Pledge of Allegiance: Jim Ashby
Ashby, Barnard, Beale, Gaines, Kivela, McDonald, Potell, Scheibe, St. John, Toth, Zoch
Parliamentarian – Bill Elkin
Sergeant at Arms: Robert Crane
Determination of Quorum: A quorum was present.
Treasurer’s Report and Minutes of Previous Meeting:
by Fred Walschburger, 2nd by Matt Potell to approve the Minutes and Treasurer’s
Report as printed. Voice Vote. Motion
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
the proposed 2020 Budget and the 2019 Budget Comparison were presented to the
proposed budget was reviewed and discussed line-by-line
voted unanimously to approve the budget as presented.
estimating income for 2020 Budget and subtracting anticipated expenses, the
budget balanced with a small surplus.
Potell, 2nd by Ashby to accept the 2020 HPROA Budget as drafted. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President - Bob Barnard
wording for HPROA Mission Statement.
cross training for board and committee positions.
Mary Nan Huffman is a candidate for Harris County District Attorney. She has been endorsed by the HPOU.
Committee working on long-range goals.
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
Arnold – Sponsor James Koteras
Herzik – Sponsor James Koteras
Zoch, 2nd by Potell to approve new members.
Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
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.
again to Mike Gee for assistance in researching the P.A. System that was
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.
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.
membership analysis is complete and will be presented at the February 2020
Board Meeting. Short discussion.
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,
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.
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 –
– Discussion regarding ways to improve the meeting defense program.
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.
discussed an “Awareness Issue”. No
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.
regarding videotaping and teleconferencing.
Good and Welfare -
Discussion on welcoming new members/ attendees tabled until February meeting.
Motion by Beale, 2nd by Zoch to adjourn meeting at 9:35