UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

May 1, 2019

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by President Gaynor. Members enjoyed a hamburger, brats and hotdog dinner provided by lodge members. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, June 5th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Carl Dimare won the $50 attendance award

Lodge Business

Fourteen new members were voted into the Lodge.

President Gaynor discussed the recent events at the Cobb Commissioner Meetings and various town hall meetings. His presentations are on our Facebook page for members to review. He also talked to the members about Chairman Boyce's recent claim comparing a parks employee leaving the county to a police officer leaving the county. He is requesting we have a huge showing at the May 28th @ 1830 hrs Commissioners Meeting to continue the pressure on the commissioners to solve the current Public Safety issues. President Gaynor also invited members to help pass out flyers at the upcoming Cobb Fun Fest Event at Jim Miller Park on May 4th from 10am - 4pm. The crowd is expected to be around 4,000 folks.

VP Byrum - addressed at length some of the effects with the shortage of officers at Cobb PD and his attendance at many of the Commissioners Town Hall Meetings and Commissioners Meetings. He also informed the membership the Blue Knights Motorcycle Ride was a huge success with over 700 motorcycles participating. A total of $27,000 was raised to help defray cost of family members attending Law Enforcement Memorial Week in Washington DC in memory of their fallen officer.

2nd VP McCraw - is recruting officers with the Board of Education to join the Legal Defense Plan. He also informed the members about the upcoming pay raises for Publice Safety and all employee's within the Cobb County School System.

Secretary Stephens - We currently have 58 members who have failed to pay their 2019 dues and have been inactivated on our Lodge roster. These individuals are no longer eligible for lodge benefits or to be members of the Legal Defense Plan. Inactivated members wishing to rejoin our lodge are subject to a $32 penalty for a total of $110 (active) and $67 (retired) to be reinstated. Finally, Secretary Stephens briefed the members on the hiring of Susan Warren as the Membership Coordinator for all membership matters.

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.

Sgt at Arms Shrodes - advised volunteers are needed for the May 9th Law Enforcement Memorial on the square in Marietta.

State Trustee Thompson - advised the Ford Mustang car show in July has been cancelled. Hopefully it can be rescheduled in the future.

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

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.

Membership Information

On April 11th a $32 penalty was instituted for those members who wish to rejoin Lodge 13 after their membership was inactivated due to non payment.

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 7pm on the Square in Marietta. Governor Brian Kemp is scheduled to be our featured speaker. GBI Director Vic Reynold will do the introductions and lead the invocation. If it rains we will be in the Strand Theatre.

National FOP Conference

Will be held in New Orleans from August 11-15, 2019. Brother Ken Kelly, Kevin Shrodes, Carl Dimare, Lance LoRusso, Bob Pierce, Mike Brice, Steve Gaynor and David Stone will be our delegates for the National Conference.

Cops & Kids Golf Tournament

Scheduled for Monday, September 16th at Governors Town Club in Acworth. Details will be announced as we get closer to the event. We will be co-hosting the event with the Cobb Community Policing Unit who will be raising funds for the School Lunch Program.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 26th - 28th, 2019 at Panama City Beach. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn

Sick & Distressed

Prayers to the family of Coweta Co SO Deputy Edmund Irvin

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

Matt Payne, Cobb PD battling cancer
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.