The following is an open letter to the members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Charles D. Hammond Lodge #99:
Brothers and Sisters,
Recently, law enforcement has come under attack. This has not just been in the media or on social networking sites, but deadly violence against police officers all in the name of a “broken system”. It’s the same system we took an oath to uphold. Why do we continue to enforce the laws and bring the evil-doers to justice every day, despite being told that we will be sued or assaulted or harm will come to our families? Simply, we believe in the Constitution and the laws that govern this country. We believe in justice and the system devised to free the innocent and punish the guilty.
We chose this profession to make our communities better. We chose to be in a profession where every day you get to make a difference, whether it’s saving a child from an unhealthy home, coming to the aid of a domestic violence victim, finding shelter for the homeless, or getting a reckless drunk driver off the road.
Don’t dwell on the national headlines of the day. Don’t listen to the interviews from biased reporting in an attempt to get better ratings. Instead, think about why you chose this profession and what you can do every day to make your community better. Try to make time in your day to stop and talk with citizens and business owners in your patrol area. This Friday, January 9th, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Please take time to strengthen your relationship with the community you serve. Our communities will soon realize the headlines in the newspaper are the exception to law enforcement, not the norm.
FOP Lodge#99 Executive Board
Happy Holidays from the FOP.............
What an exciting year 2014 has been for Lodge #99. We started the year with some new officers and trustees and continued to roll through the summer months with our annual member events. At our annual Police Memorial Service we were able to present a check to the County of Muskegon officially paying off our balance of the “Protectors Monument”, over five years earlier than expected reducing our only true debt to zero. Our 2014 Golf outing was one of the best to date with the help of our members and friends. Our Summer Bash was a huge success and we would like to take a moment to thank all of the people that contribute and make these events possible. 2014 was a celebration of our 75th Anniversary and we celebrated with a donation to various organizations during all twelve months of the year. The State Conference was held in Grand Rapids over the summer, with attendance by several Lodge Officers. Your local lodge continues to become more involved at the state level and putting Muskegon Lodge #99 on the front lines of participation. We will continue this as we soar into 2015 to keep our membership informed and active. I invite all of our members to follow us on our Facebook page at Charles Hammond Lodge and on our Web Site WWW.FOP99.Com to keep track of all of our upcoming events in 2015. I wish you all and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and look forward to serving you in the coming year.
President Eric Ridout
District 5 State Trustee
IMPORTANT NOTE: The winter monthly meetings will be held at VFW 446 @ 165 S Getty in Muskegon starting in November
Please read the letter about our dues increase for active members under the Executive Reports tab
We have done it !!!! We paid the balance on our loan from the Protector's Memorial. At the recent Police Memorial Service we presented County Commissioner Chairman Ken Mahoney with a check for $20,999 dollars to pay our statue off in full (six years early). Great work everyone.
MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE "WHAT'S NEW" PAGE FOR THE LATEST LODGE NEWS.
Thanks for checking our the new and improved FOP Lodge #99 website. This website is dedicated first and foremost to the members and families of Fraternal Order Of Police, Charles D. Hammond Lodge #99 in Muskegon Michigan. Our lodge is self funded. We pay per capita monies to be part of the State Of Michigan FOP and the Grand Lodge National FOP organizations. The lodge is located on Twin Lake and serves at a membership meeting and activity hall. The lodge is also seasonally available for some rentals. Our local lodge consists of active members, retired members and associate members. Lodge functions are overseen by an executive board and board of trustees. We conduct monthly membership meetings on the third Thursday of each month. Our goal is to provide a friendly atmosphere for the men and women of law enforcement to gather, along with the community supporters of law enforcement. These meetings allow us to network outside of the job and to work toward a strong positive image while also striving toward helping others in our communities through various fundraisers and donations.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation's largest police organization with a membership of 310,000. Founded in 1915, the F.O.P. represents professional, full-time officers from all agencies of law enforcement. The State Lodge of Michigan was formed in 1939 and is proud to be Michigan's largest and oldest law enforcement organization. We have a membership of over 7,500 Active and over 5,000 Associate members organized in 70 lodges located throughout the State. The F.O.P. is recognized as the VOICE of law enforcement in Michigan.
Our local lodge has members representing the following departments: The Fruitport Township Police Department, The Muskegon City Police Department, The Muskegon County Sheriff Department, The Michigan Department of Corrections, The Muskegon Township Police Department, The Montague City Police Department, The Whitehall City Police Department, The Norton Shores Police Department, The Muskegon Heights Police Department, The Michigan State Police Department, The Ottawa County Sheriff Department, The Roosevelt Park Police Department, The North Muskegon City Police Department, The Grand Rapids City Police Department, The Cass County Sheriff Department and The Social Security Administration Office Of The Inspector General.
Charles D. Hammond Lodge #99
PO Box 573
Muskegon MI 49443
3051 Blue Lake Rd
Twin Lake, MI 49457
Phone: 231 828-6222 (seasonal ONLY)
Map on "Contact Us" page
All Meetings Begin at 7PM
April through October @ The Lodge
November through March
We move the monthly lodge meetings to the VFW 446 @ 165 S Getty St in Muskegon.