VOLUME 56 JULY 2003 NUMBER 5
From the Commander
MORE GOOD NEWS
Greetings to all! Well, Summer
is obviously here and with it came the humidity and rain, as usual.
But! On the bright side, good things are coming with it.
The Summer Council has passed, along with the Cruise and Rendezvous
to Hilton Head. Loretta and I were able to attend the Council
Meeting, but had to return home quickly due to other commitments.
I am told that Ed and Cindy, Dave and Wendy and Boo and Tony all
had an exceptionally good time and hopefully will tell us all
about the events.
There has been a lot of mail flowing across the net about things
to do and things coming up. One of those "things coming up"
is the July cruise. We have decided on a raft-up and it should
be a lot of fun with great participation; since a lot of people
in our survey said it was one of the things they wanted. See Dave
Walsh's article for specifics and I hope to see a lot of you out
If you haven't read it, read the latest issue of the Ensign.
There are some very good education related articles and some just
plain interesting ones to see.
Boo Ward is going to be a very busy person shortly; along with
everybody connected with membership (by the way, that should be
all of us). Recently received E-mails indicate thirty-one applications
for new members have been received. The Membership, Public Relations,
Education and Boat Show Committees and all who help out with these
activities should be justifiably proud of their efforts. This
is primarily where folks find out about us and become interested.
Wouldn't it be a great event to have at a Dinner Meeting? The
opportunities to swear in 31 people all at once. I see pictures
in 026 True and the Ensign. What do you all think?
Send me (or any Bridge or Committee Member) your ideas; make
a phone call, say something at a meeting, anything. Just let us
know what you think about what is going on, or what you want to
see going on. REMEMBER, IT'S YOUR SQUADRON.
Looking forward to seeing you all, soon.
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Since I have been gone the entire month,
I really don't have much to talk about. I'm still playing catch
up from the trip to Ocracoke and an unexpected trip to New York
two days after we got back. So what I thought I would do is fill
you in on the trip.
The one word to describe this
trip is "WIND". With the exception of two or three days
it was windy, windy & overcast, or windy and rainy. We had
two or three days where we couldn't even get off the dock and
a couple of other days where we had to leave late or stop early
to stay out of bad conditions. Even with all of that we had a
great trip. Better yet, no new holes in the boat - scraped some
paint off, but no big deal.
The first day "No Sense"
went to Isle of Palms Marina. This is a normal stop for us on
a trip since leaving from Bohicket it takes us 6-7 hours to get
there. Every other time we stopped they put us on the face dock.
This time they thought it might be fun to put me in slip. Well,
on the first attempt the wind pushed us right past the slip. On
the second attempt we got in but it was not a pretty sight. First
wind induced screw up.
The second night we went to Georgetown
to meet up with the rest of the folks on the squadron cruise.
The wind was blowing all the way, but since we on a face dock,
it was no big deal. Once on the dock we started to fuel the boat.
About halfway through the process, I looked over my shoulder and
saw a huge thunderstorm heading our way. We suspended fueling.
When this storm hit it had to be packing 50-knot winds (the rain
was horizontal) and the boat was getting pushed into the dock
very hard. When the storm finally subsided and we started to refuel,
I notice that a "hurricane proof" fender was totally
destroyed. At this point we thought that Ken & Muriel Beeber
in "Torrey Count" were out in the storm and we were
really worried. It turned out that they had broken down in Charleston
and were safe. If there is a good side to breaking down, this
was it. Being caught out it that storm would have been scary.
Two days later we reached Bald
Head Island. Getting into the harbor at Bald Head was interesting.
They have a narrow man-made channel and at the time we were entering
there was a strong wind and a strong current in opposite directions
so I followed a ferry entering the harbor just before us. I did
pretty much what he did, but the current and the wind were still
pushing us all over the place. So now we're in the harbor and
the marina directed us to a slip that is straight ahead. Piece
of cake! Wrong, the wind was gusting badly and I missed the docking.
