History

Str. America preparing to leave for Rose Island, ca. 1927.

Str. America preparing to leave for Rose Island, ca. 1927.

A Rich History

The Propeller Club was conceived in 1922 and the Propeller Club, Port of New York, was organized January 24, 1923.  On November 7, 1927, the Propeller Club of the United States as a national and international organization was formed, with individual member clubs designated as “Ports”.  The Port of Louisville Chapter was founded in 1947 to promote a strong American Merchant Marine on the Oceans, the Great Lakes and on the Inland Waterways.

The membership comprises a cross-section of the marine and maritime industry and those interested in the preservation, development, and safety on the Ohio “River.  “Propeller” in the name refers to the propulsion of ships and is symbolic of the driving force required for Americans to appreciate an adequate, privately-owned, Merchant Marine for both overseas and domestic commerce.

The “American Merchant Marine” as interpreted by the Propeller Club includes all American flag commercial craft-on the oceans in both foreign and coastwise service, the Great Lakes and our inland waterways.

 

Mission Statement

To promote a spirit of friendship and common purpose among persons engaged in the American Merchant Marine allied industries, and the general boating public.

Past Presidents

1947–48 Mauer
1948–49 Gregory
1949–50 Bottoroff
1950–51 P.B. English
1951–52 Wood
1952–53 Sisson
1953–54 Steve Click, Jr.
1954–55 Neil Whitehead
1955–56 Sandman
1956–57 P.W. Loveland
1957–58 L.G. Droppelman
1958–59 E.F. Delozier
1959–60 C.W. Stoll
1960–61 Jack B. Latham
1961–62 W.C. Jeffries
1662–63 C. Dan Stemmerman
1963–64 Marion Webb, Jr.
1964–65 C.F. Smith, Jr.
1965–66
1966–67 J.E.V Wagner
1967–68 W.H. Clay
1968–69 A.P. Taylor
1969–70 J.R. Bleidt
1970–71 W. Clyde Glass
1971–72 T.H. Huffman
1972–73 Ray Burleson
1973–74 James Bailey
1974–75 Jack Wofford
1975–76 Linton Caufield
1976–77 C.W. Burkman
1977–78 H.S. “Sonny” Ivey
1978–79 P.H. Scholtz
1979–80 W.N. Whitlock
1980–81 P.L. Droppelman
1981–82 Kenneth Matthews
1982–83 G. Wayne McBride
1983–84 David Scholtz
1984–85 A. John Colombo
1985–86 John Aubrey
1986–87 Dennis Tinker
1987–88 Gene Allsmiller
1988–89 Charles H. Babb
1989–90 Dennis M. Hill
1990–91 Michael Fitzgerald
1991–92 David N. Scholtz
1992–93 Paul Brook
1993–94 E.C. Thirlwell
1994–95 Jerry Mueller
1996–97 Charles Lehman
1997–98 Jamie Donahue
1998–99 Greg Weeter
1999–2000 Bob Herre
2000–2001 Bob Herre
2001–2002 Frank Lewis
2002–2003 Gary Frommelt
2003–2004 Kenny Howe
2004–2005 Lee Stokes
2005–2006 Lee Stokes
2006–2007 Kevin Mullen
2007–2008 Michael Ash
2008–2009 Michael Ash
2009–2010 Jamie Donahue
2010–2011 Jack Reisz
2011–2012 Jack Reisz
2012–2013 Bob Herre
2013–2014 Bob Herre
2014–2015 Jamie Donahue

Past Maritime/Propeller Club person

2014

Maritime – Mark Kanoy
Propeller Club – John Whitehead

2013

Maritime – Jack Riesz
Propeller Club – Linda Cissna

2012

Maritime – John Waggoner
Propeller Club – Lowell Smith

2011

Maritime – Lloyd Bailey
Propeller Club – Jim Reising

2010

Maritime – Bob Herre
Propeller Club – Tim Swinney

2009

Maritime – Col. John Aubrey
Propeller Club – Michael Ash

2008

Maritime – CMDR Greg Howard
Propeller Club – Stephanie Miller

2007

Maritime – Capt. John Bingaman, USCG
Propeller Club – Rick Lewis

2006

Maritime – Capt. Paul Masterson
Propeller Club – Lee Stokes

2005

Maritime – Chuck Paris
Propeller Club – Scott Miller, Esq

2004

Maritime – USCG CMDR Terry Gilbreath
Propeller Club – John Waggoner

2003

Maritime – Bill Toutant
Propeller Club – Frank Lewis

2002

Maritime – CMDR Bill Marhoffer
Propeller Club – Greg Weeter

2001

Maritime – Jack Deck
Propeller Club – Pete Gibson

2000

Maritime – Nolen Allen
Propeller Club – Jamie Donohue

1999

Maritime – Terri Merton
Propeller Club – Kenny Howe

1998

Maritime – George McBride
Propeller Club – Capt. Kevin Muellen

1997

Maritime – Judge David Armstrong
Propeller Club – Jerry Mueller

1996

Maritime – Paul Book
Propeller Club – E C Thirlwell

1995

Maritime – Ann Adams
Propeller Club – Tom Olympia

1994

Maritime – Bill Moraine
Propeller Club – Forrest Steinlage

1993

Maritime – Ken Matthews
Propeller Club – David Scholtz

1992

Maritime – Mike Fitzgerald
Propeller Club – Wayne McBride

1991

Maritime – Joe Bobzien
Propeller Club – Skipper Ted Huffman

1990

Maritime – Dennis Cleavland
Propeller Club – C. W. Stoll

1989

Maritime – Norb Whitlock
Propeller Club – David Karem

1988

Maritime – Charlie Lehman
Propeller Club – John Aubrey

1987

Maritime – Alan Bates
Propeller Club – Clyde Glass

1986

Maritime – Charlie Babb
Propeller Club – Neil Whitehead

1985

Maritime – Martha Collins
Propeller Club – Jack Bleidt

1984

Maritime – Gene Snyder
Propeller Club – Charlie Lehman