Phil Dunmire, 46th president of the Navy League of the United States, will be the guest speaker at the NLUS Greater Chattanooga Council’s quarterly meeting 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
Mr. Dunmire, who lives in Wellington, Fla., has been an active member of the Navy League for 24 years serving in numerous Council- and National-level positions including 16 years as a national director and three years as national vice president.
Enlisting as a private in the U.S. Army in 1967, Mr. Dunmire was later commissioned as a second lieutenant. He served in various staff positions in Germany before joining the 2nd Region Traffic Management Agency as operations officer in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Mr. Dunmire’s post-service career spanned 26 years in finance and banking. He became the first president and chief executive officer of First Wisconsin Trust Company of Florida in 1986, establishing offices in West Palm Beach and Sarasota, Fla. Upon leaving the organization in 1999, its assets exceeded $400,000,000.
Founded in 1902, the Navy League of the United States is unique among military-oriented associations in that it is a civilian organization dedicated to the education of citizens about the importance of sea power.
Through more than 56,000 members and some 265 local councils, the Navy League supports men and women serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S.-Flag Merchant Marine and provides support to their families as well.
The Navy League encourages America's young people through its youth programs, including sponsorship of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Navy League Scholarship Program and Navy JROTC units like the one at Howard High School in Chattanooga.
To learn more about Navy League of the United States or to join the Greater Chattanooga Council visit www.navyleague.org, www.chattanooganavyleague.org or contact Patty Parks at 423 326-0839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.