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2014:     December — November — October — September — August — July — June — May — April — March — February — January
   
2013:     December — November — October — September — August


June, 2017
   June 3:
• The speaker for our June 8th dinner meeting will be Captain Rudy Socha, CEO of Wounded Nature.
• We've updated the webpage describing the status of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's Five Year Facility Upgrade Plan
• Updated "Upcoming Events" on home page

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May, 2017
   May 22:
• CSPS will again sponsor a motorboating merit badge event at Camp Moultrie, on September 9.
   May 21:
• We've posted photographs from the District 26 Cruise and Rendezvous on Facebook:
• Updated "Upcoming Events" on home page
   May 14:
• We've updated our Cruise Schedule for 2017 with more information about upcoming cruises: May (escort for Parade of Sail), June (Bass Creek), July (Riverdogs baseball game; Black Beard returns), August (Eclipse Special), and September (Pinopolis Lock to Lake Moultrie)
   May 12:
• Our next ABC course will be on September 16. The course scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled.
   May 10:
• Charleston Sail and Power Squadron members have been selected as the only non-governmental organization to escort the Charleston Tall Ships into the Charleston Harbor on May 18. Members interested in helping are asked to contact Jeff La Rue at CharlestonSquadronLaRue@gmail.com
• Added announcement of our 2017 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Welcome to the Neighborhood!" Deadline for submissions will be September 14.
   May 4:
• The speaker for our May 11 dinner meeting will be Captain Scott Davis, owner of Lowcountry Fly Shop in Mt. Pleasant. He is the top fly maker and has given several tours both locally and abroad in regards to fly fishing. His topic will be Fly fishing in the Lowcountry.
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available.
• Our Change of Watch will be held Friday November 10th at Headquarters.

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April, 2017
   April 9:
• The speaker for our April 13 dinner meeting will be Lonnie Cowart. His topic will be SPAWAR and its mission to keep America safe.
• We have updated the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's New Member Handbook PDF file

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March, 2017
   March 31:
• The free Operations Training course scheduled for April 1st has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule it again later this year when it may fit into people's calendars better.
   March 30:
• We have added more photos of our members' boats to the section of this website, Our Boats. If you are a member of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, and want your boat to be listed, contact webmaster.csps@gmail.com
   March 21:
• We have added photos from our recent cruise to Bohicket Marina at Facebook.
   March 13:
• We have added additional search capabilities on some of our pages (including this one!). You can now search
     • The entire website at once (as before)
     • Only our newsletter (the Palmetto Log)
     • Only Our Member's Boats.
   March 10:
• We have added a new section to this website, Our Boats. If you are a member of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, and want your boat to be listed, contact webmaster.csps@gmail.com
• The Charleston Sail and Power Squadron now has its own tagline, Charleston's Boating Club, and the website has a new URL: CharlestonsBoatingClub.org. The new URL goes to the same content as before. (And the older URLs, www.usps.org/cps and CharlestonSailandPowerSquadron.org, still work.)
   March 5:
• We shall have a Headquarters cleanup day on Saturday April 8th with a rain date of Wednesday April 12th, 9am to noon; lunch will be provided. More information coming soon.

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February, 2017
   February 27:
• The speaker for our March 9 dinner meeting will be John Dangerfield. His topic will be the Replica of the Hunley.
   February 13:
• Our "cruise" to a Stingrays hockey game will be held March 25. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Contact Jeff La Rue, 843-870-4858 or CharlestonSquadronLaRue@gmail.com for more information.
   February 9:
New date! The free Operations Training course has been rescheduled from February 18 to April 1st, at Headquarters
   February 4:
• We have updated our Cruise Schedule, adding more information about upcoming cruises. We will have a "cruise" to a Stingrays Hockey Game later this month, and one to a RiverDogs baseball game later this year.
• We have updated our listing of Port Captains.
   February 1:
• Our speaker for the February 9 dinner meeting will be Lori Jo Harvey, AAA Travel Branch Manager. Her topic will be European River Cruises and other vacation opportunities.
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available.

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January, 2017
   January 31:
• We've added dates and prices for our Spring courses;  see Course Schedule 2017 for details.
   January 26:
• The date for our Cruise to Vickery's at Shem Creek has been changed to February 19.
   January 22:
• We have updated our listing of Port Captains, and added a Frequently Asked Questions about Port Captains.
   January 14:
• We are pleased to announce our March, April, and May cruises. See our Cruise Schedule for more details.
   January 7:
• We will have ABC courses at HQ on February 11, and again on May 13.
• Updated our listing of Vessel Safety Examiners. We are looking to train more VSEs — contact Steph Quick at vsc.csps@gmail.com or ssq@swq.com if you are interested.
   January 3:
• There will be a free Operations Training course on February 18 at Headquarters
   January 2:
• The speaker for our dinner meeting on January 12 will be Captain Joe Benton; his topic will be "Fishing in the low country" especially the Charleston Harbor.
   January 1:
• We will be exhibiting at the Charleston Boat Show January 27-29.
Revised start date: We are going to start JN on Saturday, March 11 at 0900. We are going to try to generally cover two chapters per Saturday and meet every two weeks, depending on everyone’s schedule. Any member interested in taking this course should contact Ed Kridler at ekridler@bellsouth.net and Nelson Hicks at nelsonhicks@icloud.com. See Course Schedule 2017 for details.

