Our Lodge shines in 2015
The motto for the Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 is “Serving the Law Officers of the Lowcountry.” In 2015, our lodge put those words into action. Throughout the year, the lodge sponsored an event or program with the sole purpose of living up to that slogan.
In January, the lodge hosted FOP Night at the Stingrays in support of the Deputy Matuskovic Memorial Hockey Game.
In February, our annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on SuperBowl Sunday brought together law enforcement officers to root for their favorite NFL team. The fellowship and camaraderie from this event develop long lasting professional relationships which make us all more effective and efficient.
In April, the Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Banquet was held at the at the Felix C. Davis Community Center where we honored over 100 officers for their dedication and bravery. The lodge also hosted the Cops & Calabash fundraiser at Fatz Café in North Charleston where we raised over $4,000 for the Special Olympics.
In May, our annual Law Enforcement Memorial honored all the fallen officers from the tri-county area. A packed house respected the sacrifices of those who gave all.
During Police Week, members of the lodge located the graves of fallen officers and placed a small flag on each grave to honor their sacrifice.
In June, the FOP lobbyist played an important role in the crafting of the Body Camera legislation which was rapidly being pushed at the Statehouse in Columbia.
In July, the lodge hosted a special Charleston Riverdogs day where members were treated to a pregame picnic and great seats to the game.
In August, lodge members attended the 62nd National Conference and Exposition at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where the FOP was founded.
In November, the membership attended FOP Night at the Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum.
The lodge closed out the year with our Christmas Party & Oyster Roast. The sell-out crowd enjoyed fabulous food and drinks while laughing and dancing to music with friends.
This is just a sampling of our lodge’s happenings. During 2015, we also stepped up to help numerous officers who suffered extraordinary tragedies in the line of duty or outside the line of duty.
Our monthly meetings are held on the second Monday at the lodge in Hanahan. A free meal is provided as we discuss issues affecting our profession. Please make an effort to attend.
Thank you for making 2015 a banner year.
In addition to long-standing traditions and those established in 2015, the lodge is planning some great new programs for 2016. Look for more information to come on Scholarships, Bingo Night, Bowling Night, more movie nights, and more sporting events.
Lodge Officer Reports
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of Tri-County FOP Lodge # 3 for your continued support of me in my role as lodge Vice President. This is not a job I take lightly or for granted. Never before has your E-Board worked so hard to ensure that our membership is appropriately being represented on all fronts that affect us. Not a day goes by where I’m not doing the work of our order.
Our lodge continues to grow by leaps and bounds and before long, we will have a membership over 1,000. We are not only the largest FOP lodge in the state but also the most progressive and active lodge too. Your E-Board is constantly working to keep you informed and do what’s in your best interest.
As I begin my third term as lodge Vice President, I look back to when I joined the lodge in 2002 and all the great things we were doing as a lodge. Over the years, we have continued to build upon a solid foundation of member services. The next two years and beyond we will continue to grow as a lodge.
Our continued success is dependent upon our membership continuing to support the lodge, our initiatives, and programs. Become involved, come to meetings, volunteer for events and talk about the FOP to fellow officers.
Thank you for your continued support of the Fraternal Order of Police. Your participation helps us to maintain our strength and to continue “Serving the Law Officers of the Lowcountry.” Our current membership is over 900 strong and let’s continue that strength in numbers in 2016. We can accomplish that goal with your help!
2016 Dues Notices will be available at the January business meeting. If you did not pick it up then or were unable to stop by a meeting, your dues renewal notice is being mailed to you. Please fill out the “Member Information Verification” section on the back as this helps us get pertinent information out to the members quickly.
Just like last year, we are offering an incentive to get your dues renewed early. Members that renew their dues by February 1, 2016, will be entered into a drawing to win $250 Visa Gift Card that will be held at our annual Awards Night.
The cutoff date for membership renewals will be March 1, 2016.
The past two years have been very challenging as your treasurer as well as a Police Officer in general. With the public scrutiny the way it is, we have stayed on top of the issues and defended our members when needed. In regards to my Board position as your Treasurer, Bingo money, State solicitation, and United Way pledges are not what they used to be and I along with the rest of the executive board worked hard to cut back in order to make ends meet. One thing that I am most proud of is that we have still managed to help our brothers and sisters who were in need because of illness or just going through a rough time and needed some help. That is why I joined the FOP and that is my commitment to you as your treasurer.
As always, the bills are paid, we have money in the bank, we make our building our home as best we can, we owe no one and we are still eating good thanks to our in-house cooks and food committee!!
Thank you for your nomination, continued support and for your trust in me to serve as your Treasurer for another two years.
Second Vice President
I want to take a minute and thank all of the members of Tri-County Lodge #3 for your continued support as 2nd Vice President. I am truly proud of The Fraternal Order of Police and enjoy serving on the executive board for you. 2015 has been a great year but also very challenging for law enforcement. Our lodge has continued to grow over the years and I am very excited about this.
I continue to work hard for the membership. As I mentioned it is a very tough job to be a Police Officer right now in this day and age and I have never wanted more, to serve on the Executive Board and fight the evil and hate that is facing us now. I have worked hard on organizing events throughout the year to allow our membership to have fun and put Law Enforcement in a positive light.
We held a night at the Riverdog’s Stadium with the membership and had a fantastic turnout. We will also have a night out at the Stingrays game which was also a great turnout and fun.
The Annual Awards Night was a huge success this year and we were able to honor about 45 law enforcement officers in the Tri-County area. We also presented the Steven B. Hiott, Jr. Supreme Sacrifice Medal of Honor; which was presented to the surviving family of an Active Member of Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3 who was killed in the line of duty. The award was named after Steven B. Hiott who was the first member of Tri-County lodge #3 that was killed in the line of duty. It’s always amazing to honor our Brothers and Sister in blue and to hear the stories of courage and bravery and life-saving efforts.
In January, information for the 2016 awards will be sent out to the membership, the departments and local news media on how to submit a deserving officer for an award.
I look forward to another wonderful year serving you all and carrying out the good of the order for the Fraternal Order of Police. As always if I can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at .
On April 24, 2015, Lodge #3 held the 5th Annual Cops and Calabash Fundraiser for Special Olympics at Fatz Café in Tanger Outlet Mall in North Charleston. This year’s event raised over $4,000 for athletes in our area. Members assisted with waiting on tables for tips for nearly 12 hours and also sold merchandise. Every dollar raised went to South Carolina Special Olympics.
On May 6, 2015, Lodge #3 held our Annual Low Country Law Enforcement Memorial. This year’s memorial was held at Park Circle in North Charleston and our keynote speaker was Chaplain Rich Robinson of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. There were over one hundred law enforcement and survivors in attendance for the memorial and it was covered by all local media outlets. This memorial holds special meaning for the survivors of our fallen brothers and sisters. This event was a fine representation of our respect to them and their families.