By: MIASF Staff
Date posted: May 31, 2019 Fri
Maritime Monday on May 6th was held on the New River at the Boathouse at the Riverside with a special Turquoise Takeover theme in support of the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE campaign to spread lung cancer awareness during the week of May 12th – 18th. Many thanks to all who attended and sported turquoise clothing or accessories and additional thanks to those who made a donation.
MIASF Annual Meeting
MIASF held its Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 18th at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. More than 200 members and guests in Derby-themed attire packed the Preakness Stakes Viewing Party during cocktail hour before moving to the elegantly decorated ballroom for the evening’s dinner and festivities.
Steve Shapiro, WSVN 7 NEWS weekday sports anchor, served as master of ceremonies and kept the event moving smoothly throughout the presentations. The 2019-2020 MIASF Board of Directors was announced and the annual Golden Anchor and Awards of Excellence were presented to this year’s winners.
Phil Purcell discussed the year in review and introduced the association’s newly appointed vice president, James Maitland, formerly of Oceanmax. Additionally, the winner of the Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship, Morgan Short from Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanology, was recognized for her work on corals.
Special video presentations included an MIASF Year in Review compilation, a Salty Jobs sizzle reel, and a tribute to Frank and Gertrude Denison, posthumous winners of the Golden Anchor Award, for their contribution to the marine industry through Broward Marine.
With many guests suggesting at the end of the evening that this was MIASF’s best Annual Meeting yet and questioning how we might top it, we say, Challenge Accepted! Mark your calendars for next year, Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel to celebrate our 60th Anniversary!
American Boating Congress
National Marine Manufacturers Association’s American Boating Congress was held on May 13th through 15th in Washington. D.C. MIASF staff members, Lori Wheeler and Patience Cohn, attended informative workshops and plenary sessions, as well as visited elected officials, staff members, and regulatory agencies on issues that impact recreational boating.