The Navy League of the United States had an
extremely busy 2016 in terms of community,
industry and legislative outreach and engagement, and saw individual and corporate
The 114-year-old organization concluded 2016 with the
selection of a new president-elect at the annual Board of
Directors meeting in November. David N. Todd, Ph.D., was
approved as president-elect Nov. 10. A new president will be
elected to succeed National President Skip Witunski at the
Annual Meeting of Members during the 2017 Navy League’s
National Convention June 20-24 in Milwaukee.
The Navy League 2016 National Convention in Charleston
S.C., June 15-18, marked the introduction of the organization’s first female executive director, retired Coast Guard Rear
Adm. Cari B. Thomas. After serving more than 32 years in
the Coast Guard, most recently as assistant commandant for
Human Resources, Thomas assumed the post at Navy League
Headquarters in Arlington, Va., on July 1.
The organization’s global maritime exposition — Sea-Air-Space — broke records in 2016 in overall attendance
and number of exhibitors. The three-day trade show and
professional development event also hosted 25 international
The Navy League also had a presence at the Euronaval
naval and maritime defense exhibition in Paris and Exponaval
in Valparaíso, Chile, and in 2017 will be at NAVDEX in Abu
Dhabi and DSEi in London.
The following is a status report on the principal activities,
events and accomplishments by the Navy League’s various
departments during the past year and a look at what’s in store
Development & Navy League Foundation
The Navy League relies on the generosity of its donors
to support programs and events in support of its mission. In
2016, Navy League members and military supporters contributed to fund national education and advocacy programs, STEM
programs, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and activities for
U.S. sea service personnel and their families around the world.
In 2016, the Navy League Foundation awarded $57,500
in college scholarships to students who are dependents or
descendants of sea service personnel or who participated in
the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. The 2017 application now is open.
More information about scholarship eligibility requirements
and the 2017 application form can be found at the Navy League
Foundation website: http://navyleague.org/scholarship.html.
The Navy League continued to grow its major donor program — the President’s Circle — made up of supporting
members who give at least $1,000 annually. Information on
making a tax-deductible gift to the Navy League is available by calling the Development Office at (800) 356-1596 or
Additionally, the Navy League revitalized its planned giving program, the 1902 Society. Information on estate planning
can be found online at http://navyleague.giftplans.org/
The Navy League is a member of the Military Spouse
Employment Partnership (MSEP), a targeted recruitment and
employment solution for spouses. MSEP partners Fortune 500
Plus companies with all services, provides human resource
managers with recruitment solutions, prepares military
spouses to be competitive applicants and connects them with
employers seeking the 21st-century workforce skills and attributes military spouses possess.
The organization became a member of the Spouse Ambassador Network to work with fellow military service groups to
spread information regarding the MSEP program. Any company
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