2022 – 94th FRA/89th LAFRA National Convention

National Convention 2022 was held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama on October 172, 2022. 

Resolutions for Consideration at the 94th National Convention Synopsis.

General Resolution submitted by Gem State Branch 382 on the holding a minimum of 1-year moratorium on withdrawing any funds, distributing Life Membership PCT Funds to all Branches, and National Bank Accounts until the Life Membership Program is in compliance with the FRA National C&BL Sections 913 and 914.
This Resolution was “Not In Order” by the C&BL Committee.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the National Membership & Retention Committee on Article 3, Section 309 – Transfers of Membership.
This Resolution was Passed.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the NBOD on Article 6, Section 607(a) – voting strength of Branches.
This Resolution was Rejected.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the National Membership & Retention Committee on Section 810(b) to enable National Standing Committees to meet via teleconference, video conference, or in person.
This Resolution was Passed.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the NBOD on Article 8, Section 813(a) regarding the Chairmanship of the Membership Committee.  This resolution had already been proposed at a regular NBOD meeting held on November 17, 2021, read, debated, and adopted by a unanimous vote (NBR 8-22).  The National Vice President will continue to be the Chairman.
This Resolution was Rejected.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the NBOD on Article 8, Section 819(a) to have the National Future Planning Committee have eight members like the rest of the committees, one from each region.  This resolution had already been proposed at a regular NBOD meeting held on November 17, 2021, read, debated, and adopted by a unanimous vote (NBR 9-22).
This Resolution was Rejected.

C&BL Resolution submitted by the NBOD on Article 15, Section 1508 regarding the optional wear of the uniform cap by members of the FRA.
This Resolution was “Not In Order” by the C&BL Committee.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Membership & Retention Committee on SR-5(a)(1) Committee Reports and Awards and Special National Awards and Programs.
This Resolution was Passed.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Membership & Retention Committee on SR-5(a)(2) was revised to amend the recipients of the Branch Committee Reports to the Regional President, the Regional Vice President, and a copy to the Branch Files.
This Resolution was Passed.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Membership & Retention Committee on SR-5(b)(1) regarding the competitive groups:    Group I       413 members or more (9)       (down from 513 members)
Group II     213 to 412 members (15)        (down from 313 to 512 members)
Group III   113 to 212 members (15)        (down from 113 to 312 members)
Group IV     63 to 112 members (45)          (This group stayed the same)
Group V      10 to 62 members (72)            (This group stayed the same)
This Resolution was Passed.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Membership & Retention Committee on SR-5(b)(5) changing the wording of whose responsibility it is of who shall provide these streamers to the National Chair of the Committees prior to the convening of the national convention.
This Resolution was Passed.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Membership & Retention Committee on SR-5(c) regarding the annual Membership and Retention Awards for Individuals.
This Resolution was Rejected.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Veterans Service Committee on SR5(g) regarding “Shipmate of the Year” Award.  Since the committee has two categories, VSO and VAVS, the proposal was to award both a VSO and VAVS award vs just one “Shipmate of The Year”.
This Resolution was Rejected.

Standing Rules Resolution submitted by the Budget, Finance, & Audit Committee on Article IX, Section 909(d) establishes a Welfare and Rehabilitation Reserve of an annual maximum of $10,000, and annual grant per recipient per fiscal year is currently $2,500.  Proposal was to raise the maximum to $35,000 and by a two-thirds vote by the NBOD expend an additional $2,500 for one maximum grant of $5,000 per fiscal year per recipient.
This Resolution was Passed.