The 2018 FRA Education Foundation scholarship application cycle commenced on September 1, 2017 and continues until April 15, 2018. Scholarship information and applications are posted on the foundation page of FRA’s web site at: www.fra.org/foundation This follows closely the announcement of the 2017 scholarship selectees listed in the September 2017 issue of FRAtoday which concludes the 2017 cycle. A total of $90,000 was presented to 21 scholars from 16 states this year based on need, academic proficiency and character. Thanks to all Shipmates and branches for the contributions that helped make these awards possible. The awards total is less this year due to the elimination of a contribution from FRA, however, the foundation continues funding legacy awards in memory of deceased Shipmates Glenn F. Glezen, Robert W. Nolan and Joseph R. Baranski.
Since my last FRAtodaycolumn in the spring, I submitted a report on the foundation’s work to the FRA National Board of Directors and presented a report to the Budget and Finance Committee in July. Both included the following recommendations: • The Foundation Board recommends that FRA leadership and individual Branches continue supporting the FRA Education Foundation, and that information regarding the foundation and its scholarship awards be disseminated at Regional meetings and during leadership visits to branches and other Association / sea service related functions.
• The Foundation Board recommends that information be disseminated regularly about registering for and using the Amazon Smile program (smile.amazon.com) to help support the foundation. Information is detailed in a flyer and should be disseminated via Regional meeting, branch newsletters, and at branch meetings.
• The Foundation Board recommends including detailed information on the foundation as part of annual leadership training to expand awareness and help support the foundation’s mission which is directly related to FRA’s mission and cardinal principles. Please help spread the word to anyone planning to attend college during the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications with detailed instructions are also available via the www.fra.org/foundationlink. Be sure to check it out. CFC Update
Since 2012, the foundation has been approved to participate in the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and hopefully will be approved to participate again this year. As I write this, the foundation and other organizations have yet to receive official notification of acceptance. This year is NOT "business as usual" for the CFC according to Patrick Maguire, who coordinates participation for the Military Support Groups of America. A federation of military related organizations, which has, tentatively accepted the foundation pending final CFC approval through the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which oversees the program.
According to Maguire, the transition from the old CFC to the new CFC is taking the federal government longer than anticipated. OPM has not finished its 2017 eligibility reviews—which means the federation cannot yet issue formal acceptance of participation in the campaign. That said, the campaign is starting on October 2 this year, a month later then in 2016, and runs until January 12, 2018. This year, participation is also expanding beyond Federal, Postal and military personnel to include retirees from these communities. The donation process is also being revamped and simplified by replacing the CFC modules in Employee Express and myPay. More to come on this—and thanks for your continuing support. FRA
I would like to thank the members of the Northeast/New England Region for electing me as Regional President for the 2016-2017 term. This region is like a family. Since the merger, we have worked diligently and have been very successful in combining and retaining the long-standing traditions of both regions. Of course, there can be “bumps” in the road, but have been able to overcome them as they come. The Units continue with various projects. From hosting a cake-less cake sale, making phone calls to shut-ins to attending funerals, rituals and parades. Additionally, members provide rides to the Shipmates and Auxiliary members whether it is to go shopping, visit friends and relatives or to go to meetings and other functions. They collect box tops, soup labels, greeting cards and eyeglasses for the communities in their area. Some of our members volunteer at the VA hospitals or local hospitals and/or nursing homes to help provide comfort. This Region may have only five units, but each and every member does their part for the Auxiliary. On another note, this is a delicate subject, but it is important to notify your families if you would like the Unit to perform a ritual upon your passing. Many family members may not be aware this is available to them. This is the Auxiliary’s way of saying goodbye. At both the Regional and National conventions, there is a memorial service for all the members who have passed during the year and the Regional President places a flower in their memory. If you have internet access, please visit our website at: www.la-fra.org. It has been updated to include several of the forms that are needed during the year, such as order forms and new officers’ reports, just to name a few. The TRIANGLE newsletter is posted each month as well as some archive issues. I STRONGLY urge you to also visit the FRA website at: www.fra.org especially the Action Center. This section keeps you current on all the legislative activities and you can express your opinion to your local elective officials about what is happening on Capitol Hill. You will also find FRAtoday, ON WATCH and NewsBytes (a recording is also available by calling (800) FRA-1924). About The LA FRA
Organized in 1930, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) is chartered to aid, assist and promote all matters pertaining to welfare, social, and patriotic works of the Fleet Reserve Association, its members and their families. There are LA FRA Units located throughout the United States and the Philippines. There is also a Membership-at-Large (MAL) roll administered by the LA FRA National Offices, for those who do not have access to, or do not desire to join a Unit. The LA FRA is proud of the heritage and traditions of this great nation and we recognize the sacrifices, past and present, needed to keep us strong and free. Who Can Join
Membership in the LA FRA is limited to spouses, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, stepchildren and grandchildren (at least 16 years old) of members of the Fleet Reserve Association and widows, widowers, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children, stepchildren and grandchildren (at least 16 years old) of persons who were members at the time of death or eligible to be members of the Fleet Reserve Association at the time of death. For more information please visit: http://www.la-fra.org In Loyalty, Protection & Service, RPN/NE Eileen Hyland. FRA
RP N/NE Eileen Hyland is the LA FRA Regional President, Northeast/New England