Brothers & Sisters,
The past couple of months have been rough on our members with multiple passings of FOP members and family members of our members. The e-board offers it sincerest condolences to each and everyone of you. I try to keep up on the information flow, but sometimes we do miss some and I apologize. It is not done intentional and every effort is made to try and keep the information flow going for everyone. Please remember, anyone can post in the closed FOP member page on Facebook (for active members and their significant others only) or on the public Facebook page (open to anyone). If you do not see on the page information about something that you have knowledge of, please post it. Both pages are designed to let anyone who are members of the page to be able to post.
I spoke with a Brother today who is working on putting a date together for retirees to get together for war-stories and malarkey. This is tentatively in the works, but as the Brother advised none of us are getting any younger.
2018 is off and running .. the Kentucky State Legislative Team is working hard in Frankfort .. the pension bill is a very hot topic. Also HB185 - Line of Duty Death Benefits and HB2, changes to Kentucky's Workers' Compensation system that is unfavorable to injured workers including First Responders. Things are moving fast in Frankfort and bills are being announced quickly. If you do not monitor the State Legislative website, you can go to the KY State FOP Facebook page and the FOP Legislative Team does a good job keeping bills pertaining to law enforcement listed on there. Sometime things move quickly and they have to give last minute notices of hearings etc. STRENGTH IN NUMBERS is the game plan here. If you cannot attend, please call or email legislators on these bills! We vote them and we by hell can vote them out if they are not good for us. We need to hold these legislators accountable .. when election time comes around all are friends wanting endorsements, but we need to make sure we are being treated fairly and they are holding true to their promises to us!!
Thanks to the members who are showing up at the meetings! We are seeing new faces which is a great thing, but we also miss the old faces ... a reminder, we meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month @ 1900 hrs at the lodge. Come win some door prizes and get registered for the year end drawing. Every meeting you attend and FOP Sponsored Event, you get entered for the year end raffle.
Reminder we have the FOP Hockey night coming up on the 24th of February at the Ford Center. reserve your tickets by getting with Beth Wyatt with the Auxiliary. Also, if you have not been receiving emails from the lodge, we do not have your current personal email address. If you have not received your 2018 membership card yet, we do not have your current address on file! Get with Secretary Sanner and get him your current information.
Thanks and hope to see more at the meetings and events!
Fraternally your Brother,