Broward Council Members and Friends
Thank you for the great turnout to our January dinner meeting at Tropical Acres on January 12th. Lieutenant Brittany Panetta, the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter USCGC MARGARET NORVELL, provided us some interesting information about the history of our newest adopted unit and the types of missions their crew is performing to keep South Florida safe and secure (including that they are the only Coast Guard cutter with all female officers). It was great that all of the ship's officers and Chief were able to attend and witness the signing of the official adoption papers. We were also fortunate to have LT Ketchum and the Chiefs from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale attend as we presented two Enlisted Person of the Quarter awards. Although she was unable to attend our dinner, Senior Chief Starr was able to represent us at another ceremony at the Station on January 9th when the Station XO, Jessica Shafer, was promoted to Lieutenant. Congratulations to Jessica!
As most of you know, January is when we normally hold our annual Installation Luncheon aboard a Princess cruise ship, however due to changes in personnel and policies by Princess it took longer than normal to obtain approval for a luncheon aboard a ship. However, because of Marianne Giambrone's persistence, we have been approved by Princess and will be holding our annual Installation Luncheon aboard the CARIBBEAN PRINCESS on Saturday, February 25th. As previously reported, last year's officers and Board members are continuing on for 2017. This is our major fundraiser of the year to raise money to support our adopted units and youth programs, so I'm looking forward to a great turnout and hope to see you there.
Planning for Fleet Week 2017 kicked off at Port Everglades on January 18th with the Initial Planning Meeting. This year's Fleet Week will begin with the arrival of the ships at Port Everglades on May 1st, and run through May 7th. As of now, the participating ships will include the USS NEW YORK, USS MONTEREY, USS NITZE, USS SAN JACINTO, a US Navy submarine (named later), and two Coast Guard cutters. Members from our Council will once again be filling key volunteer positions in the Fleet Week organization to make this another successful Fleet Week, but Broward Navy Days can still use more volunteers. The next Planning Meeting will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 28th and March 1st. In addition, our Council will once again be selling soda and water during Fleet Week, and I'll be looking for volunteers to assist with that as the date gets closer.
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