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.
This year we had 17 entrants for the Essay Contest on the subject “What Memorial Day Means To Me”. They were from a variety of outlying school districts from Idaho and Washington. The Branch 38 Officers and the Americanism-Patriotism Chairman will be presenting the awards in person again this year starting the 19th of January and finishing up on the 3rd of February. Pictures will be taken and added to this post at the next update. Here are the winners:
First Place Awards
7th Grade – Juliona Shields from Post Falls Middle School in Post Falls, ID
8th Grade – Thomas Middleton from Horse Heaven Hills Middle School in Kennewick, WA
9th Grade – Sabrina Nicoara from Kamaiken High School in Kennewick, WA
10th Grade – Megan Goertz from Medical Lake High School in Medicasl Lake, WA
11th Grade – Jessica Diaz from Chiawana High School in Pasco, WA
12th Grade – Brooklyn Mathiason from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, WA
Second Place Awards
7th Grade – Grace Spencer from North Idaho Christian School in Hayden, ID
11th Grade – Beatriz Rameriz-Huerta from Chiawana High School in Pasco, WA
12th Grade – Jamas Middleton from Southridge High School in Kennewick, WA
Third Place Awards
7th Grade – Gabrielle Symons from North Idaho Christian School in Hayden, ID
12th Grade – Sabrina Crooks from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, WA
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.
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.
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.
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