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