Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Ed Aldridge
Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Rayne, St. John,
Walschburger, Zoch Absent: Toth
Parliamentarian – Bill Elkin
Sergeant at Arms: Robert Crane
Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.
Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:
by Rayne, 2nd by Potell to approve the Minutes and Treasurer’s Report as
printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President - Bob Barnard
all the Veterans on the board. Steve
Benavidez will introduce all Military Veterans and make a flag presentation at
the business meeting.
Council Member At-Large #1 Mike Knox is running for reelection and will attend
the business meeting.
Crane thanked the board and everyone for attending the going-home service of
his wife Ora Dean Crane as well as the phone calls.
Chris Tritico will attend the business meeting discussing the Capital Murder of
HPD Officer Charles Clark by Alfred Brown, the attempt by Harris County DA Kim
Ogg to exonerate Brown and the complaint of prosecutorial misconduct by then
Chief Prosecutor Dan Rizzo.
having problems with online new and renewing membership apps that appear to be
a problem for our hosting company.
Kivela is working with Netsential to rectify this situation and report
to the board.
forming a planning committee to study the organizations continuing needs of our
members’ welfare, budgets, goals, recruitment, etc. Committee members will provide individual
written studies on a particular subject to the committee chairman, which will
then be compiled into a final report to be presented to the board. Scheibe and Beale have agreed to be committee
a Website Committee be formed with Jim Ashby as the Chairman.
each board member be thinking about a mission statement defining the purpose
for forming the HPROA. A mission statement will better organize future plans
and goals for the organization.
Chairman McDonald obtains a list of retirees from HPOPS and compares it to the
list of HPROA members. The non-member
retirees are contacted by phone, email or mail.
There are six volunteer committee members assisting McDonald with making
PAC focus is on the Mayor / City Council run-off races. PAC vetted each candidate. The endorsements and contributions are as
Mayor Sylvester Turner $2,000, District A Amy Peck $500,
District C Abbie Kamin $500, District D Carolyn Evans-Shabaz $250, District H
Karla Cisneros $500, District J Edward Pollard $500, At Large #1 Mike Knox
$1,500, At Large #2 David Robinson $500, At Large #3 Michael Kubosh $500, At
Large #4 dual endorsement for Dr. Letitia Plummer $250 and Anthony Dolcefino
$250 and At Large #5 Sallie Alcorn $500.
A $250 donation and endorsement to State Representative District 148
Rayne, 2nd by Beale to approve the endorsement and contributions to the
political candidates as recommended by the PAC Committee. Voice Vote.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
previously discussed a credit card for the Legislative Consultant / Legislative
Committee Chairman, which is to be used for political expenses. The HPCU requires that this be written in the
minutes and be approved by the Board.
Kivela will deliver the required letter he drafted to the Houston Police
Beale, 2nd by Rayne to approve Legislative Consultant / Legislative Committee
Chairman Bill Elkin a Houston Police Retired Officers Association credit
card. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
came up when two widows, independently of each other, requested their deceased
spouses’ badges. HPD’s Employee Services
Division was contacted and related that only one of each badge can be
issued. Retirees or surviving spouses
with requests for badges in cases when they weren’t previously issued should
send an email to TAPUnit@HoustonPolice.org.
The request will be researched by HPD and the requestor will be
contacted by the concerned Command Office and advised on the correspondence
that is required.
letterhead has been printed.
Medicare rates have been reduced from $100. per month to $64. per month effective
January 1, 2020. The premiums for the
other plans rates remain the same.
Name certificates have been obtained for the Retired Badge, HPROA, and HPROA
PAC from the Harris County Clerk.
inquiry as to the metal composition of the Memorial Plaques was made to the
manufacturer. The plaques are given to
deceased retired members at the funeral or memorial service. The Memorial Plaques are solid brass.
and Kivela met with the Executive Director of the Municipal Employees Union
(HOPE) in order to strategize on working collectively on insurance and Medicare
issues since all employee groups have identical City insurance plans. This meeting was considered productive, and
further meetings will be held. The
municipal employees have no dedicated retiree association and HOPE provides
limited representation to municipal retirees.
have been drafted to welcome new and renewing members to the association after
they electronically join or renew. This
has not been previously done.
issue discussed. Information only.
the upcoming run-off election, every city Council candidate that we are
endorsing has been personally contacted and spoken with for relationship
building purposes and for educating them on retiree issues.
Old Business –
theft attempt targeting the HPROA was made against several board members. There was no loss incurred. Based on a recommendation by the webmaster,
all inquiries directed to board members will now go to the “Contact HPROA” link
and be forwarded to the applicable board member(s), or to any other person who
a member knowledgeable about audio, visual and Internet systems, offered to
assist the HPROA after he noticed the sound system that is currently utilized
(over 15 years old) should be upgraded.
Mike conducted independent research into available systems and offered
to take the President, Executive Director and Event Photographer Henry Chavez
to a vendor in order to show them what system he recommends. It should be noted that Mike is doing this on
his own without any connection to any vendor nor for any compensation. The
new system Mike recommends has a retail cost of $1,199 plus tax and
carrier. Competitive bids will be
obtained and a system purchased.
Ashby, 2nd by McDonald to upgrade the HPROA sound system. Voice Vote.
New Business –
–HPROA Bi-Laws require the Board of Directors approve the Budget each
December. Recommendation to postpone
approval of the Budget until January 2020 so all 2019 expenses are recorded.
Rayne, 2nd by Ashby to extend approval of the 2019 Budget until January 2020 so
all the 2019 expenses are recorded.
Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
new members were approved:
Associate Membership Applications were received:
Cannatella – Sponsor Anthony Kivela
Elliott – Sponsor Louis Elliott
Associate Membership Applications were approved:
Pfunder – Sponsor Robert Gardner
Webster – Sponsor Ron Headley
Motion by Zoch, 2nd by Rayne to adjourn meeting at 9:35