Tulsa FOP Members,
The vote on our FY 2015 contract overwhelmingly passed! I appreciate all of you that took time to cast your ballot online. We are working with payroll to determine when the backpay will actually hit our checks and we will let you know as soon as we know. Again, I want to congratulate Brother Jeff Downs and his entire negotiations team for a job well done. We know it is not a perfect contract and we made some tough concessions, but it was in the best interest of our membership and all Tulsa Police Officers. We expect to formally sign the contract this coming Wednesday.
The negotiations team has already met to begin planning for the 2016 contract. If you have ideas or suggestions, contact any member of the new team or Chairman Jeff Downs. Team members are Donnie Johnson, Shane Tuell, James Stump, Jack Pike, Jeff Downs, Jerad Lindsey, Ron Neal, Jeff Cash, Jacob Johnston, and President Ballenger.
2014 Tulsa FOP Member of the Year
Their are so many members who have really contributed to the success of our lodge over the past year. It was extremely difficult to pick just one to recognize as the Tulsa FOP Member of the Year for 2014. We have had many victories and several members like Jeff Downs in negotiations, Quentin Houck who stepped up as treasurer, Mark Secrist who has dealt with many of the issues surrounding our previous treasurer, Marcie and Keith who stepped up to take over feeding us at lodge meetings and the list goes on.
But one member was able to take our FOP Political Action Committee, which allows us to do so much politically and be successful in so many ways, from almost nonexistent to a real game changer for our lodge. Nearly singlehandedly, he took the PAC from having 14 members to almost 300 contributing members. He pushed for membership and fundraising and our PAC went from having $130 per month income to about $3000 per month. He planned and coordinated a fundraiser that brought in around $9000 in one day. He also instituted a legislative tracking system. Besides the PAC, he has been a dedicated member of our team and has been willing to step up and help whenever needed while working the nightshift and spending many hours off-duty for the good of the membership. Our Tulsa FOP Member of the Year for 2014 is Brother Jerad Lindsey. Congratulations and thank you brother!
Tulsa FOP Scholarships
Scholarship applications are due January 29, 2015 for the fall semester. Please log into www.tulsafop93.org and click on the Scholarships tab to review qualifications and download an application.
When the applications are complete and the verifying documents are collected please submit the applications in 1 of 3 methods.
Mail : Tulsa FOP 93
c/o Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 2473
Tulsa, Ok. 74101
Deliver to: Sgt. Ryan Woods (Major Crimes Unit-1st shift)
Once the applications are received the applicant will be emailed a confirmation of receipt. If the applicant has not received that confirmation and Jan. 29 is approaching please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can address the problem.
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
The National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was a success here in Tulsa. Thanks to Jessica Caswell, we had several stories on the news and the event went viral on Facebook. Our citizens truly support us and we appreciate that very much. The work that you all do everyday in the community has created a unique relationship with our citizens and I have no fear of seeing some of the trouble we have seen in other parts of the country between police and citizens. We also appreciate the leadership of Chief Jordan and Deputy Chiefs McCrory and Larsen and their management teams for leading by example when it comes to community relations. We’ve got a good thing going at TPD!
OETA TV Show Featuring FOP
Tune in to OETA tonight at 1800 hours to the ONR (Oklahoma News Report). Part of the show will feature the Reading Buddies Program our FOP participates in at Wright Elementary School. The program was created there by our Tulsa City Councilor, Karen Gilbert, as a way to allow police officers and young children to interact in a very positive way. It has been a great success and we appreciate those of you that have participated. The kids love it and it just takes very little time out of your schedule. If you would like to help and occasionally read at Wright, let me know!
This year’s Polar Plunge benefitting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will be February 28th at Big Splash. If you want to be on the Tulsa FOP team, let me know. We need to start fundraising ASAP!
Clay A. Ballenger