UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

September 2, 2015

The meeting was opened by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis with a prayer and the pledge. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 pm.

Lodge Business

Five new members were voted into the Lodge.

A financial report was distributed by Sister Ash. The lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in strong financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

Cobb County Public Safety Director Sam Heaton was our guest at the beginning of the meeting. He provided updates to members in regards to Cobb Co. Public Safety upgrades. These included: Recruiting/Hiring, Assigned Cars, Shift Differentials, Education Pay, Vacancies, Patrol Rifles and Pay Study. Directory Heaton stood for questions from the members about specifics of the items listed above. Members were very appreciative of his attendance at our meeting.

Eighteen members of our lodge have been purged from our membership rolls for non payment of 2015 dues.

Elections for the 2016 - 2017 exeutive board was conducted by 2nd VP David Stone. The following members were nominated:

  • 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

All candidates were unopposed therefore each of these members will serve in their elected capacity for a two year term starting at our October Meeting.

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

Current members who have not paid 2015 dues have been purged from our active membership roster.

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:

One request for legal representation was requested. The member was referred to our lodge attorney.

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

Annual Florida Trip

Ready to Go

National Conference

Congratulations to our own Ramona Stone for her election as National Secretary to the National FOP Auxiliary.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted to donate $260 to the American Legion Golf Tournament at Dogwood Country Club on September 28th.

Members voted to donate $300 to benefit a Cobb Co. Sheriff Deputies child who is extremely sick.

Sick & Distressed

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

Brother Rolla Green with continuing significant health issues
Brother R. C. Cole with continuing issues involving his transplant surgery
Brother Jackie Vann with continuing significant health issues
Brother Freeman Wallace with health issues
Brother Vinny Verola with the loss of his mother
Roger Parker & Family (Leader of Georgia COPS Association) with the loss of his daughter.

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