UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

September 3, 2014

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, October 1st at 5:00 pm. Brother Shrodes won the $50 attendance award. Thanks to the ladies of the FOPA for dinner.

Lodge Business

Three 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. The major expense for this month was $6,085 for the 2014 Property Taxes

Members voted to hire Brother Lance LoRusso as a spokesperson for the lodge when the need arises. The e-board is currently in the process of drawing up a contract.

Lodge Secretary reports 29 members were removed from roster for failure to pay 2014 dues.

All of the school supplies have been delived to schools in Cobb, Douglas, Pauling and Cherokee Co. by several of our members.

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:

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

Reminder there is a 6 month attendance requirement out of the previous 12 months for anyone wishing to run for office.

Solicitation

None

Cops and Kids Golf Tournament

The is years event was a huge success. In excess of $23,600 was raised for our Cops and Kids Shopping Event in December

Annual Steak Dinner

All had a good time. Attendance was low but the food was excellent. Many thanks to Outback Steakhouse for catering the event.

Florida Trip

Set for September 17th-21st at the Sunset Inn in Panama City Beach. Everything is ready to go

Cops and Kids Shopping Event

This years event has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 17th at the Target Store on the East West Connector. Details will be announced as we get closer.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to sponsor 2 golf teams to the American Legion Golf Tournament at Dogwood Country Club on September 22nd. This event typically makes a huge donation to our Cops and Kids Shopping event.

Sick & Distressed

Brother Rolla Green 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