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 USCGC JAMES (WMSL 754) in August 2015, USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) in 2007 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.
NAVY LEAGUE DUES REDUCED: Regular Member $55; Even lower is an E-Membership (everything on line) for $25. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at https://join.navyleague.org.
Armed Forces Day was celebrated on 20 May 2017 at the Museum of World War II.
Tours and Reception aboard USS San Jacinto (CG56) on Saturday, 18 March, were arranged by the Council and all Members were invited to attend both. In addition, we were pleased to also arrange tours of the ship for 181 Naval Sea Cadets and their leaders and families, 30 Naval Academy candidates and families and 35 Navy League members and their guests. The Council assisted the ship by also inviting government officials and leaders of other interested organizations.
A "Please Don't Come" Luncheon in February 2017 to raise funds for our youth programs.
Toys for Tots Brunch: The 2016 Toys for Tots fundraiser was held on 04 December 2016 along with drawings and an on-line auction. A total of $3,000 and about $500 worth of gifts were raised. Thanks to the item donors and contributors for making this fundraiser possible.
Navy Birthday and Navy Day Dinner: A Navy Birthday and Navy Day Dinner was held on 01 November 2016. Guest Speaker VADM 'Rick' Breckenridge was well-received by the audience. The traditional birthday cake was cut using a Navy officer sword by VADM Breckenridge and the youngest sailor present. In addition, the council Annual Meeting and Election of Officers took place.
In September 2016, members had an opportunity to attend the Boston Light 300th Anniversary with the Coast Guard and the National Park Service and several were invited to ride out to the Boston Light for ceremonies. Boston Light was the very first lighthouse in the U.S., constructed in 1716 and later rebuilt after the British destroyed it during the Revolutionary War. Boston Light continues to serve as a major aid to navigation as both a light and fog signal station.
On 11 June 2016 we had a tour of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Training Ship Kennedy and the following week several of our members attended the Navy League Convention in Charleston, SC when council member Eleanor Samuels was elected a National Vice President and as National Directors from our council: Eleanor Samuels, Bill Kelley (Past National President), Tomi Olson and David Samuels. The Massachusetts Bay Council was named as a MERITORIOUS COUNCIL.
Jarvis Award: CDR Andrew S. Brown, USCG, received the Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership on 14 June 2017 from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, United States Coast Guard, while serving as the Executive Officer of Base Boston. During an exceptionally dynamic period including widespread reorganization, declining resources and personnel challenges, he masterfully led and inspired 541 crew members including personnel assigned hundreds of miles away. As the Base construct matured during Mission Support Modernization 2.0, his positive leadership was crucial to the integration of Naval Engineering and Information Technology personnel who were previously a part of separate, distinct commands. Focused on Duty to People, he immediately made the two new Base Departments feel like a part of the team and allowed their senior leaders to continue running the technical aspects of their work while the Base assumed the roles of command authority. As a passionate proponent of the Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council, he skillfully leveraged the Council’s expertise and enthusiasm to tackle issues addressed in the annual climate survey. Using the hard data and comments submitted by the crew, he identified the top three areas for command action: Trust in Leadership, Exhaustion, and Leadership Cohesion. Taking it to the next level, he then partnered with the Council of the Labor Management Forum which worked in harmony to establish an action plan that he executed in the months that followed, resulting in significant climate improvements. Responsive to our operational partners, he was the key champion on the First District Work-Life Integrated Process Team tasked with organizing, drafting and compiling seven issue papers on people issues that deeply concerned the District Commander. Within months, the Team surveyed every unit in the District, briefed the Admiral on the results and prepared a memo for the District Commander’s signature requesting relief and action at Headquarters. Commander Brown’s outstanding leadership skills, ability to create a positive command climate, deliberate actions driven by strategic intent and guidance, and coaching and mentoring of others are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the Navy League of the United States.
Navy Birthday and Annual Meeting (October date TBA).
USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116): Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member of our council was Christened on April 1, 2017 at Bath Iron Works and is now in the water; and is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston in August/September 2018. Check out https://www.facebook.com/DDG116 and the website usshudnerddg116.org.