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Welcome aboard Squadrons & Shipmates
Membership in Squadrons & Shipmates, Inc. is open to all persons who served aboard any US aircraft carrier or their tending squadrons. The membership is open to all Navy,
Marine Corps and Air Force personnel who qualify and were members of squadrons
or shipmates who served aboard any US carrier and are
defenders of the Constitution of the United States of America.
ALL NAVY AND MARINE VETERANS WHO SERVED ON OTHER SHIPS or in SQUADRONS
Many U.S. Navy and Marine reunion organizations
have disbanded because of the natural attrition rate. We have learned that
some organizations just cannot continue to have reunions with so few people
interested in attending. We have been very fortunate here at Squadron &
Shipmates Inc. because we are the only aircraft carrier organization that is set up
for any US aircraft carrier. In the past, we have been very fortunate
here at Squadron & Shipmates Inc. because we were the only aircraft carrier
organization that was organized around two Midway Class Carriers and 124 squadrons that have served on these two
ships. This gave us a large audience from which to solicit members. There are other naval organizations that started out with just one
ship and many other ships wanted to join of the same class or type. One
organization that started with just one ship now represents 37 ships of the
same type. Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. is now following in the same footsteps. We will always
have aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy, at least for the lifetimes of anyone
who is alive today.
Where do all the veterans who are still alive today go if there is
no longer a reunion organization for them? Well now they can come to
Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. and will be welcomed with open arms. The essence behind this new policy is that there are many veterans out
there that have no reunions to go to. It is support of
the members and non-members, or guests, who are able
to attend our reunions that keep the organization viable.
association's membership dues are very reasonable at $4.00 per year for Regular and Charter members . As always, if anyone joins after December 31st, their dues will be good until June 30th of the following year. We will try to keep the annual dues to a
minimum for as long as possible. Lifetime Membership dues will be 10 times the
annual rate and it can start this year or any year in the future. Lifetime
Memberships are NOT available to Auxiliary Members. Lifetime Members will be
recognized with an "L" on their name badges at all reunions and on
their ID cards.
Special Note: For members who join between January and June, their dues will not be due again until July 1st of the following year.
Auxiliary members are spouses, parents and direct descendants of a
eligible member. The By-Laws describe this in detail. In order for auxiliary
members to have a membership number and be able to sponsor new members there is a charge of $1.00 per year.
Auxiliary Members can also earn reunion credits and can sponsor
regular members and other Auxiliary Members if, in the highly unlikely
situation, an eligible member does not join but the spouse, parent and children
of the eligible member want to join. If an Auxiliary Member becomes a regular
member in the future with full voting rights then that member's dues will be
the amount of dues being paid at the time by all regular members.
SECOND GENERATION AUXILIARY MEMBERS
Second generation auxiliary members would be all the children of the regular member or potential member.
THIRD GENERATION AUXILIARY MEMBERS
Third generation auxiliary members would be all the grandchildren of the regular member or potential member.
WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS
widows and widowers will have full voting rights. They will be obligated to pay
the minimum annual dues, which will be $1.00 per year, to maintain the
membership of the qualifying member or potential qualifying member. Widows and
widowers may become Lifetime Members if they up-grade to a Regular Membership.
If a spouse, and only a spouse, does not want to be an Auxiliary
Member or participate in the reunion credits program and have their own
membership number they may still come to the reunions and register just like a
regular member. They may attend the reunion even if their spouse is not
attending for whatever reason. They may also vote for their spouse if they have
a signed proxy in hand. We understand that members may not be able to attend
the reunion because of work or any number of other reasons. The spouses may
also bring their children or grandchildren.
DOCENTS OF THE MIDWAY MUSEUM
If you are presently a member of the Docent Team aboard the Midway
Museum and an unpaid volunteer we want to reward you for your unselfish service
to the Midway Museum. We want to invite you to become a member too. As this
is a veteran group association under the rules of the IRS, you must be a
veteran of the United States military from any branch of the service. Please
indicate this on the reverse side of your application and attach your DD214.