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December, 2016
   December 31:
• We are planning a Cruise to Shem Creek on February 5.
• We are going to start JN on Saturday, 4 February at 0900. We are going to try to generally cover two chapters per Saturday and meet every two weeks, depending on everyone’s schedule. Any member interested in taking this course should contact Ed Kridler at ekridler@bellsouth.net and Nelson Hicks at nelsonhicks@icloud.com. See Course Schedule 2017 for details.
   December 29:
• We will hold a free ABC course for teens on April 1, at Roper Berkeley medical complex in Moncks Corner. For more information, contact Billy Lynes at 843-312-2876
   December 22:
• We will hold an ABC course at HQ on February 11.
• Updated the Archival Information section of the Site Map webpage
   December 19:
• Posted photos at Facebook from our Holiday Party
   December 12:
• Posted photos from the 2016 Parade of Boats
   December 5:
• Added information about the Holiday Party to be held December 17 at Headquarters.
• We are planning a Cruise to Shem Creek in January; date TBD.

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November, 2016
   November 20:
• Updated the Bridge for 2016-2017
• Updated the webpage about the Catch the Spirit Award.
   November 16:
• Added webpage about the District 26 2017 Cruise & Rendezvous
   November 4:
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available.

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October, 2016
   October 30:
• We have scheduled a Cruise to Wappoo Cut and the Charleston Crab House for December 3.
   October 14:
• Due to the recent hurricane, our autumn classes (Seamanship and Marine Electrical Systems) will start next week.
• Due to the recent hurricane, our Annual Meeting and Oyster Roast are rescheduled from October 22 to October 29 at 2 P.M.
   October 11:
• As the low-country continues our recuperation after Mathew’s recent visit, the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will cancel our planed cruise this Saturday to the Isle of Palms. Roadways, homes, marinas and debris-filled waterways are continuing to recover and we fear participation will be extremely low. Please stay tuned for details about our next outing and the rescheduling of our IOP cruise.

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September, 2016
   September 23:
• Our Marine Electrical Systems course will start October 11 (not October 18 as previously announced)
   September 18:
• Our website about the annual Parade of Boats event has been updated for 2016: HolidayParadeOfBoats.com. Registration for 2016 is now available at that website. CSPS will be looking for volunteers to provide "Marker Boats" to mark the course for the Parade participants.
• Photographs from yesterday's WO Thomas River Sweep and Vessel Safety Check Blitz are posted at our Facebook page.
   September 7:
• We've added dates and prices for our fall courses;  see Course Schedule 2016 for details.
    • October 4: Seamanship
    • October 5: Piloting
    • October 18: Marine Electrical Systems (MES start date later was changed to October 11)
• We've updated the webpage describing the status of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's Five Year Facility Upgrade Plan

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August, 2016
   August 29:
• Our guest speaker for the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's September 8th dinner meeting dinner meeting will be Mark Campbell. His topic will be "Emergency Procedures for Unconscious Crew."
   August 12:
• Added webpage describing the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's Beach Sweep and VSC Blitz PDF file event, to be held September 17. Contact Billy Lynes at 843-312-2876 or Lynes@tds.net for more info about the Beach Sweep, or Steph Quick at ssq@swq.com or 843-494-9949. for more info about the Vessel Safety Check Blitz.
   August 6:
• We've added a new webpage listing of Charleston-area dining establishments that have dockside access. If you are aware of any other Charleston-area restaurants that should be on this list, or if you have any updates or corrections, please contact the webmaster at webmaster.csps@gmail.com.
   August 5:
• We've added a Cruise to Morris Island on August 21. The trip will begin at a rendezvous near the green 25 buoy on the harbor channel entrance near Fort Sumter. The cruise boats will travel around Cummins Point at the end of Morris Island, then through Clark Sound and beautiful marsh channels that lead to Lighthouse Creek where we will anchor at a beach near the lighthouse. Please bring some food to share and come prepared for swimming and a walk down the beach to get a close up view of historic Morris Island Light. More details will be forthcoming once Mike has a chance to study tide tables and calculate appropriate times for the rendezvous and departure from Lighthouse Creek Beach. Plan to join us for fun and fellowship on and in the water.
   August 3:
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available. There's a link there to the story Gold Loop Adventure by Bob Kovach. Here's an additional link to Bob's story: Click Here

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July, 2016
   July 18:
• We've added a cruise to Cummings Point on July 26-28.
   July 10:
• The July cruise to Bass Creek has been changed to Saturday July 23.
   July 9:
• Pre-registration is available for our upcoming ABC courses:
    September 10: Pre-register here.
    November 12: Pre-register here.
   July 8:
• The July 16 cruise has been changed to Bass Creek
• The August 11 dinner meeting dinner meeting's topic will be Local Shellfish. Speaker: Julie Davis, SC Sea Grant Consortium (This topic is rescheduled from the June meeting.)
• We will hold ABC courses at HQ on September 10 and November 12.
• CSPS will sponsor a motorboating merit badge event at Camp Moultrie on September 24.
• Our Annual Oyster Roast and Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 22 at Headquarters.
• Our dinner meeting Change of Watch will be held Friday November 18th at Headquarters.

