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Dear Navy League Members,

Happy New Year to every one of our wonderful members, and I hope you are enjoying the new year.

We have a lot of events to look forward to in 2018, including our Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md., and our National Convention in Portland, Ore. While these events are still a few months away, we are putting much of our focus on making them as successful as possible. We continue to work hard in support of you, our members. Remember to plan to join us for Sea-Air-Space, April 9-11, and the National Convention, June 6-9. 

No matter what challenges come our way as we continue to move forward and make progress, we’ll remain diligent and work together as a team in support of our mission.

One Team – Mission Focused.

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Alan Kaplan
National President

Mark Your Calendars

  • Leadership in a Volunteer Organization Training: Jan. 25
  • Annual Report 2017 Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Board of Directors Development Training: Feb. 15
  • Nominating Packets HQ Update: Feb. 27
  • 2017 Mackie Awards Deadline: Feb. 28
  • Navy League Foundation Scholarship Deadline: March 1
  • Sea-Air-Space Exposition: April 9-11
  • National Convention: June 6-9

News from Around the Navy League

Honolulu Council

Honolulu Toys for TotsAfter a busy Thanksgiving season, the Honolulu Council turned its attention to its Toys for Tots Golf Tournament on Dec. 7. The event yielded over 400 toys for the program. Soon after, the Council members placed a wreath at USS Arizona in honor of those who perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor. On Christmas, the Council also treated more than 60 Sailors on USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) to 25 pizzas.

Denver Council

Denver Cadets ServingOn Nov. 26th, 10 Sea Cadets and seven adult staff members of the Lexington Division served the evening meal to 37 veterans at the Heather Grove Assisted Living Center on Grove Street in Denver. The cadets brought dessert and cider, and engaged with the veterans who had served in various military branches during periods from the Korean War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The interaction and fellowship with the veterans, as they shared their exciting experiences and sea stories, were uplifting for both the veterans and the young cadets. Lexington Division (NSCC) and Training Ship Colorado (NLCC) are sponsored by the Denver Council.

Pacific Central Region

Pacific Central Region Gift CardsThis past December, wildfires in Northern California burned out many Eleventh Coast Guard District families living north of the San Francisco Bay. To assist in the crisis, Pacific Central Region donated $1,000 to the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Association to purchase emergency supplies.  Subsequently, acting on the suggestion of the Eleventh District, Pacific Central Region donated an additional $1,000 in gift cards that was distributed by the Chaplains at Christmas time to families in need.

Pittsburgh Council

Pittsburgh Change of CommandCouncil members attended the Change of Command for USS Pittsburgh on Jan. 12. CDR Neil Colston, the outgoing commanding officer, profusely thanked the Council for its support, including visits to the city by the crew, hosting a Christmas party for the crew’s children and providing a scholarship program. The Council welcomed CDR Jason Deichler, a son of Pittsburgh, as the new commanding officer; and, of course, celebrated with a Pittsburgh traditional cookie table.

Israeli Council

We are sad to announce that the Israeli Council lost its Chairman. Vice Admiral Michael (Micha) Ram, served in the Israeli Navy for 34 years. Micha was a sharp surface fleet officer with an excellent at-sea and ashore career. Micha was a graduate of U.S. Naval War College. Later, he was appointed as the Israeli Navy Attaché at the Embassy in Washington. During the early 1990s, Micha was appointed and served as chief of the Israeli Navy. Three years ago, he agreed to serve as our Israeli Council Chairman.

Passing of Past National President

Calvin Cobb, Jr., 93, a senior partner of the international law firm Steptoe & Johnson, who chaired the Washington-based Foundation for Middle East Peace in the 2000s, died Oct. 28 at a hospice center in Naples, Fla. The cause was complications of coronary artery disease. He was a former National President of the Navy League from 1989-1991.

Updates from Headquarters


  • Are you a current council president or someone aspiring to become an NLUS leader? Participate in January’s training on Leadership in a Volunteer Organization to learn more; Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. EST
  • Training opportunities are publicized in the "Anchor Up" and "Connections" e-newsletters and in targeted e-mail reminders. You can always check the Member Portal Event Calendar for more details on upcoming training events.

Next Step: General Management Program Opportunity – Feb. 15

We recently received word of a unique opportunity at Dartmouth College for those transitioning out of the military. The Next Step program is an immersive, two-week general management certificate at the College’s Tuck School of Business. The program offers veterans the chance to build a foundation in business for their future career.

Next Steps begins on March 11 and costs $1,500 for tuition, food and accommodations, with opportunities for grants. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full or until the Feb. 15 deadline. We encourage you to pass this information to your local military commands, as well as your members. If you have any questions, please visit the Next Step website, or e-mail Margaux Lohry, assistant director, Transition to Business Programs, Dartmouth College.

Mackie Awards Submission Guidelines and Instructions

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Donald M. Mackie Awards has been extended until Feb. 28. Embedded as links for your consideration and use are the latest revised versions of the Submission Instructions, the Council Self-Evaluation Submission Form and Initial Screening Criteria for the 2017 Mackie Award. Questions? E-mail or please contact Gerald Saunders at 703-302-1573.

Roster Issues

If you find errors or issues with your council roster, please send an e-mail with details to Jim Bruns, Executive Director, with a copy to Mike Brown,

Coast Guard Funding

The Coast Guard has stated it needs approximately $1 billion in funding to rebuild after its response to an unprecedented hurricane season last year, but the supplemental request from the Administration only asked for $424 million — leaving the Coast Guard unprepared for the next storm season. The House of Representatives heard from you and increased funding levels, but the Senate still needs to act before the Coast Guard can receive its funds. Take action here and ask Congress to properly fund the Coast Guard. 

Foundation Scholarship

The Navy League Foundation Scholarship application is now open. High school seniors who are dependents or grandchildren of someone who served or is serving in the sea services can apply. Scholarships are also open to members of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. If you know anyone who may apply, please refer them to the application on our website. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

Sea Air Space Website

Check out the new website. Save the date, April 9-11, 2018, and join us for the largest Global Maritime Exposition.

Membership Applications Through the Member Portal

You can download printable membership applications from the member portal by logging on and following the link to Council resources, the third option down. And don’t forget to create your portal account to access the Navy League's Member Service Portal, a great way to keep up with Navy League happenings.

Sending Application and Checks to Headquarters

A gentle reminder that all membership applications and checks need to be sent directly to headquarters for processing. We have been receiving some items mailed to previous Post Offices Boxes. All mailed items need to be sent to: Navy League of the United States, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22201-5424.

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