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May 2009 Port Number 5 Chartered May 25, 1929 The Propeller Club of the United States - Port of Tampa, Inc. - P.O. Box 76985 - Tampa, FL 33675-1985

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Propeller Club, Port of Tampa Goes to Washington DC
On 27 April 2009 your Port of Tampa Propeller Club was well represented in our nation’s capitol, attending the International Propeller Club’s Annual Salute to Congress. This event is held at the beautiful and historical Congressional Country Club, hosted by the International Propeller Club to honor a member of congress who has earned recognition from us. This year’s recipient is Congressman Ike Skelton of Missouri. Congressman Skelton has been a staunch supporter of the Maritime Industry and Inland Waterway shipping as well as the US Navy and the Merchant Marine fleet that supports our efforts overseas. Two of Congressman Skelton’s sons proudly serve in the US Military. He is currently Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and is only the second member of Congress from a non-coastal state to receive the Salute to Congress award. Pictured above (l-r): Captain Allen Thompson, Mark LaFon, The Honorable Ike Skelton (Award Recipient), Janet Dougherty, Ron Kobosky and Tad Humphreys While in Washington for this event, the club’s custom is to set up meetings with our federal legislators to discuss maritime issues. Club President Mark LaFon led this year’s delegation. Accompanying Mark were Tampa Propeller Club’s Vice President Captain Allen Thompson; Southeast Region Secretary Janet Dougherty; Tampa Port Authority Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Brian Dolan and Tampa Propeller Club’s Past Presidents Tad Humphreys and Ron Kobosky.
Pictured left (l-r) Ron Kobosky, Tad Humphreys, Mark LaFon, Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Captain Allen Thompson, TPA Commissioner Brian Dolan and Janet Dougherty

The delegation held meetings with staff members of Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, Congressmen Vern Buchanan and John Mica; and directly with Representatives Kathy Castor, Adam Putnam and Gus Bilirakis. Many topics were covered with these legislators, all relevant to the Port of Tampa and the nation as a whole. Three different dredging projects in Tampa Bay were discussed in detail; deepening the Big Bend Channel to minus 34' from an existing depth of minus 32', the continued need for the Cut B widening and, with the over 70 miles of federal channels in Tampa Bay, the ongoing need for maintenance dredging. Of course, all those projects share the common need for

appropriations and that was our plea. As in the past our contingent expressed our full support of NOAA. It goes without saying how beneficial the NOAA P.O.R.T.System is, the excellent weather forecasting capabilities especially crucial to Floridians during hurricane season and many more beneficial programs too numerous to detail. The contingent also reiterated support for the Jones Act and funding for MARAD’s Title XI Program.
Pictured right: Captain Allen Thompson, Ron Kobosky, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Janet Dougherty, Mark LaFon, Tad Humphreys and TPA Commissioner Brian Dolan

All of the legislators were made keenly aware of the issues surrounding port access credentials and the fact that Florida continues to be the only state in the nation with duplicitous background checks as well as additional disqualifiers that not only prevent people from gainful employment, but have actually caused some to lose jobs they’ve held for years. Legislators were cautioned not to be misled by the changes made during this year’s Florida legislative session. The changes may appear to reduce some cost burdens and solve this vexing problem, however we believe that the compromises made are just FUPAC by another name. The amendments passed through both houses of the legislature and await Governor Crist’s signature. We can only hope that we will be able to do more next session to keep Florida Ports competitive.
Pictured left (l-r): Tad Humphreys, Mark LaFon, Janet Dougherty, Congressman Adam Putnam, Ron Kobosky, Captain Allen Thompson and TPA Commissioner Brian Dolan

Also discussed at the National level, is lack of an overall National Maritime Transportation System Investment Program. The club’s contingent made the argument that the current lack of a national strategy is not likely to change until a “top down” approach is undertaken by someone of significance. An analogy was made to how the nation’s Interstate Highway System was constructed in the 1950s due to President Eisenhower making it a priority and being the project’s Champion. Another monumental accomplishment was led by President John F. Kennedy, where he challenged the nation to land an American on the moon in less than ten years. The Maritime Industry needs its Champion in Government; someone to led the Country in developing the National Marine Highway System created by MARAD and informing the nation that the most economical way to move freight is by water. Without exception the legislators, their staff and our club’s delegation were pleased with each other’s grasp of the issues and willingness to work on them. Thank you for allowing us to represent the individuals in the Maritime Industry of Tampa. A special “thank you” to Janet Dougherty for all her time and efforts in setting up these worthwhile and productive meetings.

Annual Steak and Corn with Jack Harris
This year’s Steak and Corn was terrific. The Davis Island’s Garden Club was the site for this year’s annual Steak and Corn event – and what a great night it was. The Propeller Club, Port of Tampa’s past president’s committee headed up by past president Ron Kobosky assisted with the evening’s setup, service and clean-up. A special thanks to Joan Sheffield for “chippin’ in” and DIGC Board Member Barbie Blank.
Pictured right: Mark LaFon with Jack Harris

Our guest speaker Jack Harris literally hit the ground running. From the “get-go” he showed us why he is one of Tampa’s best known personalities. His recollection and knowledge on almost any subject is truly amazing. Jack decided that instead of a formal presentation – he would field questions from the audience. So for 45 minutes – that’s just what he did with the crowd in awe – literally hanging on every word he spoke. If you ever have a chance to visit with Jack, you will not be disappointed.
Pictured right: New Member Jay Bowling, Dennis Phelps, Jim Harper and Ron Kobosky

Propeller Club visits with Palm River Elementary School
The Tampa Port Authority, Propeller Club – Port of Tampa, Ports America & Carnival Cruise Lines participated in the Palm River Elementary School’s Strawberry Festival Palm River Elementary School celebrated its annual Strawberry Festival April 17. The Tampa Port Authority, in support of the school's mission to improve performance, participated again this year in educational outreach and augmented this year's effort by inviting the Propeller Club, Ports America and Carnival Cruise Lines. It was a beautiful afternoon and the Port of Tampa educational outreach was well received by students and faculty alike. Pictured (l-r): Doug Wray (Ports America), Kim Guimaraes (Carnival Cruise Lines), Richard Wainio & Andy Fobes (Tampa Port Authority) and Nancy Simms (Propeller Club, Port of Tampa)

2009-2010 Membership Directory & Service Guide
We have begun our “membership directory ad campaign”. If you are already an ad sponsor, thank you and we hope you’ll renew this year. If you did not advertise in our directory last year, please consider sponsoring an ad in the upcoming 2009-2010 edition. Keep you eye out for our “ad spec sheet” coming to you soon! For your convenience – you may now update your profile and update your photo on our website. Should you need some assistance with this process, please fell free to contact our website chairperson Jim Harper at (813) 264-5464.

Mike Wells Mosaic Russell Lancaster Interbay Coatings Jay Bowling US Navy

MAY 2009 New Members
Raymond F. Dennis III Wilson Miller Peter Midboe American Bureau of Shipping

James Upchurch Brisk Coffee Abram Hunt Tampa Ship LLC Tina Hazellief Global Piping

National Maritime Day Celebration
Guest Speaker VADM Brian Peterman, USCG (ret) “Merchant Mariners and Piracy – The Saga Continues” Tuesday, May 19th (see flyer enclosed)

Tuesday, June 16th Details to Follow!

Mark Your Calendar For These Events! Remember, our flyers are available on our website along with the current monthly newsletter. You’ll find both publications at

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