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
May 14, 2020
The HPROA Business Meeting was
to the Coronavirus outbreak and the CDC recommen-
dation that all
meetings over 10 attendees be cancelled
and social distancing regulations
The HPROA Board Meeting was held at 9:00
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
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]
Monday, June 1, 2020 HPD Pistol Range will reopen for Retiree Qualification.
5/27/20 9:25 AM
Retirees MUST have a reservation in order to qualify.
NO WALK-INS ALLOWED.
Reservations will be scheduled by the Retiree Certification Unit (RCU), only.
The RCU will be contacting those who have submitted their paperwork to the RCU to schedule reservations.
Retirees will check in at the RCU, wearing their masks, at approximately 10:30 am to complete any remaining paperwork before qualifying at the indoor range. [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]
Family Assistance Update
Roger Burkhalter: (5-29-20rh) M.D. Beale advised us that and he and Roger spent some time together shooting pistols at Pearland Shooting Club. Their first since the police academy – Class 38 – 1968. M.D. stated Roger has been fighting throat cancer and is continuing chemo and radiation treatments. This week his blood count has dropped significantly and he’s due to get a transfusion so he can continue his treatments.
Please lift up prayers for Roger and his family. It’ll be greatly appreciated.
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. [More]
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
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