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    Navy League President s Message ... From: Dan B. Branch, Jr. Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 1:28 PM Subject: National President s Message - July 30, 2010 If you
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      Navy League President's Message
       
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      Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 1:28 PM
      Subject: National President's Message - July 30, 2010

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                                                                                                                            July 30, 2010 
      Dear Fellow Navy Leaguers,
       
      At the end of June, I visited a training center and campus located on the Potomac River in Piney Point, Md., for the U.S. Merchant Marine. The Seafarers International Union runs the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education there, a school to bring in students for training to be the unlicensed crews for the merchant fleet. About 200 students a year undergo training to be an Able Bodied Seaman, where most start work in the fleet by going to sea for four months. In addition to the basic school, which is free, there are returning students from the fleet for follow-on training to assist them in promotions. The center has a hotel, dining facilities, pool, recreation facilities, libraries and cooking schools as well as firefighting, damage control, engineering, small boat and deck training, including simulators for driving the large ships at sea. The training students undergo is much like what the Navy does to get new Sailors ready to go to sea for the first time. Students’ ages range from 18 to about 55, with many of the older students now seeking a second career after retirement. Many classes earn college credit and all are accredited.
       
      As a representative of the Navy League, I found that the campus at Piney Point is reminder of our duty, as a Sea Service organization, to help promote this excellent program to the public as a way of encouraging potential new recruits to enter the seafaring trade. Whatever we can do as Navy League members may help not only bolster the Merchant Marine and commercial shipping industry, but also change the lives of those people today looking for a meaningful career, and who otherwise may be facing economic and personal challenges. U.S. Merchant Marine training is a wonderful opportunity for many individuals, and an important industry for which Navy Leaguers can show our support.
       
      U.S. Coast Guard Outreach & Advocacy
       
      The August issue of Seapower magazine includes a special report on the U.S. Coast Guard. This feature package looks at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from several Coast Guard angles, including the service’s role in the clean-up effort, the impact of the spill on morale, the policy changes that might be needed to address future incidents and how this disaster effects service members on a personal level. Seapower Assistant Editor John C. Marcario traveled to the Gulf for a first-hand look at disaster mitigation and clean-up efforts, and interviewed retired Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, who leads the federal government's response to this disaster as national incident commander and who, as a civilian, also is serving as a senior executive on the staff of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
       
      The Navy League’s legislative affairs team has been busy on Capitol Hill in efforts to restore the proposed budget cuts to U.S. Coast Guard funding as outlined in the president’s FY2011 budget. Sheila McNeill, Navy League past president and chairman of the Legislative Affairs Advisory Board, has spent the past 10 months canvassing more than 200 Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill and has worked tirelessly in her home state of Georgia with local lawmakers. Sheila has made more than seven visits to Washington, spent endless hours on the telephone with Navy League members to request they contact their members of Congress, and met with legislative staffs and Coast Guard personnel to better understand the facts and background information on the subject. As it stands today, the appropriations bill has been in mark-up since late June and, although the Senate and House Appropriations subcommittees have not released their final versions for consideration by the full committees, subcommittee lawmakers have indicated their support to restore Coast Guard funding. Details should be released in the next week or so. 
       
      In early July, Navy League HQ issued a press release “op-ed” bylined by Sheila that was sent to the media. The Navy Times picked up the press release and interviewed Sheila, and you can read the excerpt from an article that focused on the status of U.S. Coast Guard funding issues. http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/07/coastguard_papp_071010w/ 
       
      Council News
       
      On July 4th, a small group of U.S. citizens in Thailand received their national charter in what will be the Thailand Southern Seaboard Council of the Navy League, based in Phuket, Thailand. The council received a provisional charter back in September, and since that time, they have hosted 26 U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships. The charter ceremony in July, held at Headstart International School Phuket, was attended by more than 100 individuals, where Ronald Robinson, U.S. Embassy Consul General represented Ambassador Eric G. John and read a message from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Bill Waylett, Senior Director of Regional Activities, presented the charter to Jim Madigan, the Council’s president, and administered the Oath of Office to the new Thailand Council officers and board members.
       
      The Broward County Florida Council, an active supporter of sea service families in south Florida, has been busy over the past few months. In early July, the Council made a donation of $1,000 dollars in support of the newly-completed Fisher House Miami, a free-of-charge convalescent facility for veterans and their families, and the latest of 35 Fisher House residences nationwide. The Council also supports local Marine Reserve Scout troops and recently expanded its support to active-duty Marines deployed in the Middle East. Council members developed a “Care Package Program” for Marines in Afghanistan based on the requests they receive from various Marine Corps companies, and have been sending these packages by mail to the troops, among them First Radio Battalion Forward of the 1 MNG Marine Expeditionary Force-Forward. Toward the end of July, the Broward Council and the Fort Lauderdale Council co-hosted a welcome reception in Fort Lauderdale for a rare visit of America’s tall ship, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Eagle. The historic Barque Eagle, commissioned in 1936 and currently moored in Port Everglades, serves as a fully functioning training vessel for Coast Guard cadets. Great work and congratulations to Broward County Council President George Reeves and Public Relations director Robert Hein for all your good news.
       