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June, 2016
   June 25:
• The Cleanup and Vessel Safety Check Blitz at W.O. Thomas Jr Boat Landing was a very successful event. Photos are at our Facebook page: click here.
   June 8:
From the Department of Clarification & Corrections: Our Cruise Schedule has been corrected. All cruises until December are scheduled for the third Saturday of the month.
   June 3:
• We are pleased to announce our June and July cruises, and plans for other cruises later in 2016. See our Cruise Schedule for more details.
• The Cleanup and Vessel Safety Check Blitz at W.O. Thomas Jr Boat Landing has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 25, with a rain date the next day, June 26.
   June 2:
• The June 9th dinner meeting dinner meeting's topic will be Local Shellfish. Speaker: Julie Davis, SC Sea Grant Consortium
• The July 14th dinner meeting dinner meeting's topic will be Abandoned Boats. Speaker: Sean Briggs, DHEC

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May, 2016
   May 31:
• We have added a new page: Trailered Boat Check List. It's available as webpage, plus a printer-friendly version, and as a PDF PDF file. Thanks to Tim Taylor and Paul Wood for updating Dave Walsh's document.
   May 21:
• The Cleanup and Vessel Safety Check Blitz that had been scheduled for today has been postponed due to weather. Watch for a make-up date!
   May 11:
• Our May cruise will be May 15. It is a joint activity with the Lowcountry Kayak Anglers: a special four mile paddle cruise on Bohicket Creek to Reds at Bohicket Marina.
   May 5:
• We will be participating in the Clean Marine Disposal Event, May 12 -14, 2016 from 9 AM - 4 PM. One of the drop-off locations will be at our Headquarters.
   May 3:
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available.

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April, 2016
   April 28:
• Added announcement of our 2016 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. PDF file Deadline for submissions will be September 5. Guidelines are posted at Boarman Youth Poster Contest PDF file
   April 24:
• The May 12th dinner meeting dinner meeting's topic will be Charleston's Sea Scouts. Speaker: Matt Miller, District Director, Boy Scouts of America
   April 15:
• We've posted over 20 pictures of our Headquarters renovation project at HQ Renovation at Facebook.
• More information is available about the District 26 2016 Cruise & Rendezvous in June — see Beaufort Bash
   April 9:
• On May 21, Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will be at the W.O. Thomas Jr Boat Landing for two events:
   A Vessel Safety Check blitz.
    • Clean-up at the Landing

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March, 2016
   March 13:
• Our New Member Handbook is now available on the Internet.
   March 11:
• Clean-Up Day at Headquarters will be Saturday, April 9th (rain date: Wednesady, April 13). Contact Rick Cone, (843) 722-1640, RichCone1@comcast.net or Paul Wood 843-573-7921, boatboypaul@gmail.com to volunteer.
   March 6:
• The March 10th dinner meeting's topic will be US Customs and Border Protection. Speaker: Brett Mueller, Supervisory Officer.
• The April 14th dinner meeting's topic will be the SC Sea Grant Consortium. Speaker: EV Bell, Marine Education Specialist.
   March 3:
• Information is available about the March 11th cruise to a Stingrays Hockey Game PDF file

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February, 2016
   February 22:
• There will be a March 11th cruise to a Stingrays Hockey Game
   February 8:
• Updated our listing of Vessel Safety Examiners. We are looking to train more VSEs — contact Steph Quick at vsc.csps@gmail.com or ssq@swq.com if you are interested.
   February 7:
• Added link to the Summerville Saltwater Anglers' Ashley River Cleanup to be held March 12 10AM - 3PM at Jessen Landing.
   February 2:
• Updated Youth Outreach webpage
   February 1:
• Updated our Cooperative Charting webpage
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available. Many thanks to Wendy Walker, our new newsletter editor!

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January, 2016

   January 28:
• Added Spring courses at 2016 Course Schedule:
  • Wednesdays starting Feb 24: Marine Communications
  • Mondays starting Feb 29: Engine Maintenance
  • Tuesdays starting Mar 1: Seamanship
  • Wednesdays starting Mar 2: Weather
• The February 11th dinner meeting's topic will be Role of the USCG Sector Commander and Captain of the Port.
Speaker: Capt Gary Tomasulo, USCG Sector Commander.
   January 15:
• Pre-registration is now available for our America's Boating Course sessions. Pre-register now!
      •   Click here for the February 13 session.
      •   Click here for the May 14 session.
   January 10:
• There will be a free Operations Training course on March 12 at Headquarters
   January 7:
• Our Spring classes will begin in February, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, at Headquarters. Stay tuned for announcements of specific course offerings!
• Photos from our Holiday Party are posted at Facebook

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December, 2015

   December 14:
• Posted photos from the 2015 Parade of Boats

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November, 2015

   November 17:
• Added announcement about the December 6th cruise to RBs on Shem Creek PDF file
• The January 14th dinner meeting's topic will be Aegean Sea and Istanbul on the Wind Star Speaker: Harl Porter.
   November 9:
• Photos from the Change of Watch are now posted at Facebook
   November 7:
• Updated the Bridge for 2015-2016
   November 4:
• Register now to be a participant in the Parade of Boats! The Registration Form is on-line at Registration Form for Participants. Of course, we also would appreciate your participation as a marker boat: see Holiday Parade of Boats.

