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: email@example.com or by phone: 954-253-2786 for any questions or concerns.
Larry M. Ott