Fleet Reserves Association
Fleet Reserves Association



Fleet Reserve Association

Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA

Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,

                          Catasauqua, PA 18032


President, William Nixon, bcnixon1@verizon.net

Vice President, Dan Heitzer, greenknight@ptd.net

Secretary, Donald Bear, usnbear@me.com       

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

Veterans Service officer, PRPNE/NEng, David Sharp, davidsharp@usa.com

Tele-Communications, Ralph Annunziata, rannunziata1@verizon.net


www.FRABranch115.com   (FRAB capital letters)


Upcoming Schedule   November 13, 2018 meeting, 0830 at City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.


October 9, 2018 Meeting.


Present were. President Bill Nixon, VP Dan Heitzer, Secretary Don Bear, Treasurer Larry Roth, Master-At-Arms John Treiber, Chaplain George Shumack,  Americanism/Patriotism Chairman Bill Nixon, Youth Activities Team Leader Tim Gilbert, Veterans Service Officer Dave Sharp, Tele-Communications Leader Ralph Annunziata, PRPNE George Folk, Carl Kilhefner, Paul Geissinger, Ronda Hummel, Woody Greene, Andy Smerek, Jim Turner, Joe Toth, John Colarusso, William Duquesnel, Jim Kenyi, James Dal Maso, George Dolgos, Bernadine Jones, David Hoffman, Jeff Chewning, William Blayle and our guests Gary Lagger, Kevin Hittinger, Amara Hittinger, Samantha Proveidie from Hittinger Financial and Vanguard.


0830 President Nixon performed opening ceremonies. President asked if there should be any changes or corrections to the September minutes. Dave Sharp made a motion to approve the minutes seconded by Carl Kilhefner and approved by all present.


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


Membership – Membership Team Leader Jeffrey Berger emailed report we have 151 shipmates in good standing. Jeff also thanked the shipmates that assisted with the recruiting efforts at the Apple Fest last weekend.


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. He does have packets to hand out to any shipmate that would like to hand deliver the packet to a school or relative in 7th through 12th grade.


Veterans Tribute – Sunday November 11th. Phillipsburg High School auditorium. 100th Anniversary ending WW1. President Nixon also told us the families of veterans will be honored this year. They will be “Live” on screen with an active duty Army soldier and his family. This will be a live event from Fort Irwin, California. *President Nixon said if you had a chance to Google Fort Irwin you would be amazed.


Youth Activities – Team Leader Tim Gilbert thanked everyone that helped at the Lower Lopatcong event. He requested a $100 donation for the Submarine Post that provides red, white and blue bracelets for children in the hospital. Motion made by Jeff Chewning seconded by Andy Smerek and approved by all present.

Hospital / Welfare – Harold Newhard emailed info that Frank Ginther is in Cedar Crest Hospital, Kaysich Wing, 6th floor, Room 2. and his wife told him Frank is responding to his medication.

Recreation – Commander Turner informed us that he did confirm our Xmas Party for Saturday December 8th at Hanoverville Roadhouse. The price will be $24 @ person. You will get soup, salad, bread, and choose a choice of Grilled Chicken Breast Marsala, Shrimp Scampi or Tenderloin Tips Diane and you will have a choice of baked potato or rice pilaf. Dessert is Chocolate Mousse Pie or Plain Cheesecake. The person who gets the lucky raffle ticket will be reimbursed the 24 dollars.


Please send your checks to Larry Roth, 706 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018-3006 before November 5th so we can get the number of people attending. You DO NOT need to write down what you want to eat. The waitress at the restaurant will handle that when you are seated.


Veterans Service Officer – Dave Sharp informed us that he has information concerning Disability Benefits and other important Veterans issues that he will be posting on our website “From the Bridge”. He is willing to print hard copies for shipmates that request this.


Dave Sharp informed us about FVET; Female Veterans Empowered to Transition. Who; Female Veterans of all Eras. What: Meet up, discuss resources & resolutions to issues female veterans face, Where: Camel’s Hump Farm, 1311 Santee Mill Road, Bethlehem, Pa. 18017: Monthly

Why: Our workshop is about Camaraderie, Creativity and Community. We practice courage by sharing our truth in a space of confidentiality with support from fellow veterans.

For more information contact Jenny Pacanowski at fvetinfo@gmail.com


Old Business – Shipmate John Colarusso told us that things are progressing for the FRA Branch 115 golf outing on Veterans Day next year. William Duquesnel donated a new set of golf clubs and several sponsors have been willing to become part of this event.


President Nixon reminded people to put their name and telephone number on the Funeral participating list so you can be contacted when needed.


New Business – President Nixon asked if we would be interested in a “Before, During & After” information book. Students at Phillipsburg High School would provide the paperwork for you to fill out showing what you did before entering the service, what you did while in the service and what you did after the service. This Bio Book would be available on flash drive as well as hard copy. The students would type up all of your information including photos that you provide and produce the final product. Of course you only give the information you want. This is strictly volunteering and your privacy will be protected. Branch shipmates could look through the book and see what others did. Wow, I didn’t know that he was stationed there. Maybe, hey I served at that command also.

Shipmates agreed to go ahead with the book.


Good of the Order – President Nixon requested shipmates that would be available to honor veterans living at Fellowship Manor, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall, PA. to be ready to go there after November 13th meeting. These older veterans always appreciate being recognized for their service.


Don Bear made a motion to donate $200 to the Lehigh Valley Sea Cadets seconded by Dave Sharp and approved by all present.


Commander Turner asked shipmates to consider signing into the trip book. These trips are always interesting and enjoyable however, it takes more than a dozen to pay for a bus. 


The branch with family and friends have been invited to the US Coast Guard Station next Spring. The ones that went last time will tell you what a wonderful event this was. Interested ? Please write it in the book.


November 7th we are doing a flag folding at Lopatcong Middle School at 0830. Advise President Nixon if you would like to attend.


0938 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.   


Respectfully, Donald Bear, CWO2, USN, Retired.   



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