Broward Council Members and Friends
Welcome to the Broward County Navy League Council Web Site. As the Council President for 2014, I welcome you to the gateway to our Council.
My thanks to all that were able to make it to our May dinner meeting, where were able to hear our guest speaker, Tim Lewis, Col. USAF Retired and currently the Deputy Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport. Tim was able to fill us in on what TSA is focused on during airport screening, as well as to talk about his Air Force experiences in special operations. His box of props showing the type of things that can be used as bomb-making materials aboard planes was especially interesting. We also welcomed new members David and Alycia Hendry, presented a Community Affiliate plaque to Jack Studiale, and had a chance to thank a very special member, Dottie Kirk, for her over 21 years of service to our Council before she moves upstate to be closer to her family.
Our next dinner meeting will be held jointly with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the STAR Center in Dania Beach on Thursday, June 12th. Did you ever wonder what type of training that our merchant mariners go through to safely operate ships that are sometimes over 3 football fields long and weigh over 100,000 tons? Then come on out and listen to our own Council member Graeme Holman speak about the maritime training programs at the STAR Center and show us the ship simulators there. I hope you will join us at our last dinner meeting before we take our summer break for this experience that can't be missed.
Fleet Week 2014 is now complete, and the results of months of planning and hard work by Broward Navy Days and the numerous other volunteer organizations (including many members from our Council) showed our sea services the best that this area has to offer. As I noted last month, numerous members of our Council filled key BND leadership roles that week, including Joe and Marianne Giambrone, Shelley Beck, Erwin Sefton, Bob Marks, Alan Starr, and Ernie Gorwood to name a few. Thanks as well to the numerous council volunteers that helped out at all the Fleet Week events and staffed our soda and water sales table at the port and/or donated supplies that allowed us to bring in over $800 that will be put to good use supporting our sea service programs. Our Council was also well represented at all of the events that week. Plans have already started for next year, so I hope we can get even more members involved
Finally, as usually happens this time of year, we said goodbye to some good Coast Guard friends as LT Paul Turner was relieved of command at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale for his next assignment in Saudi Arabia and Master Chief Pomeroy and CAPT Rick Kenin retired after long years of exemplary service, and we welcoming LT Mark Ketchum and his family to the Coast Guard Station. The Council was represented at each event, and I was able to present certificates of appreciation and coins to each, and a Navy League application to the retirees! Next to be departing due to change of commands at our adopted units will be LT Paul Stepler from the USCGC ROBERT YERED and CAPT Joe Kimball from USCG Air Station Miami. I hope we have a good turnout of members to wish them well and welcome their reliefs!
As always, please feel 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