President’s Message

The past year and a half has been quite a learning and growing experience.  Getting the charity up and running, purchasing the first vessel, studying and complying with regulations, dealing with tax matters, etc., has been a long and hard effort.  And it is still a work-in-progress.  We have kept marching through these challenges to establish and operate this charity, recognizing the difficulties we have faced doing so do not come close to hardships endured by those we hope to serve.  That recognition is what keeps motivating us to develop this service.  As we move forward, we remind you that we cannot do this alone.  We need your help, we need connections, we need help scheduling charters and volunteers for many different needs.  No donation is too small, and the smallest assistance and financial support is greatly appreciated.  All support will help assist those who will benefit from the service provided by Kuebler’s Navy.

Importantly, we seek volunteer charter captains who are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and who are familiar with local waters and their fisheries to operate our vessels so that passengers are assured of a safe and productive cruise.  To volunteer, or express interest, please call us or email us at: volunteer@kammo.org

With all of the frustrations and self-doubt about what we might hope to accomplish with this charity, sometimes we waivered and thought “why are we doing this?”  Then another story found its way in the newspaper telling about a fallen soldier, detailing a seriously wounded warrior, or discussing a sick child.  Then it all came back into focus.  This is why we are doing what we are doing.  If they can marshal on for us, so shall we for them.  If they keep striving and fighting to get well, we shall join with them and fight by their side.  They will not bear their burdens alone.

So, as we begin this year, we look forward to your help and through that help, putting smiles on the faces, hope in the hearts and peace in the souls of those we serve.  At end of the year, we will give you a “State of the Charity” message and what have accomplished on behalf of others during course of the year.

We are finally ready to operate in 2011.  In the immortal words of the great American hero Todd Beamer on UA flight 93, Let’s Roll.

Thank you again for all of your support and God bless you.

Very truly yours,

Christopher D. Kuebler

CHRISTOPHER D. KUEBLER: C.E.O./President    [email: kuebler@kammo.org]

Christopher Kuebler is an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Florida and the District
of Columbia.  He has specialized in Admiralty and Maritime Law for the past 29 years.  He has expertise and knowledge of all matters involving maritime activity including: obtaining vessel documentation; vessel financing; compliance with water pollution regulations [Clean Water Act] and navigation rules; invasive species; collision; salvage and pilotage issues; obstructions to navigable waterways under the Rivers and Harbors Act; wetland issues; maritime liability; maritime liens; Jones Act; mass toxic tort claims; Rule C maritime arrest and Rule B garnishment.  Mr. Kuebler graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Biology/Chemisty.  He received his law degree from Cleveland State University – Marshall College of Law in 1982 and now resides in Avon Lake, Ohio.  He is associated with the law firm of Ray Robinson Carle & Davies located in Cleveland, Ohio.  Mr. Kuebler is Dr. Kuebler’s son and Joseph Kuebler’s nephew.

Mr. Kuebler will serve as President and C.E.O. of the Charity.  He will have responsibility for general oversight of the charity and its operations. His duties include planning, arranging and scheduling boat charters; securing partnerships, sponsors and co-charters; soliciting volunteers; fundraising; writing applications for grants; securing maintenance/repair and operation of the charity’s boats; community outreach programs; operating the website; assisting with accounting.  He will make all strategic decisions which concern expansion of the charitable service and purchasing or obtaining additional boats.  He will handle title transfers, vessel documentation, and ensure compliance with all navigation rules, Coast Guard regulations, and other environmental and safety statutes, rules and regulations, whether federal, state or local.  He will be responsible for tax reporting compliance, compliance with state business filing requirements, including working with an accountant and auditors in the preparation of corporate books including annual financial reports and preparing and filing IRS tax form 990 or its equivalent, in accordance with the law.

[LINK: www.rayrobcle.com]

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