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Winter 2011 Crew of MV Fantasy Star Assists US Coast In This Issue: Guard in Rescuing Brunswick Fishermen Christmas is a time of giving and the crew willingly diverted 22 the crew of the M/V Fantasy Star miles off course to reach the truly gave a gift to two unknown stranded fishing vessel and stood fishermen on Christmas Day. The by to assist the two men aboard Fantasy Star was en route to the it. They waited patiently for over Port of Brunswick from Canada nine hours until the Coast Guard when the crew received a call for Vessel arrived at the scene. The assistance from the U.S. Coast Coast Guard towed the vessel to Guard. Tybee Island, and the crew of A local fishing vessel's engine M/V Fantasy Star were free to had failed and was stranded 32 go. miles off the coast of Brunswick. Tired, behind schedule, but The fishing vessel was unable to thankful to have helped with a maintain radio contact with the rescue mission, Captain Coast Guard and the Fantasy Star Pagansan finally docked the was asked to provide assistance vessel at Colonel's Island. and relay messages to the Coast Captain Pagansan displays the Guard station in Jacksonville, proud tradition of the seafarer Florida. who drops everything to assist Captain Arsenio Pagansan and another in time of need. Staff & Volunteers A Message From The Executive Director Greg Smilski From The Desk of Greg Smilski Executive Director I would like to wish CDC issues. We are looking Robert Randall Director of Volunteer Services everyone a happy and forward to our next training Pastor Jim Adkins prosperous New Year. After session on Seaport Safety Port Chaplain the “International Night Out Issues scheduled for Karen E. MacLeod Annual Dinner,” I thought February 9th. Office Administrator things would slow down a The Board of Trustees Eleanor Barringer bit – WRONG!!! I didn't and our Chairman, Bill Advisory Assistance realize how involved we are Dawson, would like to Bob Patton with the “Christmas at Sea welcome our two new Board Coordinator of Transportation Program.” It's like being one Members, Mike Murphy and of Santa's elves collecting Corey Myers. Joe Hudock and preparing Christmas moved to Brunswick from Vehicle Maintenence Corey moved to Louisville, Kentucky in “Ditty Bags” for our visiting Brunswick from Augusta Jack McConnell seafarers. What a wonderful 2008. In September 2008, Resource & Development two months ago with his and enlightening experience Mike opened Mike Murphy wife Mandy and their two Jan Saltzgaber it is to see the community Kia in Brunswick. In 1999, Director of Special Projects children, Courtlyn and participation that goes on Camden. Corey is originally Mike was ordained as a Jan & Allan Warsing “behind the scenes” to from Saint Mary's and Deacon in the Catholic Store Inventory & Purchasing prepare these gifts. graduated with a degree in Church. As a Deacon, he has served on the Pregnancy Paul Rinnert Churches, community Biology from Georgia Clothing Closet Inventory organizations and Southern where he played Center Board as their individuals stream in and out football for three years – go Spiritual Director, and has Barbara Harrison, of the doors at Newcastle also served as a Jail Chaplin. Elaine Sanborn, & Anne Low Eagles!!! Corey has worked Nursing Program Street. I would like to thank for Wal-Mart for 17 years He currently serves as a our Director of Volunteers, and is the new Manager of Deacon at Saint Francis Angus Campbell Robert Randall, for our Brunswick store. He has Xavier Church, Brunswick. Technical Support / IT coordinating this ministry to also served on the Board of Mike is a Rotary Club the crewmen and all of you Directors for the Augusta Member, and President of Board of Directors who participated. Salvation Army and was the the Georgia Right to Life, Again, many thanks to Public Relations Chairman Glynn County Chapter. Rick Caauwe the MacLeod's; Karen, Andy for the “100 Black Men of The International and Sally for the wonderful William B. Dawson Augusta." Seafarers' Center wishes to December 14th Scottish Mike is married to thank these two outstanding Mickey Fedorko Christmas Party. Over 64 Delores and has two adult men for sharing of their time volunteers enjoyed and leadership talents with Nick Hart children and four “Rumpledethumps,” “Cock- our ministry to the seafarers. John H. Galland a-leekie Soup, “ and a Wee grandchildren. The family bit of Scram while trying not Rick Haines to get “Scuppered.” Call Karen for a translation. Henry Harvey Our “End of Year Jack McConnell Appeal” collected $5,235 towards the purchase of a Mike Murphy new air conditioner needed Corey Myers for our Newcastle Center. We are truly blessed with Dr. Jan Saltzgaber generous individuals who are willing to support our James Vivenzio ministry. George Yarborough On November 17th, Annette Neu, Director of Emergency Preparedness for A special welcome to our GA Dept. of Public Health gave a wonderful newest member of the presentation to 30 volunteers Board of Directors, on Health Awareness and Mr. Corey Myers! (912) 267-0631 1 www.seafarercenter.org The Chaplain's Compass by Pastor Jim Adkins gifts reflect the real meaning of Christmas as expressed in these If you have visited the scriptures: International Seafarers' Center recently you will have noticed the John 3:16 (NJB) 16 abundance of ditty bags and For this is how God loved the Christmas boxes filling every corner world: he gave his only Son, so that of the facility. These gifts were everyone who believes in him may given to every seafarer coming into not perish but may have eternal life. the Port of Brunswick from Thanksgiving Day until Epiphany. God's gift of His Son was His They were provided by local ultimate expression of His love for churches, families, schools, and the world He created. When we give civic groups. of ourselves, our time and our Those who delivered these gifts substance, we are reflecting God- were met with heart-felt gratitude like character. He gave His best to from the seafarers. These simple us. "Father, thank you for being a generous God. Help us to be givers and not takers in the world. Let us learn to share our lives with others on every occasion, and by so doing, we'll demonstrate an expression of Your nature and love for all." Amen. In Loving Memory members. just by being herself. Her funeral service was held in Myrtle will be greatly missed by the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons everyone whose life she