UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

November 1, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed dinner from Bojangles prior to our meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, December 6th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Pete Jones won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Nine new members were accepted into the lodge.

Chaplain Scotty Davis invited all members to the next "Cop Church" "Stress for Cops" meeting on November 16th at 1900 hrs. at the lodge. The program focuses on "Stress" within the job. Full information can be found at https://missionteaminc.com

Cobb County Commission Chair Mike Boyce and Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott both spoke at the start of our meeting. Many pointed questions were asked of each of them by our members present. Active Officers/Deputies with Cobb Co. continue to have significant pay and retention issues that seems to go on and on without a solution in sight.

President Gaynor reviewed many issues that confront our members, especially with Cobb PD. President Gaynor will be doing a presentation on the benefits of joining the lodge to the Cobb PD recruit class on 11/08/17.

VP Jon Byrum advised there was one request for legal representation during the month. In addition he discussed the need for all active members to join the FOP Legal Defense Plan for complete legal coverage.

Secretary Stephens advised our current membership is 600+. We strongly encourage all active officers to join the FOP Legal Defense Fund (www.foplegal.com) which can provide unlimited legal services for criminal, civil and administrative defense.

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.

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 voted to engage the LoRusso Law Firm to research the direction and any remedies available due to the current pay issues and compression with Cobb County PD/SO.

Members voted to join with Sweetwater Mission in Austell to provide a Thanksgiving & Christmas meal to 100 needy families in Cobb & Douglas County. These families will also get one weeks worth of groceries as part of the “Let’s Talk Turkeys” program. Members donated $500 for Thanksgiving and $500 for Christmas.

Membership Information

Dues are $78 for active officers and $35 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

After many months of discussion our members voted to discontinue the legal representation that was available from our lodge to members as part of their $78 yearly dues on January 1, 2018.

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:

One new request was received.

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:

Members voted to change the bylaws in regards to the changes to the lodge legal representation options.

Holiday Food Bags

Details to be announced soon about the Thanksgiving & Christmas deliveries to our local elementary schools.

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday December 10th at the lodge starting at 1pm. All members of Public Safety & families are invited to attend. Details will be announced soon.

Cops & Kids Shopping Event

Scheduled for Wednesday, December 13th starting at 7:30am. Details will be announced soon.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $300 to the North Atlanta Volleyball Team

Sick & Distressed

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

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

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

Legal Representation

Effective January 1, 2018 this section will no longer apply to Lodge 13 members as this benefit is being discontinued.

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