Fleet Reserve Association

 

Chartered on 27 July, 1982

Bylaws revised 3 January, 1989

Bylaws revised 6 February, 1990

Bylaws revised 26 April, 1997

Bylaws revised 10 July, 1999

Revised to Bylaw and Standing Rules 13 April, 2002

Standing Rules revised 14 June, 2006

Standing Rules revised 18 July, 2006

Standing Rules revised 14 October, 2006

Standing Rules revised 14 June, 2008

Standing Rules revised 13 February, 2010

Standing Rules revised 14 August, 2010

                       

PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION

 

With reverence for God and Country and being ever mindful of the glorious traditions of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; our duty to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; our responsibility to aid in maintaining adequate defense for our beloved country; our desire to assist in obtaining the best type of personnel for our Sea Services; our interest in the welfare of those who served and are now serving; our devotion to our shipmates, in good fortune or distress; our reverence for the memory of our departed Shipmates; we associate ourselves together and declare this to be the Preamble to the Constitution of the Fleet Reserve Association.   

 

Gem State Branch 382 Bylaw

 

ARTICLE-1 Gem State Branch 382 Bylaw.

 

Section 101: Gem State Branch 382 shall use the National C&BL, Standing Rules and Rituals, and Roberts Rule of Order for guidance and procedures. 

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Gem State Branch 382 Standing Rules

 

SR-1  Membership.

 

SR-1 (a) Any member who obtains ten (10) new or reinstated members shall have his dues paid for one (1) year by the Branch, and shall also receive the Membership Award in accordance with Article 3, Section 316(a) C&BLís.

There shall be no limit as to the paid dues awards for recruiting new or reinstated members, however, Article 3, Section 316 (c) C&BLís applies.

 

SR-1 (b) The Secretary of Branch 382 shall order Continuous Membership Pendant and Pins, as appropriate, from the National Financial Secretary, the cost to be paid from the Branch general fund. The Continuous Membership Award shall be awarded to the member at the annual awards meeting.

 

SR-2  Meetings.

 

SR-2 (a) The regular stated meeting will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at 1000 (10:00 a.m.), at the FRA  Branch and Unit home at 1012 11th. Ave. North, Nampa, ID 83687, or such other location as determined by the Board of Directors. On special occasions, the Branch Board of Directors can change the day of the month to hold regular Branch meetings.

 

SR-2 (b) Six (6) members in good standing present at the opening of the meeting, shall constitute a quorum.

 

SR-2 ( c ) When a Branch Officer is absent for three (3) consecutive meetings, without sufficient cause, or fails to perform the duties of office elected to, the Branch Board of Directors shall declare the office vacant, and shall appoint a replacement.

 

 

 

 

SR-3  Officers.

 

SR-3(a) The members shall nominate and elect officers and Directors, as provided for in Section 1215 C&BL. They consist of the following:

 

(1)     President.

(2)     Vice-President.

(3)     Secretary.

(4)     Treasurer.

(5)     Six Board of Directors. (See Section 1215(g) FRA C&BL.)

(6)     Financial Secretary

(7)     Bingo Advisory Committee

 

 The office of Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by one member, but remain as separate offices.

 

SR-3 (b) The Branch Board of Directors shall consist of the following, in accordance with Art.12,Sec.1215 (g)

(1)     Elected Officers.

(2)     Directors.

(3)     Junior Past President.

 

The Chairman shall be the Branch President.

 

SR-4   Nominations and Elections of Officers and Directors.

 

SR-4 (a) In accordance with Section 1217 C&BL, in February of each year, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee, who shall submit a slate of one or more qualified members in good standing for each position.

 

SR-4 (b) In March of each year, the nominations shall be open. The nominating committee shall submit recommendations to the membership. The nominations shall remain open until elections are held.

 

 

 

SR-4 (c) In April of each year, elections of Officers and Directors shall be held in accordance with Section 1217 C&BLís. The President and Vice President shall be elected for one year.

The offices of Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected for a period of two (2) years. Directors shall be elected to a two (2) year term with terms staggered so that not more than four (4) members be elected at any one (1) election.

