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Activities
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Monthly General Meetings Blessing of the Fleet  Photo slide show available !
Raft-Ups   Vessel Safety Check 
Change of Watch (COW)  Photos available !
Annual Boat Show Youth Day on the Lake
Lake Cruises Christmas Party
   
LNSPS Bridge Club "Bookworms"
   

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Monthly General Meetings  

A general meeting of our membership is held monthly, on the second Tuesday, at Big Daddy's Restaurant on Hwy 150, Mooresville, and begins with an up-beat social hour around 1830 (6:30 PM). We discuss the past month's events, catch up with other member's activities and meet visitors and new members. A "Dutch-treat" dinner is served prior to  the meeting which begins at 1930 (7:30PM).
Our interesting programs are based around some nautical subject. Many guest speakers, experts in their field, are invited to entertain and educate us with topics such as safety on the water, lake conservation and regulation issues, watershed problems, a sailing trip across the Atlantic, shipping out of the Charleston Harbor, Inland Waterway cruises, English canal cruises and even nautical art!
Our general business meeting follows when visitors are recognized, new members inducted, reports given, Squadron issues discussed and educational achievements are recognized. 


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The Blessing of the Fleet

The is a very special day when our boaters and friends gather with their guests at a chosen spot on the waters of beautiful Lake Norman an our chaplain blesses all the boats of fleet and after giving thank for previous years of wonderful weather and safe boating again gives supplication for continued fair weather, with enjoyable and safe boating during the coming year. After the blessing, all participants gather for a hearty luncheon and fellowship, sharing previous years great boating stories. Below are a few photos from this years "Blessing of the Fleet.


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Raft Ups - Beach Gatherings
Our Raft Up - Beach Gathering locations are subject to change this year due to new housing development on the lake. Please check our Web Page frequently for latest location information.
When: Please Click Here to check our Calendar of Events for the dates/locations of this year's formally scheduled raft-up - beach gathering dates.
What: What is a raft-up - Beach Gathering?? A number of boats will tie up together usually centered one or more "Anchor Boats" and crews from the boats will visit from boat to boat enjoying food, drinks and fellowship. Alternatively, we will anchor our boats and gather on one of the nice island beaches on Lake Norman. Participants usually bring food items ranging from pancakes and snacks in the morning to hotdogs, hamburgers, salads plus desserts to share with their fellow boaters for lunch. A wonderful party on the water!
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Purpose:
0900 (9am) to 1300 (1pm) - unofficially some boats may still be there the next day. Please note that we have changed to time to morning hours instead of late evening to avoid the huge crowds and wave action later in the day.
Great fun and fellowship!  Swimming, Water Ball, Lots of Good Food and Drink and getting to know each other better.

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Change of Watch (COW) (Please check Calendar of Events for Dates)

This annual event, held each January, is the time when the newly elected officers of the bridge are installed and the previous officers are relieved of their duties. It is also a time when certain squadron members are recognized and are presented with various awards for their excellence in special activities and their contributions to the squadron during the past year.

  Click Here for Photos from 2016 Change of Watch

This festive occasion is a very special event and we all look forward to "dressing up" and enjoying a great meal, presentation of awards, installing our new Bridge, socializing and dancing.


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Vessel Safety Check (with the USCG Auxiliary)

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What is a Vessel Safety Check (VSC)?

A Vessel Safety Check is a courtesy examination of your boat (Vessel) to verify the presence and condition of certain Safety Equipment required by State and the Federal regulations. The Vessel Examiner is a trained specialist and is a member or the US Power Squadrons or the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. They will also make certain recommendations and discuss certain safety issues that will make you a safer boater.

