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The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron of Little River, S.C., hosted its annual Change of Watch dinner meeting recently at The Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
NSSPS District 26 Lt. Commander Bob Boal, senior navigator of Ocean Isle Beach, swore in Ken Delson of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., as commander. He also swore in the new bridge of officers for 2011: executive officer Rob Kayton of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; education officer George Boyette of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; administrative officer Roger Clark of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; secretary Susan Blocher of Little River, S.C.; and treasurer Roger Lesnewski of Calabash.
NSSPS was started in 2000 and is part of the United States Power Squadrons organization that was founded in 1914. It is one of 450 squadrons nationwide with more than 45,000 active members that spread the importance of boating safety through community service programs.
Public boating classes, on-the-water training, vessel safety checks and other programs keep members busy throughout the year.
Squadron members and their friends also find time to get together for overnight cruises, day trips and dinner meetings to share experiences and other boating adventures. The NSSPS has adopted Heritage Shores Park on the water in Cherry Grove, S.C., for monthly clean-ups and is involved in other community activities in Little River and North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The most popular course taught is the ABC class: the basic boating safety course. The next class will be March 5 at the Little River United Methodist Church. All boaters age 26 or younger in North Carolina and age 16 or younger in South Carolina are required to take this course to operate a boat on local waters. Members can also take additional courses in navigation, using GPS, engine maintenance and many other topics critical to anyone who owns a boat.
Anyone is invited to join the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron and you don’t have to own a boat to enjoy the education and camaraderie of this group. Many members are from Brunswick County, as well as Horry, Georgetown and Florence counties in South Carolina.
If interested in learning more about the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, come to one of its monthly Saturday evening meetings at the clubhouse at Coquina Harbor. Guests and visitors are always welcome.
For more information, visit www.usps.org/localusps/northstrand or call (843) 399-1342.