Welcome aboard Squadrons & Shipmates of
U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt & U.S.S. Midway
Membership in Squadrons & Shipmates of FDR/Midway, Inc. is open to all persons who served in a squadron that served aboard one of these two great sister ships and shipmates who brought these squadrons to points on the globe during their commissioned lifetimes. To be very clear, a member of a squadron who served in a squadron aboard either of these two ships but did not serve aboard these two ships is still eligible for membership. A complete list of squadrons is available on the web site under "Squadron Links." If you served in one of these squadrons, you are eligible for membership. 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 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt or USS Midway 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
At the officers' meeting in April of 2013 it became very apparent that many former 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 because we are the only aircraft carrier organization that is set up for two Midway Class Carriers or any two aircraft carriers of any class. We also have 124 squadrons that have served on these two ships and all personnel who ever served in these squadrons are also eligible to join Squadrons & Shipmates. 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 would like to follow in the same footsteps because there is a definite need for the times we are living in. We will always have aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy, at least for the lifetimes of anyone who is alive on our planet today. At one time the battleship was the dominate factor of all the world's navies and today there are none in commission, at least in the United States.
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 and will be welcomed with open arms. Some will say that, this will dilute the initial basis of our organization. That may be true but any organization will not last if members do not attend the reunions. After the reunion in 2013 we will have had reunions in each of the 4 time zones of the lower 48 states as we want to give everybody a chance to come to the reunions. The essence behind this new policy is, there are many veterans out there that have no reunions to go to. We understand that everyone may not be able to attend reunions if they are not able to travel or it is a financial hardship to attend. However, it is support of the members and non-members, or guests, who are able to attend our reunions that keeps the organization viable. We cannot exist on dues alone and many of our members are Lifetime Members and they don't pay any more dues. According to the IRS Code, any veteran and his/her family is allowed to become a member of a veterans organization. Also, 2 1/2% of the total membership can be non veterans. At the last business meeting of Squadrons & Shipmates it was voted that any one who wants to become a member and is not a veteran, could join our association if they have attended two reunions. This will only be permitted if we have not reached our 2 1/2% level. We hope this new policy does not alienate any members and we would like to know how you feel about it.
DUES PLEASE DO NOT COMBINE MEMBERSHIP DUES ON ONE CHECK OR PAYMENT METHOD WITH ANY OTHER PURCHASES. ALL PAYMENTS ARE DEPOSITED SEPARATELY AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP ALL THE DEPOSITS IN BALANCE WITH ALL THE MEMBERSHIPS. ONE CHECK PER PERSON WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.
The association's membership dues will be unique as this is a very unique association. If you are a member associated with USS Midway or both ships your annual dues will be $9.10 per year (July 1st until June 30th). If you were associated with USS FDR your annual dues will be $10.27. Why the difference? We want our members to always remember the dates their ships were commissioned in 1945. We feel we will have more members of USS Midway as she was still commissioned in 1992 and did more West-Pac Deployments so let's give them a little break and not complain. In 2015 we had some veterans who served on USS Coral Sea and wanted to join. Their annual dues are $10.01 as their ship was commissioned on October 1, 1947. 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. Please make all checks payable to "Squadrons & Shipmates of FDR/Midway, Inc." Please mail all applications and dues to the address at the bottom of the application form.
Special Note: Members who join between January and June, their dues will not be due again until July 1st of the following year. Example if you join in January of 2014 you dues are good until June 2015.
Charter Members will be anyone who joined the organization in 2009-2010 and whose membership application was post-marked before August 31, 2010. Charter Membership dues are $4.10 for USS Midway members or both ships and $4.20 for USS FDR members. We think you all can see the significance here. The bonus for Charter Members is that their dues will remain the same in future years or be $5.00 less than any future increase to non-charter members. Charter Members will be recognized with a "C" on their name badges at all reunions and on their ID cards. Caution: In order to maintain the financial obligations of the organization, all reduced rate Charter Memberships are to be paid during the month of July each year and postmarked before July 31st of each year. This is part of the By-Laws and a very fair incentive to encourage payment of dues on time. If annual Charter Members fail to pay their Charter Membership dues in July of each year, they will still be Charter Members but their dues will revert to the Regular Membership dues FOR ALL FUTURE YEARS. Annual Charter Members may become Lifetime Charter at any time by paying the one time lifetime membership dues of $41.00 for USS Midway veterans or $42.00 for USS FDR veterans.
As explained above, Lifetime Membership dues will always be ten times the amount of the regular dues that are in effect. Please remember, our By-Laws indicate that we can only have 75% in Lifetime Memberships. If we had 100% in Lifetime Memberships there would not be any income in future years. If you sign up on-line as a Lifetime Member and we have reached the maximum, you will be notified. On September 1, 2010 the Lifetime Memberships increased to $91.00 for USS Midway comrades and $102.70 for USS FDR veterans.
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 we have to charge the minimum amount for membership which will be $1.00 per year. Auxiliary Members can also earn reunion credits and can also 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 for each ship he or she is associated with. If an Auxiliary Member joined in the Charter Membership period they can become a Charter Member with full voting rights at any time and only pay the Charter Membership dues that are in effect at the time. They may also become a Lifetime Charter Member with full voting rights at any time in the future.
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
Please review our By-Laws for membership fees and voting rights. All 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. Being 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 of this great ship and their dedication to preserve it's memory. Please check the Midway on your application form.
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 joins will be 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 number.
It would be our hope that all new members are sponsored by another existing member in good standing with the organization after 2009 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 (except for 2009) 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.
A search engine will be provided free of charge to the membership to locate lost shipmates. We found over 500 lost shipmates from the FDR with this search engine within 3 months and over 630 in just one week from USS Midway this year alone. Because we are a non-profit organization cash cannot be awarded to any member, only credits. We want to reward the member for their efforts in recruiting new members and this is one way of accomplishing that endeavor. The founder will not be eligible for any reunion credits. No one will receive credits for any members who are sponsored by the office. After spending a week on the Midway Museum 65,999 names were compiled. The Midway Museum already had all the names in their data base. We will always be grateful for their cooperation in getting this organization off the ground. We also have the names of most of the shipmates who served on USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. If you are interested in locating former shipmates who served aboard USS Midway or USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, we have most of their names. You will also earn reunion credits at the same time.
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.
These 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.