October 14–18, 2015, Reno, Nevada. Contact Donna M. Sims, 660-259-4546, firstname.lastname@example.org
Members can post reunions online at www.fra.org, submit to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 247 Dagupan City, Philippines
Members attended the 70th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s landing at Bonuan Blue Beach, Dagupan City, Philippines. (This is where our former General landed, not in Lingayen.)
BRANCH 26 Bakersfield, California
In recognition of the importance of instilling the virtues of patriotism, honor, courage and commitment in our youth, Branch President Walter Stabenow presents a check for $1,000 to Lt.(jg) Beth Karlin, Commanding Officer of Bakersfield’s O’Callahan Division, Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Similar checks were presented to two other Sea Cadet units in the region.
BRANCH 22 Pensacola, Florida
Shipmates Don Krauss (left), Branch President Bob Hall (center), and Junior Past President Jim Richmond (right) place a wreath at the Branch & Unit 22 Memorial at Barrancas National Cemetery as part of National Wreaths Across America.
BRANCH 59 Cheyenne, Wyoming
FRA is proud to acknowledge Shipmate MM1 Kristen Trefren, USNR, for her dedication to the training needed to complete the October 2014 Marine Corps Marathon at Quantico, Virginia. Trefren ran the marathon to support the Fisher House, while also working on her doctorate in nursing. She is a nurse, a wife, mother of two boys and drills with the Navy Operational Support Center in Cheyenne. In her spare time she studies for the Chiefs exam. Congratulations & well done, Shipmate Trefren.
BRANCH 130 Mooresville, Indiana
Branch members welcome Shipmate Fred Jones home from his Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Jones is a WWII Navy veteran and a member of the USS Indianapolis Memorial. Pictured (l to r) are Hank Jacoby, Flight Guardian Linda Lanning, Jones, PRPNC Bob Melson, Charles Cleveland and Joe Lanning.
BRANCH 42 Lincoln, Rhode Island
RPNE/NEng Floyd Hunt (right) present Shipmate Bob Shillaber (center) with his 40-year continuous membership certificate and pin as Branch Vice President Jim Pace (left) looks on.
BRANCH 146 Johnsonville/Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Shipmates placed memorial wreaths on markers in the Memorial Gardens at the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum, located on the site of the now closed NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. Pictured are Shipmates Charlie Glass, Branch President Dave Carver, and Tom Concannon.
BRANCH 29 Bremerton, Washington
Shipmate Ed Foskett is recognized for 50 years of continuous FRA membership and accepts his certificate from Branch President Michelle Hodges.
BRANCH 201 Austin, Texas
Branch 201 received 337 submissions to this year’s Americanism Essay Contest and grading them was quite a task. Pictured (l to r, foreground) are Branch Secretary Charley Randall, PRPSC Bob Holcomb, Branch President Richard Waltman, (l to r, background), Don Weldon, LAPRPSC Joan Miller and PRPSC Russ Miller.
BRANCH 226 Staten Island, New york
Shipmate John Huey receives his 40-year pin, certificate and National President’s letter from Branch President/PRPNE/NEng Jim Brown and Vice President Al Klingele.
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.
NEWS FROM THE AUXILIARY OF THE FRA
Message from the Northwest Region President
Aloha from sunny Hawaii, I am so honored to be serving the Northwest Region of the Auxiliary as its president for the 2014–2015 year. Thus far, my term has been busy and quite eventful!
After attending the National Convention in Corpus Christi, I represented the region and Unit 46 at the 2014 Veteran’s Day ceremonies aboard the Mighty Mo on Ford Island. This sunset ceremony is always beautiful and moving.
In December, I was honored to host our National President, Doris Fri, for the December 7th ceremonies at Pearl Harbor. This visit included a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the USS Arizona Memorial, which is awe-inspiring.
At the National President’s Dinner, hosted by Branch and Unit 46, NP Fri addressed the shipmates and Auxiliary members and introduced her National President’s Project to us. We are happy to support her efforts to provide accessible homes for veterans through Building Homes for Heroes.
As we look forward to spring, I hope that many of you are making plans to attend the Pilgrimage in April. This will be my first pilgrimage and I feel privileged to be able to attend. It is my sincere hope to be able to visit many of my units on my way back across country and, hopefully, stand up a new unit in Everett, Washington, as well!
We continue to experience challenges across the region with maintaining and growing membership. In an effort to improve communication among the units in the Northwest Region, which are geographically spread out across thousands of miles, we developed a Facebook page where everyone can share their best practices and activities. The page is open to all, so please visit and “Like” us at www.facebook.com/LAFRANorthwest. If you like what you see, it’s very easy to start one for your own region or unit. I would be happy to assist anyone who is interested in creating a social media presence to help promote the FRA and LA FRA.
The Northwest Region is delighted to be hosting the National Convention this year. We are beginning the process of soliciting donations for raffles and drawings, so if you have ideas or wish to contribute something special that would appeal to our membership, please contact me at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the course of the year. I wish you all good health.