Broward Council Members and Friends
Welcome back to all of our members from our summer break. While we haven't had a newsletter published since June, its been a very busy summer for the Council and its members. Congratulations to long time Board member Joe Giambrone for his election as one of the new National Vice Presidents at the Navy League National Convention in Milwaukee in June. Council Vice President Marianne Giambrone also represented us at the Convention and accepted our Outstanding Council award for 2016. Congratulations as well to Fort Lauderdale Council member Pat Dumont for her election as a National Vice President, as well as to all of those from the Florida Region that were elected as Regional and Area Presidents and National Directors. Thanks as well to those who were able to attend our June dinner meeting to hear Joe Farrell, CEO of Resolve Marine, speak about his success story in founding Resolve Marine and growing it into one of the largest marine salvage companies in the world. Joe also spoke about a special presentation he made to Senator McCain for his service aboard the USS ORISKANY during the Vietnam War.
The summer was also a busy time for our adopted units, with four changes of command, starting with BMC Strope at the Aids to Navigation Team on June 1st followed by LT Ketchum at Station Fort Lauderdale on June 16th, CDR Frede at the TACLET South on July 7th, and CAPT Lutes at the Air Station on July 21st. We wish they and their families well as they move on to their next assignments, and welcome BMC Holly Burgrabe to the ANT, LT Derek Wallin to Station Fort Lauderdale, CDR Joseph Meuse to TACLET South, and CAPT Michael Platt to the Air Station and the Council family. A number of Council members also had the opportunity to greet the sailors and cadets from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Training Squadron in July as they made their first ever port call at Port Everglades.
Unfortunately there a number of tragedies over the summer that affected our Sea Services as well. The at-sea collisions involving the USS FITZGERALD and USS JOHN S MCCAIN, and a C-130 plane crash in Mississippi that kiiled a 15 Marines and 1 Navy sailor were stark reminders of the risks that the men and women of our sea services face every day. The still unfolding tragedy in Texas and Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Harvey has also affected millions of people, and the Coast Guard is once again out front leading a massive response to save lives, and that response includes Coast Guard personnel from South Florida. Please keep all of those affected by these tragedies in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.
We're looking forward to a great turnout of Council members to our next dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 27th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. This is our annual joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council, where we will hear from many of the Sea Cadets about their summer training program experiences. It's one you don't want to miss. Also, please hold Wednesday, October 11th on your calendar for our annual Oktoberfest Celebration. We will once again be joining with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Lauderdale Yacht Club for this event.
As we get closer to 2018, it is also time to put together our slate of officers and Board for next year. Since we will be completing that in September for presentation to the membership at the November dinner meeting, please let me know if you are interested in stepping up and taking a stronger role in our Council's leadership as an elected officer or Board member.
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