Now I'm trying to get out of trouble. Now I'm doing figure 8's
around the ferryboat dolphins in the middle of the harbor trying
not to hit something. Finally, the dockhand calls the office and
determined the wind was 25 mph gusting to 35 mph at which point
they decide to put me on a "T Head" - thank you very
much. Bald Head Island is a great place. We spent two days with
David and Wendy Walsh onboard "Dot.Com" and really enjoyed
Once we left Bald Head Island
our plan was to get to Ocracoke on the Saturday of Memorial Day
weekend and we made it, but we changed our destinations every
night for three of four nights in order to do. We were dodging
storms the entire way. We ended up staying in Moorhead City for
2 days because of the weather and then made a 9-10 hour run to
Ocracoke. Finally, we got to Silver Lake Harbor on Ocracoke late
in the day and the marina directs us to dock down a fairway toward
a very narrow slip, at least Janice and I thought so. But, no
big deal! This is a man-made harbor and should not have a lot
of current. Wrong again, when the ferries are in the harbor they
keep the engines running to stay up against the dock resulting
in a swirl of nasty current, sort of like stirring sugar into
a cup of coffee. The marina solved this problem by putting three
strong guys on the opening to the fairway to fend me off as I
approached the dock. Not ideal, but it worked.
Ocracoke Island was also great,
or at least the part of it we got to see. The big surprise was
that there are no rental cars, no taxis, and no busses. You can
rent bicycles or the occasional motor scooter. That pretty much
limited us to walking. The village of Ocracoke is small and the
only part of the Island that is not part of the National Park.
At any rate we still had a good time seeing the town.
As soon as we were on the dock
I started worrying about how we were going to get off the dock,
but I noticed that the two ferries left at 7 am and none showed
up till 9 or 9:30 am. So I figured I would wait until 8 am for
the current to die off and then make my getaway. So comes the
day to leave, it was pouring out and, of course, windy. So we
decided to postpone departure until the following day. Getting
off the dock went according to plan (waited until 8:30 and no
current) and crossing the Sound was no problem.
Next stop, Oriental. Nice little
place. Except I almost did put a hole in the boat. We got into
the harbor after talking to the marina on the radio. There are
two guys standing on a dock at what looked like the marina. As
we are approaching, the marina calls and tells us that we need
to go further down the channel because we are looking at Oriental
Yacht Club. Ok, no problem. We head back towards the main channel
and work around the floating white "no wake" sign in
front of the yacht club. Except it was not a "no wake"
sign - it was a danger sign. As we are passing it Janice yells
that there is a submerged pipe just off the starboard side of
the boat. Good thing I did decide to go on the other side of the
"no wake" buoy. Of course the sailboat that I cut off
twice in this episode was not very impressed with my boat handling
After leaving Oriental we stopped
in Dudley's Marina in Swansboro and it was blowing so hard that
when we got there, we were missing our squadron ensign, staff
and all. When we got to Swansboro and called the marina they said
they were going to put me in a slip. I questioned it but they
said the slip was 23 ft wide and everything would be OK. So I
gave it a shot. Missed it. Start to back out to try again and
dockhand yells, "Don't go that way, you'll run aground"!
Wonderful - guess which way the wind is blowing? So I head back
for the dock and get blown right up against the dock piling. Four
strong guys later and minus a little paint, we got tied up. What
really irritated me was that I was uncomfortable with the situation
from the start and didn't tell them flat out to put me on the
outside or we would go somewhere else. For the rest of the trip,
anytime we called a marina we told them that we wanted a face
dock if the wind was blowing above 15 mph.
Wrightsville Beach was our next
port of call and what is memorable about this is our departure.
We are ready to go so I look around and there are a couple of
boats waiting for a bridge opening. As we are getting untied,
I did what all well trained squadron members do. I sounded one
long blast on my horn. There was a sailboat right next to me as
well as several small boats in the vicinity so I thought that
they might want some warning that we were going to be coming at
them. Well, the sailboat for sure didn't appreciate the warning.
As we came off the dock and went by him he was screaming some
things that are not repeatable and giving me the one finger salute.
