Council History

PART I - Council History

HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS BAY COUNCIL

Council highlights (obtained from bits and pieces in various files)

1955: The Massachusetts Bay Council was founded as the “Brockton Council”. Name later changed to “Southeastern Massachusetts Council”. The Council worked very closely with Naval Air Station, South Weymouth, presenting quarterly and annual awards, assisting with job hunting for spouses and those returning to civilian life. Sponsored Naval Sea/League Cadet units. Following the death of long time member and Treasurer, Elmer Coles, the council sponsored annual awards in his name to both junior officer and enlisted. There were also quarterly awards to enlisted personnel.

1968: Assisted hosting CEO/Asst SECNAV for Research, Engineering and Systems meeting.

1969-70: Council President William Rothermel and Secretary Betty Coombs started Coast Guard Mascot Program by presenting a Black Labrador Retriever (“Spar”) to the CG Pt. Allerton Station. For over twenty years, dogs were given to ships and stations from N.Y. to Maine, including Comm Sta, Boston, Castle Island, Block Island, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, P. Judith, Cape Cod, Fire Island, Gloucester, St. Clair Flats, Detroit, San Juan/Lesser Antilles, CGC VIGOROUS, Gay Head, Portsmouth Harbor, NH, CGC THUNDER BAY, Southwest Harbor, and somewhere near Washington, D.C..

1970: Changed name to “Eastern Massachusetts Council”.

1973: Navy Birthday Dinner Guest Hon J. William Middendorf.

1975. Reception for visiting Russian warships at the home of Tom & Roz Morris. The Guided Missile Destroyers BOYKIY and ZHGUCHIY were permitted to arrive with only three days notice for the council to arrange a reception. About 200 guests, including VADM Stansfield Turner, USN, and RADM A.M. Kalinin, Soviet Navy, Russian officers (and KGB) and, Navy leaguers and others attended. This was the first exchange of ship visits with the Russians since the end of WWII, some thirty years before. Council “Welcome Aboard” reception for RADM James Stewart, First CG District.

1976: National Convention in Boston. (Rosamond Morris, General Chairman; Ivan Samuels, Council President). Early birds toured Lexington and Concord; and historic Boston. Welcome Aboard was pierside to USS CONSTITUTION; Navy League Night at Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler conducting; reception at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Speaking at various events were Avi Nelson, Gov. Michael Dukakis, CNO ADM James Holloway III and SECNAV William Middendorf. Co-Sponsored with the First Region, NLUS, the “Navy Trophy” for winner of the New England Football Conference. Started Annual Toys for Tots Brunch at the Commandant’s House.

1977: Annual Meeting April 17, Commandant’s House.

1978: Assisted in obtaining (for the National Park Service) and, later, welcoming USS CASSIN YOUNG (DD 793). [N.B. How it came about: Chief Maynard Spekin, USNR, was a facilities supervisor at the Boston Navy Yard and stayed with the National Park Service following their acquisition. He was a member of Naval Reserve Surface Division 1-5(L); CDR Ivan R. Samuels, C.O. He called Samuels and said “What is a shipyard without a ship? How does the NPS go about getting one?” Samuels gave some advice and also one of the four DDs mothballed in Philadelphia. A member of the Reserve unit, LT Strafford Morse, had been stationed in Philadelphia at the time the DDs were mothballed and he said CASSIN YOUNG was in the best condition and NPS acted on that recommendation. In June, 1978, the ship was towed to Boston by an Army tug boat, the 69th Transportation Platoon (FC), and the council provided a reception. About 100 people attended. Later, Naval Reservists and Naval Sea Cadets assisted the NPS in cleaning and repairing the ship; followed by members of the USS CASSIN YOUNG Association; continuing for many years.

1979: Annual Meeting May 12 at CG ‘O’ Club. Presented REPOY Award. Navy Birthday Dinner. RADM Wayne Meyer, USN speaker.Chesterbrook Restaurant, Waltham. Reception at Commandant’s House for NATO Ships’ visit, 8/12.

1980: Sponsored commissioning of USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORRISON (FFG 13) in Boston. Annual Meeting, Sunday Brunch, 4-13-80 at Radisson Ferncroft Country Club.

1981: Sponsored a ship’s patch contest among Boston school children for (to be commissioned) USS BOSTON (SSN 703). Black Lab “Smudge” presented to Base Woods Hole.

1983: Designated by NLUS as an “OUTSTANDING COUNCIL” and also runner-up for the U.S. Navy’s Sustained Superior Performance Award for "Outstanding Support to Navy Recruiting”.

