Archive for General Membership Meetings

August 2020

I hope this finds everyone doing well as expected. Although we had our last “social gathering” in June, I was shooting for an August “social gathering”, but the numbers of Covid-19 will not give us a break.  As of today, we had 5,409 cases topping 500,00 with 225 new deaths. The lodge will not be having a meeting nor a “social gathering” on August 11, 2020. I was really hoping that as a lodge, we could gather for at least a “social gathering”. Your health and life is more important to me than a dinner.I can only shoot for an indoor meeting in September with door prizes, but I will continue to monitor and keep everyone posted via WWW.FLFOP108.COM.
Everyone please take care,

Fraternally,

John Couey, President

July 2020

The June 9th “social dinner” went well. Attendance was optional and did not count against a member for not attending. Attendance was good and it was nice to see everyone that was able to attend.


No lodge business was discussed.


I was hoping that we would be able to have another “social dinner” on July 14th, but with the recent increase of Covid-19 cases within Hillsborough and the surrounding counties, it is in the best interest for the lodge and the members that the lodge not have a meeting nor a “social dinner” on July 14th.


I can only hope that all of our Brothers, Sisters and families are safe and remain positive as we navigate though this crisis.
We are remaining positive and can only hope that we are able to be back on track in August.


Fraternally,
John CoueyPresident

June 9th Meeting

The next scheduled meeting is June 9th. I am going to open the lodge for a “social dinner,” not a meeting for June 9th.  Attendance is optional and will not count against a member for not attending. No lodge business will be discussed.


The food servers and anyone kitchen related would be required to wear a mask. Any member wishing to bring and wear a mask is acceptable. State and County Covid-19 safety orders will be enforced along with social distancing.


The meal would be the same, just cut way down since it will be impossible to estimate how many members would actually come out. You would be able to get a drink from the bar, but you could not sit at the bar at anytime.
The Covid-19 rules will be posted and I expect everyone to follow the rules.
If you can please RSVP with Rebecca at 813-927-2355


Thanks
John Couey
President

May 12, 2020 Meeting

We have received numerous questions regarding the advisability of FOP meetings in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our Constitution and Bylaws do not address states of emergencies under these circumstances, and Robert’s Rules does not offer any clear guidance. However, based on our review of the various emergency orders issued by state, county, and local governments, as well as the recommendations from the President of the United States and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe the circumstances relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 have made it impossible, illegal and impractical for FOP Lodges to hold meetings at this time.

Although the Governor is implementing “phase one” and opening some of the establishments on May 5, 2020. Hillsborough County is not opening County buildings until May 15, 2020. There is doubts, concerns and many questions that are not clear. In my opinion, the risk outweigh the rewards in trying to have a meeting in May 2020. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal for the June 9, 2020 meeting.
Hillsborough Sheriff’s Lodge #108 will not be serving dinner nor having a meeting on May 12, 2020.

******Please pass on to other members that you know.*****************

Fraternally,
John CoueyPresident

April 2020

I hope this finds everyone well.
The April 2020 General meeting was cancelled due to State and County requirements. The Executive Board met via online, telephone or in person to discuss Lodge #108 business matters.
It was agreed upon to replace the existing carpet with new carpet in the main hall. There was no further business other than following the State and County Orders that are placed in effect.
I can only hope that we will be back up and running for the May 12th meeting. I will keep you posted.
Fraternally,

John Couey
President

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – March 10, 2020

President Couey called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.
After prayer and pledge of allegiance from Sister Miller, the lodge was open for transaction of regular business.
Roll call of Officers: Vice President Tosdevine, Secretary Tiller, Chaplain Smith, Inner Guard Paige,and Outer Guard Gage were absent and excused.
The Secretary report was report was waived and accepted by motion. The report is online at WWW.FLFOP108.com.
The Treasurer report was read and accepted by motion.
The chaplain’s report was given. Please keep all of our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.I can only hope and pray that our Brothers and Sisters stay protected during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released new information reference insurance waivers during this outbreak such as no co-pay, video doctor visit, and extended prescriptions. Please check the Sheriff’s Office site or contact the Sheriff’s Office for the complete details.
Steaks were good as usual… Great Job to the cooks and Rebecca.
Birthday draw was held with no winner.
50/50 was held.
Door prizes were given out.
The meeting was closed at 1935 hours.
Enjoy and be safe during Spring Break………
The next stated meeting is April 14, 2020. I hope to see you there.

Fraternally,
John Couey- President

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – February 14, 2020

President Couey called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.
After prayer and pledge of allegiance from Brother Paige, the lodge was open for transaction of regular business.
Roll call of Officers: Vice President Tosdevine, Secretary Tiller, Chaplain Smith, Conductor Franchesce and Trustee II Bennett were absent and excused.
The Secretary report was report was waived and accepted by motion. The report is online at WWW.FLFOP108.com.
The Treasurer report was read and accepted by motion.
The chaplain’s report was given. Please keep all of our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
Steaks were good as usual… Great Job to the cooks and Rebecca.
Birthday draw was held with no winner.
50/50 was held.
Door prizes were given out.
The meeting was closed at 1935 hours.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – January 14, 2020

President Couey called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.
After prayer and pledge of allegiance from Brother Paige, the lodge was open for transaction of regular business.
Roll call of Officers: Vice President Tosdevine, 2nd Vice President Clamon, Secretary Tiller, Chaplain Smith and Trustee II Bennett were absent and excused.
The Secretary report was report was waived and accepted by motion. The report is online at WWW.FLFOP108.com.
The Treasurer report was read and accepted by motion.
The chaplain’s report was given. Please keep all of our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
We are back having steak again since the Holidays are over with.. Great Job to the cooks and Rebecca.
Birthday draw was held with no winner.
50/50 was held with Sister Bryant winning $29.00…
The meeting was closed at 1935 hours.

The next stated meeting is February 11, 2020. I hope to see you there.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – December 10, 2019

President Couey called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.
After prayer and pledge of allegiance from Brother Paige, the lodge was open for transaction of regular business.
Roll call of Officers: Secretary Tiller, Chaplain Smith and Outer Guard Gage were absent and excused.
The Secretary report was report was waived and accepted by motion. The report is online at WWW.FLFOP108.com.
The Treasurer report was read and accepted by motion.
The chaplain’s report was given. Please keep all of our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
Chef Bill served the Christmas meal at the meeting. Turkey, Ham and all of the fixing’s. Great Job as usual.
We will be serving the steak dinner at the January meeting.
Birthday draw was held with no winner.
50/50 was held with Brother Bennett getting $47.00.
Christmas door prizes were drawn. The door prizes were well received.
Brother Juan Hernandez won the 40 inch television.
Special thanks to Master Purveyors for all that Shawn has done for the lodge in 2019.
The meeting was closed at 1935 hours.

The next stated meeting is January 14, 2020. I hope to see you there.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – November 12,2019

President Couey called the meeting to order at 1900 hours.
After prayer and pledge of allegiance from Brother Smith, the lodge was open for transaction of regular business.
Roll call of Officers: Vice President Tosdevine, Secretary Tiller, Outer Guard Gage and Trustee 1 Santos were absent and excused.
The Secretary report was report was waived and accepted by motion. The report is online at WWW.FLFOP108.com.
The Treasurer report was read and accepted by motion.
The chaplain’s report was given. Please keep all of our Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.
Chef Bill served the Thanksgiving meal at the meeting. Turkey, Ham and all of the fixing’s. Great Job as usual.
Chef Bill will be serving the Christmas Dinner at the next meeting.
The next stated meeting is December 10, 2019. I hope to see you there.