January 2017 Newsletter
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In Memory of Andy Anderson
In memory of Andrew W. Anderson

In telling just a part of the story of Andy Anderson there are so many memories, bold and constant, admirable and well worth remembering.  For me the dates and places often get in the way of the real story, but I will always remember the broad strokes of this man’s life as I knew it.

I surely remember the real tales of dash and daring do.  As a young officer in the United States Coast Guard, Andy served our country in Vietnam, Hawaii, Florida and the Caribbean.  He had a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard, retiring as Commander.

For the many years thereafter, we all witnessed the exemplary loyalty, courage, commitment and honor of the man as he served his clients, partners and associates in the practice of law. 

We will all gratefully remember his participation and service in leadership roles in The Fort Lauderdale Mariners’ Club, The Marine Industries Association of South Florida, The US Coast Guard Auxiliary and The Florida Bar.  His service was continuous and profound.

Andy would join an organization and in short order he would be recognized as a gifted leader and quite often he would assume a role in leadership.  It was his gift and his great pleasure to lead us to accomplish more and to do a better job of it.

Andy knew a lot about a lot of things, and he would openly share that knowledge with you, not in a way to show off, but in a generous way that would enrich your experience.  It seemed to me that by sharing something with you, Andy  learned more about you.

He served a generation of young law students at the University of Miami and Florida International University.   Working after hours as lawyers must do, and in his capacity as adjunct Professor of Admiralty and Maritime Law and in Marine Insurance,   Andy was a willing and masterful teacher of hundreds of law students.

Over the years he shared his acumen and experience with thousands of practicing lawyers at seminars, via publications and among his associates and law partners in offices and conference rooms for decades.

In later years, including the time of his recent trials, we witnessed Andy hold fast to what he valued most in himself and others. His devotion to family, most particularly to Ann and Kate, and his enduring friendships and commitments never waivered. Andy gave us his friendship and affection even during those difficult years and to the very end.  His expressions of integrity and his love for family and friends in the face of great difficulty are among my most treasured memories of Andy.

When he first experienced illness a few years back, Andy had planned to lead his beloved US Coast Guard Auxiliary Pipe Band (bagpipes of course) in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Andy was a founder and organizer of the band as well as the drum major and he had the most outstanding uniform as well. He was hoping his illness would not prevent him from participating. Several of us at Houck Anderson made a deal: if Andy worked hard in his recovery and was cleared medically to participate, then we would all fly to New York to witness his march.

With grit and determination Andy fought back his illness and was declared fit for duty by his doctors. It was a frigid day as we lined 5th Avenue to see our leader and friend marching in full regalia as he led the band down the avenue.  His courage and commitment were shared by all of us that day. 

The events and experiences we shared were very often expressions of the values he held dear. As we admired Andy our observations of much of his remarkable life became shared experiences for so many of us.  

I hope what we all remember about Andy is what he did and how he did it. I was fortunate to have experienced a bit of that as his law partner. I watched and admired the way he engaged people, kept his promises, gave of himself to others.

For these reasons and many more, it must be said that my friend and partner, Andy Anderson, was and will always be remembered fondly and with all respect as an officer and a gentleman.

By: Mark R. Houck

Friend, Partner, & FLMC Member

Memorial Service: 

Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church 11295 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Date: February 25th, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Kilts welcome at the service

Welcome New FLMC Members
Erin Keenan - GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies)
Jay Keenan - GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies)
Jennifer Lovell Benyo - Bellwether Insurance Group
Rebecca Caparco - Alliance Marine Risk Managers
Tony Chernoff - Intermarine
James Michael Culpepper - Seven Seas Insurance
Justin Fiorill - Yacht Management South Florida
Elaine Frawley Fitzgerald - Guarantee Insurance Company
Peter Hall - Orion Marine Consulting Services
Michael Hill - SEA Limited
Jennifer Jiruska - YachtNeeds
Erin Keenan -  GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies)
Jay Keenan -  GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies)
Richard Kniffin - United Ship Service (Luxury Yacht Division)
Tracie Kutner Merwitzer - Nautilus Investigations
Daniel S. Marcolte - McAlpin Conroy P.A.
Alexandra Martinez - Sea Tow Fort Lauderdale
Fred Nash - Color Reflections
Andrew Paul - Carnival Corporation & Pic
Joey Ricciardelli - Yacht Entertainment Systems
Adriana Posoto - Alliance Marine Risk Managers
Natacha Worthington - National Restoration Experts
Constance Patricia Wynn - Intermarine
Jonathan Litt - The Law Offices of Jonathan R. Litt
Winar Julmiste - Anderson Glenn, LLP
Phil Purcell has given the MIASF board of directors notice that he will be stepping down as CEO/Executive Director in January 2018.

