Broward Council Members and Friends
As the new president of the Broward County Navy League, Iíd like to give a little of my background for those who may not know me. Born and raised in Michigan, BA degree from Trinity College, (now Trinity Intíl University), AS degree in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade Community College, funeral director with Kraeer Funeral Homes (Dignity) for 26 years, member of the Broward County Navy League since 1996 and a board member for many years. Never served in the armed forces. Volunteer for several organizations and events each year.
Other Navy League members and I volunteer each December to deliver shoeboxes of personal care items to the officers and crew of the Merchant Marine. This project is sponsored by the Seafarers House in Port Everglades and is always a rewarding event as the seamen are deeply grateful that someone has thought of them during the holiday season. Over 1,100 boxes were delivered this year-it is a huge project as each box is gift wrapped and filled with many items-all done by volunteers.
Speaking of the Merchant Marine, Port Everglades is a major port for ships delivering fuel, lumber, containers of products, etc. as well as reloading the ship with items to export. This cargo area is very expansive and most are unaware of the size of the port and the magnitude of cargo. Along with the merchant ships are many cruise ships leaving and arriving from our port.
It is critical to our community and country that ships have the freedom to cross the oceans without fear of foreign countries harassing or attacking. Having a strong sea service permits this safety. Not only for the import and export of goods, but also protecting our shores from dangerous cargos and people that would threaten our quality of life. Navy League National and the local councils support a strong sea service through legislation and education.
National Navy League informs membership of items being sent to Congress and makes it very easy for membership to support these items simply by clicking on a prepopulated letter to our congressmen and women. Education is provided through Sea Power magazine and by speakers at dinner meetings.
May we all be actively supporting the sea services both nationally and locally.