National President’s Note

September 15, 2020

Fellow Navy Leaguer,

Earlier this year, your volunteer leadership stood up an ad hoc strategic planning committee to craft a vision and focus for our organization. The outcome of that critical work has been released and is available on our website titled, “National President’s 2020 Guidance.” Its purpose is to guide our organization with better focus as we work to prioritize our goals and carry out our mission.

In it, you will find clear guidelines about our organization’s priority focus areas as we continue to support and advocate for the sea services. As the document states, when everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. These focus areas will give us that ability to home in on what is important to keep our organization on mission.

We encourage all to read, understand and practice these principles so that we may all row as one, guiding the Navy League into the future as a team.

Best regards,

Bill Stevenson
National President

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News from Around the Navy League

Connecticut Council
The three councils in Connecticut (Western Connecticut, Hartford and Easter Connecticut) have joined to form one Navy League council for the state of Connecticut. We welcome the brand-new Connecticut Council to the Navy League and wish them the best as they handle the work of three former councils.

Greater Austin Council
The Greater Austin Council’s Distinguished Speaker Series returns on Sept. 16, only this time virtually via Zoom. This month’s speaker will be Capt. Mark Liebman, former naval aviator and author, speaking about naval lessons learned from the American Revolution.

Greater Kansas City Council
The Greater Kansas City Council just launched a new and improved website designed to better inform members about the ongoings of the council and the needs of the sea services. Take a look!

Honolulu Council
In honor of Suicide Awareness Month, the USS Hopper has offered a challenge to make “steps for remembrance and awareness.” The Honolulu Council is inviting its member to take these steps and donate to help this cause.

Minnesota Council
Minnesota Council board member Joyce Lacey organized a drive-by birthday salute to World War II Navy veteran Iver Anderson, on Sept. 12. Nearly three dozen people decorated their cars to drive by and wish Iver a wonderful 98th birthday.

National Capital Council
The sixth annual Navy Mile at the nation’s capital is still a go, at least virtually. Sign up online for the National Capital Council’s Oct. 1-13 virtual run, where you can choose your challenge and record your time!

New York Council
The New York Council hosted a virtual event in honor of the maritime heroes of 9/11, in partnership with the Transportation Institution and Turnstile Tours. On that day in 2001, more than 800 mariners on 125 vessels answered the U.S. Coast Guard radio call, transporting 500,000 people away from danger.

Newport Beach Council
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal and the Newport Beach Council honored Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Kenny with the Sailor of the Year award for the first half of 2020. Read more about his accomplishments on the Navy League blog.

Santa Barbara Council
The Santa Barbara Council sent congratulations to three USS California Sailors recognized for their outstanding efforts in the second quarter of 2020, including a certificate, monetary award and unique council coin.

Updates from Headquarters

Sign Up for Episode 1 of the IBM Mayflower Docuseries
In partnership with the Navy League, IBM is putting together a docuseries about their Mayflower Autonomous Ship as it makes the journey across the Atlantic, with Episode 1 streaming on Sept. 16. Register now to learn more about the ship’s origins.

Council Member/Council Spotlight Social Media Highlight
Social media is a great way to introduce others to the importance of the Navy League, and we want to highlight some of our members and councils who go above and beyond the call of duty. If you know of someone who fits the bill or want to nominate your own council, please fill out a Council Member/Council Spotlight form.

Navy League President’s Circle Highlight: Sinclair Harris
The Navy League President’s Circle recognizes the supporters who give an annual gift of $1,000 or more to any Navy League affiliated-program. This month, we recognize Sinclair Harris, who believes donating to the Navy League means supporting the mission of the sea services. Read about his reasons to give:

Highlighting Our Heroes on the Navy League Blog
On our next Highlighting our Heroes blog post, Neil Jones’ time in the Merchant Marine and the Navy charted a course for a journey worthy of a book. Read about his accomplishment in the sea services:


  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness Mongh: Sept.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15-Oct. 15
  • National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action: Sept. 18
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day: Sept. 27
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Oct.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness: Oct.
  • National Disability Employment Awareness: Oct.
  • Navy Birthday: Oct. 13
  • Navy Day: Oct. 27