MN FOP Lodge 1 Honored at Conference Room Naming Ceremony

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Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 recognized for community engagement, collaborative partnerships and charitable giving

The CC265 Conference Room occupies one of the busiest corners on the Inver Hills Community College campus. Located next to Student Services in the College Center, the conference room is an important gathering place for students. On Dec. 2, 2014, CC265 was renamed the Fraternal Order of Police Minnesota Lodge 1 Conference Room to recognize the organization’s community involvement and charitable works.

Tim Wynes, J.D., IHCC president, spoke at the naming ceremony, welcoming Mike Norstrem, FOP president, Patrick Sloan, FOP 1st vice president, Randy Dalbec, FOP treasurer, and Dan Athmann, an instructor in the college’s Law Enforcement program. Sloan and Dalbec are also IHCC alumni. Wynes thanked Minnesota FOP Lodge 1 on behalf of Inver Hills staff, faculty, students and the IHCC Foundation Board of Directors as well as the community members the college serves.

About Minnesota FOP Lodge 1

With more than 200 members, MN FOP Lodge 1 is a 501c(8) nonprofit organization. The FOP is the largest law enforcement organization in the country, perhaps the world, with over 300,000 members. The FOP started in Minnesota in 1991 with Lodge 1 and a few members and has grown to over 2,600 active members in 24 local lodges. The mission of the FOP in Minnesota is to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable, and social activities among law enforcement officers and cultivate a spirit of fraternalism with mutual helpfulness among Members and the people we serve.
Courtesy of the MN FOP Lodge 1 website

Wynes spotlighted the collaborative work FOP MN Lodge 1 has accomplished with numerous community partners, including school programs, food shelves and the Boy Scouts. Through the partnership with Inver Hills, FOP MN Lodge 1 has donated $90,000 in pledges and gifts to support scholarship and tuition assistance programs for students pursuing A.S. degrees in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Services.

“The impact of this support is incredible,” Wynes said. “Inver Hills scholarship recipients are among the best and brightest scholars in our student community. We are proud to name the College Center 265 Conference Room the Fraternal Order of Police Minnesota Lodge 1 Conference Room. The contributions of FOP Lodge 1 will inspire students, faculty and staff for years to come.”

For more information about the IHCC Foundation, contact:

Gail Morrison
IHCC Foundation Executive Director

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