Navy League to Honor Councils,
Recruiters at National Convention
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
The Navy League will honor
more than 20 “Outstanding”
and “Meritorious” councils, along
with nearly 20 individual Navy
Leaguers who will be recognized
for their recruitment efforts, at the
National Convention this month.
The council awards are chosen
based on a review of council annual
reports for 2007. The Navy League’s
Council Awards Committee graded
council activities — community
education, legislative affairs, working
with local sea service units and
personnel, membership recruitment
and retention, youth activities and
work with U.S. Naval Sea Cadet
Corps (NSCC) programs, establishing relationships with local businesses and industry — performed on behalf of the Navy League during the
The committee selected 11
Outstanding Councils for 2007.
Eleven others were named Meritorious Councils, with another seven
chosen for Honorable Mention
recognition. The selected councils
will be honored and receive plaques
during the National Convention Oct.
28-31 at the Westin Crown Center in
Kansas City, Mo.
The following councils (their
2007 president’s name is in parentheses) were selected:
■ OUTSTANDING COUNCILS
Atlanta Metropolitan (Charles
Peninsula, Wash. (Stanley J. Mack);
Broward County, Fla. (Robert N.
Hein); Golden Isles, Ga. (Robert
Morrison); Glenview, Ill. (Mary A.
Long); Mayport, Fla. (Richard R.
Hoffman); National Capital, D.C.
(Sharon Gurke); New York (Daniel
M. Thys); San Diego (John Da-
Richard T. Kenney, executive director of the New York Council, speaks to guests
at the grand opening of the Great White Fleet Centennial Exhibit in New York
Nov. 14. The New York Council, in collaboration with the Naval Historical Center,
sponsored the exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the world cruise
of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. The New York Council will be honored as one
of 11 Outstanding Councils at the Navy League National Convention.
dian); Santa Barbara, Calif. (Karen
Crawford); Seattle (William C.
■ MERITORIOUS COUNCILS
Alamo, Texas (Walter E. Wilson);
Camden-Kings Bay, Ga. (Keith F.
Post); Greater Central Texas (James
D. Brotherton); Greater Chatta-
nooga, Tenn. (Billy L. Hewitt);
Hampton Roads, Va. (Lou Lalli);
Hilton Head, S.C. (James W. Smith);
Lake County, Ill. (Fergal P.J. “Pat”
Gallagher); Newport County, R.I.
(Roy H. Callahan); Oak Harbor,
Wash. (Edward J. Witt Jr.); Pitts-
burgh (Paula Bozdech-Veater); St.
Augustine, Fla. (William E. Dudley).
■ HONORABLE MENTION
Annapolis, Md. (Darryl W. Chris-
tian); Cape Canaveral, Fla. (Kurt E.
Ronstrom); Piedmont-Triad, N.C.
(Dwayne E. Campbell); Richmond,
Va. (Roy M. Martin); Sasebo, Japan
(Gerald C. Havens); St. Maarten
(Art Nutcher); Rome (Laila Volpe).
In addition to the council
awards, individual Navy League
members who earned 20 or more
recruiting points will be honored
at the convention. Navy Leaguers
earn one recruiting point per new
The 2007 top recruiters are listed
below, in alphabetical order.
■ Linda L. Ashbey, Lakehurst, N.J.;
Henry J. Bedinger, San Diego; Karen
Crawford, Santa Barbara, Calif.;
Patricia Du Mont, Fort Lauderdale,
Fla.; James Gordon, Seattle; John H.
Graham, Palma de Mallorca; Phelps
Hobart, Pacific Merchant Marine,