Navy League Presents Council
Awards, Honors Hall of Famers
By AMY L. WITTMAN, Editor in Chief
And PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
Outgoing National President Philip L. Dunmire in- ducted three Navy League members into the
Navy League Hall of Fame during the June 20 Hall of
Fame Luncheon at the National Convention in Long
Beach, Calif. Comprising the Class of 2013 are Genie
Cancellier and Arlie M. McNeill, who were in attendance, and James H. Erlinger.
The Hall of Fame recognizes members who have
served at the national level for at least 25 years in a volunteer capacity and made significant contributions,
particularly on the national level.
Cancellier has been active in the Humboldt Bay,
Calif., Council since joining the Navy League in 1977.
She fought from the early days to get equal support for
the Coast Guard and has been on the Navy League’s
Coast Guard Affairs Committee since its inception. She
is a past Northern California state president and as a
national director had 21 years of perfect attendance.
Over 36 years, Cancellier has served on nearly every
Navy League committee, and today is a national director emeritus. She also has received the Meritorious and
Distinguished Service Medals from the Coast Guard, as
well as Presidential Awards for many past presidents.
McNeill became a member of the Navy League in
1966, has attended every national meeting except two
and worked tirelessly in the Camden-Kings Bay, Ga.,
Council, of which he is a charter member. Over the years,
he has served as council, state and region president; chairman of the Maritime Committee: Ships for Victory, maintaining recognition for Merchant Mariners; and the Coast
Guard Affairs Committee. He also served as auctioneer
for four auctions in New York, California, South Carolina
and Florida to raise money at national meetings for the
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC).
Wearing many hats at the national level, McNeill also
has contributed his time for approximately 30 years raising more than $1 million for scholarships for submariners’ children. The Submarine Wives Association
endowed a scholarship in his name.
For his years of dedication to the local Junior
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in
Glynn County, Ga., the local high school dedicated the
ROTC Obstacle Course in 1993 to him, naming it the
Arlie McNeill Obstacle Course.
His honors and awards include the NSCC Scroll of
Honor; U.S. Navy Meritorious Service Award; and
Outgoing National President Philip L. Dunmire prepares to
induct Arlie M. McNeill and Genie Cancellier into the Navy
League Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Luncheon
June 20 at the National Convention in Long Beach Calif.
Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service awards
from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Since 1978, Erlinger has taken on numerous assignment for the Navy League and the NSCC, at the local St.
Louis Area, Midwest Region and the national levels. He
has served as council president, state president, region
president, national vice president, NSCC president and
NSCC chairman. He serves today as a national director, is
chairman of the NSCC Advisory Council and is a member
of the Executive Committee and Nominating Committee.
Erlinger has worked tirelessly for 35 years, donating
his time, talents and assets to the Navy League.
The Navy League honored 40 “Outstanding,” “
Meritorious” and “Honorable Mention” councils, and recognized 34 councils and 15 Navy Leaguers for their
recruitment and retention efforts at the Hall of Fame
Luncheon. The Navy League has 240 councils in the
United States and abroad.
The council awards are given based on a review of
annual reports filed by the councils for 2012. 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
NSCC programs, establishing relationships with local
businesses and industry — performed on behalf of the
Navy League during the previous year.