Broward Council Members and Friends
Thank you to all who were able to attend our Individual Augmentee (IA) recognition luncheon on November 16th for personnel assigned to NOSC Miami that have been deployed in IA billets worldwide. This event was jointly sponsored by our Council and the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Councils, with assistance from the Everglades Council and Broward Navy Days. George Reeves worked hard along with Simone Ramos from the Fort Lauderdale Council to put together a great event at Shula's in Miami Lakes. RDML Jerabek, the SOUTHCOM J-7, was our guest speaker as we recognized eleven NOSC IA's at the luncheon; another eleven who were not able to make it will get plaques and IA coins presented to them by the NOSC. Looking ahead, our next event will be the annual US Coast Guard Unit Holiday Party on Friday, December 5th from 6-8 PM at Briny's Pub in Fort Lauderdale that we're once again jointly sponsoring with Broward Navy Days, and I hope to see a great turnout of members to thank the men and women from our local Coast Guard units for keeping us safe and secure. Also hope to see some of you at the annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, December 7th at 2 PM as the local community comes together to reflect on that Day of Infamy. Since we're having the Coast Guard holiday party, we will not be holding a separate dinner meeting in December, but will be joining with the Fort Lauderdale Council at their December dinner meeting on Wednesday, December 17th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club to celebrate the holidays!
Looking ahead to January, we will be holding our Installation Luncheon aboard a Princess Cruises cruise ship in Port Everglades, and will let you know the date when it is confirmed by Princess. As I noted last month, this year's Officers have agreed to stay in place for another year, but there are openings on the Board since Alan Stein has indicated that he intends to leave the Board at the end of this year. As most of you may know, Alan and his wife Shelley have led the Council's outstanding Marine Unit Care Package program for 10 years, and as the marines presence in Afghanistan and the need for our program has wound down, though it was time for him to return to a less active role as a general member. Al is also the liaison for our adopted Navy afloat units, the USS BATAAN and USS LEYTE GULF, so if any members are interested in taking a more active role in the Council as a Director on our Board please let me know. Also, another reminder that the voluntary local Council dues are due. The extra funds generated by those dues allow us to support the wide range of events and activities listed in the email notice you should have received. Finally, another reminder for your calendars that Fleet Week 2015 planning will begin with the Initial Planning Meeting on January 13, 2015 at Port Everglades. I know that many of our Council members will once again step forward to fill key planning roles and assist Broward Navy Days for the events that will run from May 4-10, 2015.
As always, please feel to contact me at 718-619-7402 or at email@example.com 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