   November 3:
• There will be a cruise to RB's Seafood on Shem Creek

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October, 2015

   October 28
• Updated and added more hyperlinks at Other Interesting Websites (Look for  New  and  Updated  )
   October 22
• There's now both a website and a Facebook page for the Holiday Parade of Boats!
   October 18
• Added webpage about the Change of Watch, to be held Friday November 6th at Headquarters. Dress - Business Casual through Class A uniform. As this is a catered event you MUST RSVP by Tuesday October 27th.
   October 11
• There will be an electronic vote for Charleston Sail and Power Squadron officers and budget. Per announcement:

In light of the statewide emergency, we are changing our election (which was to be held at our Oyster Roast) to an electronic election. Our by-laws require this procedure:

  • I am calling a “meeting” of the squadron electronically by email.
  • I am asking for a vote on the slate of candidates for next year and for a vote to approve the proposed budget. A copy of the Slate of Candidates for elected Offices and the proposed budget are listed below and also attached.
  • Please reply to me via email by saying that you will vote in the election. We ask that you reply by Monday, 12 October 2015 if you are participating in the voting.
  • I will email again on Tuesday to call for discussion.
  • On October 16th I will send an email calling for the vote on each question. You are asked to vote “yes” or ”no” in an email reply. You will be given one day to vote. (That day will be October 17, the original date of voting which was to be the Oyster Roast.)
  • I will tally the votes and send the results of the election to the squadron.
Joan Naugle, AP
Acting Secretary
   October 7
• The Oyster Roast which had been planned for October 17 has been cancelled, due to flooding at the planned venue and a ban on harvesting oysters in the Lowcountry.

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September, 2015

   September 21
• Added webpage about the Holiday Parade of Boats
   September 15
• There will be a cruise to Morris Island PDF file on September 20. Contact Mike Fauss, 810-429-0421, mikefauss@aol.com for further information.
• The lastest issue of the Palmetto Log is now available. Many thanks to Elise Jorgens, our newsletter editor for the past three years, who will be retiring.

We are seeking a new newsletter editor; if you are interested, please contact Commander Joe Ewalt, (859) 333-8822, ewalt.joe792@gmail.com or Executive Officer Bill Quick, (843) 879-8798, wwq@swq.com

   September 14
• The Oyster Roast Fund Raiser and Charleston Sail and Power Squadron Annual Meeting will be held on October 17 at The Villages at St. John’s Woods. Click here for more information. PDF file
   September 9
• There's still time to sign up for our autumn Navigation and Cruise Planning courses. Several other classes have been cancelled. See Autumn Courses for details. Sign up now!

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August, 2015

   August 27
• The America's Boating Course scheduled for August 29 has been cancelled. The date of the next course is to be announced.
   August 25
• Added announcement about the September 10th dinner meeting. Topic: Rebuilding a 1949 Runabout PDF file
   August 17
• The September 10 Dinner Meeting topic will be Rebuilding a 1949 Runabout.
   August 15
• Added pricing for the Autumn Courses. Sign up now!
   August 14
• Added webpage describing the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's Beach Sweep PDF file event, to be held September 19. Contact Billy Lynes at 843-312-2876 or Lynes@tds.net for more info.
   August 11
• Added webpage describing the status of the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's Five Year Facility Upgrade Plan
   August 10
• Added announcement at "Upcoming Events" on the homepage about the September 19 "Big Trucks and More" Event at John's Island Regional Library. It will be from 1 to 3pm. CSPS will be there with one of our boats!

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July, 2015

   July 31
• Added announcement about the August 13th dinner meeting. Topic: South Carolina Ports PDF file
   July 21
• Added announcement of August 11 SCDNR Safety Forum. At Fort Johnson. CSPS will be there!
   July 18
• Added July - August 2015 issue of the Palmetto Log
   July 11
• The August 13 Dinner Meeting will have a guest speaker discussing an Overview of the Charleston Area Ports
• The ABC Course previously scheduled for September 12 has been moved to August 29.
• Added Autumn courses at 2015 Course Schedule:
  • Saturdays: Navigation
  • Mondays: Engine Maintenance
  • Tuesdays: Seamanship
  • Tuesdays: Cruising and Cruise Planning
  • Wednesdays: Piloting or Advanced Piloting
• The annual Beach Sweep at the Ashley River boat landings will be held September 19.

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June, 2015

   June 24
• Added announcement about the July dinner meeting. Topic: Our Aquatic Ecosystem PDF file
   June 12
• The July 9 Dinner Meeting will have a guest speaker discussing Our Aquatic Ecosystem
• Added announcement of our 2015 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest. Deadline for submissions will be September 1.
• Added announcement of our Motorboating merit badge session at Camp Moultrie.
   June 4
• Pre-registration is now available for our America's Boating Course on September 12. You can pre-register here

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May, 2015

   May 28
• Added announcement about the June dinner meeting. Topic: The H.L. Hunley PDF file
• Added May - June 2015 issue of the Palmetto Log
   May 8
• The Charleston Sail and Power Squadron will join with the Long Bay Power Squadron on the morning of June 4 at the Ashley River Marina to cruise southwards for the D26 Cruise and Rendezvous PDF file.     Contact Commander Joe Ewalt, (859) 333-8822, ewalt.joe792@gmail.com, for more information.
• Added our next ABC classes and more information on Autumn classes at 2015 Course Schedule

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April, 2015

   April 29
• Added announcement about National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22).
   April 18
• The June 11 Dinner Meeting will have a guest speaker discussing the H.L. Hunley.
• The autumn Oyster Roast has been scheduled for October 17 at the Saint Johns Yacht Harbor
   April 15
• Added announcement about USPS Leadership in the 21st Century seminars to be held June 25-27, 2015
   April 13
• Added announcement about the May dinner meeting on board The USS Yorktown PDF file
• The tenants at the Cooper River Marina will hold a Flea Market PDF file on April 25, from 9 to noon
   April 11
• The cruise and raft-up on the Beaufort River to see the Blue Angels Air Show is delayed until April 12