The Financial Secretary shall be elected for a period of two (2) years. The Treasurer and Financial Secretary shall be elected in alternate years so Branch 382 can have continuity in the Investment Funds.

 

SR-4 (d) At a regular meeting in May, the elected Officers and Directors shall be installed into office, for the term of the office.

 

SR-5  Committee and Branch Officers Appointments.

 

SR-5 (a) In accordance with Section 1221 C&BL, the Branch President may appoint the following Committee Chairmen:

(1)     Americanism-Patriotism/Americanism Essay Contest.

(2)     Audit, Budget and Finance

(3)     Hospitals, Welfare, and Rehabilitation.    

(4)     Legislative Service.

(5)     Public Relations/Historian.

(6)     Youth Activities.

(7)     Membership and Retention.

 

SR-5 (b) The President shall appoint such other Committees/Representatives as may be required to conduct Branch business.

 

(1)     Master-at-Arms

(2)     Chaplain

(3)     Deputy Director Veterans Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS).

(4)     Idaho Veterans Assistance League Representative.

(5)     Veterans Administration Medical Center Consumer Council.

(6)     Branch Death Benefit Fund.

(7)     Branch Service Officer.

(8)     Somebody Needs You

(9)     Newsletter Editor

 

SR-6  Duties of Elected Officers.

 

SR-6 (a) President: The President shall be the senior officer and have direction of the Branch. He shall call special meetings upon written request of the Board of Directors or when so deemed in the best interest of the Branch. He will, in all such instances, require the Secretary to advise all members of such meetings seventy-two (72) hours in advance of such meetings. The President will chair all Board of Directors and Branch meetings, and ensure good order and conduct of all members.

 

SR-6 (b) Vice President: He/She shall assume the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President.

He/She shall be the Chairman of the Audit committee.
He/she shall be the Chairman of the Membership and Retention committee in the absence of a Membership and Retention Chairman.

 

 SR-6 (c) Secretary: The Secretary shall maintain a complete set of all records and files of the Branch for use by the Branch Officers and Board of Directors, record the minutes of all business meetings of the Branch and Board of Directors, maintain incoming and outgoing files of all correspondence received and written by Branch Officers and Directors, print and distribute the Branch monthly newsletter, ensure that all reports and Per Capita Tax required by Region and National Officers are submitted promptly, be custodian of all Branch supplies and materials received, perform such other duties as may be required by the President and Board of Directors and assist Committee chairmen in the preparation and distribution of required reports.

 

SR-6 (d) Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for all Branch funds delivered to him.

Maintain complete and accurate book-keeping records including checking accounts and such other accounts authorized by the Board of Directors, promptly pay all expenses authorized by the budget or by the Branch membership, prepare and make a financial report to the membership at each Branch meeting, keep the Branch Officers and Board of Directors advised as to the financial status of the Branch and subject his accounts to audit on demand and make all accounts available to the Audit Committee.

The Treasurer shall be the Chairman of the Budget Committee.

 

SR-6 (e) Financial Secretary: Shall be the Chairman of Branch 382 Investment Committee, make monthly reports on Investments in accordance with SR-8 (c).

 

SR-6 (f) Board of Directors: The Board of Directors shall have the authority to act in the case of emergencies for the Branch and then report their actions to the membership at the next regular meeting, have the authority to require any officer, or member having custody of Branch funds or investments to furnish a fidelity bond, paid from the Branch funds and sit as a review board on all matters concerning conduct or behavior of any member of the Branch or Unit 382.

 

SR-7  Duties of Appointed Branch Officers.

 

SR-7 (a) Master-At-Arms: In accordance with Section 1222 C&BL, the Branch President shall appoint a Master-At-Arms who shall perform the duties as the Branch President shall direct.

The Master-At-Arms (MAA) shall be responsible for the preparation of the meeting hall for all branch meetings and special events. Maintain order on the floor during all meetings.

Be responsible for admission and departure of all persons to and from the meeting hall during all meetings. Maintain the attendance log at each meeting. Introduce all visitors and guest at the Branch meetings. Parade and retire colors as necessary. Be in charge of all balloting during all elections.

