FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, 20 September 2014 the Catawba Sail and Power Squadron celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary at Bellevue, the lake side home of members Billy and Pam Morrell. A committe made up of the Past Commanders led by chairman P/C Matt England, P organized the event attended by thirty-two members and their spouses and eight guests from District 27 and the Charlotte Power Squadron. Leading the District delegation was D/C Burt Pearson, SN. Joining Burt from the district leadership team was his wife Margaret, P/D/C Harold O'Briant, JN, P/D/C Bob Howd, JN and his wife P/C Sandy Howd, AP, D/Lt/C Paula Stewart, AP, P/C David Stewart, AP. Representing the Charlotte Power Squadron was Cdr Pat Hakanson.
Ten of the eleven living Past Commander members were in attendance including P/C Monk Case, SN, P/C Barbara Murphy, AP, P/C Joe Murphy, AP, P/C Will Jordan, AP, P/C Jim VanBlarcom, AP, P/C Jack Stevenson, AP, P/C Gene Stutz, SN, P/C Matt England, P, P/C Diane Woods, S, P/C David Kaylor, S, P/C Gary McWhirter, S.
The program included games on the lawn, a photo show of memories of the past fifty years, a display of squadron history and a short program recognizing Past Commanders, Twenty-five Year Members, Life Members, Fifty Year Members including a special recognition for our departed members especially P/C H. Worth Parker, AP who passed away just over one week before the celebration. Two new members were sworn in by D/C Pearson and the squadron retired its original burgee replacing it with the new gold-bordered burgee signifing the fifty year history of the squadron.
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