Monthly Meeting Review

November 7, 2018

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed a Ham & Turkey Dinner provided by President Gaynor. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, December 5th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. The $50 attendance award was won by Brother Stephens who donated the check to the FOPA.

Lodge Business

Seven new members were accepted into the lodge.

Debbie Ginocchio, Sweetwater Mission, spoke to the members about her organization. Specifically she discussed the Lets Talk Turkey program in which a $10 donation provides a family in need, a turkey for Thanksgiving and a weeks worth of food. At the conclusion of her presentation members voted unanimously to donate $500 to the organization to sponsor 50 familes during Thanksgiving.

Cobb Co Commission Chair Mike Boyce spoke to the membership about upcoming priorities of the Cobb County Commissioners. He reported the purchase of two facilities to house the Cobb PD Headquarters and Cobb PD Training Facility including an indoor firing range. He also advised 100 new police vehicles were on order to replace outdated vehicles.

Financial Advisor Mike Hoffman was present to discuss various investments opportunities the lodge should consider versus the CD's that are currently being used.

President Gaynor advised members he represented the lodge at the October meeting of the Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission, the Annual October Haunt at Six Flags over Georgia and as a volunteer at the Wellstar Foundation Cay Shoot Fundraiser. Brother Gaynor advised during a recent hostage situation near the lodge, he opened the facility and parking lot for use by the Police Department and various news agencies. Finally he discussed the outstanding bill to pay for the now released Cobb County Pension Study the lodge commissioned.

VP Byrum discussed the recent response of the Legal Defense Plan attorney to three recent officer involved shootings. All members are strongly encouraged to join the Legal Defense Plan

Secretary Stephens states all is well with membership.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. Members were also provided a copy of the current year to date lodge income and expenses. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc are 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


Membership Information

Yearly dues for our members in 2019 will continue to be $78 for active members and $35 for retired members.

Legal Representation

Three of our members were involved in a critical incident and were covered by the Legal Defense Plan.

Legal Committee Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – (404)787-1093

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:


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:



Thanksgiving Food Bags

Brother Shrodes and his wife Cathy are handling the purchase of the items for baskets we provide to various elementary schools in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas and Paulding County. All will be notified when it is time to pack the bags at the lodge. All bags will be distributed prior to the Thanksgiving Holidays

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday, December 9th, 1pm - 4pm at the lodge.

Cops & Kids Shopping Events

Scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at the Target Store on the East/West Connector. Details will be released as we get closer to the event.

We have scheduled a Cops and Kids Shopping Event with the children at the Calvary Children's Home on Friday, December 14th at the Target Store Dallas Hwy @ Barrett Pkwy.


Our Cops and Kids received a donation of $1,500 from the Cobb Co. S.O. Sheriff's Reserve.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Mike Brice is in Kennestone Hospital with significant medical issues.
Brother Paul Moore is currently in rehab
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.
Brother Ricky Keheley's mother passing
Brother Hawk Hagebaks wife Lisa passing
Sister Paula sparks recovering from recent medical issues