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The PBA of Georgia holds annual division board meeting

On October 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM in a conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn in McDonough, Georgia, the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia gathered for their annual board meeting. The following were in attendance: Joe Naia (President of the PBAGA), Joe Stiles (Executive Director of the PBAGA), Chris Skinner (President of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association), Benita Childs (Georgia Division Vice President), Timothy Hines (North Central Georgia Chapter Secretary),  James Hale, Jr. (Northeast Georgia Chapter President), Frank Mize (Georgia Trooper Chapter President ),  Roger Sadler (COBA Chapter President), David Kitchens (OSRA Chapter Chapter), Guy Fussell, Jr. (Middle Georgia Chapter President), Richie Douberly (Atlantic Chapter President),  Tim Hollowell (Alcovy Chapter President), Larry Hammond (SLEO Chapter President), Tony Williams (Atlanta Chapter President),  John Dawson (North Georgia Chapter President), Robert Willard (Henry County Chapter President) and Chairman Howard Thrash and Secretary Vincent King of the Fulton County Steering Committee.
 
President Joe Naia called the meeting to order at 9:30 AM. A prayer was given by Tim Hollowell and then the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Benita Childs.
 
The Georgia Division of the SSPBA received a membership report from Kris Jarvis. He was thrilled to announce the exciting membership growth over the last year. Next Joni Fletcher, the Director of Legal Services, gave the legal report. The SSPBA legal team was commended by chapter presidents in attendance for their fast response to members in need of services. Tim Reichert, the Director of Communications, talked about our new state of the art member database and website. He also highlighted the 2012 issue of the Blue Review magazine. You can view it in its digital format at www.sspba.org. The communication department also emphasized the importance of the utilization of social media. The PBA of Georgia is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PBAofGA) and Twitter (@pbaofga). Marlon Trone, the Police Benevolent Foundation Director, noted the success of the Race for the Fallen Half Marathon and announced that registration is already open for next year’s race; the PBF board is exploring the option of the addition of a 5K or 10K.  The Executive Director of the PBA of GA, Joe Stiles, highlighted the legislative activity in the last year and goals for the future. He also stressed the importance of chapter screenings of political candidates if our members want to see changes in their state legislation. The Police Benevolent Association of Georgia also nominated John Sisk, former North Georgia Chapter President and Division Secretary, for life membership with the Southern States Police Benevolent Association.
 
Overall, the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia had a productive annual meeting and is looking forward to another productive year.

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