Call to Order - President Bob Barnard called meeting to order at 9:55 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge – Jim St.John
Recognition of Guest(s) and First Time Attendees -
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Forrest Turbeville, 2nd by Fred Eichholtz to accept the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Brenda Alcorta – Houston Police Credit Union
Brenda is assigned to assist HPROA members and retirees. Her number is 713-986-0250.
HPCU scheduled an internal upgrade of their computer system. Because of this upgrade the credit union will be closed to transactions from February 29-March 2, 2020. Debit card use may be disrupted during this time.
Although the look will be different it should be more user friendly. User name and passwords will remain the same. Bill Pay will remain the same. It will be necessary to reenroll in e-statement and remote deposits.
President – Bob Barnard
Introduced HPOPS Pat Franey, George Guerrero, Scott Sisco, Terry Bratton and John Lawson.
Suspend Regular Order of Business
Mary Nan Huffman – Candidate for Harris County District Attorney
Huffman is a conservative Republican who wants to return rule of law to Harris County and rebuild the dysfunctional District Attorney’s office. Public Safety most important, everyone deserves to be safe.
Current District Attorney seems to work against law enforcement. She fired attorneys with a total of 658 years of experience. Because she does not have a full staff, the average felony cases pending increased from 500 to 1,200 in each court.
While in law school, she worked at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and developed a passion for criminal prosecution. Served as a Montgomery County Prosecutor where she became the Chief Felony Prosecutor in the Child Exploitation Division over Internet Crimes Against Children. Her work in child exploitation cases led to eleven life sentences and four 99-year sentences.
Huffman is a HPOU Staff Attorney representing officers in a variety of matters associated with their duties.
Early voting is February 18-28th. Election day is March 3, 2020.
PAC donated $500 to Huffman’s political campaign.
Return to Regular Order of Business
President – Bob Barnard
Board has been working on a short, concise Mission Statement reflecting the vision for the HPROA. This Mission Statement will be included on correspondence, etc.
“We are a professional and social organization of retired officers and concerned citizens dedicated to safeguarding pensions, insurance and member well being.”
HPOU Meeting Highlights.
Council Members endorsed by HPOU and HPROA said they support law enforcement and our City insurance.
Nothing from the courts on the Firefighter’s Prop B appeal.
Chief Acevedo wanted to rotate all Narcotic officers out. HPOU worked out a compromise that some officers are grandfathered, Sergeants will be rotated every 3 years and Officers will be rotated on an agreed upon schedule.
District Attorney Ogg may seek indictment against officers who were called as backup on the January 28, 2019 botched narcotics raid. These officers were not involved in the planning or execution of the raid.
HPOU has hired a firm owned by Wayne Dolcefino to investigate D.A. Kim Ogg.
More officers are calling HOPA for help with a problem.
While reviewing the Associate Members list, we discovered that Fred Eichholtz has recruited and sponsored a total of 12 Associate Members. Thank you Fred.
The HPROA needs more of our younger members to get involved, recruiting their friends, seeking a board position, becoming a committee member, etc.
Barbara Cotten brought the tamales today.
Need suggestions for speakers and topics of interest for our Houston and Fredericksburg Reunions. Contact Barnard or Kivela with any and all suggestions.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
The balance of assets in HPOPS has increased to a new high, slightly over $6 Billion. The HPOPS trustees and staff members were thanked for their hard work in making this happen.
Retirements are trending slightly higher for this fiscal year over the previous fiscal year period.
Letters and Donations:
Letter of thanks was received from Mary Scerbo for the flowers sent to her husband Joe’s funeral and for the special presentation.
The following were recognized for their donations:
Aubry & Mary Bonds, Adams & Reese LLP, Mr. & Mrs. Terry Scalise, AJ & Rosemary Gambino, Harry Hover, and Janice Jeske in honor of Salvador Gambino.
Betty Muckleroy in honor of Terry Muckleroy. Terry Gallemore in honor of John Gallemore. Pam Miller in honor of Jack Miller. F.E. Berner in honor of Lila Berner, his wife of 55 years. Meg Bird donated to the Reunion Honor Table.
There has always been a “Donate in Honor of …” link on the website but it was not capable of accepting credit card donations. This has been expanded to take credit card donations and a link on the footer at the bottom of most web pages was added.