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March, 2015

   March 31
• Added announcement about the April 11 cruise and raft-up on the Beaufort River to see the Blue Angels Air Show
   March 29
• Updated Youth Outreach webpage with dates of 2015 summer reading program
   March 20
Cancelled! The cruise this weekend to Stono Breeze Café at St Johns Yacht Harbor (Johns Island) is cancelled due to weather
   March 15
• Added announcement about the April 9 Dinner Meeting. The topic will be Experiences Captaining Merchant Navy Ships All Over the World PDF file
• Added March - April 2015 issue of the Palmetto Log
   March 12
• Added announcement about the April 1st Clean-up Day at Headquarters
   March 2
• Reminder: There will be Operations Training on March 7 at Headquarters
• Added announcement about the March 22 cruise to Stono Breeze Café at St Johns Yacht Harbor (Johns Island)

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February, 2015

   February 26
• Added a listing of our Past Commanders to the History of the Squadron
   February 25
• Added preliminary information about the April 9 Dinner Meeting. Topic: Experiences Captaining Merchant Navy Ships All Over the World.
• Added preliminary information about the March 22 cruise to Stono Breeze Café at St Johns Yacht Harbor (Johns Island)
   February 23
• The speaker for our March dinner meeting will be Mac Burdette, Executive Director of the Patriots Point Development Authority, who will talk to us about the Museum, and its exhibits and programs. See announcement at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum PDF file
   February 11
• Added flyer about free ABC course for teens on April 18 at Berkeley County Library.
   February 7
• Added announcement of free ABC course for teens on April 18 to our 2015 Class Schedule.
   February 6
• Added announcement of Finding Your Way Afoot and Afloat PDF file — a youth outreach program for kids aged 8 and older, to be held March 14.
• All of our webpages are now modified in accordance with new United States Power Squadrons standards, so that the phrase "United States Power Squadrons" is at the top, and the logo at the top-left. While we were at it, we also revamped the color scheme. Let us know what you think!
• Added more hyperlinks at Other Interesting Websites (Look for  New  )

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January, 2015

   January 26
• Added information about the February 15 cruise to Charleston Harbor Fish House PDF file
   January 22
• Our homepage is now modified in accordance with brand-new United States Power Squadrons standards, so that the phrase "United States Power Squadrons" is at the top, and the logo at the top-left. Let us know what you think! (Interior pages will be revamped soon so that they match the top of this page.)
   January 20
• Added new webpage about our February 12 dinner meeting. Our guest speaker will be Randy Draftz, Event Director of Charleston Race Week, who will discuss Charleston Race Week. PDF file
   January 8
• Added January - February 2015 issue of the Palmetto Log
   January 7
• We now have three additional e-mail addresses for the Squadron:
       • information.csps@gmail.com
       • membershipchair.csps@gmail.com
       • vsc.csps@gmail.com
We also use
       • webmaster.csps@gmail.com

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December, 2014

   December 22
• Added new webpage about our January 8 dinner meeting. Our guest speaker will be Brian Williams, USACE Post 45 Project Manager, who will discuss the Army Corps of Engineers Harbor Deepening Project. PDF file
• Added information about the January 11 cruise to Vickery's at Shem Creek PDF file
   December 15
• Added photos from the 2014 Holiday Parade of Boats
   December 11
• Added preliminary information about the February 15 cruise to the Charleston Fish House
   December 10
• Added information about the December 14 Brunch at the Charleston Yacht Club
   December 9
• Added preliminary information about the January 11 cruise to Vickery's at Shem Creek
• Added more information about our January and February meetings at 2015 Monthly Meetings
   December 5
• Added announcement of December 11 Dinner Meeting: Plans for 2015
• Updated 2015 Class Schedule with details of the February classes.

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November, 2014

   November 29
• Added information about CSPS Operations Training sessions. The next session will be March 7; all CSPS members are welcome to participate.
   November 23
• Added webpage about the Catch the Spirt Award
   November 15
• Added November - December 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
   November 14
• The November 15 cruise to Bohicket Marina is cancelled due to weather
• You can now pre-register on-line to take our ABC courses. See Next ABC Courses for more information.
• Updated link on home page to photos at Facebook to include photos from the CSPS Change of Watch.
   November 12
• Added information about the November 15 cruise to Bohicket Marina
• Updated Nautical Humor webpage
   November 9
• Updated the Bridge for 2014-2015
• Added District 26 meetings to our 2015 Monthly Meetings
   November 5
• Added webpage about our 2015 Monthly Meetings

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October, 2014

   October 27
• Updated link on home page to photos at Facebook of the CSPS recent Oyster Roast event.
   October 20
• Added webpage about Holiday Parade of Boats

Charleston Sail & Power Squadron is seeking volunteer boat owners who can assist with parade safety measures. CSPS provides marker boats displaying flashing yellow lights along the parade route in Charleston Harbor. Because the bright lights on decorated parade boats mean limited night vision for skippers, marker boats are vital importance to highlight key turning points on the designated route. Safety lights are provided by the City of Charleston. If you would like to participate, you can contact CSPS member Dick Howells at rhowells125@gmail.com or 843-437-6241.

• Updated 2015 Class Schedule
   October 14
• Added webpage with 2015 Class Schedule. Tentative classes to be offered beginning in February 2015 have been listed. Specific announcements will be made in December/January for 2015 February class enrollment. If you have any questions, contact our Squadron Education Officer, Nelson Hicks, at nelsonhicks@comcast.net or 843-270-6218.
• Revised Courses and Seminars webpage.
• Added webpage with photos of the winning entries from the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron's 2014 Photo Contest
   October 7
• The US Coast Guard will be changing the regulations about life jackets. For instance, the current life jacket type codes (Types I, II, III, IV and V) will be dropped. See our webpage about Other Interesting Websites for more information.
   October 6
• Added webpage describing Merit Marks
• Added information about the October 19th cruise. Destination has been changed to Red's Ice House PDF file at Shem Creek.

