Our annual fundraiser, ShrimpFeast, was held on Friday, October 15 at the Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral. The weather could not have been more beautiful for this event which was held outdoors this year. The event was cancelled in 2020 and was postponed in 2021 from our traditional April time frame. Thank you to all of our members, partners, sponsors, and community family, friends, and neighbors, who helped make this a big success. The funds raised support the club’s community outreach programs, especially our support of the Rockledge High School HELM Maritime Studies program and our scholarship program for graduating High School seniors going on to post secondary education or technical training in a maritime related field. Big Thank Yous to Fishlips and Wild Ocean Seafood for the outstanding food, Keep Brevard Beautiful for the clean up crew, Naval Sea Cadets, Courageous Division Color Guard for the Presentation of Colors, Sheriff Wayne Ivey for serving as our guest speaker, all of sponsors, especially Platinum sponsors the Canaveral Port Authority and Pediatric Care Group Orlando, and all of our volunteers who helped make it all happen!
Seafarers’ House honored Long-Time Supporter Cliff Berry II at 25th Annual 2021 International Golden Compass Gala
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – For more than 20 years, Cliff Berry II has dedicated his time and passion to Seafarers’ House. This year, the native Floridian and life-long Fort Lauderdale resident was honored with the non-profit organization’s prestigious International Golden Compass Award. Berry is President and CEO of Cliff Berry Inc., a Fort Lauderdale company founded in 1958 that offers environmental services. He has been on Seafarers’ House Board of Directors since 1999. He currently serves as the board’s vice president.
Twenty years ago, Berry’s father, Cliff Berry, Sr., was the recipient of the Golden Compass Award, which recognizes those who have achieved distinction in the maritime industry, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. “My father founded our company six decades ago and grew it into a nationally recognized powerhouse that I now have the privilege to lead. He dedicated his life to Port Everglade’s maritime community. It is such a privilege and honor to be able to follow in his footsteps in receiving this award,” said Berry.
Cliff Berry Inc. and the family generously gave a lead gift to the Place of Welcome Campaign to build the new Seafarers’ House in Port Everglades. They provide in-kind, volunteer and financial support year-round to ensure the organization’s ability to offer practical and spiritual care to as many as 150,000 seafarers who come to Port Everglades annually. The company also has supported Seafarers’ House as a Gold Sponsor of the Golden Compass Awards Gala, as well as sponsoring the annual South Florida Business Leaders Luncheon. The company and its employees also have been long-time supporters of Seafarers’ House annual Shoebox Christmas, donating and wrapping items for mariners who come to Port Everglades during the holiday season.
“The Berry family’s support of Seafarers’ House has been instrumental in our ability to serve Port Everglades maritime community, especially during these most difficult times,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Jennifer Stewart. “We are grateful for the family’s decades-long generosity, which has had such a positive impact on the lives of our seafaring community.”
Berry also is a board member of the Port Everglades Association, the Broward Marine Advisory Committee and the Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board, and past board member of the Broward County Fire Rescue Board, the Spill Control Association of America, among many other local and national boards.
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An update on the efforts underway to restore the water quality and ecosystem of the Indian River Lagoon was the topic of the presentation given at the Propeller Club Luncheon held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, Port Canaveral. The featured speakers were Virginia Barker, Director Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, and Dr. Duane De Freese, Executive Director, Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon Estuary Program. Barker highlighted the projects underway and planned by Brevard County’s Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program. This program is the result of the 1/2 cent sales tax voted for by Brevard County residents in 2016 to address lagoon pollution caused by excessive nitrogen and phosphorus. The tax is projected to provide over 400 million dollars over a 10 year period to fund projects administered by the County which include waste water treatment and sewage system upgrades; storm water drainage; septic system removals, upgrades and connection of more homes to sewer systems; muck removal; and oyster bed installations. De Freese noted the work at the federal level of the IRL Estuary Program and commended the Florida legislative delegations, especially Sen. Marco Rubio, for their work to significantly increase federal funding to be included in the next Water Resource Development Act which has strong bipartisan support and is expected to pass this year. He commended the efforts of Brevard County stating that no other county bordering the lagoon is doing near as much as Brevard. Both speakers encouraged members and guests attending both in person and virtually, not to be discouraged by the brown algae bloom that has recently occurred in the lagoon after a period of cleaner water. They pointed to other successful clean ups of bays and estuaries, including Tampa Bay, as evidence that these efforts will be successful with time and the right amount of investment. They urged everyone living on or near the lagoon to take their own individual actions regarding runoff from their homes, lawns and septic systems emphasizing that this is a process in which we can all make an impact.
