Broward Council Members and Friends
Thank you to all who were able to attend our joint Oktoberfest event with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Thursday, October 16th. While I was unable to be there due to being out of town, I hope it was once again an enjoyable event. Thanks as well to George Reeves who represented us at the Change of Command for our adopted unit, the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Miami, on Sunday, October 19th. George bid farewell and presented a certificate of appreciation and Council challenge coin to departing CO CDR Sutton and welcomed the new CO.
Our next Council event on Sunday, November 16th will be the Individual Augmentee (IA) recognition luncheon for personnel assigned to NOSC Miami that have been deployed in IA billets worldwide. This event is being jointly sponsored by our Council and the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Councils, and will take the place of our November dinner. George Reeves has been working hard along with Simone Ramos from the Fort Lauderdale Council to put together a great event at Shula's in Miami Lakes. I hope we get a good turnout of members to meet these local heroes and their guests to hear their stories and thank them for their service and for giving up what sometimes is a year or more of their lives and separation from their families to be deployed all over the world. As you may know, our own member and former Board Secretary Teresa Perez has been serving on an IA assignment for over a year now, and we look forward to separately celebrating her safe return. Looking ahead, our next event will be the annual US Coast Guard Unit Holiday Party on Friday, December 5th at Briny's Pub in Fort Lauderdale. 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.
My thanks as well to all of our Council officers who have agreed to accept nominations to serve together on the Board for another year. As in past years, we have asked Princess Cruises to host us for the Installation Luncheon aboard one of their beautiful cruise ships in Port Everglades, and will let you know the date when that is confirmed. As you know, any organization is only as good as the membership, and I hope that we can get more members to actively participate in our events and become a part of our Board that sets the direction for our Council. It's also the time of year when our local dues solicitation notice goes out. As you may know, while the payment of local Council dues is voluntary, it is the extra funds generated by those dues that allow us to support the wide range of events and activities listed in the email notice. I hope that you will be able to make a contribution to allow us to expand the support we provide to our adopted units and youth programs. Finally, 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 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