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September, 2014

   September 26
Cancelled due to threatening weather. The Georgetown cruise has been changed to Sunday, September 28, 2014. Weather permitting, Chet Rogers plans to lead a Squadron Flotilla of boats, leaving from Charleston at 11:00 AM on Sunday and proceeding to Georgetown, SC. A restaurant dinner is planned for Sunday evening at one of Georgetown’s finest restaurants. The return trip will leave Georgetown Monday morning, September 29, 4014. If you wish to join the Flotilla, call Chet Rogers for additional details. Contact Information: Chet Rogers,843 793 7527 or Chet85rogers@me.com
   September 20
• Added more hyperlinks at Other Interesting Websites (Look for New  )
• Revised Mobile Homepage to add links to USPS and District 26 Websites
   September 15
• Added September - October 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
• Added information about the September 27-28 cruise to Georgetown
   September 13
• Added webpage with photos of entries from the 2014 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest
   September 12
• Added announcement of October 25 Fundraising Event at Dolphin Cove — our annual Oyster Roast
   September 5
• The cruise on September 6 to Toogoodoo Creek PDF file has been cancelled due to threatening weather.
   September 2
• Added announcement of September 11 Dinner Meeting: A Bahamas Voyage

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August, 2014

   August 27
• The annual Oyster Roast fund-raiser for CSPS will be held at Dolphin Cove.
• Added information about the September 6 cruise to Toogoodoo Creek PDF file
• Many thanks to P/C Billy Lynes for loaning his collection of paper copies of the Palmetto Log from the late 1990's and early 2000's. It will take a while to scan all of them into PDFs and post them at the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron website, but the effort has started: The earliest issue from his collection has been scanned: you can find it at Volume 51, Number 1, March 1997
   August 17
• Added announcement of September 20 event: Beach Sweep PDF file
   August 16
• Updated Youth Outreach webpage to clarify that Boy Scout Motorboating Merit Badge activity will be at Camp Moultrie.
   August 12
• Added the Nominating Committee Report for the 2014-2015 Watch Year PDF file
   August 11
• Added to the History of the Squadron: a slide show from the USPS files: USPS: A Photo History PDF file
• Updated some contact information at 2013-2014 Bridge Officers and at the Vessel Safety Check pages.
   August 10
• Added information about the August 16 cruise to Isle of Palms Marina / Morgan Creek Grill PDF file
   August 6
• Added information about CSPS Operations Training. (Next session will be 20 September; all CSPS members are welcome to participate.)
• Added revised version of CSPS Bylaws
   August 5
• Added announcement of August 14 Dinner Meeting: The Art of Boat Surveying

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July, 2014

   July 30
• Added updated information on this autumn's course about Engine Maintenance PDF file at 2014 Course Schedule
   July 22
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to July Dinner Meeting. (Photos are at Facebook).
   July 16
• Added July - August 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
   July 10
• Added new webpage about the July 19 cruise to Morris Island Lighthouse PDF file

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June, 2014

   June 30
• Please Note: ExCom meeting scheduled for July 3 is cancelled.
   June 26
• Added announcement of July 10 Dinner Meeting: Behind the Scenes at the DNR
   June 22
• Added Autumn courses at 2014 Course Schedule:
      • Sail PDF file
      • Seamanship PDF file
      • Engine Maintenance PDF file
      • Advanced Piloting PDF file
      • Weather PDF file
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to Raft up and swimming at Bass Creek June 2014. (Photos are at Facebook).
   June 10
• Added new webpage about the cruise to Bass Creek PDF file
   June 3
• Added announcement of June 12 Dinner Meeting: Life and Career in the Merchant Marine
   June 2
• Added marked-up copy of Preliminary Revised Bylaws for review. To be presented to the membership at the June 12 membership meeting and discussed if desired by the membership. It is planned to vote on these at the July meeting.

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May, 2014

   May 31
• Added Preliminary Revised Bylaws for review. To be presented to the membership at the June membership meeting and discussed if desired by the membership. It is planned to vote on these at the July meeting.
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to Old Santee Canal Park May 2014. (Photos are at Facebook).
   May 22
• Added link to District 26 at Facebook on home page
   May 18
• Added two more ABC classes and more information on Autumn classes at 2014 Course Schedule
   May 16
• Updated listing of upcoming monthly meetings at Charleston Sail and Power Squadron Meetings 2014
   May 15
• Added May - Jun 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
   May 11
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to Charleston Crab House Luncheon May 2014. (Photos are at Facebook).
• Added link at Other Interesting Websites to National Safe Boating Council
• Updated Nautical Humor webpage with more jokes.
   May 4
• The destination for the cruise scheduled for May 10 will be the Charleston Crab House on Wappoo Creek.
• Added new webpage about the cruise to Charleston Crab House on Wappoo Creek PDF file
   May 3
• The destination for the cruise scheduled for May 10 will be changed. Stay tuned!
   May 2
• Added new webpage about CSPS and other nearby Port Captains.
• Added new webpage to access the CSPS Membership Roster (Note: Roster is accessible by members only)

