October 14 –18, 2015, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Contact Gene M. Shonkwiler, 863-969-3850, email@example.com
Members can post reunions online at www.fra.org, submit to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: FRA Reunions, 125 N. West St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.
Reunions are a Great Recruiting Opportunity!
If you’re hosting or attending a reunion, please consider how many prospective FRA members will also be there! FRA has published a prospective member brochure with an information request form and a “thank you for your service” reference card included. You can easily talk through benefits of membership with the prospect using this card and offer NewsBytes or one of the FRA guides, provided by filling out the information card. For their convenience, they can keep the list of benefits on one side and a handy list of information sources on the other.
These work great for one-to-one conversations with someone you know is eligible for membership (at least one day of enlisted service in the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard). You can request these brochures or other items for your reunion from FRA Member Services, at 1-800-372-1924, or email@example.com. Reunions are great places to recruit — if you’d like additional information or ideas for your reunion, please contact us!
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NEWS FROM THE BRANCHES
BRANCH 182 Bethesda, Maryland
Congratulations to Shipmate John Sasso for celebrating 40 years of continuous FRA membership. Shown (l to r) are Shipmates Randy Philip, John Wooditch, Branch President Keith Kaider, Sasso, Mark Allen and Thomas “Tom” Rausch.
BRANCH 72 Falls River, Massachussetts
Branch President William Bailey welcomes new member, Arthur G. Caesar, to the branch at its regular monthly meeting. Shipmate Caesar is a 10-year veteran, having served six years in the Marine Corps and four years in the Navy Seabees. He is the Veterans’ Agent for the town of Westport and is also an elected constable.
BRANCH 112 Birmingham, Alabama
Branch President Garland Odell had the pleasure of recognizing Shipmate Charles Tamborino as he marked his 50 years of continuous FRA membership. Shipmate Charles’ wife Diane, their daughter Beth and her husband Michael Fritts, their grandchildren Megan and John David Fritts and Branch Vice President Rosalind Fazel were also present for the ceremony.
BRANCH 226 Staten Island, New york
During an all-hands meeting of USCGG Sector New York, the chief petty officers selected MST3 Monica Spies as Enlisted Person of The Quarter. Captain Loebl, Command Master Chief Heimberger and Branch President Jim Brown present Spies with a plaque, gift certificate and complimentary membership in the FRA.
BRANCH 124 Lakehurst, New Jersey
Shown (l to r) are Branch President William Anthony as he congratulates the Northeast/New England Region’s Shipmate of the Year for Health, Welfare and Rehabilitation Robert A. Johnson on his success. RPNE/NEng Floyd Hunt and Awards Chairman William McLane look on. (This caption appeared in the April 2015 issue with an incorrect photo. We sincerely apologize for the error and any confusion it caused.)
BRANCH 13 Atlantic City, New jersey
Shipmates Matthew Miller and Robert Campbell, along with former Congressman Patrick Murphy (Pa.), were installed as honor members of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Pictured (l to r) are Christine Beady, Executive Director of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains; Mr. and Mrs. Miller (receiving the Legion of Honor Award on behalf of son Matthew); former Congressman Patrick Murphy (Pennsylvania); Robert Campbell, USN (Ret.); and Capt. Lou Cavaliere, USN (Ret.), Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Branch President Robert Bean (far right) and Secretary Margret Burke (far left) flank Evergreen Middle School students who competed in FRA’s Americanism Essay Contest. Shown (l to r) are Julia Fritz (1st place, 7th grade), Blake Bulock (3rd place, 8th grade), Hayden Nolting (1st place, 8th grade) and Ashley Jensen (essay contest participant).
BRANCH 316 Springfield, Missouri
Branch Secretary Chuck Ewy poses with Cub Scout Pack 694, which the branch sponsors.
BRANCH 267 Greater St. Louis, Missouri
Shipmates and Auxiliary members presented donation checks to the USO at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. Pictured (l to r) are S/M Dale Ferrington, S/M John Schnohorst, Shirley Ferrington, Vi Taylor, Unit President Linda Schnohorst , S/M John Hollowood, Marge (friend of S/M Piva), S/M Jerry Piva, Barb Skates (holding check), S/M Jerry Hessel, USO Executive Director Kathy O’Connor, Branch President Robert Hudson (holding check), PRPNC John Partin, Betty Schnohorst, Unit Historian Pat Brown and S/M James Taylor (kneeling).
BRANCH 156 Brunswick, Maine
Congratulations to Americanism Essay Contest winner Timothy St. Pierre, whose essay advanced to the regional level. RPNE/NEng Floyd Hunt (left) and PRPNEng Paul Loveless (right) presented St. Pierre (center) with a plaque and $100 check.
To submit a photo for News from the Branches, please e-mail a photo as an attachment in jpeg format to FRAToday@fra.org or mail a high-quality photograph to FRA Today, 125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please include a brief description of the photograph and include the names of those pictured. Laser prints and scanned copies of photographs cannot be accepted.
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NEWS FROM THE AUXILIARY OF THE FRA
Message from the National President
Our organization’s Annual Pilgrimage to Arlington National Cemetery took place on April 18, 2015, and as always it was the most heartwarming and solemn occasion. The “Two Bell Ceremony” presented by Shipmates Chris Slawinski and Bob Washington and the prayers presented by our LAFRA National Chaplain Teresa Norton at the Amphitheater were very moving. We enjoyed a beautiful day and a very good turnout of FRA and LAFRA members. It is breathtaking to stand at the top of those stairs and see “The Tomb of the Unknowns”. The pictures below say it all.
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