The Broward County, Fla., Council hosted
council members and guests aboard the
Princess Cruises ship Caribbean Princess
Feb. 25 in the port of Fort Lauderdale for
the installation of the 2017 council officers.
Capt. Austin Gould, the Seventh Coast Guard
District chief of staff, was guest speaker at
the event and administered the oath of office
to the elected officers.
The event began with cocktails in the ship’s lounge,
according to a report in the March issue of the council’s newsletter, The Helmsman. Father Ron Perkins,
chaplain of Seafarers House, gave the invocation.
Jenny Caesar, representing the office of U.S. Rep. Lois
Frankel, D-Fla., read a letter of congratulations to the
council officers from the congresswoman.
Council President Glenn Wiltshire introduced
Gould, who swore in the slate of officers, which
includes Wiltshire, First Vice President Erwin Sefton,
Second Vice President Marianne Giambrone, Vice
President of Legislative Affairs Bob Marks, Treasurer
Tom Carney and Secretary Shelley Beck. The gathering
then proceeded to one of the ship’s dining rooms for a
Although the event conflicted with the Sea Cadet
Flagship Competition at Coast Guard Station Fort
Lauderdale that same day, Wiltshire wrote in his
President’s Message, many familiar faces as well
as new faces attended. Guests included Palm Beach
Council President Sonia Foster, Fort Lauderdale
Council President Abi Montes and Mary Anne Gray,
executive director of Broward Navy Days. Coast Guard
Station Fort Lauderdale Commanding Officer Lt. Mark
Ketchum and his wife, Hayley, also attended.
Several guests took the opportunity to tour the ship
before disembarking, according to The Helmsman, and
council members extended a special thanks to Princess
Cruises for donating the luncheon.
Savannah Hears of CBP Mission,
Coast Guard Rescues
The Savannah, Ga., Council hosted Lisa Beth Brown,
area port director for Savannah with the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP), at its February dinner
meeting at Carey Hilliard’s Restaurant.
Brown gave a keynote presentation on the tasks the
agency’s personnel must undertake in order to keep
the country safe and secure. Cmdr. Amy Beach, commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit
Savannah and captain of the port, also was in attendance, according to the council’s Facebook page.
The council also took the opportunity to join Cmdr.
Marshall Branch, commanding officer of Coast Guard
Air Station Savannah, in offering a “Bravo Zulu” to
two aircrews from the station for their outstanding
performances in their recent rescues.
Branch introduced the aircrews and they recounted
the missions for the gathering. On Feb. 6, an MH-65
Dolphin helicopter crew rescued two teen-aged girls
and the pet dog they brought with them after their
canoe became stranded in the marsh off Wilmington
Island when the tide receded. Coincidentally, the crew
was on its way back from an over-water training
Cruise Ship Hosts Broward
for Installation of Officers
BY PETER ATKINSON, DEPUTY EDITOR
Capt. Austin Gould, the Seventh Coast Guard District chief of staff,
right, swears in the Broward County, Fla., Council’s 2017 officers.
From the left are Treasurer Tom Carney, Vice President Legislative
Affairs Bob Marks, Secretary Shelley Beck, First Vice President Erwin
Sefton and President Glenn Wiltshire. Not pictured is Second Vice
President Marianne Giambrone.