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The Lake Washington & Everett Council
“Who We Are And What We Do”
The Lake Washington & Everett Council is dedicated to educating citizens and public and private community members for the need to maintain this country’s national security and economic vitality through a strong sea services. In addition we are committed to fully supporting our splendid Sailors, Marines, Coastguardsmen, Merchant Mariners and their families. We also are fully committed to recognizing and supporting the “Future of America”… students participating in the University of Washington NROTC, the Liberty High School Junior NROTC and the Naval Station Everett Sea Cadet Division – USNSCC. And we do this in a variety of ways.
Our Council provides recognition and support to ten Adopted Units in the local area including:
Naval Station Everett
USCGC Blue Shark
USCGC Henry M. Blake
Coast Guard Base Seattle
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23)
Underwater Research & Development Detachment (UR&D)
University of Washington NROTC
Liberty High School Junior NROTC
Naval Station Everett Division - US Naval Sea Cadets
Monthly Naval Station Everett Social/Receptions
Every 3rd Thursday of the month, we hold a social/reception at the Scuttlebutt Restaurant & Pub at the Everett Waterfront to highlight the efforts of one or more Commands that are homeported at Naval Station Everett. The Commands are welcome to bring as many sailors as they want. The goal is to recognize and fete the sailors of that "featured" Command, while allowing the community at large to thank them. The community is encouraged to attend/share/contribute to cover the costs of the event so that we can continue this great endeavor, while raising the morale of our sailors.
Bimonthly membership dinner meetings are held to highlight one or more area Navy, Coast Guard and/or maritime supported Commands or units. Dinner meetings are used to make pertinent sea services presentations and to recognize our Adopted Unit “Sailors of the Quarter” and “Sailors of the Year”, along with special recognition for support provided by local Community Affiliate council members. The dinner events are held in Bellevue, Washington and are attended by the Council’s “members and friends” and members of the Adopted Units that we support. Dinner meetings cost $50 per person which covers event and meal expenses. Remainder funds are added to the Council’s budget and are used for funding sailor and cadet recognition and annual financial support for our three “student” programs. Our dinner events can be prepaid via credit card.
The Council also coordinates a Tours Program to bring Council members and non-members into on-the-line contact with active duty Navy and Coast Guard Commands as well as tours of selected Community Affiliate members such as the Boeing manufacturing facilities in Everett and Renton. Our tours are always “sold out” and they provide an once-in-a-lifetime experience for those attending. A Board member coordinates our Tours Program and five to six tours are scheduled each year. The Council does not charge a fee for those individuals who attend our tours.
Third Annual Golf Scramble
Coordinated by Board member CMC Kevin Isherwood USCG (Ret) the Council held it’s Third Annual Golf Scramble at the Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club on 18 May 2017. Thirty eight golfers participated on a partially sunny afternoon, followed by the awarding of prizes and a barbecue buffet dinner. The event was a success financially with all proceeds to be used in support of the enlisted members of our active duty Adopted Units and students of our three youth Adopted Units. We are looking forward to hosting a “Fourth Annual” in 2018.
The Council publishes a quarterly newsletter, the Donald M. Mackie Award Winning “Voyager”. In each edition we highlight and recognize Council events and programs, the activities of our Adopted Units and additional sea service information that will be of interest to Voyager recipients. Please go to our website, www.lakewashnlus.org, for an online copy of Voyager, as well as copies of past editions. Voyager is also published in hard copy format which is mailed to members and interested non-members. If you would like to receive the hard copy version please contact Voyager’s Editor, Delgene Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also maintain a “new and improved” active website, www.lakewashnlus.org, to facilitate communication with members, the local community and with the adopted Units and student organizations that we support. The website is used to announce Council dinner events, tours and other programs. In addition, the “Honor Page” provides articles and other information of interest pertaining to the Sea Services and the other Military Services. The Lake Washington & Everett Council is a 501(C)(3) not-for profit organization and donations to support Council events and programs can be made via our website and are always greatly appreciated.
The Lake Washington and Everett Council is always looking for new members who would like to actively support our varied events and programs. Joining our Council is a very simple process and if you are interested in doing so please contact our Membership Chair CMC Kevin Isherwood USCG (Ret) at MEMBERSHIP.LWE@Gmail.com or 240-786-2775, or any member of our Board of Directors.
A big thanks to our “Members and friends…” and we look forward to seeing you at our future events and programs.