Broward Council Members and Friends
Fleet Week 2015 is almost here, with the opening welcoming event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on May 4th, 2015. Volunteers are still needed to assist with tours, special events, etc., so go on line to register as a volunteer at www.browardnavydaysinc.org. Shelley Beck is coordinating the volunteers this year and I'm sure can use your help. I am also coordinating the staffing of our table, where we will be selling cold drinks and coins, and this year will be helping our Broward Navy Days by selling Fleet Week t-shirts and coins. A number of members have stepped forward, but I can still use a few more volunteers to staff the table during the week and donate soda and water. In addition to this being a fundraiser for our youth programs, it's also an opportunity to recruit new members, so let me know if you are available. Erwin Sefton is also coordinating our hosting of the Junior Officer Party at Briny's on Tuesday, May 5th, and we're looking for a good turnout of Council members to greet the JO's. There are numerous other events throughout the week for our members to participate at. See www.browardnavydaysinc.org for a complete list of events.
Thanks to all who were able to make it to our April Council dinner meeting on Thursday, April 9th at Tropical Acres. Our guest speaker was CAPT Melissa Bert, Chief of Staff of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, who spoke to us about the wide range of Coast Guard missions in the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Due to the Fleet Week events in May, we have cancelled our normal dinner meeting date and will be holding a joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on Wednesday, May 20th. RADM Karl Schultz, USCG, SOUTHCOM Director of Operations (J-3) will be our guest speaker. Hope to see plenty of members there.
Senior Chief Alan Starr and I were able to attend our adopted unit Coast Guard Air Station Miami's monthly awards ceremony to present awards to their 2014 Enlisted Persons of the Quarter and Year. We were thanked for our Council's support of the unit. Some of us will be back there on May 1st to attend the Seventh Coast Guard District Change of Command Ceremony and Retirement Ceremony for RADM Jake Korn, who has been a strong supporter of the Navy League during his two years as District Commander. We wish RADM Korn and his family well as he makes that "last flight" into retirement!.
As always, please feel 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