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The Reserve Officers Association is the professional association for all uniformed Reserve services of the United States. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Pennsylvania & United States Congress, the Governor & President, and the American people on issues of national security, with unique expertise on Reserve issues. ROA advocates for adequate funding of equipment and training requirements, recruiting and retention incentives, and employment rights for all members of our Reserve forces.

Reserve, National Guard, active, retired & former commissioned & non-commissioned officers, warrant officers of the Uniformed Services, ROTC & Military Academy cadets, as well as spouses, widows, or widowers of current or former ROA members are cordially invited to join the ROA and the Department of Pennsylvania.

Click here to join ROA or renew your membership now! 


Recent/Upcoming Department & National Events
* 21 Feb 2015 - Dept EXCOM @ Army Heritage & Educ Center, Carlisle, PA, 1000-1500
* 16-17 Mar 2015 - ROA Leaders Week / National CouncilMeeting, Washington, DC
* 19-21 June 2015 - Dept of PA Convention hosted by Chap 53, Dubois, PA
* 26-29 July 2015 - ROA National Convention, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC 
* ? Oct 2015 - Dept Fall Meeting @ Zimmerman/Zerbe Cabins in Penns Creek, PA



Chap  11 – “CENTRAL” – Harrisburg, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Gettysburg Area

          14 – “CONNEMAUGH VALLEY” – Johnstown, Altoona, Ligonier, Greensburg Area

          18 – “ERIE” – Erie, Franklin, Edinboro Area

          23 – “GOLDEN TRIANGLE” – Pittsburgh, Oakdale, Beaver Falls, New Castle Area

          33 – “LEHIGH VALLEY” – Bethlehem, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Easton Area

          34 – “LUZERNE COUNTY” – Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton Area

          50 – “SEA SERVICES-PITTSBURGH” – Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Monroeville Area

          53 – “TRI-COUNTY” – Dubois, Clarion, Clearfield, Centre County Area

          62 – “MILITARY GOVERNMENT” – Philly, Doylestown, Bensalem, Bala Cynwyd Area

          63 – “PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL” – Philly, Norristown, Doylestown Area

          99 – “TRI-SERVICES” – Pittsburgh, Oakdale, Greensburg, Butler, Grove City Area




ROA Department of PA
Summer 2015 Convention
19-21 June 2015
· Hosted by: ROA Department of PA and Chapter 53
· Location: Homewood Suites
Industrial Drive
Dubois, Pennsylvania 15801
· For Hotel Reservations call: 814-503-8944; REF: “Reserve Officer’s
Association (ROA) Conference” to reserve blocked rooms/rate.
- Room Rate: $109/night plus tax (single or double occupancy).
- Lodging Reservation/Pymt must be made directly with the Hotel.
· Full Conference Fee with registration and all meals = $85
· Partial Conference Fees (for guests & partial registrants):
- Reg. Fee: $30 - Each Attendee Full or Partial Conference (includes
hospitality room, snacks, limited bar, coffee).
- Lunch: $20 – Assorted Pizza and Salads
- Banquet: $35 – Buffet (choice of beef, chicken, potatoes, vegtables)
Registration Table will be open Fri, 19 June at 1600 hrs and Sat, 20 June at 0800
hrs in the conference/hospitality room. “Dine around” at local restaurants on
your own Friday night, Mess Dress/Black Tie formal on Saturday night.
The meetings, luncheon and hospitality room will all be on the first floor of the
The dinner speaker will be Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson.
Golf Sunday, see/email Don Aravich <>
ROA Department of PA
Summer 2015 Convention
19-21 June 2015
NAME: _____________________________________
ADDRESS: __________________________________
CELL PHONE #: ___________________________________
If attending, SPOUSE/GUEST NAME:____________________
Full Conference w/Registration & All Meals: $85 x ___ = $_____
Includes hospitality room, coffee, deli lunch, buffet formal.
Partial Registrants / Guests
Registration: …………35 x __ ………. = $ ____
Lunch:……...........…..$20 x __ ………. = $ ____
Banquet: …..........…..$35 x __ ………. = $ ____
Total $85
Make check payable to “ROA Chapter 53” and mail form to:
John Marino
121 Sharon Drive
Julian, PA 16844




ROA Department Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Army Heritage & Education Center (AHEC), Carlisle PA

21 February 2015

(draft submitted by COL Denise Gross, 21 March, 2015)


