BREAKING NEWS TO OUR MEMBERS
4/02/20 4:57 PM
In our 25-year
history, the HPROA has been tasked with assisting its members wherever the need
might be, usually with the focus on pension and insurance
issues. Now, the health and well-being of many of our regular and
associate members is at stake due to COVID-19. I recognize that this is a time
of uncertainty for many of our members, particularly with the financial and
health impact this crisis has had on our age-group. Our message to
you is that the strength of our association shows in these times of need.
Now, with COVID-19,
the needs for social interaction, transportation for medical assistance,
grocery purchasing, financial assistance, and a host of other pandemic-related
issues have come to the forefront. Please remember this world virus
is an issue we have never faced, but by pulling together, our association is
determined to meet the challenge.
We want to help our
members, but first we need to know where that assistance is
needed. The HPROA Board of Directors will meet next week via a
remote conferencing connection. At that time, one of our agenda
items will be to discuss what we can do as an association to assist our
members. To do this, we need to understand two
perspectives: We will first determine the actual need, then identify
resources toward that end. Accordingly, if you have any type of need, we want
to hear about it. Please go to our website and visit the “Contact
Us” link. Let us know before next Thursday’s Board Meeting of any
needs that you might have, or known and verified needs of other HPROA
members. As always, we are here as an association to try to help
both of our regular and associate members.
At the end of the day,
our association is about people, those members who have served, and those
members who continue to serve. [More]
at noon to avoid extremely heavy traffic,
expected on Memorial Drive and in the area.Houston Police Credit Union
Please check their Website for updated
opened Monday, and recent information
indicates they will close again on Tuesday
Business Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2020
June 11, 2020
The HPROA Business Meeting June 11th was cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the CDC recommendation that all meetings over 10 attendees be cancelled and social distancing regulations followed.
The HPROA Board Meeting was held at 10:00 a.m. in the Houston Police Officers Union conference room.
Board Meeting Minutes
June 11, 2020
of Allegiance: Matt Potell
Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Scheibe, St. John, Toth, Walschburger, Zoch
– Bill Elkin
at Arms: Robert
of Quorum: A quorum
Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:
by Potell, 2nd by Beale to approve the Minutes and the Treasurer’s
Report as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried. [More]
E. J. Smith: (6-1-20rh) Roger Dixon notified me today that E. J. had been admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital Woodlands. I called E.J. and learned that he has developed a bacterial infection in his left hand causing painful swelling and redness. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday and treated with major doses of antibiotics. [More]
July 9th Meeting Canceled
In the interest and well-being of our members, the July 9, 2020
HPROA Business Meeting is canceled,
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THE HPROA WEBSITE
6/22/20 12:57 PM
The board has been informed that the servers belonging to the vendor who handles our website have been compromised. It is our understanding that this was not a lone attack on the HPROA, but multiple law enforcement sites were also impacted. Based on this, we have to assume that our Member Directory information may also been been compromised. It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE that credit card information used by members through our website’s application process is not stored by the HPROA or its website hosting company, and subsequently, was not compromised. Financial information is always encrypted and immediately electronically sent to a national credit card processing center via a secure network. [More]
A MESSAGE FROM THE HPOPS BOARD OF TRUSTEES
6/20/20 5:51 PM
Recently the following was posted on social media
“Hey, I’m hearing rumbling from officers that mayor said in a meeting that he wanted to renegotiate pension. I’m sure ya’ll are hearing it already.”
Upon hearing of this post the HPOPS Chairman immediately contacted Mayor Turner. The Mayor said that “those words never came out of my mouth.” During further conversation, it was apparent the city has no desire to renegotiate pension benefits.
We have a good relationship with the Mayor, and he has always been supportive of our police department. He stepped up and took on the task of making the City pension plans sustainable. This support is currently evident by the funding of 5 cadet classes for next budget year, and fully funding your pension and the police department.
Police Officers’ have an incredibly difficult job and are constantly under considerable stress, we know that because we are current or former police officers. [More]
HPD Pistol Range has reopened for Retiree Qualification.
5/27/20 9:25 AM
Retirees MUST have a reservation in order to qualify.
NO WALK-INS ALLOWED.
Reservations will be scheduled by the Retiree Certification Unit (RCU), only.
The RCU will be contacting those who have submitted their paperwork to the RCU to schedule reservations.
Retirees will check in at the RCU, wearing their masks, at approximately 10:30 am to complete any remaining paperwork before qualifying at the indoor range. [More]
FREE SURGICAL MASKS TO MEMBERS
5/14/20 3:52 PM
The HPROA has received information that some retired officers do not have access to purchasing surgical masks, nor do other retirees have the resources to hand-make them. Due to COVID concerns, the City of Houston implemented a surgical mask program that specifically targets senior citizens and other at-risk vulnerable people. Many members of the HPROA are in this high-risk category and accordingly, more subject to the COVID virus.
HPROA members George Buenik and Jim Hudson were instrumental in getting the HPROA’s mask request submitted to the City, and ultimately approved. [More]
Family Assistane Update
Lisa, wife of Chuck Kennedy, has been fighting cancer for approximately 2
years. In the last post regarding Lisa in April we advised that Lisa's cancer
had spread to her liver and spleen and that she was going to undergo another
round of chemo. Chuck called us yesterday and advised that the chemo was not
working. He stated that she is on pain medication and without it she is in
terrible pain. Chuck wanted to again thank everyone for their prayers and asked
that we continue to lift them up for her.
Doug Bostock: (6-30-20rh) I visited with Doug today and he
advised that he is still having circulation problems in his legs. He
said that he is scheduled for an outpatient cat scan on July 7 to
determine if there is any veins in his legs that repairable. Doug asks
that we pray for him. He would love to hear from old friends. Give him a
call at 281-221-7466.