Why we should protect those who protect us
Thoughts from our Previous Lodge President, Clay Hammac, on the importance of investing in public safety
Community Involvement: More than $18,000 contributed to local Shelby County organizations in need
Surrounded by members of the Shelby County FOP and Owens House Board members, Child Advocacy Center Director Cindy Greer accepts a $4,500 donation from FOP president David Morrow. The funds were raised during the Shelby County FOP's 11th Annual Ruth Barnes Memorial Golf Tournament and will provide individual counseling for children who have experienced physical sexual abuse. Former FOP member, Ruth Barnes, had a passion for helping children and her mission of helping children continues through the golf tournament established in her memory which support both Easter Seals and Owens House Child Advocacy Center.
President Clay Hammac was quoted, "We are very proud of our partnership with the Owens House and look for any opportunity to honor the work that this organization does for the child victims of our community."
Clay Hammac credits this year's successful golf tournament to the Lodge's Secretary/Treasurer and the Lodge's Chaplain, Ryan Shivers and David Morrow.
This year's donation is 15% larger than last year's contribution.
The Shelby County Lodge presented proceeds of the 8th Annual Ruth Barnes Memorial Golf Tournament to
the members of the Owens House during their monthly meeting with local Law Enforcement, Social Workers, and Prosecutors. President Clay Hammac stated, "This is the beginning of a long friendship with our organizations and it is my hope that that our partners in the community will join us in support of the Owens House."
Lodge #41 proudly represented its members during a recent labor-related dispute. Clay Hammac is pictured conducting an interview with ABC 33/40
FOP member, Sheriff Chris Curry, is pictured welcoming guests to the annual Ruth Barnes Memorial Golf Tournament held each year at the Ballantrae Golf Course located in Pelham, AL. Proceeds raised each year are donated to the Owens House and Alabama Easter Seals. Present with Sheriff Curry were Chief Samaniego, and US Marshal Martin Keely.
Chris George (second from left) is pictured with members of the Vestavia Hills Girls Softball Association who donated 20 catcher's bags, 25 bats, and 30 canvas equipment bags to the FOP. This equipment will be redistributed to areas of need throughout Shelby County. "We are extremely grateful for the donation from the VHGSA and look forward to the partnership that has been formed with this organization", explains Past President Russell Bedsole.
(pictured from left to right) Clay Hammac, Chris George, David Morrow, Jeremy Smith, Lee Stockman, and Shelby O'Connor (not pictured) met at the King's Ranch to help with clean-up. They cleaned out gutters and raked the yards of two homes. According to Past President Russell Bedsole, "We are grateful for organizations like the King's Ranch that help neglected and abused women and children. This was a small token of our appreciation for the work that they do."
Lodge #41 is a proud supporter of the Owens House, which is a not for profit children’s advocacy center. In this photo, Past President Russell Bedsole (far right) is seen with Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens as Past Secretary/Treasurer Denver McCool presents a check to the Owens House on behalf of the Shelby County Fraternal Order of Police.