Broward Council Members and Friends
Another Fleet Week is now behind us, and a great one it was! From the opening welcoming event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 4th through Galley Wars on May 9th, many of our members were out there as coordinators of events or helping out as volunteers. A special thanks to those that helped out at our table selling soda, water, and coins, including Larry Ott, George Reeves, Wayne McLaren, Bob Joslin, Tom Carney, Dottie Kirk, Tom Stenger, Ralph Utley and guest Karen Wessling, and I (hope I didn't forget anyone). Erwin and Joan Sefton were also there all week coordinating the ship tours, and Shelley Beck coordinated all of the volunteers. This year we also helped Broward Navy Days by selling their t-shorts and Fleet Week coins. The results reflected the hard work of our many Council volunteers at the table and the increased public tour counts. Most importantly, we raised over $1800 that will help us with providing funds for our adopted units and NJROTC schools. A special thanks to Larry Ott for arranging for his employer to donate the sodas and water, and for John Glaviano from Port Everglades for keeping the ice chests stocked. Erwin Sefton also coordinated a great Junior Officer's Party at Briny's on May 5th, and the feedback I received from some of the JOs that attended was very positive (of course the two free drinks helped!). Our complements to BND Executive Director Mary Anne Gray and BND Board Chair Alan Starr (both Council members) and their team for a job "Well Done!"
An example of where the money goes is our support of the "Teddy Roosevelt" Medals we present to a cadet from each of the Navy Junior ROTC programs we support. Senior Chief Alan Starr coordinates that, and this year I skipped the Friday evening Fleet Week Gala to attend the awards ceremony at NOVA High School to make the award presentation. LT Rodabaugh and Master Chief Cevallos run a great program with well over 200 cadets. Our Council was also presented an award for being one of the sponsors of their Military Ball this year.
Thanks as well to all who were able to make it to the joint dinner with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday, May 20th. Our guest speaker was RADM Karl Schultz, USCG, SOUTHCOM Director of Operations (J-3), who filled us in on the many missions that SOUTHCOM is carrying out every day throughout Latin America. Unfortunately, due to a number of schedule conflicts, we will not be holding our June dinner meeting. Since we don't meet over the summer, or next dinner meeting will also be a joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday, September 16th, where we will hear the annual reports from the sea cadets from the Spruance Division report on their summer training program experiences. Hope to see a large turnout for this meeting, which is a favorite of our members.
A number of our members also attended the Seventh Coast Guard District Change of Command Ceremony and Retirement Ceremony for RADM Jake Korn on May 1st at Air Station Miami. We had the opportunity to wish RADM Korn and his family well as he transitioned into retirement, and welcomed RDML Scott Buschman as the new District Coomander. RDML Buschman is no stranger to South Florida, having previously served as the Seventh District Chief of Staff and as Sector Key West Commander. He is a strong supporter of the Navy League, and we will be working on getting him to a future meeting.
I hope everyone has a great summer, and be safe and healthy. As always, please feel 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