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Fall Quarter 2010 Newsletter

NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES

Serving the Sea Services since 1902

NAVY - MARINE CORPS - COAST GUARD - MERCHANT MARINE

 FALL 2010 PENOBSCOT COUNCIL NEWSLETTER 

13 AUGUST LUNCHEON MEETING

            We had about 40 people from our Navy League Council and the Pine Tree Chapter of the Military Officers Association attend a luncheon meeting at the University of Maine's Wells Conference Center on Friday, 13 August.  Dr. Habib Dagher, Director of the University's Advanced Structures and Composites Center gave an informative presentation on the history of the center and the R&D programs they have conducted on behalf of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and other government agencies.  Afterwards, approximately 25 of us toured his lab on campus.  This center was established by the National Science Foundation in 1996 and is now a world leader in the development of cost-effective, high performance hybrid composite materials for construction applications.  The Center's current research initiatives include cutting-edge technology for an Offshore Wind Laboratory which will design, manufacture and test components for deepwater offshore wind structures. 

University of Maine professor explaining various aspects of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center 

SEPTEMBER 20-21 FUNDRAISING CRUISES TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

             For the fourth year in a row, we had sellout crowds, with over 75 passengers signing up to enjoy an afternoon of sailing on the Penobscot Bay in Maine Maritime Academy's schooner Bowdoin.  Fortunately, the Bowdoin's skipper, Captain Eric Jergenson, was able to arrange a second day of sailing to handle the larger than expected turnout.  We raised over $2600, which will enable your council to continue providing financial assistance and recognition to students at Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine.  Dave Punzelt deserves a big thank you for recruiting 12 passengers and Jan Kopang deserves a gold medal for preparing 90 sack snacks for our passengers as well as the Bowdoin skipper and his crew.  Well done to all!

Passengers in launch heading out to board the Bowdoin

Captain Eric Jergenson at the helm underway off the coast of Castine, ME

UPCOMING EVENTS

 Wednesday, 27 October 2:30 -- 4:00 p.m.  Pizza Party for students and staff in the University of Maine's Navy ROTC program.  Location:  Lengyel Hall Gym on the University of Maine campus in Orono.   Parking is available in the visitor center parking lot adjacent to the Buchanan Alumni House.

 Directions:  From College Ave in Orono turn on to Munson Road – follow signs to visitor center parking lot.    

 Cost to Navy League Members:  $10.  Pay me at the event.

 Please RSVP either by phone (862-3151) or email ( mainers2b@earthlink.net) no later than Saturday, 23 October.

     

Saturday, 06 November:  Navy-Marine Corps Ball – Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.

 Invitations have been mailed by the NROTC Unit at Maine Maritime Academy.

 Saturday, 13 November: 

             Joint Navy League/MOAA luncheon meeting to be held at the Manor Inn in Castine, Maine.  Guest speakers will be Drs. Larry and Danielle Mutty who have served in the Doctors without Borders program for many years.  The topic of their talk will be "Children of Haiti, the Hope of the Future."

            Social Hour will be from 1100-1200 with lunch served at noon.  A separate flyer with details and RSVP info will be forthcoming.  Please save the date!

 RETENTION HONOR ROLL

             As announced in the Navy League magazine, Seapower, Penobscot Council has been one of the few councils in the nation to achieve a retention rate in excess of 85%.  Through July of this year, our rate was 92% and through August, 87%.  Keep up the great work!

 Thanks for your support and keep smiling!

                                                                                                 Chris Kopang

                                                                                                President

First Quarter 2010 Newsletter

NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES

Serving the Sea Services since 1902

NAVY - MARINE CORPS - COAST GUARD - MERCHANT MARINE

 

JANUARY-MARCH 2010

PENOBSCOT COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

 2010 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, 06 February 2010:  Joint meeting with the Pine Tree Chapter of MOAA, Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010:  Awards ceremony for the Navy ROTC unit at University of Maine (time/location TBD).  All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, 9 a.m. 01 May 2010:  Award ceremony for the graduates of Maine Maritime Academy.  Your Navy League Council will present three $500 savings bond awards -- two to the graduating seniors who scored highest on the U S Coast Guard license examination and one in honor of Captain Ed Conrad to the graduating senior who demonstrated excellence in history during his/her four years at MMA.

