The March 2018 Branch meeting will be on Sunday March 11th. Members start arriving around Noon. Lunch is at 1300 and the meeting starts at 1400. Hope to see you there.
Shipmates & Ladies,
Our September meeting was cancelled because of the Hurricane, but there was no damage to the Branch Home. However, since we had already invited some potential new members, Shipmates Talbot, Vance, and Chance spent a couple of hours at the Branch Home to greet anyone that may come by. There were no visitors at that time. Shipmate Chance did make a big pot of homemade beef vegetable soup that was delicious.
The October Branch meeting was held today with Shipmate President Bruce Talbot, Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Talbot, and Shipmates, Leo Vance, Mitch Landry, Don Gray, and Michael Chance in attendance. Shipmate Leo Vance whipped up a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, bread sticks, pasta salad, and lettuce salad.
At the Branch Meeting, Shipmate President went over highlights of the National Convention that was recently held. The 2018 FRA National Convention will be held in San Antonio, TX. The 2017-2018 FRA Americanism/Patriotism Essay Contest theme "What Patriotism Means To Me" was announced.
Shipmates Michael Chance, Bruce Talbot, and Leo Vance attended that annual Military Appreciation Day event at Ellington Field on Saturday October 7th. We had the pleasure of meeting many prospective members and their spouses.
On Saturday, November 4th we will be having an open house at the Branch Home with Hot Dogs and all the fixins, and possibly ice cream. Shipmates are asked to announce this to any sea service veterans who may want to see if they want to become members.
On Sunday, November 12th we will have our regular Branch meeting. We have invited a representative from Dignity Memorial to come and talk about burial benefits for veterans. Shipmate Leo Vance is also planning on making a turkey dinner for this meeting.
On Sunday, December 10th we will have a regular Branch meeting and Shipmate Leo will be cooking up a holiday theme dinner.
All current shipmates are cordially invited to our monthly meetings. Please let any sea service enlisted members (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Enlisted, Active, Reserve, Retired, or Veteran) know that they are welcome to come by and meet us and see if they would be interested in becoming a member.
In Loyalty, Protection & Service
Michael D. Chance, FRA Branch 159