As we move into 2013 we can look back on a successful 2012 for the council. In May we hosted VADM Kevin McCoy (Naval Sea Systems Command - NAVSEA) for two days as part of the Flag 50/50 city visit program. This is a Navy initiative where 50 flag officers visit 50 inland cities to bring the Navy message to those who don't have ready access to the various fleet locations and activities. In October we had another successful council cookout and had the honor of two special guests: Jim Offutt, who recently moved from northern Virgina to SC and is the NL national president-elect (he will become president in June at the Long Beach convention) and Bill Waylett, Senior Director/Mission Focused Programs. Bill is the person from national headquarters the conducts our council training and a number of other training programs including the legislative affairs and CSOP briefings. He is also responsible for the vast amount of council resources and guides that are available to us.
The one downside this past year is that our membership numbers have dropped slightly. We need to all work on moving that number up. Currently the membership is at 47, but there are a few that have expired whom I am confident will soon be renewing.
Looking forward, there are a number of things on the horizon. As I write this, we have just concluded the annual region meeting for the South Atlantic Coast region which consists of North and South Carolina plus Georgia. This was probably one of the more productive meetings we have had in a long time and a lot of good ideas were exchanged. Early last month, our region president sent an email to each council and part of that indicated that for the second year in a row, we are on the 50/50 list. This is pretty unusual, as they seldom visit the same city in consecutive years on these flag visits.
For calendar planning, we are looking at holding the annual new member cookout in the May/June timeframe this year. We'll set the date at the March council meeting and we will post that both here and on our Facebook page. Also, we will be hosting the SAC Region meeting next year so we'll need to find a suitable venue in the next few months. Look for the first quarter newsletter to be issued sometime in late March.
The other big event, or more accurately, events, are the annual presentations of the Navy League Youth Medal to the 10 NJROTC, 5 MCJROTC units and our Naval Sea Cadet unit. These will begin in April and continue through May. I would like to have a council member make the presentation at each and we will post the schedule as soon as we can obtain the information from each of the units.
Finally, for those visiting this page that are not currently members of the Navy League, please click on the banner below to visit the Navy League website. Once there, you can place your mouse over "Membership" and click on "Join Now / Renew" in the dropdown menu. Put Charlotte in the preferred council box.
Welcome New Members
Sammy Baskins - Charlotte
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