MAD troops, volunteers, and followers:
The Charleston Chapter’s 3rd event is now upon us with only one more day to go! Here is a quick update on numbers and key times for the event.
Captains Meeting: Friday, November 9, 2017, 6:00 PM, at Rivers Edge Marina
Event Day: Troop check in and boat departures beginning at 6:00 AM. Cornhole and games beginning when the first boat returns.
Event Day Cookout: 6:00 PM at Rivers Edge Marina. Drawings and giveaways concurrent with the dinner. Live band starting around 7:00 PM.
Number of registered troops: 135
Number of registered boats: 40
Charleston Chapter President Gene Morrison visited with Fox News 24 Charleston for in interview on Wednesday of this week, which aired on the local Fox 24 Charleston evening news Wednesday night. A recording of the interview can be watched here:
We’re excited for Charleston’s 3rd year and looking forward to seeing everybody at the event!
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
We are excited to announce that Paula Holland, of Beaufort, NC has accepted the Event President position with the organization! Paula will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the event, normally held one weekend before the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Paula has already been a rock star for the organization, leading several activities, helping secure a ton of donations, and securing the use of facilities like Olde Towne Yacht Club docks and crew for our Carrot Island family tour. She has even raised funds to pay for two pontoon boats used for that activity.
She is stepping up to help as we hope others will, if you see Paula thank her, and lets support her as much as possible during this time! She is already at work on the 2018 event!
Chairman of the Board of Directors – Military Appreciation Day Inc.