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Power Squadron Summer Activities

By Nathan Elliott

TWO NEW MEMBERS, Tom & Linda Williford, were installed into the Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron on Wednesday, August 15 at a dinner meeting at the Beach House at Elijah Clark State Park. Twenty-eight members gathered at 6:00 p.m. for a social hour; the Squadron provided roasted chicken, drinks and cookies for dessert; and members brought their favorite sides and salads to complete the meal.
After dinner, Bill O’Neill presented certificates to Wendy Singleton and Pete Nico for completion of the “Weather” course, and Chuck Gresham presented a “Junior Navigation” completion certificate to Dave Kelley. Following the awards, Commander Jones swore in Tom and Linda Williford as new Squadron members and presented them with a Squadron burgee, lapel pins and information about the Squadron.
Chuck& Sandy Gresham hosted a raft-up for members and guests on Sunday, August 26. Twelve boats brought 39 persons and two dogs to a sandy beach between Soap Creek and the US 378 bridge where most folks first went swimming to cool off. Then the group got into the boats and rafted up in a nearby cove that allowed them to view the sunset and moon rise. The group shared refreshments and walked from boat to boat to enjoy the company of all. Because the sky was clear, the sunset was not colorful, but the moonrise about 30 minutes later was quite different. A large moon rose in the east to provide a spectacular scene of the orange moon, dark tree line, and the moon’s orange reflection on the water. Shortly after the moon was above the tree line, the boats slowly cruised home to enjoy the evening’s view.
On Friday, September 7, TLS&PS members enjoyed a lunchtime meeting & pool party at the SLV pavilion with 30in attendance. Hot dogs were provided by the squadron, Dan Higgins’ famous chili made the “fixings” and members brought their own favorite side dishes. Several members enjoyed a swim in the outdoor pool.
The District 26 Fall Council, Conference and Change of Watch of the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) will be hosted by TLS&PS on October 19-21. Events will include a host of informational sessions and the installation of new District 26 officers. Lodging will be available at Hickory Knob, and all meetings and dinners will be held at the SLV Recreation Center.
On Friday afternoon, seminars will be offered on a variety of topics, including presentations by representatives from the DNR and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. On Friday night, Thurmond Lake will host an “Autumn Serenade” with a “Make Your Pasta” buffet dinner. Rhonda McDaniel, winner of 15 Carolina Beach Music Awards, will provide entertainment.
The Fall Conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday with a choice of sessions on topics of interest to boaters. Installation of the new District 26 officers and Change of Watch dinner will be Saturday night. The weekend will conclude with a “Get Away Breakfast” on Sunday morning.
The United States Power Squadrons® has become the world’s largest recreational boating group with more than 35,000 members, comprised of more than 350 squadrons throughout the United States that are divided into 31 districts. TLS&PS is one the 14 squadrons in District 26, 11 of which are in South Carolina and 3 on the coast of Georgia. Fondly referred to as America’s Boating Club®, USPS was established more than 100 years ago to make the water a safer place through boating education, civic service and fellowship. If you really want to have fun, join America’s premier boating club where you can improve your boating skills and knowledge online, in the classroom with certified instructors, or outdoors with hands-on training! 
In addition to a wide choice of training and having fun with other boaters, as a United States Power Squadrons® member, you receive huge discounts on boating products, insurance, travel and lodging, and many more items that may save you more money than the membership costs. If you enjoy the lake and are not a member of the local boating club, contact the membership chair, Pete Nico at pnicojr@yahoo.com for more information.

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