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    Navy League President s MessageAhoy Members and Friends, I let you know back in mid- February about Joe earning this award,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 19, 2011
      Navy League President's Message
      Ahoy Members and Friends,
      I let you know back in mid- February about Joe earning this award, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/message/919:
      Marianne thanks for the heads-up on this. Joe is a great Navy Leaguer. He sets a fine example accomplishing task after task. We are appreciative that he recognizes the importance of the Pacific Merchant Marine Council. We are fortunate that he is a member and serves on the council's advisory board.
      Heave Ho,
      Phelps Hobart, President
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
      Now, a whole lot more folks know what we knew two months ago.
      By the way, I was nominated by Bonnie Potter, current Pacific Central Region President, seconded by Donald Hale, previous President for the Navy League's Distinguished Member Award. Thanks for those of you who encouraged me to submit my name. If you would like to the what Bonnie and Don sent in let me know.
      Heave Ho,
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:36 PM
      Subject: Fw: National President's Message - April 19, 2011

      A lot of news here.
      Of special note - at least as far as the Pacific Merchant Marine Council goes - is that member Joe Giambrone has received a very special Freedom Award. Details below. Joe is also a member of the council's Advisory Board. BRAVO ZULU Joe.
      Maybe San Francisco Fleet Week can establish a similar awards program.
      Anchors Aweigh,
      Phelps Hobart, Senior Vice President
      Pacific Central Region, NLUS 
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 1:44 PM
      Subject: National President's Message - April 19, 2011

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                                                                                                                            April 19, 2011 
      Dear Fellow Navy Leaguers,
      Your Navy League staff, in cooperation with the National Capitol Council, conducted Sea-Air-Space 2011 April 11-13 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.  There was significant excitement, great energy and wonderful events throughout the three days.  Monday’s speaker, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, addressed an audience of 1,500 at lunch.  There were approximately 12,000 attendees over the course of the expo’s three days. The first event, however, was the April 10 Sea-Air-Space Salute to our wounded warriors from the Navy Safe Harbor and Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment programs, which drew 300 to a pier-side reception.   Major speeches during the expo were delivered by Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Assistant Secretary of Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean J. Stackley and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr.  There were 155 exhibitors this year, and we had several congressmen and many congressional staffers attend due to the work of Liz Drummond, our director of Legislative Affairs.  We also hosted delegations from Taiwan and Spain for the event.  In addition to five major panel discussions by military and civilian leaders from government and industry, there were numerous floor speakers throughout the three days.  Congratulations to our staff Sea-Air-Space leaders Mandy Robertson and Kevin Traver, along with great help from our other staff members and volunteers from the National Capitol Council.  More details will be in the May issue of Seapower.                                 
      The Navy League of the United States in March had the honor of co-hosting a Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus breakfast on Capitol Hill, with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus providing keynote remarks.  The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus reached out to the Navy League to provide support and assistance in addressing the Shipbuilding Industry's issues.  After the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) was dissolved in December 2010, the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus realized changes in the Shipbuilding Industry landscape demanded another approach.  The Navy League was asked to fill the void and we readily accepted the task.  In his remarks to the Shipbuilding Caucus, Secretary Mabus was particularly frank, emphasizing that further extensions of the continuing resolution or a government shutdown could have a profound, long-term effect on the Department of the Navy’s ability to build and maintain the fleet and reset the Marine Corps after 10 years of combat.  That Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus Breakfast also featured remarks from the Shipbuilding Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Rob Wittman of Virginia and Joe Courtney of Connecticut, as well as our National Executive Director Dale Lumme.  More than 225 Congressional Caucus members, and senior Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officials attended.  All stressed the same message:  “We need Defense and Homeland Security budgets, and we need them now.”  Rep Wittman specifically thanked the Navy League for our support of the Shipbuilding Caucus and remarked that the Breakfast attendance was the largest in the history of the Caucus.  Both Congressmen Wittman and Courtney acknowledged the Secretary of the Navy’s concerns and pledged to continue to work together to try and move forward with a 2011 budget, which has since passed;  Corporate Secretary Al Bernard also attended the breakfast.  Al asked a question and provided comments to Secretary Mabus, reminding him of the worldwide reach of the Navy League and the significant amount of support the volunteers in support of the sea services provide.  Also attending were members from the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC) and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA).  Again, Liz Drummond was instrumental in organizing the event.  
