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A letter from Cleveland Lodge 4 Fundraising Committee

Cleveland Lodge No. 4 of the International Ship Masters’ Association (ISMA) will be hosting ISMA’s annual Grand Lodge Convention in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, January 27-29, 2022.  These dates will dovetail with Lake Carriers’ Association annual winter meetings, so we expect over 200 members and guests to attend.  The Great Lakes marine industry’s presence will be on display at our convention. 


ISMA is a voluntary organization of licensed professional mariners and others associated with the vessel industry on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.  It acts as a collective voice on navigation, safety and other related matters throughout our waterways.  We also promote the advancement of professional mariners by awarding scholarships to candidates preparing for licensed careers in the industry.  Learn more about the organization by visiting its website at


The ISMA convention provides an opportunity for its licensed Great Lakes members from both the US and Canada to discuss maritime matters, conduct the organization’s business, renew relationships, and make new friends among fellow mariners.  It also preserves the history of the organization, roots of which date to 1883, by conducting a ceremonial induction of a new Grand Lodge President. Captain William J. Rabatsky, a veteran 42-year unlimited license holder, will be elected to this position for the ensuing year. He has broad experience that encompasses cargo ships, towing vessels large & small, passenger vessels and land-based segments of the Great Lakes maritime industry.  He is still active as a tug captain for Shoreline Contractors, Inc. a Cleveland marine construction company.


Hosting the ISMA annual Grand Lodge convention requires adequate funding.  Convention registration fees alone fall way short of covering the expenses of food, beverage and entertainment.  Therefore, Cleveland Lodge No. 4 would sincerely appreciate a monetary donation toward our January 2022 event. Please see the link below if you’re interested in sponsoring a meeting break, breakfast buffet or cocktail hour where your company name and logo will be displayed.  You may also purchase tables of ten for preferred seating at our formal Grand Lodge Ball on Friday, January 29th, 2022. Please mail your donation to the above address.

Thank you for your support!


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Please fill out form with a check made out to:

ISMA Cleveland Lodge 4

P.O. BOX 451399

Westlake, OH 44145

All donors receive prominent recognition as a convention sponsor during meals and in our 2022 Convention program book. 

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Please fill out form with a check made out to:

ISMA Cleveland Lodge 4

P.O. BOX 451399

Westlake, OH 44145

All donors receive prominent recognition as a convention sponsor during meals and in our 2022 Convention program book. You can also place an

ad in our program book that will be seen by thousands in the Great Lakes marine community. 




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Cleveland, Ohio 44114


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Dear ISMA Members,


Cleveland Lodge 4 is hosting the 2022 Grand Lodge Convention at the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown.  We will be in the heart of what once was the center of Great Lakes shipping where most major U.S. shipping companies had their offices.  This provides Lodge 4 the opportunity to showcase what the Cleveland maritime community now has to offer.


We have arranged three fun filled nights of entertainment.  Thursday features dinner, a speaker, and a bit of comic relief.  Friday evening will showcase the formal Grand Ball, always a highlight of a ISMA convention. A keynote speaker will follow dinner and the evening entertainment will be a local nine-piece show band in Cleveland’s version of the Blue Water Kings. After a festive Grand Ball, spouses and guests will wake up to enjoy a leisurely Saturday brunch. Then, a unique experience will be provided to our guests, as they will have an outing to Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 1200 to 1600. The Rock Hall is conveniently located around the corner from our hotel location, which is located at 1111 Lakeside Ave. E. While at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ISMA convention attendees will experience a private reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails on the lower level overlooking Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor. Guests will have access to all levels of the museum and its exhibits. One of the many features the museum has to offer is the “Garage” area.  Visitors can play drums, guitars, bass & keyboard in a studio setting that offers high quality instruments and equipment.  Cleveland Lodge 4 is therefore challenging other lodges to form a band with their musically inclined members for a “Battle of the Lodges “rock off!  Following the excitement of the afternoon, the theme for Saturday night’s dinner is “Come as a Rock Star or a Band Groupie.”


All meals, entertainment and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame experience come at an incredible value with the full convention package. When registering for the full convention package, you will also receive a convention bag with Cleveland themed contents.


Early registration rates end December 15th and will be strictly adhered.  Act now to take advantage of this opportunity with the discount deadline just around the corner. Please consider placing an ad in our convention book by returning the enclosed form with payment. 


I appreciate your support as we emerge from trying times.




William J. Rabatsky

Grand Lodge 1st Vice President

President Cleveland Lodge 4


Ticket sales have ended! Thank you for your support of ISMA Cleveland Lodge 4! 

Winner will be announced on 1/28/22 at the 2022 ISMA
Grand Lodge Convention hosted
in Cleveland, Ohio. If you are the lucky winner, you will be contacted  by phone or email.



James R. Barker
2022 ISMA Great Lakes
ship trip