On Monday evening, our lodge met for the December regular monthly business FOP 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.
Our membership grew with the acceptance of 5 new applications from various local, state and federal agencies.
President John Blackmon: Handled server migration for Web Site, spoke with media outlets, maintained Social Media, posted News Articles (Law Enforcement Liability Reporter – November 2017, Police Personnel Reporter – November 2017, Executive Board Elections 2017 , Today in History – Pennsylvania v. Mimms, Christmas Party Tonight!), represented the FOP at the 9/11 Heroes Run, attended the Eboard Meeting, gave away new writing pens to the first 50 members through the door at the meeting.
Vice President Eddie Draper: worked on committee assignments, attended the board meeting.
Treasurer Scott Rywelski: processed income and expenses, attended the board meeting, replaced hard drive on lodge computer
Secretary Aaron Reed: mailed member cards, processed new applications, attended the board meeting, mailed get well/sympathy cards
Second Vice President Beth Auer: worked on committee assignments, attended the board meeting, negotiated with Happy Cans for the cleaning of the lodge trash cans.
Sergeant at Arms Ed Semlitsch: worked on committee assignments, attended the board meeting
Past President Dan Isgett: worked on committee assignments
Past President Ric Piersol: no report
Past President Gilbert Smith: no report
Report of Committees:
Recruitment & Retention (Eddie Draper)
Departmental Liaisons (Eddie Draper) – looking for departmental liaisons, contact Draper for benefits
History (Eddie Draper)
Memorial (Eddie Draper)
By-Laws (Aaron Reed)
Donations (Scott Rywelski)
Membership Events (Beth Auer)
- January – Matuskoic Memorial Hockey Game (1/27)
- February – Creative Sweethearts Craft Fair (Feb 10 2018)
- March – Awards Night
- April – Cops & Calabash 2018
- May – Memorial (May 9 2018)
- June – Gun Bash 2018
FOP Cop & Kids (Beth Auer)
- December 16 – still need uniformed officers to assist. Contact Beth Auer to assist
Building Committee (Ed Semlitsch) – several lodge repairs/upgrades were conducted including the installation of new push bars on all doors.
Sponsorships & Discounts (Ed Semlitsch) Signed new business sponsors. If you know a business that would like to support the FOP, please contact Chairman Semlitsch.
Food & Meals (Bill Lang) – Ham and turkey with sides were served for the meeting’s meal.
Legal Defense (Ryan Heid) – transition payroll deduction departments to subscription-based service
Legislative (Dan Isgett) – no report
Special Olympics (Harold Phillips) – no report
If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the committee chairperson.
Member of the Year – Alice Lang was named Member of the Year
Christmas Party – over 125 in attendance
New Fundraiser – Drawing Raffle Yeti Cooler and AR15
Troy H. won the AR-15
John W. won the Yeti Cooler
WTMA Fundraiser – Coptober – We are in the process of purchasing the kits and hopefully will have them in hand before the end of the year.
Dues Renewal will begin on Friday, December 15.
State Board Meeting to be held on January 20 at the Midlands Lodge building in Columbia
FOP Christmas Parade Float was entered in numerous parades
From the Grand Lodge
- Washington Watch: Legislative Update
- FOP Urges Lawmakers to Preserve the SALT Deduction
- Law Enforcement Mental Health Bill Passes House
- Jail and Prisoner Law Bulletin – November 2017
- FOP Supports H.R. 4471, the “NICS Denial Notification Act”
- FOP Supports H.R. 4477, the “Fix NICS Act”
- FOP Weighs in on Anti-Money Laundering Draft Legislation
Good of the Order
Elections for the executive board were held. The new board was installed by Past President Dan Isgett and Past President Ric Piersol.
- President John Blackmon
- Vice President Eddie Draper
- Recording Secretary Aaron Reed
- Membership Secretary Pam Nelson
- Treasurer Scott Rywelski
- Second Vice President Mike Kornahrens
- Sergeant at Arms Gary Zimmer
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.