UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

October 5, 2016

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Chaplain Scotty Davis. Dinner was provided to the members prior to the start of the meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, November 2nd at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Brother Gilstrap won the $50 attendance award.

Guest Speaker

Cherokee Co. Sheriff Elect Frank Reynolds spoke to the members and thanked us for our support.

Lodge Business

Three new members were accepted into the lodge.

Secretary Stephens provided a 2016 Membership Report and also provided an overview of changes starting January 1, 2017 with our dues and legal representations.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. A financial report was distributed for all members to view. A discussion was held on specific budget items such as Attorney Representation and other monthly expenses. All is well and in good order. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in strong financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

VP Pete Jones led a discussion about the pay study currently being considered by the Cobb County Commissioners.

President Gaynor discussed legal protections available to our members via the Grand Lodge Legal Defense Fund. Members are strongly encouraged to review all options.

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.

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

One request for representation was granted by the membership to a current member.

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 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 request for legal representation by a member was granted.

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:

Changes to our Constitution & ByLaws in regards to dues and legal representation was presented to the members. A complete copy of the changes is available to our members upon request. Members voted to approve the changes.

Back to School Supplies

The following schools received supplies in during September:

  • Arnold Mill Elementary, Little River Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Woodstock Elementary and Bascomb Carmel Elementary in Cherokee County.
  • Dallas Elementary, Hiram Elementary, Nebo Elementary, McGarity Elementary and Lithia Srings Elementary in Paulding County.
  • North Douglas Elementary, Eastside Elementary, Lithia Springs Elementary, Annette Winn Elementary and Beulah Elementary in Douglas County.
  • Mableton Elementary, Clay Elementary, Sanders Elementary, Bryant Elementary, Clarkdale Elementary, Austell Elementary, Milford Elementary and Birney Elementary in Cobb County

Many thanks to our members who made a tremendous effort to organize and distribute the supplies.

Cookies with Santa

Scheduled for Sunday December 11th between 1pm & 4pm at the Lodge. All are welcome. We are requesting (not required) a new toy donation which will benefit a child in need.

Cops & Kids Shopping Program

Scheduled for Thursday, December 14th at the Target Store on the East West Connector. Details will be announced soon.

Washington D.C. National Law Enforcement Memorial

Scheduled for May 13-16, 2017

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 28 - October 1, 2017.

National Conference

Scheduled for August 27-30, 2017 in Nashville Tennessee

Donations/Sponsorships

The lodge received a $100 donation in memory of Cobb S.O. Deputy Lee Cleveland.

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 Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Terry Haas battling cancer
Brother Alvin Arrowood battling cancer
Brother Brian Gordon's step daughter Cheryl with significant health issues.
Passing of Floyd Cowen, Marietta PD
Passing of Lee Cleveland, Cobb S.O.

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 Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093