Welcome aboard! We are the Massachusetts Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States.
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. Further information may be obtained by visiting the web site www.navyleague.org.
The Massachusetts Bay Council, as chartered by the Navy League of the U.S., is a non-profit, educational, 501.c.3 organization with roots back to 1955; With over 1100 members and not charging any local dues, we support our Sea Services in many ways. We make many awards to Navy, Coast Guard and Marine personnel, as well as NROTC and JROTC units in eastern Massachusetts, sponsor nine Sea and League Cadet units, sponsor a Maritime Symposium for college students, raise funds for the Marine Toys for Tots program, and much more.
We sponsored commissioning of USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) November 3rd and we sponsored commissioning of USS PREBLE (DDG 88) in Boston in 2002; and previously, USS RAMAGE, USS BUNKER HILL and USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON; as well as assisting the Coast Guard with several commissionings. We also promulgate a Directory of Sea Service Commands and Related Organizations each year, a much used information source.
COMING EVENTS: The Annual "Please Don't Come Luncheon" to benefit our youth programs will be held any day of your choosing. Watch for your invitation. In August, the Coast Guard will be commissioning USCGC Reuben James in Boston.
For 2013, our newsletter, THE BOSUN’S PIPE, received the Outstanding Mackie Award for large councils. For 2012, the council received an Honorable Mention for its activities and support of the Sea Services; and in 2011 this website won 1st place Mackie Award for Large Councils, and our newsletter and THE BOSUN'S PIPE was Runner Up for the Mackie Award for newsletters.
RECENT EVENTS: The 38th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Brunch was held on Sunday, 7 December 2014 in the Commandant's House, Boston Navy Yard. For the first time, it was combined with the Veterans’ Pearl Harbor Day remembrance and laying of a wreath in Boston Harbor. A $2,500 check plus about $500 worth of games and toys was donated to Toys for Tots. The 36th Annual Sea Services Ball was held on Saturday, 6 December 2014. COAST GUARD BIRTHDAY celebration with ship tour aboard USCGC SPENCER (WMEC 905) was held on August 9, 2014. Special ship tour of USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) for Navy League was held on 5 July. ARMED FORCES DAY LUNCHEON was held Saturday, 17 May 2014, at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.
COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM IN FEBRUARY. GREAT OPPORTUNITY - SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
PARTICIPATE IN OUR COLLEGE SYMPOSIUM. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED
For the past 25 years your Council has presented to New England area college students a unique opportunity to learn about our Nation's ability to address an "International Developing Crisis" by participating in a war game type exercise which would utilize our Country's resources ranging from diplomacy and economic pressure to use of its Armed Forces, if necessary. The exercise’s first step given to the students is to determine the "United States’ Interests" in the developing world situation. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Description on Council Activities page.