Call to Order: President Bob Barnard called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Sue Gaines
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Carlos Elliott to accept the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
David Daniel – Mindgame Tactical
Owner/operator of a laser, 3D custom tailored engraving company located in Montgomery, Texas.
Laser engraving on Custom Holsters, AR Builds, Stippling, Slide Work as well as tumblers, glass, etc. Very reasonable prices. $20 to engrave a magazine, $10 to engrave a tumbler or $15 to purchase the tumbler and engraving.
Email address email@example.com. Phone 832-287-5099. Web page www.MindgameTactical.com.
Moment of Silence in honor of two Sergeants Killed In The Line Of Duty: Houston Police Sergeant Christopher Charles Lewis Brewster and Fayetteville, Arkansas Police Sergeant Paul Carr.
Sergeant Paul Carr is the son of retired HPD Sergeant Paul Carr and Officer Tanya Carr (deceased).
Taps Rene Gonzales.
President – Bob Barnard
Rene Gonzales is a Retired HPD Officer and HPROA Member who played the bugle with the HPD Honor Guard for 17 Years, who plays Taps, Patriotic and Inspirational Music upon request. He may be reached at 713-557-6906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HPOU filed a lawsuit to nullify Proposition B as unconstitutional (29% pay increase for firefighters). It is moving forward through the courts.
Political polls indicate Mayor Turner has a 57-58% lead. The Council candidates endorsed by HPROA are also in the lead.
HPOU President Joe Gamaldi met with President Trump in Washington requesting more funds for Federal Courts.
CBS will hold a Town Hall Meeting in January at the HPOU building focusing on the unsolved 1990 Lover’s Lane Murders.
Board is working on developing a Mission Statement for the HPROA and is requesting input from members.
A Planning Committee, Chaired by Shelley Scheibe, would like to have membership representation on the committee. Please contact any board member if you are interested.
Requested topics members would like discussed at the HPROA Reunions. Contact Barnard or Kivela with suggestions.
HPOU very upset with Chief Acevedo over inappropriate remarks made after Sergeant Brewster’s line of duty death. HPOU requested Acevedo make no further statements on immigration, the NRA or President Trump while representing the HPD.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
-The system is performing well and appears to be healthy. The market value of the plan has positively increased over the previous reporting period, from $5.743 billion to $5.856 billion.
-There have been 152 CYTD retirements for 2019, compared to 141 in CYTD 2018. There are 71 FYTD 2020 retirements, compared to 62 FYTD 2019 retirements.
-In order to effectively respond to members’ inquiries, HPOPS has a direct email address email@example.com. Someone from the HPOPS office will directly respond to any member making an inquiry via this email.
Multiple letters of thanks and appreciation were received.
-Donation received from Mr. Howard Herring in memory of Mr. Carman Brumley.
-Donation received from Chini Lee Streitwieser in memory of Charles Atkins
-A letter from Sharlot Summer for flowers sent to retiree Richard Summer’s funeral and honored Family Assistance members Ron Headley and Mattie Provost.
-Thank you card from Ms. Patricia Bell acknowledging Family Assistance member Ray Smith for the plaque presentation at her husband’s funeral.
An “Honor Table” was set up as a display. The Board approved setting up a like-display whenever there is a meeting or reunion where food is served. An empty chair is placed at a table with a place setting that honors the presence of departed HPROA members.
Food was provided by Bob Barnard to honor LOD Sergeant Brewster and for Christmas. Victor Landa was thanked for picking up the tamales.
Mike Gee was acknowledged for researching the new sound system and testing it after its purchase. It was used for the first time at this meeting and is an improvement over the old system.
Discussion on the WEP. Members were asked to read the Executive Director’s article in the Retired Badge that addresses the chances of WEP and GPO reform bills passing.