May 2010 (TBD):  Luncheon in honor of the Northern New England Sector Coast Guard Sailor of the Year.

Monday, 20 September:  Annual fundraising cruise onboard the schooner Bowdoin.

October 2010 (TBD):  Host pizza party for students from the Navy ROTC unit on the University of Maine campus.

06 November 2010:  Annual Navy-Marine Corps Ball held at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.

ANNUAL DUES ARE DUE!

      If you have not yet submitted your annual dues ($12), please do so – mail your check payable to Penobscot Navy League Council to 36 Surrey Lane, Hampden, ME 04444.  THANK YOU!


JOINT NAVY LEAGUE/MOAA MEETING 06 FEBRUARY 2010 

We held our first meeting of the new year in conjunction with the Pine Tree Chapter of the Military Officers Association on the campus of the University of Maine, Orono.  Approximately a third of the 45 guests were Penobscot Bay Navy League members, and we all enjoyed a delicious meal and superb service from the University of Maine dining staff.  Prior to enjoying our luncheon, we had a surprise visit from the University of Maine football team, led by their head coach Jack Cosgrove.  He and his players just wanted to stop by and thank us for our service -- a real honor!  The women were excited to "meet so many good looking young men!"

During the meeting MOAA presented Joshua Chamberlain Scholarships to two outstanding students in the ARMY and NAVY ROTC program.   MOAA Chapter President Rick Alexander presented a $1000 scholarship to Cadet Christopher Lloyd, a junior at Husson University where he is a business administration major.  A member of the Maine Army National Guard, serving as a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 133rd engineering battalion, Cadet Lloyd is a member of Husson’s lacrosse team.

The second $1000 scholarship was awarded to Midshipman Fourth Class William Hadden-Wyper who hails from Pennsylvania.  MIDN Hadden-Wyper attends the University of Maine where he is a liberal arts major in the honors college. Enrolled in the NAVY ROTC program as a Marine Corps option, he earned a 3.42 grade point average during his first semester at the university.

 06 February 2010 Joint Meeting with Pine Tree Chapter of MOAA

(Left to Right:  Major James Karcanes, AROTC Unit Executive Officer, Chris Kopang, Pres. Penobscot Navy League, Major Darryl Lyon, Operations Officer, Cadet Christopher Lloyd, Rick Alexander, President Pine Tree Chapter of MOAA, Capt. Chris Troughton, USMC NROTC Marine Officer Instructor, Midshipman William Hadden-Wyper)

HOW CAN WE DO BETTER? 

As many of you are aware, there have been numerous articles in Seapower regarding the drop in Navy League membership throughout the country over the last few years.  I wanted to provide you some facts regarding this issue and to ask for any recommendations or suggestions you may have on how we may improve. 

For calendar year 2009, the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) had 332 councils.  Penobscot Council’s retention rate was 73% which placed us in the top 50 nationwide, ranking at about the 84th percentile.  We tied Casco Bay for best in New England. 

The following chart, however, shows how Navy League membership, both here in Maine as well as throughout New England and the rest of the country, has been steadily declining for the last seven years. 

NAVY LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP DATA 2004-2010

At the current rate At At the current rate of decline, we will lose approximately 34,000 members nationwide over the next five-six years representing a loss in revenue of approximately $680K.  NLUS cannot afford to sustain such a loss. 

Our Penobscot Council is blessed to have a partnership with Maine Maritime Academy that allows us to hold fundraising cruises each year on the schooner Bowdoin.  The funds we raise from our annual cruise, along with your annual dues and council rebates, allow us to recognize each year students in the NROTC program, outstanding MMA graduates, and the Coast Guard Sailor of the Year.

I ask each of you to make a conscious effort to recruit more members into the Navy League.  Moreover, if you have any suggestions on how we can attract new members or know of any speakers whom our members would enjoy hearing, please let me know.

NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL MEETING SAT 10 APRIL NEWPORT, RI

Our New England Regional President George Wardwell has scheduled a meeting on Saturday, April 10th and regrettably Jan and I will be in San Diego.  If any of you would like to represent our council and will be in Rhode Island that weekend, please let me know.  Thanks!