News & Notes from National President Skip Witunski
In this issue: ■ Membership
■ Finance ■ Sea-Air-Space
■ National Convention
■ Make Your Voice Heard
■ Navigating the Website
■ STEM Institute Internal Grant Program
Dear Fellow Navy Leaguers,
we sail into the second quarter of 2016, NUMBERS seem to direct our
interest and attention. The numbers of keen interest to us are in four
areas - Membership, Finance, Sea-Air-Space (SAS) and the National
Convention - and I would like to share the following numbers with our
Navy League family:
■Membership: Membership is up and some of the changes to our support system are coming online and visible to membership. As of this time our membership stands at 39,418. Let's make that 40,000! Remember that our dues have been reduced to $55 for a Premium Membership, and a new $25 Electronic Membership is available.
■Finance: Our finances are holding to expected levels. For the first two months, it looks close to revenue neutral. The revenue was short by roughly $210,000 and the expenses were less than budgeted by $204,000. Only $6,000 difference in a $10 million budget and very manageable. We will look over our progress after first-quarter results are available later this month.
■Sea-Air-Space: I am happy to report that we have 100 percent of our vendor space sold for Sea-Air-Space: The Navy League's Global Maritime Exposition, and a record $600,000 garnered in sponsorships to date. We have tremendous attendance from our domestic and international sea services. SAS16, which will take place May 16-18 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., is expecting 20 international delegations and five heads of navies. The connections they make at SAS with both their U.S. Navy peers and within industry are invaluable to all parties because it furthers the dialog about shared goals, common challenges and possible solutions. The projected numbers look for record attendance for the both SAS and the May 15 Navy League STEM Expo. co-sponsored by the Office Naval Research, also at the Gaylord. We are watching the numbers on the expense side.
■National Convention: We are two months away from the start of the convention and the preliminary attendance numbers are small, but not too far off from historical convention numbers for the month of April. We are very excited to be in the city of Charleston and are eagerly anticipating a strong convention; however, we need your support to make that happen. We are directing more interest for local councils to attend and be involved. Activities include a Council President training track and a discussion and book signing with New York Times best-selling author and former Navy pilot Stephen Coonts. Check out the program schedule here. Please book your hotel room by May 11 and register online today! Make Your Voice Heard It's a very important time of year on Capitol Hill as members of Congress begin marking up spending and authorizing bills that will determine how the sea services are funded next year. You can make a difference! Please visit our Write Congress site to tell your Representatives and Senators where you stand. The sea services depend heavily on our advocacy and outreach to tell their story. "Is Tighter Pentagon Spending Killing Troops?" This is a headline Americans should never have to read. But Time magazine is asking this very question, after it was revealed in congressional testimony that our military leaders see a direct correlation between reduced funding and troop fatalities. Congressional budget restrictions reduced training, and reduced training leads to more accidents and crashes. This is unacceptable. We need you to inform and educate Congress on the needs of the men and women of the sea services by visiting the Write Congress site and making your voice heard on this issue.
Navigating the Website If it has been a while since you visited the Navy League's public website, or just need to quickly locate information, there is a site map that was developed by the Communications & Marketing Committee. The site map is a quick reference to the drop-down menu items under each tab. The one-page handout, "NLUS Website Navigation Guide," is located under the Communications tab, Media & Marketing Resources. Navy League STEM Institute
Internal Grant Program Does your council want to start a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) program and need seed money? Does your current program need additional funding to expand? The National STEM Committee announced an internal grant program available to Navy League councils. For more information, visit the STEM Institute website.
As Navy League members, we are able to provide a powerful voice for stronger sea services. Thank you for all you do to help make our voice stronger and achieve our mission to enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families, inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services, and support youth through programs.
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