THE UNITED STATES Power Squadrons held its annual Change of Watch for District 27 which consists of 20 sail and power squadrons in the Carolinas. These range from local affiliate Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron and others along the Crystal Coast to inland lake and river squadrons as far west as Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Over 150 members of 17 squadrons met in Atlantic Beach at the DoubleTree by Hilton oceanfront hotel. The chief commander’s representative was Vice Commander Craig Fraser, who administered the oath of office to the new District Administrative Officer Greg Shay of Raleigh, District Secretary John E. (“JB”) Bagby of Pine Knoll Shores and District Treasurer David McMahon of Raleigh. Other officers installed were Education Officer David Osmolski and Executive Officer Paula Stewart both of Charlotte, and District Commander Gene Alligood of Pamlico, who will guide the district in 2016.
Three squadrons in District 27 were named finalists in the US Power Squadrons Distinctive Civic Service Award among over 350 squadrons nationally and in some territories. These were Lake Norman, Cape Fear and Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadrons.
In order to be considered for this award, squadrons had to document their volunteer work. The Fort Macon squadron performed free Vessel Safety Checks, taught public boating courses and seminars, worked at the NC Maritime Museum, Webb Library, NC Aquarium, and Coast Guard Auxiliary. They performed other civic service functions such as promoting National Safe Boating Week and helped provide boating activities during Military Appreciation Day. Because no other district had three finalists, District 27 won Top District in the Distinctive Civic Service Award competition. The sponsor of the award is the BoatUS Foundation.
The assistant director, Ted Sensenbrenner, remarked when he announced the award winner that, “The squadrons within D27 go far beyond their teaching duties in the classroom and demonstrating safe boating practices on the water. They have immersed themselves in their community through volunteer work and other charitable actions to assist those in need.”
The secretary department under Bagby won the national Distinctive Communicator Award for the District 27 website at www.uspsd27.org and for the newsletter Carolina BITTS which is posted there. Sixteen squadrons were also so recognized with the DCA including Fort Macon.
Visit www.usps.org “Boating Courses and Seminars” to see the local Fort Macon’s spring boating class schedule offered to the boating public and locate the nearest courses or seminars by your ZIP code.