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FALL 2014 • 11
While the men and the women
e U.S. Navy protect d defend America on he world’s oceans from Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, they also bring relief to people around the world following humanitarian crises. However, much of the most rewarding ork accomplished by y sailors takes place within their local communities. As individuals, sailors contribute to their local communities as youth leaders, mentors, sports coaches, and community leaders. Organized groups of Navy personnel provide support to their communities by volunteering in service
projects, visiting children’s hospitals, and partnering with service organizations such as Optimist International.
The U.S. Navy and Optimist International share a common goal of helping to improve the lives of young adults in local communities across the nation. There are a number of ways in which local Optimist Clubs can team up with Navy sailors to help them boost their efforts in their local communities. For instance, Clubs can request Navy leaders to speak free of charge at offcial luncheons or events to provide Members with valuable information and
insight on topics such as leadership and management. In addition, by reaching out to the service-minded Navy sailors living in their local communities, Clubs may be able to identify dedicated, hard-working volunteers to participate in service projects. Clubs could even fnd new Club Members among these service-oriented sailors. There are a host of other Navy outreach programs that may be of interest to the Optimist community.
Optimist organizations at the National, Regional and local Club levels can beneft from the synergies that Optimist International and the U.S. Navy share in the areas of youth-centered community service. For more information on how request a Navy speaker for your next event, or for information on additional Navy outreach programs, contact Todd Martin at the Navy Offce of Community Outreach, (901) 874-5805, or email@example.com.
More Similar Than You Would Think
By Lieutenant Ken Hagihara, United States Navy Offce of Community Outreach
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Clas Nick Kisselman, from Lakewood, Colorado, shows a child a flight suit during Riverfest, a local community event, as part of Omaha Navy Week. Omaha Navy Week is one of six signature Navy Weeks planned across America in 2014, and designed to help increase Americans' understanding of their Navy's mission, capabilities, and relevance to national security. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Good/Released)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class David Ikuta, from San Jose, California, writes a message to onlookers at Henry Doorly Zoo as part of Omaha Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dustin Good/Released)
Electricians Mate 2nd Class Gilbert Caine, assigned to USS Constitution, visits with a patient at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center as part of Omaha Navy Week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Benson/Released)