Hello MAD Southport participants!
While Hurricane IRMA caused a little hiccup in our plans, the good news is that we’ve been able to schedule this great event on 10/21.
We know there will be some troops and boat captains that will not be able to make the new date. We will have some boats without troops and troops without boats. But we will adjust accordingly and shuffle as needed until we have as many troops fishing as possible.
To all the troops that signed up to be our honored guests; as USN retired, I know duty calls but I hope you’re still able to participate. It’s difficult to say how many boats we’ll have the next time around but be assured that, as someone who registered for the 9/10 event, you will have priority for the 10/21 event. You should be receiving an email from the boat coordinator asking you to verify whether you will still be able to participate.
To all the captains that volunteered their boats for the event, you too will be receiving either an email or a phone call to verify whether or not you will be able to make the Oct 21 date.
Note that boat registration has been re-opened.
More info will follow soon on how we’ll handle registration and signup but I just wanted to get this on your calendar.
We look forward to meeting you in October and enjoying a great day on the water.
President MAD Southport Chapter
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Danny Mckeel (Alikat) of Wilson, NC has accepted a position on the MAD Board Of Directors! Danny first became involved with MAD in 2011 in the donor capacity, and now for the past several years as a volunteer boat captain too. Danny truly has a passion for MAD and will be a great asset to the organization. Please join me in welcoming Danny in his increased role with MAD and support him as we all continue our mission to give.
ONE, SIMPLE, THANKS.
Board Of Directors Military Appreciation Day Inc.
We are having to postpone the MAD Southport event until mid October – perhaps the 14th or the 21st (TBD).
As you are aware, Category 5 Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, is moving towards Florida. At that point the storm is expected to turn northward. Two things drove our decision. First, weather conditions for the weekend are forecast to be marginal to poor for fishing with strong winds and high seas offshore and strong winds inshore. What should be an enjoyable day on the water was shaping up not to be so. More important, there is a lot of uncertainty on when the Hurricane will make the turn to the north. Whenever that is; you, our skippers and volunteers all need to concentrate on the safety of our families and security of our homes. It makes no sense to have you come down here with a major storm headed to us from the south.
So, we will postpone the event and will let you know very soon when it is rescheduled.
To the troops that have already signed up; you will have priority in October. You will hear from us again soon on the exact date.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. There are 75 skippers and 90 volunteers looking forward to fishing with and meeting you in October.
President, MAD Southport Chapter
Once again a BIG THANK YOU to all volunteer and supporters who once again made another MAD Lewes, Delaware a successful event. Even with Mother Nature continuing to deal us with higher the preferred winds and seas our great team of MAD volunteer Captains pulled of the day, and found places to put our honored guest and their families on some fish, that’s right and their families!
Thanks to Fishermans Wharf Fleet in Lewes, Delaware this year we were able to initiate our member & family fishing division on board one of their head boats. The younger children also joined the crew of The Pirates of Lewes Expeditions in the fun quest of finding the treasure. Upon completion of the Pirate cruise, they transferred over along with some others to a cruise and snack lunch on board the Cape Water Taxi, for a very entertaining and educational eco tour of our precious Delaware inland water tributaries. While families were been entertained by our great Lewes Water Front supporters, our heroes were out fishing with our regular fleet of volunteer boats, and with the great team of kayak guides from Delaware Paddle Sports and Heroes on The Water, Cent. Pa Chapter… And of course no MAD event is ever finished without our traditional Southern BBQ celebration, hosted by the American Legion Post 17 Lewes, with great food cooked by both Back Bay BBQ and our newest supporter Slower Lower BBQ Team, and they great musical entertainment of “Dirty Deal”. Approximately 125 honored military guests enjoyed another memorable MAD event, Once again THANKS to all that once again made this possible.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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.