BOARD MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 13, 2019
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Anthony Kivela
Present: Aldridge, Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Rayne, St. John, Toth, Walschburger, Zoch
Parliamentarian – James Bollig
Sergeant at Arms: Robert Crane
Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.
Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Walschburger, 2nd by Ashby to approve the Minutes and Treasurer’s Report as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President – Steve Rayne
The May 10, 2019 Police Week Memorial and Reception was cancelled due to weather conditions. The event may be rescheduled for early October.
The Board of Directors positions up for election in August are President, 1st Vice-President, Treasurer, and Positions #2, #4, and #6. The following members contacted Nomination Committee Chairman to sign up for the open board of director positions. President- Bob Barnard Position #2 – Fred Walschburger
1st Vice-President – Matt Potell Position #4 – Jim St.John
Treasurer – Ed Aldridge Position #6 – Nelson Zoch
President will call for floor nominations for each position three times at the business meeting. Candidates for each position will be announced.
E. J. Smith has agreed to serve as Election Committee Chairman again this year.
Stefanie Salcedo, Secure Legacy, has offered to contribute to the complimentary August Election Luncheon.
HARCO Errors and Omission Insurance policy has been received and detail information is available.
HPOPS will hold a special election to replace Trustee Mike Newsome’s Active Board Position. Newsome’s phase down will end in July and be will be classified as retired.
George Guerrero is interested in running for Newsom’s active position and sent the HPROA an email apologizing for not attending this meeting but plans to attend the July meeting. He has 25 years of service and plans on staying with HPD for another 8-10 years, was on the HPOPS Board from 2013-2018 and wants to protect and manage the HPD pension system for all past, present and future officers.
Houston Police Family Support Unit – Chaplain Andrea Schmauss
HPD Family Support Unit was formed 3 years ago as a 501C3. The unit is totally independent from the Houston Police Department.
The Family Support Unit focuses on Officers and their families who are injured in the line of duty. Hospital bags containing everything from a blanket to change for the vending machines are taken to the families at the hospitals.
Officers not admitted to the hospital receive a telephone call to determine how the unit can assist them and their families during their recovery.
Each family member continues to receive support including birthday cards, etc.
The Family Support Unit is financed with proceeds from various fund raising activities and donations.
Chaplain Schmauss will meet with the HPROA Family Assistance Committee to see how they can work together. She hopes some retired officers may be willing to visit injured officers at the hospital or a home.
HPOPS Board of Directors – Terry Bratton
The HPOPS Board may change depending on the upcoming Houston Mayoral election.
The HPD Pension is 80% funded. Does not want to lose the benefits we have.
A special election will be held to fill Mike Newsome’s Active Board Position. Candidates may sign up June 24-28th with the election held in August.
HPOPS is conducting a nation wide search for a new executive director.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
For some time the HPROA has been pushing for the City of Houston to offer a discount on insurance premiums for those retiree in the “Gap” period. The Gap is the time from when Phase-down Active Insurance rates cease, to that period when Medicare begins. Active officers and their spouses currently receive a discount. The discount we requested would apply for the pre-Medicare retirees who participate in the City of Houston’s Wellness Program. The HPROA submitted a request urging the City to implement this program some time ago and this past month the City’s Human Resources Department drafted a preliminary proposal. Should the proposal be implemented, and there are no promises that it will, it will not likely occur until at least 2020. More information will follow.
HPOU President Joe Gamaldi has announced his candidacy for National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police. He will continue to serve as HPOU president if he gets the FOP position. HPROA members who subscribe to the TMPA Police Officers Legal Defense Fund are automatically FOP members. More information will follow.
Kivela has prepared a complete report of Payment Card Industry’s Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) which will be forwarded to each Board Members, urging a change in the manner in which the HPROA processes credit card information, and recommending that a Technology Committee be formed. Discussion to follow at the next board meeting.
Secure Your Legacy, a company owned by Stephanie Salcedo, requested minor modifications to the Earthman Funeral Plan benefit offered by the HPROA. The Board approved slight modifications to her request, but first Kivela will contact Earthman relative to these changes before the website is updated with this information.
An elder care attorney has offered a donation to the HPROA for setting up a table at the August meeting.
The board decided that the HPOPS report could be given at just the business meeting, rather than at both the board and business meetings, unless discussion is necessary.
Jim Ashby - Researching ways to handle membership application or renewal credit card information to comply with PSI regulations.
The cost would be a $25 monthly charge to run the account plus 2.9% plus 30 cents per account to approximately $1,000 annually.
Nelson Zoch -Annual HPROA Board of Trustee election discussed.
Roy McDonald – Texas Law Shield is a Legal Defense for Self Defense Program providing unparalleled criminal and civil legal defense coverage for those who believe in the right to protect themselves and their loved ones. There is a 24/7/365 emergency hotline answered by an attorney, legal defense with no attorneys’ fees and coverage for a legal weapon. Membership starts at $10.95 monthly with additional coverage at a nominal fee.
New Business –
Twenty (20) new members were approved:
o George Alderete
o George Batcheler
o Jerry L. Bennett
o William Booth
o Charles Busse
o Donald J. Culak
o Daniel Debakey
o David J. Fausek
o Benjamin K. Gill
o Watson G. Holmes
o Sheila A. Jackson
o Gregory Neely
o Doug Phipps
o William R. Rios
o Randy Robertson
o Christopher Staggs
o Rex Whitworth
o Gerald Williams
o John Zitzman
o Eurisa Warfield
Two Associate Member applications received.
o Stephanie Salcedo – Sponsor Anthony Kivela
o Tommy Thomas – Sponsor Bob Barnard
Motion by Potell, 2nd by Beale to adjourn meeting at 9:40 a.m.