We are the Newport Beach Council of the Navy League of the United States.
The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families.
The objective and purpose of the Navy League is educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information as to the conditions of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters which aid our maritime capabilities.
To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of over 330 councils in the United States and around the world. The Navy League has nearly 70,000 active members.
The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Scholarship Program, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Essay Contest. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $250,000 scholarships and awards every year.
Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs.
Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.
The inception of the Newport Beach Council dates back to the spring of 1987 when its founder Walter Ziglar organized a group of 43 individuals, and over the years has maintained a steady growth in active membership with over 300 current members. Over the years the Newport Beach Council has worked closely with the Tustin and El Toro Marine Bases providing assistance to families, and presenting awards to Marine's of the Quarter / Year. With the closing of both bases, our Council now serves the interests of the Miramar Marine Base.
The Newport Beach Council has also adopted the West Coasts newest and largest ship, the Nimitz Class Carrier - USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and the Wasp Class Carriers - USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USCG Narwahl, and the USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3). Our Council actively participates in the award ceremonies for Sailor's of the Quarter and Sailor of the Year as well as Change of Command Ceremonies.
We are a very active council. Programs and activities are the life-blood of this organization. We also have a yearly cruise to Catalina Island, bay cruises and mixers, one-day outings to places of interest such as The Getty Museum, air shows, The 4 July Old Glory Boat Parade, and day cruises on our adopted ships. If you are into programs and activities, the Newport Beach Council is the one to join.
While you are at our Web site, be sure to visit our new Council Store. This is a great way for you to help our Council earn money for award programs and Council events. We have entered into affiliate programs with some of the most popular on-line sites on the internet and every time that you click on to one of them and make a purchase, our Council receives a commission on every sale. This only works if you access their link through our website first each and every time that you make a purchase from them. All purchases are monitored by an independent company and our commission checks will come directly from them. So far we have finalized agreements with the following familiar brand names: Amazon.com, FTD.com, Gifts.com, PETsMART.com, SmarterKids.com, Wine.com, ZanyBrainy.com, enews.com, gear.com, OmahaSteaks.com, TheSharperImage.com, and HickoryFarms.com, with more to come.
The mailing address for the Newport Beach Council is:
Newport Beach Council NLUS
P.O. Box 3205
Newport Beach, California 92659