BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:40 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Chaplain Monty Montgomery
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Louis Elliott, 2nd by Jim Ashby to approve the August Business Minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Transportation Security Administration – Scott Defietr
TSA Explosive Detection Canine Handler Supervisor. This is a mobile passenger screening K-9 program under Department of Homeland Security. These dogs have the ability to detect explosives on moving persons, follow them and alert discreetly as well as clearing aircraft, luggage, etc.
The handlers need many different volunteers to role-play as targets. Currently working with active HPD officers but they would like HPROA members as well. Once a dog alerts on an individual the dog will remember and that person cannot be used again.
Volunteers are needed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 6:30-8:30 a.m. at Hobby Airport. Parking is free. Program is being expanded to Intercontinental Airport.
Volunteers should contact HPROA Board Member Steve Toth at 713-725-1589 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HPOPS Trustee – George Guerrero
HPD Officer for 24 years and on HPOPS Board of Directors for 6 years. Guerrero requests an endorsement and the support of HPROA members. Trey Coleman may be his opponent.
HPOPS Board Members are attending City Budget and Finance Meetings, as well as various civic meetings with Mayor Turner and Council Members speaking against police/fire pay parity. City cannot afford to give each firefighter a 25% raise. Firefighters Union refused an offered 13% pay raise. If pay parity passes in November the City will have to lay off hundreds of fire, police and municipal employees. It will also make 2019 a very difficult year in Austin.
Election Ballots will be out in October and must be returned by end of November. Members may vote with the paper ballot or electronically.
HPOPS Executive Director – John Lawson
HPOPS plan did very well last fiscal year earing a 10.2% return. This puts us in the top quarter of all pension plans in the United States. Prop return is 5.2-5.3% after 5 year compounded rate of plan after the 65%.
HPOPS working to defeat pay parity in November. If it passes Fire Department would need to layoff 900 Firemen and Police Department would need to layoff 350 Officers. City pensions would be in real trouble in Austin.
Beginning September 24 at 8:00am and ending September 28, 2018 at 5:00pm, HPOPS will accept applications from members interested in filing for candidacy in the election. George Guerrero, Active Member Position #1, and Larry Doss, Retired Member Position #4, will be on this year’s ballot.
The business community, Greater Houston Partnership, Mayor and more are actively against pay parity. Additional media ads will be out soon.
Burial Fund – Jay Gause
Burial Fund has been stable the last two years and we have not had to dip into savings. However, payroll contributions and benefit payments are exactly the same at $4,250.
We cannot raise dues again or lower benefits. 80% of cadet classes usually join but only 40% of last class joined. They had difficultly believing some retirees are indigent and the burial fund benefit is all they have.
We are looking into additional ways to increase the fund for the future. The Burial Fund is 99 years old and should continue to benefit officers for another 99 years.
The HPOU will sponsor a fundraiser in 2019 for the Burial Fund. Other ways to donate to the Fund are estate charitable donations, make the Burial Fund the beneficiary of an insurance policy, donate burial fund benefit back into the fund, or in lieu of flowers request donations be made to the Burial Fund.
There will be an open Board of Directors position in January. The Board meets four (4) times a year: 2 meetings at the HPROA and 2 meetings at the HPOU following the membership meetings.
Anyone interested in becoming a Board member may contact them at email@example.com or Text 832-969-9099 or Gause at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
President – Steve Rayne
Lt. Bradley Morefield, HPD Academy Cadet and Field Training Unit, would like to recognize and honor the legacy of retired officers. At Cadet graduations they would like to honor those officers who graduated 200 classes before the one presently graduating. The 236th Class will graduate on September 27th and they would like to honor and recognize the members of Cadet Class 36. Additional information will be posted on the HPROA Website and in the Retired Badge.
HPROA Board of Directors election was held in August. Thanked Membership Chairman Bob Shields, Election Chairman E. J. Smith all the volunteers who participated in this election.
HPROA participated in the 911 Heroes Run on September 8th. Member Greg Fremin had the tent, table and chairs ready for the four members who were there with the HPROA Traveling Wall of Honor.
Letters of appreciation were received from the families of Robert W. Brumley and Jack Miller. Ed Aldridge donated $100 in memory of Jack Miller.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
HPROA has a total of $ 229,292 in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Working on the October-November paper. Articles due by Thursday, September 20th.
Always looking for new articles and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,771 members as of September 7th. 12 members were reinstated and most of this month’s 10 dropped members have been contacted.
The Board approved 8 new members, 1 associate member and received 1 new associate member application.
Completed 2 new memberships drives going through the HPOPS list of retirees who are not HPROA members. Each retiree was contacted by phone, e-mail or regular mail.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
21,000 visits to the Website last month.
Super Bowl pot is open at $50 per square.
HPROA Website and Security has been updated. Keep virus scanners up to date.
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 Doug Bostock (281) 890-7610
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Ray Smith (281) 731-1588
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Friends we lost in August were Jack A. Miller, James H. Haralson, George W. Craig Jr. and Kenneth Ray Brumley II. Homer A. Stevens Sr., father of Homer Stevens Jr., and Austin Patrick DelaCruz, grandson of Alfredo DelaCruz, also passed away. Our condolences to the families.
Entertainment Committee –
The Hill Country Fredericksburg Reunion is only 3 weeks away. It will be Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Lamar and Dee Kimble are the host. This is the Oktoberfest weekend. Please remember to bring your silent auction items.
PAC– Bob Barnard
$83,585.16 total PAC assets.
Received $1,845 in contributions.
Paid $200 administration fees.
PAC recommendations for political candidates will be posted on the HPROA Website and in the Retired Badge.
Good and Welfare –
Anthony Kivela attended the Houston Benefit Assistance Committee as the retiree representative. Active Officers get an insurance discount by participating in the Wellness Program and it will be open to retirees in the future. Retirees may enroll in the fitbit program and a free fitbit will be provided. Information will be posted on the HPROA Website and in the Retired Badge. Anthony may be contacted at email@example.com or 713-962-3508 if you are interested in the program.
Bill Elkin wrote an article in the August-September 2018 Retired Badge explaining Other Post Employments Benefits (OPEB’S) effect on the City and its retirees/employees. The City is paying approximately $2.15B for OPEB’s using a ‘pay-a-you-go’ approach not fully funding those budget items similar to a credit card debt where you pay part of balance in installments. All OPEB’s are decided, put into practice and/or eliminated purely by local control through City Ordinance. We must work locally to preserve them. Be sure to read his article.
Jim Hudson and his wife attended the membership meeting to thank all those who called or visited him during his long illness. He said they would never know how much that meant to him and his family.
Steve Rayne stated the HPOU contract expires September 30th. HPOU will be running media advertisement against Pay Parity Proposition B.
Cadet Class 239 will have a full compliment of 75 Cadets. The Mayor authorized 375 new officers.
Chief Acevedo stated he did not intend to change the HPD Badges, however the Assistant Chiefs are wearing a new HPD Shield fashioned after Austin PD. The new shield is voluntary at this time.
o $25 Roy McDonald
o $25 D. A. Miller
o $25 Max Lankford
o $25 Jim Hudson
104 Members in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.