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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Wreaths Across America

At the October Branch 38 Meeting, the shipmates voted to support the Wreaths Across America operation at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.  The Branch purchased enough wreaths to fill three boxes that will be shipped to the Medical Lake site in time for the December 17, 2016 activity to lay them on the cemetery’s headstones.  If you wish to volunteer to help on this date, please contact the Branch Secretary or Shipmate Grisham.

Last year the Cemetery in Medical Lake had enough to put on each grave.  So far this year, they need about 600 more wreaths to meet their goal for one to lay on each grave.  The truckers that haul these wreaths to the various sites in this program do so on their own dime.  It is their way of giving back to those that we have lost in the service to their country.

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2016 Navy Ball

2016 Navy Ball was October 15, 2016 at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln Street, Spokane, WA.  Shipmates Grisham, Martin, and Burke have been attending the Navy Ball committee meetings as FRA representatives.  Shipmate Dwayne Harney attends as a representative of the Navy League.  There were 130 in attendance.  Admiral Lotzenheimer beat out Shipmate Bruce Vails for the oldest attendee this year. Each attendee got to take a souvenir glass home.  They make good “beer” glasses.  Fun was had by all.

It seems the NOSC members were slow on the uptake when it was asked to help take the display items (ship’s wheel and bell) back home.  The bell was put in the back of Shipmate Burke’s pickup on Saturday night and she returned it on Sunday morning.  Four FRA members, one former Air Force member, and a Fedex employee stepped up Monday morning to get the ship’s wheel back to its home.  Those shipmates who helped were, Ralph Bean, Jim Robertson, Jim Grisham, and Peg Burke.  Former Air Force member Greg Burke obtained the flatbed trailer to pull behind Peg’s truck, and his daughter Madi Sailor, the Fedex employee, came to help us.  Even though the NOSC was closed on Mondays the Security Duty Office was nice enough to open the gates and let us through to unload it.

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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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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 for 2015

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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