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 ;  November 11th Veterans Day, November 12, 2017 Veterans Day Tribute, Phillipsburg High School 1PM, November 14, Branch 115 Meeting, 0830, City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall, PA.


October 10, 2017 Meeting.


Present were; President Dave Sharp, Secretary Donald Bear, Acting Chaplain Frank Ginther, Treasurer Larry Roth, Master at Arms John Treiber, Membership Chairman Jeff Chewning, Americanism / Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Chairman Tim Gilbert, Recreation Chairman James Turner, Jr. LVFRA Kay Black, Past President Paul Geissinger, George Dolgos, Dan Heitzer, John Brooks, Earl Stein, Earl King, Woody Green, Hans Keller, Joe Toth, Paul Guth, Jerry Lebeduik, Rich Lamonaco, Roland Saeger and Bill Blayle.


0830, President Dave Sharp performed opening rituals. Shipmate Paul Geissinger made a motion not to read the Sept. 12th minutes since everyone gets them by email or in the mail. Seconded by Tim Gilbert and approved by all present.


Communications – Secretary Bear read a letter from NE/NEng Regional Secretary Donna Jansky regarding two resolutions that needed to be resolved that where missed at the Regional Convention. RBR 1-17 Is the Spring Meet which Branch 124 graciously volunteered to host again this year. RBR 2-17 is for the Regional Convention. Branch 013 had a proposal to host the 2018 Regional Convention September 5-7, 2018 at the Days Hotel of Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Secretary Bear made a motion we agree to these resolutions, seconded by Hans Keller and approved by all present.

Treasurer’s Report –Treasurer Larry Roth provided the treasurers report. Bill Nixon made a motion to accept and John Treiber seconded. Approved by all present.


Americanism / Patriotism

Essay Contest for 2017-18 Packets distributed, I have some with me. They MUST be turned in to me by December 1, 2017. Evaluate them, determine 1st place winners and all others are honorable mentioned, grades 7-12. Team:

Award Ceremony/breakfast will be held February 13, 2018.

Our branch took 1st place in the Region for the Americanism & Patriotism Report.


Membership – Shipmate Jeff Chewning reported 162 members in good standing. Jeff mentioned that our active duty Marine shipmate’s dues are coming up. Secretary Bear made a motion that the branch will pay for active duty shipmates of Branch 115 as long as they are on active duty. Seconded it by Jr. Past President Paul Geissinger and approved by every shipmate present.

 Youth Activities – Chairman Tim Gilbert reminded the shipmates that it is important to record and provide photos if possible of anything they are involved with to assist with youth activities to be included in next year’s report. He thanked everyone who got involved with the Ritter School Veterans Day Program.


Hospital / Welfare – Chaplain George Shumack is being transferred from Sacred Heart to Manor Care by Fish Hatchery Road.


Recreation – Commander James Turner confirmed The Hanoverville Roadhouse for our Christmas party for Saturday December 9th. Menu will be , cup of soup and a house salad. Entrees; Grilled chicken breast marsala, rice pilaf or baked potato, Shrimp scampi with rice pilaf or Tenderloin tips Diane. Desert, chocolate mousse pie or plain cheesecake. Cost is $24 per person send checks to Treasurer Larry Roth, 706 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018-3006 (We need a headcount ASAP).


Old Business – Nothing


New Business – Nothing



Good of the Order - President Dave Sharp presented the Prestigious Shipmate of the year, Americanism/Patriotism NE/NEng Award to Bill Nixon.


Treasurer’s Report – Secretary Bear read the treasurers report that Treasurer Larry Roth provided via email.


Americanism / Patriotism – Chairman Bill Nixon is out for a knee replacement but he did turn in his yearly report and thanked everyone involved.


Membership – Shipmate Jeff Chewning reported 165 members in good standing.  


Youth Activities – Chairman Tim Gilbert turned in his yearly report and thanked everyone that was involved with youth activities.


Hospital / Welfare – Shipmate Newhard informed us that he has contacted shipmates that are ill and will keep us advised about their status. Contact him at hnewhard@ptd.net if you have any questions about where to send get well cards and please contact him if you are aware of any of our shipmates becoming ill.


Recreation – Commander James Turner thanked everyone that attended our 70th birthday party at Prime restaurant. All the shipmates appeared to have a great time. He said, “The lucky winners of our free dinner drawings were”; Frank Ginther, Nick Martocci who won getting their money back for this event and Paul Geissinger who won the gift certificate for The Edge Restaurant in the amount of $125.00 that was donated by Mike & Lynn Albarell.


New Business –Paul Geissinger informed us that the Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held Friday June 16th at Hokendauqua American Legion.


Good of Order – President Sharp asked Past Regional North East President George Folk to perform the Branch Officer’s Installation Ceremony to install Dave Sharp as President, Ralph Annunziata as Vice President, Donald Bear as Secretary and Larry Roth as Treasure for the 2017-2018 period.


The shipmates gave a resounding round of applause to honor these dedicated individuals that move the Branch forward.


Next year it would be outstanding to see some new faces run for Branch Officer Positions.











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 We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. Have an informal breakfast the first, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 A.M. all at City View Diner on MacAuthur Road, Allentown. 

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