Navy Leaguers came together that afternoon for the
Hall of Fame and Honors Luncheon, during which the
hardest-working councils and individual members
were honored for their service. Inducted into the Hall
of Fame for 2015 was Edna Ralston, who has been
active in the Navy League on the local and national levels for many nears, most notably founding the Athens,
Greece, Council in 1973 with her husband. She has
been a member of the Beverly Hills and Hollywood,
Calif., Councils upon returning to the United States.
Today, she is a life member of Greater Los Angeles
Women’s Council, serving as an Executive Board member
and Military Affairs chair. She previously served as that
council’s president in 1985 and again from 2008 to 2010.
Donald A. Giles, a member of the Atlanta Metropolitan Council, was honored with the Navy League’s
Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in the
organization’s grassroots legislative programs. As co-chair of the Navy League’s Legislative Affairs Committee,
Giles has been a key organizer for legislative outreach,
setting goals and working with volunteers to visit congressional district offices. See page 76 for the complete
list of those earning council and individual honors for
recruiting, retention and communications.
Along with a new national president, Navy League
members also elected a new Steering Committee.
They are National Vice Presidents Maria-Isabel
Dickey, John Jay Donnelly, Lisa Gallinat, Thomas Jaffa,
Alan Kaplan, Geoffrey Prosch, David Reilly, Eleanor
Samuels, Warren Savage and David Todd; National
Corporate Secretary Pamela Ammerman; National
Treasurer Joseph Lissenden, National Judge Advocate
Donald Mooers; and Naval Sea Cadet Corps Chairman
John D. Stegman.
Sea Services Panel
Two much-anticipated events of Navy League conventions each year are the annual Sea Services Panel and
the Sea Services Awards Luncheon that follows. This
year did not disappoint.
Navy League Executive Director Bruce Butler moderated the June 19 panel that included Maritime
Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, head of the
Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration; VADM Fox; LtGen Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr.,
commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command;
and RDML Peter J. Brown, assistant Coast Guard commandant for Response Policy.
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Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, second from the left, speaks during the National Convention Sea Services
Panel June 19. From his left are VADM Mark I. Fox, deputy commander, U.S. Central Command; LtGen Kenneth F. McKenzie
Jr., commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command; and RDML Peter J. Brown, assistant Coast Guard commandant for
Response Policy. At his right is Navy League Executive Director Bruce Butler, who served as moderator.