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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Meeting Place Changed to VFW Post 1464

For Calendar Year 2019, we have changed the location of our meeting places.  See the Calendar Tab for the updates.  Instead of meeting downtown on Mission we will be meeting at VFW Post 1464’s Bingo Hall at 2902 E. Diamond Ave, Spokane, WA.  It is on the corner of E. Diamond and N. Regal St. in the Hillyard area.  A “google” picture of the location is in the Calendar Tab, i.e. “X” marks the spot.

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Branch 38 Website Updated

It’s been a couple of months since your Webmaster updated the website for Branch 38.  I have updated it with all the changes afoot.  Take a look at the new Scuttlebutt issue under the Newsletters tab.  No info on Conventions as yet.  Added all the Branch minutes for this FY and put the new 2019 calendar in place.  Enjoy!

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2017-2018 National Americanism Essay Contest Winners

Here are the winners at the FRA National Essay Contest level:

        Overall Winner:     Jonathan Lustig, Branch 226, NE/New England Region
Grade 7 Winners
1st Place:       Cynthia Natalia Lacan, Branch 175, Southwest Region
2nd Place:  Chloe Gunawan, Branch 18, Northwest Region
3rd Place:      Arabella Palor, Branch 004, East Coast Region
Grade 8 Winners
1st Place:        Johnathan Lustig, Branch 226, NE/New England Region
2nd Place:      Bailee Amos, Branch 251, South Central Region
3rd Place:       Luke Anderson, Branch 077, Southwest Region
Grade 9 Winners
1st Place:        Luke Duthie, Branch 146, NE/New England Region
nd Place:      Annabel Pelzer, Branch 260, Southwest Region
3rd Place:      Noelani Hadfield, Branch 185, West Coast Region

Grade 10 Winners
1st Place:       Mary Clara Greer, Branch 216, North Central Region
2nd Place:     Tori Waite, Branch 087, NE/New England Region
3rd Place:     Mathew Nguygen, Branch 099, East Coast Region
Grade 11 Winners
1st Place:       Lily Grace Tomlinson, Branch 099, East Coast Region
2nd Place:     Zachary Hutchinson, Branch 248, Southeast Region
3rd Place:     Marnie Fitzgerald, Branch 072, NE/New England Region
Grade 12 Winners
1st Place:       Elizabeth Powers, Branch 072, NE/New England Region
2nd Place:     Savanah Olsson, Branch 091, Southeast Region
3rd Place:     Cassidy Tshimbalanga, Branch 287, West Coast Region

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2018 Convention Information

See the Conventions Tab for information on the Northwest Region and National Conventions.

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2017-2018 NW Region Americanism Essay Winners

Branch 38 had two contestants that placed at the Regional level.  They are 7th grader Rose Stewart who placed second and 12th grader Quincy Balius who placed third.  Below is the entire list of Northwest Region’s winners:

7th Grade:
First – Chloe Gunawan , College Place Middle School – Branch 018.
Second – Rose K. Stewart, Kendrick High School – Branch 038
Third – Annika Huff, Jenifer Junior High – Branch 063
8th Grade:
First – Annie Lee Keller, Cyberlynx Home School – Branch 342
Second – Elle Wagner-Uhling, Jenifer Junior High – Branch 063
Third – Anna Krishchuk, Holy Family School – Branch 104
9th Grade:
First – Jasmine Pfafman, Liberty High School – Branch 018
Second – Dakota Larrabee, Shelton High School – Branch 104
Third – Rebekah Wight, Kimber Academy – Branch 382
10th Grade:
First – Dayla Alexander, Home School – Branch 382
Second – Grace Van Gunten, Grangeville High School – Branch 063
Third – Hannah DeHut, Graham-Kapowsin High School – Branch 104
11th Grade:
First – Rebecca White, Maili Bible School – Branch 046
Second – Jared Kuykendall, Home School – Branch 055
Third – Erickson W. Pickett, Spanaway Lake High School – Branch 104
12th Grade:
First – Samantha Wick, Kentridge High School – Branch 018
Second – Molly Schwartz, Prairie Jr/Sr High School – Branch 063
Third Quincy Balius, Foothills Community Christian School – Branch 038

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2017-2018 Branch 38 Americanism Essay Contest Winners

 We received eleven essays, one 7th Grade, one 9th Grade, and nine 12th Grade.  The first place winners’ essays have been submitted to the Northwest Regional Chairman, Rex Faubion, for consideration at that level.  Below are our winners:

First Place          7th Grade         Rose Stewart – Kendrick Jr High, Kendrick, ID
First Place          9th Grade         Thomas Middleton – Southridge HS, Kennewick, WA
First Place          12th Grade       Quincy Balius – Foothills Comm. Christian, Great Falls, MT
Second Place     12th Grade       Grace Hawley – West Valley HS, Yakima, WA
Third Place        12th Grade       Shine Alvarado – Upper Col. Academy, Spangle, WA
Participants       12th Grade       Upper Col. Academy:  Madison Clark, Michael Cottrell,
Jordon Judge, Caleb Bartell, Svea Smith; College Place High School:  Monica Ibarra

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Wreaths Across America

Five members of Branch 38 assisted at the placing of the wreaths at the Washington Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake.  The ceremonies were delayed two days due to some very cold weather.  Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rogers spoke at the ceremonies.  Shipmate Grisham represented the Gold Star Family for the U.S. Navy wreath.  The Gold Star Family was unable to attend.  The other branch shipmates that helped were James Robertson, Dennis McCully (and his wife), Roscoe Moore and Peg Burke.


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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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