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VOLUME 56 JULY 2003 NUMBER 5

From the Commander
Cdr Vince Lombardo, P

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 there!

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.

Vince.



EDUCATIONAL OFFICER
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P

S
ince 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 it.

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 skills.

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


EXECUTIVE OFFICER Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P

Greetings to everyone…I 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 cfyedisto@aol.com. Thank you, again!!


ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
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 squadron.

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 at jkromer@tariffs.com.

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 to attend.

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 help!



SECRETARY
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 nelsonhicks@comcast.net. 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.

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...



SAFETY OFFICER
Lt Kirk Williams

Hurricane Observations and Precautions

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 areas.

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 weather.

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 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 wind.
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 weight.

If your boat must stay in the water you have three options:
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 better.

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!


Remember:
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 and warnings.
Heavy static on your AM radio may be an indication of nearby thunderstorm activity.
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 protection system.

From U.S. Coast Guard, www.uscgboating.org

Commander Bob's Boating Safety Handbook, www.commanderbob.com/



CRUISE INFORMATION

Folly 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.

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.

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.



Georgetown Cruise - May 2003


Q. What comes after three days of rain?
A. Monday!

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
"Ol' Paint"



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 this proposal.

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 jkromer@tariffs.com.




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