Here we are, already in 2009!  I believe we’re going to have a good year in spite of the fact that the nation as a whole is facing serious challenges.  So much of what we do is of a volunteer nature and has more to do with what’s in the heart rather than what’s in the wallet.  I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the Shop with a Cop shopping night.  With the assistance of my wife Marcia, we took  two children for a memorable shopping spree at Walmart. It was heartwarming to see so many “cops” volunteering their time to make life a little happier for children less fortunate than their own.


Members  and citizens alike are stepping up to the plate to help with our own challenges within FOP Lodge 81, such as the recent workshop for updating our bi-laws organized by VP John Hook; the financing of award plaques by associate member Bill Talbott of Talbott Realty; Fatz of Franklin’s donation of “dinner for two” certificates for recipients of this years quarterly “Special Recognition Awards”;  Secretary John O’Connor’s continued dedication to detail and our newsletter; Treasurer Ernie Holt for recently reviewing our budget and upgrading our financial accountability and fiscal responsibility; Past President Lee Whittaker for arranging another great Rifle Raffle through The Gun Exchange and  owner Wayne Bennett, and member Jim Lau who has been working hard on updating our lodge website. 


Other members continue to work hard for the good of others and their work is much appreciated. All of our work, which is for the good of members and our community as a whole, makes our world just a little better.  I hope  more of you get involved this year and I look forward to working with you for causes greater than ourselves.


Chris Murray, President



The January General Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 27th at 7 PM.  The meeting will take place in the Holly Springs Church Fellowship Hall. At this meeting a light meal and drinks will be served by Gene Hultgreen and Joe Hall. The new officers for 2009 will be sworn in by Macon County Commission Chairman Ronnie Beale. Our guest speaker will be Elizabeth Adams, representing Kids Place.


Our membership as of 1/1/2009 is 137 (113 Active- 5 Affiliate- 19 Associate)

We welcome to our membership Michael O’Donnell, a retired Lieutenant from Somerville Mass.


We again supported the Sheriff’s Shop with a Cop program by wrapping the gifts that are purchased by the children participating in the program. Thanks to Jim Lau, John & Fran O’Connor, Richard & Cate Robb, Ed Nelson, Gene Hultgreen, Graham & Nancy Hancock & Larry Miller for their help in supporting this important program.


Congratulations to Macon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year Tom Tenhagen, Detective of the Year Stephanie Pellicer, Detention Officer of the Year Doug Hampton and Volunteer of the Year June Brooks.


This years fund raising activities will start with a raffle that will take place at our Membership meeting on May 26th. We will be raffling off a HENRY BIG BOY .44 MAGNUM rifle. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. As per the attached flyer, the gun is on display at Bennett’s Gun Exchange. You can obtain tickets at the Gun Exchange or from Joe Hall @ 828-349-3477. Your support in selling tickets is extremely important for the success of this project.


 It is often difficult for Board Members to know the needs of its members, without the support of its members. If any member knows of a Brother or Sister member that is Ill, in distress or has a notable happening in their life (like a birth of a child or a marriage) please notify your Lodge Secretary as soon as possible. I can be reached at 828-349-0698 or by e-mail at


The Auxiliary will meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Holly Springs Fellowship Hall. If any one is interested in joining the Auxiliary, please contact Natalie R Whitaker at


THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH: ‘Let this day be the best day of the rest of your life’



John O’Connor, Secretary                                      PLEASE OPEN ATTACHMENT

NCFOP Lodge 81