THE BLACK DIAMOND
Fleet Reserve Association
Branch #115, Lehigh Valley, PA
Donald Bear, 315 Peach Street,
Catasauqua, PA 18032
President, William Nixon, email@example.com
Vice President, Dan Heitzer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary, Donald Bear, email@example.com
Treasurer, Larry Roth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Service officer, PRPNE/NEng, David Sharp, email@example.com
Tele-Communications, Ralph Annunziata, firstname.lastname@example.org
www.FRABranch115.com (FRAB capital letters)
Upcoming Schedule February 12, 2019 meeting, 0830 at City View Diner, 1831 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, PA 18052.
January 8, 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, Carl Kilhefner, Ronda Hummel, Craig Millward, Woody Greene, Andy Smerek, Jim Turner, Joe Toth, William Duquesnel, James Dal Maso, George Dolgos, William Blayle, Bill Seigfried, Roland Saeger, Hans Keller, Jeffrey Brightbill, Dave Hoffman, Dick Schreiner, Branch Photographer Kay Black and Guest LCDR Petros Commanding Officer Naval Reserve Training Center Lehigh Valley.
0830 President Nixon performed opening ceremonies. President asked if there should be any changes or corrections to the December 11th minutes. Harold Newhard 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. Harold Newhard made a motion to accept and Andy Smerek seconded. Approved by all present.
Membership – Membership Team Leader Jeffrey Berger emailed a report we have 146 shipmates in good standing.
Americanism / Patriotism – President Nixon reported that the essay contest winners were judged and winning essays were forwarded to regional. “What Freedom of Speech Means to Me”, winners were Emma Schaible, 7th grade Lopatcong MS 1st Place, Snehal Gupta 10th grade Parkland HS 1st Place, Angelina Hock 11th grade Northampton HS 1st Place. Allison Devlin 10th grade Phillipsburg HS Honorable Mention and Sophia Theodoridis 10th grade Phillipsburg HS with Abigail Smith 11th grade Warren County Technical School also receive Honorable Mentions.
Youth Activities – Team Leader Tim Gilbert informed us the history teacher at Whitehall High School is permitting veterans to speak to his class. Will be seeking shipmates from our branch to speak to his class and answer questions about your time in the service.
Hospital / Welfare – Harold Newhard informed us that Frank Ginther has been transferred to Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital at Muhlenberg Campus. He is on the 4th floor room 8. Ralph Annunziata is recovering at home after his hospitalization time for heart problems. John Miltenberger is still on dialysis and Jeff Chewning suffered a heart attack and is on life support at St Luke’s Anderson Campus. Richard Lamonaco suffered a stroke resulting in him being paralyzed on his left side and he is unable to speak. Mrs. Lamonaco talked to President Nixon and she could not say enough good about our branch and how much Rich enjoys the newsletter.
Recreation – Commander Turner informed us that he is working with the Hokendauqua American Legion Commander, Nat Smith to set up our summer picnic. More to follow.
Veterans Service Officer – Dave Sharp informed the shipmates he put a lot of info on our website www.FRABranch115.com check the From the Bridge section. He added Veterans Appeals Improvement Modernization Act of 2017 and topics from his Webinar held December 10th.
Communications – We received a thank you letter from the USS Slater DE-766, Destroyer Escort Historical Museum for our donation.
Old Business – President Nixon told us the students at Phillipsburg High School will be sending “work sheets” for you to fill out concerning each shipmate. What you did before the service, what you did in the service and what you have done after the service. This bio book will be available for shipmates to look at Tuesday mornings and other times like the yearly picnic.
President Nixon has the updated branch funeral list concerning which shipmates call others to see if they are able to participate in the FRA Funeral Service for one of our shipmates that transferred to the Supreme Commander. Please inform the secretary with your phone number to assist calling other shipmates about when and where we will be performing the FRA Funeral Service for our departed shipmate.
Shipmate Dick Schreiner thanked branch members that were involved with the VA Clinic Luncheon held December 26th at the VA.
June 19, 2019 will be the “Americanism Night” at Fellowship Manor. Students winning the essay contest will receive their accolades also, Branch Officer’s will be Installed for 2019-2020 and shipmate awards will be handed out.
New Business – FRA Spring Meet will be held at Lakehurst, NJ. The meeting will be Saturday March 30th. Information will be forthcoming about hotel /meals for shipmates arriving Friday.
The 5k run at the Rally Point will be held Saturday May 11th. Volunteers will be needed to direct traffic that morning.
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.
Good of the Order – President Nixon asked our guest LCDR Petros to address the shipmates. He is a pilot and is currently serving as CO of the Reserve Center. LCDR Petros explained his duties and services rendered at the Lehigh Valley Reserve Center.
Graffiti at the Rally Point has been cleaned up. There will be a wedding held at the Rally Point on June 29th.
President Nixon will have the wooden helicopters at our breakfast Tuesday. These handmade helicopter’s sell for $15.
President Nixon told us there is a need to form committees to plan, prepare and present; Memorial Day Ceremony, Americanism Night and the September 11th golf outing.
Change to Cape May trip;
President Nixon has the details for a two day trip on May 9th & 10th to the Coast Guard Base at Cape May, NJ
Bus cost would be $50 a person based on 40 attending.
The Grand Hotel, Cape May, NJ quoted $110 + for staying over Thursday evening May 9th.
To reduce the over all cost for everyone the Branch will donate $600 and the Phillipsburg Area Veterans will donate $600.
Costs will cover bus, drivers lodging, permit for bus to be in Cape May and bus drivers tip. Everyone is on their own for meals, etc.
Contact President Nixon for more information and itinerary questions at
Checks to be sent to our Treasurer Larry Roth, 706 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018-3006
Deadline for checks to Larry is April 9,2019
When you commit there will be no refunds.
*We have 24 signed up so far.
0940 President Nixon adjourned the meeting.
Respectfully, Donald Bear, Chief Warrant Officer, USN, Retired.