Funny thing is he looked and sounded just like a taxi driver I
left standing in a parking lot in Boston a few years ago. Anyhow,
I guess that he was not a Power Squadron member.
The find of the trip was Blue
Water Point Marina, which is right at the southern end of Oak
Island in NC. If you read the guidebooks you would never go there
but with playing storm dodge 'em we needed some place in the area
of this marina. We called the marina and the owner said that he
had the same draft we had and went in and out all the time with
no problem. So we went in and out with no problem. What a place!
The people were very friendly and it has a fabulous Seafood restaurant
right in the marina. Best of all, there is a beautiful beach only
1 block or two from the marina. This is someplace we definitely
plan to go back to.
Then there was the stop at Cricket
Cove in N. Myrtle Beach. I get the boat on the dock, or thought
I did. The dockhand ties off the bow, grabs the stern line and
tells me to put the outside engine in reverse. It already is.
Ok add some power. Nothing. How bad is the wind? Not that bad.
Finally the dockhand decides that we can't get close to the dock
because there is no water. His solution - wait an hour or two
and then try again. It worked but it did not give me warm fuzzies
to be sitting on the bottom at the dock.
Because we were playing dodge
'em with storms, we stopped for the first time a Leland Marine
in McCellanville. For those of you that go on Fred's annual trip
to the Cape Romaine lighthouse you know what I mean. Near as I
can tell, it is a marine junkyard. Nothing else to say about it.
However, we also had a violent thunderstorm that night. You could
feel the wind pick the boat up and slam it into the dock. When
it was over I checked the lines and fenders, and we had blown
out another "hurricane proof" fender. Par for the trip.
During the course of this trip
we learned a number of things. First, when we realized that we
were going be having a string of bad weather days, we slowed down
(remember we can't outrun a storm anyway) and schedule our days
for roughly half our good weather cruising distance. What this
let us do was easily make up days if we had to delay for weather
and also allowed us to skip stops. We had several days were we
went further than we planned because the weather for the following
day was forecast to be lousy. The result is that we never got
caught in thunderstorms while underway. The second lesson: if
it is windy be more assertive with the marinas. Don't let them
talk you into doing something that you are not sure you can do.
Third, do not buy "hurricane proof" fenders; they are
useless. The pain old cheap Boat US fenders held up better than
these things and they are half the price.
The good news is old "No
Sense" ran the whole trip with out breaking anything. We
left when we planned, got to our destination when we planned,
and got home when we planned. Made for a good trip.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
Greetings to everyone
was honored last month to be asked to step into the shoes left
by P/R/C Ed Kridler, SN as Executive Officer of the Squadron.
I hope that I can finish the year, as he would have liked. I know
that Janice Kromer will be fantastic as our Administrative Officer!
The June Membership Meeting at the site of the Spirit of South
Carolina was great! Our many thanks to Mr. Charlie Sneed, who
oversees the project, and to CPS member Larry Lanz, who is a docent
at the site, for giving us a grand tour of the facility!
As a note, the CPS Change of Watch Ceremony date has been changed
from Friday, 31 October 2003, to Saturday, 8 November 2003. Cdr
Vince Lombardo will be releasing more information concerning the
Ceremony soon. Please go ahead and reserve that date on your calendars!
I would like to start using the two CPS Booths constructed
by P/D/C Ken Beeber and Lt Dick Finn last year at the various
marine facilities in the Tri-County area. Would anyone be interested
in assisting with the transport, set-up/break-down, and manning
of the booths please contact me? They would only be manned during
peak times, but would need to be supplied with pamphlets from
time to time and, also, transported from site to site and set-up.
If you would like to help with anything involving the Executive
Department, please let me know. I can be reached at home at (843)
875-0510, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Thank you, again!!
