The following is a summary of accomplishments by the Navy League Councils worldwide, as reported in the March, 2011 Council Annual Reports for 2010.


It is noteworthy that between the Navy League Councils and National Headquarters, over $3 Million was raised and donated to a variety of causes that support the men and women of the Sea Services and their families, and Navy League Youth Programs. This is a significant accomplishment considering the economic conditions experienced in the country recently.


Councils actively supported a variety of youth activities including 175 Sea Cadet Units and 456 JROTC Units with over $449,715 in financial assistance. Headquarters provided $602,000 to Sea Cadets HQ, and Councils provided $320,653 for the local Sea Cadet Units bringing the total of Sea Cadet Support to over $922,000 for the year.  The JROTC units were supported financially by Councils with $129,065.  Over 105 youth scholarships were provided by Councils in the amount of $227, 271.  In addition to monetary awards of $287,162, there were a total of 2078 Sea Services Awards, many consisting of presentations of plaques, swords, and certificates to Sea Services personnel. There were 59 Sea Services Scholarships provided totaling $59,970 for Sea Services enlisted personnel.  Councils donated over $542,000 to wounded warriors in their areas, and more than $9,500 to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society.


Councils were very active locally.  There were 93 Balls and Galas and over 576 distinguished guests and honorees hosted.  Councils were involved in over 52 changes of command, participated in 46 Individual Augmentee (IA) welcome home events, were involved with supporting 570 adopted Navy and Coast Guard units (ships/units/base commands), and there were more than 545 community outreach events conducted.  Eighteen Councils participated in Navy and Coast Guard ship commissioning ceremonies, and Councils hosted over 107 ship visits worldwide.  For the year, there were 145 visits to Members of Congress for discussions or presentations by Council members.


There were 984 dinners, breakfasts, and receptions conducted by Councils throughout the year.  One Council near several major military installations created and conducted a major event honoring the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps Spouses of the Year.  Another Council donated $500,000 to the crew of one of our Aircraft Carriers.


Council accomplishments and activities were many.

For Calendar Year 2010, Councils:

  • Sent library books to 33 ships and to troops in the war zones
  • Raised funds for burn victims in the community
  • Escorted caskets for the fallen
  • Sent off and met returning warriors at the airport
  • Met ships at homecomings from deployments
  • Held picnics and thanksgiving dinners for ship’s company members and families
  • Sent care packages for Operation Homefront and deployed troops
  • Hosted visiting ships including several of our NATO allies and Japan
  • Provided 100 teddy bears to children of wounded warriors
  • Sent 240 Christmas gift packages to the wounded at Naval Hospitals
  • Assisted with Navy Weeks, Fleet Weeks, the Rose Festival, and Navy Air shows around the country
  • Sponsored numerous trips to ball parks for the troops and the wounded
  • Supported career day at local high schools
  • Participated in many Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Balls
  • Supported homes for orphaned children
  • Held Maritime Security Seminars
  • Supported Fischer House
  • Volunteered 3000 hours of time to help with the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition
  • Recognized graduating NROTC, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy students
  • Partnered with Service Academy Parents Clubs, the Propeller Club, and community organizations such as the Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis
  • Provided over 800 toys and 800 clothing items to families at one of the large Naval Weapons Stations
  • Conducted Family Days
  • Collected food and toiletries for deploying Reservist troops


One Council sponsored 56 adopted ships and units, and another Council provided 80 days of complimentary car use and meals for USCG crewmembers visiting their island port.  A third Council alone hosted 17 ship visits.


Ship commissioning ceremonies were again among the activities for which councils contributed significant time and financial assistance. In many cases, Council officers were Chairmen of the Commissioning Committees. Eighteen Councils participated in Navy and Coast Guard ship commissioning ceremonies during 2010.


Many of the Councils were quite inventive with support activities for active duty families.  Events ranged from Holiday Parties for the children to Poker Nights for the adults. One Council raised money via automobile donations and contributed over $500,000 to support the wounded.  Numerous Councils and headquarters conducted a variety of wounded warrior events throughout the year.  One Council teamed up with a local knitting group to knit helmet liners for the Marines in Afghanistan, shipping them 450 hand knitted items.


Navy Leaguers also did wonderful things for their neighbors and their communities as well as the men and women serving in the Sea Services. This included cleaning up graffiti on monuments, delivering supplies and repairing orphanages and schools, as well as making sure 314 families could afford to buy baby furniture. One council provided $100,000 in $100 gift cards from a local grocer to make sure that financially stretched junior active duty families had food for the 2010 holidays.


Also during 2010, Navy League Council volunteers provided:

  • Trips for 75 wounded from Bethesda and Walter Reed, and their families and care givers, to the Army-Navy Football Game in Philadelphia
  • A fishing trip for 135 Warriors to Lake Vail
  • Help for 149 families to pay for car repairs
  • A three day vacation for 130 Coast Guard sailors and their families
  • Hosting for international Ambassador receptions, and presentations on piracy and international threats
  • Baby showers on bases so gifts could be gathered and distributed to deserving new mothers
  • Toys for Tots and other gifts for local charities across the globe
  • Cooking holiday dinners for ship crews, while providing gifts and refreshments
  • Support for local boys and girls clubs, local universities and high schools.
  • Donations of over 989 Navy League SEAPOWER magazine subscriptions
  • Sending 2800 pounds of goods to the Marines in Afghanistan
  • Sending 450 packages valued at $20,000 to troops in the war zone


Navy Leaguer Council members are a dedicated and involved group of citizens who have a host of great events supporting the Sea Services going on throughout the world every year.  Our servicemen and women have been at war for over 10 years now, and they need the Navy League’s assistance and support more than ever. The work, support, and volunteer activities undertaken by all Navy League members are greatly appreciated by all who serve, and  especially so by Navy Leaguers who have a family member serving in uniform and out there in harm’s way.


All Americans can be very proud of our Navy League Councils.  What a magnificent job they are doing year in and year out for the Sea Services, the troops, and their families.



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