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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 Inc. 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 Inc. 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. 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 dominant
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 Inc. 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 keep 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 are allowed to become a member of a veteranís organization.
Also, 2 1/2% of the total membership can be non-veterans. At the last
business meeting of Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. 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.
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.
At the officers' meeting in March of 2016 it was suggested that we should share the good fortunes of our organization with the members of Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. The officers decided that as long as the organization is in a good financial position it would not be necessary to collect for dues as listed above. Instead it was proposed and passed that all dues for Regular and Charter members will be reduced to $4.00 per year. The present members would have to bring their past dues current to take advantage of this unheard of opportunity in the industry. After all dues are brought current members could remain in good standing for only $4.00 per year. All new members will only be required to pay $4.00 per year and could pay for as many years in advance as they wish. If the dues revert back to the regular amount their dues will stand as paid for as many years in the future as they have paid for. This reduction of dues was effective April 1, 2016. As always, if anyone joins after December 31st, their dues will be good until June 30th of the following year. For example, if you join on January 1, 2017, your dues will be good until June 30, 2018.
Special Note: For 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 2016 your dues would be good until June 2017.
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
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
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 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 database. 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.
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.