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Thanksgiving Dinner 2019

The Annual Thanksgiving dinner, hosted by the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce took place on Monday 25 November 2019 at the Grande Bretagne Hotel.

Cocktails were served in the Royal Room and Thanksgiving dinner was held in the impressive Ballroom of the historic Athenian hotel. The dinner was an opportunity for almost 400 members, guests, family and friends of the two institutions to come together and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner in a truly festive atmosphere. During his warm and inspiring welcome speech, the President of the Propeller Club, Mr. Costis Frangoulis congratulated Mr. Nikolas Bakatselos who was elected President of the American Hellenic Chamber earlier this year and expressed his wish to work closely with him in supporting the Chamber’s mission of strengthening the commercial ties between Greece and the USA. Mr. Frangoulis referred to the role of shipping and the love of the sea and its people as a means of coming together, united as a family. He expressed his appreciation and respect for the people working in the maritime industry.  He then invited everyone to share around their table one thing for which they feel true gratitude.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it” he said, quoting William Arthur Ward.

Before closing his short speech, Mr. Frangoulis extended his special thanks to the Ambassador of the United States, the Honorable Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt for his valuable contribution to the Propeller Club and in bringing the people of Greece and the USA closer together.


About The Propeller Club

The idea was conceived in New York, in 1922, by a group of professionals engaged in the merchant marine industry who gathered frequently at luncheons to discuss mutual issues and the future of shipping.

These meetings gradually developed into the Propeller Club of the United States, which aims at the promotion and furtherance of the American merchant marine and international shipping in general, as a symbol of mankind’s efforts to ring for a better world through commerce and industry.

“Propeller” refers to the propulsion of ships, and is symbolic of the driving force required to achieve the Club’s objectives. Today there is a Propeller Club in almost every sea and inland port in the United States, as well as in 33 cities throughout the world. The Propeller Club’s world headquarters is located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus was founded in 1935 as a non-profit charity Association. The Club cooperates closely with the Union of Greek Shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping, the Hellenic Short-Sea Shipowners Association, the Hellenic American Chamber etc. to promote Maritime Relations, Commerce, Goodwill and Cultural relations between citizens of Greece, the U.S. and all other countries represented by their members. The net income of the Club is fully distributed with fairness and transparency to charities and scholarships to students, primarily from naval families.