Council News

Next Board Meeting: 23 May 2022 

Note: All Board meetings will be conducted by conference call until further notice due to COVID-19. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Council President, Stephen M. Schnitzer at 1smschnitzer@gmail.com or 617-227-4968.

PLEASE REPORT ADDRESS, PHONE, E MAIL CHANGES, ETC. to CLERK John Tata at jbtata@aol.com or 978-660-7669.

DIRECTIONS TO THE BARNES BUILDING (formerly known as Fargo Building):  From the MA Turnpike, exit at South Boston.  After exiting the tunnel go to Summer Street.  From Rt 93 head towards South Station and go south on Summer Street. For best directions go on line or use a map.

Planned Future 2022 Board Meetings: 5/23, 6/27, 8/29, 9/26, 10/31,11/28

EVENTS COMPLETED: 

TOYS FOR TOTS: Our 45th Annual Toys for Tots (TFT) event was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions (as was done in CY 2021) but contributions were requested by mail and e-mail. Thanks to our generous members and bargain shopping, we were able to donate on 09 December 2021 over 360 toys and games to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.    

MASSACHUSETTS BAY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING was held electronically on ZOOM on November 29, 2021: Highlights of the Annual Meeting included election of officers for 2022, continuation of remote electronic meetings, reports on the status of construction and commissioning of USS Massachusetts (SSN 798), and USS Nantucket (LCS 27).  Also looming are commissioning of several Coast Guard cutters.

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2022 are listed on the Officers page. 

NAVY BIRTHDAY & NAVY DAY: Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will plan for 2022 if gatherings are permitted. 

NATIONAL CONVENTION: Postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. A Special Meeting was held January 16 - 17, 2021 to elect the National President - Elect who will assume the Presidency at the next Navy League convention. In accordance with new Bylaws, elected as delegates from the Massachusetts Bay Council were Bill Kelly, Jr., Eleanor Samuels, Jim McLoughlin, and Ivan Samuels. National Directors consist of National Officers, Region Presidents and several others. 

AWARDS to worthy Sailors of the Year were presented by the commands, in lieu of a council representative, including USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), several Coast Guard ships, and other commands.

SEA CADETS: Our traditional early year fund-raiser for youth programs was a success and will help to support our six sponsored or co-sponsored Naval Sea Cadet units; and for awards to outstanding Sea Cadets, Navy and Marine Corps Junior ROTCs and NROTC Midshipmen at Boston University (including Northeastern University and Boston College), Holy Cross University (including Brown University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (including Harvard College and Tufts University), and Cadets at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were again held to using ZOOM for Board Meetings. Thanks to our generous members, the "Please Don't Come" Luncheon raised sufficient funds to support our youth programs. In March we had a ZOOM meeting with Commander John Benda, C.C., USS Constitution, for an evening covering subjects of interest about the ship, its crew and other matters. November brought the start of our 45th year of supporting the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

USS Constitution Access: The USS Constitution, USS Constitution Museum, and National Park Service are coordinating activities and schedule for re-opening access following the COVID-19 pandemic. The USS Constitution plans to re-open access to the ship for tours on a shortened schedule when it is enabled to do so.