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Fraternal Order of Police
San Francisco Bay Area Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #17
Post Office Box 2221 - Oakland, California 94621-0121
Phone:  510-483-8858

April 12, 2018
CAFOP Lodge 17 Brothers and Sisters,

With springtime upon us, and better weather, I hope you all had a safe and healthy beginning of your year. Secretary Wozniak and I have been busy since the last general membership meeting January 11 th 2018. On January 13 th Secretary Wozniak and I attended the CAFOP Board of Director’s meeting in San Diego. This was my first road trip with Woz and we had a great time on the drive down! I even received a certificate of achievement
from our past secretary Bob Sousa, a true Woz road trip veteran.

This was my first time attending the State Board of Director’s meeting and I had the opportunity to meet and network with a lot of other lodges from throughout the state. We heard reports from these Lodges and learned about their ongoing activities. Many Lodges, particularly in southern California are highly engaged in their communities and with their members.

We were briefed by the political action committee lobbyists that speak on our behalf at the state capitol. They are working hard to oppose legislation that is being introduced that would affect current active Peace Officers as well as retired. They have forged relationships in Sacramento that have been beneficial to our members in ways that I had no idea about. You all (Active & Retired) should know that these men and women are working hard on
your behalf, as members of the FOP.

I am in frequent contact with secretary Wozniak and since our last meeting have had the opportunity to assist fellow brother FOP members from our own lodge as well as from the east coast. Woz and I have been able to assist these members who have reached out for assistance. This aspect of our organization is something special. Know that if you need assistance (personal or professional) all you need to do is contact the nearest FOP lodge and a brother or sister is there to help.

Secretary Wozniak reports that renewals have been steadily coming in, even after the New Year. I am excited to see the number of people who chose to remain a member of our great organization as well as the new members joining. For our existing members, please reach out to a friend or coworker who would benefit from the various educational opportunities as well as insurance coverage. I have mentioned before the FREE community college as well as discounted online FOP education consortium. The Legal defense is second to none as well.

I wish everyone a happy Easter and please come join us at our general membership
meeting: 121 San Marin Dr. Novato, Ca on April 12 th 2018 at 12 Noon (Lunch at 11:30).

“Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra” – Gold in Peace, Iron in War.

Clayton A. Harmston – President CAFOP Lodge #17

Secretary’s Report

Secretary’s Report April 12, 2018

Since our last meeting held on January 12, 2018 President Harmston and I attended the CAFOP Board of Directors meeting in San Diego, California. SFBAFOP17 was well- represented at this meeting of the leadership of the CAFOP.

I had the opportunity to address the attendant membership of the CAFOP Board of Directors to describe the Alameda County Heroes Grave Project of which I am a co-founder, and to solicit participation from representatives of the remaining 57 counties in California to continue with the important work of the ACHGP. You may wish to visit http://www.ACHGP.org for additional information about this important and ongoing project. If you know of someone in your county that would like information please have them contact me.

I have been receiving renewals and new memberships since January and I’m happy to report that we are almost back at our membership number of 017. We had several members decide not to renew however most have considered the enefits of membership in the Fraternal Order of Police and renewed for 2018.

If you have any questions about your membership please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I have enclosed in this mailing our order form for the SFBAFOP17 challenge coins and lapel pins. We are close to the end of the lapel pin inventory and a decision has not been made to re-order them. With the popularity of the SFBAFOP17 challenge coin over the past years an order was placed prior to President Harmston and me attending the National FOP Conference in Nashville Tennessee and we have an adequate supply.

President Harmston and I will be attending the CAFOP State Conference in Anaheim September 9 th -11 th , 2018. This is an important three-day conference where the annual business of the CAFOP is conducted. As your Trustee as well as your Secretary, if you have issues that you would like to discuss please let me know.

You can contact me anytime at:

510-483- 8858 or Michael@Wozniak.com

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