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.
Curtis High School Veterans Day Celebration
Shipmates Len Barrett and Jorge Ramirez attended the Curtis HS Veterans Day celebration held in a packed school gym. The theme was the American flag and a very informative presentation was may the the school NJROTC commander.busy
Pictured with our shipmates is the branch newest member (sorry I forgot her name), Len was busy recruiting her. I do remember she served as a Journalist (JO) for her one and only hitch. She plans to attend this months meeting and has already volunteered to help Len with our essay contest!
Auburn Veterans Day Parade
This year the Fleet Reserve was chosen as the featured organization of the parade. As such the Mt. Rainer Branch 104 was first to march after the city mayor and Grand Marshal.
Additionally Chief Petty Officer USN Retired Jorge Ramirez was selected as this years Grand Marshal. He and his wife Deb rode in a car immediately after the mayor.
Current President John Johnson, CPO USN Retired and his wife Jan also got to ride in a car which was nice because the weather was a bit chilly and wet. Chiefs Johnson and Ramirez were also hosted to lunch by the parade committee where Chief Ramirez spoke about the FRA and Navy presence in the Pacific Northwest.
The Branch was well represented and included the initial appearance of the Spanaway HS NJROTC color guard. Thanks to Leanne Pollard, CPO, USN Retired the youth group led our group with the Branch 104 banner as well as the colors.
Quilt raffle - We have a winner!
The winner of the quilt for this year is Jennifer Parks. We are glad to say that they are a military family. Jan Johnson (Quilt artist) on the left and Jennifer on the right. She plans to gift it to her husband for Christmas.
Congratulations To Our Long Term Shipmates
The Branch hosted bingo day at the Washington State Soldiers Home
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.