MAD MOREHEAD CITY 2016 SET AND READY!

TROOP ENROLLMENT FOR FISHING SPOTS ON BOATS HAS BEEN MOVED FROM APRIL 1 TO MAY 1, 2016. PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN AND REMEMBER, BE EARLY FOR THE BEST CHANCE.

June 4th, Military Appreciation Day Inc, Morehead City chapter will host our Heroes for a fun day of fishing and treating the family members to many land based activities, great entertainment, and awesome food! In the tradition of the Morehead event, expect the same or more as last year, boat rides, kids Pirate Ship, land based games, DJ, corn hole, wild pony boat tours, and much more!

Our Troops fishing can expect the gamut the ocean has to offer, inshore, nearshore, and offshore fisheries should all be red hot and bountiful!

Changes – Captain’s meeting Friday June 3rd, the location is yet TBD, but for now is set at City Park and NOT Jaycee Park. We are working to change this back to Jaycee but it has not happened yet.

Volunteer registration is now open for our volunteer Captains, cooking crew, and land based volunteers who help make this event great!


Sign up Here:
   General Volunteers
   Boat Volunteers

MAD 2015 Charleston: Event Summary

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MAD 2015 Charleston Chapter Event Summary

One. Simple. THANKS. That was our message to the Troops!

To the captains, volunteers, donors, our fellow MAD Chapter members and supporters, the MAD Charleston Chapter would like thank you for making our inaugural event a huge success, consisting of 34 boats providing 82 Troops with a great day of fishing.

If you did not attend, here’s what you missed:

Friday’s Captains’ Meeting started with a brief history of MAD and a few rules were announced.  In the crowd were two SCDNR officers who presented a “Governor’s Proclamation” declaring Saturday, November 14, 2015 as Military Appreciation Day in the State of South Carolina.  We were very humbled to receive such an honor; thank you Gov. Nikki Haley.  After the meeting, we dined on some fresh subs and wraps, washed them down with sweet tea, and watched a beautiful fall sunset.

Saturday morning started off cool and our captains faced high northeast winds, making fishing extremely difficult. Despite the added challenge, at 7:04 am we had our first report of the day, a 22″ trout. Other captains were able to find the fish; Troops caught and released speckled trout, weakfish, redfish, sheepshead, black drum, bluefish, black sea bass, and more.  On shore, our volunteers passed the time with cornhole, posting incoming photos from captains, and preparing for the arrival of hungry captains and troops.  Mid-afternoon, one of the best cooking teams in town, the Pioneer Smokers, rolled in.  Slowly, captains and troops began arriving back at Rivers Edge Marina.  At 5:15, huge portions of pulled pork, smoked beef brisket, green beans, smoked mac’n’cheese, dirty rice, and homemade tater salad were served.  By 6:30, over 120 souls with tired arms and smiling faces had been served a superb meal.  Once again, we were treated to a fantastic sunset as the day ended.

Our out-of–town help included Lewes, DE Chapter President Hector Reyes, who traveled the furthest, 600 miles, to be there to support us. We were very honored to have Mr. John Polosky, one of the original four MAD founders, travel from Harkers Island, NC to show his support.  Tidewater, VA Chapter Vice President A.J. Cole came to lend assistance on the tech side with the rolling slide show of the day’s catches.  In addition we had help from Master Boat Coordinator Scott Krieger (Sandford, NC), Julie Williams (Henderson, NC), Mike Stein (Morehead, NC), and David Call (Southport, NC).

“THANK YOU” to Tracey Nelson at Rivers Edge Marina for promoting and hosting the event.  The biscuits he dropped off early Saturday morning were a wonderful addition!  And he invited us back for next year…

“THANK YOU” to our other Supporters;

SEATOW Charleston, Charleston Sign & Banner, Prowess Sportfishing, WEST Marine, SC Sportsman Magazine, and Coastal Angler Magazine.

