BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 13, 2019
Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Anthony Kivela
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Nelson Foehner to accept the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President – Steve Rayne
HPD Firearms Range has designated the drivers training building as the Retiree Office. Retirees will shoot an 11:00 a.m. line.
HPROA Board of Trustee election is under way. Candidates for the open positions had to contact Nominating Chairman Steve Benavides to sign up. The candidates are:
President – Bob Barnard Board Position #2 – Fred Walschburger
1st Vice President – Matt Potell Board Position #4 - Jim St. John
Treasurer – Ed Aldridge Board Position #6 – Nelson Zoch
o Bi-Laws require nominations from the floor for each open position. President Rayne called three times for floor nominations. No nominations were received,
o Rayne is retiring after serving for10 years. He will continue to serve the HPROA as the Past President.
o Election Committee Chairman E. J. Smith will need volunteers to stuff election envelopes about 8:00 a.m. before the Thursday, July 11th meeting. If you can help, please come early.
HPOPS will hold a special election to replace Trustee Mike Newsome, Active Position #3 because his phase down status will end in July. Officer George Guerrero send the HPROA an email stating he is a candidate for the position and would like to attend our July meeting. He previously served five years as a HPOPS Trustee.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
Insurance Update on Discounted Premiums
o Retires who are in the “Gap” period (from when their Phase-Down Active Insurance rates cease to that period when their Medicare begins) are subject to extremely high medical insurance premiums.
o As an example an active officer with family who is in the Open Access Plan pays $367.67 monthly for healthcare coverage. Once retired and off Phase-Down Active Insurance rates retiree’s premium increases to $1,906 for the same insurance coverage.
o The HPROA is committed to assisting all of its members no matter if they are on Medicare, Gap Insurance or retired with active rates in Phase-Down.
o The HPROA has been pushing for the City of Houston to offer discounted insurance premiums for those retirees in the Gap period (active officer and their spouses currently
receive a discount) for those who volunteer to participate in the City’s Wellness Program. A formal request has been made for this to occur and the City’s H.R. Department has drafted a preliminary proposal that is not approved for public release. Should this be implemented, and there are no promises that it will, it will not likely occur until at least 2020.
o The fund is performing well with an approximate balance of $5.57 Billion
o There have been slightly fewer retirements this fiscal year. There have been 144 thus far in fiscal year 2019, while at the same time in FY 2018 there were 155. This is considerably less than FY 2017 when there were 383 retirements.
o Kivela attended last Tuesday’s HPOPS Administrative, Ethics and Investments Committees meetings as well as this morning’s HPOPS Board Meeting.
o HPOPS Trustee Mike Newsome attended the HPROA membership meeting:
? Announced that his time as an “active” trustee will end in July 2019 and HPOPS will hold a Special Trustee Election in order to fill his position with an active officer.
? HPOPS has designated the signup period from June 24th to close of business June 28, 2019. Any interested candidate should see HPOPS for specific details.
The following were acknowledged for each of their donations to the Family assistance Committee in memory of Albert Pivonka:
o Henry & Laura Gaas
o Clarence & Jeanet Pietsch
o David & Angela Hasness
The following sent letters of thanks for the plants/ flowers they received:
o Family of Betty Marquis
o The Slay Family
o Mrs. Florence Kasowski
o Debbie Zaharis and family.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
$234,985 in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Paper is in the mail.
Always looking for contributors and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,771 members as of June 11th.
The board approved 20 new members and 2 associate member applications were received. 11 members reinstated. 27 members dropped and 26 have been contacted.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
16,632 visits to the website.
Retired Badge will be on the website as well as printed and mailed.
Microsoft, IBM, IRS, etc. will not call on the telephone. Hang up on these scammers. Call Jim with any questions or help.
Contact Jim if you know anyone who would like to place an advertisement on the HPROA Website. It is only $20 per month.
Contact Jim if you need the User Name and Password to the HPROA Membership Directory Website.
Family Assistance Committee – Forrest Turbeville and Nelson Foehner
Please contact members of the FAC with any needs or concerns:
Nelson Foehner (281) 351-4669 Ray Smith (281) 731-1588
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Mattie Provost (832) 653-4921
Members we lost in May were David C. Zaharis, Conrad Dippel, Donald Ray Weaver, Joe A. Vega, Lee Hoffman Jr., and Betty Marquis the wife of deceased Detective Jimmy Marquis.
Entertainment Committee – Rosalie Potell
The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Lady Bird’s Park. Please remember to bring your items for the silent auctions, which are the only fund raising activity for the HPROA. Make your reservations early.
PAC– Bob Barnard
Received $3,165 in contributions.
Donated to Karla Cisneros campaign.
Reimbursed HPROA $2,692.46 for political cell wallets. Paid $200 in administrative expenses.
Total PAC Fund Assets are $83,161.58.
Legislative Committee – Bill Elkin
Best News First - HCR 19, by Rep. Herrero, a Resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Windfall Elimination Plan and the Government Pension Offset Laws was signed by Governor Abbott on May 29, 2019. It will be conveyed to the U.S. Congress as an official request from the state of Texas. The problem with congress on his issue is “signing away a lot of money” that helps support Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
During the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature, a total of 7,324 Senate and House bills, or pieces of legislation, were filed. A total of 1,429 bills were passed, which included 460 Senate bills and 969 House bills. The Governor has 3 options on the bills that were passed. He can sign them into law as he chooses, or he can veto those he does not agree with, or he can wait and those he did not sign or veto automatically go into effect.
Our efforts at the Legislature assisted in “killing” several pieces of legislation that could ultimately have a direct, or indirect impact, on our current pension law in the long term. That included the two pension bills introduced by Senator Bettencourt, the Senate bill by Senator Alvarado and the House bill by Representative Martinez.
There will be some adjustments in the laws that affect the firearms carry laws, both the Right To Carry and the Retired Officers Right To Carry.
It appears that at this time the HPROA had a good session at the Legislature.
Steve Andrews - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
John Kitto - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
Mike Walker - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
Nelson Foehner - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
Rick Bartley - $25 Pappas Gift Card and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
Earl Jones - $25 Pappas Gift Card and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
102 Members in attendance.