October 7, 2011
Happy Birthday, US Navy! One of the events many councils offer in October is their annual Navy Birthday event. As we celebrate our Navys 236th birthday, we should encourage our members to tell their friends and neighbors how important the sea services are to BOTH our national defense and our economic well being. Our Navy protects the sea lanes of commerce around the world the only Navy with the capability and the will to do so. The Navy League Community Service Organization Presentations (CSOPs) are a readily available resource for your council members to carry this message to the public. As one field leader said: The Navy League is about JOBS. Is there a more compelling reason today to join the Navy League? Please encourage your members to take the training program for CSOP and help us deliver this important message to local service clubs. Enjoy your Navy Birthday celebration!
I. National Convention Update
II. Legislative Affairs
IV. Public Relations
I. National Convention Update
The Navy League will hold our National Convention and Annual Meeting of Members at the Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN, October 26-30, 2011. Please visit our convention website at http://www.navyleagueconvention.org/, where you can do the following:
Review the schedule of events, meetings and special tours;
Register for a room at the Marriot Chattanooga at the Convention Center; and
Register for the Convention and register for optional events (deadline 10-15-2011).
Optional Events at the Convention include:
Chickamauga Battlefield Tour on Wednesday, October 26, 12 noon
Welcome Aboard Reception on Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 p.m.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Ride & Tour, Thursday, October 27, 2:30 p.m.
Wounded Warrior Regiment Tribute Reception at the Tennessee Aquarium, Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Chattanooga Dine Around, Friday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Art District Tour, Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m.
Your $25 fee to attend the Wounded Warrior Regiment Tribute is a tax-deductible donation for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Regiment.
The Annual Meeting of Members will include the election of a new Board of Directors and National Officers.
If this is your first visit to Chattanooga, you will enjoy discovering this small, enchanting city. Most of the special events are scheduled so they dont conflict with National Committee meetings.
Events and training/workshops for council leaders attending the Convention include:
A briefing on the Navy Leagues participation in the War of 1812 Bicentennial events, including information on events that councils may include in their programs;
Seminars covering Information Technology, Fundraising/Corporate Relations, Membership & Retention, Legislative Best Practices, Fundraising and Public Affairs & Education;
An Innovations Exposition, featuring best practices from many of our outstanding councils as well as information on National initiatives;
Training for the Community Service Organization Presentation program; and
Council Organization & Training workshops on Legal Affairs, Social Media Usage, Membership Retention and Tax Exemption for councils (new or revoked).
Attending the Convention is your opportunity to meet National leaders, learn more about important Navy League initiatives, and improve council operations. Please plan to attend!
II. Legislative Affairs
Call to Action
National President Daniel Branch has issued a Call to Action for our membership to address the potential budget cuts facing our sea services because of the creation of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the supercommittee) in the August Budget Agreement between the President and Congress. This committee is charged with reducing Federal spending by at least $1.5 trillion by November 23rd. If this committee fails to reach agreement, across the board cuts of $1.3 trillion from all federal spending will take effect with no further action by Congress. Across the Board budget cuts will dramatically affect the readiness of our sea services. President Branch is asking members to contact their Members of Congress (MOCs) to alert them to the detrimental effects of across the board budget cuts. Material is available from the National Legislative Affairs Committee and Region Vice Presidents for Legislative Affairs to help members prepare for their contact with MOCs. Please support this critical initiative!
Grassroots Best Practice Seminar at the National Convention
The Legislative Affairs Committee will host a Best Practices Seminar at the National Convention on Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. The seminar will allow council participants, National Directors and Region VPs of Legislative Affairs to discuss problems in scheduling Member of Congress (MOC) briefings and provide a panel of RVPs to answer questions about the MOC Grassroots program. Please plan to attend this informative session.
Grassroots Legislative Initiative Update
Every Member get a Member Contest Launched
Sponsor or give a Navy League membership to a friend or family member this Holiday Season, and be entered into a drawing for $500! Each membership you submit between 10/01/2011 and 12/31/2011 using the form below, or online using priority code: 4Q2011, will count as one contest entry. The winner will be announced on Feb. 1, 2012. To enter the 2011 Membership Contest, please click here
Bad Address Update
We have added a field to your roster printouts that identify bad addresses. This field didnt print out before, which was not helpful when tackling this issue at the Council level. On your roster printout, members will now have a True-False statement in the Bad Address column, with True designating a bad address for the member.
Council Retention/Lapsed Member Campaign Initiated
Member Email Addresses. We continue to have only about ½ of our members email addresses. Please ask your members to release their email to us so they can receive important announcements from our Navy League leadership. Thanks for your cooperation.
IV. Public Relations
CSOP Update. The Community Service Organization Presentations have a new look! We have three approved CSOPs at this time, one more in beta testing, and one in development. We anticipate two new CSOP releases after the National Convention. Checkout the new look at http://www.navyleague.org/councils/csop.php.
