Last Month's Event

On November 13, 2014, FLMC Members and guests gathered at Bistro Mezzaluna to hear from two of our very own members. Barney Hauf, Director of Sales and Larry Acheson, President of TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale. They both gave an engaging presentation on what they do, which is more than typical salvage work. The presentation was surprising, given the breadth of work TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale does in our waters and very informative as to how they do their job. We were entertained at the old “sea stories” involving various case scenarios the two chatted about. We hope you will join us for our next luncheon, details on the first page of this Newsletter.


  
Snapshot of Upcoming Events

Monthly Luncheon ~ January 8, 2015 ~ Embassy Suites, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Click on the Events Calendar for complete details of each event
  The 2015 Slate of Officers

                                           Skipper: Kristene Lundblad

                                                                       First Mate: Brian Emond

                                                                       Purser: Michelle Otero Valdés

                                                                       Yeoman: Arlene Weicher

                                                                       Program Chair: Jonathan Dunleavy

                                                                       Bosun: Hector Ramirez

                                                                       Activities: Sandy Hoekstra

                                                                       Historian: Aimee Hoalt

                                                                      Seminar Chair: Tom Worthington

Pursuant to Article V, Section 3 of the Club’s By-Laws, the Nominating Committee shall present for consideration of the membership a slate of officers to serve the Club during the succeeding year. The Skipper may call for a voice vote if the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee is unopposed.
  By Laws

                                                                By Laws Change Proposed By a Member of the Club

The following letter was received by the Officers for presentation to the Membership for a vote. This vote shall take place at the Club’s Annual Meeting in November 2014. The By Laws provide at Article VIII, Section 2 that any  “[a]mendments to the Constitition and Bylaws and the adoption of new Bylaws shall become effective by an affirmative vote of at least 75% of those regular members present.”

September 4, 2014   [October 2, 2014 second submission]

To:    Charles Davant, Skipper
    Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club

Re:    Club By Laws. Article VII, Section 4. – Dues
    
Current By Law:
“Annual dues shall be paid upon a member’s acceptance to the Club.
Annual dues will not be pro-rated. Any member whose dues are in arrears 30 days following the February meeting is to be notified by the Purser. Failure to pay dues by the
February meeting is to be notified by the Purser. Failure to pay dues by the April meeting will result in forfeiture of active membership and the Purser shall so notify the delinquent member. A member so dropped from the Club may apply for reinstatement by a letter to the Skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10.

A member so dropped from the Club may apply for reinstatement by a letter to the skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10. The member’s name must be presented  to the membership committee and approval of reinstatement granted by an affirmative vote of that committee.”

Proposed By Law change:  Article VII Section 4, Dues
“Annual dues shall be paid upon a member’s acceptance to the Club. Annual dues will not be pro-rated. Any member whose dues are in arrears 30 days following the January meeting is to be notified by the Purser. Failure to pay dues by the February meeting is to be notified by the Purser. Failure to pay dues by the February meeting will result in forfeiture of active membership and the Purser shall so notify the delinquent member. A member so dropped from the Club may apply for reinstatement by a letter to the Skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10.

A member so dropped from the Club may apply for reinstatement by a letter to the skipper and payment of full delinquent dues plus a penalty of $10. The member’s name must be presented to the membership committee and approval of reinstatement granted by an affirmative vote of that committee.”

Reason for the change in the above By Law:
For many years, allowing members to pay their dues as late as April has imposed a burden on the First Mate in printing the Crew List in a timely manner. If the Club Newsletter states in the November, December and January Newsletter that the Club dues are due January 1, of each year this will provide plenty of notice to the members.
After the February meeting the First Mate can begin preparation for printing the Crew List. Any member not paying their dues on time will miss being in the Crew List for that year.

Art Campbell,
Past Skipper, 1992

Historical Derivation of Maritime Words and Phases


“Flotsam and Jetsam” Continued...