1984: Changed name from “Eastern Massachusetts Council” to “Massachusetts Bay Council”. Co-sponsored Navy Birthday with USS Constitution Museum with a Champagne Brunch at Pier Four Restaurant. At NAS SOWEY, initiated the Sergeant Major Douglass Award (in addition to the Elmer Coles Award for Leadership).

1985: Presented Lab “Datum” to Boothbay Station, USCG. Eighth Annual “Christmas at the Commandant’s House”. Theme: A Victorian Christmas. Annual Meeting held at Natick Labs with ‘O’ Club Speaker Dr. Paul Holman, Naval War College on Soviet Strategy Today. Coast Guard birthday at CG Admiral’s House, Beverly. New England Football Conference “Navy” Trophy presented to Plymouth (NH) State College.

1986: Sponsored commissioning of USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52) (Wm C. Kelley, Jr., Chairman) in Boston.

1987: Assisted with commissioning USCGC SENECA (WMEC 906); and members cruised through Cape Cod Canal to New Bedford. Sponsored celebration of 200th Anniversary of signing of the Constitution; SECDEF Caspar Weinberger as speaker. Assisted City of Boston with contribution toward the Adopt-a- Statue Program maintaining the John Barry plaque on Boston Common. Near Tremont and Winter Streets.

1988: Initiated the Annual Maritime Symposium, a politico-military ‘war game’ for participation by college students (ROTC and other) held at Tufts Fletcher School. Commandant’s House Restoration Committee formed.Presented Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to RADM Joseph Paul Reason - Commander NAVBASE Seattle.

1989: Hosted CEOs/Navy flag meeting. ADM Trost speaker.at Anthony’s Pier Four. At the Nat’l Convention, the MBC received the Meritorious Council Award and also the Navy Recruiting Honorable Mention Award. Presented the New England Football Conference Navy Trophy. Loaned $2300 (half the startup costs) to the First Coast Guard District Officers’ Association Bicentennial Blazer Button Project (later repayed). Toys for Tots Brunch contributed $1225 direct to TfT and $750 to Boston City Hospital childrens’ program. Presented Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to RADM Wendell N. Johnson - Commandant, Sixth Naval District.

1990: Feb. Annual Meeting speaker VADM Dunleavey, ACNO for Air Warfare. Marine and Navy Recruiters received awards. Held Second Annual Maritime Symposium at Tufts. Held Third Annual Black History Month Reception in the Hull Room. RADM Walter Davis, USN, recipient of Dalton Baugh Award.March trip to Naval War College.New England Region President Ivan Samuels presented Navy Recruiting District Boston large framed WWI Navy Recruiting poster. Presented lab retriever“Marlin Spike” to Station Portsmouth Harbor in office of RADM Rybacki, USCG. In Sept., members enjoyed a 3 hour cruise of Boston Harbor in USCGC ESCANABA (WMEC 907).

1991: Hosted a Black History Reception at the Hillcrest, Waltham. Presented the Elmer F. Coles Award for Leadership and Sailor of the Quarter Award at NAS SOWEY. Christmas Party at Boston City Hospital Childrens’ Ward. Toys for Tots Brunch. Presented Marlin Spike, a black Labrador retriever to Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor in the office of RADM Richard Rybacki, Commander First Coast Guard District. Twenty-two such dogs have been presented. Adopted USCGC GRAND ISLE (WPB1338). Presented the Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to CAPT Anthony J. Watson - Deputy Superintendent of Midshipmen, USNA.

1992: Presented the Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to RADM Mack C. Gaston, USN, Commander, Field Command Defense Nuclear Agency, Albuquerque, NM. Coast Guard Birthday luncheon. Toys for Tots Brunch. Presented Elmer F. Coles Leadership Award. Lab Retrievers presented to USCGC THUNDER BAY (WTB 108), CG Communications Station, Boston and Group Southwest Harbor. Celebrated CG Birthday and presented CG Reservist of the Year. Central Mass. Council disestablished and rolled into Mass. Bay. Toys for Tots Brunch benefit shared with Boston City Hospital Holiday Kids. The Navy Recuiting/Navy league Football Trophy and plaque was presented to Bridgewater State College, winner of the New England Conference, at the New England Football Writers Dinner.

