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Re: Last Call: Pacific Merchant Marine Council Luncheon Mini-fundraiser March 15

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    Thank you too members and friends who have made reservations. I will have council nametags for you. Please bring those pin-on type holders you likely no longer
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      Thank you too members and friends who have made reservations. I will have council nametags for you. Please bring those pin-on type holders you likely no longer need. Also maritime magazines and books are appreciated by both the Arkansas Division Sea Cadets and the International Maritime Center.
      Items for the drawing always appreciated to go along with 50-50 split of the cash.
      Anticipate some live music!
      We will vote on adopting the nation's great passenger liner SS UNITED STATES. Hope to have the council's Plank Owner certificate by then.
      Additional council 2010 directors will be installed.
      There will be a Toys for Tots drum rollout; if you care to donated unwrapped toys or some $$$, Karen Freitas, Vice President - Youth Activities, will gladly accept your contribution.
      I will have NLUS lapel pins for resale if you have misplaced yours.
      Last but not least, we will be presenting a council check to the IMC.
      Heave Ho,
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 4:51 PM
      Subject: Last Call: Pacific Merchant Marine Council Luncheon Mini-fundraiser March 15

      Thanks to all from other councils who have notified us of your intentions to attend. Sam Sause, Gary Wong, and the staff at the IMC has put a lot into the special event. If you could pass the word one last time, it would be appreciated.
      If you have changed your mind from no or maybe, please telephone or E-mail Sam today. As indicated, the headcount is critical to determine the amount of food to prepare and chairs to set up.
      In my estimation, the view out the windows of the IMC and from the deck is worth the price of the lunch. Then there is the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on the western waterfront at the site of the former Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. Afterwards be sure to pay a short visit to the the Anti-aircraft Cruiser USS OAKLAND (CL-05) Memorial in the Port's . You will find the ship's mast and when you stop you can examine the signage and ship's nameplate.
      This is the first of our council's 2010 activities and events - all centered on the theme borrowed from the International Maritime Organization, "2010 Year of the Seafarer."
      Heave Ho,
      Phelps Hobart, President
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council
      (916) 739-6949 | PMMC at cwo dot com
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council

      Navy League of the United States

      “Citizens in Support of the Sea Services”

      You're invited to lunch at the International Maritime Center


      •        What: Mini-fundraiser for the International Maritime Center (IMC)

      •        When Monday, 15 March ~ 1130 Meet and Greet, 1200 Lunch
      •        Where: International Maritime Center,
      4001 7th Street, Berth 40, Port of Oakland, Outer Harbor at the end of 7th Street in Point View Park
      •        Menu: Five course Chinese feast – You won't be disappointed
      •        Cost: $25 advance reservation by check or telephone. $30 without
      reservation. $15 for those joining the PMMC Council day of lunch
      Opportunity To Win: Winner Splits 50/50 cash raffle with the IMC

      •        Dress: Business or casual

      •        Transportation: Carpooling available from San Francisco and Palo Alto

      •        Program: Outreach to Seafarers, the first of the council “2010 - The Year of the Seafarer” activities. Come meet and hear IMC Program Coordinator Jim Lindgrin and IMC Community Relations Coordinator Adrienne Yee tell us about how they, along with 20 volunteers and two chaplains, are part of a vast but little known networkof centers at seaports around the world that provide hospitality and outreach to seafarers. The Oakland International Maritime Center is carrying on a tradition of caring for seafarers in the San Francisco Bay area that started in the 1850s. This like the other centers is vital to the quality of the seafarer’s life. You will also viewthe Oakland Outer Harbor up close and personal: container ships, cranes and container haulers moving containers in and out of the piers. Drive around the waiting trucks or you won’t make lunch.
      •       RSVP: Head count is important; the meal will be catered by Navy Leaguer Gary Wong. Make check payable to Sam Sause then mail it to Program Chair Sam Sause, Senior Vice President, Pacific Merchant Marine Council, 816 Grand Street, Alameda CA 94501. Telephone (510) 865-0993 | E-mail samsause at sbcglobal dot net



      Oakland Nonprofit Serves Urgent Needs of Ship Workers

      Then the Cosco Busan struck the Bay Bridge last November, scores of community and environmental groups rushed to respond to the emergency.

      By Paul Duclos

      Local shippers, meanwhile, were checking on the condition of their cargo and contacting insurance companies. State and federal law enforcement agencies banded together to determine culpability and the parties that will be brought to justice.

      But scant attention was paid to the one human factor in this episode: the immediate fate of the ship’s crew.

      It seems to take an extraordinary event to bring even the slightest attention on the ordinary seaman, said Dr. Jim Lindgren, executive director of the International Maritime Center (IMC), a charitable and religious nonprofit at the Port of Oakland. Most people don’t realize the incredible hardship these men face day in and day out.

      The Busan, like so many other vessels coming through the Golden Gate, was sailing under a flag of convenience, which permits the owners to hire non-union crews from developing countries who are paid lower wages. Shipping industry analysts estimate that two-thirds of today’s commercial fleets are manned by seamen coming from developing nations. According to Lindgren, what little money they manage to save is mostly sent home to help support their families.

      This means that the bulk of our work is taking care of the basic needs of seafarers, said Lindgren. When they arrive at our center, they are free to use our phones and Internet to communicate with their loved ones. We also provide a non-threatening place for them to socialize and relax between voyages. Given the fast pace of today’s vessel deployments, that can mean only a day or less.

      If there’s more time, we can provide transportation for them to reach local shopping areas, said Lindgren. It’s costly, but a very important part of what we do. Thanks to donations, we also have clothes here for them to take back on board when they leave.

      These are the lucky ones, however. Owing to the heightened state of today’s security, those seamen without visas are not even permitted to leave their vessels. That’s when Lindgren and his team go out to the berths at the ports of Oakland and Richmond to bring seamen cell phones for calls to home.

      Another part of the IMC’s work is advocacy.  It works together with other chaplains and the Center for Seafarers Rights to lobby for positive changes in the law that will affect seafarers.  All of the four IMC agencies are members of the North American Maritime Ministry Association, which in turn is a member of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA).  ICMA is an advisory organization to the United Nations International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organizations of the U.N.

      This grass roots intelligence is very helpful to the ILO and IMO in addressing human rights needs, says Lindgren. We are not about the business of proselytizing but of providing hospitality and advocacy, says Lindgren.

      The four agencies that make up the IMC each serve seamen of many nationalities and faiths: One has a full time Catholic chaplain who speaks Vietnamese and Tagalog. Another is connected with the Episcopal Church and manages the Center as well as provides volunteers. Yet another is connected to the Korean Presbyterian Church and headed by a retired Korean Navy Officer and minister who speaks Korean, Chinese and Japanese. The last is connected to the American Baptist Church.

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