UPCOMING MEETING

Monthly Meeting Review

September 6, 2017

The meeting was opened with a prayer and pledge by Lodge Chaplain Scotty Davis. Members enjoyed dinner from Chick Fil A prior to our meeting. Our next regular scheduled Lodge meeting is Wednesday, October 4th at 5:00 pm. All members are encouraged to join us prior to the meeting (1630 hrs) for dinner. Sister Joan Bloom won the $50 attendance award.

Lodge Business

Nineteen new members were accepted into the lodge.

Chaplain Scotty Davis invited all members to the next "Cop Church" "Stress for Cops" meeting on September 21st at 1900 hrs. at the lodge. The program focuses on "Stress" within the job. Full information can be found at https://missionteaminc.com

President Gaynor held a discussion on recent events with Cobb PD and how to move forward.

Secretary Stephens reports all members who have not paid their 2017 have been purged from our rolls.

State Trustee John Thompson provided an overview of the recently National Conference. Brother David Stone provided an overview of the elections and the various by-laws changes that either passed or failed.

Treasurer Kelly provided the members a review of our current finances. All is well and in good order. The Lodge and Charities Inc continue to be in good financial condition. Copies are available at all lodge meetings.

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 are $78 for active officers and $25 for retired officers. 2017 dues are no longer payable. 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 are set:

  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.

Limits are $2,500 for critical incidents and $1,000 for administrative issues.

The 60 day waiting period for new members starts when the member is voted into the lodge at the monthly meeting.

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:

Provided representation on 3 incidents.

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:

None

Back to School Supplies

All school supplies have been delivered. We received thank you letter from two schools that received supplies.

National Conference

President Gaynor, State Trustee Thompson and Brother Stone provided an overview of the event.

Annual Florida Trip

Scheduled for September 29 - October 1, 2017. Members must make the reservation and secure the reservation with your own credit card. Call 850-234-7370. Sunset Inn

New Business

Congratulations to the following for their recent election to the Executive Board: President - Steve Gaynor, VP - Jon Byrum, 2VP -John McCraw, Treasurer - Ken Kelly, Secretary - Jimmy Stephens, 1st Sgt at Arms - Kevin Shrodes, 2nd Sgt at Arms - Sylvia Robinson, State Trustee - John Thompson. Congratulations to all.

Donations/Sponsorships

Members voted $500 to a member in distress.

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 Cecil Cahela battling cancer
Brother Gregory Gilstrap's wife Janie battling cancer
Brother Kevin Shrodes wife Kathy battling cancer
Brother Tom Spruill's wife Karon battling medical issues
Brother John McCraw's wife Carol dealing with cancer

We are asking for special prayers for Cobb 911 Operator Amanda Raines who is dealing with significant medical 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 Point of Contact: Jon Byrum – 404-787- 1093