Brothers and Sisters,
Once again the holidays are upon us. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Our fundraising campaign for our annual Christmas Shop with a Cop is winding down and will end on December 17, 2013, This is the same night that FOP 16 will be taking numerous children shopping to get them much needed clothes and much wanted toys! This is an event that we have been doing as long as I can remember and I still have adults that tell me they went as a child when they find out I am with FOP 16. This is a function that our lodge will continue on with due to making a difference in thousands of children's lives over the years!!! I enjoy talking with these children's parents that we take and learn about these children and what they want to be when they grow up! This exposure to law enforcement officers has helped change a perception of law enforcement officers by these children and shown them that we are people too and are here to help; not to hurt as we are sometimes portrayed!
We are still doing bingo on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Please spread the word to try and build the player base. We have designated the 11th game of each session as a special game (Jail Bars) as the proceeds will be going to local charities. Our member turn out is starting to lessen, so if you are able to volunteer at one of these sessions please try and do so! The "Queen of Hearts" progressive game is taking shape and players are starting to see the $$$$$ signs for the large payouts this game can produce!! If your bored and have nothing to do or want to support your local FOP, come on out and play bingo or volunteer to assist in working it.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com . If you have noticed our email address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org from the old address of email@example.com We are officially "gone green" and are communicating via email, Facebook and website.
Enjoy this Christmas Season and your families! Please do not let the real REASON FOR THE SEASON get lost in the commercialization that seems to have become normal these days!
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you; You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2: 8-12
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,