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January 2022

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on January 11, 2022. I had all intentions of a regular meeting, but Hillsborough County is still under a state of emergency.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting.

The lodge served our normal steak, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs. Brother Iverson and Brother Young assisted me in the grilling of the steaks. The weather was great, so no complaints from me.

50/50 was held.

As you may have heard, I retired from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on January 7th after 43 years. I am going to remain active in the lodge and will be providing a point of contact within the office since I no longer have an office email nor mail. I will keep everyone posted on the point of contact.

I can always be contacted at JGCoueyFOP108@aol.com.

Our next meeting will be February 8th.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers.

Fraternally,

John Couey

President

December 2021

National Disaster Area Response Activation

The National FOP Disaster Area Response Team (DART) has been activated and will be deploying to Mayfield, Kentucky in the next 24-48 hours to provide rehab to the first responders in the community and remediation to first responders homes. This is still in the preliminary stages, so information is limited.
What you can expect to do as part of this response is general food preparation, cooking, and food service as well as responding to residences in the affected area to remove trees and debris from homes and apply tarps as well as other protections to these homes so that first responders in the area can continue to serve their community.

What the F.O.P is all about. Family taking care of family….

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on December 14, 2021.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting.

The lodge served prime rib and smothered chicken with all the fixings. Great job and tasted very good. We will be back to steak and chicken in January 2022.

Our next meeting will be January 11, 2022.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers.

Fraternally,

John Couey

President

November 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on November 9, 2021

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode. We must follow the BOCC rules. The county just extended the order for 7 more day. We are hoping January 2022 will be a go.

The lodge served the traditional  turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings. Great job and tasted very good. We may change it up in December, but not sure.

We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice. 

Remember to look under the application section. This covers “218” for only $50.00.

Our next “social gathering will be December 14, 2021. 

Steaks return in January 2022…. 

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers.

Fraternally,

John Couey

President

October 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “Social Gathering” on October 12, 2021.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode. We must follow the BOCC rules. The county just extended the order for 7 more day. We are hoping January 2022 will be a go.

Chef Chris did the cooking again, Brother George (Tampa #27) came over and helped us get a great meal out to everyone.

We will continue the “Social Gatherings” until further notice.

Remember to look under the application section. This covers “218” for only $50.00.

Our next “Social Gathering” will be November 9, 2021. The steak dinner will not be served and will be replaced with the tradional ham and turkey dinner. I hope to see you there.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

September 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on September 14th.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode. We must follow the BOCC rules, but we did serve over 50 dinners. Great turn out.

Gage and I were the cooks and no complaints. The steaks were great as usual.

We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice.

Remember to look under the application section. This covers “218” for only $50.00.

Our next “social gathering will be October 12th and will be the last steak night of the year as we switch to ham and turkey for November and December.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers and be safe.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

August 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on August 10th.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode. We must follow the BOCC rules.

Chef Chris did the cooking again, Gage and I were the helpers. The steaks were great as usual.

We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice.

Remember to look under the application section. This covers “218” for only $50.00.

Our next “social gathering will be September 14th.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers and be safe.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

July 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on July 13th.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode.

Although I was out of town, I had “Chef Chris” come in and cook the steaks. I did not hear any complaints, so maybe “Chef Chris” will continue to cook the steaks.

We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice. As you may have heard, the Tampa area has “sporadic spikes” and I do not want to be in a hurry to open for a full meeting.

Rest assured, I will keep you posted of any important updates that may arise.

Remember to look under the application section. This covers “218” for only $50.00.

Our next “social gathering will be August 10th.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers and be safe.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

June 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on June 8th.

The dinner was held and there was not a meeting as we are still in “social gathering” mode.

We are getting closer to having a General Meeting, but I just do not know when it will be. We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice.

Special “shout out” to Recruit class 2005 and the Training Division. I spoke to the new recruits and the lodge took on 10 new members.

I want to extend a special thanks to Brothers Bennett and Clamon for showing up and helping me cook. Thanks much.

Our next “social gathering will be July 13th.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers and be safe.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

May 2021

I hope this finds everyone doing well. The lodge held a “social gathering” on May 11th.

The dinner was held and was very good and no complaints on the weather. It was really nice.

We are getting closer to having a General Meeting, but I just do not know when it will be. It is impossible to have a virtual meeting via zoom. We will continue the “social gatherings” until further notice.

I want to extend a special thanks to Brother Gage for showing up and helping me cook, or I help him cook. Either way, Thanks much

Our next “social gathering” will be June 8th.

Be safe, keep everyone in your prayers and be safe.

Fraternally,

John Couey
President

May 2021 “Social Gathering”

Although the Govenor has lifted various restrictions, there is still some confusion within the State of Florida as what to do.

We will continue our “Social Gathering” for the May 2021 gathering and I will make a determination as to June 2021 within the next month. I am not personally excited about just “going back to normal” based on the information I have.

I assure you that I will continue to monitor the situation and we will act accordingly.

Fraternally,

John Couey