Presidents Corner

Message from our President

Welcome to the web site of the Sarasota - Manatee Council of the United States Navy League. Our Council’s 135+ members appreciate your interest in our Nation’s sea services. If you are not yet a member of the Navy League, we hope the information you find here will encourage you to join us. You do not need to have a sea-service affiliation to join. In fact, anyone who is not on active duty is eligible. If you are already a member and looking for a local Council, we’d like you to join ours: We do fun, interesting and educational things, and, more importantly, we are proud of the support we give to the active duty personnel and the youth in our area. As a result of our efforts, we were recognized in 2012 as one of only 19 “Outstanding Councils” world-wide.

President Theodore Roosevelt encouraged the founding of the Navy League in 1902. Today, with over 40,000 civilian volunteers, the Navy League works with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the U.S. - flagged Merchant Marine to educate our citizens and public officials regarding the importance of our maritime forces. Here at home our Council supports active duty personnel through the adoption of the Coast Guard Station Cortez near Anna Maria Island, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon home-ported in St. Petersburg. We also support local deserving youth with scholarship programs, and the Maritime Eagles Sea Cadet Corps, which teaches young members patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.

We’re proud of what we do in the Sarasota - Manatee area to educate our fellow citizens, support the active duty among us, and help our youth to grow into well-educated, responsible citizens. We hope you’ll join us, and help us in these important efforts. 


Dennis Turner


Sarasota - Manatee Council

Navy League of the U.S.