Broward Council Members and Friends
It's been a challenging month here in South Florida. We all were affected in some way when Hurricane Irma arrived in Florida soon after the impacts of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, and the whole world watches as Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and a number of other Caribbean nations continue to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. While I have only lived in South Florida for 11 years, this has definitely been the most active hurricane season. Once again, the sea services have been in the lead, with the Coast Guard at the forefront saving lives soon after the storms and coordinating the delivery of relief supplies, and the Navy and Marines still sending ships and personnel to Puerto Rico to help restore basic services to the entire island. In addition, hundreds of sea service members and their families stationed in the areas directly impacted by the storms were affected and continue to recover. While we were fortunate that Irma veered to the west before it made landfall and limited the impacts in our area, many of us were left without power for a few days and had light damage compared to what was initially predicted. Please keep all of those affected by these tragedies in your thoughts and prayers as they continue the recovery from the storms.
Thanks to all from the Council who were able to attend the joint dinner meeting with the Fort Lauderdale Council on Wednesday, September 27th at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. We heard from five Sea Cadets who reported on their experiences during their summer training programs, which was a small sampling of the cadets that spent weeks of their summer at training throughout the country. in lieu of our October dinner meeting, we will once again be joining with the Fort Lauderdale Council at the annual Oktoberfest Celebration at the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Wednesday, October 11th. Don't forget that reservations are needed in advance. This I always a fun event, so hope to see you there.
As we get near the end of 2018, we will be putting forward our slate of officers and Board for next year to be voted on in November. My thanks to long time Board member Larry Ott for stepping forward as the nominee to be our President for next year, and to the others who have agree to continue to serve on the Board. We are still looking for members who would like to take a more active role in the Council by serving on the Board, so please let me know if you are interested in stepping up and taking a stronger role in our Council's leadership as a Board member.
As always, please feel free to contact me at 718-619-7402 or at firstname.lastname@example.org 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