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Fleet Week 2018

April 30 - May 6

Its that time of year again! The Broward Navy Days annual Fleet Week returns. This year featuring at least ships of out Navy and Coast Guard. For complete info go to the Broward Navy Days website.

As is our custom BCNL will be manning a table at the port during the week to sell cool drinks and council medals. This is our second most significant fund raiser of the year. So if you have not signed up to help out please do so. Contact Glenn Wiltshire at

Our council will also be sponsoring a party for junior officers at Briney's on the New River. Always a fun event. Come on by and say hello to the fine young men and women who guard our country.

Click on over to our special events page for more happenings.



   Photos from our last dinner meeting have arrived! - Thank you Charlie Schmidt. Go to our photo gallery to see them. Also while there check out the photos from our other past events. Enjoy!
   The April 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 recaps some of our March events and looks forward to Fleet Week.

   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

On Saturday, March 24th, the Council hosted our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. It was a perfect day for this event and well attended by excited children participating in the Easter Egg Hunt and the many other events. We are grateful for Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale for providing the venue. In spite of a foot injury, Shelley Beck orchestrated the day. Chefs Erwin Sefton and Charlie Schmidt manned the grill with Joan Sefton and Diane Schmidt assisting with the setups. Glenn Wiltshire delivered two large boxes of toys. Thanks to those who generously provided financial support-Brad Fitzgerald of The Fitzgerald Group and Bob Giacin.

I am pleased to welcome Bruce Gottsch who joined the Board of Directors. Bruce is a long-time member of the Navy League and Iím sure will bring new ideas and wisdom to the board.

Looking ahead, our next dinner meeting will be on April 12th at Tropical Acres. Chaplain Sandy Sears will be our guest speaker. Chaplain Sears is chaplain at Seafarersí House in Port Everglades. A retired Coast Guard Officer and rector of his church, Chaplain Sears offers a wide range of experience to his duties in Port Everglades. Several from our Council had the pleasure working with Chaplain Sears during the Shoebox project for the merchant mariners this past December.

Fleet Week will soon be here. Monday, April 30th to Saturday, May 5th. Our council provides many of the volunteers for the week. Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience and anyone interested can reach out to Shelley Beck at

Then in June we will have the opportunity to meet at the Star Center for our monthly dinner meeting. The Star Center is an impressive facility that offers maritime officers continuing education and certification. The simulator is so realistic that you think you are actually on a cargo ship and then there is the control room for the various systems on a ship. Council member Graeme Holman will be our host. You wonít want to miss out on this meeting.

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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