**UPDATE:  date change** ATTENTION ARHME MEMBERS

Texans for Secure Retirement (TSR) is hosting a town hall at the E.B. Cape Center 4501 Leland St., Houston TX 77023 to discuss support for the Pension Obligation Bond measure on the November 7 ballot. Elaina Fowler from AFSME Retiree, Melvin Hughes from AFSME HOPE, and Bill Elkin from the Houston Police Retirees Associations will be speaking. Please make plans to attend.

The date for this town hall meeting has been changed.  Revised information is below:

E.B. Cape Center Learning and Development Center

4501 Leeland St., Houston, TX 77023

October 30, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 pm


MUST READ - PENSION OBLIGATION BOND VOTE - CLICK HERE


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ARHME has heard from lots of its members about Hurricane Harvey. Of course, some members, including some on our board, have suffered home loses. Fortunately, we are aware of no deaths. Many members are asking what they or ARHME can do to help. We are putting up some links (see below) to aid relief organizations where you can donate or offer help. Our board will be making a decision on which organization or organizations to make a monetary contribution. Obviously, the recovery will take some time so need for funds will be ongoing. If you have news or information you believe of interest to ARHME members, send it to us for posting consideration. We all have experienced an unbelievable epic event. The only thing that can surpass it is our epic effort to work together in the aftermath of this historic flood to find our rainbow. 

Some helpful resources:

FEMA. Under the Hurricane Harvey title, click on "Expand All Sections" to view the information under each sub-title: www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=disaster 

Greater Houston Business Association. Local rebuilding resources: www.ghba.org

American Red Cross Houston Area Shelters. List of Houston area shelters: www.click2houston.com/news/american-red-cross-provides-list-of-houston-area-shelters

How you can help Hurricane Harvey victims: www.click2houston.com/news/how-you-can-help-hurricane-harvey-victims

United Way Houston. Donate: www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood

JJ Watt - You caringwww.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053

Volunteer. www.volunteerhouston.org

Houston SPCA. Disaster response for animals: www.houstonspca.org


WANT TO JOIN OTHER RETIREES AND SPOUSES FOR LUNCH?

All HMEPS retirees and spouses are welcome to join a group of fellow retirees and spouses who meet for lunch the first Saturday of every month. The group meets at the Luby's restaurant at 1414 Waugh Drive at 11 a.m. for fun and conversation. For more information, please contact Era Bell Inglis at 713-697-0317.

Upcoming Events

ARHME General Meeting - January 2018.

News Updates

Click here to view minutes from the June 12, 2017 General Membership Meeting Report.

Click here to view Mayor Turner's press release regarding Houston pension reforms take another big step forward in Austin.

Click here to view PROTECT TEXAS PENSIONS/NOMINATION FOR PENSION REVIEW BOARD information.

Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement SystemsARHME will continue to follow proposed legislation and periodically update members as more information becomes available.  Please take time to educate yourself on the issues and stay engaged in the process.  Go to the Texans for Secure Retirement Website, http://www.texansr.org/, and sign up to start receiving updates on proposed pension legislation. Click here to view the most recent TEXpers legislative update.

Click here to view HMEPS' response to George Bravenec's letter regarding the Proposed Revisions to Plan Provisions.

Click here to view the HMEPS accepted changes to COH Pensions. *Note: Although the document states 'proposed', these changes were 'accepted'.

Click here to view Mayor Sylvester Turner's message regarding COH Pensions.

Click here to view ARHME President George Bravenec's response to pension changes sent to Sherry Mose, HMEPS Board of Trustees Chairman, and Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Click here to view minutes from the October 10, 2016 Special General Membership Meeting Report.




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