      2010 National Convention News & National Meeting Update

       
      Plans are well under way for the Navy League National Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. National Convention Chairman Diane Wright and her committee have developed a wonderful program with a number of additional activities. The official convention dates are October 20-24; however, we encourage members and their families to come as early as October 18 to attend the optional events that have been arranged by the Convention planning committee. These include an all-day golf tournament on Oct. 18 and a tour of the Kennedy Space Center on October 19. Please go to the convention website (http://www.navyleague.org/National%20Convention/2010) to view a complete program and list of optional events, or refer to your August issue of Seapower. Members can also register online or by using the convention registration form available online and in Seapower. 
       
      One of the highlights at the National Convention in Jacksonville will be recognizing many of our outstanding Councils during the Honors Ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 22, from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Following are the results of the 2009 Council Awards:
       
      Outstanding Councils
       
      Bremerton – Olympic Peninsula

      Broward County

      Corpus Christi

      Golden Isles

      Hampton Roads

      Honolulu

      Mayport

      National Capital

      New Mexico

      Newport County

      Pittsburgh

      San Diego

      Santa Barbara

      Sasebo Japan

      Savannah

      Seattle
       
      Meritorious Councils
       
      Atlanta Metropolitan

      Bakersfield

      Baltimore

      Black Sea

      Central New Jersey

      Glenview

      Greater Austin

      Guam

      New York

      Oak Harbor

      Singapore
       
      Honorable Mention Councils
       
      Central Florida

      Channel Islands

      Charleston

      French Riviera-Monaco

      Santa Rosa County Florida

      Tampa

      Thailand Eastern Seaboard

      Tri-City

      Vieques
       
      Congratulations to all of these outstanding Councils!
       
      Upcoming Events
       
      USS Missouri Commissioning July 31, 2010

      USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)                                November 13, 2010

      National Convention, Jacksonville, Fl.                       Oct. 20-24, 2010

      Sea-Air-Space Exposition                                          April 11-13, 2011                         

      Board of Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.        June 22-26, 2011           

      National Convention, Chattanooga, Tn.                     October 25-30, 2011

      National Convention, Honolulu, Hi.                             June 2012

      National Convention, Long Beach, Ca.                     June 2013

      National Convention, San Diego, Ca.                       June 2014
       
      Best wishes and my personal thanks to our Navy Leaguers who continue to support our Sea Services and families every day.
       
      My warmest wishes,
       
      Daniel B. Branch, Jr.

      National President

       
      Navy League of the United States

      This message was sent from Dan B. Branch, Jr. to nlsac@.... It was sent from: Navy League of the United States, 2300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22201.

       
      Re: The Navy League’s Grass Roots Legislative Affairs program.  This involves delivering the a "Grass Roots" presentation to members of Congress (MOCs) in their district offices. The presentation has two parts: 
      1. An introduction to the Navy League (to be customized by each Area or Council) 
      2. An update on the Navy’s declining fleet size and related concerns. 
      A telephone conference call training session is necessary before one can give the presentation. The Pacific Central Region has a lot of catch-up to do to match the progress of other regions. Six months after presentation #1 a second scripted presentation is possible; it is focused on the Coast Guard. Usually councils accept these tasks but Area Presidents get involved as well.

      The next conference training session is Tuesday, August 10 (and Tuesday, 14 September) 1500 Eastern time. William Waylett, NLUS's Senior Director of Regional Activities and Training, is the instructor. He will be with us on Saturday, 7 August, for the Pacific Central Region meeting. Appointments for the training may be arranged then or better yet E-mail or telephone him.
       
      wwaylett at navyleague dot org
      1-800-356-5760, X1593
      1-703-312-1593 (direct)
      1-703-731-5907 (cell)
       
      A similar program for presentations to community service organizations (CSOPs) has been initiated. Again a conference call training session with Bill is required. The dates are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month.
       
      The Navy League takes its educational mission quite seriously and it desires that we all be on the same page when formally dispensing information to our Representatives and other organizations. These are the coordinated presentations. Reporting is involved. That's where I come in; reports come to me and I compile them and forward them on. Possibly a bit intimidating but once you are familiar with the resource materials, you too will understand and appreciate the Grass Roots Legislative Affairs Program and the Community Service Organization Presentations. Please volunteer!
       
      Anchors Aweigh,
       
      Phelps
      Phelps Hobart
      Senior Vice President
      Vice President - Grass Roots Legislative Affairs Program
      Vice President - Community Service Organization Presentations
      Pacific Central Region 
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