1993: Black History Month Dinner. Speaker WO3 Corinthia Thoms, USN. Educational Symposium held at Tufts.Toys for Tots Brunch. Hosted a Christmas party, Childrens’ ward, Boston City Hospital. Adopted CGC GRAND ISLE (WPB 1338), Gloucester. CG Birthday there, cookout and ship ride. Hosted a reception for 100 U.S. and Russian officers from the cruiser MARSHAL USTINOV, destroyer ADMIRAL KHARLAMOV and supply ship DNESTR; and USS SPRAGUE, USS GETTYSBURG AND USS EMORY S LAND. Council received “Excellence in Recruiting Support Sustained Performance Award” from RADM J.J. Barr, Commander Navy Recruiting Command. Initiated the SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON ESSAY CONTEST.

1994: Celebrated Black History Month. Dalton L. Baugh Award presented to RADM Edward Moore, USN, Commandant, Naval District Washington. Initiated Samuel Eliot Morison Essay Contest

1995: Sponsored commissioning of USS RAMAGE (DDG 61) RADM Theodore Lockhart, USN(Ret) , Chairman). Held Sixth Annual Maritime Symposium (at B.U.). Presented nbthe Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to RADM David L. Brewer III - Commander Naval Forces Marianas.

1996: 19th Annual Toys for Tots Brunch Dec.1, 1996. Donated $1150 + toys to NAS SOWEY TforT program. Please Don’t Come Luncheon raised $1,017.50 for Sea Cadets.Celebrated Coast Guard Birthday at Station Newburyport. Held Symposium at B.U., 2/24/96.

1997: National Convention in Boston (Ivan R. Samuels, General Chairman). $2500 net from council sponsored events contributed to NLUS Youth Programs Fund to help finance the Samuel Eliot Morison Essay Contest. Hosted a reception in the Constitution Museum for Russian and U.S. generals attending the Harvard U. JFK School of Government Executive Program.

1998: Celebrated Navy Birthday at Hanscom AFB. Speaker CAPT Tom Bush, USN, DD-21 Program Manager. Also celebrated Navy Birthday at Mass Maritime Academy, RADM Berbard Smith, speaker. Navy league booth at Air Show, Hanscom AFB. Coast Guard Birthday at Commander First CG District, Hospital Point Beverley. Presented REPOY aeard. Purchased draperies, etc. for Commandant’s House. Presented Navy Oceanographic Ship Name Contest State Winner certificates to Mapleshade Elementary School and Hingham H.S.

2000: Assumed Trusteeship for USS BOSTON Silver Service and placed in custody of National Park Service.

2002: Sponsored commissioning of USS PREBLE (DDG 88) (Ivan R Samuels, Chairman) in Boston. Absorbed Boston Council which was disestablished. Received NLUS Meritorious Council Award.

2003: Navy Birthday celebrated at Hanscom AFB. Contributed to commissioning of Maritime Safety and Security Team 91110. Received NLUS Meritorious Council Award.

2004: Received NLUS Meritorious Council Award.

2005: Presented the Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to CAPT Stephen N. Sentaio - Director, Naval Staff College, Newport, RI.

2007: Sponsored commissioning of USS SAMPSON (DDG 102) (Ivan R. Samuels, Chairman) in Boston. USS JFK (CV67) final visit to Boston; special tours. New Sea Cadet unit, Massachusetts Bay Division launched. Eighteenth Annual Maritime Symposium held at B.U. Received Mackie Award for Council Newsletter.

2008: Navy Birthday speaker was VADM Kevin M. McCoy, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. 30th Annual Sea Services Ball honored USMC veterans of WWII. Named as National Naval Sea Cadet Officer of the Year was LCDR James McLoughlin, NSCC, who is C.O., Gosnold Div., which our council sponsors. Members had tours of USS Dewert (FFG 45).

2009:. Highlight was participation with Sail Boston 2009. Volunteers were recruited by Ivan Samuels from the council and other sources to be ship Liaison Officers and Pier Guides. Members toured USS Freedom (LCS 1), first of class and first of her kind. Toured Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC 906) In October, Navy Birthday was celebrated in the Coast Guard All Hands Club with Special Guest Senator Scott Brown. The 31st Annual Sea Services Ball honored the U.S. Flag Merchant Marine. Special Guest and Honoree was Captain Richard Phillips, Master of the pirated ship MV Maersk Alabama. At Toys for Tots Brunch presented the Dalton Baugh Award for Inspirational Leadership to CAPT Kevin Scott, USN.

2010: Armed Forces Day Luncheon featured remarks from Maj. Craig Douglas, USMC, who discussed his experiences in Iraq. In October, Navy Birthday was celebrated in the Coast Guard All Hands Club with Special Guest Senator Scott Brown. The 31st Annual Sea Services Ball honored the U.S. Flag Merchant Marine.