      The Navy Recruiting Command has recently reminded friends and supporters of the U.S. Navy that an excellent way to help and be involved in the local community supporting the Navy is to join the Recruiting District Advisory Council.  These are Advisory Councils that work with the Commanding Officer of the Navy Recruiting District on an ongoing basis to offer advice about and assistance with their mission.  There are Recruiting Districts in Great Lakes; Houston; Denver; Irving, Texas; Jacksonville; Los Angeles; Miami; Phoenix; Atlanta; Pittsburgh; Portland; Raleigh; Richmond; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Detroit; Nashville; Boston; New Orleans; New York; Columbus; Philadelphia; and St. Louis.  Reach out to the Commanding Officer near you or contact the “Global Force For Good” Recruiting Command at 901-874-9018.  Take a look at www.facebook.com/USNAVYLIFE.  Many Navy Leaguers are already involved with their RDAC and they can also offer information on the subject.  
      Have you clicked on GEICO on the Navy League website yet?  Help us make a couple of bucks by asking for a quote.  No obligation at all and no hassle will be experienced.  And while there, check out the considerable information available on the Navy League website.
      If you, your council, local educators, civic and business leaders would like to go to sea on a Navy warship as part of the Navy Week Leaders to Sea Program, please contact the Office of Community Outreach at http://www.navy.mil/navco/; www.navyweek.org; navco.fct@... or call 901-874-5800.  The office is in Millington, Tenn.  If you go, please share your experience with us. 
      If you are interested in running for Navy League national office or for a Director position, please contact your Region President or Bill Waylett at HQ for steps to follow.  Elections are on the horizon and I highly recommend as many of our members “fleet up” as possible.
      Seapower magazine has recently launched a new website so you can be kept up to date on an ongoing basis.   Check out www.seapowermagazine.org
      We hope you plan to join us at our annual Board of Directors’ Meeting to be held June 23 – 25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.  It promises to be a productive meeting, so please make your travel plans and register now!  The Gaylord National Resort is a terrific property which, as you know, hosts our annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition.  They do a great job on all of the details and the service is outstanding.  We have worked with them to obtain a $199 discounted room rate which includes many amenities like free internet access in your room and the fitness center, to name a few.  Competing hotels in the area are offering a higher rate, so please help us fill our room block and book with the Gaylord online.  Register for the program and also book your accommodations at http://www.navyleague.org/meeting_events/ 
      Andrea Manning, Senior Director of Executive Services, recently returned from a site planning meeting in Chattanooga as they gear up for our October convention.  Andrea reports that Chattanooga is ideal for us this year and we will be there during the height of the season, when the city and mountain views are beautiful with the colors of autumn leaves.   I have communicated to the committee chairman that we are changing the meetings program this year to allow for more optional events, free time and social functions.  Chattanooga Council President Sandy MacMillan and Council Convention Chairman Dan Saieed and their committee are putting together events that focus on Chattanooga’s rich history.  The beautiful blue waters of the Tennessee River, and the revitalized riverfront area with state-of-the-art aquariums is being evaluated for an evening of tours, music and fun.   Registration will open in July, and Jack Spittler (National President 1979-1981) and I look forward to welcoming you to Chattanooga Oct. 26-29, 2011.  Check out www.chattanoogafun.com and start your trip planning now!  The Chattanooga area is spectacular and fun to visit, and it is a Civil War Buff’s paradise.  One can fly direct to the city or take an easy drive up from Atlanta, about 90 minutes to the south.  The hotel costs (Marriott) will be significantly lower than we experienced with other conventions and board meetings recently. 
      We promulgate the annual Directory in the spring, so if there are changes to Council Presidents since the 2010 Annual Report was sent, please let Membership know.  And similarly, if you know of someone not receiving these monthly emails from the President, please send me their email address.   
      Walmart has recently changed their process for making charitable donations.  Contact them via their web site at www.walmartfoundation.org and giving programs, to pursue a donation. 
