PNChap Bill Hall Elected Regional President

NWR Convention News


At the recent NW Regional Convention in Boise Idaho, Gem State Branch #382 President, PNChap Bill Hall was elected to be the NW Regional President for the 2018-19 Association year. Shipmate Bill was ceremoniously installed by FRA Past National President John Ippert. The full installation will occur at the FRA National Convention next month in San Antonio, Texas.

Additionally, S/M Scott Dudley, Whidbey Island Branch #97 vice-president was elected as the NW Regional Vice-President for the 2018-19 Association year and PRPNW Peg Burke of Inland Empire Br#38 was elected for a three-year term as Regional Secretary/Treasurer. Both Shipmates were sworn in and installed by PNP Ippert as well.

Shipmate Burke replaces PRPNW Hazel Bettancourt of Gem State Branch #382 who has served as the NW Regional Secretary/Treasurer since 2012.

The Ladies Auxiliary elected Gem State Unit #382 Secretary Rose Hall as NW Regional President-elect, and was ceremoniously installed by LAFRA National President Jean Smith. LAFRA PRPNW Marjorie Ippert assumed the duties as RVPNW. 

In other news, Seattle Branch #18 has been selected as the host of the 2019 NW Regional Convention. Location and dates will be announced after the 2018 FRA National Convention.

2018 National and Regional Convention Information posted

NW Regional Convention will be hosted by Gem State Branch and Unit #382, Boise, ID on August 17-18, at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Convention flyer and more information can be found on the Conventions Menu Tab.

Additionally, the 2018 FRA/LAFRA National Convention will be held in San Antonio, TX on September 23rd – 30th, at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade. The convention is hosted by the FRA/LAFRA National Committee.

2017 National FRA/LAFRA Convention Highlights

A short Synopsis of the C&BL issues brought to the delegates of the National Convention this year:

C&BL Resolution No. 1: – Whether to add the Army and Air Force enlisted veterans as eligible to join the FRA was not passed, it was ruled “not in order”.

C&BL Resolution No. 2: – To delete Article 3, Section 301(b) and renumber Article 3, Section (c) to Article 3, Section (b).  (This resolution was amended at the 2016 FRA Convention, but it failed to renumber the Article correctly.  It had to do with Personnel discharged by reason of Bad Conduct or Dishonorable discharge that are not eligible for FRA membership.  It was passed by the delegates.

C&BL Resolution No. 3: – To amend Article 3, Section 311 (e)(1) regarding continuous membership recomputation (like they do PEBD or BASD) to allow for adjusted continuous membership.  It was rejected soundly.

The issue of the Northwest Region merging with the West Coast to save the Northwest Region Auxiliary: – It was discussed at the Pre-NBOD meeting and they decided to wait and see what happened at the LAFRA Convention, i.e. to see if they were able to come up with a slate of officers for the Northwest Auxiliary.  At the Post-NBOD, the new National President, Bill Starkey, stated for the record that it was an Auxiliary issue and not a FRA Issue.  That means it was dismissed as an issue at this time.  But, it is my opinion now as JrPRPNW, that this issue will resurface in the future.

In Loyalty, Protection, and Service
JrPRPNW Peg Burke

2017 Northwest Regional Convention

Please make your reservations at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, WA for the Northwest Regional Convention August 25-27, 2017.  Information to do so can be found under the Conventions tab.  Come meet your fellow Shipmates from other Branches and have a good time!

2017 Northwest Regional and 2017 National FRA/LAFRA Conventions

New information has been posted under the Conventions tab.  See the attached flyers for more information.

Northwest Regional Newsletter

Please see the tab Publications to read the latest newsletter issued February 7, 2017.

NWR Newsletter #1 2016-2017