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 EVENT: NAVY BIRTHDAY and ANNUAL MEETING luncheon on Saturday, 18 October 2014. Invitation on Council News page.
For 2013, our newsletter, THE BOSUN’S PIPE, received the Outstanding Mackie Award for large councils. Credit goes to Editor Dayna Morton. 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: 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, at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. On 2 November 2013 Navy Birthday (belated) and Annual Meeting was held at which officers and directors were elected for 2014. Congressman Stephen Lynch attended and spoke of his travels and support of our military. LCDR Eric Coop, USN, Executive Officer, USS Constitution, addressed the gathering on "Pirates, Past and Present". On Saturday, 7 December, we sponsored and enjoyed the Sea Services Ball at the Coast Guard All Hands Club; and on Sunday, 8 December, we gathered for the Toys for Tots Brunch in the Commandant's House, Boston Navy Yard. A check for $3,400 was presented to the Marines attending for that benefit. Several hundred dollars of toys and games were also donated.