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Annual Toys for Tots Brunch on December 1st
Our annual Toys for Tots Brunch will be held at Laurel Island Country Club on Sunday, December 1st, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be SgtMajor Marc Chabot, Command SgtMajor of the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion on the Subase.
Complete details on the event can be found in the left-hand column. Note that all reservations must be made and paid for by Wednesday, November 27th.
We are asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign.
We will also be collecting supplies at this meeting for our December 3rd trip to the Lake City (FL) VA Medical Center, which cares for veterans from North Florida and South Georgia. The list of requested items is shorter than in previous years, which makes your shopping easier:
Large print crossword, word search, Sudoku books
Shampoo & conditioner (sets if possible)
Coffee - 3lbs cans
Decks of cards
Board games (new)
HE laundry detergent (patients are required to furnish their own!!??)
As you know, each December we travel to the VA hospital to visit with retired Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coasties, Airmen, and Merchant Mariners hospitalized during the holiday season, express our thanks for their past service and sacrifice and distribute personal care items, books and other entertainment.
As always, your contributions of cash are appreciated in addition to the above items - we'll do the shopping! Bring items or contributions to the Toys for Tots Brunch on December 1st or contact Dave Burch to arrange pick-up.
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Caring for our War Fighters and their Families
Our November 14th Council meeting featured guest speaker CDR Chad Rowe, officer in charge of the Naval Branch Health Clinic at Kings Bay. CDR Rowe presented a briefing about the history of the Clinic, its relationship to Jacksonville Naval Hospital, how the Clinic is structured and staffed, and how they support the war fighters and their families.
We also honored the Health Clinic's Sailor of the Quarter, HN Ashley Barker.
Photos from the event can be viewed in the Photo Gallery.
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10th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety & Security Team
The 10th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety & Security Team Kings Bay was celebrated on October 4, 2013, on the grounds of Orange Hall in downtown St. Marys. Our Council joined the City of St. Marys and The Camden Partnership to organize what was an outstanding community event with music by the choral group Volume One from Camden County High School, outstanding BBQ donated by C. B. Yadiv from Kingsland Grocery and cooked up by new Navy League member Daniel Minckler of Cumberland Gas, and a re-dedication of our community's support for our Coast Guard units here in St. Marys and at Kings Bay NSB.
We want to thank all those who attended. Photos are available in the Photo Gallery. Plus, you can read the Tribune & Georgian article on the event here, and the Brunswick News article about the event here.
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September 12th Meeting Featured Navy League President
We were extremely proud to host newly elected Navy League President Jim Offutt at our September 12th Council dinner meeting. Jim gave us his view from the top, including many new initiatives designed to further the Navy League mission. You can view photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.
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June 14th St. Marys River Sunset Cruise
OurJune 14th sunset cruise on Calvin Lang's Cumberland Queen II was a great success. We had guests from the Savannah Council and the Mayport Council join us, as well as 30 officers, chiefs and crew of USS ALASKA (Blue) who bid on and won our donation of 30 tickets to the 2012 Silver & Gold Dolphin Scholarship Auction.
The cruise was made possible by the generous donation of the boat for the evening by Calvin Lang of Lang's Marina and Lang's Restaurant.
Photos taken during the cruise are available in our Photo Gallery.
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2013 Youth Scholarship, Sea Cadet and NJROTC Awards
The Camden - Kings Bay Council's 2013 $1,000 Youth Scholarship was presented on May 21, 2013, to Cera Weaver, daughter of Gull and Royal Weaver of St. Marys, by Council Chaplain Mike Huber and Council President Dave Burch.
You can read Cera's awarding winning essay here.
On April 29, 2013, Council President Dave Burch presented the following awards to NJROTC cadets:
Outstanding Leadership - Domonique Drummond
USMC Officer Potential - Michael Brooks
Academic Achievement - Qawtyia Ogburn
The Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal (Outstanding Junior)
In addition to certificates of accomplishment, each cadet was also presented with a $50 gift card and a Navy League challenge coin.
Council President Dave Burch attended the May 11, 2013, Sea Cadets Awards Ceremony and presented the Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal to Riley Regul. Riley received the medal and certificate, a $50 gift card and a Navy League challenge coin.
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2013 Sea Services Awards Banquet a Success
Our annual Sea Services Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 9, 2013, was a great success.Special guests VADM Mike Connor, Commander Submarine Forces, and RDML Joe Tofalo, Commander SubGroup 10, joined Council president Dave Burch in recognizing 23 sailors and coastguardsmen of the year from the commands on the Subase and in St. Marys. Those honored were:
Banquet Chairperson Cheryl Aston and the entire Board wish to thank the members and sponsors who were so generous with their contributions for this event.
