109th NLUS National Convention Report


-Glenn Looney
Chattanooga, TN…October 26 – 30,2011

 

The Navy League of the United States (NLUS) convened for its 109th annual convention in the historic city of  Chattanooga nestled beneath Lookout Mountain along the banks of the Tennessee River. Chattanooga was a great choice
and there was much to do for those attending.  The setting drew over 400 members and guests to the NLUS  Convention, one of the largest and best in recent memory.


The rearrangement of the meeting schedules to allow more free time for tours and events was much appreciated, it seems. 

SOME HIGHLIGHTS
The Navy League honored select officers and enlisted personnel nominated by the three sea services and the Maritime
Administration.  It is always an awe-inspiring experience to hear of the bravery and accomplishments of these outstanding
Marines and sailors of the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

 

A reception and fundraiser for wounded warr iors was hosted by the Navy League at the beautiful downtown aquarium where more than $20,000 was raised for the cause.  Phil Dunmire of the Florida Region was elected to serve as the national president of NLUS.


Of interest to the Greater Austin Council was the election of our own Jack Ritter as a national vice president and a
member of the NLUS Steering Committee.  He was assigned by the national president to oversee the NLUS Legislative
Affairs program.

 

Max Miller, and Mary-Virginia Pittman, and Glenn Looney were also elected to serve on the NLUS Board as national directors.  Jeanie Coffey was then appointed to national director to fill the nonapportioned
vacancy created by Ritter’s promotion.  This gives the Greater Austin Council five members on the national board of
directors, an unprecedented number for a medium-sized council.


Max Miller was elected to serve another ter m as Central Texas Area President, while Glenn Looney was re-elected as
Lone Star Region President and named as chair of the region presidents.

Miller will also continue to serve as the chair of the National Awards Committee.


Another highlight, was to see our own Kathy Pillmore accept the Mackie Award for best council newsletter, an honor she richly deserves.  We have always known that “The Anchor” was the best newsletter in the Navy League.


NLUS National Conventions are open to and meant for all Navy League members and their families and guests, not
just officers and directors.  They are now geared for pleasure as well as some scaled back business.  The great destinations for future conventions are:

 

June 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii

June 2013 Long Beach, CA aboard the Queen Mary

June 2013, San Diego, CA.


Wow!  See you there.

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