FOP Meeting Highlights

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FOP Meeting Highlights

2016-08-10T09:25:41+00:00August 10th, 2016|Local Police News|Comments Off on FOP Meeting Highlights

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

With nearly 40 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.

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 changes to the executive board with the election of Monica Murgatroyd as chaplain, responded to media requests, posted articles on the website, met with Department of Justice representatives at the North Charleston Police Department, worked with treasurer to update information for banking and expenses.

Vice President Travis Dodd: worked on committee assignments

Treasurer Scott Rywelski: processed income and expenses

Secretary Jacqui Woodall: absent; mailed member cards, processed new applications

Second Vice President Eddie Draper: worked on committee assignments

Sergeant at Arms Ed Semlitsch: absent; worked on committee assignments

Past President Dan Isgett: absent; worked on committee assignments

Past President Ric Piersol: no report

Past President Gilbert Smith: absent

Report of Committees:

Awards (Eddie Draper) – will begin reporting in December

Building Committee (Ed Semlitsch) – seeking volunteers to resolve numerous pending repair projects.  new protective chair rail purchased.  Cabinet for kitchen equipment purchased

Sponsorship & Discounts (Ed Semlitsch)  If you know a business that would like to support the FOP, please contact Chairman Semlitsch.

By-Laws (Jacqui Woodall) – proposal to change state by-laws was submitted to state by-law committee

Christmas Party (Eddie Draper) – will begin reporting in September

Donations (Scott Rywelski) – no requests

Flag Pole (Aaron Reed) – flag lowered twice

Food & Meals (Bill Lang) – served cold cuts

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

Golf Tournament (Travis Dodd) – pending a reschedule date

History (Eddie Draper) – no report

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

Legal Defense (Ryan Heid) – More members joined the plan.  Plan B applicants can now pay bi-annually at $34 every six months

Legislative (Dan Isgett) – no report

Meeting Security (Ed Semlitsch) – Julius Mackey handled security on behalf of the Sergeant at Arms

Membership Events (Eddie Draper) no report

Memorial (Eddie Draper) will begin reporting in January

Merchandise (Travis Dodd) – Only 3XL Memorial shirts are available. Two new shirt designs are in the works.  Artwork and ordering instructions will be available at next meeting

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

Special Olympics (Harold Phillips) no report

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

Unfinished Business



New Business

Lodge will be supporting the 9/11 Heroes Charity Run for the 5th consecutive year.  If you are willing to volunteer, please contact

Membership approved and elected seven delegates to represent the lodge at the State Conference.

From the Grand Lodge

  • Washington Watch: Legislative Update
  • Active Shooter Bill Poised to Become Law
  • FOP Endorsement for US President
  • Vice President Biden states commitment to LEOs

Good of the Order

Jimmy Mixson, candidate for FOP State Lodge president, spoke before the membership concerning his vision and plans.

Shylah Murray, also a candidate for FOP State Lodge president, will attend the September meeting to speak to the membership.

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.

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A retired law enforcement officer who now serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3.
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