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Houston Police Retired Officers Association
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
January 13, 2019
JANUARY 10, 2019
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
JANUARY 10, 2019

Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance:  Jim St.John

Welcomed New and First Time Members

Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Forrest Turbeville, 2nd by Bill Elkin to approve the December Business Minutes as printed.  Voice Vote. Motion Carried.

President – Steve Rayne
Retired HPD Officers are the only people (except cadets) who can qualify at the HPD range between January 1, 2019 and April 1, 2019. The ranges are being changed and updated to handle the new requirement for all active officer to qualify four (4) times yearly. Retirees can ONLY shoot the line at 11:00am  Monday through Friday. The same forms must be submitted before being approved to shoot and range personnel will still contact you if you are approved to shoot. We still report to the same retiree office at the outdoor range -for now- however, we will probably shoot at the indoor range. Active Officers are being required to qualify wearing their body armor but, ”at this time” retirees are not required to do so.
Board approved the 2019 Budget.  The Bi-Laws prohibiting a deficit budget.
Board appointed Anthony Kivela as Executive Director.
Former Parliamentarian Roy McDonald was appointed to fill Kivela’s unexpired Board Position #7.
James Bollig was appointed Parliamentarian.
Burial Fund will hold their annual meeting immediately following the business meeting.  Please plan to attend so we can have a quorum. 

Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
Recognized the Board for approving him as the Executive Director.  Thanked Bill Elkin for his years of service and for agreeing to continue to serve as Chairman of the Legislative Committee. 
Attended three HPOPS Committee Meetings on 1-8-2019 and the Board Meeting on 1-10-2019.  
o Pension fund at approximately $5.25 B.  
o HPOPS had 62 retirements at close of business 12-31-18, down from the 76 for the calendar year ending 12-31-17. 
o January 2019 retirements are trending down.  HPOPS projected 6 January retirements compared to 13 in 2018.  
Future information will be periodically forwarded to the membership regarding pending Federal legislation on the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Offset Provision (GOP).
The HPROA will be studying how to become more involved in social media.  
A donation was received from the Rippy family in memory of Floyd Daigle and from the Koenig family in memory of Billy Joe Todd.  

Burial Fund – Chairman Jay Gause
Burial Fund Board will have three open positions at the March meeting.  Need an active officer to fill an unexpired term.  
Burial Fund is a 501C-9 charity.  Fund can only pay benefits bases on donated income. 

Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
$225,206 in the bank.  
The 2019 Budget based on increase in membership.  Membership of over 1,800 would also help our case in Austin.
Post on Facebook when you serve in any capacity as a HPROA member. 

Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Working on next issue.  Please submit articles before January 20th.

Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,780 members as of January 8th.  Goal is to maintain 1,800 plus members.  
3 members were reinstated and all 11 dropped members have been contacted by email. 
The Board approved 8 new members.  1 associate member application received. 
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.

Website Committee – Jim Ashby
239,271 visitors to the website in 2018.
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  
Friends we lost in December were Lila Berner, Paul S. Weido, Carl Williams, Billy Joe Todd, James Wiley Douglass, Chris L Hall and Thomas E. Baker.   Jerry Cormier’s mother Virginia Laverne Wooten and John Babineaux’s mother Mary Magdeline Babineaux also passed away.  Our condolences to the families.

Entertainment Committee – 
The HPROA’s 25th Anniversary Reunion will be in Houston at the HPD Academy on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 5, 2019.

PAC– Bob Barnard
Received $2,680 in contributions.  
Paid $1,436 in administrative expenses.
Political contributions cannot be made while Legislators are in session.  
Total PAC Fund Assets are $69,772.58

Good and Welfare –
Dennis Storemski, Houston Police Credit Union Chairman of the Board, stated the credit union would issue an 11.1% rebate on dividends and interest on loans.  
Dorothy Edwards requested HPROA contact HPOPS requesting they post a picture with deceased members’ obituary on their website.

Door Prizes:  
Dennis Storemski - $25
Forrest Turbeville - $25
Floyd Nettles - $25
Don Martin - $25
Charles Martel - HPD Ball Cap
Jim Ashby - COPS Shirt
J. B. Sweatt - J.J. Watson Plaque

112 Members in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 11:10 am.

Sue Gaines
Board Secretary