Lt/C Janice Kromer
Before I begin my report for
July, I'd like to thank the Charleston Power Squadron for giving
me the opportunity to serve as your Administrative Officer. Among
my other duties, I'm looking for to working with our committees
on planning interesting membership meetings and exciting cruises,
and welcoming our new members and getting them involved with the
On that subject, please welcome the following new members:
Edward Dyckman, Kenneth Harwood, Gary and Lynna Lampkins; and
reinstated members Stephen Garris, and James Easley who has transferred
from the Greenville squadron. If you should notice any of these
members at our meetings or activities, please help to make them
feel at home and part of the squadron.
Our July membership meeting will be held at Headquarters on
July 10, 2003, and we will be having an Italian dinner catered
by Angelfish Restaurant. The social hour will start at 1830 with
dinner to follow at 1900. The cost will be $8.50 per person. Special
thanks to Joyce Wichmann for arranging to Mr. Robert New, President
of the Charleston Propeller Club speak to us about the Port of
Charleston. Please make your reservation by contacting me by 7
July, 2003. You can reach me in the evenings at (843) 821-1861
or during the day (843) 873-9200, ext. 7126. If I don't answer,
please leave a message with your name and the number of people
who plan to attend. As an alternative, you can always email me
Our August speaker will be Mr. Glen Appelbaum who is a coworker
of D/C Marge Schulte, SN. Glen has just finished a company-sponsored
cruise to the Bahamas. He will be sharing his tips on preparation
and safety, and also some pictures of this exciting event. Dinner
plans have not been arranged yet, but more information will be
forthcoming in the August Palmetto Log.
In September, Chuck Altschul is arranging for the squadron
to visit the Coast Guard Cutter, OAK. The cutter will be in port
at the old Navy Base on Pier Papa. Due to very tight security,
we may not be able to provide food; but again, I'll let you know
more as plans become finalized during the coming months.
Just as a heads up, October will be our Annual Meeting; November
8th will be the Change of Watch; and in December, we will have
our Christmas Party. Claiborne Young has contacted us with a list
of new topics he would like to present to us, and he always proves
to be an interesting speaker. I also thought we might have some
fun with a silent auction of no-longer-needed nautical items donated
by our members during the first few months of the New Year. So
we have a very full agenda for the months to come! Please make
these meetings special by attending and encouraging other members
P/C Harry Gindhart, SN gave a two-hour Operations Training
session on Monday, June 2. Although O/T is required for our Bridge
Officers, it is available to any member of the Squadron. It's
a great way to learn about the workings of our organization on
a squadron, district and national level, and I would recommend
that all members take advantage of this course. I will give you
plenty of notice when we schedule the next Operations Training
class, hopefully in the beginning of the New Year.
And this month's report will close with a special request.
As I am new to this job and don't know many of you too well, please,
please let me know if you would like to help with any of the social
responsibilities that go along with planning our meetings. I am
going to need help with tending the squadron bar, providing food
to off-site meeting locations, arranging for caterers, purchasing
supplies when needed - along with about a hundred other things
that I haven't thought of yet. I've found that the best way to
get to know people and become involved in this great organization
is to volunteer. So please call or e-mail me if you'd like to
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Hello fellow members! I would
like to take this opportunity to talk to you about your The Palmetto Log. This is your publication
and we are always looking for ways to include everyone with articles
of interest for you the reader. Did you know that we would publish
things from you, our squadron members? If you have a story to
tell about your experiences on the water, or just anything boat
related let us know.
Do you have a picture you can send us of you and your family
enjoying a day on the water? Didn't you see your photo in the
last issue; well you can make that happen. Share a story some
old sea captain or maybe your grand dad told you about life on
the high seas? Do you have a fishing story, or know where the
best place is to beach your boat for a picnic. What about that
favorite spot to watch the world go by and enjoy a great sunset
from your boat. We want to hear from you. You can contact The
Palmetto Log Editor, Lt Nelson Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do have a deadline for articles each month, but if you missed
this issue maybe you will be in time for the next one. Come on,
this is your squadron, and we want you to be an active part of
it. Don't miss out on the fun.
Hurricane Observations and Precautions
While I'm on the subject, come on out to a Cruise or a Meeting!
Fellowship is one of the reasons we are all in this squadron.
