Council News

Next Board Meeting: 26 October 2020

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  Al Prudhommesedate9@aol.com, phone: 1-781-861-8766.

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 2020 Board Meetings: 10/26, 11/30

EVENTS COMPLETED: 

TOYS FOR TOTS: Our 43rd Annual Toys for Tots (TFT) event was held on 08 December 2019 at the Commandant’s House, Boston Navy Yard. Attending were around one hundred Navy Leaguers, guests and Naval Sea Cadets, their leaders and families.    

MASSACHUSETTS BAY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING was held on November 16, 2019: Highlights of the Annual Meeting included reports on the status of construction and commissioning of USS Massachusetts (SSN 798), USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) and, more immediate, USS Nantucket (LCS 27).  Also looming are commissioning of several Coast Guard cutters.

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2020 were elected and are listed on the Officers page.  In addition, elected as a Director Emeritus was Genevieve Guimond who served as VP for Sea Cadets and Youth for many years.

NAVY BIRTHDAY & NAVY DAY: The Massachusetts Bay Council celebrated the Navy’s 244th Birthday and Navy Day at a luncheon on 19 October 2019.   Guest Speaker was Commander Nathaniel R. Shick, USN, 75th Commanding Officer, USS Constitution, who addressed several issues concerning the Navy, the ship and plans for the (former) Boston Navy Yard. Among the attendees were the new Executive Officer, CDR Andrew Broyles, USN, former Navy League National President, Bill Kelley, and New England Region President, David Samuels.

NATIONAL CONVENTION: In June, at the National Convention, the council received an HONORABLE MENTION Award for Overall Performance in 2018 in competition with 128 other councils.

COAST GUARD SUPPORT: In June, the First Coast Guard District sought our help in hosting a plane-load of Congressional staffers here to learn about the CG missions and observe a number of demonstrations.

ARMED FORCES DAY: In May, the council held its annual Armed Forces Day event at Hanscom AFB.  Speaker was CAPT Eric Doucette, USCG, Captain of the Port and Commander Sector Boston, who spoke of his unique experiences and gave an update on Boston Harbor construction, dredging and security concerns.

USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG 109) visited Boston and on March 16 we had tours of the ship and a reception aboard.

PLEASE DON’T COME LUNCHEON: This annual event in February again was very successful in raising money for our youth programs.

USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116) COMMISSIONING:  Named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member (now deceased) of our council. On a chilly December 1, 2018 the newest warship in the U.S. Navy was brought to life.  Some 6,500 visitors braved the cold to honor the ship’s namesake and view the ceremonies and tour the ship.  The Commissioning Committee, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bay Council, was chaired by Council President Tom Hennessey. Full story is in THE SHIP‘S WHISTLE, December 2018.

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.