In December of every odd year, the membership elects an Executive Board for a two-year term. The Board is tasked with the business operations and strategic planning for the lodge. As leaders of the Lodge, these men and woman volunteer countless hours to the Order.
Nominations were held during the November meeting which allows candidates an opportunity to speak with the membership prior to elections.
Some positions only received a single nomination; therefore, those candidates will be elected by acclamation. The other positions which received more than one nomination will be decided by an election. Any active member who is present at the December meeting is eligible to vote. Absentee ballots and proxy votes are not allowed. Voting will commence at 8:00 pm time certain and the polls will close at 8:30 pm. Any member in line at 8:30 pm will be allowed to vote; however, no member will be allowed to enter the voting line after 8:30 pm.
Seated without opposition were President John Blackmon (i), Vice President Eddie Draper (i), Membership Secretary Pam Nelson, Treasurer Scott Rywelski (i), and Second Vice President Mike Kornahrens.
Contested positions are Recording Secretary and Sergeant at Arms. Aaron Reed (i) and Reggie Sharpe are vying for the position of Recording Secretary. Gary Zimmer and Travis Dodd are on the ballot for the Sergeant at Arms position.
Incumbent Second Vice President Beth Auer and Sergeant at Arms Ed Semlitsch did not seek re-election.
Our lodge has continued to grow each year. We have expanded benefit offerings to members. We have sought out other revenue streams. We have continued to be the shining beacon for law enforcement professionals in the Lowcountry. We will continue to shine. We will continue to improve. We will continue to serve the law officers of the Lowcountry.
Thank you for your continued support.
I look forward to working for the members with this newly created position. I hope to keep membership organized and easy to track.
During this term on the EBoard I assisted in accomplishing many projects. The maintenance of the lodge is ongoing and never-ending work. With the assistance of the membership, the lawn was kept mowed and there were several improvements. Exterior lighting, exterior signs, and push bars on the doors were added to improve the lodge. I greatly appreciated the assistance from the members who volunteered their time with these projects.
During 2017, I coordinated two funding events for the lodge, The 3rd Annual Deputy Joe Matuskovic Memorial Hockey Game and the 911 Memorial Hockey Game. These events were a lot of work however, I accepted the challenge. As a result of these events over $11,000 was raised for the lodge and our partner charities.
In total, I have served on the EBoard for approximately five and half years. I enjoyed my time on the EBoard however, like all of us; I have many responsibilities with family and work. We are a lodge of almost 1000 members and I believe every member should have an opportunity to serve on the EBoard. Therefore, I decided not to run for reelection. I believe there are two outstanding candidates running for my position. Either person would make a great addition to the Eboard.
Even though I will no longer be on the EBoard, I still plan to be active with the lodge. I plan to continue the hockey games and assist with maintenance and repairs of the building.
It was a pleasure serving the membership on the EBoard and I look forward to seeing everyone at future lodge meetings and events.
I have been a member of Lodge #3 since the beginning of my career in 2006. It was shortly after that I began serving on various committees to include merchandise, Law Enforcement Appreciation Night and Cops and Calabash (formerly Cops and Lobsters).
I served as Lodge secretary for 3 terms before being elected by the E-board to fill the open Vice President position. During my time on the board, I helped in the responsibility of protecting and maintaining our one true asset, the lodge building itself. I assisted in upgrades and routine maintenance that not only made our building safer but also made it more functional to better serve you the members.
I look forward to continuing serving this wonderful organization as your Sgt. at Arms and look forward to your support December 11th.