You will be eligible for regular membership and have full voting rights. All
future members of the Docent Team and unpaid volunteers will be eligible to
join after one year of uninterrupted service to the Midway Museum. All former
members of the Docent Team and unpaid volunteers who completed one year of uninterrupted
service may also join if they are a veteran. We believe the docents would be
very valuable to our organization because of their knowledge and their dedication to preserve it's memory.
Each member will be issued a membership number and that number will be
listed on the roster and name badges at all reunions. The first member who
joined was issued membership number 0 0 0 1. Each member in succession will
receive the next number and so on. That number will never change. It will also
be used to keep track of reunion credits for all members who want to
participate in that program. When cut-offs are necessary for banquets and
excursion tours, the postmark date will determine which member signed up first.
In the event of a tie where more than one envelope is received with the same
postmark date, the membership number will determine where the cut-off will be.
The lower membership number will prevail. This membership number will also be
used to break other ties, including elections. In essence, you want to have the
lowest possible membership
It would be our hope that all new members are sponsored by another
existing member in good standing with the organization unless the
office has initially contacted the new member. There are a few good reasons for
this procedure, to ensure all potential members are eligible and to give credit
to members who encourage others to join. If you happen to learn about this
organization on your own and want to find out if a buddy of yours is already a
member, we will be happy to inform you and your buddy so he or she can sponsor
you. If you just want to join on your own that is fine with us too. For each
member who sponsors a new member, the existing member will receive a $5.00
credit toward his or her expenses for the next reunion. This does not include transportation
expenses or lodging expenses, only the expenses for the member and spouse for
registration fees, excursion and tour fees, and banquet or any meal fees. If a
member sponsors 50 members in a year, that member will receive
a $250.00 credit toward reunion expenses. As an added bonus, the existing
member will also receive a $5.00 credit for each reunion the new member or new
auxiliary member attends in all future years. There are no exceptions for this
bonus even for Charter Members that are sponsored; the sponsoring member will
receive this bonus. This bonus is not earned for the spouses of the regular
members even if the spouse is an Auxiliary Member. This can be very rewarding
and a way to help pay for your reunion expenses. Over time all the members who
sponsor other members will benefit for their hard work. Members who do not have
a sponsor will forward their application to the address indicated on the
application with a copy of their DD214 to be sponsored by the organization. If
you do not have a copy of your DD214 send in your application and we will
verify your information. If you do not have a sponsor, please indicate
"OFFICE" on the application form where "Member's Last Name"
is requested at the very bottom of the application. Please indicate "0 0 0
0" where "Membership Number" is requested.
In other organizations members have dropped out because when they
attended reunions there was nobody there that served with them when they were
aboard ship or in a squadron. We will do everything we can to correct this
problem. If, after the first year, we do not locate at least two additional
members in your squadron, department or division and convince them to join this
association you will not have to pay any dues until we find two additional
members and have them join. The exceptions to this would be if either, or both, of your
buddies do not remain members of the association or if there are no living
members of your squadron or division to find. When
you fill out your application you will be asked to list at least six members
that you served with. You may use the reverse side of your application to list
more names. Do not list names on a separate sheet of paper, as it may get lost.
All applications will be kept on file. If all of 5 of the 6 members you listed
are deceased we will ask you for more names. You must have served in a unit
with at least 10 members. So that everyone is clear on the guarantee, once
there are at least 3 members from any particular division or squadron, for any
given year or years, then all three members will be obligated to pay their
annual dues. Once the obligation is met by the association, all future annual
dues will be due from these members.
individuals are very important to our organization as this association can only
be carried into the future with their help. It will cease to exist if
descendants do not join the organization. With all the modern technology we are
fortunate to have at our disposal today it would be a shame if we do not take
advantage of it to search for potential members and potential auxiliary
members. We are ready to embrace all descendants of our present members and our
departed members, especially those men and women who died in the line of duty.
Direct descendants will have one vote per generation of any qualifying member
or potential qualifying member after the member is deceased and the widow or
widower of the member or qualifying member does not want to participate in the
organization. If the widow or widower is still exercising his or her voting
rights, the descendants will not have voting rights until the widow or widower
has relinquished these rights. If issues arise with this policy, the executive
board will make the final determination.