Broward Council Members and Friends
Welcome back after a busy summer. I hope everyone took the opportunity to relax, and many traveled outside of the area for cruises and other vacations. Before we went our many different ways for the summer, we held a joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the STAR Center in Dania Beach on Thursday, June 12th. Council member Graeme Holman spoke about the numerous maritime training programs at the STAR Center and demonstrated the ship simulators. While the simulator doesn't move, the full motion video makes you feel like it is, and some of us felt a little queasy after a nice catered dinner arranged by Graeme. Our thanks to Graeme for arranging the great tour; we will likely schedule another visit early next year when more members will be available to attend.
Summer was also a busy time for our local Coast Guard units as they went through changes in leadership. LT Paul Stepler was relieved by LT Earl Potter at a ceremony in Miami for our adopted unit USCGC ROBERT YERED, and CAPT Joe Kimball was relieved by CAPT Todd Lutes at USCG Air Station Miami; new Air Station Command Master Chief Ken Morris also reported aboard. CDR Mike Frede also assumed command at the USCG TACLET South in Opa Locka. The Council was represented at each event, and I was able to present certificates of appreciation and coins to each departing CO! Sector Miami Deputy Commander CAPT Jim Pruett also departed to assume command of Coast Guard Sector Guam, and CAPT Mike Long reported in to take his place.
Thanks as well to the Council members that worked with Operation Homefront and local Dollar Tree Stores to deliver school supplies to the local Coast Guard units, NOSC Miami, and NRD Miami; the local Kiwanis Club helped us out as well. The unit personnel really appreciated the hundreds of items provided. While no one from the Council was able to attend the Navy League Convention in San Diego, our Council was one of only a few in the entire US that was recognized with an Outstanding Council award. Congratulations to all of our members whose efforts led to that recognition, which reflected Shelley Beck's leadership in 2013 and Marianne Giambroni's continuing efforts to keep track of all of our council activities and submit the documentation used by National to evaluate Councils for recognition.
Our next dinner meeting will be a joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday, September 17th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. I hope you can join us as some of Alan Starr's Naval Sea Cadets will be reporting on their summer training program experiences; 90 cadets were able to receive training this summer. It is always enjoyable to hear about the great opportunities the cadets are given. Looking ahead, we will also be getting together with the Fort Lauderdale Council for the annual Oktoberfest. This year, we will be going to the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Thursday, October 16th. Details will be sent out as the date gets closer.
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