Who we are:
The Eastern Shore Council Navy League of the United States was founded in 1968 and is one of over 240 local councils with of the Navy League. Founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy League has grown (43,000+ members) into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support, and stand with all the sea services – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
The Navy League has three missions:
1. To enhance the morale of active duty personnel and their families. We sponsor the USS Maryland (SSBN-738) an Ohio Class nuclear powered ballistic submarine with money for their recreational fund and Sailor of the Year Awards. We had the Commanding Officer speak to our group and hosted golf tournament for the crew at Talbot Country Club (TCC) in 2013, 2014 and on May 28, 2015.
We also support United States Coast Guard Station Oxford, Maryland with Sailor of the Quarter awards, guests at our dinner meetings and a contribution to the command Christmas Party. We are hosted a golf outing at TCC on August 20, 2014. CG Station Oxford joined with the crew of MARYLAND for a TCC golf outing on May 28, 2015.
May 28, 2015 USS MARYLAND (SSBN-738) and United States Coast Guard Station Oxford, MD Golf outing at Talbot Country Club. Left to right: Hamish Osborne, VP ESC Navy League and Chair for TCC Golf Outing, BMCS Benji Henry, USCG, Officer In Charge, CG Station Oxford, Md, Stu Keiller, President ESC Navy League, and LCDR Nevin McChesney, USN, Executive Officer, USS MARYLAND.
July, 1 2014 USS MARYLAND (SSBN-738) Golf Outing at Talbot Country. Commanding Officer Geofry Patterson in center flanked by ESC President Stu Keiller and ESC Vice President and Golf Outing Chairman Hamish Osborne.
2. Support youth through program such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps and Junior ROTC and Young Marines that expose young people to the values of the sea services. We provide scholarships to the Easton HS JNROTC and the Pocomoke HS JMROTC units, present awards, and have their color guard at our meetings.
3. To inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services. We use our five annual dinner meetings to present uniform and civilian sea service leaders as guest speakers. Spring 2014 speakers include Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, incoming Commandant of our Fifth Coast Guard District and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy and author Seth Cropsey speaking to his new book “Mayday, The Decline of American Naval Supremacy.” Other recent speakers have included Donald Rumsfeld and the Commandant of the United States Naval Academy.
The Eastern Shore Council Navy League of the United States meets the second Tuesday of April, May, September, October, and December at the Talbot Country Club, 6142 Country Club Drive, Easton, Maryland 21601. Tel: 410 822 0490. Social hour begins at 1730 (5:30 PM), dinner at 1830 (6:30 PM) and speaker and discussion from 1930 to 2045 (7:30-8:45 PM).
We are civilians, both prior and non-prior military, who are passionately interested in maintaining a strong Navy, Marine Corp, Coast Guard and U.S. flagged merchant marine. The Navy League of the United States serves as the nation’s watchdog for the sea services and track issues regarding military preparedness, modernization, and all other matters relative to maintaining U.S. strength at sea. We conduct educational programs promoting a second-to-none sea service and support for those who serve and their families. The Eastern Shore Council invites all interested citizens to us at our dinner meetings for an evening of fellowship and education with a friendly group of Eastern Shore neighbors. While we encourage our members to join the national Navy League, there is no requirement to join. An added bonus is our venue at the Talbot Country Club River room with beautiful water views and the best food in town. See www.navyleague.org for more info.