Meet some new folks, share a story or your knowledge with someone
else. Have a great meal and a laugh or two. We have a great club
and great people in it, and it all starts with you. So now you
know, the only thing missing is you...
Lt Kirk Williams
Hurricanes are enormous cyclonic
storm systems covering thousands of square miles that usually
develop in the tropical or subtropical latitudes during the summer
and fall. To be a hurricane, the system must be producing winds
of 64 knots or more. Less intense storms are designated tropical
depressions or tropical storms. Tropical storms and hurricanes
are named to aid in identifying them. Each hurricane is, essentially,
an organized system made up of hundreds of individual thunderstorms.
The core of the hurricane is called the eye, an area of relatively
benign weather several miles across surrounded by turmoil. All
of the severe weather conditions produced by individual thunderstorms
(heavy rain, hail, lightning, tornadoes, downbursts, etc.) are
produced and magnified within the hurricane. Working together,
such storms generate tremendous tidal surges that can decimatecoastal
Historically, individual hurricanes have caused the loss of
thousands of lives and billions of dollars in damage as they ran
their course over populated areas. If you know a hurricane is
approaching your area, prepare for the worst. The important point
is, GET OFF THE OPEN WATER AS FAR AWAY FROM THE STORM AS POSSIBLE!
If this is impossible, keep in mind that the right front quadrant
of a hurricane usually, but not always produces the most violent
With today's modern communication net to warn them, people
have a better chance to reach safety before a hurricane hits their
area. Even so, you may have little more than 24 hours advance
notice to get your boat secured against the storm's full force.
If your boat must stay in the water you have three
If your boat is easily trailerable, store it ashore, far from
the danger of high water. Follow these tips:
If you must move your boat, first inspect the trailer to ensure
it is in proper operating condition. Check tires (including spare),
wheel bearings, tow hitch and lights.
If you can, put your boat and trailer in a garage. If they must
be left out, secure them to strong trees or a "deadman"
anchor. Strip off everything that could be torn loose by a strong
Increase the weight of your trailered outboard boat by filling
it with fresh water and leaving in the drain plug (inboard boats
must be drained to avoid motor damage). Insert wood blocks between
the trailer frame and the springs for extra support with the added
Berth at a dock that has sturdy pilings and offers reasonable
shelter from open water and storm surge. Double up all mooring
lines but provide enough slack so your boat can rise with the
higher tides. Cover all lines with chafe protectors (double neoprene
garden hose cut along the side) at points where the line is likely
to wear and put out extra fenders and fenderboards (the more the
Anchor your boat in a protected harbor where the bottom
can allow a good anchor hold. An advantage to anchoring is that
the boat can more easily respond to wind and water changes without
striking docks or other boats than when moored. Heavy and extra
anchors are needed for this option and enough line should be on
hand to allow a scope of at least 10:1 for each anchor.
Hurricane Holes are ideal locations to moor your boat during
a hurricane. These are deep, narrow coves or inlets that are surrounded
by a number of sturdy trees that block the wind and provide a
tie-off for anchor lines. The best location for a hurricane hole
is one far enough inland to avoid the most severe winds and tides,
yet close enough to reach under short notice. You may want to
scout out a satisfactory hurricane hole ahead of time!
Never stay with your boat. Your boat should be stripped of anything
that can become loose during the storm. This would include unstepping
the mast in sailboats. Boat documents, radios and other valuables
should be removed from the vessel prior to the storm, since you
never know how long it will take for you to get back to your boat
once the storm passes.
Hurricanes are among the most destructive phenomena of nature;
their appearance is not to be taken lightly. Advance planning
cannot guarantee that your boat will survive a hurricane safely
or even survive at all. Planning can, however, improve survivability
and is therefore certainly worth the time and money to do so.
General Weather Tips Before Setting Out:
Obtain the latest available weather forecast for the boating area.
Where they can be received, the NOAA Weather Radio continuous
broadcasts (VHF-FM) are the best way to keep informed of expected
weather and sea conditions. If you hear on the radio that warnings
are in effect, don't venture out on the water unless confident
your boat can be navigated safely under forecast conditions of
wind and sea.
