Call to Order: President Bob Barnard called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Ed Aldridge
Welcomed New and First Time Members
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Nelson Zoch, 2nd by Jim Montero to accept the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Suspended Regular Order of Business
Dan Crenshaw, U. S. House of Representatives for Texas 2nd Congressional District
Wanted to be a Navy SEAL from age 13. Joined Naval ROTC in college and while in Basic Underwater Demolition training broke his leg during hell week and had to repeat the training. He served in the Navy SEALs for ten years, including five tours of duty. He served in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan where he was wounded in an IED explosion. After surgery to save the vision in his left eye, he was deployed to his fourth and fifth tours in Bahrain and South Korea. As a SEAL he earned two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor. He medically retired in 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander.
In 2019 he ran for the U. S. House of Representatives and currently serves on the Budget and Homeland Security Committees.
Although the Budget Committee doesn’t pass serious legislation it serves as a message committee allowing for many important topics. He recently introduced a bill to force agencies to provide a twelve-month budget in order to stop the wild spending at the end of a budget year.
Homeland Security has not been able to get a Hearing on what Border Officers really need, how best to enforce current laws regarding immigration and improve the court systems. Mexico is trying to secure their borders. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on the immigration issue but no longer.
The military needs to keep a low cost presence world wide to act as a peacekeeping force with eyes and ears on the ground to prevent another terrorist attack and to provide stability and support. Iran is the biggest threat now but China may be the long-term threat.
Windfall Elimination Benefit Act has bi-partisan support. There are two competing bills that need to be sorted out.
Must make sure gun control laws do not infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens when the goal is to remove guns from the bad guys.
Impeachment inquiry is political overreaching, will not let the House vote on it, appears to just be dishonest politics not based on substance.
Generally supports term limits but there are many questions such as how many years, will the lame duck politician be effective, who decides, as well as the loss of experience.
Every neighborhood floods for different reasons. There is a three-year study looking at the entire area and money has been allocated. The problem is getting the water to Buffalo Bayou and looking for other drainage options. New building standards are being put in place. Most of his District received some flood damage during one or several of the rain events. Some work has already started such as replacing the gates on the Addicks dam and dredging the San Jacinto River.
Republicans believe in local control government while Democrats believe in Washington control government.
Return to Regular Order of Business
President – Bob Barnard
Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg was very successful thanks to hosts Lamar and Dee Kimble, Rosalie and Matt Potell and all the volunteers. Recognized Steve Rayne for his 10 years as HPROA president and presented him with a clock. A gift certificate was presented to Vicki Rayne for her work and support during those 10 years.
HPOU has 5,300 members.
Moved some funds from the HPROA savings account at the Houston Police Credit Union into a Certificate of Deposit earning 2.2%. The move will net approximately $1,500 yearly.
James Bollig resigned as Parliamentarian. Bill Elkin, who is well versed in Robert’s Rules of Order, was appointed as the new Parliamentarian.
Shelly Scheibe was sworn in to fill Board Position #5, vacated by Bob Barnard when he was elected President.
Hill Country residents Jerry Cannon and Brad Piel volunteered to assist the HPROA in providing support and assistance to members in the area.
Steve Benavidez suggested honoring all Veterans at the November business meeting.
Captain Dave’s Sailing Foundation, based in Clear Lake, offered to take up to 150 retirees and families on a complimentary outing. More information will be forthcoming.
Executive Director – Anthony Kivela
The new on-line associate application became available on October 4, 2019 based on a decision made by the Board. Previously, the application had to be hand-submitted with signatures, but a signature is now only required for the mailed-in applications. The business office will contact the sponsor to verify that the applying member has a valid sponsor and make a notation on the application. Members were encouraged to have their spouses and family members become Associate Members.
The Mayor is forming a new committee on “Other Post-Employment Benefits”, which will include representatives from the Mayor’s office, Finance Department, Comptroller’s Office and a retiree representative. The HPROA has asked that they have a place on the committee since we have taken an active and involved role in this subject.
A new link for Firearm’s Qualification and Lost or Stolen HPD Identification cards has been placed on the website. This occurred after collaboration with the Firearms Range, HPD Employee Services Division and the HPOU. The new link is much more user-friendly compared to the former link, which was difficult to navigate.
Discussion on U.S. House Bill 4527 was tabled until the next meeting.
A card from the Brumley family was acknowledged.
The fund balance is at $5.64 Billion, up $57 Million from the preceding month.
Guerrero won the HPOPS run-off active trustee election.
Fiscal Year to-date retirements have slightly increased (39) from the same reporting period last year (32).
The funding rate has increased to 81.7%, which is a positive move.
Thanks to the HPOPS Chairman of the Board, Terry Bratton, for making a presentation at the Fredericksburg reunion.
Treasurers Report – Ed Aldridge
$227,590 in the bank. Always looking for new members and donations.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
October-November paper is in the mail. Always looking for new articles. Anyone may submit an article.
Police Week Memorial Service and Reception will be held at the HPOU building on Friday, October 18, 2019 starting at 5:00pm. Memorial Service will be held at 6:00pm.
Membership Committee –
The board approved 6 new members. Received 2 new associate member application.
15 dropped members were contacted, 8 members were reinstated and 2 members renewed today. We have a total of 1,816 members.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
15,757 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.
Entertainment Committee – Rosalie Potell
The Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg was a success with 153 attending and $1,353 donated to the silent auction.
Police Week Memorial Service and Reception will be Friday, October 18, 2019 from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Houston Police Officers Union Building. The service and reception is co-hosted by HPD Honor Guard, HPOU and HPROA.
The Surviving Spouses Luncheon will be March 17, 2020 at the Houston Racquet Club.
PAC– Bob Barnard
Received $2,855.00 in contributions.
Political contributions made to the campaigns of Mike Knox City Council at Large #1, Barry Curtis City Council District J, David Robinson City Council at Large #2, and John Rosenthal State Representative District 135.
Paid $200 in administrative expenses.
Total PAC Fund Assets are $89,820.08.
Family Assistance Committee – Ron Headley
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
Friends we lost in September were Joe E. Skipper, Michael K. Guerin, Larry L. Jerden, Marvin D. Seber, Dale D. Pendleton, Clifford Leroy Dismuke and Richard Sumner. John Benjamin Gill, son of Benjamin K. Gill also passed away.
Legislative Committee Chairman / Consultant – Bill Elkin
At this time there is one State Representative vote issue on the ballot locally. That is the vote to replace State Rep. Jessica Farrar here in Harris County.
State Constitutional Amendments are to be voted on. Prop #4 prohibits individual income tax in Texas. Read this carefully. The logical vote is YES.
Other important voting issues are the City elections. Many candidates are running for all ballot positions with the exception of two Council races, which have the incumbent and an opponent. This is going to be a wait and see who survives the voting count.
Will attend the TMPA Fall Board Meeting on October 25th, concentrating on the legislative issues and reports offered there. Historically we have worked with both the HPOU and TMPA during sessions of the Texas Legislature.
Charlie Brenham- $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
M.D. Beale- $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
John Sweatt- $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
Tommy Bennett- $25 and 25th Anniversary Ballpoint Pen
George Hugo-Trump Keep America Great Statue
177 Members in attendance.
Motion to adjourn meeting at 11:30 a.m.