Wednesday, November 9, 2011
A club that once had thriving membership in Georgetown is gaining new life.
The Propeller Club, which last met in Georgetown around 1986, will re-form and is looking for new members.
The first meeting of the Georgetown group will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Quality Inn.
Dennis Thompson, regional vice president of the Southeast Region of Propeller Clubs said a representative of the organization will attend the meeting.
He said Georgetown has “good energy” and the needed enthusiasm to get the club started.
Recent attendees at a meeting of the Port Dredging Task Force had asked that the Propeller Club get a new start in Georgetown.
“I’m ecstatic — it is just kind of time,” Thompson said. “The meeting should be a good catalyst to get things rolling.”
James Sanderson, head of the local steelworkers union, said in an address to the Task Force that the Propeller Club was needed.
He said he contacted Thompson and immediately got a response about revitalizing the local group.
“We want to let people know that this is the initial organizational meeting,” Sanderson said.
“When it is reestablished, we will mount an aggressive membership campaign. “We have to come into compliance with the bylaws of the Propeller Club, but anybody out there can become a member of the Propeller Club. We want to have everyone educated about the issues.”
There are currently 13 Propeller Clubs spread between Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, Thompson said.
The original Georgetown club was chartered in 1973.
The national organization was started in 1927 and there are now 88 clubs worldwide, Thompson said.
“Ports are similar in many respects, but they are unique,” Thompson said. “All propeller clubs work for the good of the maritime industry.”
By Kelly Marshall Fuller