Minutes of October, 2016 Meeting

  • Posted on: 26 February 2017
  • By: Spencer Anderson

Minutes of October 2016 Meeting
Philadelphia Ship Model Society

The October 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sick call was conducted. Jim Wheeler, Vice President, introduced a guest speaker for the meeting porgram, Dan Cashin.
Dan Cashin spoke on Military War Heroes, focusing on the unrecognized sacrifices of so many in our area that were associated with ship building and the Merchant Marine. There was animated discussion with many joining in conversation on the history of ship building activity along the Delaware River, the astounding number of casualties, ships built and ships lost. 21 major ship yards were at one time active along the Delaware, but it is now down to one. Some 10,000 people were lost of which 5100 were military,and 2800 were of the Merchant Marine. The Merchant Marine suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch serving in World War II.
Dan was born in South West Philadelphia, and now lives in Havertown. He went to local schools and started as an Apprentice Rigger at the Navy yard in 1966 at the age of 17. He became Apprentice Instructor in 1981, and retired when facilities closed in 1995. He then shifted over to doing training for the College Consortium for Workforce Development of which the new yard is a major client. He spent 50 plus years on the waterfront docking, fixing and building ships, anb also does Navy Reenacting/Living History for the Civil War and Revolutionary periods.

Show 'N Tell

Photos will be posted to the web site.

Old Business

The Treasurers report was approved.

Joe Jordan indicated model shack volunteers were needed

Spencer Anderson reported on the success of the Coast Day fun run. Revenues from the event were used to purchase trophies and two new canvass gazebo shelters for use in this and future events.

New Business

A swap table was set up with all sales directly between members.

It was determined that a slate of nominees for 2017 officers should be prepared for the membership to act on at the November meeting.

The November meeting will include the annual White Whale sale.

Approval was granted for scheduling the annual holiday brunch at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Mike Flynn, will be invited as a guest from the Independence Seaport Museum.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Spencer Anderson
Recording Secretary