Broward Council Members and Friends
Thank you to all who were able to attend our dinner meeting on March 25th at Tropical Acres to hear LT Mark Ketchum from our adopted unit Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. LT Ketchum did a great job filling us in on the latest developments in the Coast Guard and how the Station crew is on the front lines every day keeping South Florida safe and secure. LT Ketchum will be leaving us in June to go off to graduate school at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. More to follow on his replacement LT Derek Wallin and the Change of Command in our next newsletter. We were also able to recognize former BMC (now CWO2 (Bosn)) Justin Young for all of his support to the Navy League and the Naval Sea Cadet program during his assignment at Station Fort Lauderdale. CWO2 Young will be leaving at the end of May for his first assignment as a Chief Warrant Officer aboard the USCGC HEALY, a Coast Guard medium icebreaker homeported in Seattle. We wish him well as he embarks on a new challenge, however knowing Chief Young he will be an outstanding CWO!
Planning for Fleet Week 2017 is continuing, with the final planning meeting being held on April 5th. As previously announced, this year's Fleet Week will begin with the arrival of the ships at Port Everglades on May 1st, and run through the ship departure on May 7th. The participating ships will include the USS NEW YORK, USS MONTEREY, USS NITZE, USS SAN JACINTO, a US Navy submarine, the USCGC FORWARD, and our own adopted unit Fast Response Cutter USCGC MARGARET NORVELL. The first event this year will be the "All Hands" opening ceremonies on May 1st, being held this year on the Riverwalk in Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale at 6 PM. For a full list of events, go to http://www.browardnavydaysinc.org/. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Shelley Beck if you are interested in filling one of the many volunteer positions that make Fleet Week work. Our Council will also be selling soda and water and Council coins during Fleet Week to raise additional funds for our programs, and we'll be looking for volunteers to staff the booth as well as donations of soda and water to defray our expenses.
Joe Giambrone and I represented our Council at the Florida Region meeting on March 18th in Fort Lauderdale. The primary purpose of the meeting was to nominate the Florida Region candidates for National and Regional elected offices and National Directors. I am pleased to announce that Council Board member Joe Giambrone was nominated along with Pat Du Mont to be considered for National Vice-President positions. For our region, John Vargo was nominated to serve another term as Region President and Lynn Drucker as South Florida Area President. National Director nominees from our area included Joe, Lynn and Pat, and Maura Brassil-Day and Elaine Hogg, both from the Fort Lauderdale Council. We wish Joe and all the candidates well as their nominations are acted on at the Navy League National Convention in Milwaukee, WI from June 21-24. In addition to that, Region President John Vargo filled us in on all of the happenings at National and the need for all Councils to focus on increasing their memberships. If you have any friends who you think may be interested in joining our Council, let me know and we'll work on recruiting them.
Our Council will be hosting our annual Easter Egg Hunt for Coast Guard families at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, April 8th at 1030. I hope that we can get a large turnout of members to both help with the barbecue and meet the Coast Guard families, but even if you can't make it, a donation to the Council will help defray the costs of the event. Due to the Easter Egg Hunt and Fleet Week events, we will not be holding our usual April and May dinners, but please hold June 8th on your calendar for our final Council dinner meeting before we go on our summer break.
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