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Youths to Have Day of Education, Fun

On July 27 about 80 middle and high school church youths will come to the Savannah Lakes Beach for a day of education and fun. The day starts out with lunch on the beach and instruction on water and boat safety.

From there they put what they learned into practice as the remainder of the afternoon they all go out tubing with captains from the Squadron and chaperones.

Each boat is assigned a specific area of the lake so as to avoid crowding and, after an hour, they all come in for a rotation of boats and tubes, laughs and stories.

Last year’s event had 14 boats, 30 adults, 80 youths, and 10 boats receiving Vessel Safety Checks.

Another example of what the Power Squadron is all about: education, safety, community and fun. For membership information contact Marianne Chalifour.

Saving Our Natural World

Wild places used to hold a certain intrigue. Having a small cabin in the woods was a common dream only a few years ago, but times have changed. Now electronic gadgets dominate our lives and replace simple walks and a swim in a lake.


By Lee Bellanger Master Naturalist

As I pondered why, I came across Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods.”

He writes, “Today, kids are aware of the global threats to the environment — but their physical contact, their intimacy with nature, is fading.” He documents the alarming number of people, especially children who are nature phobic, now a clinically recognized phobia, and it is no wonder.

According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This is sure to increase people’s fear of natural areas. I am not advocating walking alone in isolated places even though more problems occur in populated ones. Nor do I advocate a run through the woods without proper sun protection, clothing and footwear. People lock their car in cities, why not prepare properly for the woods?

But there are many reasons to get outdoors. Indoor air pollution, (according to the EPA) is more harmful than outdoor air. Toxic molds, allergens, carbon monoxide, radon, new carpets, and lead dust are two to ten times worse than outdoor air. The allergen level in new sealed buildings can be two hundred times worse than old structures.

Getting outdoors also provides an escape from our whirlwind lives. While walking in the woods, we discover peace, beauty and freedom away from artificial noises.

12 • July 2014 • Squadron Helps to Feed Salkehatchie

At the June Bridge Meeting it was approved to participate with the group from Salkehatchie to provide breakfast.

The Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college-age youths, adult community leaders and people of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.

Life Jacket Reminder: Loaners

Life Jackets (PFDs) save lives. If you find yourself and family without enough life jackets, call our Squadron members, Dearmin, Kloppenburg, or Chalifour, as they store life jackets for infant, child and youths. Or visit our stand at the Savannah Lakes Marina for sizes from infant to adult 2x. These are all free loaners.

Thurmond Group Hosts 13 Squadrons

May was our turn to host all 13 Squadrons of our district, which included all of South Carolina and nearby Georgia. There was a silent auction at the Savannah Lakes Resort Cove, which included dinner on the deck with an open bar and dancing with music from a local DJ. Saturday morning was a golf outing at Monticello, or a tour of our dam, or the gold mine tour. After gathering at the SL Beach for a box lunch and instructions, everyone headed out by boat for a digital scavenger hunt, which covered from Plum Branch to Hickory Knob and included Soap Creek. That evening was a dinner with dinner music provided by a piano player and afterwards dancing and entertainment by Rhonda McDaniel. A final farewell for the weekend was at Sunday morning breakfast at the home of Paula LeMond. 

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