THE BLACK DIAMOND
Fleet Reserve Association
Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA
Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,
Catasauqua, PA 18032
President, William Nixon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, Dan Heitzer, email@example.com
Secretary, Donald Bear, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer, Larry Roth, email@example.com
Veterans Service officer, PRPNE/NEng, David Sharp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tele-Communications, Ralph Annunziata, email@example.com
www.FRABranch115.com (FRAB capital letters)
Upcoming Schedule Tuesday August 13, 2019 Our next meeting, 0830 at City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.
July 9, 2019 Meeting.
Present were. President Bill Nixon, VP Dan Heitzer, Secretary Don Bear, Treasurer Larry Roth, Master-At-Arms John Treiber, Chaplain George Shumack, VSO Dave Sharp, Membership Team Leader Jeff Berger, Americanism/Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Team Leader Tim Gilbert, Hospitalization Team Leader Harold Newhard, Recreation Team Leader Jim Turner, Ronda Hummel, Joe Toth, William Duquesnel, George Dolgos, Roland Saeger, Hans Keller, John Colarusso, Ralph Slider, William Blayle, Woody Greene, Fritz Szutar, Jerry Lebeduik, Jim Dal Maso, Timothy McGlade, Earl King, David Hoffman, Charles Malloy, Dick Schreiner, George Folk, Andy Smerek, Don Smith, Justin Simins with his son Jake, guests Fred Miller, Dennis Yemma and guest speakers Krysta and Bill Hankee. Very special guests from the Lehigh Valley Sea Cadets, Dylan Rungo, Joseph Lock and Anthony Villante.
0830 President Nixon performed opening ceremonies. President asked if there should be any changes or corrections to the June 11th minutes. Harold Newhard made a motion not to read the minutes since everyone is provided the minutes by either email or snail mail. John Treiber seconded the motion to approve the minutes then the motion was approved by all of the shipmate’s present.
President Nixon introduced our guests Bill and Krysta Hankee who told us the heartbreaking story of losing their daughter. They told us about all the good her donated organs did for other people. They are involved with helping veterans and informed us of the importance of having organ donor on your driver’s license.
Communications – Secretary Bear told the shipmates we must send the Branch Delegation Credential Certificate in regarding the Regional Convention August 9-10. We will put branch members attending Hans Keller, Charles Malloy and Fritz Szutar. Also, Branch Proxy Delegates RPNE/Neng Joyce Harris and RVPNE/Neng Abe Zino. A motion was made by PRPNE George Folk to complete the Credential Certificate with those named seconded by PRPNE/Neng David Sharp and approved by all in attendance.
Secretary Bear read a thank you card from Jean Henshaw who was very happy to receive a letter of appreciation award from the branch. Also, a thank you card from Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lamonaco for the shipmates that attended their thank you picnic.
Secretary Bear read the Commendation Letters signed by our National President for Ralph Slider and President Nixon for their recruiting efforts.
Treasurer’s Report –Treasurer Larry Roth gave the treasurers report. Jerry Lebeduik made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report seconded by Harold Newhard then approved by all present.
Membership – Membership Team Leader Jeffrey Berger reported we have 144 shipmates in good standing.
Americanism / Patriotism – President Nixon asked for volunteers to help with our flag folding demonstration 2pm July 24th Lower Lopatcong, NJ. Give VP Dan Heitzer your name if you can attend.
Youth Activities – Team Leader Tim Gilbert completed the annual Youth Activities report for Regional and thanked everyone involved with the numerous activities the branch was involved with this past year. He asked everyone to record events they are involved with for 2019-2020.
Hospital / Welfare – Assistant Team leader Bill Blayle informed us that Frank Ginther our USS Pueblo passed away yesterday. Ralph Annunziata is receiving at home physical therapy and is getting stronger. Richard Lamonaco continues to receive physical therapy at home and his walking and talking continues to improve. Paul Geissinger suffers arthritis pain in his back resulting in not attending meetings but wanted to say hello to all the shipmates. Jeff Chewning is suffering from brain trauma. Bill Seigfried is undergoing tests to determine his issue and John Miltenberger is spending 2 weeks in Gracedale rehab.
Recreation – Commander Turner informed us that the branch picnic is set up for Noon Saturday July 13th at the Hokendauqua American Legion Pavilion. He also mentioned to bring something to raffle if you are able since the branch does make a few dollars with the Chinese raffle.
Veterans Service Officer – Dave Sharp told us as of June 5th “Blue Water Agent Orange” is now the law of the land and will not be challenged by the Supreme Court.
Dave informed us that there are new processes to put in claims. The result should be claims getting settled possibly in 132 days.
President Nixon introduced us to our Sea Cadets who introduced themselves and told us about their duties within this outstanding organization.
The Navy League Junior Cadet Corps, is for youth ages 11-13. Senior Naval Sea Cadet Corps is for youths 13 through the completion of high school. Prospective cadets must be drug, alcohol and gang-free while attending school with at least a C average. The annual enrollment fee is determined by the unit. Training programs in areas such as aviation, field and medical training, leadership development, military police, science, scuba diving, seamanship, photojournalism and sailing are available.
Several shipmates told these young men what an outstanding presence they present when participating in the various Americanism / Patriotism events throughout the area. These young men are “Top Shelf”.
Cadets have the privilege of wearing the U.S. Navy uniform with appropriate insignia. Cadets have absolutely no commitment regarding future military service, but cadets that do decide to enlist may be eligible to enter at an advanced pay grade. Annual scholarships are awarded to exceptional cadets who wish to pursue a college education.
Old Business – Vice President Heitzer informed us that the Annapolis Day Trip is a go. We have 33 people signed up and the cost is $50 a person. The rest of this September 18th Day Trip information will be in the August News Letter.
Shipmates Colarusso said the Shephard Hills Golf Outing for Wednesday September 11th is a go. It costs $70 a person to golf which also includes breakfast, lunch, beer, soda and a raffle at lunch time. He managed to get 4 sponsors and is actively seeking more. Hopefully shipmates may have contact with companies willing to support this veteran’s fundraiser. THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO GET GOLFERS !! This is a 4 man scramble with an 0830 shotgun start. Let’s get the word out. WE NEED GOLFERS.
We have 2 tickets left for the Iron Pigs game Saturday July 27th 630pm.
New Business – President Nixon informed us about the Military Appreciation night at the Phillipsburg Junior High School that will be held Friday at 5pm October 11th. Free picnic style supper for you and a guest and recognition from 8000 people during half time of the football game.
Good of the Order – President Nixon informed us that our shipmate currently serving on active duty CWO4 Justin Simins is working on a day tour of the Coast Guard Station, Sandy Hook, NJ. this coming October.
Shipmate Jerry Lebeduik informed us that Hellertown Dental will perform free dental procedures on October 10th for veterans. Cleaning, x-rays even extractions. You must make an appointment by calling 484 858-0949.
0940 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.
Respectfully, Donald Bear, CWO2, USN, Retired.
0922 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.
Respectfully, Donald Bear, Chief Warrant Officer, USN, Retired.