The Charleston Sail and Power Squadron has now changed the name to “America’s Boating Club Charleston”. With the name change has come a few changes. Just as we have transitioned our name, so must the attitudes and direction of the members. We need to present ourselves as a “Club” or a “Fun” place to be a part of. It would benefit our club greatly if every member would invite someone to our monthly dinner meetings this year. We need to get excited about what we have as a group and breath life back into it. If someone has ideas on how to reach our community, we need to take it under consideration. The internet has taken over our society and we need to figure out a balance between the old and the new. We need to tell others about it and most important ”GET INVOLVED AND GIVE OF YOUR TIME AND YOUR TALENTS!”
As Commander this year, my main desire is to see people have fun, make new friends, get more involved with our community, and make Charleston a safer place to boat. We can accomplish this by continuing to teach boating courses, doing vessel safety checks, relying on the expertise of seasoned boaters that know the area to help others, and monthly dinner meetings with speakers. We just need more volunteers to help promote and accomplish what the “Squadron” or “Club” was created to do. We are building a lifetime of memories together on the water, on the shore, and giving back to the community. We also help with the Christmas Boat Parade, clean up boat ramps and take care of a loaner life jacket board. Why wouldn’t someone want to be a part of what we do?
Our Sea Scout troop recently received a 27’ Cape Dory sailboat that they are restoring for use this year. If you have a teenager 12- 17, joining the Sea Scouts is a great way for them to learn boat safety and so much more.
Just a reminder, our monthly dinner meetings are held at our headquarters located at 1376 Orange Grove Road in Charleston 29407 on the second Thursday of month starting at 6:00pm.
Commander Gina DeBrum