About Us

Navy League
Palm Beach Council

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

The Palm Beach Council of the Navy League of the United States is a local community serving organization that offers citizens a way to interact with, and directly support, the impressive young men and women in our military sea services and associated youth programs.

Palm Beach Council has earned the respect of citizens, community and industrial leaders, local military, and public officials here in the Palm Beaches and across the state and country.

About Palm Beach Council

The Palm Beach Council of the Navy League has 3 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
  • To support youth through programs such as the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Young Marines, NJROTC and MJROTC that expose young people to the values of our sea services.
 The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American people. The Navy League has grown into the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support and stand with all the sea services – the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.

The Navy League is comprised of 40,000 civilians in more than 240 councils around the world working to support sea service members and their families. We do this through a variety of education programs that remind our fellow citizens that the United States is a maritime nation whose national economic and security interests are inextricably tied to the freedom of the seas.

Palm Beach Council Officers & Directors

Frank Verna

Executive Vice President
Foy Belyea

John Trent Westhoff

Assistant Treasurer and VP Membership
John Lively

Judge Advocate
Richard I. Wennet

Legislative Affairs Officer
John Limoncelli

VP Development
Phil Dunmire

VP Youth Programs and Webmaster
Jeff Leibowitz

VP Communications
Richard J. Ray

VP Programs
Jennie Monroe

VP Maritime Affairs
Dan Pedrick


Board of Directors

Directors (through December 2022)
Philip Byrne
Catherine Brister
Dan Pedrick
Richard Ray
Charles Zambrano

 Directors (through December 2023)
Larry Caruso
Lynn Kimler
Merry O’Donnell
Lou Palumbo
Fred Rustman

Directors (through December 2024)
John Lively
Diana Paxton
Irv Silver
Chuck Stark
John “Dutch” Van Sickle

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