President's Message

Welcome to the web site for South Bend Lodge FOP #36.   We are a fraternal organization and the recognized representatives for the members of the South Bend Police Department. 

     As 2017 begins let’s take a moment and look back on 2016.   There were a lot of rough times for law enforcement during 2016; 254 officers were shot, 65 died from those wounds and in all 140 officers lost their lives doing a job they loved, serving their communities.  There was also the consistent onslaught of media scrutiny.   In an effort to “break” the story media outlets continued to report without vetting information, then didn’t walk it back when the real facts came out.  South Bend was no exception to this, but that didn’t stop the members of FOP #36, nor did it stop any of the other 300 plus thousand members nationally.  Day in and day out they continued to do their job in the professional manner they were trained.   

     Locally, besides their day to day duties our members reached out into the community on many occasions.  Of our regular events the Fish Fry and Disc Golf tournament had incredible years.  We held Popsicle Patrols, helped sponsor the haunted house, as well as being a sponsor for the Salvation Army Kettle Ring off.  Our proudest moment though, was Santa’s Elficers.  Brother Greg Howard, aka “Head Elficer” organized it and we were able to help about 59 kids in 21 families have a Christmas they wouldn’t have been able too.  We hope to continue to build on the work done in 2016.  Our first event will be the Fish Fry, on April 7th, from 4-7pm.  We will update our site as information comes in and changes, but you can also keep up to date by following us Facebook – South Bend FOP Lodge #36 and on Twitter - @sbpdfop#36 


Dan Demler

President, South Bend Lodge #36

Annual FOP 36 Scholarship Ride


August 5th 2017
Registration from Noon to 1:45 pm
Ride starts at 2:00 pm with two stops along route
Ride ends at FOP 36 Corn & Sausage Roast with food, drink, and entertainment

South Bend Police Dept 701 W Sample St, South Bend

This is an FOP 36 Scholarship fund raiser for local high school seniors. The Thomas J. DeRue Sr. Memorial Scholarship honors our fallen South Bend Police Officers.

$20 rider & $10 for passengers

Each Rider/passenger will receive an event T shirt, half year associate membership with FOP 36, all you can eat Corn and Sausage, and one drink ticket. Entertainment will begin at 8:00pm.

All are welcome to ride and celebrate the lives of our fallen heroes, and the future of our children. This is a full day of entertainment at the cost of a normal ride. Even if you don't ride a motorcycle you can still come out to support the event. A $10 admission gets you the all you can eat corn and sausage and evening entertainment.

Visit and like us on Facebook at: FOP 36 Fallen Officer Scholarship Ride 

Facility Rental

FOP 36 Hall and Picnic Grounds
25327 State Road 23
South Bend, IN 46614
Hall Manager Cell Phone: 574-360-4596
Download Rental Agreement

2012 Hall Rental Fee Schedule: *Does not include range use.

Basic Hall Rental: $600.00
Basic rental fee is based on a 5 hour activity.
Includes cups and ice.

Basic Picnic Area Rental: $400.00
Based on a 5 hour activity.
Use of outside restrooms included.

Combined use of both Hall and Picnic Area: $750.00

Associate Member: 10%

Hall: $250.00. Property damage and excess cleanup.
Picnic Area: $100.00. Refundable if all trash is in proper containers and no damages.


Use of property over basic time is $100.00 per hour.
Beer: $100.00 per keg.
Bartender(s): $15.00 per hour plus tips.
Waiter/Waitress: $10.00 per hour plus tips.
Security: Police Officer, Union scale wages per hour.
Catering is available.


½ down due at booking
Final payment due in cash 48 hours prior to the event.
Eligible deposit refunds will be mailed within 48 hours after the conclusion
of the event.


If you have any questions, please contact the hall manager, Cathi Ruszkowski by using the Contact Form, or by phone at 574-360-4596.

Associate Members

Associate memberships are available for F.O.P. Lodge 36. The cost of an associate membership is $20.00 per year and includes a F.O.P.A. card along with two window decals. Associate Members also receive a 10% discount on hall and picnic area rental at the F.O.P. Lodge.

To become an associate member of F.O.P. Lodge 36, Download an Application and mail it in along with your $20.00 membership fee. (This download requires Adobe Acrobat Reader ®. If needed, Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here.)

If desired, the F.O.P. also has the following merchandise available for purchase by associate members. These items can be purchased through the associate coordinator listed below, simply use the Contact Form Here, choose "Associate Member Contact" from the drop down, and we will get a you a current price, and availability sheet. You must have FOPA proof of membership to purchase items.


Range Fees

FOPA Large Oval Decal

FOPA Clip-on Metal Emblem

FOPA Stick-on Metal Emblem



Additional Associate Member Range Info

The Executive Board of F.O.P. 36 has decided to once again open the F.O.P. Shooting Range to associate members. The cost for range privileges is $50.00 per year in addition to the $20.00 associate membersip fee. This will allow you and one guest to use the range during daylight hours.

Rules for range use are posted at the range and can also be downloaded HERE. Anyone found violating the rules will forfeit their range privileges, range key and membership card.

If you are a new member and would like to use the shooting range or if you are an existing member and would like access to the range, please use the Contact Form, choose "Associate Member Contact", and ask us to email you a waiver form. Once this form is signed and returned, along with the appropriate range fee, you will receive a key to the range.