BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
DECEMBER 8, 2016
Call to Order: President Steve Rayne called meeting to order at 9:50 a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Chaplain Monty Montgomery
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Bill Elkin, 2nd by E. J. Smith, to approve the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
President – Steve Rayne
Acknowledged and welcomed the first time attendees.
Annual Christmas letter to all our sick and shut-in members was passed around for everyone to sign. Family Assistance Committee will mail the letter to our members.
Suspend Regular Order Of Business
Trey Coleman – Candidate for HPOPS Board of Trustees:
Currently assigned to the Special Victims Division.
It is not the goal of those hired after 2004 to take benefits from retirees.
Goal is to keep COLAs, Survivor Benefits and DROP.
There is a need for new Trustees to learn and continue the fight for pension benefits.
Mike Newsome – Candidate for HPOPS Board of Trustees:
Asking for support in his reelection.
Currently in Phase Down A which means he is considered as Active but will be able to devote full time to HPOPS duties and concerns.
In Family Assistance Division for 20 years. There were 60 funerals this year.
Experience and education is necessary for HPOPS Trustees. HPOPS manages funds approximately the size of four police departments.
Goal is to maintain the pension for today and tomorrow and do whatever necessary to make sure the pension checks continues to arrive every month.
HPOPS Board of Trustees consists of 3 Active Officers, 2 Retired Officers, 1 Representatives from Mayor’s Office and 1 Representative from Controller’s Office.
Gary Wurl – Certified Financial Planner with Financial Destiny, Inc.
M. D. Beale has been a financial advisor since 1997 and is retiring. He will keep his insurance license to work with Life and Health Insurance including HPROA’s Long Term Care Insurance. Beale worked with Wurl for 16 years. Gary has all his licenses and nothing is too simple or complicated for him. Recommended talking to a financial planner. Gary deals one on one with people.
Gary is a founding partner of Financial Destiny, Inc., an independent professional financial planning firm. He works with Kovack Advisors, Inc.
Years of experience, education and investment sense have enabled him to help clients address their financial issues; the fear of out-living their money, educational planning for loved ones, tax strategies, estate planning, will and trust review to name a few.
Majority of his business is fee based where you pay for his work and recommendations and not paid a commission.
The Judiciary Standard requires him to treat his clients as if he himself is the client.
Conservative financial management to maintain the capital.
Specializes in providing highly personalized financial planning and investment management, which could better help meet financial goals now and in the future. He is also available to provide a second opinion.
HPD Chaplain Monty Montgomery:
Grant is a young man with autism. He makes crosses using Eco-Art. These crosses are a work of art and sell for $400.
Grant was given a 97-year-old Bible. He has used pages from that Bible to make beautiful crosses.
Requested donation to purchase one of the crosses for the HPD Chapel.
Retired Assistant Chief Kurt Munden fell, hit his head and has several skull fractures. Doctors have induced a coma due to swelling in his brain.
Return To Regular Order Of Business
President – Steve Rayne
HPROA Bi-laws require a Budget Review in December. Review was postponed to January 2017 in order to have a complete picture of the 2016 expenditures.
TMPA provides pocket calendars to our members with the TMPA Firearms Insurance. Tear out the page with TMPA contact information and keep it in your wallet behind your HPD Identification for quick availability if you ever need it.
HPD currently requires everyone needing a new identification picture must appear in person. Retired Officers may go to the HPD Academy. It is not necessary to go downtown to Human Resources.
Rayne and Elkin are to meet with the new police chief and will invite Chief Art Acevedo to attend one of our meetings.
Member Larry Watts will speak next month about his new book Dishonored and Forgotten about the 1954 murder of HPD Detective Martin Billnitzer.
A Burial Fund roster is available for anyone who wishes to check the information.
M. D. Beale is in the foyer with information on the HPROA Long Term Care Insurance Policy underwritten by Trans America. The plans are flexible with no physical exam and only available to HPROA Regular and Associate Members and their extended families.
Executive Director – Bill Elkin:
Pension is $4.26 Billion, which includes DROP/PROP funds. Dallas has filed a lawsuit to stop members from withdrawing their DROP funds, as the Mayor is afraid that would cause the pension system to fail.
140 have retired since July 1st. 55 retired in December and 5 are scheduled for January. 544 officers are age 55 or over with 30-35 years of service.
HB143 authored by Rep. Dan Flynn was filed to get a number and will encompass all agreed pension provisions. Believes the pension agreement will pass in Austin.
HB 151 and 152 by Rep. Paul Bettencourt would provide local control of pension systems and eliminate the ability of organizations to collect dues through payroll deductions.
Twenty-seven new State Representatives. Many are from the Tea Party and are for tax relief at the expense of defined benefit pensions.
Attended the Texans for Secure Retirement meeting in Austin. TSR received a grant to hire a Legislative Coordinator to monitor all Bill filed in both Houses and funnel that information to all members.
Be sure to vote when you receive the HPOPS Election Ballot, sign it and immediately return it in the self-addressed, stamped envelope. HPROA supports the reelection of Mike Newsome.
Letters were received from the families of Clyde Barrett, Don McWilliams and Constable
Ruben Davis. Thank you letters were received from District 132 Rep. Mike Schofield, District 132 Rep. Dwayne Bohac, District 138 Rep. Kevin Roberts and District 126 Rep. Garnet Coleman.
Treasurer Report – Nelson Zoch:
HPROA has a total of $223,000 in the bank. $24,000 reserved for Family Assistance, leaving a total of $198,000 plus in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch:
December-January paper will be mailed Friday, December 9th.
Anthony Kivela wrote a thoughtful article regarding what an individual can do to retain pension benefits.
Always looking for new articles and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee –
1,742 members.as of December 6th.
Twelve (12) new members were approved today.
One (1) Associate Membership Application received today.
Three (3) members were reinstated
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
11,919 hits last month.
Retired Badge is on the website about two week earlier than mailed papers.
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. Contact Jim if you do not receive an e-blast each Sunday.
Family Assistance Committee – Forrest Turbeville / Nelson Foehner:
Please contact members of the FAC with any needs or concerns:
Nelson Foehner (281) 351-4669 Doug Bostock (281) 890-7610
Forrest Turbeville (713) 319-5466 Ray Smith (281) 648-9920
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Entertainment Committee –
The Houston Reunion will be held at the HPD Academy on Saturday, February 25, 2017. We are looking for a host for the Houston Reunion.
The Surviving Spouse Luncheon will be April 25, 2017 at the Houston Racquet Club.
Political Action Committee – Bob Barnard:
$52,355 in the PAC fund in November. Received $2,060 in contributions.
PAC contributions were made to TSR, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senators Joan Huffman, John Whitmire and Judith Zaffirini and Representatives Dan Flynn and Joe Straus.
Letters of appreciation were received from Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Representative Dennis Bonnen and Representative Jason Villalbas.
Good and Welfare:
Nelson Zoch stated John Pohlman who is the last standing member of the April 1968 Class # 37 will be retiring after 49 years of service.
Mark Sebesta - Crown Royal Basket
Zeke Kominczak - $25
Rosalie Potell - $25
Gene Yanchak - $25
Ruben Armendarez - Champagne Basket
Floyd Nettles - $25
Fred Walschburger - Champagne Basket
All the $25 door prizes were donated to Chaplain Montgomery to help purchase one of Grant’s crosses for the HPD Chapel.
82 Members in attendance.
Meeting Adjourned at 11:30 a.m.