Broward Council Members and Friends
Welcome to the Broward County Navy League Council Web Site. As the new 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 February dinner meeting, where we all learned a lot from Captain Mark Patterson about the Port Everglades Pilots Association and how they safely move thousands of large ships into and out of Port Everglades each year. In addition to his pilotage responsibilities, Captain Patterson is also a Reserve CAPT in the US Navy and routinely deploys to the Middle East to serve as a pilot on military vessels there. Our speaker at our dinner meeting on March 13th at Tropical Acres will be Lieutenant General Patrick Hughes, US Army Retired, who will be speaking to us about his experiences during his distinguished military career that concluded as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Looking ahead, our April dinner meeting will be held jointly with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday, April 16th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club, featuring Captain Austin Gould, US Coast Guard Sector Miami Commander, as guest speaker.
We have been advised by the Florida Region President that the Navy League will be increasing member dues as of April 1, 2014 due to increasing costs. Until then, they have reduced the cost to become a life member and will allow early renewals for those paying annual dues at the current member rates. You can renew early on line at http://navyleague.org/membership/life-member-sale.html or contact George Reeves and he can take care of it for you. I also encourage our members who have not done so already to also pay local dues (which are not going up), since that is what the Council uses to defray the costs to support our numerous Sea Services and youth programs.
Finally, as we get closer to Fleet Week 2014, the Coast Guard announced that the USCGC DEPENDABLE, a 210 foot Medium Endurance Cutter, will be joining the USS NEW YORK and the USCGC BERNARD C WEBBER, the first Fast Response Cutter commissioned by the Coast Guard. Our own Shelley Beck is coordinating volunteers for Fleet Week, which begins on April 28th and runs through May 5th. Please let her know if you are available to assist with any of the numerous activities that week. Our Council will be hosting the Junior Officer Party on Tuesday, April 29th, and we'll also be staffing a booth during the week and will need volunteers for that as well. I hope that we'll have a great turnout of members for these events.
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