This is not boarding or a law enforcement issue. No citations will be given as a result of this encounter. We will supply you with a copy of our evaluation so that you may follow some of the suggestions given. Vessels that pass will be able to display our distinctive VSC decal. This does not exempt you from law enforcement boarding, but you can be prepared to make this a positive encounter.
   (Text copied from the Vessel Safety Check website)

Click Here to learn about obtaining a FREE Vessel Safety Check on Lake Norman
Click Here to open the Vessel Safety Check Website Home Page
Click Here to read about doing a self-exam on your own boat

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Annual Boat Show (Please check Calendar of Events for Dates)

At the annual local boat show in February, we man two-person "watches" at a LNSPS booth throughout the 3-4 day show. Our booth is there to increase public awareness of and interest in the USPS, our Squadron, and our mission. We encourage boating enthusiasts to register and attend our Public Boating Safety and Jet-Smart courses and afterwards possibly join our Squadron. We distribute boating safety literature, show safety and educational videos, and answer many questions from the attendees. We also get a chance to fraternize with members of our sister squadron, the Charlotte Power Squadron, who also have a booth.

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Lake Cruises (Please check Calendar of Events for Dates)

In Spring of each year, we de-winterize, tune-up and clean up our boats, rendezvous at an appointed marker on the lower lake and, in a waterborne parade, usually head northward to some designated location. This is our first scheduled outing of the season and spirits are high for our "three-hour tour". Note: LNSPS Vessel Safety Examiners will be available to check your boat and award certificates to those in compliance with the regulations. ( In the past years our destination has been to Bill's Marina which is located in the northernmost point of the comfortably navigable portion of Lake Norman.)

We plan our voyage to have a stopover for lunch and we have a wonderful time visiting with our fellow Squadron members. Then, in good spirits and with satisfied appetites, we head back down the lake with renewed anticipation for the coming boating season.

In the Fall of the year, we have a "Fall Foliage Cruise" to view the beautiful colors of the changing leaves on the shoreline.

 Please check the Calendar of Events for the actual dates and the cruises destinations.


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LNSPS Bridge Club

Not-always-nautical but much enjoyed activity of our Squadron is the Bridge Club. This bridge group has been an ongoing Squadron activity for many years and meets monthly at members homes. It usually consists of three tables and is a priority social function for the bridge lovers amongst our Squadron members. (This Bridge Club is not strictly for the ladies. In fact, a few stalwart men have filled in for a few women who were unable to make a monthly meeting,  but so far no males have officially joined.)

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"Bookworms"

Not necessarily nautical but none-the-less a highlight for the many in the Squadron is the "Bookworms," a monthly book club that was started several years ago and is going strong. Membership is about 20 persons who meet once a month at a members home to review and discuss a previously selected book. The annual meeting for selection of the books is held in May and includes lunch along with planning the schedule for the election of officers.

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Annual Christmas Party (Please check Calendar of Events for Dates)

This festive event is usually held in early December, celebrating the ending of a great nautical year and the upcoming holiday season. It will be hosted in a local venue and is a time when we all dress in our holiday attire and bring some of the best that our kitchens (or our wives' kitchens) can offer. This is a time for the Holiday Spirit to abound within our squadron --we have a great social gathering, re-living the events of the past year and the discussing planned upcoming activities of the New Year. The sumptuous feast is then enjoyed by all.  


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Annual Youth Day on Lake Norman (Please check Calendar of Events for Dates)

Squadron members provide a great day on Lake Norman for boys and girls living in area children's homes.  Activities include boat rides, swimming, canoeing, paddle boats, PWC rides, games and a picnic.
The day begins with a boat rides from Blythe Landing to The Davidson College Lake Campus. Activities begin upon arrival and a picnic lunch is served. Later in the afternoon, our guests are returned by boat to Blythe landing ending Youth Day on Norman.

Financial support for this event is assisted by our generous sponsors. Please Click this link to the Inland Seafarer to see those who have helped sponsor "Kids Day".
Also, anyone or any corporation wishing to add their assistance to this project would be warmly welcomed.
Please contact
Steven L. Stuart via email at steven.stuart100@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 


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