Prior Months' Events 

March Luncheon

History of Fort Lauderdale Maritime Community

The March 2016 luncheon featured former 2004 Skipper Tom Gleason. Mr. Gleason presented a discussion on the history of the maritime community in Broward County. Of particular interest was the historical background of the Bahia Mar Resort and Marina. Mr. Gleason told story of how the resort was once an army fort that later became a house of refuge for shipwrecked sailors. During prohibition the U.S. Coast Guard moved in to fight the rum smugglers and in fact one of the smugglers was hanged for killing an officer during a midnight run. Please keep this in mind next time you are sitting on the pool deck at the Bahia Mar enjoying a rum runner!


After grueling nomination proceedings.... the membership committee includes Michelle Otero Valdes, Shary Patton and Craig Kartiganer. Please congratulate them and thank them for their service to our club.

Snapshot of Upcoming Events

June 4, 2016 - DINNER CRUISE

June 18, 2016 - MIASF 3rd Annual Marine Industry Day


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  Club Worthy Info  


History of Fort Lauderdale 




The scuttlebutt is a cask on a ship containing the vessel's drinking water. It was named this as the 
container was traditionally a small barrel, the so-called "butt," which had been "scuttled" -- had a hole made in it -- so water could be accessed. As sailors would often gather around the scuttlebutt to chat, the word has also taken on a slang meaning of rumor or gossip.


The club donated the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History to the main library in Fort Lauderdale. The 4 volume set was chosen for the 2008 Dartmouth Medal recipient. The medal, donated by Dartmouth College and presented by the Reference and User Services Association, is given for creating current reference works of outstanding quality and significance. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History is the first English language scholarly reference log of its kind. Its four volumes hold a cargo of nearly one thousand signed entries and four hundred illustrations. It contains all the seafaring topics you may expect, and many you may not. Not only did the international crew of naval, academic, and independent authors achieve their goal of creating an interdisciplinary resource, they also made it fun.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History: 4 Volume Set by John B. Hattendort (Hardcover - April 2, 2007) 

Items of Interest

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A Side Note to All…
For a number of years now, the club has made it a practice to send all communications to our members via email. Recently a number of club members have expressed that they are having problems receiving some or all club emails. If you have any reason to believe that you are not receiving these emails please check the following:

1. Your membership profile

• Log into your membership profile through the club website:
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• Check to see that the it says “Yes” next to “Allow Club Email”

If you are having trouble logging in or don’t recall your log in username or password, please contact the First Mate, Michelle Otero Valdes, for assistance. (Contact information below.)

2. Your email spam filter setting

• Make sure the email address below is on your spam filter’s list of allowed addresses.
• Be sure to add the email address below to your “safe sender” or “white list” with your e-mail provider.
• Make sure the following IP addresses are listed in your email system’s “white list”:

If you have checked the items above and are still having trouble receiving emails, please the First Mate, Michelle Otero Valdes for assistance.

Michelle Otero Valdes
FLMC First Mate

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