On December 10, 2019, The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk announced the Propeller Club Norfolk Judy Barrett Fund at the organization’s annual meeting.
Named in honor of the club’s long-time officer and board member, Judy Barrett, the fund will support the Nauticus Foundation’s Sail Nauticus program. Sail Nauticus serves as a community sailing center and school for a diverse group of need-based students from Hampton Roads. These students are provided an experiential form of education that develops academic, social, and leadership skills through sailing and STEM principles while introducing them to careers in the maritime industry.
For nearly 20 years, Judy has served on the Propeller Club Port of Norfolk’s board in several capacities, including board member, secretary, and advisor. She also represented the Norfolk chapter on the International Propeller Club board, where she served as regional vice president and treasurer for ten years. She has volunteered countless hours of her time to ensure the club’s success, directly impacting donations to numerous local maritime charities.
Judy is a Hampton Roads native and senior vice president of private banking for Townebank’s Norfolk corporate offices. In addition to the Propeller Club, she has served on the boards of the Virginia Maritime Association, Festevents, Nauticus, the Schooner Virginia, and Park Place School—which is a non-profit organization that benefits at-risk students. The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk established this fund in recognition of Judy’s dedication to the community and her passion for serving others.
“I am extremely honored that The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk has created an endowment in my name to ensure that local children are able to attend the Nauticus Sailing program for many years to come,” said Judy. “Without this program, many children would not be exposed to water safety, learning to sail, and establishing life skills through teamwork both on land and water. Words can’t express enough how much I appreciate this kind gift and legacy. I will treasure this always and watch it grow with contributions.”
If you are interested in contributing to the Propeller Club Norfolk Judy Barrett Fund, please contact Nauticus Development Director Rehn West at Rehn.West@norfolk.gov.