February 21, 2023

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our February General Membership Meeting last Tuesday, hosted by Washington Maritime Blue.  Great venue at Center for Urban Waters, great food from Southern Kitchen, and great presentations from the next wave of innovators from the maritime industry!


     Elliott Black - Air Mobility

     Makoto Eyre - Homeostasis

     Neetal Parekh - Innovat8social

     Benoit Traineau - Kara Technology (International Company)

     Pat Phelps - WhyGrene

     Community Partner:

          Joseph (Joey) Casebeer - Terrestrious



APRIL 20, 2022

The 2022 Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship competition was held on April 20 at The Fabulich Center.  Fourteen Pierce County public high schools participated.  The scholarship applicants were selected by their high school counselors and career guidance specialists.  Local businesses sponsoring students included:  Auto Warehousing Company, ILWU Local 22, Orion Marine Group, Tacoma Rail, Washington United Terminals, Jen & Chris Brown, Husky Terminal & Stevedoring, Northern Environmental, Donna & Dave Rink, and TOTE Maritime Alaska.  An additional contribution was made by Aequalis Photography, and our Event Sponsor was the Port of Tacoma.  Special recognition goes to U.S. Oil for their $4,000.00 contribution and Matson Navigation for the $3,000 contribution.

The scholarship was awarded to the student with the highest score computed by five judges for financial need, grade point average, community and school involvement, letter of recommendation, and a verbal presentation.  This year’s topic was, “For your career after graduation, if you could choose any job at or related to the Port of Tacoma, what would it be, why, and what kind of difference do you think you could make in that position?”.

The 2022 recipient of the $4,000.00 Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship award was Connor Reschke from Emerald Ridge High School.  A second-place award of $2,000.00 was presented to Brandon Baker from Eatonville High School, and third place, with an award of $1,500.00, went to Abbey Goetz of White River High School.  $200.00 cash was awarded to the following scholarship participants:  Esmeralda Marquez of Bethel High School, Elijah Harris of Curtis High School, Daniel Ige of Fife High School, Aiysha Ali of Foss High School, Ge-Sue Yang of Harrison Prep High School, Amanda Clough of Peninsula High School, Xaia Davis of Silas High School, Al’man Mohammad of Spanaway High School, Sean Carey of Stadium High School, Holland Perry of Steilacoom High School, and Kate Hettel of Sumner High School.

The total scholarship award for 2022 was $9,700 with a twenty-nine (29) year total of over $218,600.00 in cash and merchandise.

Management of the Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship is overseen by the “Past Presidents’ Club” of The International Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Tacoma chapter.  The Scholarship Committee consists of:  Ron Mason, Candy Nigretto, John Page,  Heather Shadko, and Terry Velasco.  Special thanks to Rod Koon for being our emcee for the day.

The Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship Fund is supported by contributions from the Tacoma Propeller Club, its members, local businesses, labor, memorials, private donations, and local charities and foundations.  Donations may be made to:  Tacoma Propeller Club Memorial Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 453, Tacoma, WA, 98401.paragraph here.

February General Membership Meeting