Fall / Winter 2018 Newsletter
We're excited to announce the next events and share highlights on our recent past events.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 18th - Columbia Restaurant is our Holiday Luncheon benefitting the Tampa Seafarer's Center / Port Tampa Bay Ministries.  Click on this link to get more details Holiday Luncheon Flyer 

Monday, January 28th - Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard Awards Dinner - Holiday Inn West Shore, details out soon!

Tuesday, February 19th - Maritime Industry Night Celebration and Awards Banquet - Save the Date!

Tuesday, March 19th - Shrimperoo - Save The Date!

Southeast Conference - Waiting to confirm the venue and date.

New Website And Email Information.

The website committee and coordinator have been working hard on finalizing our new website which we hope to go live in the next couple of weeks. But you don't have to wait for the new website to check out our new logo that is displayed at the top of the newsletter!

Once we go live, we'll need everyone to check their profiles to ensure that all of the information transferred properly.

We also now have a new email address for our Club Administrator Nancy Simms. You may now email her at NSimms@propellerclubtampa.com
Timothy P. Shusta Receives
Captain James McKay Award
At the Port Tampa Bay's Annual Anchor Ball held on September 29th at the Glazer JOCC, Mr. Tim Shusta was presented the Captain James McKay Award for his outstanding efforts in our community. 

Paul Anderson, CEO and President - Port Tampa Bay, presented this award.


The Anchor Ball is a fundraiser for the Tampa Seafarer's Center and the Tampa Bay Maritime Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Shusta is the Chairman of the Anchor Ball event, Chairman of the TBMSF, President of the PTMIA and is employed by Phelps Dunbar.
International Propeller Club
2018 Convention Report
 
The 2018 International Propeller Club Convention was hosted by the Port of Norfolk on October 10 – 12. Local representation at the Convention included Tampa’s President and Southeast Region Secretary, Lynne Vadelund, Tampa’s 1 st V.P. Shannon LeMoine, Tampa’s Club Administrator and Convention Photographer Nancy Simms, Southeast Region V.P. David St. Pierre, Southeast Region Treasurer Ron Kobosky, Manatee’s President Billy Roy, and Manatee’s 1 st V.P. Matty Appice. The annual Convention is a time for Clubs from all over the world to meet and discuss issues relevant to local Propeller Clubs and International Headquarters. 
 
The main issue at this year’s Convention was the announcement in September that International membership dues were being raised by $8/member to maintain the solvency of the International Headquarters. This issue was discussed at length during the Southeast Region’s break out meeting during the Convention, which was attended by International President Joel Whitehead, 1 st V.P. Niels Aalund, and 2 nd V.P. Philippe de Gauw. The Southeast Region does not object to providing monetary assistance at this time to the International Headquarters so that operations can continue, but insists that changes, including evaluation of the lack of performance by the Executive V.P., were needed to ensure that dues were not the sole source of revenue for Headquarters in the future. The meeting concluded with a vote for David St. Pierre to present a resolution requesting that the Executive Committee take appropriate action based on the under-performance of the Executive V.P. 
 
In a recent email to Club Presidents from International President Joel Whitehead, the announcement was made that the Executive V.P. would be replaced in 2019. For insight into the strategic vision for the future of the International Club, please attend our Holiday Luncheon on December 18 when RADM Whitehead will be our guest speaker.
 
(NOTE: Tampa is keeping a close watch on the situation related to the finances at the International Headquarters and the dues increase and has elected not to raise dues for our Club at this time.)
Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard - January 28 2019

Our 2019 International Propeller Club, Port of Tampa’s annual “Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard” dinner will be held on Mo nday evening 28 January 2019 at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Boulevard, Tampa 33609. The Tampa Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States and the Coast Guard Foundation will join us as co-hosts of this event in saluting representatives of Sector St. Petersburg, Air Station Clearwater, USCG Cutters, and local Auxiliary Flotillas for their dedication and superb service here on the West Coast of Florida. 

RADM Todd Sokalzuk, USCG Atlantic Area will be our guest speaker!

