UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

October 1, 2014

The meeting was opened by Brother Stone with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, November 5th at 5:00 pm. Brother Stan Melton won the $50 attendance award. Thanks to the ladies of the FOPA for dinner.

Lodge Business

Five new members were voted into the Lodge.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. We are in very good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

FOPA President Ramona Stone reports this years Cookies w/Santa Event will be at the lodge on Sunday, December 14th from 1400-1700 hrs.

Members voted to place an ad in the Marietta Daily Journal in support of extending the SPLOST Tax for Cobb County residents prior to voting on November 4th.

What has been described as a no brainer all officers, 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

Dues to join the lodge for new members are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers.

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.

Members are requested to update their personal information either online or on our application form. The application form must be mailed to the Lodge Secretary. Both are at the membership link on the left side of this page.

Members are also requested to update their beneficiary information on an annual basis. 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.

In the future all members wishing to apply for a Life Membership (retired & a member 20+ years) must request it in writing. All members who wish to know how long they have been a member can go to the national website at www.fop.net. You can go to the “Members Only” area and apply for access. Once approved you should find a link to your membership information, including the ability to change your address information.

Lodge Rentals

The lodge recently revised the "Use of the Lodge" fee schedule. Generally the cost is Members $250 per event and $500 for Non Members. There are exceptions for current members. Please conact President Mull or VP Bob Pierce for cost if you wish to reserve the lodge.

Check “Upcoming Events” on the Lodge website for information on events.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

One member was referred to our lodge attorney for consultation.

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

By Laws

None

Solicitation

None

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

Brother Pierce reports the event will be held on Wednesday, December 17th at the Target Store on the East West Connector. The program will run from approximately 0730 to 1300 hrs. Brother Steve Brawner will be handling the logistics part of the event. Ms. Marie Barnes will be the Honorary Chairperson for the event.

Holiday Food Baskets

The FOPA and members of the lodge will be working to get the Thanksgiving Food Baskets ready for distribution. Once all of the items are purchased and sorted they will distributed to various schools in our service area

Florida Trip

Seventy of our members had a great time at the annual Florida Trip in Panama City. Many thanks to Brother Chuck Mapes and his wife for the fine Low Country Boil Dinner at the hotel.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $240 to the Pink Ribbon Classic at the Marietta Country Club on October 7th. This event is a Breast Cancer Fundraiser.

Members voted to donate $60 to an FOPA Bowling Team in support of the Sheriff's Office 3rd Shift Fundraiser.

Sick & Distressed

Brother Rolla Green, Brother Ron Cone and Brother Paul More with continuing health 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:

Bob Pierce – bob.pierce @ cobbcounty.org or 678-467-4387
Bill Mull – billy.mull@gmail.com or 770-361-1239