Broward Council Members and Friends
My thanks to all that were able to make it to the annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Everyone had a great time as always. Due to schedule conflicts, we did not hold a November dinner meeting, and will be joining with the Fort Lauderdale Council at their December meeting on Wednesday, December 21st. Hope to once again see many of our members there. Our next event will be our annual Coast Guard Unit Holiday party at Briny's on Friday, December 2nd at 6 PM. We've adopted a number of Coast Guard units this year that will have representatives attending, and I hope that our members will come out to wish them a Happy Holidays! The Fort Lauderdale Council and Broward Navy Days will be joining us again this year to help celebrate.
As I noted previously, the slate of Board officers for 2017 will be the same team from 2016. My thanks to all of them for agreeing to continue to serve the Council another year to maintain and enhance our many unit and youth programs. We are still waiting to hear from Princess about the availability of space aboard one of their ships for our always popular January Installation Luncheon, and will let you know when we get more information.
On Sunday, December 4th at 2 PM, Broward Navy Days will once again be sponsoring the annual Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. The Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South and one of our adopted units, CDR Michael Frede, will be the guest speaker. While the number of Pearl Harbor veterans continue to decline as they pass away, it remains important to commemorate this fateful day of infamy in our nation's history. I also had the privilege of serving as an escort for Honor Flight South Florida's trip to Washington, DC on October 29, 2016. Honor Flight South Florida's volunteer team did an outstanding job coordinating a memorable visit to a number of memorials in DC for 78 World War II veterans from South Florida ranging in age from 89 to 100. I had the honor of escorting Dr. Michael Lazzopina from Davie, who served as an Army Medic during World War II, then attended medical school and returned to active duty as a Navy doctor for two years during the Korean War to take care of Navy and Marine Corps members in North Carolina. I encourage all of our members to get involved with that organization as they honor those who served our country during World War II.
It's also that time again to start planning for Fleet Week 2017, coming to Port Everglades from May 1 - May 7, 2017. The initial planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in the Port Everglades Auditorium. The US Navy is planning to send more ships our way this year, along with the US Coast Guard and a Royal Canadian Navy ship. I know that Broward Navy Days will once again be looking to our members to fill key positions in the Fleet Week organization to make this another successful Fleet Week.
Finally, I hope that all of our members enjoyed their Thanksgiving and will have a safe and restful Holidays as we get closer to celebrating the start of another New Year in 2017.
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