UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

October 7, 2015

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, November 4th at 5:00 pm. Many thanks to the FOPA for the baked potato and bbq dinner

Lodge Business

A financial report was distributed on behalf of our Treasurer by Brother Gaynor. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in strong financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

The following officers were sworn in by State President Carlton Stallings for 2015 - 2017

  • President - Steve Gaynor
  • VP - Jon Byrum
  • 2VP - Pete Jones
  • Secretary - Jimmy Stephens
  • Treasurer - Cindy Ash
  • Sgt. at Arms Post 1 - Kevin Shrodes
  • Sgt. at Arms Post 2 - Bill Rogers
  • State Trustee - John Thompson

State Lodge President Carlton Stallings addressed the members:

  • He encouraged all members to call their State Representatives and State Senators to encourage them to support HB 591 (State of Georgia) which is an effort to strengthen the financial position of the Peace Officers Benefit and Annuity Fund.
  • This year a law was passed to reduce the cost to $25 for retired officers qualifying with either a revolver and/or an automatic under HB 218

Back to School Supplies (September 2015)- spent $1,500 plus we received approximately $1,500 in inkind school supplies from the Target Store on the East West Connector at Austell Rd.

We provided six boxes of school supplies to each school with one of the boxes being supplies for teachers. The following schools received supplies:

  • Dallas Elementary, Dugan Elementary, Hiram Elementary, Hutchens Elementary, Baggett Elementary and Nebo Elementary in Paulding County.
  • Eastside Elementary, Beulah Elementary, North Douglas Elementary, Lithia Springs Elementary and Annette Winn Elementary in Douglas County.
  • Arnold Mill Elementary, Little River Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Woodstock Elementary, Bascomb Carmel Elementary and Cherokee Co. Alternative High School in Cherokee County.
  • Milford Elementary, Austell Elementary, Hollydale Elementary, Powder Springs Elementary and Bryant Elementary in Cobb County.

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. 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 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.

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

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. Once on the site 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.

Committee Reports:

Legal Committee:

None

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

Brother Stone reviewed the by laws changes at the National Level

Solicitation

None

Annual Florida Trip

All had a good time. The weather was great. Thanks to all of those who planned this successful event.

Donations/Sponsorships

None

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with 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: (The full contact list will be posted soon)

Steve Gaynor – stgaynor@fop.net or 770-757-6709