Assist the President as requested.

 

SR-7 (b) Chaplain: The Branch President shall appoint a Chaplain who shall perform non-sectarian devotional duties and service to the Branch. The Chaplain shall be the spiritual advisor to the membership, give the opening and closing prayer at the Branch meetings, preside at the devotional services of the Branch, including funeral services at grave side when requested and in the absence of a Service Officer the Chaplain will assume the duties of this office.

 

SR-7 (c) Parliamentarian: The Parliamentarian shall be the Junior Branch Past President and shall advise the Branch at all Branch meetings as to the proper parliamentary procedures in all cases not covered in the National C&BLís and Rituals and Standing Rules. In cases where neither covers a given situation, the President shall decide the case. Be the legal advisor for the Branch. Be familiar with National C&BLís, Ritual and Standing Rules, Northwest Region Bylaws, Branch Standing Rules and Roberts Rules of Order.

 

SR-7 (d) Idaho Veterans Assistance League Representative: The President shall appoint an individual to represent the Branch to serve on the Idaho Veterans Assistance League. The purpose of the Idaho Veterans Assistance League is for benefiting and assisting residents of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. The appointment will be for a two (2) year term. Members of the League are expected to attend quarterly meetings to represent the Branch.

 

SR-7 (e) Ada County United Veterans Council Representative: The President shall appoint a member of the Branch, to represent the Branch on the Ada County United Veterans Council. In addition, an alternate will also be appointed. The Representative will represent the Branch at the monthly Ada County United Veterans Council meetings and report to the membership on business conducted by the Council.

 

SR-7 (f) Deputy Director, Veterans Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS): The President shall appoint an individual to represent the Branch on the Veterans Administration Volunteer Services. This position must be certified by the National VAVS Representative of the FRA.

 

SR-7 (g) Veterans Administration Medical Center Consumer Council: The President shall appoint an individual to represent the Branch on the Veterans Administration Medical Center Consumer Council.

 

SR-7 (h) Death Benefit Fund: The President, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, shall appoint an individual to administer the Branch Death Benefit Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to deceased memberís designated beneficiary.

 

SR-7 (i) Newsletter Editor: Shall publish bi-monthly newsletter and deliver to the Secretary for printing and distribution.

 

SR-7  (j) The Americanism Chairman shall hold a yearly Americanism Essay Contest in accordance with the National Americanism essay contest rules, the prizes to be determined by the Chairman and the Board of Directors.

 

SR-8  Duties of Committee Members.

 

SR-8 (a) All Branch committees shall perform the duties of their titles, and shall function under the supervision of the Branch President and Board of Directors. The duties of each committee shall be as prescribed in the National C&BLís, Rituals, and Standing Rules as amended by the Northwest Region Bylaws, Branch Standing Rules and Branch President.

 

SR-8 (b) The Chairman of each committee shall be responsible for the performance of his committee including the submitting of all reports to the Branch, Northwest Region, and National Officers through the Branch Secretary.

 

SR-8 (c) Investment Committee: Shall consist of a minimum of (3) members (including the Chairman)

These members should have some experience in buying and selling stocks. The goals of the committee are:

A: The total amount of bingo funds in the investment account shall be maintained in Money Market Funds as a cash savings account or in interest bearing CDís.

B: 65% of the total non-bingo funds to be invested in securities with the following attributes: 2.5% minimum dividend for a period of 10 years. Have an expectation of approximately 5% return on combined dividends and growth.

C: 35% of the total non-bingo funds to be invested in low to medium risk securities that pay less or no dividends with the intention of long term investment (1 year+) in growth oriented companies.

D: Withdrawal of funds may only be authorized by the Branch President and the Financial Secretary or the Branch Treasurer. The funds withdrawn may only be issued to FRA Branch 382 for deposit only in the branch checking account. Expenditure of those funds may only be authorized by a majority vote of those members present at a regularly schedules meeting and may only be utilized for a specifically named purpose.

