Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Chaplain Monty Montgomery
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
* Motion by Forrest Turbeville, 2nd by Carless Elliott to accept the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Suspended Regular Order of Business
Thomas C. Jennings – Candidate for HPOPS Active Trustee Position
* 38-year veteran but still loves the job and has no plans to retire.
* Blessed to have worked in various divisions, including administrative duties.
* Feels life is about people and service.
* Wants to contribute, will work diligently, be truthful, straightforward and uphold members’ values.
Return to Regular Order of Business
President – Steve Rayne
* Thanked Guy McMenemy for donating the American Flag to the HPROA.
* Vendors today are Stefanie Salado with Secure Your Legacy, Gary Wurl with Financial Destiny, M.D. Beale with Long Term Care Insurance, Debra Schmidt with Aflac Insurance and Atty. Ruth Ann Toups with Toups Law Firm specializing in elder law, veteran benefits, probate, estate planning, etc.
* The TSA Narcotic K-9 Training Unit at Hobby Airport is always looking for volunteers to play the part of travelers carrying control substances. Contact Steve Toth for more information. Several of our members have participated and say it is a fun and interesting experience.
* Thanked members for his 10 years as HPROA President. Always proud and valued the position of President. Thanked all the volunteers that help make the HPROA a good, dependable organization. Enjoyed his years as President. Will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in the position of Past-President.
Election Committee Chairman – E. J. Smith
* 1,741 election ballots were mailed. 615 election ballots were returned. The results are as follows:
* President - Bob Barnard 607 Votes
* 1st Vice President - Matt Potell 612 Votes
* Treasurer - Ed Aldridge 612 Votes
* Board Position #2 - Fred Walschburger 614 Votes
* Board Position #4 - Jim St. John 615 Votes
* Board Position #6 - Nelson Zoch 614 Votes
* Chaplain Montgomery administered the Oath of Office to the elected board members.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
* HPOPS Chairman of the Board Terry Bratton was recognized for being available for questions. HPOU past-president Ray Hunt was recognized and thanked for the HPOU’s donations to the Surviving Spouse Luncheon and Police Week Memorial Service.
* Discussion about August 26th being the filing deadline for city elections. There are already over 90 candidates for the various City offices and, until the deadline passes, there can be more added.
* The following cards expressing thanks were received:
* Mrs. Bonnie Perez’s card of thanks to the HPROA for the flower arrangement sent to her husband’s funeral, Garnett Wayne Perry.
* The Grounds family sent a card expressing appreciation to the HPROA on behalf of Randy D. Grounds.
* HPOPS Report:
* The market value of HPOPS holdings as of July 31, 2019 was $5.64 Billion, an increase from the prior month’s reporting period ($5.61 Billion).
* There were 16 retirements from July 2019, the first month of the HPOPS Fiscal Year, while there were only 6 retirements in July 2018.
* Discussion about the TMPA conference that was held August 2nd to 5th in Houston. Bill Elkin, Bob Barnard and Anthony Kivela attended the conference. One of the speakers discussed active and retired police officers resilience, treatment of police PTSD, and the importance of suicide awareness. Members were advised to read the article about suicide and the Houston Officer Peer Assistance (HOPA), in the current edition of the Retired Badge.
* Members Steve Andrews and Ken DeFoor each independently sent information to the Board about the “Sailing With Capt. Dave” foundation. The group has generously offered to take any HPD retiree and guest(s) for a large group sailing on Clear Lake as a way of thanking retirees for being first responders. The membership was advised that there would be forthcoming information in future months about the offer and how to participate after the logistics are determined.
* Discussion about the Board deciding to pursue the possibility of a dedicated information session that would provides members with Social Security, Medicare, and Elder Law information. Information will be forthcoming in the future when details have been decided. Now the concept is in its infancy and is in the pre-planning phase.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
* $234,252 in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
* August-September issue in the mail.
* Always looking for contributors and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
* 1,790 members as of August 6th.
* The board approved 8 new members and received 4 associate member applications. 11 members dropped and have been contacted by email.
* Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
* 16,054 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.
Family Assistance Committee – Ron Headley
* Nelson Foehner and Forrest Turbeville have headed the FAC since 1994 making telephone calls, visiting members and delivering medical equipment. Foehner has been diagnosed with cancer. Turbeville and his wife have numerous medical problems. Doug Bostock has been in a rehab facility for about three months.
* The FAC is in need of Assistance. FAC needs volunteers to help contact members who are sick and assist in moving medical equipment to those in need. Contact any FAC members if you are willing to help.
* 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 has volunteered to serve as a FAC member.
* FAC received 100 additional bronze memorial plaques to be presented to deceased members’ families.
* Friends we lost in July were Randy D. Grounds, Garnett W. Perry, Frances L. Kelly, Waymon O. Allen, Jr. and Steven Linscomb.
Entertainment Committee –
* The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Lady Bird Park from 10am-2pm, social at 9am. Please remember to bring your items for the silent auctions. Silent auctions are the only fund raising activity for the HPROA. Make your reservations early.
* Police Week Memorial Service and Reception will be Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Houston Police Officers Union Building. The service and reception is co-hosted by HPD Honor Guard, HPOU and HPROA.
PAC– Bob Barnard
* Received $2,385 in contributions.
* Paid $200 in administrative expenses.
* Total PAC Fund Assets are $87,046.58.
Legislative Committee Chairman / Consultant – Bill Elkin
* Last month statistics were given on the number of Bills filed, passed and/or vetoed, which gave us a 19% pass rate.
* Happy to report that nothing passed that would be detrimental to our current pension law. There was an effort to make statewide changes, which would allow some governments
(city, county or state) to create 401K’s or contribution plans. These failed but you can be sure in 2021 they will reemerge.
* Noteworthy, there were several Bills that passed that either benefit or could benefit retirees. One was HB 2137 which would waive the License To Carry fee, and that retirees do not have to take a class or qualify at the range. SB 1582, which adds peace officers to eligibility for benefits for certain diseases or illnesses such as firemen who contract cancer from toxic smoke or exposure to toxic chemicals. HCR 19 urges Congress to repeal the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision Laws of the Social Security Act.
* The Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnon had a meeting with Michael Quinn Sullivan and House Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows, which raised a lot of rancor among Republicans in the House. It appears the three of them discussed the funding of opponents of 10 moderate Republicans in the upcoming elections. Those 10 Representatives were Steve Allison, Trent Ashby, Ernest Bailes, Travis Clardy, Drew Darby, Kyle Kascal, Stan Lambert, Tan Parker, John Raney and Phil Stephenson. This smacks similar to what Governor Abbott tried to do against Sarah Davis in the last general election.
* City elections are on the horizon with most attention going to the Mayor’s Office being the most important and getting the most attention.
New Business – Bob Barnard
* Representative Dan Crenshaw, U.S. Congressman for the 2nd Texas Congressional District will attend the October 10, 2019 business meeting. A very interesting man who has led a life of service.
* Leonard Ignas - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
* Jim Ashby - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
* Bob McCorkle - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
* Jim St. John - $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
* James Joswiak - SKYY Vodka
* Gene Yanchak - Thank You Wine and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
* Dorothy Ashby - Dave Ward’s book Good Evening Friends and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
140 Members in attendance.
Motion by Ed Aldridge, 2nd by Floyd Nettles to adjourn meeting at 11:00 a.m.