March / April 2014
Brothers and Sisters,
Already it seems that 2014 is well on its way to flying by. With this a couple of important dates will be upon us in no time. May 5, 2014 is the Kentucky State Memorial in Frankfort, KY. May 15, 2014 is our annual FOP Memorial. October 17-19 is the Kentucky State Fall Conference that our lodge will be hosting! We will need all members to step up on this conference in the fall to help make it flow smoothly. More information can be found on the Current Events & Upcoming Events pages.
Thanks to everyone that came out to help, cook, serve, and clean up for Firedawg David McCrady's Benefit Chicken cook!! Thanks also to all those of you who bought chickens!! We cook 1030 chickens that day ... That's a lot of chickens!!! Special thanks to Brother Scott Norris for getting things ready before the cook; Brothers Phil Newsock & 2nd VP Loren Yonts for the dip; DC Fire Phillip Hodskins for getting the chickens and wood lined up and to OPFF President Jacob Seaton for helping to partner with us and OFD to make this a great and successful endeavor! Not only was money made to help out Brother McCrady but a lot of fun was had between all that were there.
Attendance is up at the meetings and it is nice to see new and fresh faces along with some older faces that we haven't seen in a while! Welcome and welcome back!!
Our lodge has started the Spring Fundraiser for the Back to School Shop with a Cop. The dates of fundraising is March 17 - May 16. Please pass onto friends and family this is happening and as always if there are any problems please contact me immediately!!
We have started our new membership / attendance boosting efforts with the introduction of a year end drawing for prizes that will include a weekend getaway for 2. The way it works is for every meeting or lodge sponsored event an active member in good standing attends, they will receive one ticket with their name on it that will go into the pot for drawings that will be held at the end of the year.
Our lodge with be hosting the 2014 Kentucky State Fall Conference in October of this year. We have a lot of work ahead of us and are going to need our membership to step up so that this will be a successful conference. Repeatedly over the last several years, we have been asked at state and national conferences to host a conference in Owensboro. Some of our old timers recall the ones of the past and they were apparently legendary being as National FOP Executive Board Members like Secretary Patrick Yoes is asking for us to host again. WE CAN'T LET THEM DOWN. We have several committees in place for the conference and will be listed on the Committees page on our website. The chairman of each committee will be identified and if you would like to help (WHICH WE WILL NEED YOU!) please contact the chairman if your name is not listed on the website under that committee. The E-Board has been brainstorming on this and there are a lot of good ideas to show our brothers and sisters how FOP 16 rolls!!!
We are STILL looking for police memorabilia and law enforcement patches from around the world if you would like to donate them to have them framed and displayed.
If you are interested in reserving the lodge you can go to the FOP 16 Website: www.fop16.com and click on the lodge availability link to see if the date you are interested in is available. If you want to reserve a date, please email the lodge at : email@example.com with the date and times. A few changes have been made to the rental of the lodge for events: (1) A member has to reserve the lodge and must be present for the event. (2) The event has to be a family type or member gathering function. No side or personal gain business meetings will be allowed. (3) An event can be reserved up to a 6 hour block. (4) $50.00 deposit is required to reserve the lodge (via check made out to FOP 16) and $25.00 will be returned if requested and once the lodge is inspected and all is in order. (5) The member reserving the lodge is responsible for all damages & happenings at the lodge during the reserved event. (6) Trash shall be taken out after the event and if non-disposable dishes owned by the lodge were used then they shall be cleaned before leaving. (7) Reserving the lodge is a privilege and not a right. It is not open to the public to reserve. Misuse of the lodge or damaging the lodge will not be tolerated and could be grounds for dismissal from the lodge and requested to pay for all damages done.
A lot of information is being sent out via emails and on Facebook. If you are not receiving information other than the newsletter and want to, please email the lodge at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have noticed our email address has changed to email@example.com from the old address of firstname.lastname@example.org We are officially "gone green" and are communicating via email, Facebook and website.
As always, If it’s not for the Good of the Order, then it’s not good!
Also remember we are badges of many with a purpose of one!
Fraternally your Brother and President,