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February 2020

"WWII on a Destroyer in the Pacific."

Thursday, February 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

B. J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
4901 Beltline Rd., Dallas, TX 75254

Appetizers - $5.00/person; cash bar

C. C. Collie, an active member of the Dallas Council, was a Communication Officer on the USS Blue DD 744 during World War II. During the war he served under Fleet Admiral William Frederick “Bull” Halsey and Admiral Raymond Ames Spruance. Two of the most significant battles of the Pacific Theatre were the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. For his service, C. C. received 7 battle stars. C.C. has graciously agreed to share some of his experiences at our next Happy Hour. You don’t want to miss this!

C.C. Collie is a long-time resident of Dallas and is retired from banking and real estate development. C.C. has been a member of Park Cities Rotary since 1987. He served as District Governor of Rotary District 5810 in 1985-86 and also 1987-88. He is an active member of the Dallas Navy League.


January 2020

“A Journey to Remember”

Friday, January 31, 2020
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Park City Club
5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700 Dallas, TX 75225

Buffet lunch - $30.00 payable online, below, or at the door.
Please reserve your place by Wednesday, January 29.


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David C. Alford grew up in Dallas and graduated from Skyline High School in 1976. He attended Baylor University and Baylor University School of Law, graduating in 1982. Since that time he has lived and practiced law in Waco, Texas. He is a partner with Pakis Giotes Page and Burleson, P.C. David and his wife have been married 38 years, have three grown children, one grandchild, and another on the way. David has been an active member of the Dallas Council Navy League for many years and serves on the Board of Directors in the position of Judge Advocate.

Many long-time Dallas Council members will remember fondly our late member, Charlie Alford. Charlie was a WW II veteran who recounted his combat experiences at a Council meeting several years ago.

In summer 2018 his son David, David’s wife, sister and brother-in-law visited the anniversary celebrations of the D-day invasion. This past summer they returned to travel Charlie’s footsteps from London, to Normandy, and the end of the war in Berlin. David will share that journey with us on January 31 with personal accounts and photographs. This is a journey you don’t want to miss!

Please reserve your place by Wednesday, January 29.


December 2019

Holiday Happy Hour

Revisiting Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:00-7:30 pm

Prestonwood Country Club, The Creek
15809 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75248

RSVP please, by Tuesday, December 3, 3:00 p.m.
Cash Bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres

RSVP needed!

Thomas K. Kimmel, III (“T.K.”) is the oldest great grandchild of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel. He will share the most recent events in the Kimmel family's ongoing journey seeking the Admiral's rank restoration.

ADM Kimmel was commander in chief of both the United States Fleet and the United States Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

T.K. is currently a partner in an investment firm specializing in distressed assets. T.K. Has been in the credit and collection industry for more than 20 years. Over this period of time, T.K. has been responsible for the placement, sale, and resolution of more than $8 billion in outstanding receivables. T.K. joined the Equipro / Security Credit Services team in 2010. T.K. has been recognized and awarded as a top revenue generator by numerous issuers and investment firms including one of the top 25 largest banks in the world. His experience translates to all verticals of our industry including banking and retail, commercial, healthcare, student loan, fintech, and telecommunication. It is this experience that has supported his ability to be open minded and creative, all in an effort to get a deal done that works for both sides.

RSVP please, by Tuesday, December 3, 3:00 p.m.
Cash Bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres


Past Monthly Meetings

November 2019

Annual November Fundraising Dinner 2019

Dinner tickets must be purchased by noon, Wednesday, November 6th. Dinner tickets MUST be pre-paid.

October 2019


Meet VR-59, based in Fort Worth at the NASJRB – our adopted unit! Just returned from a deployment, the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and the Command Master Chief will have a lot to tell us about their missions.

Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Fifty-Nine (VR-59) is Navy League Dallas Council's adopted squadron. The unit consists of 250 sailors and airmen who operate the latest Navy logistics aircraft, the C40A Clipper. VR-59 is stationed at NAS Forth Worth JRB.

October is Navy Month!

Friday, October 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Park City Club
Buffet Luncheon - $30.00

September 2019

September is Sea Cadet month!

In honor of Sea Cadet month, we will hear from Sea Cadet adult leadership as well as two outstanding cadets reporting on their exciting summer trainings.

Speakers: Sid Willis; Commanding Officers of the three Sea Cadet units we sponsor; two cadets to tell us about their summer trainings.

Friday, September 27, 2019, 11:30 am -1:00 pm

Park City Club
Buffet Luncheon

August 2019

August is U.S. Coast Guard Birthday month
Maritime Speaker Series Luncheon

Friday, August 30, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gleneagles Country Club
5401 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093

CAPT Jackie Twomey, Maritime Safety Unit, Port Arthur, TX, will brief us on the changing and challenging missions of the Coast Guard, as well as an update on Sector Houston Galveston.

