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Sharon Carter
Wife of HPROA member Gerald Carter
5/25/20 8:31 PM
Sharon Carter, wife of HPROA member Gerald Carter passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the age of 73.  Sharon is survived by her husband Gerald, who retired from HPD on September 2, 1991, their son George, his wife Penny, their daughter Amie Torres, her husband Alfonso, and 5 grandchildren.  

Visitation will be at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 North Fwy, Houston, 77060, (281) 443-0063 on Saturday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m.. [More]
 
Richard W. Lee
May 18, 2020
5/20/20 11:26 AM
 Richard W. Lee,  Retired Captain and member of the HPROA HPROA 4.jpg passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife Sandra “Sandy” Lee. [More]
 
BREAKING NEWS TO OUR MEMBERS
4/02/20 4:57 PM

In our 25-year history, the HPROA has been tasked with assisting its members wherever the need might be, usually with the focus on pension and insurance issues.  Now, the health and well-being of many of our regular and associate members is at stake due to COVID-19. I recognize that this is a time of uncertainty for many of our members, particularly with the financial and health impact this crisis has had on our age-group.  Our message to you is that the strength of our association shows in these times of need.  

 Now, with COVID-19, the needs for social interaction, transportation for medical assistance, grocery purchasing, financial assistance, and a host of other pandemic-related issues have come to the forefront.  Please remember this world virus is an issue we have never faced, but by pulling together, our association is determined to meet the challenge.

 We want to help our members, but first we need to know where that assistance is needed.  The HPROA Board of Directors will meet next week via a remote conferencing connection.  At that time, one of our agenda items will be to discuss what we can do as an association to assist our members.  To do this, we need to understand two perspectives:  We will first determine the actual need, then identify resources toward that end. Accordingly, if you have any type of need, we want to hear about it.  Please go to our website and visit the “Contact Us” link.  Let us know before next Thursday’s Board Meeting of any needs that you might have, or known and verified needs of other HPROA members.  As always, we are here as an association to try to help both of our regular and associate members.  

 At the end of the day, our association is about people, those members who have served, and those members who continue to serve. [More]
 

Business Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2020
5/16/20

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      BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
May 14, 2020

           The HPROA Business Meeting was cancelled due 
to the Coronavirus outbreak and the CDC recommen-
dation that all meetings over 10 attendees be cancelled
and social distancing regulations followed.


 
    The HPROA Board Meeting was held at 9:00 a.m.
via Tele-Conferencing. 

                                                                  Sue Gaines
                                                               Board Secretary



 
Board Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2020
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance:  Steve Rayne

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

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

President – Bob Barnard
•Board meeting held 9:00am via Tele-Conference due to the Coronavirus social distance regulations.
•Discussion regarding distributing facemasks to our members.  The City of Houston donated 2,000 disposable facemasks to the HPROA and member Phyllis Wunsche donated 100-cloth facemasks with the HPROA logo.
Information will be placed on the HPROA Website and in the Retired Badge. [More]
 
The HPD Pistol Ranges are closed for Retiree Qualification
May 5, 2020
5/05/20 2:01 PM

The HPD Pistol Ranges remain closed until further notice for Retiree Qualification due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Important Changes when the Ranges Re-Open

HPD Ranges remain closed for Retiree Qualification until further notice.

 The Retiree Certification Unit wanted to advise retirees of the temporary changes that will take effect when we do re-open:

 Retirees will be required to have their own eye and ear protection and to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 Retirees will be required to make an appointment to qualify with the Retiree Certification Unit.  (No appointments will be scheduled prior to the announcement of the re-opening of the HPD ranges).

 Please feel free to call the Retiree Certification Unit, 832.394.2500 or the Academy, 832.394.2300, should you have any further issues or concerns.