As we have in the past, several men and women of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, and Coast Guard Auxiliary will be invited as our guests. The BLACKTHORN Memorial ceremony will be held Monday morning 28 January at 1100 at a church (to be announced later) in St. Petersburg (the memorial site is still under renovation) and the Tampa Bay Harbor Safety and Security Committee will hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday morning at 0900 at the Tampa Port Authority’s Boardroom located at 1101 Channelside Drive in Tampa, FL 33602.
February Maritime Industry Night Celebration and Awards Banquet

On Tuesday February 19th we plan to hold our annual Maritime Industry Night Celebration and Awards Banquet.  Event details to follow but for now, please begin selecting your nominees for the Unsung Hero and Leadership Awards. Remember, you'll need to put your passion into this form so we know just how special your nominee is and why you selected them to be nominated. The nominees must work for a company in the port but may work at another company location.   (Photo: Danielle Johnson, 2018 Awardee John Joyner, Bill Kuzmick and Darren Richards)       
                                     
Unsung Hero award nominees are typically workers who have toiled away for years in their jobs doing what may appear to be laborious regular tasks. However, without them your company and the maritime industry would not be able to succeed. The ideal candidate may have worked for your company for many years and is not a member of management, but rather a loyal, dependable and industrious employee. Unsung Hero Nomination Form 2019
 
Leadership award nominees need not be from management but should have some type of supervisory authority. They will have done something to exemplify leadership among their peers. It could be safety related or continuously exceeding production goals. Something remarkable that makes this person a standout leader.  Leadership Nomination Form 2019

We know there are many employees out there who are deserving of one of these awards but they cannot be recognized without your nomination. Please take some time to consider doing something nice for them to show your appreciation. 
Annual Shrimperoo - Tuesday, March 19th

This year's Shrimperoo will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at Cruise Terminal 2.  Tickets for this event will go on sale February 1st and usually go quickly. Suggest you get your headcount ready so when they do go on sale, you'll be ready!

This event is our 2nd largest fundraiser for the year! We'll start off with Beer, Wine with Raw & Steamed Oysters from 5:30 - 6:45, then dinner buffet with steamed shrimp, cole slaw, potato salad and baked beans from 6:45 until 8:15. 

We'll have a DJ for entertainment and a silent auction filled with lots of memorabilia. 
Gulf Coast Maritime Academy
Tampa’s New Maritime Training Center
 
Gulf Coast Maritime Academy i(GCMA) s a newly opened USCG-approved facility located in the heart of historic Port Tampa Bay. The center specializes in premier courses in maritime training for the cruise, offshore, oil & gas support, coastal shipping, charter boat, and yacht industries. They have the resources and knowledge to support their students every step of the way, from entry-level Ordinary Seaman to Unlimited Master and Chief Engineer.
 
GCMA offers many levels of approved Merchant Mariner certifications, licenses, and credential application assistance for both individual students and vessel owner/operators. All courses offered via publicized schedule are approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Their training programs are designed to exceed IMO standards and are 100% STCW 2010 compliant.
 
Gulf Coast Maritime Academy was founded with the idea that courses should be affordable, direct, and interactive. The founders, Captain John Timmel and Captain Christopher Hayes, feel that every course a mariner experiences should be of a high caliber while at a low cost, and they have designed each course with that principle in mind. With a combined 60+ years of experience within both the recreational boating and the commercial industry, their founders have brought maritime training to the next level. These courses bring real world scenarios, with evolution in training, into the classroom and, most importantly, take place in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.
 
The goal of Gulf Coast Maritime Academy is to bring every mariner a unique experience for each course that they offer, and new courses are in constant development. The mission of the school is to provide the most complete and direct training solutions to Merchant Mariners in the United States with consistency, up-to-date information, and state-of-the-art facilities. More information and details about course schedules can be found on their website, www.GulfCoastMA.com , or by calling Captain Christopher Hayes or John Timmel at: (813) 248-4262 (GCMA).

Gulf Coast Maritime Academy would be remiss if thanks were not given their many port community friends who have helped them reach the high-level of success already attained so quickly. GCMA’s friends include: International Ship Repair; Solution One; First Choice Marine Supply; Seabulk; Calypso Dive of Tampa; Hillsborough County Fire Rescue; and, of course, the American Victory Ship. GCMA looks forward to welcoming each of you and your companies to the GCMA family. Ask about the “friends and family” discounts!
 
Gulf Coast Maritime Academy - 1601 Sahlman Drive - Tampa FL 33605
(813) 248-4262 or (888) 421-4262 - www.GulfCoastMA.com ,
 
Southeast Conference 
Spring 2019
 
The annual Southeast Region’s Annual Conference (SERAC) will be held in Tampa this Spring 2019. Even though the 2017 SERAC was in Tampa, the 2019 conference was without a host so our Club’s Board stepped up and offered to help. Planning is in full swing, but due to a later start this time, we are still working out the venue, which will determine the dates. Look for a Save the Dates soon! 

(Photo: Southeast Conference 2017 attendees with current Propeller Club - Port of Tampa President Lynne Vadelund)

                                                                               
Also, if you're interested in sponsoring and or volunteering during this event, please contact Nancy Simms at NSimms@propellerclubtampa.com or (813) 225-7227.