The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt. The Navy League is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of our citizens, including our elected officials, and the support of the men and women of the sea services and their families. The objective and purpose of the Navy League is educational and motivational. We must acquire and display before the citizens of our country information as to the conditions of our naval and maritime forces. We must awaken interest and support in all matters which aid our maritime capabilities. To this end, the Navy League works closely with the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and US-flag Merchant Marine through a network of over 330 councils in the United States and around the world. The Navy League has nearly 75,000 active members.
The Navy League supports America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Scholarship Program, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Essay Contest. Individual councils are also involved in promoting youth-oriented activities in their communities such as NJROTC, MCJROTC, and ROTC units along with other recognized youth programs. Local councils and national headquarters provide over $25,000 scholarships and awards every year. Navy League councils support active duty military personnel through "adoption" of ships, installations, and units; commissioning ceremonies; award programs; and other recognition programs.
Over the years, the Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments. Today the Navy League is widely respected by citizens, community and industrial leaders, and public officials. Navy League programs are welcomed in communities throughout the nation, and members are recognized for their integrity and patriotism.
League NLUS Misson
The Navy League has set forth the following objectives:
1. To foster and maintain interest in a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine as integral parts of a sound national defense and vital to the freedom of the United States.
2. To serve as a means of educating and informing the American people with regard to the role of sea power in the nuclear age and the problems involved in maintaining strong defenses in that age.
3. To improve the understanding and appreciation of those who wear the uniforms of our armed forces and to better the conditions under which they live and serve.
4. To provide support and recognition for the Reserve forces in our communities in order that we may continue to have a capable and responsive Reserve.
5. To educate and train our youth in the customs and traditions of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine through the means of an active and vigorous Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Statement of Policy
We of the Navy League of the United States stand for a strong America - a nation morally, economically, and internally strong.
We believe that the security of our nation and of the people of the world demands a well-balanced, integrated, mobile American defense team, of which a strong Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine are indispensable parts.
We support all Armed Services to the end that each may make its appropriate contribution to the national security.
We know that in a free nation an informed public is indispensable to national security and, therefore, we will strive to keep the nation alert to the dangers which threaten - both from without and within.
We favor appropriations for each of the Armed Services, adequate for national security, economically administered.
We oppose any usurpation of the Congress's constitutional authority over the Armed Services.
We urge that our country maintain world leadership in scientific research and development.
We support industrial preparedness, planning, production.
We support efforts of our government to achieve worldwide peace through international cooperation.
We advocate a foreign policy which will avoid wars - if possible; if not, win them!
Certification of Incorporation
Cincinnati Council's Articles of Incorporation The undersigned, desiring to form a corporation, not for profit, under Sections 1702.01 et seq. Of the Ohio Revised Code, do hereby state the following:
FIRST. The name of said corporation shall be The Navy League of The United States, Greater Cincinnati Council
SECOND. The place in Ohio where its principal office is to located is Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
THIRD. The purpose(s) for which this corporation is formed is:
SECTION 1 This Council is organized and shall be operated exclusively for educational purposes including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations qualifying as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future United States Internal Revenue law. In carrying out the foregoing purposes, the Council shall have the power to acquire and disseminate to citizens of the United States information concerning the condition of the naval forces and equipment of the United States and to increase interest and cooperation in all matters tending to improve maritime efficiency. The Council shall make no declaration of policy in contravention of the Policy of Navy League National Headquarters. In all matters of policy, the Council shall carry out the aims and purposes of the Navy League as established by the National Board of Directors.
SECTION 2 No part of the net earning of the Council shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, Directors, Officers, or other private persons, except that the Council shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services actually rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of its purposes as stated in these Articles. No substantial part of the Council's activities shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Council shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
SECTION 3 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the Council shall not carry on any other activities no permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.
FOURTH. The following persons, not less than three, shall serve said corporation as trustees until the first annual meeting or other meeting called to elect trustees.
David C. Nelson
7931 Merryman Way, Westchester, OH 45069 Thomas M Plantenberg
8772 Tanager Woods Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Michael McGuire
6586 Herron Court, Mason, OH 45040 Gerard J. Willett
3842 Hyde Park Avenue #1, Cincinnati, OH 45209
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto subscribed our names, this 27th day of May, 1992
By: David C. Nelson, Incorporator
By: Gregory J. Ziegler, Incorporator
By: John P. Harrington, Jr., Incorporator