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Meeting Minutes November 2022


  1. The Shipmates monthly meeting of FRA Branch 208, Jacksonville NC was called to order at 1830 on 9 November 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:
    Lou Alers
    Raymond Applewhite – President
    John Caskey
    Paul Levesque
    Graham Luby – Treasurer
    Timothy Manchester – PAO
    Paul H. Miethker – Secretary

The following guests were present:

  2. The minutes of the 11 October 2022 meeting were accepted.

Approved Pending Auit


a. S/M Secretary Miethker indicated the Branch received the following:
(1) List of paid S/M’s for Nov 2022 from National HQ.
(2) List of deceased S/M’s for Nov 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 FRA National HQ requesting the Branch to continue to pay the subscription for FRA Magazine the Branch Widows.
(6) Letter from the Wounded Warrior Foundation requesting a monetary donation.
(7) Letter for the MCIEAST Protocol Office inviting the Branch President to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball

  1. OLD BUSINESS a. The Branch, Coffee-With-A-Cop Program will continue this year with a date to be determined.

b. The NCOA is selling Korean and Vietnam War Medallions for presentation to veterans
that served in either conflict. Cost is $23.00 per medallion for the Korean War Medallion, and $25 for the Vietnam War Medallion.

c. S/M President Applewhite thanked everyone for the support of the Corpsman Memorial.
The unveiling ceremony was a great success.


a. S//M Secretary Miethker 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.

c. S/M President Applewhite has contacted Ms Littlejohn for assistance in verifying the
Branch Shipmates Widows that still wish to receive the FRA Magazine.

d. The NCOA is selling Korean and Vietnam War Medallions for presentation to veterans
that served in either conflict. Cost is $23.00 per medallion for the Korean, Vietnam is TBD..

e. The Branch’s donations to The USO, Onslow County Soup Kitchen, Christmas Cheer and
The Salvation Army are scheduled for 18 Nov 22, time TBD.

f. The Branch has begun the Annual Americanism Essay Contest with a deadline for
submissions by 31 December 2022.


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, appointment required from 0700-1500 Monday – Friday

d. Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 Nov 22, DAV Building, 1100

e. Veterans’ dinner Cedar Point VFW, 11 Nov 22, 1600-1900

f. Retiree Townhall, NMCCL, 15 Nov 22, 1400.

g. Retiree Breakfast, Lejeune Officers Club, 3 Dec 22, 0700

h. Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony, American Legion Post 265, 7 Dec 22, 0900

  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 1920. The next meeting will be held on 13 December 2022 at the Jacksonville Golden Corral, at 1830. This will be Toys-For-Tots and a Foodbank donation event.

Paul H. Miethker Shipmate Secretary