Benefits of Membership

There are many benefits to joining the International Propeller Club. These include:

  • Invitations to special events that provide you the ability to network with other maritime and Port Canaveral community members.
  • Meeting and engaging elected officials and government representatives.
  • Being part of a dynamic community of maritime and Port Canaveral area professionals dedicated to improving water transportation and our intermodal transportation system.
  • Many social events throughout the year to help you build personal and business relationships with others in the maritime community.
  • Leadership opportunities in your industry.

Founding members at the 2019 club’s annual meeting and 20 year celebration.


Capt. Earl McMillin has been named the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral Member of the Year for 2021.  Earl retired in 2005 after serving over 18 years as a State Harbor Pilot with the Canaveral Pilots Association.  He is a founding member of the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral and longtime Board member including serving as the club’s Treasurer most recently through 2019.  Earl is a 1963 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and obtained his J.D. from Duquense University Law School in 1968.  Prior to his career as a Harbor Pilot, he had a dual career as a Merchant Marine Deck Officer at sea and practicing maritime law.  His law career included working for the Panama Canal as well as private practice.  He is a Master Mariner and a Life member of the Maritime Law Association.  He has been a driving force in many of the Propeller Club’s initiatives including the Rockledge High School HELM Martime Studies Program, the scholarship program, Keep Brevard Beautiful Clean Ups,  and in legislative awareness campaigns in support of the maritime industry.  The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral is proud and honored to recognize Capt. McMillin for his contributions to the club, the community, and the maritime industry.


Todd McDowell          AOTC
Mike Pisacano 
Richard Kube
Patrick Gerrity          



Our Membership year is the calendar year.  The Early Registration discount closed on Dec. 31.  Click on the “Renew or Join” tab under “Membership” to renew or register.  Please email us at with any questions or if you need additional information.  The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

Next Event
 Luncheon on January 5
 Our first Luncheon of the year will be held on Wednesday, January 5 at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill at Port Canaveral.  Register at this link:  January Luncheon.  The guest speaker will be our incoming club President Liz Alward with a look at the year ahead.  Partners for 2022 will be asked to say a few words about their companies and organizations as well.  If you want to learn more about the club and what we are all about, come join us on Jan 5th!



RADM Bob & Bev Merrilees are the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral Maritime Persons of the Year for 2021. The Merrilees have been long time Board members of the Propeller Club.  Bob was a founding member and Bev previously served as Secretary.  They have volunteered for and sponsored numerous events, committees and projects including the ShrimpFeast fundraisers.  
Bob had a dual career in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and the Federal Government. He enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve in August 1961 and received a Direct Commission in 1964. He served as Senior Reserve Officer in both the Coast Guard Pacific Area and Atlantic Area from June 1990 until his retirement in July
1994. Bob’s civilian profession was Federal Budgeting up until five years before he retired in January 1998, when he became the Community Relations Officer for NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Because of his Coast Guard experience he was asked to plan and lead the Coast Guard Reserve’s Space Shuttle Launch Support program.  Bev capped off a 30 year federal government career in personnel by serving as Kennedy Space Center Chief of Personnel from 1993 to 1998 when she retired. She received the KSC Federal Woman of the Year Award for 1988, the Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Exceptional Leadership Medal.  Both Bob and Bev have served on numerous community and non-profit boards.  Bob served as national President of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States from 2003-2004 and is a Past President of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation.
The Propeller Club is proud and honored to recognize their contributions to our club, the community, our nation; their tireless promotion of Port Canaveral and the maritime industry and their unwavering support for the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard!



The Propeller Club’s final event of the year was our Holiday Party held on December 1 at the Hampton Inn & Home2 Suites, Cape Canaveral. Good cheer was shared by our members and guests along with excellent food prepared by Fishlips and great music from Dennis and friends! The Board for 2022 was duly sworn in! Thank you to all who brought donations for the Canaveral Port Ministry. Enjoy the Blessings of the Season to all in our Propeller Club and Port Canaveral Community!

One of our new Partners to join the Propeller Club for 2021 is Allied Universal.  Thank you for your support!  Click on the logo to go to the Allied Universal website!

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