Broward Council Members and Friends
I hope that everyone had a great holidays and is enjoying the New Year, since it's already been a busy month for the Council. On January 9th, Alan Starr represented the Council at Museum Park in Miami at the Navy Recruiting District Miami Change of Command as we bid farewell to CDR Hurt Kyle as he heads off to Newport, RI and CDR Nathan King assumed command. We look forward to working with him and his unit. On Sunday, January 11th, we held our Installation Luncheon attended by 70 people aboard the recently christened cruise ship Regal Princess at Port Everglades. Our guest speaker and presiding official for the installation was RADM Karl Schultz, USCG, the J-3 at SOUTHCOM, and a long time friend of the Council from his days as Sector Miami Commander from 2006-2008. He did a great job speaking about his Navy League experiences throughout his career. It was also great that representatives from the Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Councils were able to join us. My thanks to all of the officers and directors who agreed to stay on for 2015, and to Donna at Princess Cruises who once again arranged for the luncheon to be donated, so all proceeds can go towards supporting our numerous adopted units and youth programs. January 13th also marked the start of formal planning for Fleet Week 2015, with the Initial Planning Meeting held by the Navy and Broward Navy Days. Many of our members are stepping forward once again this year to coordinate some of the events that will run from May 4-10, 2015, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Council members to volunteer to assist with tours, special events, etc. This year we will have four US Navy ships, including the USS COLE, and one or two Coast Guard cutters. We will be setting up our table to sell cold drinks and coins, and will be looking for Council volunteers to staff the table and donate soda and water. More on all of this as the date gets closer.
In February, we will be back at Tropical Acres for our dinner meeting on Thursday, February 12th. Our speaker will be Broward County Medical Examiner Craig Mallak, CAPT USN Retired. CAPT Mallak will be speaking to us about his experiences during his Navy career that culminated with him serving as the Armed Forces Medical Examiner for 10 years, so I hope we have a great turnout. Looking ahead to March, we will be returning to the STAR Center for dinner and a tour of the outstanding facilities used to train American's merchant mariners led by BCNL member Graeme Holman. Many members don't realize that the Navy League is a strong supporter of the US Merchant Marine, so this is an opportunity to learn more about that part of our mission. We will get a flyer out with information on that 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