touched Funeral Home and was conducted with her loving heart and warm by her Pastor, Rev. Todd Garner of smile. One thing is for sure, Myrtle Golden Isles Church of God. The was a “one-of-a-kind” spirit, and pews were filled with her many one of the most genuine and kind friends, family, and those whose hearted people you could meet. lives she touched with her joyful There will never be another Myrtle. spirit and many hugs. Myrtle began volunteering at the International Seafarers' Center in 2002, and quickly made this On December 29th, a longtime ministry an important part of her friend and volunteer of the life. When she was at the Center, International Seafarers' Center, anyone nearby would get a hug, a Myrtle Newbern, passed away at story, and sometimes, if you were SGHS Hospital surrounded by her lucky, a song. I'm sure she made three daughters and other family many seafarers feel right at home, (912) 267-0631 2 www.seafarercenter.org Stranded in Brunswick: An EconoLodge Christmas Arman is a Chief Cook from the Phillipines; "I had to leave home on December 19th to begin my contract. We had an early family Christmas before I left, but it's not quite the same. My brother will be home with the family this Christmas, at least." says Arman, wistfully glancing at the clock. At age 39, he has been a merchant mariner for the last 14 years. It has helped him support his wife and four sons. In fact, his two oldest sons aspire to be seafarers as well! His 19 year old son is in his last year at a merchant marine school near Manila, and hopes to become a chief cook like his father. Spending Christmas in an Pastor Jim Adkins, dressed as Arman's brother is also a cook EconoLodge motel in a foreign Santa Claus, Greg Smilski, aboard a merchant vessel. country with someone you just Muriel Christin and Karen "Cooking and seafaring run in met sounds like the plot of a MacLeod went to visit with our blood!" Arman laughs. holiday blockbuster, but for He and his brother grew up in Arman and Mladn the day Arman Denguza and Mladn the kitchen - they learned a love before Christmas Eve. They Salvove, this was no movie of cooking while helping run a brought more phone cards, family restaurant in Manila. script. snacks, and Christmas packages. The two seafarers had the Unfortunately, the restaurant Pastor Jim extended an could not survive anymore on unfortunate luck of arriving in invitation to these gentlemen to the local economy, and it shut America four days before their vessel did. Carolina Shipping join them for a Christmas Eve down. Arman and his brother Company provided them with church service and Christmas took their culinary abilities to the motel rooms and Denny's dinner with him and his wife sea, and enlisted as cooks aboard Restaurant meal cards. Donna. Muriel Christin, one of a merchant vessel. Volunteers and staff from the the center's enthusiastic "We have never been on the Center decided to pitch in and do volunteers, invited them to a same vessel," he chuckles, what they could to make Christmas Day brunch and "Because we are cooks, and they Christmas a little brighter for church service at Zion Baptist say too many cooks will spoil the these gentlemen. Church. broth." . (912) 267-0631 3 www.seafarercenter.org Volunteer Tales The Best Christmas seafarers coming off the vessel and into the center. Being young crewmen, I noted that he represented a sort of surrogate by Anne Low, RN MS Christmas, it was the best of days, paternal figure to these young and everyone who came into the men. With his graying hair and center held such a worldwide wise eyes, he must appear to them warmth. They all wanted to use as a father on foreign soil, the computers and phones to talk someone to seek advice from, with family back home, but they someone to consult with. also wanted to talk with us. It's amazing how strangers can I sat down and began speaking make such a difference in each with one seafarer in particular. He others' lives. This was, for my was lonesome and missing his records, the best Christmas Day girlfriend terribly. He asked me yet. I felt so fortunate to for advice on how to handle love experience the true heart of what while being so far away from his the International Seafarers' Center darling. Did I know? I did my is all about. Last winter, I volunteered to be best, and answered his questions at the Center on Colonel's Island as best I could. I think just having for Christmas morning. I was someone with whom to sit down accompanied by my husband, and and speak about it was what made fellow volunteer, Tom. We've the biggest difference to this turned volunteering into a couples fellow. activity- and it's always more fun My husband, Tom, also got that way! approached for advice and a There was a Filipino-crewed listening ear that day. As he sat vessel in port, with plenty of outside in the sun chatting with Bob Meyer gets into the Christmas Spirit! St. Francis hosted a holiday party for crew. Paul Rinnert shows a boy scout what goes St. Simons United Methodist Church gave Three very happy seafarers head back into a Christmas at Sea Ditty Bag over 120 presents for Christmas at Sea! to their vessel, gifts in hand! (912) 267-0631 4 www.seafarercenter.org 5 Thank You! Every year the International presents to 60 different ships. The Special thanks to our Chaplain, Seafarers' Center, with help from presents were provided by more Jim Adkins, who delivered numerous community groups and than 60 different churches, presents to several ships while individuals, delivers a Christmas community organizations, school dressed as the Jolly Santa Man present to every seafarer who classes, agencies, businesses, himself! arrives in the Port of Brunswick families, and individuals. Our Even more thanks to everyone between Thanksgiving and volunteers always enjoy delivering who so generously contributed Orthodox Christmas (January 6th). these presents, as the seafarers toward making this Christmas This year we again set a new express such gratitude and season more enjoyable for our record, delivering a total of 1,290 happiness upon receiving them. seafaring friends. (912) 267-0631 6 www.seafarercenter.org RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION US Postage Paid BRUNSWICK, GA PERMIT 612 Brunswick Port Society, Inc. International Seafarers’ Center 307 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520 (912) 267-0631 www.seafarercenter.org The International Seafarers' Center Would Like To Thank For Being Such A Generous Supporter Of Our Ministry!