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President’s Report – October 14, 2021
Brothers and Sisters of Lodge 17,
Supporting our members is at the core of our organization. We are fortunate to have disaster assistance available from our state lodge and the national lodge. Wildfires are now a yearly occurrence, and we have been able to assist lodge members affected by these disasters. The FOP looks out for its members by expanding legal defense. A new benefit of the legal defense plan offers coverage for retired law enforcement officers who carry concealed weapons. This option covers criminal and civil claims and is unlimited coverage for $75 a year! Please visit the FOP website and click on the legal defense tab to find out more.I am looking forward to our general membership meeting on October 14, 2021, at Mary"s Pizza Shack in Novato. Please consider joining us if you are able. Our meeting is an excellent opportunity to get to know new members and have a great lunch together.
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Please stay safe and keep our law enforcement officers in your thoughts.Clayton Harmston – President SF Bay Area Lodge 17Oro en paz, Fierro en guerra
Secretary’s Report – October 14, 2021Since our last general membership meeting held on July 8th, 2021the SFBAFOP17 has regained some of the losses and recovered from difficulties from unfortunate and unprecedented results of the Covid-19 pandemic.Law Enforcement in general is still under attack from many directions and we are fortunate to have the Fraternal Order of Police in our corner to defend our rights and work towards equality and respect.The SFBAFOP17 thanks you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the FOP and the CAFOP and for the work that continues.The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization on the planet with more than 355,000 members.With this report you will find your 2022 Update and Renewal form and a self-addressed envelope for you to return your 2022 dues and information.Please send a $50.00 check (no increase for 2022) and the update form (even if your information remains the same) back to me as soon as you can so that your membership remains uninterrupted.Your membership in the FOP runs from January 1stthrough December 31stof any given year however during the first part of 2021 I received several (many) requests from members who failed to renew and then could not renew their FOP LDF or other insurance policies.You must be a current member of a local lodge of the FOP to qualify for the many benefits offered through the FOP.Although you may have over two months to renew your FOP membership from the time you get this, like the DMV that sends registration renewal notices months in advance I suggest that if you plan on remaining a member of the SFBAFOP17 you renew as soon asyou can (upon receipt) so that your membership renewal does not get lost in the “inbox”.There are new benefits offered by the FOP that can be found at FOP.net.There is also a free FOP “app” available through your Google Play Store or Apple Store.Frequent updates to your available benefits are published on this app as well as current news and information from the National FOP.Your Lodge President Clayton Harmston and member Chahmal Kerow attended the National Fraternal Order of Police Conference in Indianapolis Indiana representing Lodge 17.Many important fiscal decisions are made during this important conference and the National leadership of our order is elected.Taking time from their jobs and families to represent you shows the dedication that your SFBAFOP17 leadership possesses.A member of CAFOP17 unfortunately lost his home in the Calder Fire which completely destroyed the town of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County.I reached out to our member and I am currently assisting in obtaining financial aid as he lost everything in the fire.Escaping during the evacuation with only his truck and pet dogs, we are assisting him as much as we can through this unfortunate disaster.The CAFOP and the National FOP have disaster programs in place which are a part of the benefits of membership.I hope that this finds you healthy and well and our next regularly scheduled general membership meeting is October 14, 2021 at Mary’s Pizza Shack in Novato.Although attendance is not mandatory you are invited to attend and meet the leadership of your SFBAOP17.Until then I am available to you via e-mail and phone.That said, if I don’t answer the phone in person please leave a message with your phone number and I will get back to you.Woz...Michael J. WozniakSecretary and Trustee SFBAFOP17Past President SFBAFOP17