 Paul E. [More]
 

 
FREE SURGICAL MASKS TO MEMBERS
5/14/20 3:52 PM
The HPROA has received information that some retired officers do not have access to purchasing surgical masks, nor do other retirees have the resources to hand-make them.  Due to COVID concerns, the City of Houston implemented a surgical mask program that specifically targets senior citizens and other at-risk vulnerable people.  Many members of the HPROA are in this high-risk category and accordingly, more subject to the COVID virus.

HPROA members George Buenik and Jim Hudson were instrumental in getting the HPROA’s mask request submitted to the City, and ultimately approved. Flash forward: a tremendous number of masks have been delivered to the HPROA and your Board of Directors has unanimously decided to immediately distribute them at no cost to members.  

The first step will be simply letting us know that you want the masks.  There are no forms, income requirements, or applications to complete, just let us know where to mail them. [More]
 
IT'S TIME FOR OUR HPROA ELECTIONS
5/20/20 7:20 PM

The HPROA election process is upon us once more.  Steve Benavides, who was the Nomination Chairman for last year’s election, has graciously offered to serve as the Nominating Chairman for the 2020 Election. The Board of Directors positions that are open are President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Position 1, Position 3, Position 5 and Position 7. [More]
 

IMMEDIATE CHANGE IN HPOPS OFFICE PROTOCOL:
5/21/20 12:50 PM
When you call the HPOPS business office you will immediately get our voice mail system and we ask that you leave a message. We will return your call as soon as possible. [More]
 
Family Assistance Update
May 2020
5/01/20

Dot Smith (5-26-20 blc) Talked with Dot Smith, surviving spouse of Retired Captain Chuck Smith,  and she advised that she has esophageal cancer and is under hospice care. I spoke with her daughter this morning and they have asked for prayers for comfort during this difficult time.  She has requested no phone calls or visitors as Dot is sleeping a lot. Please keep her in your prayers.

Henry Pressley: (5-24-20rh) Nelson Zoch  received a call from Henry's daughter Tina. She advised him that Henry fell last Monday night and fractured a hip.  He had surgery this past week and is now in a rehab facility in Pearland called the Collonades at Reflection Bay.  He will probably be there a minimum of three weeks.  Nelson did speak to Henry once prior to his fall and he was in good spirits that day but Tina said that changes from day to day. [More]
 

IMPORTANT HPOPS COVID-19 UPDATE
3/12/20 2:42 PM
From the Board of Trustees of the Houston Police Officers’ Pension System (HPOPS)
As we continue to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to assure you that the health and well-being of our members, office staff, and guests remains a top priority. 
As previously mentioned, HPOPS has systems in place to protect benefit payments and member services. In furtherance of that mission, we are implementing certain “social-distancing” measures by limiting travel and conducting many of our meetings in a virtual format. [More]
 
Retiree Roundup
April 2020

Roy Ferguson: (4-1-20rh) Nelson Zoch received a return call from Retired HPD Sgt. Renita Ferguson regarding her husband, HPROA member Retired Sgt. Roy Ferguson. Renita reports that Roy went into the hospital eight days ago with pneumonia after which it was determined that he had COVID-19.  He entered St. Luke's Hospital in the Medical Center and has been there ever since without Renita or any other family able to see him.  She states that the doctors believe he turned the corner for the better yesterday but is not out of the woods yet.  She says more prayers are definitely needed and requested. [More]
 


Park Place Rangers / Southeast Lunch Bunch
5/01/20 3:10 PM
The next Park Place Rangers / Southeast Lunch Bunch 
Report indicates this event for April has been cancelled.
Email Report received from Marilyn Walker 
Check back often for updates

 
Northwest Station Breakfasts
3/03/20 10:41 AM

NORTHWEST STATION MONTHLY BREAKFAST
Every THIRD TUESDAY of each month AT 9:00 AM.
at the HARRIS COUNTY SMOKEHOUSE, Tomball Texas
Located at 14243 FM 2920, just West of Hwy 249.
For a monthly reminder e-mail, send your info to Dave Roberts
at dbrobo@gmail.com  or Steve Rayne at svrayne@comcast.net. [More]
 
 

 



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