Fleet Reserve Association 
Mt. Rainier Branch 104

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Branch History

Mt. Rainier Fleet Reserve Association Branch 104 was chartered on 28 July 1947 in Tacoma, WA. Serves the shipmates that primarily live in South King County and the greater Tacoma area.

Branch 104 has also had a long history for serving the NW Region and the FRA as a whole.

In 2010, Branch 104 moved its base of operations to the Puyallup VFW Post hall after meeting at the South Tacoma Parks Department Community Center. 2010 also saw the merger with Olympia Branch #191.

2017 NW Regional Convention

Hosts:  Mt. Rainier Branch 104 and Unit 18 Seattle welcome you to the 2017 Northwest Region Convention to be held August 25-26, 2017 at the Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel in Fife, WA.  More information will be found up till convention time on our facebook page (FRA Branch 104) and our website (www.fra104puyallup.com).

Hotel Information:  The Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel is located at 5700 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA  98424.  Room reservation:  888-820-3555.  Group name is FRA Convention 2017.  The rate of $89.95 plus taxes will be in effect 4 days before and 2 days after.  Non-smoking rooms are available.  There are suites available, please call the hotel for information.  Since this is a Puyallup Indian Tribe Casino, smoking is allowed in some area of the casino/hotel.

Hotel includes:  Full Service Restaurant, a full Buffet restaurant, Lounge, Coffee bar, ATM’s, Indoor Pool, room service, WiFi.  The hotel charges a $25 non-refundable pet fee.  RV parking is available for hotel guests.  There is a gift shop next to the front desk.  They stock all the little necessities that you usually come needing when on the road.

NW Region Convention Updates 

(1)  Keynote speaker has been identified and will be Captain Schraeder, Bremerton, Wa.  Capt. Schrader officially took responsibility of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) from Capt. Thomas A. Zwolfer at a Change of Command ceremony on Pier Charlie at NBK-Bremerton Sept. 9.   

(2)  State Rep. Melanie Stambaugh will do the welcome to delegates and guests. Hospitality room will open on Thursday. We will need 3 or 4 people designated to man the hospitality room when it is open, starting August 24th. Need raffle items and silent auction items. S/M Batnick volunteered to serve as MAA during convention. We need someone to assist S/M Barrett in carrying out Two Bell Ceremony.

Quilt raffle - Ticket sales.  

Get them sold and get them turned in.  All money raised from this raffle supports our Americanism Essay contest.

The picture on the left shows last years winner with Secretary Rex Faubion presenting the quilt

Washington State Fair 

We will be setting up a booth at the Fair on September 14, 17-18.  This is a great opportunity to get out and meet people and promote the Fleet Reserve Association.  

Check your calendars and save the dates. We need booth staffed from 10 am to 10 pm each day.
Long Term Shipmate Hits 60 Year Mark

John Johnson, Nahum Doskow and Jim Jones (L to R). Branch 104 presented Shipmate Doskow with his 60 year pin and certificate recently. Shipmate Rex Faubion was on the camera.

Congratulations Shipmate "Dos" and thank you for all your years of service.

Congratulations To Our Long Term Shipmates

In recognition of their membership longevity these shipmates were awarded special pins and certificates.

Left to right,  CTOC Melvin Williamson (40 years), HMC James Howard (40 years), TM2 Kenneth Walling (40 years).  Not pictured...James Howard  (40 years) and Cecil E. Bruce (60 years)

Latest Award For a Long Term Shipmate

Going the distance to make sure Shipmates are recognized.  Four Shipmates made the trek from Puyallup to Centralia, WA on 20 June.  Shipmate Robert Simesen was presented with certificate and pin for 40 years continuous service in the FRA.  Northwest Region VP Mark Thompson made the presentation.  Also recognized was Shipmate Rex Faubion, 25 years, and Shipmate Len Barrett, 20 years.
Picture attached, left to right:  Rex Faubion, Len Barrett, Mark Thompson, Robert Simesen, and Tom Shriver.
Memorial Day Remembrance

The annual Memorial Day Observation, co-sponsored by VFW Post 2224 and the City of Puyallup, was held at Pioneer Park Pavilion. This popular event honoring those who have served our country included music by the Five Star Brass Quintet, the US Navy Band Northwest and the Clan Gordon Pipe Band.

The Branch hosted bingo day at the Washington State Soldiers Home-October 29th, 2016

Thanks to our shipmates who came out to help make the quarterly bingo day fun for residents of the Soldiers Home. Lead by bingo caller extraordinaire Len the gang responded quickly to the call, “BINGO”, as the residents proudly announced their claims.

The Washington Soldiers Home and Colony, located on 181 acres in the beautiful Puyallup Valley near Orting, serves residents needing skilled-nursing care. Established in 1891, this was the first of three homes built for Washington state veterans. This is a heartwarming experience and you are encouraged to join us next time (TBA).  

Next Bingo scheduled July 29th.  Plan to come out for a fun time.  Visit the Photo Gallery for additional photos.

So You Want One Of Those Neat FRA Hats...

By going to the MORE tool bar at the top of this page you can find your way to the hat order form.  Click and follow the path.  You will see a pop up box that ask if you want to open, click open. Another box might pop up, click allow.  Word will open, before printing click enable editing on the top yellow tool bar. You are now ready to print.

  Sorry for the extra steps...the company that makes the hats does not have its own web site so we are working with an old form.