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April, 2014

   April 30
• Added new webpage about our May 8 dinner meeting. PDF file    Our guest speaker will be Joyce Wichmann, and the subject is the history and restoration of the Morris Island Lighthouse.
   April 29
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to photos from Edisto Island Cruise. (Photos are at Facebook).
   April 25
• Added announcement of June 7 ABC Course at Berkeley Co Library PDF file
   April 24
• Added announcement of May 24 cruise to Old Santee Canal Park PDF file
   April 12
• The layout of the desktop version of the website has been simplified. It now has only two sections: (1) a left-side menu (as before), and (2) a content area. (The former top frame has been removed.) A slight modification of the color scheme has been made, with information boxes now having a light blue inner border and a dark blue outer border.
   April 11
• Added announcement of April 26-27 cruise to Edisto Marina PDF file
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to photos from Steamboat Creek Cruise. (Photos are at Facebook).
• Added links at Other Interesting Websites to two discussions of emergency beacons (EPIRBs and PLBs)
   April 4
• Added information about our Spring Cleanup Day
   April 3
• Updated Courses and Seminars to include descriptions of courses.
• Added more back issues of the Palmetto Log (from 2004), and revised webpage to make it easier to locate each volume.
   April 1
• Added more back issues of the Palmetto Log (from 2000-2002).

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March, 2014

   March 30
• Added announcement of April 5 Steamboat Landing / Creek Cruise PDF file
• Added two more back issues of the Palmetto Log (from March 2007 and March 2008).
• Updated Photo Album on home page to include link to photos from Capers Island Cruise. (Photos are at Facebook).
   March 22
• Added new webpage about our April 10 dinner meeting. Our guest speaker will be Douglas Logan, a Charleston Harbor Pilot, who will describe how ships pass safely through the jetties to the docks.
   March 20
• Added announcement about our next photo contest, 2014 CSPS Pride Photo Contest  PDF file
• Added new webpage with information about our Youth Outreach.
• Added announcement about our 2014 Youth Safe Boating Poster Contest, “The W’s of Wearing It” PDF file and the contest rules PDF file.
   March 17
• Added USPS Boating Course / Seminar / Course Registration Form PDF file and SC DNR Boater Education Course Student Registration Form PDF file (If you will be attending the ABC Course, please complete both forms, and bring them with you.)
   March 15
• Added Mar - Apr 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
   March 11
• Added a new search engine, that will index standard webpages (HTML format) and also PDFs and Word documents. It also has an Advanced Search for those of you who like to create weird searches. Go to the top of almost every page, or go to our Search page, to try it out.
   March 10
• Added information about Charleston and Charleston Harbor
   March 8
• Added announcement of March 22-23 Capers Island Cruise PDF file
• Added listing of recent and upcoming monthly meetings at Charleston Sail and Power Squadron Meetings 2014
• Added CSPS Cruise Signup Form as a Word document and as a PDF. PDF file Elizabeth Wenner, our cruise director, would like it used to keep track of our boating activities. People can download and fill it out and email it to her.
• Added information about District 26 2014 Cruise and Rendezvous to be held May 16-18 at Lake Thurmond. Also, added Registration Form (with additional information) as a Word document and as a PDF PDF file
   March 5
• Added links at Other Interesting Websites to Ready.gov, Charleston Waterkeeper, and FloatPlanCentral

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February, 2014

   February 28
• Added to the History of the Squadron:
      • A Brief Chronological History of the Charleston Power Squadron (1945-1970).
   February 25 to include information about the March 13 dinner meeting.PDF file
    Our guest speakers will discuss cruising Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands.
   February 21
• The website now has a mobile version for smartphones and tablets. On the top center of the home page, click on the link titled Mobile Version (or click here) to see the abbreviated home page for the mobile version. We'll fix some of the inevitable glitches on individual webpages in the near future. If you find any major problems with the mobile version, please contact me at webmaster.csps@gmail.com

The URL for the mobile version is: CharlestonSailandPowerSquadron.org/mobile/

• Added to the History of the Squadron:
      • Abbreviated History of the Charleston Power Squadron: 2000-2004
      • Abbreviated History of the Charleston Power Squadron: 2005-2011
   February 14
• Added more back issues of the Palmetto Log (from 2009 through 2010)
   February 13
• Tonight's dinner meeting is cancelled due to lousy weather.
   February 11
• Added more back issues of the Palmetto Log (from 2006 through 2008)
   February 10
• Added new webpage with information including the CSPS webmaster's bio and job description
   February 9
• The webmaster has a new e-mail address: webmaster.csps@gmail.com
   February 8
• Added new webpage: Virtual Vessel Safety Check
   February 3
• Added link to SailAngle (a USPS social media website) on the left-side menu.
• Added instructions about how to update your USPS profile, and how to update your e-mail preferences at SailAngle.
• Updated ABC Course Enrollment Information by adding a new registration form to be completed and brought to the first class session. to include information about the February 13 dinner meeting.
    Our guest speaker will discuss the art of sailmaking.
• Added an advertisement for our America's Boating Course on the bottom of the left-side menu.
   February 2
• Starting this month, the website will include announcements providing details of upcoming Squadron meetings, cruises, and what-have-you. These announcements frequently will be PDF files
• Starting this month, we will have an icon [PDF file] to indicate that a file is a PDF
• Added announcement of February 15 Fish House Cruise PDF file