      WAR OF 1812
      The 2012 Celebration Schedule as known today:
      Signature Events (major large events)
      New Orleans, April 17-23, Navy and USCG ships, Tall Ships, Blue Angels
      New York City, May 23-30, Navy and USCG ships, Tall Ships, Blue Angels
      Norfolk, June 2-12, Navy and USCG ships, Tall Ships, Blue Angels
      Baltimore, June 13-19, Navy and USCG ships, Tall Ships, Blue Angels
      Boston, June 30-July 6, Navy and USCG ships, Tall Ships, Blue Angels
      Other Major Events are OpSail in New London July 7-9, Fleet Week in Fort Lauderdale date TBD, Chicago August 15-20 for Navy and USCG ships and Blue Angels, Milwaukee August 8-13 for Navy and USCG ships, Toledo August 22-26 for Navy and USCG ships, Cleveland August 27-Sept. 4 for Navy and USCG ships and Blue Angels, Detroit September 5-10 for Navy and USCG ships, Buffalo September 12-17 for Navy and USCG ships.
      The Canadian events in Quebec, Kingston, Toronto and Windsor/Sarnia are still TBD.
      Have some fun.  Check out www.asailorslifeforme.org which is educational for youth.  Other sites to check for information are: http://www.starspangledbanner200.org/; www.1812music.org; www.thefirstvolley.com;  www.visit1812.com;  www.seahistory.org and www.history.navy.mil/commemorations, and also check the web site for the USS Constitution in Boston.  We expect many sailing ships (tall ships) from many nations around the world.
      For more details, check www.navy.mil/navco/ to find all schedules for War of 1812 which will go on for 2012 and 2013.  Councils are requested to partner locally in order to share in the events.  For information, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration is being organized and run by the United States Navy which is partnering with Operation Sail (OpSail) for tall ship events, The International Council of Air shows, The Navy League of the United States, and The Naval Historical Foundation.  Also participating are thirteen museums around the United States.
      Check out the following links:  http://navyleague-itc.nlus.us/ and http://www.facebook.com/NavyLeagueUS.  Also check http://twitter.com/NavyLeagueUS.   Many thanks to Jim Semerad and the IT Committee. 
      Board of Directors              June 22-26 at the Gaylord

      Convention                          October 25-30 in Chattanooga

      Sea Air Space                    April 16-18, 2012 at the Gaylord

      Honolulu Convention           June 18-24, 2012

      Long Beach Convention     June 2013, and San Diego Convention June 2014
      Eastern Seaboard Thailand Council
      Here is an update from Peter Thorand.  During February 2011, the Siam Council in Thailand provided sailors and marines participating in the 2011 Cobra Gold Exercise with some fun activities and useful items to maximize well-deserved liberty.  Council President Peter Thorand implemented Community Relations activities with the Royal Thai Navy at three separate schools on Thailand’s eastern seaboard in order to foster cross-cultural understanding and teach Thai students about the importance of the United States Navy.  The sailors and marines very much enjoyed this unique opportunity to meet with Thai schoolchildren and have a first-hand look at Thailand's unique customs and heritage.  The Council hosted a Chili Cook-off at the Pattaya Marriott Resort & Spa for seven teams of sailors and marines to prepare chili recipes with a 5-star Thai chef, in which prizes were aw arded to all teams.  2011 marked the first annual Admirals Cup, which was a golf and dinner event with 48 sailors, marines, Navy Leaguers, and special guest of honor Captain Tavee, Deputy Commandant of the Royal Thai Marines Divisions.  The top golfing teams were awarded prizes, and it was an enjoyable way for the U.S. Sea Services personnel to meet with their Thai counterparts.  The visit was best summarized by Commander Brian Quin, U.S.N., Commanding Officer, USS GRIDLEY (DDG-101) who noted, "The Navy League as an organization provides exceptional support to the sea services, and the “Pattaya Chapter” specifically enjoys acclaim throughout the fleet for the 'above and beyond' welcomes provided to visiting ships."
      Thank you Peter Thorand and all of your council members for such great service to the fleet.  Congratulations.
