Broward Council Members and Friends
After months of planning, Fleet Week 2016 is almost here. The "fleet" will be led by our own adopted unit, the USS BATAAN, when it arrives on May 2nd, and four of our members will be riding the BATAAN down from Norfolk to provide them directions. Our adopted Coast Guard Cutter, the USCGC ROBERT YERED, will also be participating in Fleet Week, along with the return of the USS COLE and the USS BAINBRIDGE, which is a late replacement for the USS FARRAGUT, and the USCGC DEPENDABLE. There's still time to volunteer to assist Broward Navy Days with the many events planned for the visiting Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen; if interested contact our Council Secretary Shelley Beck, who is coordinating the volunteer program again this year. Our Council will also be selling soda and water and Council coins during Fleet Week. While a number of members have volunteered to assist, we can always use extra help. The USS BATAAN will be hosting a brunch on Sunday, May 8th exclusively for Council members to thank us for our support of their Sailors of the Quarter for many years. The Council will be recognizing the current SOQs and the 2015 Sailors of the Year, as well as presenting the crew with a special gift from the Council. There's numerous other events that are open to the public, so please do take the opportunity to welcome and thank the young men and women who serve their county to keep us safe and secure.
Our April dinner meeting was held on Thursday, April 14th at Tropical Acres. Our guest speaker and Navy League member, State Representative George Moraitis, Jr., did a great job speaking about his experiences as a submariner after graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1992, and his service as a Naval Reservist until retiring in 2012. He also spoke about his service as a State Legislator and some of the state programs to support veterans. A number of our members also represented the Council at the Fort Lauderdale Council's dinner on April 20th featuring Coast Guard 7th District Commander RADM Scott Buschman speaking about Coast Guard missions in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. With the numerous Fleet Week events in May, we will not be holding a May dinner meeting, however we will be back at Tropical Acres on June 10th for a joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council, when our guest speaker will be US Marine Corps Brigadier General Paul Rock, Jr., the J-5 at SOUTHCOM. Hope to see you at our last Council event before our summer break.
I also represented the Council at the Florida Region meeting in Orlando on April 9th. The meeting agenda included discussions on the status of a number of National issues, the impacts of the new membership categories, best practices, and nominations for National and Regional positions. Council member Joe Giambrone was nominated as one of the Florida Region candidates to serve as National Director. Congratulations as well to Lynn Drucker for being nominated as South Florida Area President, and Pat Dumont for being nominated as National Vice President. Lynn, Pat, and Chuck Black were also nominated as National Directors. The nominations will be acted on at the Navy League National Convention in June in Charleston, SC. We all wish Joe success.
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