OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
Happy 100th Birthday to the Fraternal Order of Police!!!! 1915 ~ 2015
As we celebrated the 100th year Anniversary of the FOP in Pittsburgh, PA back in August, it was reassuring to see that the brotherhood/sisterhood is still strong as ever and still involved in fighting for its members. There were several changes to the Executive Board at the National level:
President: Chuck Canterbury (SC)
V-President: Jay McDonald (OH) (replaced Ed Brannigan (NJ)
2nd V-President: Les Neri (PA) (replaced Frank Gayle (CO)
Secretary: Patrick Yoes (LA)
Treasurer: Tom Penoza (DE)
Sgt-at-Arms: Roger Mayberry (CA)
As in every profession and every agency, change is needed ever so often in the executive level or it becomes a dictatorship and not the democracy that the membership deserves and calls for. With this in mind, I will be stepping down as your lodge president. I will not be running for re-election in December as lodge president due to feeling that our lodge needs to continue to grow and to make that happen there needs to be a new leader at the helm of lodge. I personally feel the president needs to be a current law enforcement officer to be able to have its hand on the pulse of the issues at hand currently facing those still in the law enforcement field. Since my retirement on Halloween of 2014, I am somewhat kept in the loop of things, but nothing like someone who is still an active officer/deputy.
In 2009 when I went from VP to President, we set out several long term goals. These goals included a place to call home and to strengthen our finances. We have successfully done both and something that I believe our Executive Board and the membership should be very proud of! Believe it or not, our lodge is financially more stable than more than 3/4 of the lodges in Kentucky to include the State Lodge. This I am extremely proud of. With this stability we are able and do more functions, sponsorships and assist more children in our community than ever before!! This is a bittersweet decision but like when retirement called and as they say, you just know when it is time. I would like to remain on the Executive Board in some fashion but if not then I shall still remain active as a member because this Order and our Lodge is something that I believe in and WE DO a ton of good for this community!!
I encourage all members to attend the November 12th lodge meeting for nominations and the December 10th lodge meeting for elections. I know some have not been happy with some of the choices I have made over the last 7 yrs as President, but they were made for the good of the Order. These dates will be the time you are able to voice your opinions and cast votes for members of your choosing. I also encourage members to be involved in our lodge! I encourage members to be part of the Executive Board! Step up and run for an elected position! Help assist in creating new ideas for the lodge and to be active and participate to continue to make our lodge one of the best in this state.
We are continuing 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 the year end drawing!
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 fee is required to reserve the lodge (via check made out to FOP 16). (5) The $50.00 fee must be paid one week before the date of the lodge rental. (6) The member reserving the lodge is responsible for all damages & happenings at the lodge during the reserved event. (7) 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. (8) 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. We have officially "gone green" and are communicating via email, Facebook Twitter and our 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!
Thank you for allowing me to be your President !
Fraternally your Brother,