UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

May 3, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed an Italian Dinner from Pasta Bella. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, June 7th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Jorge Mestre won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Thirteen new members and one associate member were accepted into the lodge.

Jenna Duncan from Cobb SO gave a presentation on the upcoming LE Torch Run.

Secretary Stephens advised 2017 dues are now past due. Members not current have been inactivated and receive no benefits from the lodge until the dues are brought current.

Secretary Stephens provided the members a review of our current finances in the absence of Treasurer Ken Kelly. All is well and in good order. The Lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

President Gaynor and Secretary Stephens received a plaque for being the 2016 Lodge Members of the Year. Many thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of the lodge.

President Gaynor provided the members a review of working with the Cobb Fire Union to address ongoing issues with pay and other personnel matters.

President Gaynor also reviewed ongoing issues with Cobb Officers being forced to work extensive overtime on the Braves Traffic Detail.

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

2017 dues for current members are now past due. To renew the current cost is $110 for active officers and $62 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. 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:

Legal Committee:

The legal committee received one inquiry during the month.

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:

None

Cobb County Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for May 10, 2017 at 7:30pm on the square in Marietta. State Representative Bert Reeves will be the featured speaker.

Washington D.C. National Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2017.

Cops & Kids Golf Tournament

Our annual Cops and Kids Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 10th at Brookstone Country Club. Carrabba's Italian Grill is catering the event. This event is open to anyone who wants to play golf and help out our Christmas Kids. Limit of 120 players. Register to play by July 1st.

Online Registration & Payment

National Conference

Scheduled for August 27-30, 2017 in Nashville Tennessee. The lodge has selected 12 delegates to attend this event.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 29 - October 1, 2017. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $300 to the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Members voted to donate $300 to the 7th Annual Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother John Thompson with medical issues
Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Kathy Richardson, mother of two lodge members battling cancer
Brother Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer
Brother Gil Rusterucci battling cancer and currently in hospice
Brother Matt Nerbonne recovering from a recent vehicle crash
Brother John McCraw's wife Carol dealing with cancer

We are asking for special prayers for Cobb 911 Operator Amanda Raines who is dealing with significant medical issues.

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