The White Falcon


The White Falcon - 11.08.1978, Blaðsíða 1

The White Falcon - 11.08.1978, Blaðsíða 1
LA FRA president visits f The president of the Ladies Auxil- iary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA), Nancy Nolan, visited Naval Station Keflavik, Iceland this week as part of her world-wide tour. Mrs. Nolan was elected national president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association September 1977 in New Orleans, LA. She serves as president for a one-year tern. As national president, Mrs. Nolan visits the various units of LA FRA all over the world. "Generally, the national president doesn't approach her tour as I am do- ing. I feel that it is the 'little one' that is important. By 'little one', I mean the individual member. If you visit large groups and merely give your presentation, you don't meet the people. I like to meet the members in- dividually, so I can find out what they think an-l what ideas they have person- ally. By doing this, I now have a better understanding of what all these different members world-wide desire and think." Being a fairly old association, the Fleet Reserve Association was organized in 1924. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association began in 1936. Today there are more than 300 branches of LA FRA with 21,COO members. For several years LA FRA has been fighting for special benefits to better the living conditions of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. "The different commodities that the military person and dependents consider a part of their lives are what we are fighting to keep. It was just around World War II that commissaries, ex- changes and medical facilities were given to us by the government. « did not have the little extras such as sea pay, housing allowances and things of that nature either. Cur people have worked through the years for all these things, and we are still fighting to keep these extra benefits." When asked how to ensure that these benefits be maintained, Mrs. "olan re- plied, "By having people in the Fleet Reserve Association. The more members we have, the better bounce we have in Washington. If you consider the number of people that are in the three services involved, and the number of people we have in the FRA, it doesn't balance. When the association confronts Congress with, "I want," Congress is going to ask how many people are interested in NANCY NOLAN, the national president of LA FRA (photo by PH3 Jesse Williams) the project? If we can't come up with a good set of numbers in comparison with the 'can be' members, Congress won't be too interested in approving the project. They will say, "But what about the rest of them? Don't they care?" That's why we want everyone possible who is eligi- ble for the FRA to join. To be a member of the Ladies Auxil- iary Fleet Reserve Association you must have either a husband or brother in the Navy, Marines or Coast Guard. Daughters, stepdaughters, mothers and active duty women are also eligible to join the or- ganization. Mrs. Nolan has accomplished one par- ticular goal during her term as presi- dent of LA FRA. "LA FRA belongs to the Veterans Administration Volunteer Ser- vice. In order to be recognized on the national council, you must have 45 VA hospitals that LA FRA volunteers work in, and I just completed my 45 hospi- tals." Every national president of the La- dies Auxiliary Reserve Association has a special project. Mrs. Nolan's project was getting a Navy widow's home approved to be built. "LA FRA is going to have to raise six million dollars to get this widow's home built and that amount of money is hard to raise in a year's time. So, rather than take it as my own personal project, I brought the idea up to the group in New Orleans and they voted to sponsor it. I want a widow's home so that Navy widow women can have security and a place to go and reminisce with others about those wonderful years that we had with our husbands." Mrs. Nolan stayed with Yeoman First Class Richard M. Henderson of the Naval continued on page 3 WhiteJ^Fakon Volume 34, Number 32 Keflavik, Iceland August 11, 1V/8 New base facilities get ribbon cutting A ribbon cutting ceremony took place last week at the Viking Building, honor- ing the opening of the new Mini Mart. Before the cutting, Captain Jack T. Weir, Commanding Officer Naval Station Keflavik, spoke to the crowd pointing out the people who "played a key role in the execution of the plan. Phase one of our plans is completed today which con- sists of the Mini Mart, convenience store, beauty shop, barber shop, credit and tour office and poolroom." Key personnel responsible for the new facility were present to witness the outcome of their efforts. They are Com- mander R. F. Heine, Public Works Depart- ment Officer, and Lieutenant R. A. Brown, Navy Exchange Officer. Other instrumental persons include: Lieutenant Commander S. Primmer, Recrea- tion Officer; Special Services Director Valberg Larusson and Social Director Jon Gudmundsson. Phase two is scheduled to be finished by October. Capt. Weir regrets he won't be here to see it but is confident it will be completed as planned. The post office will be relocated in the Viking Building in Phase II and the Viking Caf- eteria will also be renovated. Capt. Weir said, "We should be proud of our new facilities; we should remem- ber the work that was put into these fa- cilities to make it possible and we should all take good care of them." With each key member of the project holding a part of the ribbon, Capt. Weir then did the cutting. The crowd applauded and then moved on to see the new centralized stores. KEY PERSONNEL OBSERVE the newly renovated Navy Exchange location. They are (left to right): Commander R. F. Heine, Public Works Officer; Cap- tain Jack T. Weir, Commanding Officer Naval Station Keflavik, and Lieu- tenant R. A. Brown, Navy Exchange Officer. (photos by PH3 Jesse Williams) the deli stop MINI-MART patrons place their purchases on the counter to check out at the cash register station. DELI STOP CUSTOMERS await their turn to purchase their favorite food selection. According to the Navy Relief Society national president, receipts in the Naval Station Keflavik campaign totaled $7,318.41. The campaign, which ended at the station June 7, included a Navy Relief Society Radio-A-Thon, sponsored by Radio 14S4 and its marathoner, Seaman Sam Spear, who amassed more than 60 hours of continuous broadcasting. Navy Relief base drive total

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