President's Message


By the time you receive this newsletter, our hot and humid summer will be winding down and, hopefully, the temps are cooling a bit.  However, I doubt it.  My A/C bill took a heck of a hit this summer.

- Our next meeting is September 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  Our starting time is earlier because it will be a packed meeting. First and foremost, City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed will be gifted with a plaque for her tireless work in obtaining a seat for the BRPBA on the healthcare committee.  Additionally, Betsy Gardner from the Mayor’s office will also be presented a plaque for helping us to honor retired Baltimore City Police Officer Michael Dunn at our General Membership Meeting on April 16th.  If you recall, we had attempted to recognize these ladies at our May meeting, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to postpone.  We hope to see you there.

- Also on September 17th, we will be holding a silent auction of police memorabilia and other items of interest.  If you have any donations you would like to contribute, please feel free to contact me.  My phone number is listed further in this newsletter. Thanks!

- And, lastly, also on September 17th, an election committee will be formed for our November 2019 elections.  Positions up for election are one Board of Governor post and a Trustee post.  Running for re-election for these positions are Dan Fickus, Board of Governors, and Trustee, Barry Powell.  Of course, anyone can nominate someone else from the floor.

- On January 1, 2020, our Healthcare is going up by 4.2%.  Our healthcare has not had an increase in two or three years, so I guess we should at least be grateful for that. 

- Many of you have asked and I’m letting you know now that we are NOT losing our prescription coverage.  This is why we fought so hard to be on the healthcare committee … to have a voice in these   decisions. Again, thank you Shannon Sneed and Danny Fickus for helping us obtain a position on this very important committee.

- A few of our members have expressed an interest in obtaining motorcycle tags displaying the BRPBA emblem.  According to the MVA, they will not start issuing motorcycle tags until we have twenty-five (25) total requests. In other words, we have about four people interested so far, so we would need another twenty-one in order to get tags.  Anybody interested?  Please contact me.

- Along those lines, some members have asked about Disabled BRPBA tags.  Same thing here… we need twenty-five (25) people to want them before the MVA will begin issuing them.  To qualify, you must be injured LOD or have a job-related disability.  If interested in these tags, please contact Kenny Driscoll at thedriscolls@gmx.com.

 Daryl J. Buhrman

 

BALTIMORE RETIRED POLICE 
BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION