BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Call to Order: President Steve Raynecalled meeting to order at 9:45a.m.
Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance: Jim Ashby
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Motion by Fred Walschburger, 2nd by Forrest Turbevilleto approve the minutes as printed. Voice Vote. Motion Carried.
Suspended Regular Order of Business
Mark Montgomery – Retired HPD Lieutenant Candidate for HPOPS Board of Director
Retired in 2010 after 25 years of service.
Attended University of Houston and South Texas College of Law earning a Law Degree in 1998.
Felt wake-up call during pension negotiations in Austin. The trouble with that agreement was HPOPS members would lose if there were a short fall. Trustees made a good-faith agreement, not a higher standard judiciary agreement.
He would require more transparency in HPOPS. Difficulty contacting Board Members and attending monthly meetings.
Terry Bratton – HPOPS Retired Board of Directors
During the negotiations in Austin, HPOPS had 42 meetings with the City of Houston and made over 30 trips to Austin. The Legislative process is very complicated, fluid and most of the work goes on in the Legislators’ offices and committee meetings.
Members did not lose pensions, DROP/PROP accounts or spousal benefits and the COLA will return in 3 years.
The $750M loss happened in 2004 during Mayor Bill White’s administration. The concession was made to stop lay-offs of police and other City employees.
HPOPS portfolio is very diversified, earning almost 17% return last fiscal year.
Texas Pension Review Board Chairman Josh McGee stated HPOPS is the model for other pension plans.
John Lawson – HPOPS Executive Director
Gave the history of what broughtHPOPS to this point: the failure of HPD personnel to actively work for and support the Texas Constitutional Amendment in 2003 that would have protected and guaranteed the pension. Now Houston has no pension protection and must work with the State Legislators to protect the pensions we have.
Return to Regular Order of Business
President – Steve Rayne
Welcomed new members and first time attendees.
Stefanie Salcedo with Secure Your Legacy Funeral Planning Service and Gary Wurl with HPROA Long Term Care Insurance Policies are in the back of the room.
HPD appointed Sheryl Victorian as the new Assistant Chief.
HPD Officers traveled to Puerto Rico to assist inhurricane recovery.
61 Riesner is closed after hurricane Harvey. Contractors working on the air conditioning.
HPOU getting ready for contract negotiations with the City. May contain a clause in the contract for retiree under age 65 to pay same insurance rates as active officers. The Burial Fund is also working with HPOU to be part of the negotiations in order to maintain the future of the fund.
The Board approved a $300 donation to Whitney Oaks for allowingthe Board to meet at their facility. They would like our members to stop by for a good spaghetti lunch after our meetings. They had flood damage plus financial difficulties and may have to close.
911 Heroes Run was rescheduled to 8:30am Saturday, November 11, 2017 at City Hall. HPROA will have a booth and the traveling memorial wall of officers killed in the line of duty.
Board voted to extend approval of 2018 Budget until January in order to have all the 2017 financial information.
Thanked Matt and Rosalie Potell and Lamar and Dee Kimble for a successful Fredericksburg Reunion. It was well attended and the catfish meal was outstanding.
Executive Director – Bill Elkin:
HPOPS at $4.6B. 56 have retired since July 1st: 13 retired in November and 6 in December.
o 9,400 active, retired and spouses receiving HPOPS benefits.
o 779 active officers have 20 years of service and 437 officers have 30 years of service, with manybeing 50 years of age or older.
o Approximately 60 officers and 25 surviving spouses die per year.
Pension Obligation Bonds passed by a large majority. PAC donated $10,000 to the Lift Up Houston Organization and $2,500 to Texans for Secure Retirement to help get out our message.
Treasurer Report – Ed Aldridge:
HPROA has a total of $222,300in the bank.
Retired Badge – Nelson Zoch
Articles for the December-January paper need to be submitted by November 20th.
Always looking for new articles and anyone may submit an article.
Membership Committee – Roy McDonald
1,769 membersas of November 7th.
Five (5) new members were approved today and seven (7) were reinstated.
Already in touch with 7 of the 11 dropped members. Please contact dropped members that are on the report.
Members may renew memberships with a credit card or make changes at any meeting.
Website Committee – Jim Ashby
13,014 visits last month.
Keep virus scanners up to date. Back up computers.
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.
Family Assistance Committee –Forrest Turbeville and Nelson Foehner
HPROA has all types of medical equipment available.
Those that passed away in October were John L. Woodcock’s father, David D. Robert’s wife Reba Roberts, Thomas A. Jenkins Sr., Thomas L. Schulte, Bobbie G. Lott, Lance W. White, Richard C. Rucker, John Vaughan’s Father and Judson B. Burns.
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) 731-1588
Ron Headley (713) 253-5749 Pat Kainer (281) 642-6645
Entertainment Committee – Rosalie Potell
200 attended the Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg on Saturday, October 28th. The Silent Auction earned $1,796. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Silent Auction.
The Surviving Spouses Luncheon will be Tuesday, March 6, 2018atthe Houston Racquet Club
The 2018 Houston Reunion at the HPD Academy will be Saturday, April 28, 2018.
The 2018 Hill Country Reunion in Fredericksburg will be Saturday, October 6, 2018.
PAC Committee – Bob Barnard
$62,484 total PAC assets.
Received $2,685 in contributions.
Paid Reimbursements and Administration fees.
$10,000 donated to Lift Up Houston PAC and $2,500 to TSR PAC for the Pension Bond Election 11/8/2017. Donation to the Sylvia Garcia Campaign.
Good and Welfare:
Barnard stated insurance companies consider windshield rock chips as accidents.
Steve Benavidez, Commander of HPD’s VFW Post will be at the 911 Heroes Run with Poppies. The VFW supports homeless vets, ROTC Programs, Scholarships, etc.
o Secure Legacy Basket - Matt Potell
o $25 Jimmy Lunsford
o $25 Robert Crane
o $25 Monty Montgomery
o $25 Chuck Vincent
90Members in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.