Broward Council Members and Friends
My thanks to all that were able to make it to the joint dinner held with the Fort Lauderdale Council on December 21st, where we heard MARFORSOUTH Commander Brigadier General Kevin Iiams speak about the many different missions that the Marines are performing in the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility. We also held our annual elections at that meeting, so congratulations to all of the elected officers who have agreed to stay on for another year in 2017. The Fort Lauderdale Council also held their elections and installation of officers, and congratulations are in order for their new Council President, Abiud Montes, and all of their newly elected officers. I also wish to extend a special thanks to Oscar Romano for all of his accomplishments while serving as President of the Fort Lauderdale Council for the past 18 months. We have worked very closely together to ensure that we collectively provide support from the Navy League to all of the sea services in the region.
Thanks as well to those who were able to attend our annual Coast Guard Unit Holiday party at Briny's on December 2nd. We had a good turnout of unit representatives, and I received many positive comments and thank you's from those that were able to make it. A number of Council members were also in attendance at the annual Pearl Harbor Day ceremony hosted by Broward Navy Days on December 4th at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. A special thanks to Council Board member Senior Chief Alan Starr for all of his efforts to make the ceremony such a success. Our next Council event will be our January dinner meeting at Tropical Acres on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30 PM. Our guest speaker will be Lieutenant Brittany Panetta, the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter USCGC MARGARET NORVELL. LT Panetta will be filling us in on all of the great things that our newest adopted unit is doing to keep South Florida safe and secure, so I hope to see a large turnout of our members. I also hope to have the newest Enlisted Person of the Quarter from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale attend, as well at Station XO Jessica Shafer, who will be promoted to Lieutenant on January 6, 2017.
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 is more difficult to obtain approval for a luncheon aboard a ship. We are still working on getting something set up for February, and will let you know when we get more information.
It's also that time again to start planning for Fleet Week 2017, coming to Port Everglades from May 1 - May 7, 2017. The initial planning meeting will be held at 9 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in the Port Everglades Administration Building Auditorium. The US Navy is planning to send more ships our way this year, and along with the US Coast Guard and a Royal Canadian Navy ship scheduled to participate we may have eight ships in port. I know that Broward Navy Days will once again be looking to our members to fill key positions in the Fleet Week organization to make this another successful Fleet Week.
Finally, I hope that all of our members enjoyed their Holidays, and on behalf of the Council Board we wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year in 2017. As always, please feel free 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