One huge hurdle we jumped was a “special fishing license waiver” we obtained exempting the troops from purchasing a one day license.  “THANK YOU” to our Board Member George McDonald in Fort Mill, SC.  He was responsible for working with SCDNR in Columbia. Thank you Mr. Alvin Taylor, Director of SCDNR.  This event could not have happened without the waiver!

Our MAD Charleston Chapter event was the last of five MAD events that are spread over four states.  We have identified areas where we can improve our future events, and need to find new supporters and volunteers.  We’ll start planning MAD 2016 Charleston soon and if you’d like to join a growing team of energetic volunteers, do not hesitate to contact us.  Please follow us on our MAD web site (www.militaryappreciationday.org), “like” us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MADCharleston), and tell your friends.  Next year we anticipate the boat numbers to double. That means more troops get to go fishing and that’s what this event is all about.

If you would like to download photos from the event, please go to http://www.militaryappreciationday.org/piwigo_gallery/index.php?/category/29.

Once again, thank you for your support of our United States of America Military troops.  These men and women put their lives on the line for us.  Please remember to thank them each time you see them.

 

Charleston Chapter Team Members:

Gene Morrison, President
Andy Bajoczky, Vice President
Chris Coates, Boat Coordinator
Janet Charbonneau, Treasurer
George McDonald, Board Member

 

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MAD 2015 Lewes: After Action Report

Great MAD history continues
I want to say THANK YOU to all volunteers, donors and supporters that once again made MAD 2015 Lewes a total success, with a show of appreciation to our Honored Military guests and their families.
I also want to send a BIG MAD THANK YOU to our fellow MAD Chapter members who traveled to support our Delaware event;


A.J. Cole – Tidewater Chapter
Tena Craft and Julie Booth – Morehead Chapter
and David Call – Southport Chapter.

At our Captains meeting we had the pleasure to share great deli snacks and door prizes, provided buy our great donors and supporters and we also had the honor to recognize our local Sea Tow Captain for his support in last year’s event.
On Fishing day once again the high winds presented a challenge to our fleet of volunteer boat captains, but the great spirit of the day was not defeated as 18 boat captains and 11 kayaks along with seven kayak guides gave all their best to find some inshore spots and put our honored guests on some good fishing spots. At 11:30am some spouses, children and volunteers boarded the Cape Water Taxi and had what many called a great educational experience of our beautiful inland Bays Eco systems. At our BBQ celebration we had the honor to pay tribute to our leading founder Rodney Carroll and provide our troops with a great BBQ meal with door prizes and great musical entertainment by Judy Sings the Blues .

Our MAD 2015 season now continues to its final event at the Charleston, SC inaugural event.
See you in Charleston!

Hector Reyes
Chapter President
MAD Lewes Delaware





See more photos of MAD 2015 Lewes in our Albums page.

MAD 2015 Lewes: Schedule, Venues and Thanks



Thanks! to all the supporters and participants of MAD 2015 Lewes. Our event is now officially scheduled to take place as planned. The following is the basic schedule of events and venues of MAD Lewes 2015:

Friday 9 Oct. 2015 @ 7:00 pm – Captains Meeting and “Meet & Greet” to be held at American Legion, Post 17 Lewes DE.
We will discuss our fishing plan and great door prizes for our captains.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 5:00 am – Fishing event main registration begins at Bill’s Sport Shop, Hwy 1 Lewes DE.
Some Captains will depart from other prearranged locations.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 9:00 am – Spouses “Coffee & Pastries” Veteran Benefits presentation Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, Lewes DE.
An invitation is also open to significant others, military parents and children over the age of 15.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 11:30 am – Spouses Eco Tour on board the Cape Water Taxi, Lewes DE.
This event is also open to invitation to significant others, military parents and children over the age of 15.

Saturday 10 Oct. 2015 @ 4:00 pm – Southern BBQ celebration to be held at American Legion, Post 17 Lewes DE.
Great Food, musical entertainment and door prizes for our Heroes.