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Lake Murray Hosts D/26 Spring Conference
in Downtown Columbia, 16-18 March

It was all green, kilts and bagpipes for the District 26 Spring Conference welcome dinner in Columbia on 16 March 2018. And what a time we had! It was a great celebration of St. Patrick's Day for members of Lake Murray Power Squadron who hosted the D/26 Spring Conference 16-18 March 2018.

The Columbia Marriott provided a wonderful venue for our event, which opened with registration at noon on Friday. By 1300, members had setup a spectacular silent auction, which attracted much attention as it was located in our hospitality room! Prize winners went away with such gems as a week-long stay at a five-bedroom beach house, a day's free rental on a Lake Murray pontoon boat, a signed basketball by University of South Carolina Head Women's Basketball Coach Dawn Staley, snorkeling and scuba gear, and an assortment of other nautical gifts.

Friday afternoon was filled with a variety of meetings and workshops. The Administrative Officers' meeting featured Lake Murray's own P/R/C David Allen discussing the proper usage of the new banding logo. Sessions also were held for instructor recertification, vessel safety examiners, and coop charting. Sgt. Steven Simpson of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources updated us on state legislation and general boating safety statistics.

But the highlight of the day - and perhaps the entire weekend - was the welcoming dinner. Kudos for the successful evening go to P/Cs Janice Ayers and Elaine Price who orchestrated the event. Many enjoyed dressing for the theme dinner, and took full advantage of the photo booth to memorialize the occasion. However, the hit of the evening without a doubt was Mike Urquhart's bagpipe performance. Offering a touch of levity to the musical performance was Lake Murray Cdr RJ Becht, who donned an authentic Irish kilt and greeted D/26 members by throwing beads a la Mardis Gras.

Saturday featured more workshops, ranging from membership and squadron revitalization to an overview of operations training. The day wrapped up when the D/26 Conference convened Saturday afternoon. Lake Murray was recognized with the Distinguished Communicator Award for both its website and newsletter. Lake Murray also received the D/26 Boating Activities Award for squadrons with 200 or more members - congratulations to all who left the dock to go boating with us!

Click on the first thumbnail below to open a slide show of our fun-filled weekend with boating colleagues from around the state.

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Updated 08 April 2018
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