THE BLACK DIAMOND
Fleet Reserve Association
Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA
Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,
Catasauqua, PA 18032
President, Dave Sharp firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, Ralph Annunziata, email@example.com
Secretary, Donald Bear, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer, Larry Roth, email@example.com
Upcoming Schedule August 14, 2018 meeting, 0830 at City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.
July 10, 2018 Meeting.
Present were. President Bill Nixon, Secretary Don Bear, Treasurer Larry Roth, Master-At-Arms John Treiber, Chaplain George Shumack, Acting Membership Chairman Jeff Chewning, Americanism/Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Hospitalization Chairman Harold Newhard, Veterans Service Officer Dave Sharp, PRPNE George Folk, George Dolgos, Ronda Hummel, Woody Greene, Earl King, Hans Keller, Andy Smerek, Ludwig Gocek, John Miltenberger, Richard Lamonaco, Gary Bear, Pat McKeone, Fritz Szutar, Charles Malloy, Jim Turner, Joe Toth, Ralph Slider, John Colarusso, Barry Brandon, Tom Henehan, William Duquesnel, Colwin Bocasan with his guests SFC April Bocasan and SGT Holly Hughes.
0830 President Nixon performed opening ceremonies. President asked if there should be any changes or corrections to the June minutes. Dave Sharp made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Harold Newhard.
Communications – NE/NEng Regional Convention, Sept. 5,6,7, 2018 will be held at The Days Hotel of Egg Harbor, 6708 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. 08234 If you would like to attend Don Bear has the info.
Treasurer’s Report –Treasurer Larry Roth provided the treasurers report. Dave Sharp made a motion to accept and John Treiber seconded. Approved by all present.
Membership – Jeff Chewning reported that our Membership Chairman Jeffrey Berger informed him we have 156 shipmates in good standing.
Americanism / Patriotism – President Nixon has received the information concerning this year’s essay contest. What Freedom of Speech Means to Me is the topic to write about.
Veterans Tribute – Sunday November 11th. Phillipsburg High School auditorium. 100th Anniversary ending WW1. President Nixon will be attending a meeting this evening regarding the program.
Youth Activities – No report.
Hospital / Welfare – Harold Newhard welcomed our Chaplain George Shumack back for todays meeting. All the shipmates gave a round of applause for our beloved Chaplain. Nothing changed with Frank Ginter and he heard Earl Stein is recovering from his bout with the flu.
Recreation –. Commander Turner informed us that everything is a go for Saturday’s picnic at the Hokendauqua American Legion Pavilion
Veterans Service Officer – Dave Sharp informed us the paperwork is completed and submitted concerning our Vice President Dan Heitzer’s case with Agent Orange. He also told us Frank Ginter officially has VA help now.
President Nixon mentioned the fantastic job Dave Sharp has performed with his commitment being the Veterans Service Officer. Especially the amount of time he dedicated to Frank Ginter. President Nixon told us Dave not only helped our shipmate John Brooks during his last few weeks but actually slept at his home to assist him when family couldn’t. That is truly dedication to the cause. Branch shipmates gave Dave Sharp a resounding round of applause.
Old Business – President Nixon reminded the shipmates about Veterans Recognition Night at Phillipsburg High School Friday evening Sept. 21st. There will be a picnic type supper for all veterans plus one guest. All veterans will be recognized at half time on the football field track in front of thousands of people. He told us last year about 150 veterans attended and how much the veterans enjoyed members of the band reaching out to them with high fives as the entered the staging area.
New Business – President Nixon was very happy to see 19 of us show up at John Brooks funeral service. We formed the V and performed the FRA funeral service. Even though it went very well he would like to see us practice this service resulting in our Branch always looking very professional during this somber time. Also, how great Dave Hoffman plays Taps on his trumpet.
President Nixon informed the shipmates that we have the forms to order FRA caps and feel free to pick the form up after the meeting. Also, Ralph Annunziata has the forms to order a branch shirt. Ralph’s email is at the top of this letter. If we dress the same way with Branch hat and the Navy Blue branch shirt we present a better public appearance when we are involved with activities where we are being observed.
President Nixon would like us to practice folding the US Flag so we would be able to do this as opportunities arise. This is a great way to be seen and promote the FRA.
Good of the Order –President Nixon requested branch officers and committee men to attend a meeting at 6:30PM on Monday July 23rd at Fellowship, Musselman Court, Helen Strauss Memorial Library at Manor Drive & Fellowship Drive, Whitehall, PA 18052.
The purpose of this meeting is to develop plans, prepare and set goals, develop a vision that we need to sustain our branch. Brainstorm ideas. Relaxed attire, light refreshments will be available, come with an open mind. Think of interesting field trips our shipmates would like to attend.
Shipmate Master at Arms John Treiber wanted to thank our Veterans Service Officer Dave Sharp for the fantastic job he did with our Coast Guard shipmate John Brooks.
Shipmate Treasurer Larry Roth informed us about the nice job the Gold Star Mother’s do with making mementos for veterans. He told us they are in need of stars from the flag. If you take your old flag to the Illicks Mill Road Recycling plant at 635 Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA. the guard will collect the flags and make sure the Gold Star Mothers get them.
Secretary Bear mentioned that our Tele-Communications shipmate Ralph Annunziata has printer problems and he sends newsletters to the shipmates that do not own a computer. George Folk made a motion that we authorize up to $200 dollars for a replacement printer and Dave Sharp seconded the motion that was approved by all shipmates attending.
0905 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.
Respectfully, Donald Bear, CWO2, USN, Retired.
Vice President Dan Heitzer, President Bill Nixon, Treasurer Larry Roth, Secretary Don Bear, PRPNE George Folk Congratulated the New Officers.
0905 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.