On October 1, 1910, Joseph B. Dwyer, agent for the Western Transit Company, arranged a luncheon meeting
at the Rathskellar Café. Twenty-seven men, representing the various lines serving Seattle, were in attendance.
The following Saturday, October 8, 1910, Frank W. “Pop” Parker was appointed Temporary Chairman and later
was elected to become the Club’s  first president for 1911. It was further decided to include traffic managers of
different industries and limit the membership to those holding positions of chief clerk or higher for railroads and
steamship lines.

The Club was named the Seattle Traffic Club. In 1912 the Club was incorporated and the name The
Transportation Club of Seattle was selected. Washington State provided incorporation certificate number
22797, mailed November 8, 1912, signed by I.M. Howell, Secretary of State. Time of existence was two years.
Capital stock: None. In 1962 the Articles of Incorporation were amended to read “... making the time of existence
perpetual” and signed by Secretary of State Victor A. Meyers.
Photo courtesy Peter Kim

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Website by: Ian McKillop
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P.O. Box 2457
Redmond, WA 98073-2457
Phone:  360-931-1702
I am Tom Hammack with Alaska Marine Lines and I have lived, learned, worked
and grown in Seattle all my life. Initially having attended a Transportation Club
luncheon 15 years ago as a guest, I was immediately drawn to a meal served
indoors and the prospect of a raffle prize. I am still drawn… but for a host of
different reasons.

My hope is to help each of us avoid a tunnel vision mindset. It is easy to be
caught up in our own internal process and system issues to the point where we
lose sight of the bigger picture, the future… or just what is new. I do not want to
be the person who spends his day perfecting the hoist, pulleys and cargo nets
for years only to watch the shipping container come along out of thin air. I don’t
want to be the person waiting a half hour for a taxi because I’d only heard
rumblings about some flash in the pan outfit called Uber. I hope that you walk
away from our TCoS Lunch & Learn events feeling: better informed & more
curious, more connected & less hungry… and eager to come back to continue
building the sense of community our industry and each of us benefit so greatly

I want to hear about what’s new. I want to think of what I haven’t thought of. I
want to try to see what the visionaries see. I want to eat dessert. Moreover, I
want to meet and connect with you.


Tom Hammack
201 TCoS President