Celebrations Abound: From Cinco de Mayo
to July 4th
Lake Murray Members Enjoy It All
Some may think multiple event over a weekend are too much; but Lake Murray
members turned out for it all and had a terrific time on the water and on land!
As everyone knows, Flotilla Fridays is a wonderful way to start the weekend
on the water -- or come on out to Flotilla Island by land if you must, either
way you're welcome and this is a wonderful casual gathering to get to know your
fellow Lake Murray boaters. Bring something to grill, bring something to share,
or just show up to tell tall boat tales and enjoy each other company. So after
starting our weekend with such a congenial fashion on 4 May, all those without
boats to spend the night on came back out Saturday for a full day of sun and
fun! Please check out the photos below to see what we're talking about.
Lake Murray Resort invited us to start our day with them. They opened their
membership-only facility for a delightful beach party, complete with games, good
food, drink and fellowship. Lake Murray member P/Lt/C Sho Fagg, who manages the
resort, had t-shirts for everyone and dock hands to help get us tied up on
arrival. After lunch, we headed back down the lake, stopping for a raft up at No
Name Cove so the Commander could dangle his toes in the lake! Before long,
however, it was time to get back to Flotilla for our Derby Party/Cinco de Mayo
Celebration. Salsarita's catered a delicious meal and we enjoyed Margaritas by
Rita Strohecker who brought out her super duty margarita machine! We even had a
short business meeting and swore in our most recent new members!
After kicking off May with such a marvelous first weekend, we tried it all
over again for the Fourth of July, which we really celebrated early on 30 June
to coincide with the annual Fourth of July Fireworks. We welcomed home the
Charles family (retiring U.S. Army Colonel Mike Charles served as Squadron
Chaplin in 1998), and recognized P/C Jerry Wise and 1st Lt Howard Pendley by
placing their names on the Squadron's Senior Navigator Plaque. We again swore in
new members before enjoying a tasty BBQ buffet by the Freedom and Hope
Foundation. Freedom and Hope Foundation is a South Carolina non-profit
incorporated in 2010 to provide fishing and hunting activities as recreational
therapy for children with life-threatening diseases and for wounded military,
both active duty and veterans. Lake Murray members were pleased to enjoy such a
wonderful meal and to know the proceeds from the dinner, and the sale of extra
BBQ, went to support an outstanding organization.
We capped the evening by watching the annual fireworks from our boats, as
well as waterfront at Flotilla. Don't miss out on our next event -- a look at
our photos will show you the kind of fun you'll be missing out on!