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Abbreviated History of the Charleston Power Squadron
2000-2004

by P/C Harl Porter, SN



 
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2000 - Bridge Officers: Commander Anthony (Tony) Ward, AP; Executive Officer William (Billy) Lynes, AP; Educational Officer Stephen Rawe, N; Administrative Officer Stephen Yeomans, P; Secretary Charlotte Yeomans, P; and Treasurer Cynthia Kridler, AP. D26 Commander Kenneth Beeber, N is a member of CPS and was our squadron Commander in 1990.

Scheduled Cruises: Jan -Shem Creek; Feb - McCleeanville (Cape Romain Lighthouse); Mar - Buzzards Roast; Apr (Cdr cruise) Raft-up in Ashley River; May - Beaufort; June - Georgetown; July - Mariner’s Cay; Aug - Old Santee Canal State Park; Sep - (Cooperative Charting) Charleston Harbor Marina; Oct - Oyster Roast atToad Hall; Nov - Capper’s Island; and Dec - Charleston Harbor Parade of Boats.

Vessel Safety Check program now joint USCG Aux / USPS Program. First Chair of CPS Vessel Safety Check Committee was Cdr Tony Ward.

Spring Public Boating Class of 48 at Hobcaw Yacht Club. Spring Member Classes: P, AP, JN, N and ME. Fall Member Classes: S, P, JN, N, EM, W and IQ.

Membership (Dinner) Meetings for April, May and October were at Dolphin Cove; other dinner meetings were at Headquarters. Yard Sale on Saturday 6 May at Club House cleared $672.

Squadron Awards: Boner Award - Cindy Kridler; Wally Till Award - Vince Lombardo; Spark Plug Award - Loreetta Lombardo.

Change of Watch on Saturday 4 Nov at Charleston AFB Officer’s Club. D/C Ed Leibfarth was our D26 guest of honor.

2001 - Bridge Officers: Commander William (Billy) Lynes, AP; Executive Officer Stephen Yeomans, P; Educational Officer Stephen Rawe, N; Administrative Officer Vince Lombardo, S; Secretary Charlotte Yeomans, P; and Treasurer Cynthia Kridler, AP.

Scheduled Cruises: Feb - McCleeanville (Cape Romain Lighthouse); Mar - Buzzards Roast; Apr (Cdr Cruise to Sandy Beach; May - Beaufort; June - Georgetown; July - Bohicket Marina; Aug - Capers Island; Sep - Shelter Cove Marina; Oct - Oyster Roast at Toad Hall; Nov - Adopt-A-Chart; and Dec - Charleston Harbor Parade of Boats. Starting on 5 June the Workmans’ and the Kings’ lead a CPS cruise to New Bern, NC with return to Georgetown to meet up with the CPS June cruise.

Education Programs: John Patter earns Senior Navigator certificate. Spring Member Courses: S, AP, JN, N, ME, S and CP. Public Boating Class at Hobcaw Yacht Club. Public Boat Smart on Saturdays in May at Duncan’s Boat Harbor. Fall Member Courses: S, P, AP, JN, N, EM, Wand IQ. Fall Boat Smart Course on Saturdays in Sep at Squadron Headquarters.

Membership (Dinner) Meeting in September was at USCG Station Charleston; other dinner meetings were at our Headquarters Building. Yard Sale on Saturday 5 May at Club House cleared $396.

June dinner meeting was at Club House and catered by Po’ Pigs from Edisto Island. September meeting was at USCG Station Charleston. October Palmetto Log column from Cdr Billy Lynes noted the tragic events of 11 September and that one side of our USPS triangle is Civic Service. Seven replacement tables (approx cost of $85 each) were generosity donated by squadron members.

By-laws amended to change membership from “by invitation” to “by request”.

CPS Hosted D26 Fall Change of Watch at Town and Country Inn on Savannah Highway 19-21 October; chair was P/C Boo Ward. Squadron Change of Watch on 8 Dec at Tommy Condon’s; D26 Guest of Honor was D/C McVey.

Squadron Awards: John Patten 50-years; Spark Plug - Janice Kromer; Bronze Propeller - Billy Lynes. Forty-seven Merit Marks were earned. Charleston made the National Honor Roll for Cooperative charting and was fifth in D26.

2002 - Bridge Officers: Commander Stephen Yeomans, P; Executive Officer Vince Lombardo, S; Educational Officer Stephen Kromer, AP; Administrative Officer Harold Mims III, P; Secretary Charlotte Yeomans, P; and Treasurer Loretta Lombardo.

Scheduled Cruises: Feb - McCleeanville (Cape Romain Lighthouse); Mar - Buzzards Roast; April - Capers Island on 20 and St Augustine starting on 25th; May - Hilton Head; June - Adopt-A-Chart; July - Beaufort; Aug - Georgetown; Sep - Myrtle Beach; Oct - Oyster Roast at Toad Hall; Nov - Bohicket Marina; and Dec - Charleston Harbor Parade of Boats. Boats on St Augustinecruise included: No Sense, Dot Calm, Kingdom, Gonneybird and Troy Count. Beaufort cruise consisted of nine boats and at least 25 people.

