On Monday evening, our lodge met for the May regular monthly business meeting.

With over 50 people in attendance, the meeting began with our complimentary meal provided by our renowned Meals Committee.  During dinner, the members networked with contacts and reacquainted with old friends.

At the conclusion of dinner, the business of the lodge began.

Ray NashAfter opening the meeting, we invited all candidates for the office of Dorchester County Sheriff to speak before the membership.  The only candidate to attend was Ray Nash.  During the new business portion of the meeting, the membership voted to endorse the candidacy of Ray Nash for the office of Dorchester County Sheriff.


New Members

Our membership grew with the acceptance of 8 new applications from various local, state and federal agencies.

Officer Reports

President John Blackmon: spoke on the ongoing dues renewal process and the update of the membership database, responded to media requests, posted articles on the website, assisted the Chaplain and Second Vice President on issues, attended the viewing of Deputy Jared Murphy, Cops & Calabash, the Awards Ceremony and the Executive Board meeting

Vice President Matt Woodall: submitted a letter of resignation and the membership accepted his resignation

Secretary Travis Dodd: attended the Executive Board meeting

Treasurer Frank Nigro: processed income and expenses, attended the Awards Ceremony

Second Vice President Jacqui Woodall: worked on committee assignments, attended the viewing of Deputy Jared Murphy, Cops & Calabash, the Awards Ceremony the Executive Board meeting

Sergeant at Arms Scott Rywelski:  worked on committee assignments, attended the Executive Board meeting

Chaplain Eddie Draper: mailed numerous get well cards, called sick and distressed officers, attended the Awards Ceremony and the Executive Board meeting

Past President Dan Isgett: absent but provided a written report concerning committee assignments, attended the Awards Ceremony

Past President Ric Piersol: attended the Awards Ceremony and assisted a member with transportation to the event

Past President Gilbert Smith: no report

Report of Committees:

Awards (Jacqui Woodall) – Held on April 30 and recognized nearly 100 law enforcement officers

Building Committee (Scott Rywelski) – Painting the interior of the lodge is underway, seeking volunteers to resolve numerous pending repair projects.

Business Sponsorship (Ed Semlitsch) Working with a doctor’s office now to finalize sponsorship.  If you know a business that would like to support the FOP, please contact Chairman Semlitsch.

By-Laws (Travis Dodd) – two new standing rules were proposed pertaining to political endorsements and the awards nomination process.  Both passed.

Christmas Party (Jacqui Woodall) – will begin reporting in September

Donations (Frank Nigro) – a single request to provide a team in the upcoming Bocce Ball tournament to support Special Olympics

Flag Pole (Aaron Reed) – no action this month

Food & Meals (Bill Lang) – served a stuffed turkey dish with mashed potatos

FOP Cop & Kids (Megan Heid) – will begin reporting in September

Golf Tournament (Travis Dodd) – pending a reschedule date

History (Eddie Draper) – displayed large size replicas of news articles of important lodge events, working with past presidents

LE Appreciation Night (Travis Dodd) – will be reporting in December.

Legal Defense (Ryan Heid) – More members joined the plan.

Legislative (Dan Isgett) – PTSD Bill, Retirement Issues, Statehouse Report published each Monday.  Printed report published

Meeting Security (Scott Rywelski) – Tom Botchie handled security on behalf of the Sergeant at Arms

Membership Discounts (Eddie Draper) – Seeking businesses willing to provide discounts or additional benefits to lodge members

Membership Events (Jacqui Woodall) Bowling Night – April 17, Candlelight Vigil Webcast on May 13, FOP Night at the Riverdogs in June

Memorial (Eddie Draper) May 11 at 11 am at Park Circle.  Will post flags on the graves of all local fallen officers

Merchandise () – Memorial shirts available at the meeting and soon online.

Recruitment and Retention () numerous social media postings and responded to calls and emails concerning membership.

Special Olympics (Harold Phillips) A check for over $3100 was presented to the Special Olympics on behalf of the lodges efforts at Cops & Calabash on April 29, 2016

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the committee chairperson.

Unfinished Business

Anniversary Party- The band has been booked.  This year, Tri-County Lodge #3 celebrates 40 years serving law officers of the Lowcountry.  We will be holding an anniversary party on a Saturday on June 11.  Free to law enforcement and their guest.  Food & Drinks, Huge beer truck, Mechanical Bull, Jump Castles, Music, Cornhole, and more surprises to come!

Membership Renewals –  Associate member cards will be mailed soon.


New Business

  1. From the Grand Lodge
    1. Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    2. Vest Bill Passes House Committee
    3. Senate Clears Fallen Heroes Flag Act
    4. FOP Supports the “Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016.”
    5. White Chairs Memorial

Good of the Order

On May 28, a local Comic Book Show will be held at the lodge with the admission and auction proceeds going to support the Distressed Officer Fund.


The Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 meets monthly on the second Monday at our lodge facility in Hanahan.  Doors open at 6 pm for networking and fellowship with a complimentary meal served.  Join us for at the next FOP Meeting.