Henry Chavez asked if it would be possible to recognize the donors and those who the donation was made in honor of on the website, sort of a Memorial or “In Memory of ..” page. Webmaster related that it could be done. Board to discuss this at the next board meeting.
The Cigna and Memorial Hermann contract negotiation was scheduled to be resolved by mid-March. This date has been extended to April 30, 2020. More details can be found on the website.
The City has been offering discounts to various venues in Houston, as well as across the country, to active city employees. The HPROA requested that the City extend this offering to retired city employees. The process is currently being discussed with the City and a future update will be provided.
Thanks to Barbara Cotten for driving out of her way to pick up tamales for the Membership meeting. An alternate is needed for future pick-up should Barbara not be able to attend. Anyone who is able to pick up pre-paid tamales at 12139 Jones, 77070 and bring them to meeting should call Cathy at the business office 713-802-2967.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
HPROA By-Laws requires a complete annual audit of the financial records. Each check written was matched with a billing statement. Everything was found to be in order.
$234,786 plus in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Always looking for new articles. Anyone may submit an article. Notify Cathy in the Business Office if you are not receiving the paper.
The costs of advertisements in the paper are $25 for business card size, $40 for one-fourth page, $75 for half page and $125 for full page.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
The board approved 16 new members and 1 associate member application was received. 12 members reinstated.
We have a total of 1,818 members as of February 11th.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
We currently have 12 Safety Committee members. There is a list on the back table for committee members to check in when attending a meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
11,115 plus visits to the website.
For 10 years we have given Valentine Roses to each lady attending the meeting. Happy Valentines Day.
New additions of the Retired Badge will be highlighted on the website.
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.
Super Bowl winners were announced. Victor Landa - $250, Melissa Coleman - $250 mailed, Tom Cunningham $2,000 and J.J. Davis $2,500. Congratulations.
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 per person. Please contact Cathy at 713-802-2967.
The Houston Reunion will be Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 10am-2pm at the Houston Police Academy. Please remember the silent auction.
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 in need of:
Please contact a member of the FAC if you have any of the above items.
Friends we lost January were:
Aubrey W. Sanford, Robert H. Warkentin, David N. Martinez, Edgar Lee Willis, Salvador Anthony Gambino Sr., James E. Klein Jr. and Robert H. Thomas.
We also lost Janice Theola McCord Ramsey the wife of deceased member Edward L. Ramsey, Patsy V. Jeude the cousin of member Larry Buzo and Geneva Ruth Morris the wife of member Marvin Morris
PAC – Bob Barnard
Received $3,135.00 in contributions.
Paid $200 in administrative expenses and $522.50 to Atchley & Associates.
Total PAC Fund Assets are $85,483.91.
Legislative Committee Chairman / Consultant – Bill Elkin
Anna Eastman won the seat vacated by Rep. Farrar in District 148.
District 28 House Seat won by Gary Gates.
Both will have to run for re-election in the up-coming primary.
There are 63 candidates running for Houston area seats in the House of Representatives. Make sure you are aware of those candidates running in your district that share our views on the Federal Government and vote accordingly.
Jeremy Garber –ShotSpotter Senior Project Manager
ShotSpotter is able to detect 90%+ gunfire incidents with a precise location in less than 60 seconds to significantly improve response time and officer safety and awareness.
Chief Acevedo approved a pilot program in southeast Houston. Garber would like several retired officers to help contact property owners who would be willing to mount the SpotShotter device on their buildings. Approximately 100 American cities currently use this system.
Jeremy’s contact information is mobile 1-408-598-9856 and email email@example.com.
Good and Welfare –
Bruce Evans – Suggested supplying new members with nametags. Will be on the agenda for the March Board Meeting.
Wayne Jones - $25
Tom Jennings - $25
Beverly Ryan - $25
Yolanda Davis - $25
Robert Crane - 2 Home and Garden Tickets Donated by Stefanie Salcedo
Steve Felchak - 2 Home and Garden Tickets Donated by Stefanie Salcedo
Charlie Barryman - 2 Home and Garden Tickets Donated by Stefanie Salcedo
Weldon Tiet - 2 Home and Garden Tickets Donated by Stefanie Salcedo
Margaret Landa - 2 Home and Garden Tickets Donated by Stefanie Salcedo
Bruce Lamore - 2 Fishing Show Tickets Donated by James Koteras
Malcomb Windham- 2 Rodeo Tickets
121 Members in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.