Taken from RPNW Burke’s Newsletter of 03/2013, available in full on the Regional Publications Page
I look forward to meeting you in my travels to the branches of
our Region. I ask that you make use of your Communication skills with me for any issues or problems within your branch first, before I hear about them from FRA National Headquarters. We are all either military retirees, veterans, reservists, or active duty personnel and know what a chain of command is, so please follow it before going to National Headquarters. This means if a Shipmate or Unit member has a question, start with your Branch or Unit leaders first, then to Regional if you still have questions.
Branch Visits – I have visited eight of the Northwest Region’s 32 branches to date. During the next quarter, I plan on visiting seven more branches. If your branch will not be meeting on your regular date, please contact me as soon as possible so that I may amend my schedule. I will be attending the Mid-Year National Board Of Directors meeting April 24-28, 2013 at the FRA National Headquarters.
Conventions, Delegates, and Proxies – Please encourage your branches participation in the Northwest Regional and the National Conventions. Without your voice or proxy, your branch will not be represented. Please fill out the convention delegate forms for both conventions and return them to myself with a copy to the Regional Vice President and the Northwest Regional Credentials Chairman, Shipmate McKenzie, as soon as you receive them, but not later than 90 days after receiving them from National. I know that all the Branch Secretaries should have received their March National Mailings and copies of the national delegate forms are included. The Regional Delegate form, and the National one, can be found on the FRA Website in the Branch and Regional Officer Section. (Webmaster note: the Regional Delegate form is available to download on the Conventions Page)
The 2013 Northwest Regional Convention is being hosted by Bremerton Branch 29 and will
be on September 20-21, 2013. It will be held at the Baymont Inn & Suites (the old Howard Johnson) at 5640 Kitsap Way, Bremerton, WA . The 2013 Regional Convention Committee will be sending out more information soon.
The 86the FRA & 81st LAFRA National Convention will be held October 14-20, 2013 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. There are three letters from the National Convention Committee posted on the Regional Website, http://fra-nwregion.org under the Conventions tab.
Branch Reports have due dates and must be filled out correctly to be considered for any national or branch awards. The March mailings from National Headquarters to Branch Secretaries include the Branch Officer Report forms and the Committee Report Forms. Please make sure you are using the most current copies. These forms can all be found on the FRA Website under the Branch and Regional Officer Section. The attached Northwest Regional Committee Listing will help you contact your committee chairmen for any help concerning your reports. You may also contact myself if you are unable to reach the appropriate Regional Committee Chairman.
Regional Website – The Northwest Region’s website is at http://fra-nwregion.org. I would encourage each branch to submit to our Regional Webmaster, JrPRPNW Pete Lazzaretti, what they would like posted in addition to the basic contact information. Please submit photos of events that you participate in to be published on the website. All website submissions should be sent to email@example.com. The Regional Webmaster adds new information as it comes from FRA Headquarters.
In Loyalty, Protection, and Service
RPNW Margret “Peg” Burke, Inland Empire Branch #038, Spokane, WA