ALAMEDA -- The Alameda Council of the Navy League of the United States invites the public to attend its annual meeting Thursday. This will be an opportunity to meet council members, as well as commanding officers of the council's "adopted" military Sea Service units from the Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps and U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit.

Because the meeting will be held at the Alameda Naval Air Museum at Alameda Point, which partners with the council, this will also be an opportunity for a free visit to see the museum's exhibits.

The council supports sea service units through "adopting" ships, attending change-of-command ceremonies, vessel commissioning and award and recognition programs for military members. Members raise money through corporate donations and member contributions.

Sam Sause, the council's vice president of membership, said inviting people to attend the annual meeting is part a recruitment drive for new members. He has been a member for about 10 years and has found it a rewarding experience. He has met captains, crew members and attended awards events such as those for the sailor of the year.

"I have met a lot of people, and it's interesting to attend the events," he said. "It's a way of supporting morale for the people who serve in the military."

The council, which has about 150 members, meets quarterly. Council membership is open to all nonactive military citizens and even to anyone with no military service.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Alameda Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point Road, Building 77. Refreshments will be provided. For more information about the council, go to www.navyleaguealameda.org.