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 April 9, 2019 meeting, 0830 at City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.
March 12, 2018 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, Americanism/Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Team Leader Tim Gilbert, Hospitalization Team Leader Harold Newhard, PRPNE George Folk, Woody Greene, Jim Turner, Joe Toth, William Duquesnel, George Dolgos, William Blayle, Bill Seigfried, Roland Saeger, Hans Keller, Ludwig Gocek, John Miltenberger, Ron Dickert, John Colarusso, Barry Brandon, Ronda Hummel, Craig Millward, Jeff Brightbill, Ralph Slider, Jerry Lebeduik and guests Dan Rosa, Craig Merkel, Jan Merkel, Andy Hrizuk, Kay Black and Wreaths Across America supporter Bubba Worth.
Our guest speaker is CWO4 Justin Simins USCG.
0830 President Nixon performed opening ceremonies. President asked if there should be any changes or corrections to the February 12th minutes. PRPNE/NEng Dave Sharp made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Ron Dickert and approved by all present.
Bubba Worth informed us that last year they were 1000 wreaths short to place on veteran’s graves. First time ever. They are trying different fund raiser activities and he will be back after the meeting to sell raffle tickets hoping to earn some money to buy more wreaths.
CWO4 Justin Simins thanked the branch for the money we donated to help provide food to Coast Guardsmen and women during the government shutdown. He also presented the Branch with a beautiful plaque signed by the Coast Guard Station personnel appreciating our concern.
Communications – Secretary Bear read the letters we received requesting Branch endorsement for shipmates seeking the National Executive Director position. PRPNE George Folk made a motion to sponsor John R. Davis for NED seconded by PRPNE/NEng Dave Sharp and approved by all shipmates present.
Treasurer’s Report –Treasurer Larry Roth gave the treasurers report. Harold Newhard made a motion to accept and Dave Sharp seconded. Approved by all present.
Membership – VP Dan Heitzer received an email from Membership Team Leader Jeffrey Berger reported we have 144 shipmates in good standing. Jeff also thanked Branch President Nixon for assisting him with a recruiting effort last Saturday at the Naval Reserve Center.
Americanism / Patriotism – President Nixon reported that the essay contest winners and their families have been invited to the awards ceremony June 19th at Fellowship Manor. This branch “Americanism Night” also includes handing out certificates to branch members and letters of appreciation to other individuals that help or sponsor our activities. Should be a fun evening with light refreshments.
Youth Activities – Team Leader Tim Gilbert informed us that Trexler Middle School will be providing a free lunch for veterans that would like to attend. He has the forms for you to complete should you desire a lunch where students will ask you questions about your military service. Tim also mentioned that Vietnam Veterans will receive a free sandwich at Mission Barbeque on March 29th which is National Vietnam Veterans Day.
Hospital / Welfare – Bill Blayle informed us that Frank Ginther our USS Pueblo POW has good vitals but is unresponsive. We all are hoping for his recovery. Jeff Chewning fell and broke ribs among other injuries and we wish him a speedy recovery. Ralph Annunziata is home from the hospital and seems to be doing well.
Recreation – Commander Turner informed us that the branch picnic is set up for Saturday July 13th at the Hokendauqua American Legion Pavilion and he handed out forms to gather information on what each attending shipmate plans to bring so we can be prepared for this entertaining event.
Veterans Service Officer – Dave Sharp gave a power point presentation to us concerning VA benefits. He stressed the importance of not putting in frivolous claims and never duplicate an active request. He also emphasized the importance of confidentiality concerning VA matters.
Old Business – President Nixon stressed the importance of getting your check mailed to Larry Roth, 706 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, Pa 18018-3006 to cover your bus tickets for the Cape May Coast Guard Station trip. The amount is $50 a person and this is non-refundable.
The deadline changed and is now May 5th.
Because of changes at the Coast Guard Base recruit graduations dates have been changed.
The trip now is leaving Thursday JUNE 6, base tour JUNE 7th
Remember this trip is also open to your family, friends and any others that you would like to have them see the Cape May Coast Guard Base as VIP guests.
President Nixon called the Grand Hotel concerned that prices would change because the trip is now considered “In Season” however, he said the hotel will honor the same price quoted since we are a veterans organization.
President Nixon has paver forms for the Rally Point. Regular size 4X8 is $80 and the large ones 12x12 are $230. Get your order in ASAP to insure placement before Memorial Day.
Shipmate Colarusso is contacting golf courses and catering places to set up the Veterans Day outing. He needs 75 FRA decals and will give an update at Aprils meeting.
New Business – President Nixon, VP Dan Heitzer and PRPNE/NEng Dave Sharp will be attending the Spring meet In Lakehurst, NJ the last weekend of the month.
The 5k run at the Rally Point will be held Saturday May 11th. Volunteers will be needed to direct traffic that morning. Registration starts at 0830.
Memorial Day Celebration will be held at the Rally Point Saturday May 25th at 1 PM. Branch 115 is a main sponsor of this event. Everyone and their families are invited to attend and enjoy this Patriotic Event.
Branch Photo will be taken at 1130 by a professional photographer.
Uniforms or Branch 115 Shirts / Caps look nice.
Good of the Order – President Nixon contacted the Iron Pigs concerning dates we could attend as a group. We desired an evening since it’s not very pleasant sitting in the hot sun. They offered us Saturday evening July 27th with a 630pm start. Tickets are 11 dollars each.
We must confirm 20 seats by April 9th for this to happen. April 9th is our next meeting date. If you want to do this we need to know by the next meeting.
John Treiber informed us that Friday night June 14th is flag retirement ceremonies starting at 6PM at the Hokendauqua American Legion. You are invited to attend or give John your old discarded flags before that date.
President Nixon told us we are invited to attend the 100th Year American Legion ceremony at 130PM May 11th at the Easton Area High School. The Brown Lynch American Legion Post will be performing.
Jerry Lebeduik reminded us if we are serious about a September day trip to Annapolis a decision needs to be made soon for CWO4 Donald Smith to make arrangements.
VP Dan Heitzer requested a motion to give guest speaker CWO4 Justin Simins a membership in our branch. Motion was requested from Dave sharp seconded by John Treiber and approved by all present.
Ralph Slider was happy last year when he told us his granddaughter joined the Marines and today he informed us his grandson is at Navy Boot Camp Great Lakes at this very moment. He is planning to go to his boot camp graduation.
0945 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.