2011: Sponsored Navy Nite at Boston Pops. Navy Birthday Luncheon Guest was CDR 'Tony' O'Brien, USN (Ret) who 's background includes Marine and Navy Seal experience. 33rd Sea Services Holiday Ball Honored USS Constitution. Runner-up for Mackie Award for Council Newsletter.

2012: Council volunteers were Ship Liaison and Pier Guides during OPSAIL 2012. Members toured USS Anzio (CG 68). Navy Birthday Guest of Honor was RADM 'Vic' Beck, USN, Vice Chief of Information. (A Reservist, he is a Member of our council). Sea Services Holiday Ball Guest was Colonel Mackubin Owens, USMC(Ret), A Silver Star recipient, Historian and Associate Dean at the Naval War College. Received NLUS Council Honorable Mention. Received Mackie Award for the Council Website.

2013:  The council hosted its 24th annual New England College Maritime Symposium with eighty-four students from eighteen colleges and universities participating in a political/military game involving the Pacific Rim nations. Armed Forces Day was celebrated at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay.  Members exercised the new $2 million ship simulator and heard Admiral Richard Gurnon, USMS, stress the importance of strong sea services to our security and economic well-being.  The council was one of seven receiving a Honorable Mention Award for Council Activities. Coast Guard Birthday celebrated at the Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport.  The 34th Annual Sea Services Ball honored the U.S. Marine Corps.  Special Guest was Col Mackubin Owens, USMC (Ret), Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College.  The 36th Annual Toys for Tots Brunch at the Commandant’s House raised $3,000 plus toys for the program. Received Mackie Award for Council Newsletter.

2014: The 38th Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Brunch was held on Sunday, 7 December 2014 in the Commandant's House, Boston Navy Yard.  For the first time, it was combined with the Veterans’ Pearl Harbor Day remembrance and laying of a wreath in Boston Harbor.  A $2500 check plus about $500 worth of games and toys was donated to Toys for Tots.  The 36th Annual Sea Services Ball was held on Saturday, 6 December 2014. 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 2014, at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

2015:  Highlight in the year was council sponsorship on commissioning the newest National Security Cutter, USCGC JAMES ( WMSL 754), at the time of the Coast Guard Birthday in August.  Committee Chairman was Reid Oslin. Members were invited to tour the ship earlier in the week. On 14 March 2015, we toured the USS Arlington (LPD 24), one of the Navy's newest ships . At the Navy League Convention in Tampa in June, our own Eleanor Samuels was elected a National Vice President of the Navy League. She is responsible for new efforts to increase NL membership. In May, we celebrated Armed Forces Day with a luncheon. The Speaker was CDR B. E. Vandiver, C.O., Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy, who spoke about the Navy Reserve history through current use by call-ups and in their Reserve units. On 14 March 2015, we toured the USS Arlington (LPD 24), one of the Navy's newest ships.    October saw the Navy Birthday and Annual Meeting Luncheon. Guest speaker was CAPT Richard LaBranche, USN, Chairman Joint Military Operations and Director Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, U.S. Naval War College.  Election of Officers was also conducted.   The 39th Annual Toys for Tots Brunch was held on 14 December 2015 at the Commandant's House, Charlestown National Historical Park. A $1500 check and about $500 worth of toys and games were presented to two Marines from the 25th Regiment for distribution.

PART II. Council Presidents

1955-1960 ???

c. 1960: Richard Rome (dec)

?1963-66 ?

?1966-69 or 69-72: Thomas Morris (later Nat’l President) (dec)

?1969-73 or 72-73 William Rothermel (dec)

1973-74: Archie Snaddon (dec)

1974-76: Ivan Samuels (later a Natl VP)

1976-78: Raymond Couture (later a Natl VP)

1978-80: William Glass

1980-82: Larry Blethen

1982-83: William Kelley, Jr. (later Natl President)

1983-84: Edward Bryant (dec)

1984-85: Harold Learson (later a Natl VP)

1986-87: Daniel Gallagher (dec)

1988-89: Sanford Carlisle

1990-91: James P D Waters (dec)

1992-93: Kenneth Russell (dec)

1994-95: Robert Crowley

1996-97: Raymond Couture

1997-98: David J. Gray (dec)

1999-00: Richard Keys

2001-02: Eric Lekberg

2003-04: Irv Gorman

2005-06: Herbert Hagele (dec)

2007-08: John Tata

2009-11: Eleanor Samuels

2012-13: John Lind

2014-15: Thomas Rudden

2016- : Tom Hennessey