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March Dinner Social

Thursday March 8th

The meeting will be at Tropical Acres Restaurant on Griffin Rd. Our guest speaker will be Reverend Sanford Raymond Sears, the newly appointed Port Chaplain at Seafarers' House at Port Everglades.

Please RSVP your dinner selection no later than Thursday, March 1. Go to our Special Events page for all the details.



   Photos from our February Dinner Social have been posted! - Go to our photo gallery to see them. Also while there check out the photos from our other past events. Enjoy!
   The December 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.

   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?

   Navy League Connections - The Navy League of the United States now publishes a monthly newsletter called "Connections". In it there is news from around the Navy League, a calendar highlighting events coming in the next month, a message from our national president Alan Kaplan, news from headquarters and much more. To access the current edition click here!
President's Message

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.

Larry 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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