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The Jason Conklin Memorial Lodge #957 of the Fraternal Order of Police is a non-profit organization comprised of law enforcement personnel. Our goals are to help elevate the image of the law enforcement community and enhance relations between the numerous agencies involved.  We will recognize those in the private sector and the law enforcement community with monthly awards.


Candidates for the August Election:

President: Sean Franklin, Tom Carton
   The office of President is the only contested position on the ballot.  Tom Carton's challenger is Sean Franklin, the current Recording Secretary of the lodge.   Sean is 35 years old, and an 11 year member of the NYPD who is a Detective currently assigned to Manattan Nightwatch.  His previous assignments include Manhattan North Narcotics, Major case,
Narcotics Homicide Squad, 47th precinct, BXTF, PSA7.  Sean is actively involved in the Monroe A.O.H. Division #1, American Legion Post #488 in Monroe, and the VFW Post #8858.  If elected President of the Lodge, Sean would like to re-establish the original goals that this lodge had set out to achieve, increase the membership, and allow the members to become more actively involved in the running of their lodge.  

Exec. VP: Vacant - will be temp. appointment
Vice President:  Larry Bennet
Treasurer: Frank Cush
Recording Secretary: Vacant- will be temp appointment
Financial Secretary: Frank Keegan
Sgt at Arms: John Flood

Please come out to vote and show your support for the candidates.  

Go to the August issue of "The Dispatch"
Go to the June/July 2000 issue of "The Dispatch"

President's Message: August 2000

This August 14th is our annual BBQ meeting and is our elections that are mandated by the State Lodge to be held every two years.  We now have some by-laws amendments to change that to a one year period.

    Due to the Large amount of people expected to attend the August meeting for both the elections and the BBQ we had had to get an updated roster from the State for the smooth functioning of the elections, so only members who are registered with the State as of July 12 will be allowed to vote.

    The posotion of President is the only opposed position in the election.  I could use this column to sing my praises for what I and this Board have done in the last two years, but I won't.  I will leave it up to the membership to decide - do you want to re-elect me  again or send me out to pasture.  I understand that there has been a lot of negative misinformation going around.  Surprisingly I have never been directly asked about any of the statements, so instead of defending myself, I leave it up to you the membership to decide.

    The Lodge got a thank you note from Trooper Kelly's family for the floral arrangements that were sent to his and his partner's funeral.  I will bring it to the next meeting.

    The Lodge is planning to sell new shirts at the BBQ.  These two new designs will all go to benefit the Wall.  They should be appealing to most if not all, one even makes a political statement that has been heard again and again in this Lodge and throughout the Law Enforcement community, much to the chagrin of the Liberals.

    In closing I want to wish Sean Franklin good luck in his run against me for President and win or lose, I wish the best for this Lodge.  I want to thank Harry Dobson, Dave Conklin and Erwin Benz for their help, assistance and guidance in working together as the past Board.  They have all sacrificed time and energy and effort and took time from their families to help this Lodge run efficiently.  All the members on this Board gave heartily of themselves and average 10-20 hours a week for this Lodge to help run our many programs, VIN etching, Child ID kits, Lectures, Driver Safety courses Parades and sadly funerals.

    Lastly, remember Stay safe and wear your Vest.

Next Meeting
Monday, August 14th, 2000  8pm
@ American Legion Post #488
Lakes Rd., Monroe
*** ANNUAL ELECTONS WILL BE HELD AT THE AUGUST MEETING.  This is also our barbeque meeting. 

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Police Links

Free Discount Tickets to Morey's Piers at Wildwood, NJ - Lodge Member Damon Ruta is graciously donating tickets to any FOP Lodge #957 members who are interested.  Each ticket is valid for up to 6 people (a $42 savings) and the tickets are reusable for the entire 2000 season.  If interested, please send a self addressed stamped envelope to: 
P.O. Damon Ruta c/o 52nd Pct. NYPD 
3016 Webster Avenue 
Bronx, NY 10467 
Fellow NYPD members may utilize dept mail

About Officer Conklin
Membership Information
Board of Directors
Photo Album
Honorees of the Month
Sign and Visit the Guestbook
Lodge #957 Membership Application

Upcoming Events
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"The Dispatch" Archived Issues

August 2000 June/July 2000
May 2000 April 2000 March 2000
Feb 2000 Jan 2000 Dec 1999
Nov 1999 Oct 1999 Sept 1999
Aug 1999 July 1999 June 1999
May 1999 April 1999 Feb 1999
Jan 1999 Dec 1998 Oct/Nov 1998
Sept 1998 Aug 1998 July 1998

Orange County Police Memorial
About the Memorial and planned dedication
Memorial Biographies - an in-depth look at the local officers killed in the line of duty 

National Police Week
1998 - Summaries and Pictures from Washington D.C. service, Hicksville FOP service, and Rockland County service during National Police Week, May 1998. 
2000 Police Week Activities

Miscellaneous Info.
Cellular One Phone Deal for Members
Order Form for Lodge #957 Merchandise
How to order FOP licence plates (NY)
Advertise in "The Dispatch"
Defibrillator for Harriman PD
New York State Assembly Citation
Proclamation from Sen.William J. Larkin, Jr.
Letter from Sen. Larkin to Treasurer Dobson

Contact Information
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