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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday March 24th @ 10:30

We hope you and your family will join us on March 24th for our annual Coast Guard Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ.  As always, there will be the Easter egg hunt, bounce house, face painting and more for the kids and a BBQ lunch for all in attendance.  

The event is free for Coast Guard personnel and their families - $15 for civilians (civilian kids under 10 are free).  RSVPs are mandatory for both Coast Guard personnel and civilians - please see details on the flyer for how to do so.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the event - contact Shelley Beck at



   The March edition of the Helmsman is now available! - Visit our Newsletter page to see the latest news and information for our council along with any past copy you may have missed. This month our editor highlights the many exciting events coming during March.

   Photos from our February Dinner Social have been posted! - Go to our photo gallery to see them. Also while there check out the photos from our other past events. Enjoy!
   Local Dues - Each year, we ask our members to pay local dues and/or make a donation.  Local dues provide direct financial support to the Council while your National dues help the Navy League continue with its mission.  This year we have listed the names of the military units we support as well as several major events we host and hope that you might consider making a donation along with your dues in order to help us to continue the support we provide. A form is available by clicking here for this purpose.

Fund raising opportunity! - Whenever you purchase something from Amazon, use the amazon smile link to log onto the web site. When you make your purchase our council will receive a 1/2% rebate from Amazon deposited directly into our account. You have to do nothing! Amazon Prime benefits will still apply, all prices will be the same, it will be a normal shopping visit to Amazon except that our Council will benefit. What could be simpler?

President's Message

Broward Council Members and Friends

Since our last newsletter, we have had the Installation of Officers aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship. How fortunate this council has been to enjoy the hospitality and generosity of Princess Cruise Lines for many years. Attendance at this event exceeded our expectations. Commander Meuse from TACLET South gave the address and Oath of Office to the board members. Although Mr. Bob Russell was not able to attend, he generously sponsored a table of eight which seated our special invited guests.

The February dinner meeting also had attendance that surpassed our expectations and Tropical Acres seamlessly adjusted to additional attendees. Mr. Paul Doell, President of the American Maritime Officers (AMO), gave a most interesting talk about the Jones Act. The following question and answer time was most spirited. He was introduced by Mr. Charles Murdock and the council received a most generous donation from AMO.

February has several important dates to observe, the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln as well as Valentine’s Day. Another less known birthday is that of the 76th birthday of the Coast Guard Reserve on February 19th. The reservists assist in responses to terrorism threats, hurricanes as well as port security. They serve as a critical partner to the Coast Guard.

Our next dinner meeting at Tropical Acres will be on March 8th. Newly appointed chaplain at Seafarers House, Rev. Sears, will be our speaker. Father Sears brings a lot of energy to the mission at Seafarers House. Some of our members had opportunity to work with him during the Shoebox project in December. Hope to see you there.

We are also looking forward to March 24th for the Easter Egg Hunt at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. Children of the Coast Guard members from several local units enjoy not only gathering Easter eggs but other activities. The adults on the other hand enjoy watching the children having a great time, conversing with the “Coasties” and a Barbeque. This event is open to our membership so do plan to attend. We can always use help with the activities (counting eggs, awarding prizes, preparing for the barbeque etc.) Donations to underwrite some of the costs are always welcome.

Getting involved with the council is not only important for the council but also a rewarding experience for the member. The board members and I have all been volunteers for many years and we have been blessed by being of service. Getting involved enriches our lives and I encourage all to not deprive themselves of the many upcoming opportunities.

Contact me by email at: or by phone: 954-253-2786 for any questions or concerns.

Larry M. Ott
Council President

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Places to Visit

Click to visit Seafarers House Website

Click to visit Broward Veterans Coalition Website

Naval Air Station Ft Lauderdale Museum

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