Education Programs: Spring Boat Smart on two Saturdays at Charleston Maritime Center. Spring member courses: AP, JN, ME, SA and CP. Summer Boat Smart Class on two Saturdays in May at Squadron Headquarters; and a another one in July at Squadron Headquarters. . Summer Member Class was P at Hobcaw Yacht Club. Fall Member Classes were: N, EM, SA, W and IQ. On water training class for Piloting Students. Fall Boat Smart class on two Saturdays in Nov in Summerville.

Membership (Dinner) Meeting for February and August were at the Omar Shrine Club; March dinner meeting was at USCG Station Charleston; August (finger food) meeting was at Channel 5 and September meeting was at Ft Johnson DNR; other dinner meetings were held in our Club House. The May membership (not dinner) meeting was a tour of the Hunley.

Pluming repaired to restore water pressure were made for our kitchen. Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguisher installed during the September squadron headquarters work day.

Squadron Change of Watch on 2 Nov at Omar Shrine Temple. Squadron Awards: Student of the Year - Eleanor Parker, Wallace C. Till - Janice Kromer, Bronze Propeller - Steve Kromer, Boner - Nick Russo and Steve Kromer, Spark Plug - Bob ???.

2003 - Bridge Officers: Commander Vince Lombardo, Executive Officer Edwin Kridler, SN; Educational Officer Stephen Kromer, AP; Administrative Officer Charlotte Yeomans, P; Secretary Robert Gulbrandsen; and Treasurer Loretta Lombardo. D26 Commander Marjorie Schulte is member of CPS.

Due to job transfer Ed Kridler resigned as Executive Officer in May and Charlotte Yeomans was appointed as our Executive officer.

Scheduled Cruises: Feb - McCleeanville (Cape Romain Lighthouse); Mar - Buzzards Roast; April - Capers Island; May - 3rd Shem Creek & 16-18 Georgetown; June - Hilton Head; July - Folly Beach; Aug - Beaufort; Sep - Isle of Palms & Cooperative Charting; Oct - Oyster Roast at Toad Hall; Nov - Bohicket Marina; and Dec - Charleston Harbor Parade of Boats.

Education Programs: Spring Member Classes were: P, AP, CP, ME, W and SA. Summer Member Class were: S and JN. Fall Member Classes were: S, P, JN, EM, SA and W. Public Boating Classes (Boat Smart and or Boating Safety) were held in Feb, Apr, Jun and Aug. On water training for Piloting Class was conducted in November.

Membership Meetings: Feb, March and May were at Omar Shrine Temple; June membership meeting was held on Spirit of South Carolina; August dinner meeting was at West Ashley Crab Shack. September membership meeting was held aboard USCG Cutter “OAK”. Other membership (dinner) meeting were held at out headquarters building.

Change of Watch was held at the Oaks Country Club in Goose Creek.

2004 - Bridge Officers: Commander Charlotte (Cat) Yeomans, P; Executive Officer Mike Page, S; Educational Officer Stephen Kromer, AP; Administrative Officer Janice Kromer, AP; Secretary Robert Gulbrandsen; and Treasurer Loretta Lombardo. In June Edwin Kridler, SN was appointed as our Executive Officer. In July Corrin Marinko, JN was appointed as our Treasurer.

Scheduled Cruises: Jan - Shem Creek; Feb Cape Romain Lighthouse; Mar - Buzzards Roost; April - Beaufort (and Air Show); June - Georgetown; July - Sandy Point Raft-up; Aug - Dataw Island Marina; Sep - Capers Island; Oct - Oyster Roast at Toad Hall; Nov - Bohicket Marina; Dec - Charleston Parade of lights.

Education Programs: Spring Member Courses - P, AP, JN, SA, CP, ME and IQ. Fall First Aid / CPR class was held on a Fall Saturday. Fall Member Courses were: P, AP, N, W, EM and SA. Public Boat Smart classes in Feb / Mar and in May. In September we started holding a Boat Smart class once a week (50 nights a year).

Membership Meetings: April was at Sticky Fingers in Summerville, guest speaker was Claiborne Young; May was a combined Cruise to City Marina and dinner meeting at the Varity Store Restaurant. September (dinner) membership meeting was at West Ashley Crab Shack. Other membership (dinner) meeting were at our club house.

We manned a CPS booth at Annual Boat Show at the North Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. We also manned a CPS Booth at the Tall Ship event at the Maritime Center in June.

CPS Adopted NOAA Nautical Chart 11518; CPS has agreed to verify navigational features on this chart. A training meeting and cookout was held in October for our Cooperative Charting Team.

Change of Watch at Point Grill in Mt. Pleasant; D26 Executive Officer Richard Erler, of Hilton Head Squadron, was our D26 guest of Honor. Scott Bluestein receives Bronze Propeller Award.




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