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January, 2014

   January 20
• Updated Directions to Headquarters by adding a photo of our distinctive-appearing mailbox.
   January 19 & 20
• Started a new section: History of the Squadron:
      • Key Dates
      • Abbreviated History of the Charleston Power Squadron: The First Twenty-five Years
      • Abbreviated History of the Charleston Power Squadron: The Second Twenty-five Years
      • 1946 Organization Meeting Minutes
      • Charleston Power Squadron Charter
      • Our Burgee
Our thanks to P/C Harl Porter!
   January 18
• Added link at Other Interesting Websites to "Charleston Harbor dredge pipelines a danger to unsuspecting boaters" and to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District
   January 15
• Added Jan - Feb 2014 issue of the Palmetto Log
• Updated "The Fun We Have" on home page (added link to Cruise to Shem Creek 2014)
• Updated Cruise Schedule (added contact information for most Cruise Leaders)
• Updated Nautical Humor webpage with three more jokes.
   January 12
• Updated Course Schedule to include two courses to be offered in February: Piloting and Junior Navigation.
• Updated ABC Course information
   January 8
• Added another Vessel Safety Examiner to the listing at To Schedule a Vessel Safety Check
   January 5
• Added link at home page to District 26 Spring ConferencePDF file. It is scheduled 14-16 March 2014, at the Holiday Inn in Anderson, SC.

From the Commander: "Golden Corner Lakes Power Squadron is hosting this year’s Spring Conference and once again, it’s going to be a memorable occasion. Friday starts off with a St. Patricks’ day bash, complete with a festive party, prizes and of course, corned beef... Wearing of the green isn’t mandatory, but you may want to just the same. Unfortunately, our cutoff date is February 20th as another large conference is in need of hotel space. See you there."

   January 4
• Added link at Other Interesting Websites to The Handbook of South Carolina Boating Laws and Responsibilities, The Official Boating Handbook of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2012
   January 3
• Updated To Schedule a Vessel Safety Check webpage to include live links to e-mail addresses for some of our Vessel Safety Examiners
• Updated Squadron Meetings to include Change of Watch information. (It will be held Friday, November 7, 2014.)
• Added our website's 2013 Distinctive Communicator award on home page.

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December, 2013

   December 28
• Updated Cruise Schedule — corrected the date for the January cruise (it's January 12).
   December 18
• Started a new webpage: Nautical Humor
• Added many more old issues of the Palmetto Log
   December 15
• Updated "Upcoming Events" and "The Fun We Have" on home page (added link to Christmas/Holiday Party 2013)
• Added many old issues of the Palmetto Log
• Added link at Other Interesting Websites to South Carolina Ports
   December 8
• Updated To Schedule a Vessel Safety Check webpage to include names and information about our Vessel Safety Examiners

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November, 2013

   November 23
• Added description of new course: Marine Navigation Systems
   November 17
• Added Nov - Dec 2013 issue of the Palmetto Log
• Added Commander Karl Naugle's messagePDF file
• Added 2014 Cruise Schedule
• Added more webpages to the Archival Information section of the Site Map webpage
   November 16
• Updated some information at 2013-2014 Bridge Officers
   November 10
• Updated Squadron Meetings
• Added a section on Archival Information to the Site Map webpage
• Added a link to USPS HistoryPDF file on the left-side menu.
   November 8
• Added a webpage about the Parade of Boats to the website.
• Added Registration Forms for the Parade of Boats (see bottom of the Parade of Boats webpage)

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October, 2013

   October 29
• Updated Help with Cooperative Charting to include links to Cooperative Charting Manual
   October 28
• Updated Join Us to include link to membership application form
   October 22
• Added link at Other Interesting Websites: NOAA to discontinue paper charts in April 2014
   October 11
• Updated Course Schedule

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September, 2013

   September 28
• Updated Cruise Schedule
   September 22
• Added two links at Other Interesting Websites
• Added Corrected List of CaptainsPDF file
   September 16
• Added Sept - Oct 2013 issue of the Palmetto Log
• Added search box at top of each page
   September 12
• Updated Cruise Schedule
   September 7
• Updated Course Schedule to include upcoming 2014 courses and prior 2013 courses
• Updated "Upcoming Events" on home page to include link to the District Conference in Columbia on October 4, 5 & 6
   September 4
• Added links to the USPS 100th Anniversary website and to the USPS magazine, The Ensign. Both of these links are now part of the USPS listing on the left-side menu.
   September 1
• Updated Squadron Meetings

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August, 2013

   August 22
• Added earlier issues of the Palmetto Log (since December 2010)
• Added earlier 2013 cruises to Cruise Schedule

   August 21
• Added Cruise Schedule
• Added Site Map

   August 20
• Updated Other Interesting Websites by adding link to MMSI information at USPS website

   August 16
• Added Other Interesting Websites
• Added rotating pictures feature at top of home page

   August 15
• Fixed some more broken links
• Harmonized layout of more internal pages

   August 14
• Updated information on dues
• Fixed several broken links
• Harmonized layout of several internal pages

   August 13
• Added Directions to Headquarters
• Added a Search feature. A small search box can be found on the bottom of the home page, as well as on a separate page (where there are detailed instructions about searching) which is accessible from the left-side menu.
• Tweaked appearance of home page

   August 12
• We have a new domain name: CharlestonSailandPowerSquadron.org
• Redesigned home page, and added dates for upcoming events

   August 11
• New webmaster, Bill Quick. Write to him at webmaster.csps@gmail.com (E-mail address updated February 9, 2014)
• Added this "What's New" page
• Fixed several broken links
• Harmonized layout of several internal pages
• Added date for next America's Boating Course (October 12, 2013). For details, contact P/C Dick Howells 843-437-6241 rhowells125@gmail.com

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