 

The committee has the authority, based on these goals, and after consultation and advice of a full service Broker, and a majority vote of the committee to buy and sell stocks, making a full report at the next BOD meeting and informing S/Mís at the following Branch meeting. The Financial Secretary has the authority to sell any stock which in his opinion and the consultation and advice of a full service Broker is rapidly losing value or to protect a profit and/or to insure a profit of 5% plus commissions over the purchase price without the advice and consent of the committee in an emergency situations.

 

 

 

SR-8 (d) Bingo Advisory Committee: The Branch shall elect three representatives to the GEM Bingo Advisory Committee to act as liaison between the Branch and the Bingo Manager by providing input to the Bingo manager on operation of the Bingo operation and providing information to the Branch as necessary. The three Branch representatives shall serve two-year terms and be elected during the regular election of officers.

 

SR-8 (e) Somebody Needs You: May be budgeted $150.00 per month to be given to needy families. The committee Chairman shall investigate the families before disbursing funds. Money accumulated over the amount of $600.00 shall be given to any charitable organization, as  recommended and voted on by the Branch.

 

SR-8 (f)  Americanism and Patriotism Committee: This committee shall oversee all patriotism activities of the Branch, including participation in the Nampa Armed Forces Day Parade, Memorial Day Services, the Boise Fourth of July Parade, the Boise Veterans Day Parade and other ceremonies and services.

The Committee shall, in collaboration with Cloverdale Funeral Home , conduct a Memorial Day service at Terrace Lawn Memorial Park on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day.

 

SR-8(g) Youth Activities: This committee shall oversee all youth activities programs of the Branch. The Branch shall act as sponsor of the Boise Battalion of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Sponsorship shall include maintaining cognizance of the activities of the Battalion and submitting required reports to the National Sea Cadet office. The Branch shall have a line item for the Sea Cadets in the annual budget for an amount to be determined each year. Members of the Branch shall be encouraged to attend Sea Cadet drill meeting to talk to the cadets and help in the training. The Sea Cadet Commander is requested to report on the activities and progress of the Battalion at least annually during a regular Branch meeting. Sea Cadets shall be invited to advance and retreat the colors during special Branch functions such as the Installation Dinner and the Christmas Dinner. When the Sea Cadets and Branch are participating in a parade, the parade sponsor shall be asked to pair the two entries.

 

SR-8(h) Property Manager: The Property Manager shall be jointly appointed by the Branch and Unit in a joint meeting. The Property Manager shall oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all property belonging to the Branch and Unit. The Property Manager shall have custody of the Property Checking Account, from which shall be paid all repair, maintenance, utility, insurance, and other joint expenses payable from Bingo funds. This account shall be funded from Branch and Unit Bingo funds via monthly deposits. The amount of these deposits shall be determined by the Property Manager and the property Committee and approved by the Branch and Unit in a joint meeting.

 

SR-9  Finance Procedures.

 

SR-9 (a) The fiscal year for Branch 382 shall be the calendar year and commence on 1 January and end on 31 December of the same year, both dates inclusive.

 

SR-9 (b) Branch 382 shall operate on a budget system to govern expenditures. A proposed budget shall be presented by the Treasurer to the Board of Directors in November of each year. The Board of Directors shall review, revise and recommend the annual budget to the membership for approval, at the regular February meeting each year.

 

SR-9 c) No member shall obligate the Branch in any manner without approval of the membership. The authorization for non-budgeted expenditures of funds shall be made only after the approval of a majority of the members present at the meeting following the meeting at which the request for such expenditure is made unless it is for emergency or extraordinary circumstances.

 

 

SR-9 (d) Non-budgeted expenditures by President and/or Treasurer shall be reported to the Board of Directors and shall be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors present at the next scheduled Board meeting. All such expenditures shall be reported to the membership for ratification at the next regular meeting.

 

SR-9 (e) All Branch funds shall be deposited in such financial institutions as the Board of Directors may determine. All accounts shall be in the name of Gem State Branch 382 Fleet Reserve Association. Checks issued for withdrawal against the Branch accounts shall be signed by the President and/or Vice-President and the Treasurer or designated authorized representative.