While Afloat: Keep an eye out for the approach of dark, threatening
clouds that may foretell a squall or thunderstorm.
Check radio weather broadcasts periodically for latest forecasts
Heavy static on your AM radio may be an indication of nearby thunderstorm
If a thunderstorm catches you afloat:
Put on a Personal Flotation Device (if not already wearing one).
Stay below deck if possible.
Keep away from metal objects that are not grounded to the boat's
From U.S. Coast Guard, www.uscgboating.org
Commander Bob's Boating Safety
Beach Raft-up and Picnic
Saturday, 12 July 2003
This year's July Cruise is a
raft-up, picnic and day activity at Sandy Point near Folly Beach,
SC. Sandy Point is the northern most tip of Kiawah Island. It
has a wide sheltered beach that is ideal for swimming, wading,
shell collecting, beach walking and picnicking. This promises
to be an event that you won't want to miss.
Bring your own food, beverages and picnic supplies.
Festivities start at 1000 and continue until about 1500. Small
boats are needed to shuttle passengers from the raft-up to the
beach. Contact Squadron Commander Vince Lombardo at 764-1844 or
David Walsh at 556-3258.
Sandy Point can be reached by taking the Stono River south at
ICW marker G19 at Elliot's Cut. Follow the markers on the Stono
River past Buzzards Roost, under the Maybank Highway swing bridge
(9'clearance, opens on demand on weekends) and go about 8 miles
to the Folly Inlet. Sandy Point will be to starboard at Folly
Beach inlet marker R10, as shown in the following illustration.
If you trailer, you can launch your boat at Folly Beach Municipal
Ramp. Sandy Point is about 3 miles west of the ramp.
Georgetown Cruise - May 2003
Q. What comes after three days of rain?
We left Charleston Friday morning. Fortunately,
high tide occurred at about 0900, so we enjoyed deep water during
most of the four-hour trip. Water traffic was light but we did
pass "No Sense" on the way. They had spent the night
at the Isle of Palms Marina.
We got to Georgetown Landing shortly after noon. Rain clouds
were building and a storm with high winds arrived about 1530.
Our boat was tied up facing south so we could see down Winyah
Bay. I went to our bridge to look for "No Sense" coming
up the bay. The rain and fog got so thick I couldn't see the Coast
Guard pier next to the marina.
I called them on the radio and got no answer. "Trouble?"
Finally I called their cell phone and they answered immediately.
They were tied up at the fuel dock waiting for the rain to stop
to finish fueling. Well, two boats arrived safely with three more
to go. Unfortunately, two of the three had mechanical problems
and they turned back.
The storm cleared and Georgetown was quiet. The food at the
"Rice Paddy" was very good. After a walk around downtown
it was time to head back to the boat for the night.
Saturday broke off overcast and windy. It turned out to be
a great day to wash the boat and clean up generally. "Southern
Pride" arrived in the morning and the crew of the "Gooneybird"
arrived by car at dinnertime.
We got together for refreshments on "No Sense," then
headed off to the "Lands End Restaurant" for a great
dinner. On the walk up, we saw a lot of fish brought in by the
sport fishing boats. They had caught so much that they were still
cleaning fish when we returned from dinner.
Sunday turned out to be a nice but overcast day. We left first
and "Southern Pride" came later for the run to Charleston.
"No Sense" was heading north so you'll hear more about
their "adventure" later.
Mary & Glenn Workman
SC-CHARLESTON HARBOR-COOPER RIVER
Coast Guard Security Zone
The established security zone
for the waters between the Don Holt I-526 Bridge over the Cooper
River to the entrance of Back River near Bushy Park on the Cooper
River has been temporarily suspended and the river is now open
to all boaters. Boaters are now authorized to transit through
the zone. All vessels are, however, prohibited from anchoring,
loitering, mooring or fishing within this zone. When transiting
the zone, vessels shall proceed at normal speed. Photography of
any kind is specifically prohibited in the zone. Boaters must
follow the directions of any on-scene Navy and Coast Guard patrol.
