A huge thank-you goes out to Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 40 for their donation of 240 books to Chesapeake’s Kids! The Fleet Reserve Association is a 90 year old organization made up of active duty, retirees, and veterans from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Organization’s primary mission is to educate congressmen and the general public on the needs of America’s active duty, retirees and veterans. They also work to provide a social atmosphere for members to promote American Values, provide Patriotic service and welfare projects in the local communities. The Auxiliary is made up of spouses, widows, widowers, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents of those eligible for membership in the Association.
FRA Unit 40 heard about Chesapeake’s Kids through one of our volunteers, Christine Galoppa. Christine was spreading the love about our book project and sparked the interest of Christina Murray, one of the members of Unit 40. Christina asked the auxiliary members if they could help by cleaning out their closets and or purchasing some new books. The goal was to get at least 1 book from every member. In the end 240 books were collected by members of the Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 40 members!
More information about FRA Unit 40: The Chesapeake Branch meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM, location The Four O Club at 4060 S. Military HWY all those eligible are encouraged to join and let their voice be heard on Capitol Hill. Associate memberships are also available if anyone would be interested but not eligible for full membership into the FRA or Auxiliary. Current President of Branch 40 is Paul Phelps and President of the Unit is Jackie Scarbro. The Four O club has meals available for purchase on Thursday and Friday nights starting at 5PM. Students in 7th through 12th grade can write an essay on “What the American Flag Means to Me” in 350 words or less for an opportunity to win a trip to Washington DC. Essay’s should be mailed to the attn.: Americanism Chairman 4060 South Military Hwy Chesapeake VA 23321. Essays are due before 1 December 2015. The Fleet Reserve Association and the Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association also provide Scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and those already in college, more information on scholarships can be found at www.fra.org or www.la-fra.org applications are due by 1 April 2016.