 

SR-9 (f) Auditing of Branch funds shall be not less than annually, at the discretion of the Audit Committee Chairman. Each audit report shall be presented to the Board of Directors not later than the next Board of Directors meeting, following the audit. Audit results will be reported to the membership at the following meeting.

 

SR-9 (g) The President and Secretary have the authority to spend up to a maximum of one hundred dollars ($100.00) each between Board of Directors meetings on non-budgeted items.

 

SR-9 (h) All reports of a financial nature, including checkbooks, receipts, audit reports, and other financial documents shall be retained in the Branch files for not less than seven (7) years.

 

SR-9 (i) Each new member initiated into Branch 382, at the time of the initiation, shall be given the following items:

(1)     Fleet Reserve Association lapel button.

(2)     A FRA window decal.

(3)     Copy of Branch Bylaw and Standing Rules.

A copy of the Fleet Reserve Association National C&BLs, Rituals, and Standing Rules shall be made available to all members on request.

 

 

SR-9 (j) The President and Treasurer have the authority to transfer funds from the checking to other Branch accounts (no limit).

The President and Treasurer have the authority to transfer from other Branch accounts to checking accounts, amounts not to exceed the specific obligation incurred between Board of Directors meetings. Transferred funds from other accounts to the checking account shall be approved by the Board of Directors within one (1) month of the transfer, without exception.

 

SR-9 (k) The Branch shall provide a position fidelity bond, through National FRA, covering the President, Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary.

 

SR-9 (l) A liability insurance policy shall be purchased in the name of Gem State Branch 382 Inc.

(Amount to be determined by Branch BOD )

 

SR-9 (m) Branch Secretary shall receive Fifty ($50.00 ) per month, for partial reimbursement of expenses incurred through-out the year, performing the duties of Secretary.

 

SR-10  Officer Medallions and Past Branch Officer Pins.

 

SR-10 (a) The Secretary shall order and issue Branch Officer Medallions for the following officers:

 

(1)     President.

(2)     Vice-President.

(3)     Secretary.

(4)     Treasurer.

(5)     Each Director.

(6)     Chaplain.

(7)     MAA.

(8)     Parliamentarian.

(9)     Financial Secretary

These medallions will be the property of the Branch and shall be turned over to their successor, upon relinquishing office.

 

SR-10 (b) The Branch shall purchase and present the following outgoing officers with the proper past Branch Officer pins:

 

(1)     President.

(2)     Vice-President.

(3)     Secretary.

(4)     Treasurer.

(5)     Each Director.

(6)     Chaplain.

(7)     MAA.

(8)     Financial Secretary

The Officer shall have been in office and present a minimum of six (6) regular Branch meetings. These pins shall be presented at the annual awards meeting.

 

SR-11 Miscellaneous.

 

SR-11 (a) For each of the conventions each year, Branch 382 shall be entitled to elect one (1) delegate to the convention. In addition, one (1) delegate for each twenty-five (25) members in good standing or major fractions thereof. The number of delegates will be determined as of 1 March of each year. The delegate must have attended six (6) of the twelve (12) branch meetings prior to any convention and furnish a report to the branch members upon return.

 

SR-11 (b) Branch 382 shall allot a sum not to exceed four hundred dollars ($400.00) from the Branch general fund, if available, to the Branchís elected delegate Chairmen, to be divided equally among the duly elected delegates in attendance at the National convention, a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per delegate.

 

SR-11(c)  Branch 382 shall allot a sum not to exceed seven hundred dollars ($700.00) from the Branch general fund, if available; to the Branchís elected delegate Chairmen, to be divided equally among the duly elected delegates in attendance at the Northwest Regional conventions, a maximum of two hundred dollars ($200.00) per delegate.

SR-12 Disaster Relief Fund.

 

SR-12 (a) Branch 382 has created a Disaster Relief Fund to help families during times of extreme emergency or a catastrophe. The intent is to make it easier for those who are suffering to get the financial assistance they need. However, because this involves money there is a limited amount and always someone may try to abuse it. Because of this, the BOD requires a certain amount of paperwork in order to approve the request. It is not intended to make the paperwork requirements burdensome, but is necessary to prove the legitimacy of a claim. Any assistance provided is at the sole discretion of the BOD, and there is no appeal.