Captain Jackie Twomey returns to MSU Port Arthur after serving as the Detachment Chief of the Coast Guard National Towing Vessel Center of Expertise Detachment Chief, from June of 2015 until May of 2017. The NCOE maintains trained experts in the towing vessel industry to serve as in-house consultants to the Coast Guard and as participants in technical forums and decision-making collaborations, providing technical advice to both the industry and the Coast Guard, and to increase and maintain the Coast Guard’s collective competency and capacity to professionally engage with the towing vessel industry.

Captain Twomey was previously the Executive Officer of Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, which includes the third busiest port, the third largest petrochemical complex and the busiest Strategic Port of Embarkation for Military Outload operations in the United States from 2012-2015. 164 personnel served at MSU Port Arthur performing marine inspections, marine casualty investigations, oil spill response, law enforcement, contingency planning, waterways management, vessel traffic management, administration, supply and medical functions.

Captain Twomey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1989. She sailed as a licensed engineer for the U.S. merchant fleet and upgraded her license to Second Assistant Engineer of Steam and Motor Vessels of Unlimited Horsepower. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Michigan, earning a Master of Engineering degree in Concurrent Marine Design and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Operations Engineering.

July 2019

Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43) Happy Hour

The Dallas Council of the Navy League of the United States
Invites you to join us in commemorating the
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30 TO 6:30PM

BJ’S Brewhouse
4911 Beltline Road, Dallas, TX 75254


June 2019


May 2019

Maritime Speaker Series Luncheon

May 17, 2019 11:30AM - 1PM
Gleneagles Country Club
5401 W Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093

Buffet Luncheon - $30


RADM Michael Rodriguez, USMS
Superintendent Texas A&M Maritime Academy

RADM Mike Rodriguez is a 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. After graduation, he sailed as a ship’s officer aboard US-flag vessels for 17 years.

In 1997, Mike returned to Kings Point as an Academy Training Representative, supervising the shipboard assignments and training of hundreds of the Academy’s midshipmen. He also taught undergraduate business and several courses in maritime operations to military and industry professionals.

Click here to read the full biography.


Col Michael Edward Fossum, USAFR (Ret)
Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston Vice President, Texas A&M University Executive Professor of Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Michael E. Fossum was selected as the Chief Operating Officer for the Galveston campus and Vice President of Texas A&M University (TAMU) beginning March 1, 2017 following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center (JSC) in January 2017.

Click here to read the full biography.




April 2019

Battle of the Coral Sea (May 1942) – The first air/sea battle in history

Thursday, APRIL 11, 2019
5:30 TO 6:30PM



March 2019

North Korea - The Truth, the Threat and Our Options

Marc Liebman

Marc retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the Tanker Wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Storm. He is a Naval Aviator with just under 6,000 hours of flight time in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Captain Liebman has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K.

Marc’s latest career is as a novelist and six of his books – Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Forgotten, Inner Look and Moscow Airlift have been published. A seventh - The Simushir Island Incident - will be released in early 2019. Big Mother 40 was ranked by the readers who buy books on Amazon as one of the top 100 war novels. Forgotten was a 2017 Finalist in Historical Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards; a Finalist in Fiction in the 2017 Literary Excellence Awards; and rated as Five Star by Readers Favorites. Inner Look was also rated Five Star by Readers Favorites.

AT PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB (not at the Park City Club)
Please share this with your friends

Friday, March 22, 2019
11:30am - 1:00pm

Prestonwood Country Club - the Creek
15909 Preston Road, Dallas, 75248

Lunch Buffet, $30.00

Download Mr. Liebman's bio (PDF) here.

February 2019

Perspectives on the United States Merchant Marine

Gini Mattson, Esq. brings with her 20 years of experience and knowledge of marine operations and Admiralty law.

Currently, she is the Global Marine Practice Leader with Envista Forensics managing their team of both Inland and Ocean Marine experts. Until recently Gini was the Ocean Marine Recovery Specialist with Zurich Insurance evaluating legal liability and actively managing subrogation efforts on Ocean Marine and Inland Marine claims. Previously she has worked primarily in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach as a Superintendent, Vessel Planner, Labor Relations Manager, and as a Liability Claims Manager actively overseeing all general liability, cargo, and equipment claims in addition to performing litigation management duties.

Gini holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a United States Coast Guard Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage License and a Juris Doctorate from Whittler Law School. She is a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer Program, maintains Proctor status with the Maritime Law Association and is a California Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Specialist.

Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Park City Club

A buffet lunch is available for $30 at the door.

Download Ms. Mattson's bio (PDF) here.