UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

May 6, 2015

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Members enjoyed a Lasagna Dinner provided by the members of our Auxiliary. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday,May 3rd at 5:00 pm.

Lodge Business

Nine 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.

2VP David Stone and Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis travelled to Trenton Ga. to participate in the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Members voted to repave the lodge parking lot which has been in a state of disrepair for several years.

Our voting delegates for the August National Convention in Piittsburg PA will be: Cindy Ash, David Stone, Bob Pierce, Kevin Shrodes, Bill Mull, Carl Dimare, John Thompson, Jon Byrum and Mike Tocco for a total of 9 delegates.

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 not paid are currently deliquent. All member benefits have been suspended. Cost to be reinstated is $83 for active members and $30 for retired members. 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:

One member 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

Members voted to clarify the definition of a "Retired" member in our by-laws in regards to dues payment amount. The bylaw update has been submitted to the state lodge for approval.

Solicitation

None

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.

Georgia Law Enforcement Memorial Wall

On May 20th at 3pm Brother Freddie Norman's name will be added to the Georgia Law Enforcement Memorial Wall at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth Ga.

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.

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

Our annual Cops and Kids Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 22nd at Brookstone Country Club. Cost is $500 for a foursome with 120 player max for a total of 30 teams. Registration is 10am - 11am. Volunteers should arrive by 9am.

Steak Dinner

Our annual Steak Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, July 30th at Jim Miller Park. Cost is $20 per person. Carabba's will be catering the event.

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. Deadline to make these reservations is June 12th. Reservation after that date will not be eligible to be reimbursed for 2 nights of the stay.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to sponsor a golf team at the Guns & Hoses Jim Seaver / Greg Whitaker Memorial Golf Tournament at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Freeman Wallace recovering from broken bones
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Tom Arnold dealing with blood clot issues
Family of FOPA member Rhonda Fuller whose mom passed away

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