The Navy League of the United States held their annual convention in San Diego on June 24-29, 2014. Members of the Seattle Council attending included Seattle Council VPs and National Directors, Mark Haller & Tom Jaffa, and National Director and Seattle Council Past President, Diane Jaffa.
PHOTO: National Director Tom Jaffa, National Director and Seattle Council Past President Diane Jaffa, and National Director Mark Haller
Prior to the convention, members attended tours of local Coast Guard and Navy assets. The various Navy League Committees met to provide annual reports including: Coast Guard Affairs, Communications, Development, Navy Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Youth Programs, Investment, Merchant Marine Affairs, Proxy, Foundation, Sea Services Panel, and Marine Corps Affairs.
There were also seminars on Education & Motivation, Finances. On Thursday was the Hall of Fame and Honors Luncheon where Diane Jaffa accepted the Council Award and Tom Jaffa was awarded a Top NLUS Recruiter pin. The Sea Services Luncheon on Friday recognized Outstanding Sea Services members. On Saturday the convention wrapped up with reception and dinner and a discussion of National Committee assignments. We are pleased to announce Tom was re-elected National Vice President and Mark and Diane re-elected as National Directors.
The convention was very worthwhile and we look forward to sharing news from the event with our Seattle Council.
For the fifth year, members of the Puget Sound Coalition of Military Support Organizations partnered with the Museum of Flight to honor our Active Duty Service Members, Reservists and Members of the National Guard on Armed Forces Day (May 17, 2014).
The Organizing Committee includes representatives of the Air Force Association, Seattle Navy League and Association of United States Army - whose Founding Members created this event and the Coalition in 2010.
This year's event featured a performance by the Todd Beamer High School Air Force JROTC Drill Team; Presentation of the Colors by the Joint Honor Guard from the University of Washington ROTC and Keynote by Marine Corps pilot, Capt Brian A. "Catcher" Jordan, USMC recipient of the British Distinguished Flying Cross (This was also the kickoff to the Museum's "Stories of Courage" Summer Speakers Series).
Tom Jaffa (Seattle Navy League) Co-Founding Member of the Original Organizing Committee and Coalition and Current Chair, offered comments about the history and importance of Armed Forces Day during his introduction of the Program.
As part of the Days events - the museum offered free admission to all service members and their families along with discounts in the Museum Store.
It is anticipated that Capt Jordan will return to Seattle as part of Marine Week which will take place in conjunction with Seattle Seafair Fleet Week the last week in July through August 3.
The Coalition will be participating in several other events at the Museum, including Veterans Day where they will present new service flags, as well as the US & POW MIA flags to the Museum.
Pictured are Capt Jordan (center) flanked by members of the Armed Forces Day Committee and Museum Staff with UOW ROTC Midshipmen and Cadets.
The Seattle Council of the Navy League is very happy to partner with local chapters of the AFA and AUSA to honor and support those who serve our nation and their families and would be pleased to share information with other councils who may wish to help create similar events and programs.
Congratulations to Diane Jaffa, Seattle Council President and Executive Director, on receiving
the Superior Public Service Award from the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, at our Annual Coast Guard Night Dinner.
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2002 through 2012
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