USS New York commissioning chairman to speak at Westport Sunrise Rotary
The U.S. Navy ship built with steel from the World Trade Center will be the topic of a talk by Robert A. Ravitz, chairman of the USS New York Commissioning Committee, at the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Bobby Q's Restaurant, 42 Main St., Westport. Guests are welcome to attend the meeting, which includes a breakfast buffet at a cost of $12.
Ravitz, a resident of Norwalk who retired from a career in the Naval Reserve, was invited three years ago to chair the commissioning of the USS New York, the ship with steel from the World Trade Center in her bow. With a committee of nearly 20 people and a budget of more than $1,000,000, he planned and coordinated events last fall in New York which were attended by more than 100,000 people, including VIPs from New York and Washington, family and crew members from the ship and the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Ravitz completed his 30-year career in the Naval Reserve in 1991, which was capped by his selection to the rank of rear admiral. He served the Navy as the deputy chief of Navy information and director of Naval Reserve public affairs. His Navy experience included public affairs billets at several Navy commands stateside and abroad and in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.
Ravitz has maintained his affiliation with the Navy since his retirement. He has served as president of the New York Council of the Navy League. He is a national vice president of the Navy League as well as a member of the board of Trustees of the Naval War College Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Naval Institute and the Navy Memorial Foundation and is a recipient of the Secretary of the Navy's Superior Public Service Award.
Since January 1996, Ravitz has managed a consulting practice in marketing and advertising. He served from 1984 to 1996 as an executive vice president for Grey Advertising and from 1967 to 1984 as a senior vice president for McCann Erickson.
For more information about Westport Sunrise Rotary, visit the club's website, westportsunriserotary.com; call the club's "hotline" at 203-454-6446; contact Carole Rubenstein, membership, at 203-847-2834, firstname.lastname@example.org; or attend a meeting any Friday at 7:30 a.m. in Bobby Q's Restaurant.