UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

May 7, 2014

The meeting was opened with a prayer and the pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, June 4th at 5:00 pm. Brother John Bartlett won the $50 attendance award. He donated the check to our Cops and Kids Program.

Lodge Business

Members welcomed candidate Bert Reeves for Georgia State House District 34. He explained his positions if elected and talked briefly about his opponent.

During the meeting members voted unanimously to endorse Bert Reeves for Georgia State House District 34. We wish him well in his campaign.

The electronic billboard at Sandy Plains Rd. and Post Oak Tritt Rd. is up and running. We hope the citizens of Cobb County will pay attention to the message and help the Cobb County Police Department and Cobb County Sheriff's Office with the understaffing and equipment problems running rampant.

Four 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 granite monument on the Square in Marietta honoring fallen Public Safety Officers has been updated. Many thanks to Cobb County Government and Rich Frazier for taking care of this important project.

Members unanimously voted the following members as delegates to the State Conference, June 5th to 8th. Bill Mull, Bob Pierce, Cindy Ash, Kevin Shrodes, John Thompson, Mike Tocco, Mike Brice, Robert O'Neill, Carl Dimare and Jon Byrum.

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

Current member dues not paid, are considered deliquent as of April 1, 2014. As of April 1st all rights and benefits from Lodge 13 for those deliquent have been suspended. To become current the member must add a $5 fee during payment for a total of $83 for active officers and $30 for retired officers. On June 1, 2014 members are purged from our membership list.

Dues to join the lodge for new members are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers.

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:

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

National Police Memorial

May 12th-15th in Washington D.C.

Lodge 13 Police Memorial

Scheduled for May 22nd at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta. National FOP President Chuck Canterbury will be the featured speaker.

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, July 21st at Brookstone Country Club. This is our major fundraiser for our Cops and Kids Shopping Event in December. Cost is $125 p/player with max of 120 players. Complete Details

Annual Steak Dinner

August 14th at the Jim Miller Park. Social 5:30 pm. Dinner 6:30 pm. Event will be catered by Outback Steakhouse. Cost is $20. Contact any Executive Board Member for a ticket.

Florida Trip

Set for September 17th-21st at the Sunset Inn in Panama City Beach. Lodge will pay 2 nights (Friday & Saturday Night) of the stay. Members must reserve their own rooms by June 15th in order for the lodge to pay. Please contact Jim, Chris or Anna at the Sunset Inn to make the reservations

Donations

The lodge received a check in memory of lodge member and fallen Cobb County Police Officer Stephen Gilner. The gift is being used by our Cops and Kids Program.

Nathan Parrott, son of lodge member Danny Parrott presented a check to our Cops and Kids Program in the amount of $1,122. He raised the funds as a senior class project by sponsoring a bowling tournament.

Members voted to donate $300 to the Oregon Park 8 and under Baseball Team raffle.

Sick & Distressed

Brother Rick Whitaker and Brother Tom Spruill

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