Navy League To Present
Council Awards at Convention
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
The Navy League will honor 26 “Outstanding,” “Meritorious” and “Honorable Mention” councils, and recognize nearly 40 councils and 18 Navy
Leaguers for their recruitment and retention efforts, at
the National Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., in late
October. The Navy League today has 246 councils in
the United States and abroad.
The council awards are given based on a review of
annual reports filed by the councils for 2010. 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 programs, establishing relationships with local businesses
and industry — performed on behalf of the Navy
League during the previous year.
The committee selected 12 Outstanding Councils for
2010. Ten others were named Meritorious Councils, with
another four chosen for Honorable Mention recognition.
The selected councils will be honored during the convention’s Hall of Fame and Honors Luncheon Oct. 27. The
Navy League National Convention will run Oct. 26-30 at
the Marriott Chattanooga at the Convention Center.
The following councils (their 2010 president’s name
is in parentheses) were selected:
■ Outstanding Councils
Atlanta Metropolitan (Arthur S. Adams); Central New
Jersey (William A. Aitken); Golden Isles, Ga. (Warren
G. Stern); Honolulu (Melvin H.W. Ing); Madrid, Spain
(Eva Garcia); National Capital, D.C. (Charles W.
McCullough); St. Augustine, Fla. (William M. Korach);
San Diego (John A. Schmidt); Santa Barbara, Calif. (Lin
Graf); Savannah, Ga. (Thomas H. Latham); Seattle
(Diane Jaffa); and Tampa, Fla. (Chris Paddock).
■ Meritorious Councils
Black Sea (Gary M. Herbert); Bremerton-Olympic
Peninsula, Wash. (Gary S. Gunderson); Broward
County, Fla. (George L. Reeves); Camden-Kings Bay, Ga.
(Keith F. Post); Hampton Roads, Va. (Cameron Ingram);
Mayport, Fla. (John T. Vargo); Newport County, R.I.
(Michael J. Slein); Oak Harbor, Wash. (Thomas A.
Tack); Pittsburgh (Judy C. Halleran); and Placer County,
Calif. (Bonnie B. Potter).
Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, commander of U.S. Third
Fleet, makes opening remarks Aug. 5 during the Annual
Sea Services Luncheon presented by the Seattle Council
as part of the 62nd annual Seattle Seafair Fleet Week.
Seafair activities allow U.S. and Canadian sailors and
Coast Guard personnel to experience the local community
and promote awareness of the maritime forces. The
Seattle Council, which took part in a number of events
during Seafair, will be honored as an “Outstanding
Council” during the Navy League National Convention.
■ Honorable Mention Councils
Central Florida (Richard Mohler); Contra Costa, Calif.
(Jeanne Sharkey); Korea (John E. Sides); and New
Mexico (Robert T. Booms).
Top Councils for Retention
The following councils will be recognized at the convention for their efforts in member retention for 2010. They
ended the year with at least an 80 percent retention rate.
The top councils are listed below, with their retention
rates in parentheses.