Broward Council Members and Friends
My thanks to all that were able to make it to the joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on Wednesday, September 21st to hear reports from the five Sea Cadets about their experiences during the summer training programs. It is amazing what training opportunities these young men and women get to attend over the summer, with many of them attending more than one session. My congratulations to Alan Starr for leading such a great program. For October, we will once again be joining with the Fort Lauderdale Council members for our annual Oktoberfest celebration on October 19th at 6 PM at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Hope to once again see many of our members there.
Also, I want all of our members to be aware of a new initiative of Navy Recruiting District Miami. I represented the Council at the initial meeting of the NRD Miami Recruiting District Assistance Council (RDAC) on September 6th. The mission of the RDAC is to assist Navy recruiting by joining together the many talents available in Navy-related organizations, the civilian community, and the Navy Reserve. By focusing on common problems and goals in Navy recruiting, the RDAC can enhance Navy recruiting effectiveness within the community. The main program objectives are to provide support in fulfilling the Navy's mission to recruit quality young men and women, to increase support and acceptance of the Navy among community Centers of Influence (COI) in order to enhance recruiting effectiveness, and to assist Navy recruiting in increasing public awareness of opportunities available in today's Navy. CDR Ketelsen is also looking for opportunities to get his staff more involved with the local communities. I will keep you updated on specific opportunities as they come up.
I also had the opportunity to visit the offices of our newest Community Affiliate member, DeAngelo Marine Exhaust Inc. in Fort Lauderdale to welcome them to the Council and present them their CA plaque. DeAngelo Marine Exhaust is a local company that specializes in marine exhaust systems, and is the provider of equipment for the Coast Guard Fast Response Cutters and other Navy and Coast Guard vessels. We will be setting up a visit to their facility for those who want to learn more about the company.
In some news from the National front, the Navy League is nearing the end of a multiyear process to replace the database used to track member information. As our Membership Coordinator George Reeves can attest, it has been a long and painful process as National has faced a number of challenges, but hopefully the new "Raiser's Edge" software will address the many shortfalls we have seen over the last few years. Also, for those that may not be aware, there will be a Change of Command ceremony at Navy Operational Support Center Miami in Hialeah on October 16th at 10 AM, where CDR Harold Long will be relieved by CDR Tenisha Finley.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that the slate of Board officers for 2017 will be the same team from 2016. My thanks to all of them for agreeing to continue to serve the Council another year to maintain and enhance our many unit and youth programs. As was noted in last month's newsletter, I am looking for other members who want to join our Board and become more actively involved in the Council's activities. Please let me know if you are interested.
As always, please feel free to contact me at 718-619-7402 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas on what our Council should be doing to make your membership more valuable to you.
CAPT, US Coast Guard Retired