Broward Council Members and Friends
Thank to all who contributed to another successful Fleet Week! Whether it was sailing down from Norfolk on the USS BATAAN, coordinating volunteers, visitors, community relations visits, assisting with events, or selling water and soda, numerous Council members stepped up and gave their time to ensure that the visiting ships and their crews received the welcome they deserved. On the fundraising side, were able to raise over $2,300 through soda, water, and coin sales and donations that will help defray the costs of our unit and youth programs. A special thanks once again to Larry Ott and his employer for donating most of the water and soda that we sold. The highlight of the week was the brunch hosted by CAPT Carter in the Wardroom of the USS BATAAN, where we had the opportunity to present 10 Sailor of the Year and Sailor of the Quarter awards (2 others had already departed the unit), as well as presenting a gift of an Expresso coffee brewer to the ship.
A number of Council members attended the Changes of Command for Coast Guard Sector Miami and Navy Recruiting District Miami. I presented Certificates of Appreciation to both CAPT Gould and CDR King as they head to their next assignments, and welcomed CAPT Megan Dean and CDR Jason Ketelsen to their new commands. Please try and make it down to Coast Guard Base Miami on June 24th at 0830 for the Change of Command at our adopted USCGC ROBERT YERED, when we will bid farewell to LT Earl Potter and welcoming LT Soren Rose.
I also had the opportunity to participate in three NJROTC awards ceremonies to present the Theodore Roosevent Youth Medal on behalf of the Council, and Senior Chief Starr and Shelley Beck covered the others in Broward and George Reeves assisted with the presentations in Miami. It's always great to participate in these ceremonies at the high schools and hear about the accomplishments of the young men and women who will be our future leaders.
I hope that you will be able to attend our last dinner meeting on Thursday, June 9th at Tropical Acres. This will be a joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council, and our special guest speaker will be US Navy SEAL Master Chief Special Operator Michael Oberhelman. Master Chief Oberhelman will be retiring from the Navy and relocating his family to Fort Lauderdale at the end of June after twenty years of service, and he'll be giving us an inside view of his experiences as a SEAL (to the extent he can of course). While we will take a break over the summer, looking ahead, please add Wednesday, September 21st to your calendar when we will have another joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club to hear the reports from some of the Sea Cadets experiences during their summer training programs.
While I will not be attending the Navy League National Convention in Charleston, SC this year, Council member Joe Giambrone has been nominated as one of the Florida Region candidates along with Chuck Black to serve as a National Director, along with Lynn Drucker as South Florida Area President, and Pat Dumont as National Vice President. We all wish them success as they seek to set the course of the Navy League at the national level!
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