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  1. The Shipmates monthly meeting of FRA Branch 208, Jacksonville NC was called to order at 1830 on 12 July 2022 by Shipmate President Raymond Applewhite.
  2. The Pledge of Allegiance, Opening Prayer and Preamble to the FRA Constitution were recited by all present.
  3. The following S/M’s were present: Raymond Applewhite – President
    Lou Alers
    Gerald Gray
    Paul Levesque
    Graham Luby – Treasurer
    Timothy Manchester – PAO

The following guests were present:

  2. The minutes of the 14 June 2022 meeting were accepted.
  3. FINANCIAL REPORT. Approved pending audit

a. S/M Secretary Miethker indicated the Branch received the following:

(1) List of paid S/M’s for Jul 2022 from National HQ.

       (2)  List of deceased S/M’s for Jul 2022 from National HQ

(3) Letter from the Salvation Army requesting a monetary donation..

(4) Letter from Special Olympics, North Carolina requesting a monetary donation.

(5) Letter from the US Post Office for the PO box renewal.

(6) Letter from the Recreation Department, City of Jacksonville requesting the Branch to
sponsor a Youth Baseball team.

  1. OLD BUSINESS a. The Branch, Coffee-With-A-Cop Program will continue this year with a date to be determined. b. MFCU needs all check signers to re-sign the authorization forms every six months. c. S/M President Applewhite has been re-elected to the SECNAV Retiree Council for 2022-2023.

a. S//M President Applewhite brought up the numerous requests for monetary donations.
The Branch voted not to donate.

  b. S/M President Applewhite reported on S/M’s that are ill.  He has been in contact with each of them and they hope to attend a meeting soon.

  c. There will be a Support Her Boots, Global Soldier Festival in Jacksonville, NC 9-11 Sep 22.  More information to follow.

  d.  The Veterans Treatment Court for Onslow County has been approved.  It will be run by Judge Sorrells .  Start date will be announced soon.

a. First Saturday of the Month: Reading of the North Carolina POW/MIA Names, Vietnam
Memorial, Lejeune Memorial Gardens at 1200.

 b. COVID-19 immunizations are being given by appointment only at the Onslow County Senior Center on NC 258.   You will need to call for an appointment 910--353-5999.

c. COVID-19 immunizations onboard Camp Lejeune for Retirees and Military Dependents are at the NMCCL Immunization clinic, no appointment required from 0700-1500 Monday – Friday.

d. USO is closed until further notice for major repairs.

e. Memorial Day ceremony, will be virtual due to construction.

f.  Retired Appreciation Day, Marston Pavilion 24 Sep 22, 1000-1400.

g. Corpsman Memorial Dedication scheduled for 12 Oct 22.

h. Retiree Ball is 5 November 2022, $55.00 per person.

i. Retired Appreciation day, Marston Pavilion 24 Sep 22, 1000-1400. 

j. Veterans Day Parade is 5 November 2022.
  2. There being no further business, a motion was made to adjourn. The Closing Prayer was recited and honors rendered to the American Flag. The meeting was adjourned at 1935. The next meeting will be held on 9 August 2022 at the DAV Building at 1830.

Paul H. Miethker Shipmate Secretary