be used during various Cobb Co. Commissioner Meetings.

Brother Carl Dimare was installed as the new 2nd Sgt at Arms.

Membership Information

Yearly dues for our members in 2019 will continue to be $78 for active members and $35 for retired members. On April 1st a $32 penalty will be added to the cost for all who have not paid their 2019 dues.

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:

http://www.foplegal.com/docs/FOP-Legal-Defense-Plan_RevisionEffective_121015.pdf

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:

ByLaws:

None

Cobb Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for Thursday, May 9th on the Square in Marietta. Details will be announced as we get closer.

National FOP Conference

Will be held in New Orleans from August 11-15, 2019. We will only be sending four delegates to the conference to represent us.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted a $300 donation to Jon Davis for his Eagle Scout Service Project at Chalker Elementary School.

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 Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife, Kathy Shrodes, battling cancer.
Brother Henry Higgins battling health issues.