The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt.
"It seems to me that all good Americans interested in the growth of their country and sensitive to its honor, should give hearty support to the policies which the Navy League is founded to further."
Our council, the Broward County Council was chartered on 1 January 1968. Since then we have been actively furthering the Navy League's goal of supporting our sea services and their men and women.
To this end we have dinner socials monthly from September to June with prominent military and civilian speakers.
The Council supports the sea services in a multitude of ways. We have adopted the USS Leyte Gulf and the USS Bataan. When they visit Ft Lauderdale we organize receptions and community activities for the crews. We have also adopted the US Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered which is homeported in Miami. The Council recognizes the outstanding sailors from all 3 ships with monetary awards and certificates. We are in partnership with the Navy Operational Support Center and have also adopted the US Coast Guard Air Station in Miami. Again we recognize their outstanding personnel with monetary awards and certificates. In addition, there are recreational events including an Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ and a Christmas holiday party for Coast Guard personnel and their families.
We also have a strong "Support for Youth" program with five local JROTC units, one Marine JROTC unit, and the Navy League sponsored US Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Throughout the year the Council hosts parties for visiting ships and participates in numerous activities of the local Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard units. During "Fleet Week" a special event is held for the junior officers from all visiting ships.
In the past fund raising events were used to send care packages to deployed Marine units in Iraq and Afghanistan with collections of over $49,000 and 360 packages sent. Popular hard covered and paperback books have been collected from various sources. We have provided over 620 cartons which have been donated to US and NATO ships visiting Fort Lauderdale. Books were also given to Marine Expeditionary Units at Camp Lejeune, N.C., personnel at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, and to the library at Bethesda Medical Center outside Washington, D.C.
For those wishing to learn (or share) more about the Navy League of the United States there is a very informative Community Service Organization Presentation in Power Point format available here.