1. Call to Order @ 1000 by LTC Karen Aravich - Sr VP / President Elect, along with Pledge of Allegiance.

    - Attendee Roster-Roll Call - Quorum – approved

Attendees present:

 - LTC Karen Aravich, Chap 53 (Sr VP/Pres Elect)

 - COL Denise Gross, Chap 11 (Secretary-for-Life

 - LTC Dan Daley, Chap 11 (National Council Rep)

 - LTC Alan Smith, Chap 99 (Treasurer-Extraordinaire)

 - Lt Col Don Aravich, Chap 53 (First-Husband Elect)

 - MAJ Bob Zimmerman, Chap 11 (ROTC/JROTC Chairman)

 - SGM Tom Zerbe, Chap 11 (Premium Cigar Chairman)


2. Secretary’s Report (COL Gross)

    - Approved minutes from 9-20-14 – COL Gross will send copy of minutes and copy of current C&B to LTC Daley for Dept website & facebook page


3. Treasurer's Report / Budget Review-Approval (LTC Smith)

Report distributed, after discussion, motions made and approved the report as amended.

Minuteman largest expense. Although ROTC and JR Off program is significant expense consensus was that the program remains relevant and important to keeping ROA name out there.

Money not coming in from National.  LTC Smith sent informal email notifying chapter treasurers, formal letter from President noted as needed. Also should be included in minuteman.

Taxes filed on 2/5/15 – accepted by IRS

Outstanding actions:

·         Change IRS filing period from calendar to fiscal account

·         Transfer funds in Clearview Federal Credit Union (FCU) CD to money market account

·         Email IRS filing for 2014 to National. Do not know POC since Laura Sieders left. LTC Daley suggested Kim Echols.


4. National Council Representative’s / Report (LTC Daley) National EXCOM

·         New Executive Director, MG Jeffrey Phillips

·         USAA wanted naming rights for building which was rejected – ROA still soliciting  for organization/company to do this and partnering with a law firm hoping to reduce debt.

·         National still looking at option of outsourcing staffing.

·         Discussion about need for more communication from National on Legislative issues and need for more information regarding membership status.

·         National is asking Departments to consider forgiving all or a portion of outstanding national debts.

·         National did not publish a fall edition of Officer Magazine.


Upcoming events:

Next National Council meeting is March 16-18, 2015 in DC        

Meetings will be attended by LTC Daley, COL Holsworth and LTC Pentecost, STARs Gala attendees evening of  March 17th will include  LTC Pentecost, COL Gross and possibly COL Holsworth. 

July 26-29, 2015 – National Convention, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington DC (DOPA considering camp ground accommodations may be taking camper/RV)


5. Department / Chapter Membership Report (COL Gross / LTC Daley)

Problem with renewals and membership reports from National


6. Officer’s Reports

- Senior VP/President Elect (LTC Aravich) NSTR

- VP Army (COL) Bhagwandien)  NSTR

- VP AF (LTC McKay) – NSTR

- VP Naval Services (CDR Krawec)  NSTR


7. Committee Chairpersons Reports (Surgeon; Dental Surgeon; Historian; Judge Adjutant; ROTC )

ROTC Report:  MAJ Zimmerman ordered and distributed medals that were centrally ordered.  Need new certificate with new Executive Director


8. Legislative / Resolutions Issues

Constitution & Bylaws –  New National C&B needs to be  reviewed  LTC Don Aravich appointed  as subcommittee chair, COL Holsworth and MAJ Zimmerman will serve on committee. Resolutions: None  Legislative Issues: None


9.  Chapter Reports / Updates: None                                                                                                                      

10. ROAL Report : NSTR

11. Minuteman Newsletter:   Next edition will be prepared by COL Gross within two weeks of receipt of details NLT April 1 emailed/posted on website NLT April 15, 2015 with RSVP NLT May 1, 2015  COL Gross will include notice  to all members listing names hardcopy requests and reinforcing need for valid email address

12. Upcoming ROA Department Convention (LTC Aravich ): Discussion regarding planning for our Dept State Convention, 19-21 June 2015 Dubois, RSVP May 20, 2015

13. Additional Old/New Business Issues: None

14. Motion to Adjourn

LUNCH – @ AHEC Cafe; no host

DINNER – no host; plans cancelled due to inclement weather conditions (lots of snow, Again)



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