HPROA member Rick Ashwood has made the HPROA a partial benefactor of his property. Appreciation given to Rick and members were encouraged to utilize his plaque engraving services. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks were also given to Kare Padgett, Tom Cunningham, and Rick Ashwood for their work in honoring fallen officers by presenting unique plaques to honor their service and sacrifice. Details can be found at the Retired Houston Police Officers Facebook Group page. The website for donations is www.texasteamfoundation.org. They ask that you enter the name of the fallen officer who you want the donation to go to.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
$223,000 plus in the bank. Invested in a CD to get more interest.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Retired Badge is in the mail and on the Website. Always looking for new articles. Anyone may submit an article.
Ray Hunt is going before Commissioner’s Court Tuesday, December 17th to discuss District Attorney Kim Ogg’s extravagant expenditures on attempting to exonerate Capital Murderer Alfred Brown who shot and killed Officer Charles Clark in the Line of Duty.
HPOU is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the death of Officer Paul Bruce. His
heart attack may be classified as a Line of Duty Death.
Retired Assistant D.A. Dan Rizzo’s situation with the Bar Association has not been finalized.
Membership Committee –
The board approved 5 new members, 2 associate members and received 2 new associate member applications.
We have a total of 1,799 members as of December 11th.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
17,000 plus 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.
Jim announced he would serve out his term as a Board Member and Webmaster and retire in August 2020 after 20 years. He would like to turn the HPROA Website over to someone who has training in computer science and would keep the website up to date with timely and accurate information.
Entertainment Committee – Rosalie Potell
The Surviving Spouses Luncheon will be Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Houston Racquet Club. The Surviving Spouse and one guest are complementary. HPROA members are welcome to attend. The cost is $30.
Planning for the Houston Reunion will start in January. Information to follow.
Family Assistance Committee – Nelson Foehner/Forrest Turbeville/Ron Headley/Pat Kainer
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
Tim Dillon (281-831-6771)Henry Chavez (281)-687-8962
FAC storage unit is low on motorized scooters. Please contact a member of the FAC if you have a motorized scooter that is no longer needed.
Friends we lost in November were Carman M. Brumley, Charles E. Roberts, James F. Woods, Charles D. Williams and Jo Marie Bankston. Myrtice Headley, Mother of Ron Headley and Grandmother of Sgt. Jeff Headley also passed away.
PAC– Bob Barnard
Received $2,410.00 in contributions.
Political contributions made to the campaigns of John Whitmire, Mike Knox, Edward Pollard, Abbie Kamin, Karla Cisneros, Caroly Evans-Shabaz, Anthony Delcefino, Letitia Plummer, David Robinson, Amy Peck, Sallie Alcorn, Anna Eastman, Michael Kubosh, Sylvester Turner and Shawn Thierry.
Paid $200 in administrative expenses.
Total PAC Fund Assets are $82,030.08.
Legislative Committee Chairman / Consultant – Bill Elkin
It seems everyone wants to run for U.S. Congress District 22, vacated by Pete Olson. The most recent entry is Kathleen Wall, who spent over $6 million of her own money trying to buy Ted Poe’s District 2 seat back in 2019. She moved to District 22 to qualify. There is a long list of Republican and Democrat candidates.
We have to wait a few more days to learn the winner of Texas House District 148 vacated by Jessica Farrar and District 28 vacated by Dr. John Zerwas. It is noteworthy that District 134 Rep. Sarah Davis was endorsed by Governor Abbott, since he endorsed her opponent in the last election.
Republican Mary Nan Huffman is a candidate for Harris County District Attorney. She is endorsed by the HPOU.
Saturday we will find out who will govern Houston City Council. The firemen’s union is running ads for Tony Buzbee hoping he will be able to find the money for the pay raise denied by the courts. Buzbee stated he would not touch the pensions for one (1) year, no promise after that time period.
John Sweat- $25
Charles Elliott- $25
Roy McDonald- $25
Bill Wehr- $25
John Pohlman- HPROA Tumbler
91 Members in attendance.
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by Steve Rayne to adjourn meeting at 11:00 a.m.