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Board Meeting Minutes
January 9, 2020

Prayer and          Pledge of Allegiance:  Jim Ashby

Present:   Aldridge, Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Scheibe, St.   John, Toth, Zoch                            

Absent: Rayne

Parliamentarian – Bill Elkin

Sergeant at Arms: Robert Crane

Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.

Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:

                Motion by Fred Walschburger, 2nd by Matt Potell to approve the Minutes and Treasurer’s Report as printed. Voice Vote.  Motion Carried.

Executive Director – Anthony Kivela

•             2020 Budget Presentation

•            Copies of the proposed 2020 Budget and the 2019 Budget Comparison were presented to the Board

            The proposed budget was reviewed and discussed line-by-line

            The Board voted unanimously to approve the budget as presented. 

             After estimating income for 2020 Budget and subtracting anticipated expenses, the budget balanced with a small surplus.

            Motion by Potell, 2nd by Ashby to accept the 2020 HPROA Budget as drafted.  Voice Vote. Motion Carried.

President - Bob Barnard

•             Discussed wording for HPROA Mission Statement.

•             Discussed cross training for board and committee positions.

•             Republican Mary Nan Huffman is a candidate for Harris County District Attorney.  She has been endorsed by the HPOU.

•             Planning Committee working on long-range goals.

•             HPOU will have a live taping of the popular podcast “Security Matters with Paul Viollis” on January 15th.  Paul Viollis, CBS News’ Law Enforcement and Security Analyst, along with Houston Police, City of Houston and Houston FOP will feature an in-depth interview about one of Houston’s most famous Cold Case.  The case labeled “Lovers Lane” was the brutal double murder of a young couple in 1991. Paul will interview Houston detectives and others close to the case and take questions following the taping.  The taping will take place at the HPOU FOP Lodge 110 Hall, 1602 State Street from 1:00-3:00pm.

•             Ten new members:

            Jamerson Berry

             Robert Breiding

             Emilio Jamie Castaneda

             Craig Full

             Daniel Schwarzbach

             William Staney

•             Dean Stark

             Lonney Truman

•             Carmen Winz

•             James Wright

•             Two Associate Members:

             Edward Arnold – Sponsor James Koteras

             Michael Herzik – Sponsor James Koteras

•             Motion by Zoch, 2nd by Potell to approve new members.  Voice Vote.  Motion Carried.

 Executive Director – Anthony Kivela

•             Discussion on Rick Ashwood’s Colorado property, and its subsequent future donation to the HPROA. A message was received, that Rick anticipates that little, if anything, will occur in the near future.  The Board decided to table the issue until further action is needed.

•             Thanks again to Mike Gee for assistance in researching the P.A. System that was recently purchased.

•             Board Members Steve Toth, Jim Ashby, and Fred Walschburger were acknowledged for their donations to making the Honor Table for departed members a more permanent display.  Sue Gaines related that she would be making a future donation to that end.

•             The Family Assistance Committee requested that funds be allocated in order to present an HPROA pin to the departed members’ families at funeral presentations, in addition to the solid brass plaque and presentation binder that are already given.  Unanimous approval by the Board.

•             The membership analysis is complete and will be presented at the February 2020 Board Meeting.  Short discussion.

•             The Board was previously sent an email that was received from Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., the group that offers discount insurance premiums to HPROA members.  Liberty is discontinuing the discount program because internal company policy requires a minimum email distribution from our association of 30,000 addresses, which the HPROA cannot meet.  Short discussion about the possibility of a future committee being formed to locate another discounted insurance carrier, tabled.

•             Update on Cigna and Memorial Hermann Hospital being in contract negotiations over rates.  The talks are confidential, and if no agreement is reached the contract termination will take effect March 16, 2020.  The City of Houston H.R. Department was contacted and we were informed that the termination would not apply to Medicare. 

•             The Board approved adding a “Donation” link to the bottom of varying HPROA website pages in order to allow individuals more easily make on-line donations.

Old Business –

•             McDonald – Discussion regarding ways to improve the meeting defense program.

•             Ashby – Whenever the new on-line edition of the Retired Badge is published, the webmaster will highlight this on the Front Page of the website and on the weekly email blast in order to advise the members that there is a new on-line edition.  He started this process with the last 2019 issue of the on-line Retired Badge, which was favorably received.

•             The board discussed an “Awareness Issue”.  No action necessary.

•             Kivela – Copies of “phishing” text messages that were actually received were passed out to the Board so that they would be aware of these unsuccessful attempts.

•             Discussion regarding videotaping and teleconferencing.

Good and Welfare -        

•             St.John – Discussion on welcoming new members/ attendees tabled until February meeting.

Motion by Beale, 2nd by Zoch to adjourn meeting at 9:35 a.m. 

                                                                                                                Sue Gaines         

                                                                                                                Board Secretary

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