      Florida South Area, Joseph Giambrone Receives Freedom Award
      Broward Navy Days, a non-profit corporation that supports the nation’s sea services, recognized Florida South Area President Joseph Giambrone with the Freedom Award on March 13, 2011.  The award presentation was made at a luncheon aboard cruise ship Ruby Princess.  The Freedom Awards are given annually by Broward Navy Days whose goals are to assist with the morale, welfare and recreational needs of the nation’s sea services as well as to enlist public support for their mission throughout the year. Broward Navy Days coordinates the annual Fleet Week Port Everglades and partners with the local Navy League Councils on this and other events that support sea service personnel. Recipients of the Freedom Awards are selected in several categories including business, military and volunteer. Joe was selected for the numerous hours he volunteers in support of military and merchant mariners.  He has been involved with Fleet Week for about eight years. He is responsible for the Command Center at Port Everglades which includes soliciting volunteers to check-in the civilians taking tours of the military ships, handling VIPs and dignitaries’ visits and serving as a liaison to Navy personnel. Despite the long hours at the Port, Joe is pleased that the public gets a chance to go onboard the military vessels and interact with crew members. In 2010, over 9,000 people participated in the Fleet Week tours, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and JROTC Cadets.  He is a member of Broward County FL Council.  He has served as the Council’s President and is currently on their Board. He is also a member of the Navy League’s Pacific Merchant Marine Council.  He has served as President, South Florida Area for the past two years. Joe volunteers at Seafarers’ House, a nonprofit mission that provides support to merchant mariners at Port Everglades. In 2010, he served as the volunteer coordinator for Seafarers’ House “Shoebox Christmas” project. He was responsible for scheduling the delivery of the “shoeboxes”, filled with personal care items, to the crews of cargo ships visiting Port Everglades from November 2010 to January 2011. He also serves on the board of the Florida Chapter of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that supports the families of deployed service members.  Joe and Marianne reside in Weston, Florida.  Congratulations and Well Done Joe.
      Newport Beach, California Council
      The Newport Beach Council raised and donated $32,000 to wounded warriors and Semper FI charities last year.  The donations were received from the Newport Harbour exchange clubs.  Congratulations Newport Beach.
      Pittsburgh Council 
      The Pittsburgh council has set up ENDOWMENT FUND for its Sea Cadet Unit. There is over   $37,880 in the fund and the council donates $1,967 annually. The council also has a scholarship fund with over $92,000, of which they donate $5,000 annually.  The obvious benefits include:
      1) Funds are built up so the FUND generates income
      2) Funds exist and become self sustaining and self funding (old adage of living off interest).  It is important to note that if all the money were given away every year, they would not have this "cushion" to depend upon during both hard times or weaker donation years.  Other councils may be interesting in emulating Pittsburgh.     
      St. Augustine Council, a Note from Region President Bill Dudley
      “I would like to share with you the great achievements of the St. Augustine Council (SANL), a medium sized council with a big heart.”  St. Augustine’s annual report documenting all of their activities was literally breath taking.  The St Augustine council has a fabulous outreach effort, and the community support is very, very impressive. Here are a few of the activities of the council from their 2010 Annual report:  SANL supports 12 adopted units including USCG Sector Jacksonville, USCG HITRON, Drug Interdiction Squadron, USS Hue City, USS Farragut, USS Klakring, VR-58 Sunseekers, Marines Blount Island Command, Four JROTC units, and the establishment of a new Sea Cadet unit. For the active service units, SANL has given over 40 Sailor of the Year Awards, supported three ship homecomings, and 2 changes of command. Commanding Officers of five of the adopted unit w rote letters of thanks to SANL for their support during 2010 and endorsed the council for the Zachary Fisher Humanitarian Award. And SANL has brought the Navy to St. Augustine supporting school outreach, recruiting and community education. SANL's dedication to JROTC, and Sea Cadets support the future Sea Services, and whose drill teams and color guards are admired by thousands in St Augustine and the Palm Coast.  SANL has rendered superb support to the Individual Augmentee (IA) program and pitched in to recognize over 1200 IA's deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous locations in the War on Islamic Terror during the past year. SANL supplied key support for the 2010 Navy League National Convention in Jacksonville, and members served on the Navy Recruiting District Advisory Council in Jacksonville and helped NRD Jacksonville make goals in hard to fill medical billets. SANL's PR machine generated at least 2 stories per month in the local papers, while their speakers bu reau support Navy League's community outreach efforts (CSOP).  I hope some of you have a chance to look over the superb report prepared by President Bill Korach as an example of clearand detailed documentation.  “I congratulate President Bill Korach and SANL for the spectacular work done to support the Navy and the sea services.  Well done is not enough.  Bill Dudley.”  Thank you Bill and we add our congratulations to Bill Korach. 
