September 2017  
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Oak Harbor, Washington


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  • 5 Time Outstanding Council Cake Cutting Meeting
  • Oak Harbor NJROTC Awards
  • Burlington NJROTC Awards Banquet
  • Navy League Meeting with SAR Crew, NAS CO Moore & NL President Bristow
  • Two Steves - Forbes & Bristow
  • Navy League President - Steve Bristow
  • Navy League President Steve Bristow & CAPT Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper USN, retired - Navy Diver and 2x Space Shuttle Astronaut
  • President - Steve Bristow & Past President - Butch Bailey
  • 2016 Navy League Award Recipients
  • NAS Whidbey - 2016 CNIC Large Installation Excellence Award Winner
  • 2015 4th of July - Banner & Flag Wavers
  • RIP Jo Balda - "I always have a good day"
  • 2015 4th of July - Sailor of the Year
  • 2015 4th of July - Marine of the Year
  • Thank You, VETERANS!
  • Veterans Day Speaker: Admiral McDaniel
  • Military Appreciation Picnic
  • Deception Pass Bridge - WELCOME TO WHIDBEY ISLAND
  • Welcome to Oak Harbor
  • Race Week
  • Deception Pass Bridge at Sunset

 NAS Whidbey #1 Navy Installation
Not only is Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
the best Navy base in the world
— it’s one of the top U.S. military bases too.


Oak Harbor Area Council was selected for Outstanding Council for 2016.  This is the highest award a council can receive.   Congratulations!!!!  This is fantastic.

There are roughly 260 councils, and we were one of ten councils selected as Outstanding.  Bremerton was the other PNW chapter selected as Outstanding.  Ten others (including Seattle) were selected as Meritorious Council.  Five others were selected as Honorable Mention (including Tacoma).

Many councils hang their hats upon the effort to achieve this even once. -- Listing it for many years on the social media. We have now received this distinction five years in a row.  During four of the five years prior to that, we received Meritorious Council.  Each is unique and each represents an outstanding effort.

Collectively, this sustained recognition represents a council that is superlative in all respects and a council which is superlative at supporting our Navy.


Steve Bristow, President, Oak Harbor Area Council

Saturday 23 September 2017
Navy League thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria and wildfires around the country plus earthquake in Mexico

On this date in . . .  

1926 Gene Tunney defeats Jack Dempsey for world heavyweight boxing title
1952 Rocky Marciano KOs heavyweight champ Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title   


1779 During the American Revolution, the U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, wins a hard-fought engagement against the British ships of war Serapis and Countess of Scarborough off the east coast of England. Scottish-born John Paul Jones first sailed to America as a cabin boy and lived for a time in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where his brother had a business. He later served on slave and merchant ships and proved an able seaman. After he killed a sailor while suppressing a mutiny, he went to the American colonies to escape possible British prosecution. With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775, he traveled to Philadelphia and was commissioned a senior lieutenant in the new Continental Navy. He soon distinguished himself in actions against British ships in the Bahamas, the Atlantic, and the English Channel. In August 1779, Jones took command of the Bonhomme Richard and sailed around the British Isles. On September 23, the Bonhomme Richard engaged the Serapis and the smaller Countess of Scarborough, which were escorting the Baltic merchant fleet. After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval sign indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, “I have not yet begun to fight,” and after three more hours of furious fighting the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough surrendered to him. After the victory, the Americans transferred to the Serapis from the Bonhomme Richard, which sunk the following day. Jones was hailed as a great hero in France, but recognition in the United States was somewhat belated. He continued to serve the United States until 1787 and then served briefly in the Russian navy before moving to France, where he died in 1792 at the age of 45, amid the chaos of the French Revolution. He was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1905, his remains were located under the direction of the U.S. ambassador to France and then escorted back to America by U.S. warships. His body was later enshrined in a crypt at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
1806 Amid much public excitement, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark return to St. Louis, Missouri, from the first recorded overland journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast and back. The Lewis and Clark Expedition had set off more than two years before to explore the territory of the Louisiana Purchase. Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery,” featuring 28 men and one woman–a Native American named Sacagawea–left St. Louis for the American interior. The expedition traveled up the Missouri River in six canoes and two longboats and wintered in Dakota before crossing into Montana, where they first saw the Rocky Mountains. On the other side of the Continental Divide, they were met by Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone Indians, who sold them horses for their journey down through the Bitterroot Mountains. After passing through the dangerous rapids of the Clearwater and Snake rivers in canoes, the explorers reached the calm of the Columbia River, which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805, the expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean, the first European explorers to do so by an overland route from the east. After pausing there for winter, the explorers began their long journey back to St. Louis. After two and a half years, the expedition returned to the city, bringing back a wealth of information about the largely unexplored region, as well as valuable U.S. claims to Oregon Territory.


The Navy League has three missions: to enhance the morale of active-duty personnel and their families, to inform Congress and the American public on the importance of strong sea services, and to support youth through programs that expose young people to the values of our sea services.


Contact Us  
Oak Harbor Navy League
P.O. Box 847
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Phone 360.720.8398
Mobile 360-929-3928
Regular Schedule  
  • 1st Tue. Monthly Mtgs @ CPO Club [Sep.-June]
    – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

A special WELCOME to the Oak Harbor Area Council
of the Navy League
of the United States. 
We are civilians in support
of the men and women
of the Sea Services.
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No meetings in July and August

regular meetings

3 Oct 2017
7 Nov 2017
5 Dec 2017

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Nov - 11th - Veteran's Day Program
Dec - 8th - Sailor's of the Year Recognition Luncheon

Chaplain David G. Lura,
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