 

SR-12 (b) Up to $500 is available for a severe catastrophe. This money does not have to be paid back. A catastrophe is considered a major life-altering event, such as a fire, flood, typhoon, windstorm, earthquake or hurricane that destroys or almost destroys a house. Other events may qualify. Use of the Disaster Relief Fund, may be initiated by a call to any member of the BOD. However, a letter documenting the request must be received by the BOD, before any funds may be disbursed. The ability of the BOD to provide money will be made on a case-by-case basis, provided there is money in the fund at that time.

 

SR-13 The Branch shall elect a Shipmate of the Year for service to the Branch in the previous 12 month period in November of each year. Nominations shall be opened in September meeting and remain open until the election in November. The Shipmate of the Year will be honored at the annual awards presentation ceremony in December of each year.  

PAST PRESIDENTS OF

GEM STATE BRANCH 382

 

John Osier                               1982-1983

Glen Dittman                           1983-1984

Jack Rhoads                            1984-1985

Eugene Drake                         1985-1986

Andy Odom                              1986-1987

Warren Evans                         1987-1988

Ed Utley                                    1988-1989

Robert Burmeister                   1989-1989

Arthur Boyle                             1989-1990

Glen Dittman                            1990-1991

John Eseltine                           1991-1992

Ralph Elston                            1992-1994

Eugene Drake                         1994-1996

Robert Burmeister                   1996-2000

Jack Rhoads                            2000-2002

Eldon Harris                             2002-2003

Glen Dittman                            2003-2004

Oscar Rogers                          2004-2005

Eugene Drake                         2005-2006

Dan Holloway                          2006-2008

                                             Jim Doering                              2008-2010

                                             Hazel Bettencourt                    2010-2011

                                             Robert Keith                             2011- 

 

Deceased Members

 

Keith Coleman

2/8/85

Peter Reilly

2/9/85

Clive Lynsky

8/20/85

Louis Busby

8/85

Charles May

6/18/87

Patrick Rarick

9/27/89

Andrew Giachino

3/3/92

Darrell Amling

10/6/92

Paul Malyurik

9/14/93

Fred Grimm

6/5/95

Charles F. Hief

2/16/97

Lyle A. Fouts

5/11/97

Claude W. Robilard

3/17/98

Jack V. McKee

9/26/98

Robert J. Guyton

4/24/99

Lester P. Johns

11/11/99

Charles Mainelli

12/30/99

Robert E. Palmer

12/9/02

Arthur Boyle

5/4/01

George P. Oliveira

7/3/01

Norris Richardson

9/18/01

Edward Utley

2/9/02

Hilbert L. Rice

2/15/02

Alfred A. Wageman

3/21/02

Gerald G. Miller

5/28/02

Edward L. Traywick

8/23/02

Warren E. Evans

11/13/02

Gene A. Lowbar

9/7/03

Larrie Bruzer

10/12/03

George H. Stelle

11/5/03

Robert H. Joblin

3/6/04

Walter M. Rapley Jr.

3/7/04

Harry W. Shook

4/16/04

William J. Perbedy

5/11/04

Andy Odom

2/20/06

Richard L. Anderson

5/22/06

Harold Cowles

10/17/06

Eric A. Thierhause

11/5/06

Robert D. Green

11/6/06

Claude Hoover Jr.

4/28/07

Eugene Drake

5/21/07

Norm Decordova

6/30/07

Nicholas Parker

8/18/07

Walter Johnson

1/14/08

Clyde C. McLain

6/7/08

Norris Lynch

10/24/08

Jake Grass

1/20/09

Richard J. Baker

5/14/09

Lloyd Theis

1/21/10

Harold B. Brown

1/5/10

Wayne L. McKee

2/10

Rodolphe A. Boisse

2/1/11

Thomas T. Butler, Jr.

2/24/11

Ernest Mangrum

4/8/11