Submitted by John Sikes
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, 1 May 2003
Cdr Vince Lombardo called the
meeting to order at 1934 at the Headquarters Building. Those in
attendance were: Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, Cdr. Vince Lombardo, Lt/C
Steve Kromer, Lt Janice Kromer, Lt/C Ed Kridler, P/Lt/C Cindy
Kridler, Lt Corrin Marinko, Lt Terry Marinko, Lt Wendy Walsh,
Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen, P/C Harry Gindhart, Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans,
Caitlyn Yeomans, Ashley Yeomans, P/C Anthony Ward, P/C Merellene
Ward, Lt Richard Finn, P/Lt/C Martin Gipe, D/C Marge Schulte,
P/C Mike Page, P/C Harry Gindhart, Steve Rustin. The minutes of
the Aprils Executive Committee Meeting were amended and accepted.
A quorum was established.
Executive: Per Lt/C Edwin Kridler: Dinner meeting of May, we
have invited the members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to
join us and the guest speaker will be Brett Grooms their Commander.
The only response to the proclamation request of Safe Boating
Week was by the Town of Mt. Pleasant; they will have a representative
at the Dinner Meeting. Lt Kirk Williams will be setting up a booth
at one of the boat landings; he is looking for help. To contact
Kirk, call him at 768-7454. Per P/D/Lt/C Mike Page: We will have
a cooperative charting event this June.
Educational: Per Lt/C Stephen Kromer: The educational department
has been very busy with many Boat Smart and Squadron Boating Classes.
The certificates for the first responders course is being looked
into, and the Commander will be investigating the outcome.
Administrative: Per Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans: Upcoming cruises
are the Shem Creek Cruise on 3 May and the Georgetown Cruise 16-18
May. The OT class will be offered on the 2 June and P/C Harry
Gindhart will be conducting the class. Per P/C Merellene Ward:
We are working on a package to welcome new and transferred members
to the squadron, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen is helping with this project.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron remains
solvent, and money is coming in with the membership renewals.
Per P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler we are over due for an audit and as the
bylaws state we need to complete this as soon as possible.
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: In Lt Nelson Hicks absence
the deadline for the Palmetto Log is 11 May. Please have all articles
into Nelson by that time. The Bylaws amendments have been approved
by National Representative D/Lt/C Allan Larkin. He stated that
the signed approval sheet would follow in the mail shortly. All
the Directories have been sent in the mail to members that did
not pick them up at squadron functions.
Commander: Per CDR Vince Lombardo: Our Executive Officer, Lt/C
Ed Kridler has submitted his letter of resignation due to his
company moving him. So the Executive board met prior to the evening
ExCom meeting, there were nine of the eleven members in attendance.
Per the squadron bylaws the present Administrative Officer will
be moved into the Executive Officers position. The replacement
Administrative Officer will be Lt Janice Kromer; these two positions
will be for the remainder of the present term of office. Lt/C
Ed Kridler motioned that this be the case, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen
seconded. The Executive committee voted unanimously to accept
Old Business: No old business was addressed.
New Business: Per P/C Anthony Ward: we will have a booth set
up at Boaters World in Mt. Pleasant for the 3 and 4 May to promote
Safe Boating Week. At present only Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen and myself
have volunteered to help, we need people to help out, please.
The meeting adjourned at 2013.
July Membership Meeting
Our July membership meeting will
be held at Headquarters on July 10, 2003, and we will be having
an Italian dinner catered by Angelfish Restaurant. The social
hour will start at 1830 with dinner to follow at 1900. The cost
will be $8.50 per person. Special thanks to Joyce Wichmann for
arranging to Mr. Robert New, President of the Charleston Propeller
Club speak to us about the Port of Charleston.
Please make your reservation by contacting me by July 7, 2003.
You can reach me in the evenings at (843) 821-1861 or during the
day (843) 873-9200, ext. 7126. If I don't answer, please leave
a message with your name and the number of people who plan to
attend. As an alternative, you can always email me at email@example.com.
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