Broward Council Members and Friends
It's been a fairly busy month for Council members. George Reeves and I represented the Council at a South Florida Area Council Presidents and National Directors meeting held by Area President Lynn Drucker to discuss current issues of concern to Navy League Councils. Florida Region President John Vargo and Region VP of Legislative Affairs Dave Sullivan were there to provide their perspectives as well. The discussions focused on an update on current issues at National, potential changes in the dues structure to simplify the categories and provide for a lower cost e-Membership, member recruitment and retention, potential efforts to "revive" the Miami Council, legislative engagement, and youth programs. We also received the sad news that Jack Hanscom, President of the Palm Beach Council, had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his fellow Council members. A number of Council members also represented us at a simple yet touching memorial service held by the Seafarer's House at Port Everglades on October to remember the crew of the EL FARO that sank in the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. A special thanks to Council Board member Larry Ott who was able to arrange for a wreath donation by his employer, Dignity Memorial.
As noted last month, we are in the process of adopting two additional Coast Guard units: Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, led by LT Mark Ketchum; and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Opa Locka, led by CDR Michael Fredie. We will be setting up adoption ceremonies for both at their units, and will let you know when those are confirmed.
Thanks as well to all who were able to attend the Oktoberfest celebration with the members of the Fort Lauderdale Council. Good times were had by all at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Our next Council dinner meeting on Thursday, November 12th, will be back at Tropical Acres and will feature LT Earl Potter, Commanding Officer of our adopted Fast Response Cutter USCGC ROBERT YERED. Earl will be speaking to us about the cutter's recent deployment to the Caribbean and their success in interdicting drugs headed towards the United States. He will also be bringing members of his crew, so we're looking forward to a great turnout of Council members and guests. We will also be holding our annual officer elections at this meeting, and my thanks to all of this year's officers who have agreed to stay on one more year!
Preliminary meetings have also begun for Fleet Week 2016, with three US Navy ship and one or two Coast Guard cutters expected to participate. Due to a change of deployment schedules, one of the Navy ships participating will now be our own adopted unit the USS BATAAN, which we haven't seen in Port Everglades in many years. While it's still many months away, our Council members will once again be filling key leadership roles on the Broward Navy Days planning team. More to follow on that.
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