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Dinner Social

Wednesday September 21st

6PM @ Coral Ridge Yacht Club

The September dinner social will be held jointly with Fort Lauderdale Council. This will be our annual Sea Cadet Social where our cadets will recount their summer training activities.

Check our Special Events page for details on this event and other Navy League related activities


   Fleet Week pictures! - Pictures from Fleet Week are now starting to come in. Go to our photo gallery to see them. Also, check back often to see others as they arrive.

   The June 2016 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's edition features lots photos from Fleet Week plus other news.

   USS Bataan, CO, Reception pictures - Jump on over to our photo gallery to see them.

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?

   Navy League Newsletter - Did you know that the Navy League of the United States publishes a newsletter called "The Navy Leaguer"? Want to know more about it? If so go here! To access the current edition click here!
President's Message

Broward Council Members and Friends


Welcome back from our summer hiatus. I hope every member had a chance to enjoy the summer, take some time off, or to travel. While the Council sponsored no scheduled activities, we were still involved in a number of events. First, thanks to all who were able to attend our joint meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at Tropical Acres on June 9th and heard our guest speaker, US Navy SEAL Master Chief Special Operator Michael Oberhelman. Master Chief Oberhelman filled us in on his career as a Navy SEAL. Master Chief Oberhelman retired at the end of June, and Senior Chief Alan Starr assisted with the arrangements. We wish the Master Chief the best as he ends his twenty years of distinguished service in the US Navy and transitions to a new career and gets to spend more time with his family.

A number of members were able to represent the Council at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach on June 24th for the Change of Command at our adopted unit, the USCGC ROBERT YERED. We welcomed LT Soren Rose to the unit, and wished departing CO LT Earl Potter well. We also welcomed a new Community Affiliate member to the Council, DeAngelo Marine Exhaust, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale. Our Council also once again participated in Operation Homefront along with the Miramar/Pembroke Pines and Hialeah Kiwanis to collect school supplies from Dollar Tree Store customer donations for distribution to local units. We were able to provide school supplies to the units at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, and Coast Guard Air Station Miami, as well as to the NOSC and NRD Miami.

Congratulations to Council member Joe Giambrone who was elected as a National Director for the Navy League at the National Convention in Charleston in June. Fort Lauderdale Council member Pat Dumont was also elected as a National Vice President, and Lynn Drucker was re-elected as South Florida Area President. We all wish them success as they set the course of the Navy League at the national level! The Council was also recognized at the National Convention as being selected as one of the Meritorious Councils for 2015. That award is a reflection of the multiple events and activities of the Council and its members in 2015. A special thanks to Marianne Giambrone who prepared and submitted our annual report information, which is used by the National Awards Committee to select Councils for special recognition.

On a sad note, National Director and former Fort Lauderdale Council and South Florida Area President Chuck Black suddenly passed away on July 11th. Chuck had recently been named as the 2016 Citizen of the Year in Fort Lauderdale for his successful efforts to convince the Navy to name a planned LPD the USS FORT LAUDERDALE. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Chuck's wife Lynn Elsasser and her family for their loss.

Our next Council event will be a joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on Wednesday, September 21st to hear reports from some of the Sea Cadets about their experiences during the summer training programs. This is always a great program, so I look forward to a large turnout of Council members. We will also be joining the Fort Lauderdale Council members in October for our annual Oktoberfest celebration, and will get out information on the date and location as soon as that is finalized.

As always, please feel free to contact me at 718-619-7402 or at if you have any ideas on what our Council should be doing to make your membership more valuable to you.

Glenn Wiltshire
CAPT, US Coast Guard Retired

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