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THE PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
The President’s Circle is an elite group of individuals who help the Navy League maintain its worldwide membership by advocating for sea service members and their families. President’s Circle members lead by example, advocating on behalf of the sea
services and educating about the importance of strong maritime forces to the security and economic prosperity of the nation.
They support sea service personnel and their families as well as youth programs that foster future leaders. The Navy League
offers several distinguished levels of annual President’s Circle Membership.
Members, as of Nov. 20, 2015:
Charles Drury Jr.
The John J. & Mary R. Schiff
Ambassador J. William
Col. Geoffrey Prosch, SES
David J. Reilly
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Vice Adm. Albert Herberger,
Stewart Reuter, USN (Ret.)
Vice Adm. Brent Bennitt, USN
Warren Savage Jr.
CHIEF OF NAVAL
Jack Ritter Jr.
James Bonner Jr.
Cmdr. Stephen Waylett, USN
Gerald and Teresa Bortolazzo
Capt. Andrew Combe, USN
H. Gerald Nordberg Jr.
For more information, visit:
Navy League representatives during the
Capitol Hill Fly-In on Dec. 3. The commit-
tee’s goal in 2016 is to visit a minimum of
80 members of Congress to provide a Navy
n Nonpartisan Advocacy: Compliant
with the Navy League’s 501(c)(3) status, its
advocacy activities are neither partisan nor
conducted to influence elections. They are
undertaken solely for the sake of encourag-
ing legislative branch awareness of impor-
tant maritime security issues as well as the
maritime services’ mission requirements.
The Navy League monitors appropriations
and legislation primarily in terms of their
impact on the operational capabilities and
readiness of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast
Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. As
part of its advocacy efforts, the Legislative
Affairs Committee raised the funds to sup-
port an online advocacy tool that allows
Navy Leaguers to easily write or call their
member of Congress on a host of Navy
League issues. To date, more than 30,000
e-mails have been sent to members of
Congress on sequestration, opposition to
continuing resolutions and government
shutdowns, and other topics. Visit today
and make your voice heard at www.
n Visibility in Washington: The Navy
League sponsors the Shipbuilding Caucus
breakfast series on Capitol Hill and pro-
vides support for many others. The quar-
terly event hosts speakers at the highest
levels from across the sea services and
industry, with members of Congress from
all political affiliations in attendance to dis-
cuss the importance of a strong shipbuild-
ing industrial base. Navy Leaguers also
have supported the House Military Depot,
Arsenal, Ammunition Plant and Industrial
Facilities Caucus, the Congressional Coast
Guard Caucus and the Congressional
Navy-Marine Corps Caucus.
nation’s defense, economy and leadership
in the world. Op-eds and advertising are
another component of the campaign, and
the committee appreciates Navy Leaguers
who have submitted pieces for publication.
The Navy League sponsors the Pizza
Brief lunch series in coordination with sea
service congressional liaison offices. Targeting the personal and professional staff of
the House and Senate, the briefs invite
speakers from the sea services to provide
much-valued information on programs and
policy for congressional staff. The Navy
League promotes the presentations via
direct contact with the defense-focused legislative staff members in all congressional
member and key subcommittee offices. The
Navy League creates opportunities for
engagement between Congress and the sea
services by hosting birthday celebrations
for the sea services and other receptions.
The Navy League also distributes its
annual Maritime Policy Statement and Sea -
power Almanac across Capitol Hill, where
decision-makers consider them invaluable
resources. Navy League volunteers and
headquarters often receive inquiries from
Congressional offices on our position on
various pieces of legislation and policy.
n America’s Strength: In 2015, the Navy
League launched the America’s Strength
campaign, a grass-roots effort to increase
the Department of the Navy’s budget by fiscal year 2017. There has been a series of
Capitol Hill events to highlight the current
level of stress on the Navy and Marine
Corps and raise awareness of the importance of the Navy-Marine Corps team to the
Legislative Affairs also has provided promotional materials for Navy League council
events around the country. The campaign
has managed to escalate several important
stories to the mainstream media, including
coverage of the possibility of Marines riding
in allied ships in USA Today. The Navy
League commissioned a study with the
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Analysis
on the topic that was released in November.
n The Year Ahead: The Legislative Affairs
Committee, chaired by Bras and Giles,
includes past-National President Sheila M.
McNeill as Legislative Affairs Advisory
Board chairman. The committee always is
looking for more Navy League members to
get involved. Interested members are urged
to reach out to their regional vice presidents
to find ways to become more active.
The Communications Department works
closely with every department at Navy
League headquarters to ensure that all
materials produced for distribution — for
members as well as for the public and
media outlets — are cohesive from an
Today, the organization delivers content
through several outlets, including social
media, websites, the legislative engagement
portal, the Special Topic Breakfast Series,
the America’s Strength campaign and the
annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition. The Navy
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