On March 3, 2010 we lost one of our close friends, Henk van Hemmen.
Henk and his wife Trudy were amongst our earliest members and supported NMHA both financially and by assisting us with all our activities.
Over the years Henk enjoyed participating in the Wooden Boat Fest and helped build countless boats and hundreds of paddles with kids of all ages. He particularly enjoyed working with at-risk youth at these events, knowing that being able to build a boat can be a deeply meaningful first step for young adults to realize that control of one's destiny is dependent on skills. He deeply believed that confidence in one's ability to acquire new skills will make the difference in one's life.
His unique seaman-like style as a teacher and his ability to interact with kids of all ages will be greatly missed.
For donations to NMHA in Henk's memory please go to the paypal button at the bottom of this page or mail your donation to Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, P.O. Box 6498, Fair Haven, NJ 07704.
Your donations are tax deductible and will be used in direct support of NMHA's community programs.