Greetings Fraternal Brothers and Sisters,
Here are a few things that we discussed at our March and April meetings:
Cops and Bobbers
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2031 Crooked Pine Trl, Pinewood, SC 29125
The biggest current topic for Lodge 31 is the upcoming Cops and Bobbers event. As you are probably aware, every year we take 20-25 kids from Crosswell and Turbeville children’s homes out to Tracey’s Camp in Pinewood. We spend the morning and early afternoon with them out on the lake, we teach them how to fish and everyone enjoys the time off the grid for a few hours. We provide lunch for all of the participants and KFC is generous in donating boxed chicken dinners. The year we have a fun new addition to our entertainment line up!
Kona Ice has offered to come out to give everyone cups of their yummy shaved ice. They will be at the lake at 1230.
We need your help to make this event go even better than it has in years past. Please think about lending a few hours to your lodge and come out and fish with some kids. Please let us know if you can help.
We have gained a few new members over the past couple of months, we welcome: Mark Taylor, Myra Strong, Eric Korotki, Robert Barfield and Sam Beckenbaugh, along with associate members: Kelly Hynes, John Garcia, and Bobby Touchberry.
We currently have 55 active members and 5 associate members.
Lodge 31 is beginning the Helping Hand Scholarship program in 2019.
Purpose of Scholarship:
To provide financial aid to students studying in the field of First Responder (Law Enforcement, Corrections, Fire, EMS or Medical Field etc.)
Provide financial aid to students who attend school from Crosswell Children’s Home, Turbeville Children’s Home and Adult Education.
We presented plaques to several of our major contributers as a way of showing our appreciation for their generosity. Those who recieved plaques were:
Tracey’s Camp for providing the venue for Cops and Bobbers
Perfection Bakery for providing breakfast during Cops and Bobbers
KFC for providing lunch during Cops and Bobbers
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 1900 at the Restaurant at Second Mill in Sumter.
The George Washington University is now accepting applications for the fall start of the Police and Security Studies Program. This Program offers those in law enforcement an opportunity to continue their education and complete their Bachelor’s Degree. All of the courses are in a convenient online format which allows participants to return to the “classroom” without traveling to a campus. Here are a few additional program highlights:
• Rated #1 for Academic Strength and 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Law Enforcement!
• Participants take eight credits per semester
• Program completion in two years and one semester
• Up to 60 previously earned credits can transfer into the program
• Scholarships available to all those in the law enforcement profession (approximately 50% off of GW tuition rates)
• The application fee is waived prior to May 15
• GW is a Yellow Ribbon Participant