September 24, 2015
MWA Presents Lifetime Appreciation Award

credit: Jill Lang
Captain Doug Lee presented the Lifetime Appreciation Award to Gene McKeever at the Camden Windjammer Festival over Labor Day Weekend.

During the opening ceremony of the Camden Windjammer Festival on September 4, the captains in the Maine Windjammer Association presented their first-ever Lifetime Appreciation Award to Gene McKeever for his commitment to helping the windjammer fleet with their insurance needs.

credit: Jill Lang
Left to right: Capt. Dennis Gallant, Capt. Barry King, Capt. Linda Lee, Gene McKeever, Capt. Kip Files, Capt. Doug Lee, Capt. Brenda Thomas, Capt. Noah Barnes. Front Row: Gene McKeever’s grandson Jonathan, Captain Brenda’s daughter Kamea.

Gene, who specializes in marine insurance at Allen Insurance and Financial, has worked with the members of the Maine windjammer fleet for more than three decades; the award cites his "many years of dedication and service to the Maine windjammer fleet."

Managing the insurance for an historic wooden, passenger sailing vessel can be challenging at times, said Captain Doug Lee of the Schooner Heritage as he presented the award. "But Gene always answers every question and handles every detail with pleasure and care," said Lee, noting that Gene was the unanimous choice for the award.

The idea of honoring an individual for his or her dedication to the industry came about last winter during one of the captains meetings. The eight members embraced the idea of creating an MWA “Hall of Fame” as a way to express their gratitude to the special people who go the extra mile to help the Maine windjammer fleet.

Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden has been a friend to the windjammer industry since 1963.

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