      Missouri Navy Leaguers Honor Ike Skelton
      Three Navy League Councils in Missouri honored former U.S. Representative Ike Skelton (D-MO.) for his outstanding work in support of a strong national security policy while serving as a member of the House of Representatives for over three decades.  Navy League members from Jefferson City, Kansas City and St. Louis Councils gathered in the rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol on Feb. 20, 2011 to pay tribute to Mr. Skelton for his untiring efforts in support of a strong sea service team, which includes our men and women who serve in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine.  Mr. Skelton began his congressional service during 1977 and served on the House Armed Services Committee (including time as Chairman of that Committee) for over 30 years. His knowledge of military and personnel issues, and appropriations were second to none in Congress. He enthusiastically pro moted educational opportunities, particularly for ROTC cadets/midshipmen and junior officers.  On July 31, 2010, Mr. Skelton served as the Principal Speaker during the commissioning of USS Missouri (SSN-780). During his remarks he related that the modern submarine will add significantly to our nation's maritime capabilities and we will thus be able to project U.S. sea power wherever necessary to protect our interests.  Navy League members in Missouri commended Ike Skelton for his outstanding leadership for our nation and wished him "Fair Winds and Following Seas" during his retirement.
      Florida Councils.  Special Award Recipients.
      Two Florida Navy League Members were honored in Washington, D.C. by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on March 18, at the U. S. Capitol.  They were honored with very prestigious awards.  John Osterweil, a member of Sarasota-Manatee Council was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Distinguished Public Service. This is the highest public service award that can be presented by the Joint Chiefs.  Mark Rosenthal, a member of Tampa Council was awarded the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Outstanding Public Service. The awards were presented by General David Petraeus, U.S.A. in recognition of their many years of dedicated support of the Military Commands in Tampa.  Navy League National President Dan Branch, Executive Director Dale Lumme, and Senior Director of Corporate Development and Marketing Kevin Traver were among the invited guests for this special occasion.&nb sp; Congratulations John and Mark.  Well Done!   
      From Dick Brown, Past President, Rocky Mountain Region.  Below is a special proclamation that Governor Susana Martinez issued designating April 6, 2011 as Navy League New Mexico Council Day.  It is the work of Greg Trapp, Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission for the Blind and a Navy Leaguer. 
      Congratulations New Mexico Council. 
      Central Florida, from Andy Mohler
      Central Florida Navy League hosted its second annual 5k run for charity on March 19th, raising over $21,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Lone Sailor Memorial of Central Florida.
      The run attracted 560 runners and 400 spectators.  Andy Mohler, President of the Central Florida Council and Chris Townsend, the race committee chair led event assisted by 100 volunteers including great support from two local Navy commands and NJROTC units.  Congressman Dan Webster, a supporter of veteran’s issues and the lone Sailor Memorial gave the keynote address.  Donations came from Corporations, generous individuals, and raffled items.  Andy noted that the Navy League was honored to have some recently wounded veterans participate in the event, some severely injured and that they plan to continue the event again next year.  The Team effort that went into this, the participation of all Services, and the community support was just tremendous according to Andy.  Senior Chief Mike Phillips, USN (Ret.), the Lone Sailor Chairman said, "Orlando was and still is an important contributor to the strength of our Navy.  The Lone Sailor Memorial has all the right elements to properly honor that contribution, Past, Present, and Future.  All of our approvals and architectural work is completed and we need generous donations to make the Lone Sailor memorial a reality."   Well Done Central Florida.
      Thank you to all of our Navy Leaguers throughout the world for making the Navy League of the United States continue to be so relevant in the lives of our sailors and marines and their families.  I listed the Council accomplishments for 2009 in the last President’s email dated March 18, 2011, and when you see the collation of Council data for 2010 it will knock your socks off.  That will be out soon.  I do have a special thank you for Life Member and First Lady Kathleen Branch.  She has worked tirelessly for the last 18 months on behalf of the Navy League.  She did the 2010 Council reports data collation after reviewing thousands of pages of report information, authored a marketing and sales plan for us, did over half of the 2009 Council reports data collation, has developed a streamlined council reporting format, has trained staffers, and has recruited many new members of the Navy League and the President’s Circle.  She has also travelled extensively to visit our councils and nearly all of that travel has not been at Navy League expense.  Since we have a very small staff of professionals in Arlington, we do very much appreciate the work by Kathleen.  If there are volunteers able to help out in Navy League HQ, just let us know.  We have significant need for assistance with work on existing and new projects such as public relations and IT systems improvement.  Contact Andrea Manning at amanning@... if you can lend a hand.  It will be very much appreciated.   
      With my best wishes,
      Daniel B. Branch, Jr.
      National President
      Navy League of the United States

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