PORT COMMISSION CANDIDATE FORUM HELD AT SEPTEMBER LUNCHEON
September 8, 2020
The two candidates running for the District 4 open seat on the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners attended the Candidate Forum hosted by the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral at the luncheon held on September 2nd. Democrat Paul Kellem and Republican Kevin Markey introduced themselves to attendees at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill as well as to those attending by virtual meeting. Each candidate highlighted their ties to Brevard County and their reasons for running for the seat. Kellem is a lifelong resident of Merritt Island, and currently serves as the Financial Secretary for the International Longshoreman’s Association Locals 1359 and 1860 and has worked at the port for 17 years. He stated that his knowledge of port operations and the maritime industry make him well suited for the position. Markey is also a lifelong resident of Brevard County and is an attorney who is General Counsel for Eastern Florida State College and previously served as Assistant City Attorney for Cape Canaveral and General Counsel for the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority. He believes this experience makes him well qualified for the Port Commission. Both candidates highlighted their extensive community service over the years especially with youth sports. The candidates hold similar positions on the issues and challenges facing Port Canaveral. The biggest challenge is the loss of revenue due to the shutdown of the cruise industry from the Covid-19 pandemic and both candidates support cost-cutting measures and pursuit of government grants and programs to help the port weather the storm until the cruise industry comes back.
MAC MCLOUTH NAMED 2020 MARITIME PERSON OF THE YEAR
September 2, 2020
At the September 2nd Propeller Club luncheon held at Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral recognized Malcolm “Mac” McLouth as this year’s Maritime Person of the Year. This award recognizes and honors Mac’s long history of dedication and service to Port Canaveral, including more than three decades as a port commissioner, plus eight years as a port executive. Mac served as a CPA Commissioner from 1967 to 1996, and again from 2009 to 2010. Mac also was the port’s Deputy Executive Director of Business Development from 1996 to 2000. He then was the port’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2004. The fishing pier at Jetty Park is named for McLouth, who also was a professional engineer. In Dec. 2018, Mac McLouth was honored and named as Port Ambassador Emeritus by the Port Commissioners. McLouth has years of dedicated service to the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral having served as a founding member, board member and is a Past President.
PROPELLER CLUB OF PORT CANAVERAL ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
June 9, 2020
The Propeller Club of Port Canaveral announces the four High School recipients of the 2020 Propeller Club Scholarship
Award. The members of the Class of 2020 have earned scholarships to pursue further education in the Maritime
industry and help cover tuition and educational expenses at their chosen collegiate institutions. This prestigious
group of young leaders, shares a unified goal of making a positive impact in the greater community and world.
Lori Robinson, Propeller Club President, says, “As we continue the Scholarship program, we are increasingly
assured that our future is in exceptional hands. The high-level of accomplishment is evidenced in each and
every one of our Scholars and is inspiring and truly humbling.”
The 2020 Propeller Club Scholars are:
- Mikayla Atkins, graduated from Rockledge High School and will be attending Massachusetts Maritime
Academy, majoring in Marine Transportation
- Edward (Teddy) Brunger, graduated from MCC and will be attending US Merchant Marine Academy,
majoring in Marine Engineering.
- Devon Krajewski, graduated from Rockledge High School and will be attending Massachusetts Maritime
Academy, majoring in Marine Transportation.
- Noah Ogburn, graduated from West Shore and will be attending the US Merchant Marine Academy,
majoring in Engineering.
Richard Grimison, Chairman of the Propeller Club Education Committee said “Every year we are amazed with the
incredible Maritime passion from our applicants. These young leaders exhibit a high-level of integrity and
maturity and demonstrate a positive engagement in community services. They exhibit strong leadership
qualities, are active in extracurricular activities and show strength in academics.” The Propeller Club joins these
Scholars families, friends and teachers in congratulating each of them on their achievement of earning the Propeller Club Scholarship Award.
CONGRATULATIONS RHS CLASS OF 2020
Congratulations to the Rockledge High School HELM Maritime Studies graduating Seniors Class of 2020! This talented and dedicated group of students includes the first three students to complete four years in the program, and several students who were awarded Propeller Club Scholarships and are attending maritime academies. All of these distinguished graduates have bright futures ahead! Take a look at this video compilation of the activities from this past school year!
PROPELLER CLUB OF PORT CANAVERAL CONTRIBUTES TO COVID-19 RELIEF SUPPORT
May 19, 2020
PROPELLER CLUB – Amid these challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic, your local
chapter of the International Propeller Club of the United States contributed funds to local community
partners to assist with relief efforts. Donations of $1,000 each was made to the Canaveral Port
Ministry, Community Foundation for Brevard and Brevard Schools Foundation. “From the moment
that COVID-19 began to threaten our way of life, we wanted to give back to our Community. Our
Club wanted to provide a way to support those on the front lines that can best serve those in need”
said Lori Robinson, President of the Propeller Club. The Club knows that COVID-19 is impacting
everyone in different ways, the donation aims to help stretch the increased demand for services.