Navy Week Calendar update. Navy Public Affairs has published the 2011 Navy Week schedule at http://www.navyweek.org/. Navy Week events are conducted to raise awareness and bring the Navy to communities across America. Navy Week is also an excellent opportunity for your council to raise visibility in your community by getting involved with the planning and execution of a local Navy Week. Each Navy Week has a coordinator who wants local council assistance and guidance. Upcoming scheduled Navy Weeks include:
Albuquerque, NM Navy Week, Oct. 1-9
San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 1-31
Raleigh, NC Navy Week and North Carolina State Fair, Oct. 15-24
El Paso, TX Navy Week & Amigo Air Show, Oct. 17-23
San Antonio, TX Navy Week & Randolph AFB Air Show, Oct. 24-30
Centennial of Naval Aviation Events
San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 8-9 (BA)
Lemoore Air Show, Oct. 15-16 (BA)
El Paso Navy Week & Amigo Air Show, Oct. 17-23 (BA)
San Antonio, TX Navy Week & Randolph AFB Air Show, Oct. 24-30 (BA)
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Birthplace of the Blue Angels Air Show, Nov. 5-6 (BA)
Pensacola Homecoming, Nov. 11-12 (BA)
Washington, DC Centennial Closing Gala, Dec. 1
For your council events, there is a video now posted promoting the Centennial at http://www.filedropper.com/centennialnavalaviationfinalh264.
War of 1812 Bicentennial Events
The Navy League is the official partner (with the Navy History and Heritage Command, the Naval Historical Foundation, the International Council of Air Shows and Operation Sail - OpSail 2012) for the War of 1812 Bicentennial. CAPT Patrick C. Burns, USN, Director of the Navy Office of Commemorations is sponsoring an update at the National Convention in October and many cities have planning underway to develop a schedule of events for festivities. Council planning should likewise be completed now to take full advantage of this public education and membership recruiting opportunity!
Upcoming events in 2012 that include NLUS participation in the US:
April 17-23, New Orleans
May 23-30, New York City
June 2-12, Norfolk, Virginia
June 13-19, Baltimore, Maryland and Annapolis, Maryland
June 29 July 6, Boston
August 8-13, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 15-20, Chicago
August 22-27, Toledo, Ohio
August 27 September 4, Cleveland, Ohio
September 5-10, Detroit, Michigan
September 12-17, Buffalo, New York
For more information on these bicentennial events, go to http://www.history.navy.mil/commemorations/1812/1812-index.htm.
For local events, go to http://www.visit1812.com/. Upcoming US local events are:
Mississinewa 1812, Marion, IN, Oct. 7-9
Battle of Tippecanoe, Prophetstown, IN, Nov. 5-7
After Tippecanoe Symposium, Detroit, MI, Nov. 8
Look for more information in the coming months as events are finalized at each site.
Presidents Circle Membership
1. Seapower. The October edition of Seapower can be found online by visiting http://www.seapowermagazine.org/ and clicking on the cover of the current issue, featuring Air Warfare and Flight Operations. National President Branch asks that our members contact their representatives and ask them to invest in the sea services as a matter of National Security. Special articles look at procurement, flight deck automation and the growing use of unmanned aircraft. In the Navy League News section, we preview the council and individual awards to be presented at the National Convention. In the Council Digest are featuring Nevada councils honoring the USS Nevada, Tampa Council hosting the Japanese Training Squadron (again), and a variety of council activities in support of the men and women of the sea services.
2. IRS Notices and Assistance
b. The annual Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations will be held on November 17 & 18, 2011 at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott Hotel on South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA. The two-day program for tax professionals and organization executives is jointly sponsored by IRS Exempt Organizations and Loyola Law School. Register by October 21 to qualify for the "early bird" registration fee.
c. The IRS announces the remainder of their 2011 schedule for Small and Mid-sized 501(c)(3) Organizations Workshop. This one-day workshop, presented by experienced Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This popular one-day introductory workshop is designed especially for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance as well as those interested in careers in the nonprofit sector. Council treasurers are encouraged to attend a workshop.
November 1 St. Louis. MO, hosted by University of Missouri, St. Louis
November 3 Springfield, MO, hosted by Missouri State University.
Nov. 15-16 Chicago, IL
c. The IRS has issued Tips for Contributors: The top things the IRS wants every taxpayer to know before deducting charitable contributions. Go to http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=106990,00.html to download the tips.
3. New Council Charters. The following councils will be chartered by year-end 2011:
Lynchburg, VA Chartered August 6, 2011
North Dakota Chartering October 16, 2011
Pahrump Valley, NV Chartering November 10, 2011
4. Upcoming Dates, Deadlines and Events
Oct. 7 Yom Kippur begins at sundown
Oct. 10 Columbus Day Fly the flag
Oct. 13 US Navy established in 1775 Fly the flag
Navy League and Navy Office of Legislative Affairs host Birthday Party on Capitol Hill
Salute to the US Coast Guard, New York City
Oct. 15 Deadline for National Convention registration
Oct. 24 Tribute to the 7th Coast Guard District, St. Petersburg, FL
Oct. 26-30 Navy League National Convention, Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 31 Halloween
Nov. 1 Congressional Event aboard USCGC STRATTON, Baltimore, MD
Nov. 2 Corporate Gold Dinner, Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 8 Election Day
Nov. 10 US Marine Corps established in 1775 Fly the flag
Nov. 11 Veterans Day Fly the flag
In October we promote the importance of sea power to a strong US defense, global peace and economic stability. Councils should plan public education community events to showcase the US Navy and the men and women serving our nation. Promote these events in your council publications, on your website and on your Facebook page.
Greater Austin next council events.
Greater Austin coming council events.