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 except printed SEAPOWER Magazine) for $25. Opportunity to recruit new members or give a gift. Applications are found at https://join.navyleague.org.
RECENT EVENTS: 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, 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.
In May we had a tour of Drydock #1 in which the USS Constitution is being overhauled and on several Saturdays tours of the Coast Guard Port Operations Control Center were attended by small groups of members.
Tours of USS McFaul (DDG 74) in March were arranged by the Council. About 30 Navy Leaguers, 130 Naval Sea Cadets from several units, Naval Academy candidates and parents, and other Navy-related organizations were able to visit the ship. A reception was held aboard that evening.
PLANNED EVENTS: A "Please Don't Come" Luncheon in February 2017 to raise funds for our youth programs; a Ship visit to Boston in March 2017 (requested); and an Armed Forces Day event in May 2017.
USS THOMAS HUDNER (DDG 116): As you should be aware, the USS THOMAS HUDNER is named for the Medal of Honor recipient and Member of our council. The ship, being built at Bath Iron Works, is scheduled to be commissioned in Boston in August/September 2018. Check out https://www.facebook.com/DDG116 and the website usshudnerddg116.org.