UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

October 3, 2018

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge. Members enjoyed a pasta dinner from Pasta Bella's prior to the meeting. Dinner was sponsored by Terry Bohan of Charter Communications. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, November 7th 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 Ken Kelly.

Lodge Business

This year it is very important that all of our members, families and friends get out and vote in November. Your voice needs to count.

Three new members were accepted into the lodge.

Terry Bohan with Charter Communications spoke to the members about how the company and support staff can support law enforcements emergency requests and subpoena's, court orders, warrants, etc. He provided a handout with contact information for agencies as the need arises.

Cobb Co Commission Chair Mike Boyce spoke to and fielded questions from the members. Commission Boyce covered many topics such as the budget, police personnel, pension fund and many other topics. The members always appreciate his willingness to speak to the members.

President Gaynor updated the members on the National Convention on August 10-14 in New Orleans. He advised the following candidates are being endorsed by the Georgia State Lodge in statewide races. Each received 80-85% of the endorsement votes from members ballots returned to the lodge. Governor: Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor: Geoff Duncan, Attorney General: Christopher Carr, Ga Labor Commissioner: Mark Butler and Ga Insurance Commissioner: Jim Beck.

Secretary Stephens states all is well with membership and the rosters are current. In addition all lodge taxes to the IRS have been submitted.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. Both the Lodge and Charities Inc are in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

Sgt at Arms Shroves handled several maintenance issues at the lodge and delivered school supplies to the Cherokee County Schools for our Back to School Program

State Trustee Thompson reports that he delivered school supplies to 4 schools in Douglas County and 4 schools in Paulding County. Brother Thompson also advised he assisted with food/drink purchases and whatever else was needed during the annual Florida Trip.

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

None

Membership Information

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

Legal Representation

Two 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:

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:

None

ByLaws:

None

Annual Trip to Florida

All had a good time. About 60 folks attended.

Cookies with Santa

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

Cops & Kids Shopping Event

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.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Donnie Ethridge battling skin cancer
Brother Hawk Hagebaks wife battling cancer
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.