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About Navy League – Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council

About Us:

We are the Navy League of The United States Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council. Our council area is located in the state of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula between Seattle and the Pacific Ocean with Canada to the North across the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Our council is a member of the Northwest Coastal Area within the Northwest Region of the Navy League of the United States. Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Magazine Indian Island, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles lie within our area.

Our History

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 as a civilian maritime organization, and grew rapidly with the strong encouragement and support of President Theodore Roosevelt, who stated: "It seems to me that all good Americans, interested in the growth of their country and sensitive to its honor, should give hearty support to the policies which the Navy League is founded to further. For the building and maintaining in proper shape of the American Navy, we must rely upon nothing but the broad and farsighted patriotism of our people as a whole, and it is of great importance that there should be some means by which this patriotism can find an effective utterance. Your society offers just the means needed."

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council was formed in 1948 under President J. Edward Adams and has continued to carry out the mission of the Navy League since. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council supports the following Vision, Mission, and Goals of the Navy League of the United States:


The Navy League of the United States will be the preferred resource for the education of both the United States Congress and the American Public on our sea services.


The Navy League of the United States is a civilian organization dedicated to informing the American people and their government that the United States of America is a maritime nation and that its national defense and economic well being are dependent upon strong sea services - United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard and United States Merchant Marine.


  • Educate national leaders and the nation.
  • Support the men and women of the sea services.
  • Provide assistance to sea service families.
  • Support youth programs.

President's Message

It is my honor and privilege to serve as Council President for 2009. I look forward to an interesting and productive year. The strength of our Council is our membership. Our Corporate Members and Sponsors, Business Associates, and Community Affiliates provide the financial resources that allow the council to carry out its mission. Our individual members volunteer and do the work that accomplishes the mission throughout the year. Our monthly luncheons provide education and information to both our members and to the general public. Annually we organize and coordinate the Armed Forces Day Gala and Memorial Day ceremony in Bremerton, and the Veterans Day ceremony at the Kitsap County pavilion. For the past two years our council has conducted fund raising and coordinated purchasing and installing the Lone Sailor statue at the Bremerton Marina.

We have over 550 members, and have grown to be the largest council in the Pacific Northwest. I ask all of our members to contribute what they can toward supporting our mission. You can do this by serving on our committees, giving a few hours, a few days, or if able, a lot of your time, as some of our members have done and are doing this year. Many hands make short work of large projects. If you are interested in helping with any of the jobs/committees, please contact the appropriate officer or committee chair, or me.

In the words of a former shipmate and boss, as your President I will attempt to "keep the main thing the main thing" during my tenure. Thank you to Navy Leaguers for your contributions and service, and thank you to our corporate members, business associates, and community affiliate members. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you.

Contact Information:

Mailing address: PO Box 5719, Bremerton, WA 98312
2009 Board of Directors: List »
2010 Board of Directors: List »

See Also:

Articles of Association
Past Presidents


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