Danielle Butler, Chairperson of the MIASF Board of Directors, stated in a press release, “Phil joined MIASF in February 2014 and he and the Board have collaborated on a long list of successes, including execution of a 30-year agreement with the producers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show – Show Management, completion of the dredge of the Intracoastal Waterway, institution of standard operating procedures for the FEC bridge, passage of state legislation that caps the sales tax on refits and repairs, inclusion of marine industry companies in the annual South Florida Business Journal Book of Lists, the first Foreign Trade Zone recreational boating designation in the United States, and enhanced community engagement with a Habitat for Humanity partnership to build the first-ever two-story duplex in Fort Lauderdale, to name few. We are truly fortunate to have had Phil’s leadership for the past few years. His vision and guidance have ideally positioned the association to leverage exciting opportunities in 2017 and beyond.”

The announcement will allow for an orderly leadership pursuit and seamless transition over the next 12 months, and the MIASF Board has appointed an executive search committee to begin the process. Prospective candidates may submit a résumé to  executivesearch@miasf.org.

January Luncheon
Speaker: Patrick Estebe
  Ft. Lauderdale Mariners' Club October Luncheon
Thursday, February 2, 2017

15th St. Fisheries
1900 South East Street, Ft Lauderdale, FL 954-763-2777
(Inside Historical Lauderdale Marina)
11:30am - 1:30pm

Speaker: TBA

 $25 per member / $25 first guest / $30 each additional guest

Entrée Choices:

Skirt Steak & Frites
Black Angus Skirt Steak, House Made Fries, Sautéed Spinach, Demi Glace

Mahi Mahi & Frites
Mahi Mahi with tartar and lemon, House Made Fries, Sautéed Spinach, Demi Glace

Mahi Mahi or Grilled Chicken Raspberry Mixed Greens Salad
Mixed Greens, Fresh Raspberries, Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Grilled Chicken Sandwich & Fries
Brioche Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion

Dessert: Key Lime Pie or Double Chocolate Brownie

Drinks: Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea or Soft Drinks

Cash bar available

RSVP with Entrée selection by January 26, 2017 to: rchacon@chartwelllaw.com or reply to this email; 305-372-9044.

Click here to register: Monthly Luncheon ~ February 2017 Registration Form

  We are Proud to Sponsor the 2nd Annual MICF Chairman's Gala

Get ready for an evening of dancing, gaming and surprises around every corner.

The "Chairman's Gala," benefiting the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, is set for Jan. 28 at Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach.

Themed "Masquerade Casino Night," the black-tie evening is a chance for the marine industry and local community to come together. The night will also include music and a silent auction.

There will be two private areas for VIP guests: the High Roller Venetian lounge and the Hidden Court Mexican Masquerade room. Both will have custom gaming experiences, expanded dining options and high-end open bars.

"We look forward to [the] gala really serving as a strong fundraiser and kickoff to a year of continued growth and positive impact for children and families in our community," said David Reed, chairman. "This year, we have a dynamic committee of a lucky 13, and we are excited about what they will bring to this wonderful event."

Funds raised during "Chairman's Gala" will support the foundation's Marine Industry Immersion Summer Camp and the MICF Youth Creative Arts Contest.

The MICF Marine Immersion Summer Camp started in 2015 as a two-week program introducing high school students to the marine industry through field trips to local businesses, camp visits by industry professionals and hands-on STEM projects.

Individual tickets to the gala are $100, and VIP tickets are $175.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.marineindustrycares.org/micf-chairmans-gala or contact MICF at info@marineindustrycares.org or 954-639-5005.

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Thank You Members!!
Join us at the Sunday Jazz Brunch
Annual Maritime Industry / Marine Insurance Seminar
Upcoming Events
January 28, 2017
  MICF 2ND ANNUAL CHAIRMAN'S GALA                          
February 5, 2017
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH                     
March 4, 2017
BROWARD COUNTY      WATERWAY CLEANUP                       
April 28, 2017
MICF 8TH ANNUAL       SPIN-A-THON                      
May 17, 2017
November 1, 2017
2017 Officers & Chair

Skipper: Michelle Otero Valdes
First Mate: Arlene Weicher
Yeoman: Hector Ramirez     
Purser: Jonathan Dunleavy
Program Chair: Craig Liszt

Bosun: Raul Chacon      
Actives Chair: Terry Jones
Historian: Tom Nolan 
Seminar Chair: Charles Davant

About Us
The Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club is dedicated to the promotion of ethical business practices among the sea-going community as well as the circulation of accurate and useful information to the boating community. 

Our membership includes both professional and leisure boating enthusiasts, as well as industry experts and professionals in many disciplines from around the world.

Join Us
We welcome your interest in the Mariners Club and invite you to become an active member to the benefit of each of us individually and all of us as a community. The easiest way to join is to attend a monthly meeting as a guest of a current member.

Request an application form from an officer, complete it and mail it with your check for $50.00 to the Mariners Club for consideration by the membership committee.

Two sponsors are required. If you want to join and do not know an active member, contact
  Michelle Otero Valdes