You will recall that last month, we discussed the phrase “flotsam and jetsam” and how these are legal terms in maritime law. In response to the article, Carlos Torres writes “I want to add that there were also two recurring characters in Joseph Wambaugh novels with the same nicknames. They were two young cops that the rest of them called ‘surfer dudes’. The other cops gave them those nicknames since they were always in the water when not working…Just one more piece of trivia regarding that article.” In these novels, the suntanned surfer-duo, nicknamed “Flotsam” and “Jetsam,” quickly form a “choiceamundo” friendship upon meeting each other. With their shared beach jive and laissez-fare attitude toward life providing the shared ground, the two are perfect partners. Despite their sometimes dangerous and risky job, Flotsam and Jetsam manage to find hilarity in even the tensest situations. Flotsam attempts to claim his love early on for a female partner-cop, at which he fails horribly. Jetsam faces off against his ex-wife’s lawyer, who tries to squeeze every last dollar out of him. The two also surf together and have nothing more than amusing run-ins with other cops of Hollywood Station.


  New Member's Corner

                                                                      
                                                                                                     David E. Irwin
                                                                                              

I am proud to be a new member of the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club. The Club and its membership are an excellent source for open exchange between marine companies and promotes a sense of respect and decorum that our local maritime professions truly deserve. While I have been aware of the Club and its activities and have known many of its members for some time, I am very happy to be joining now as my law practice develops. Thank you for the opportunity to share my background. 

In 1884 Captain Charles P. Irwin built Irwin Yacht Works in Red Bank, New Jersey. Three brothers inherited the yard and ran it during the Great Depression and World War II. The boat yard, though small, has a rich history. It survives today in the name of Irwin Marine at its original location on the Navesink River. Though I have no connection to the yard, it currently boasts that it is the oldest continually family owned marina in the United States. The youngest of the three brothers, Charles P. Irwin, Jr., moved with his family to Fort Lauderdale in the 1940s. His son, Charles P. Irwin, IV (Chuck), sold new boats for Richard Bertram before creating their own brokerage, in the late 1960s. The Chas. P. Irwin Yacht Brokerage was a stalwart in the industry for decades and helped found the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. The brokerage was known for its high level of integrity, a value highly prized by me today. So what about your new member? I am a native to Fort Lauderdale having grown up around the yachting industry, boating in our local waters and in the Bahamas. I graduated in 1990 from Florida State University with a degree in economics. After working for a local company gone big, Alamo Rent-a-Car, I became a yacht broker in the mid-1990s. While brokering I became interested in the law. At times, I worked with some of the well-known maritime attorneys in order to close yacht transactions. In 2000 I decided to give up my broker’s license for a career in the law with a focus on our south Florida maritime industry. I graduated Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern’s Shepard Broad Law Center and have been occupied with maritime law ever since. Before heading out on my own I worked with outstanding attorneys at the prestigious law firms of Adorno and Yoss, Conrad and Scherer and Kelley/Uustal. While focused on maritime, my practice is fairly broad, covering transactions, yacht finance and all matters of civil litigation. Please feel free to contact me, or find me at one of our Club lunches and I would be happy to tell you more. I look forward to getting to know you.

  Nautical Dates

November 1, 1974                             November 9, 1942
     Safety of Life at Sea                               Liberty ship ROBERT E.

(SOLAS) convention adopted                    PEARY built in 4 ½ days

November 10, 1975
S.S. EDMUND FIZGERALD sinks

With all 29 crewmembers aboard

 November 14, 1851                           November 17, 1820
       Herman Melville’s                               Captain Nathaniel Palmer on

“Moby Dick” is published                       HERO first to see Antartica

November 19, 1989
Amendments to the International Regulations for

Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) come into force
In the U.S. 

November 21, 1916
TITANIC’s sister ship BRITANNIC

Sunk by a mine

November 28, 1520
Magellan reaches Pacific Ocean

Items of Interest
-Please submit your newsletter ideas and items of interest
-Please email childhood photos of yourself or other members
Send all items to the 2014 Editor, Michelle Otero Valdez at mov@chaloslaw.com

  
The Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club Proudly Supports:

Boys & Girls Club of Broward County
Fort Lauderdale Sea Cadets, Spruance Division
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
MIASF Waterway Cleanup
MIASF Plywood Regatta
ReThink + ReUse Center
South Broward High School Skills USA Program
Seafarer’s House Fort Lauderdale
Shake-A-Leg Miami
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association