Welcome Aboard

Welcome to the online home of Inland Empire Fleet Reserve Association Branch #38, located in Spokane, WA.  Our branch covers the Inland Northwest.

The Inland Northwest covers the area of Northern Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington and parts of Northeastern Oregon.

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2015 National Americanism Essay Contest Winners

Below is the list of the National winners of the 2015-2016 Essay Contest.  Congratulations to this year’s winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Angela Bell, Branch 077, Southwest Region

FIRST PLACE WINNERS
7th Grade:     Gabriella Amos, Branch 099, East Coast Region
8th Grade:     Payton Tapp, Branch 011, South Central Region
9th Grade:     Dominique Trull, Branch 289, Southwest Region
10th Grade:   Phoebe White, Branch 316, North Central Region
11th Grade:   Taryn Patricia Murphy, Branch 047, Southwest Region
12th Grade:   Angela Bell, Branch 077, Southwest Region

SECOND PLACE WINNERS
7th Grade:     K:ana Tuttle, Branch 046, Northwest Region
8th Grade:     Grace Mauro, Branch 275, Southwest Region
9th Grade:     Kevin Harmon, Branch 022, Southeast Region
10th Grade:   Elise Devlin, Branch 115, Northeast/New England Region
11th Grade:   Kiara Simone Mickens, Branch 066, Northeast/New England Region
12th Grade:   Jeremy A. Herrera, Branch 094, South Central Region

THIRD PLACE WINNERS
7th Grade:     Annabel Peltzer, Branch 260, Southwest Region
8th Grade:     Caroline Cykoski, Branch 089, Southeast Region
9th Grade:     Helen Linford, Branch 185, West Coast Region
10th Grade:   Megan Vallieve, Branch 021, West Coast Region
11th Grade:   Julia Ziagler, Branch 278, Southeast Region
12th Grade:   Kayla Scharberg, Branch 044, Southeast Region

 

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2016 Khaki Ball

 The Spokane CPOA will host the 2016 Khaki Ball on Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2016.  All, repeat ALL, USCG And USN E-7 through CWO5, as well as Commissioned Officers who served as a Chief Petty Officer, are invited to attend.

It will be held at the longhorn Barbecue Restaurant, 7611 W. Hwy 2, Spokane, WA 99224.  Social hour at 1700 hours, dining at 1730 hours.

No tickets are being sold, the only cost to the Chief Petty Officers is the $23 charge that will be paid directly to the restaurant.  For that $23 each person will receive buffet style sandwiches, side dishes, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Each Chief Petty Officer will pay for their own alcohol.  Spouses, Significant Others, and Guests are welcome to attend at the same cost to the restaurant as the Chief Petty Officer.

The following activities will be held at the Ball:
After the dinner, a Sea Story contest will take place!
Commemorative t-shirts will be available for sale.  The price is estimated to be between $13 and $15 each.
Military style ball caps with the text “Spokane Chief” and “est. 1893” across the CPO anchor will be available for sale for $20 each.

The Point of Contact is Shipmate James Grisham, (509) 327-2068 or by email at grishamgrisham@yahoo.com.  Please contact James and tell him how many people will attend, and if you wish to purchase either a t-shirt or a ball cap.

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Additions to Convention and NWR Newsletters & Info Tabs

The minutes of the 2015 FRA National Convention have been added to the bottom of the page under “Conventions”.  This was sent to the Branch Secretaries as a online document.

The first NWR Scuttlebutt for 2015-2016 has been added to the “NWR Newsletters & Info” page.

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Branch 38 Americanism Essay Contest Winners

Branch President Robert Bean and Americanism Chairman James Robertson presented the winners of the Branch 38 Essay contest their awards in Kennewick, Washington Schools. Branch Vice President James Grisham and Americanism Chairman James Robertson presented the winners of the Branch 38 Essay Contest their awards in the Spokane and Mead, Washington area schools.

