Toys for Tots program and the
Hangar One Foundation to commemorate the historical contribution
and mission of those who served at
Naval Air Station Glenview.
Provence, France, Navy Leaguers gather with Navy guests from the Harry S.
Truman Carrier Strike Group during a welcome party when the Strike Group
was in port in Marseille in June. Council President Deborah J. Cozzone holds a
plaque honoring the visit.
events when needed, handled details
and interacted with our French
points of contact for the projects.
“But the true keys to the success
of our COMRELs were our Sailors
and Marines, themselves, and the
French people who worked with us.
They did a fantastic job bringing the
COMRELs to life. They were outstanding representatives and ambassadors for the United States, the USS
Harry S. Truman and the U.S. Navy.
They conducted themselves with
enthusiasm, integrity and honor.”
The Glenview, Ill., Council celebrated its 50th anniversary with a luncheon June 13 at the Glen Club, on the
site of the former Naval Air Station
Local public and military officials joined council members and
guests for the event, including
William A. Kopper, Navy League
national vice president for international affairs, and Capt. John
Malfitano, commanding officer of
Naval Station Great Lakes, who
offered congratulatory remarks.
Council President Alan B. Carter
offered welcoming remarks to
those attending the luncheon.
The council was chartered on
Flag Day, June 14, 1960, with 86
members, a total that nearly doubled
in its first nine months. At one time,
the council boasted a membership of
more than 600, prior to the 1995 closure of Naval Air Station Glenview,
with which it maintained a close
relationship, according to National
Director Elaine Zold Koepke.
Council member Beverly Dawson, a historian, lecturer and author, highlighted the event with a
PowerPoint presentation titled
“History of Navy Air Station Glenview.” The facility was a key training ground for World War II pilots,
who completed takeoffs and landings from two converted aircraft
carriers on Lake Michigan.
Since Navy Air Station Glenview
was closed, the Glenview Council
has continued to support the sea
services and their families in the area.
The council adopted the Coast Guard
Air Facility Waukegan and Coast
Guard Station Wilmette Harbor, and
sponsored the Wheeling High School
Navy Junior Reserve Officers’
Training Corps unit and the U.S.
Naval Sea Cadet Corps’ Maj. Gen.
John L. Borling Division. It also supports the Navy’s “Home for the Holidays” initiative, the Marine Corps’
The Thailand Southern Seaboard
Council celebrated Independence
Day and its official council chartering
with a July 4 picnic on the grounds of
the new HeadStart International
School in Phuket.
Council members were joined by
local residents and officials, expatriates and foreign nationals, and
embassy representatives for the
family event that featured a barbecue, a band, Uncle Sam and play
areas, face painters, clowns and
many other activities for children.
The Phuket Classic Car Club also
had an impressive display of fully
restored U.S. Army jeeps from the
1940s for children and adults to sit
in, according to Council Secretary
Denny Bowman. About 900 people
attended the day-long event.
Ronald S. Robinson, the U.S.
Embassy’s consul general, presided
over a Flag Ceremony and delivered special proclamation remarks
sent from U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton to mark the
Fourth of July holiday.
The picnic was capped by the
council’s Chartering Ceremony led
by William J. Waylett Jr., the Navy
League’s senior director of Regional
Activities. He presented a special
charter plaque to the council’s board
members and a pin to President
James T. Madigan. Waylett then conducted a swearing-in of the board.
In return, the board presented
Waylett and Robinson with souvenir flags from the Lions Club,
which assists the Navy League, and
Thai ‘pah kamahs,’ belt-like waist
sash cloths emblazoned with
Phuket Navy League patches.
Madigan spoke about the council’s role and achievements since it
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