UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

May 2, 2018

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, June 6th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. The $50 attendance award was donated to the Kennesaw Generals 5 yr old Allstar Baseball Team.

Lodge Business

Six new members were accepted into the lodge.

President Gaynor held a general discussion on issues involving retention and vehicles with Cobb County PD and a recent conversation with three of the Cobb County Commissioners..

VP Byrum advised the attendance at the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington is all set and preparations are complete. Brother Byrum also participated in the Blue Knights Law Ride to benefit the families of fallen officers. 500+ motorcycles participated and a total of $41,000 was raised for the Concerns of Police Survivors Organization.

2nd VP McCraw strongly encourages all members to consider the Legal Defense Plan. We currently have a large number of our members that have joined.

Secretary Stephens reports approximately 70 members have not paid their 2018 dues by the April 1st deadline. Those members have been inactivated. Members wishing to reactivate their membership will have to pay a $32 penalty for a total of $110 for active members and $67 for retired members.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. 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.

State Trustee Thompson encourage all members to attend the Memorial Service on the Square in Marietta in memory of our fallen officers.

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 were advised the July 4th meeting has been moved to July 11th due to the holiday.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $300 to Kennesaw Generals 5yr old Allstar Baseball Team.

Members voted to donate $250 to the Oregon Park Sharks 8-9yr old Baseball Team.

Membership Information

All dues are past due as of April 1st. Membership for those past due have been inactivated. To reactivate your membership members will have to pay a $32 penalty. Cost for deliquent members is now $110 for active officers and $67 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 Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

In its place 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 $282 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:

Legal Committee:

None

ByLaws:

None

Cobb County LE Memorial Event:

Scheduled for Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm on the Square in Marietta. Guest Speaker will be Brother Jack Forsyth & Roger Parker (COPS)

Washington DC Law Enforcement Memorial

All arrangements are are complete.

State Conference:

Scheduled for June 10-14, 2018 at Unicoy State Park. Contact President Gaynor if you are interested in attending. Nine delegates were selected to attend to represent the Lodge.

Cops & Kids Charity Golf Tournament:

Scheduled for Monday, June 25th at Brookstone Country Club. Event benefits our Christmas Shopping Program for children who might not be able to have a Christmas with this program. Complete Details Here

Annual Trip to Florida

Scheduled for September 27 - 30, 2018. 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 Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Inc.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother David Walker who is fighting a knee infection
Brother Bobby Scandrick 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 Gerald Peal battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife Kathy battling cancer