First Place Awards
7th Grade – Stormy Meier from Bryant TEC in Spokane, WA
8th Grade – Sierra Meier from Glover Middle School in Spokane, WA
10th Grade – Kiera Henderson from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA
11th Grade – James Middleton from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA
12th Grade – Angela Basinger from Mead High School in Mead, WA

Second Place Awards
10th Grade – Madison Powers from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA
11th Grade – Hailey Quast from Kennewick High School in Kennewick, WA
12th Grade – Tyler Wang from John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, WA

Third Place Award
12th Grade – Riley Santo from Kamaikin High School in Kennewick, WA

Left to right by rows:
Row 1:    Kiera Henderson – 10th Grade 1st Place and Madison Powers – 10th Grade 2nd Place
Row 2:   Jamas Middleton – 11th Grade 1st Place and Madison Powers, Jamas Middleton, & Kiera Henderson
Row 3:   Hailey Quast – 11th Grade 2nd Place and Riley Santos – 12th Grade 3rd Place
Row 4:   Stormy Meier – 7th Grade 1st Place and Angela Basinger – 12th Grade 1st Place
Row 5:   Tyler Wang – 12th Grade 2nd Place and Sierra Meier – 8th Grade 1st Place

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2015 FRA/LAFRA National Convention

88th FRA & 83nd LAFRA National Convention – 2015  –  October 13-18, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court in the Spokane City Center, Spokane, WA, (509) 455-9600.

FRA 2015 National Convention: is coming up next week of October 11th, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Spokane, Washington. The flyer is on Branch 38’s website. Room rates are $88 per night plus 12% tax and a $2 per night surcharge for a total of $100.56 per night. Rates will be available 10/8-20/2015.

You do not have to be a delegate to attend. (Shipmates Robert Bean and Anna Martin will be delegates at the 2015 National Convention in Spokane, WA in October 2015.) The national convention is for all shipmates and auxiliary members. Come see how the FRA’s business is conducted, meet other shipmates from the other regions, and support the Northwest Region. There are still rooms available. Just mention you are coming for the FRA Convention and enjoy the meetings, workshops, and comraderies.

If you wish to attend the Banquet only on October 17, 2015, please sign up online or contact the Branch Secretary so she can walk you through what you need to do. We would like as many of Branch 38 members as we can get to come to the Banquet and the convention.

 

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2015 Northwest Regional Convention

Northwest Region 2015 Convention Report: was hosted by Seattle Branch 18 on September 11-12, 2015 in Lynnwood, WA at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The attendance at this regional convention was sparse. Branch 38 received three awards, all 3rd place ones, for Americanism-Patriotism, Public Relations, and Youth Activities.

2015-2016 FRA Northwest Regional Officers will be:
Northwest Regional President – Julian “JJ” Wynn of Branch 46 (Honolulu, HI)
Northwest Regional Vice President – Mark W. Thompson of Branch 104 (Puyallup, WA)
Northwest Regional Secretary/Treasurer – PRPNW Hazel Bettencourt of Branch 382 (Boise, ID)
Northwest Jr Past Regional President – PRPNW Michael D. Archer of 59 (Cheyenne, WY)
2015-2016 LAFRA Northwest Regional Officers will be:
Northwest Regional LAFRA President – Lauren Wynn of Unit 46 (Honolulu, HI)
Northwest Regional LAFRA Vice President – Renee Shaw of Unit 46 (Honolulu, HI)
Northwest Regional LAFRA Secretary/Treasurer – Mary Archer of Unit 59 (Cheyenne, WY)
Northwest Jr Past Regional LAFRA President – PRPNW Sharon Holloway of Unit 59 (Cheyenne, WY)
The 2016 Northwest Regional Convention will be hosted by Wyoming Branch & Unit 59 at the Little America Resort & Hotel in Cheyenne, Wyoming on August 12-13, 2016. Note that this is a month earlier than we have normally had it in the past few years. Look for more information to come in the future.
The 2017 Northwest Regional Convention will be hosted by Branch 104 of Puyallup, WA. It will be held in August also. More information to come in the future.

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NWR Scuttlebutt Issue #2-1415

A message from Regional President Mike Archer:
Happy New Year Shipmates!
I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful Christmas and New Year!I want to thank all of the Past Regional Presidents, Regional Officers, Committee Chairmen, Branch Officers, and Shipmates who have helped me as the new Regional President. Your invaluable knowledge and assistance is much appreciated.Items of concern that I hope we can all work on is training of Branch Officers and Board of Directors. It is imperative that ongoing training of new members and existing shipmates take place so they know what to do while in office. The saying ‘we learn something every-day’ holds true. Some of the problems in our branches have alot to do with lack of knowledge of bylaws and standing rules. The following could help you…

Do I know my position and what to do? Do I know my branch bylaws?
Do I know FRA Bylaws, Standing Rules, and Rituals?
Do I have a copy of the FRA red book…Administrative Manual?
Do I know who to ask to get the timely and correct answers?
Do I help fellow branch shipmates coming into a branch officer position?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

As the Regional President, I do all of the above. I am in training every day.  (See the entire newsletter that is attached.)

NWR Scuttlebutt2 – 2014-2015

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