Fleet Reserves Association
Fleet Reserves Association



Fleet Reserve Association

Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA

Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,

                          Catasauqua, PA 18032


President, Dave Sharp  davidsharp@usa.com

Vice President, Ralph Annunziata, rannunziata1@verizon.net

Secretary, Donald Bear, usnbear@me.com        

Treasurer, Larry Roth, larry.roth2@rcn.com 


Upcoming Schedule ; January 9th Branch 115 Meeting, 0830, City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall, PA.


December 12, 2017 Meeting.


Present were; President Dave Sharp, Vice President Ralph Annunziata, Secretary Donald Bear, Acting Chaplain Jr. Past President Paul Geissinger, Treasurer Larry Roth, Master at Arms John Treiber, Americanism / Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Chairman Tim Gilbert,  Hospitalization Chairman Harold Newhard, Carl Kilhefner, Dan Heitzer, John Brooks, Earl Stein, Woody Green, Hans Keller, Roland Saeger, John Miltenberger, Ludwig Gocek, Jim Dal Maso, Ralph Slider, Paul Ciemiecki, Paul Guth, Jeff Brightbill, Fritz Szutar, Charles Malloy, Jerry Lebeduik, Past NE President George Folk, Tom Henehan, Gary Bear and our guest FRA at large, Aaron Judah who is transferring to our branch now.  *During the meeting Navy veteran George Meyers entered and he wanted an application to join our branch.


0830, President Dave Sharp performed opening rituals. Shipmate Harold Newhard made a motion not to read the November 14th minutes since everyone gets them by email or in the mail. Seconded by Hans Keller and approved by all present.


Communications – Shipmate Tim Gilbert received information from Hope for Veterans, who serve Eastern PA and Central and Northern NJ. This group offers Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program and Homeless veterans. Telephone 1-855-483-8466.


Treasurer’s Report –Treasurer Larry Roth provided the treasurers report. Carl Kilhefner made a motion to accept and Harold Newhard seconded. Approved by all present.


Americanism / Patriotism – Shipmate Nixon received 13 essays and they will be graded on December 21st at the VFW, Egypt, Pa. Awards Ceremony/Breakfast will be held at the February 13, 2018 regular branch meeting.


Youth Activities – Chairman Tim Gilbert passed around photos showing results from the Ritter School Veterans Day Program. He reminded us how excited the kids were to meet veterans and ask them questions.

Hospital / Welfare – Chaplain George Shumack received a second skin graft on his foot and wanted to wish all the shipmates a wonderful holiday season. John Miltenberger continues with dialysis, Joe Banotai will be receiving multiple bone tests with follow ups at Hershey Medical Center this month. Frank Ginther had a golf ball size tumor removed from his brain and is on his way to full recovery. Frank cannot receive phone calls at this time. Our comic shipmate Andy Smerek should be released from the hospital this week recovering from a minor stroke. He will continue doing outpatient physical therapy.


With sadness we announce that Chief Jack Trimmer passed away December 8, 2017.


Recreation – Commander James Turner asked us to make a decision on the date for the branch picnic next year. The shipmates decided it should remain the same as always, the second Saturday in July. Therefore the branch picnic will be held at the Hokendauqua American Legion Pavilion Saturday July 14, 2018.


Old Business – Nothing


New Business – Nothing



Good of the Order – President Sharp informed us that we will have a guest speaker at our January 9th meeting. Mr. Scott Uehlinger, he was a merchant marine who later became a CIA agent. Mr. Uehlinger is running for Congress to fill Charles Dent’s seat. He received 5 exceptional performance awards working against the Russian, Iranian, Terrorist and Weapons Proliferation targets. He should be a very interesting speaker.


Shipmate Harold Newhard thanked Commander Turner for the very nice Branch Christmas lunch we experienced last Saturday at the Hanoverville Roadhouse.


Carl Kilhefner informed us that his grandson was promoted to E3 after finishing his first US Navy aviation school in Pensacola, Florida and is on fast track for E4 after the next aviation school course he is currently studying.


PRPNE, Georg Folk informed us that there is a hot line to call the VA if you have a problem not being resolved to your liking. That number is 855-948-2311.


Adjourn- 0905 President Sharp adjourned the meeting.


Respectfully, Donald Bear, CWO2, USN, Retired        






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