FOP Meeting Highlights – December 2017

//FOP Meeting Highlights – December 2017

FOP Meeting Highlights – December 2017

2017-12-12T13:47:09+00:00December 12th, 2017|Local Police News|Comments Off on FOP Meeting Highlights – December 2017

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.


New Members

Our membership grew with the acceptance of 5 new applications from various local, state and federal agencies.

Officer Reports

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:

Merchandise (Eddie Draper) new shirts and Miranda cards are currently available


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.

Unfinished Business

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.

New Business

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

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.

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