Our speaker for February 7, 2022 will be Capt. Jim Huber, a two time circumnavigator. Jim sails a 43 ft. Swan ketch out of Chestertown, MD. He owns, and operates a metal fabrication shop, while preparing his sailboat for another adventurer. Join us in hearing about sailing around the world. The good, bad and difficult issues confronted by Jim, as well as lessons learned.
We had a very productive meeting in January. I had the support of four past skippers to assist me in getting organized as your new Skipper. Many thanks to Skippers Kris Andracic, Alycia McGlone, CIMP, Capt. Art Whiting, and Capt. Robert Buckles for their advice and encouragement for 2022.
We discussed the direction our Club should take with Covid-19 hanging over our heads. It was decided that we would not have a Marine Insurance Seminar for this May 2022. It was suggested that we have our next seminar in January 2023, prior to the St. Petersburg Boat Show [19-22, 2023]. The Ft. Lauderdale club has been very successful in holding their Marine Insurance Seminar prior to the Boat Show in late October or early November. We are looking at 17-18 January 2023 , but we have many details to finalize prior to confirming the date. We need to confirm a location, determine costs to put on seminar, select topics and speakers, work on sponsorship, form a seminar committee, etc. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the seminar committee. Having representatives from surveying, admiralty attorneys, agents, and claims adjusting will give us ideas for topics that would interest the attendees. Please join us in putting on a great seminar for 2023. Talk with me or an officer about how you can contribute to the seminar committee.
I have some great news about Jerry Hamilton, Esq. with the law firm of Hamilton, Miller and Birthisel. Jerry has been named an outstanding admiralty attorney for 2022. As most of our members know Jerry and his firm has been a strong supporter of our Marine Insurance Seminars. As they say down under, “Good on you!”
Our monthly meetings have had low attendance for the past two years due to Covid-19. Our membership is getting older, and we need to bring in younger members for our Club to grow. During one of our meetings I was speaking with a group of surveyors, and they were saying younger people are not becoming surveyors. When I first joined the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club I made an effort to sit with the surveyors, and learn everything I could from them that would help me as a boat owner, and marine insurance agent. If you know of a young surveyor introduce him to our Club. The same applies to agents, and adjusters.
Congratulations to Raul Chacon, Esq. for being elected Skipper of the Ft Lauderdale Mariners Club for 2022.
Art Campbell, CPCU, ARM, AMIM