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April 11th was "Coast Guard Night"
"Coast Guard Night," on April 11th was a blast and a great opportunity to learn more about the Coast Guard presence in Camden County. Special thanks to LCDR Matt Baer, Commanding Officer, Maritime Safety & Security Team (91108); LCDR Tom Evans, Executive Officer, Maritime Force Protection Unit; LTJG Adam Miller, Commanding Officer, USCGC SEA DOG, and CWO Ian Christian Commanding Officer, USCGC SEA DRAGON, for their participation.
We were pleased to honor the following Coast Guardsmen as Sailors of the Quarter for their respective commands:
FS2 Maria Allen - USCGC Sea Dragon
SN Jerry Woods - USCGC Sea Dog
BM2 Chase McLeod - Maritime Force Protection Unit
YN1 Hiram Maldonado - Maritime Safety & Security Team (91108)
We'll be posting photos of the event to the Photo Gallery on our website soon.
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The Maritime Transportation System & $$$ for our Sea Cadets at the March 14, 2013, Council meeting
VADM Albert J. Herberger, USN (Retired) gave a fascinating presentation on the Maritime Transportation System on March 14th, connecting the dots between the health of our waterways, ports and their intermodal connections, vessels, vehicles, and systems critical to maritime activity and our future as the world's leading maritime and trading nation. Al's insiders perspective on the challenges facing the MTS had the audience alternating between laughter and serious concern for our future as a maritime nation.
Also on the 14th, we were able to conduct our Dessert Auction to benefit our local Sea Cadet Division, postponed from the cancelled February meeting. It was worth the wait as the 2 dozen delectible desserts and raffles for 3 different gift baskets brought in more than $1,200 to help defray the cost of training, travel, drills, and other expenses for our Sea Cadets.
Thanks to all who attended this meeting for your support of the Council and our local Sea Cadets. You can view photos taken during this meeting in the Photo Gallery on our website.
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March 2nd Dolphin Scholarship Auction a Huge Success
A great time was had by all (as usual) at the 2013 Silver & Gold Dolphin Scholarship Auction held at the Subase Gym. Our Council donated a package of 30 seats for our June 14, 2013, St. Marys River Sunset Cruise, for the Verbal Auction, which brought in a winning bid of $1,000 from the USS WYOMING (Gold). We can't wait to share this great event with the WYOMING.
In addition to the Verbal Auction contribution, your Council also donated a "Treasure Chest of British Submarine Memorabilia," which brought a winning bid of $80, and a 84-piece flatware and serving set donated by Georgia & Colby Stilson on behalf of the Council, which brought a winning bid of $100.
We are proud of our support of the Dolphin Scholarship, which provides college scholarships to the sons and daughers of the submarine force, and look forward to next year's event.
Photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery on our website.
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Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Visit
Six Camden - Kings Bay Council members and more than 70 uniformed sailors and marines traveled to the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA, on December 4, 2012, to visit with retired Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coasties, Airmen, and Merchant Mariners hospitalized during the holiday season, express our thanks for their past service and sacrifice and distribute "Thank You" bags.
A highlight of the visit was meeting Brad Pruitt, a retired Merchant Mariner who was aboard SS Fort Lee when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by the German U-181 on November 2, 1944. Brad was an 18 year old 2nd Cook who found himself in Lifeboat #2 along with the Master and 14 others who were rescued by the British freighter MS Ernebank on November 7th and landed at Fremantle, Australia on November 14th.
View these and other photos in the Photo Gallery.
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Annual Toys for Tots Brunch & Installation of 2013 Board of Directors
The Camden - Kings Bay Council held our annual Toys for Tots Brunch on Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Our special guests were LtCOL & Mrs. Kevin Moody, commanding officer, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, SgtMaj Samuel Heyward Jr. and MACM Gary Burden.
LtCOL Moody explained the Marine Corps' history with Toys for Tots and thanked the Navy League for our long-standing support of this very special program. Despite the continued sluggish economy and a reduced materiel and manpower capability of the reserves, the 2011 campaign realized its greatest revenue ever at $252 million, a total which is expected to be surpassed in 2012.
Click here to view photos of the event in our Photo Gallery.
More than 50 Navy Leaguers attended the event and donated nine large wardrobe boxes full of toys for underpriviledged kids in Camden County. Attendees also donated bags and bags of personal care items, pens, note pads, books, and other items for our annual "Dublin Road Trip" to visit with with retired Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coasties, and Airmen hospitalized during the holiday season, express our thanks for their past service and sacrifice and distribute "Thank You" bags. The Road Trip was held on December 4th.
The 2013 Camden - Kings Bay board of Directors was sworn in on December 2, 2012. Click here to view a list of your new officers.
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Tom Wilkerson Speaks on the Medal of Honor and Character Development at Town Hall Meeting
Major General Thomas L. Wilkerson (USMC RET), President and Chief Executive Officer of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, spoke at a November 17, 2012, town hall meeting on the Medal of Honor and the need for character development programs for all juniors andseniors in American high schools. The event was co-hosted by the Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Council, The Camden Partnership, the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition for a Better Community, and Osprey Cove. Photos of the event can be found on our Photo Gallery.
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