Photos and Description of Events in 2011

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December 11, 2011
Squadron Christmas party - Stones River Country Club

photos by P/C Candyce Corcoran

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October 31, 2011

On a fine fall day at the end of October, ten of our number boarded the Blue Heron for a leisurely cruise on the Cumberland to share fellowship and close out the cruising season. It was the day before Halloween, and while the hardwoods along the bank were in full costume, none of us were. Instead we soaked up the sunshine, told a few tales, and generally enjoyed an afternoon on the river.

Unlike last year, when the Riverview Restaurant was closed to us by the May 2nd flood, this year we all enjoyed the fine food in the newly reopened Riverview Restaurant.

There were the usual birds to see, a red-tail hawk here, an osprey there, several dozen blue herons greater and lesser, and even a kingfisher.

photos by P/C Candyce Corcoran

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Wear it Tennessee
May 30, 2011

On May 30th, Members of the Music City Power Squadron met on beautiful Percy Priest Lake, for a great time!

Cdr Candyce

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Wear it Tennessee
May 18, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 18, 2011) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held a brief ceremony at the Capitol today to highlight his Proclamation for Safe Boating Week, which is May 21-27, 2011.

The proclamation had previously been signed May 4, 2011 by the governor. Army Maj. William Judson (Far right), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District deputy district engineer, represented the Corps at the event. Also represented are the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Music City Power Squadron, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)

 

He welcomed representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Music City Power Squadron, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to the event. All of these organizations are vested in promoting water safety on Tennessee's waterways and lakes.

Carolyn Bauer, a natural resources specialist with the Nashville District, also attended and said the Proclamation sends a message to all Tennesseans that the governor wants people to be safe when boating and recreating this summer.

Bauer said the Corps of Engineers and their partners encourage using common sense teamed with fun as a good prescription for a safe and enjoyable day on the lake: wear a life jacket, keep a proper lookout, don't drink and boat, use caution around dams, and take a safe boating course.

The governor actually signed the Safe Boating Week Proclamation May 4, 2011, but this ceremony took place close to Safe Boating Week in order to have a greater impact on getting safety messages out to the public.

 

State of Tennessee Proclamation by the Governor

 

Whereas, the people of Tennessee are its greatest asset and their quality of life is of great importance; and

Whereas, the Volunteer state's expansive system of waterways enjoyed annually by millions of our state's citizens but are such enjoyment is sometimes marred by tragedy through drowning in a preventable boating accident; and

Whereas, a new generation of life jackets are comfortable, cooler, and provide greater flotation; and

Whereas, Tennessee has been selected as the focus state for the national WEAR-IT campaign which encourages boaters to wear a life jacket; and

Whereas, May 21-27, 2011 is designated as National Safe Boating Week and will coincide with the kick-off of the WEAR-IT TENNESSEE campaign;

Now, THEREFORE, I, Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim May 21-27, 2011 as Safe Boating Week in Tennessee and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance.

(For more information about the WEAR-IT TENNESSEE campaign, go to http://www.wearittennessee.com.)

 

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Ship's clock
March 28, 2011

On March 25 ~ 27, 2011 the Music City Power Squadron hosted the Spring District 17 conference at the Goodlettsville Courtyard by Marriott. We offering a number of informative and entertaining breakout sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The district held one seminar - "Boating on Rivers, Locks and Lakes (BRLL) and an Instructor Development Recertification workshop. Additionally there were several breakout sessions of general interest, including:

  • Cruising the North American Great Loop and the Canals of France
  • Keeping in Touch when Cruising - Alternatives to Post Cards Cold Water Survival and Hypothermia Cardboard Boat Building Techniques
  • On Sunday morning, the squadron arranged a "hands-on" lock-through demonstration on the Cumberland River.

     

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    Nancy Hamilton
    & Candyce Corcoran
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    Candyce Corcoran
    Spring District 17 Conference
26 February 2011

From Commander Candyce Corcoran, P
CandyceGram

On February 26, 2011, The Change of Watch for The Music City Power Squadron took place at the Black Pearl Restaurant in Nashville, TN.

I was sworn in by District 17/LT/C Margaret Sherrod, and I am humbly honored to take on the role as your Commander and look forward to an exciting and fun filled year with many new activities and friendships to be formed. Although this is a new position for me within MCPS, I have had the honor to be elected Commander, twice before. The new MCPS Bridge consists of both seasoned and relatively new members to the squadron. Your new Bridge will bring a wealth of knowledge to the table. We will encourage and continue to promote safe boating and to provide a practical means to foster fraternal and social relationships through new and exciting venues.

One of my many goals is to retain and increase membership. "Membership Blitzes" will be held at local marinas in the spring and we certainly can use everyone's help. In addition, we will promote instructional programs for the benefit of new and existing members. We can only succeed as a squadron with your participation, help and ideas. I believe in an open line of communication and my email address: Aquamoon3@aol.com, as well as my home telephone number is always accessible to you, the MCPS Member.

With warm weather quickly approaching and boaters scrambling to get their boats ready, it is time to think about:

  • Enjoying friendship and camaraderie on and off of -the-water with fellow members.
  • On-the-water activities which will include many Cruises and Rendezvous. Activities On shore may include: Marine Programs, Parties, Dinner-Dances, Picnics and Educational Programs.
  • Signing up for additional educational courses.
  • I will have a MCPS Membership "Booklet" made up for all so you can contact your fellow MCPS Members.
  • A MCPS Newsletter will be available and we need everyone to participate. Send your boating recipe's, your boating photos, write a story, your new children, grandchildren and fur kids. We want to know about YOU!

 

Don't forget to check your emails and newsletters for all upcoming events. If you have not given us an updated email address, home address or phone number, please do so. We don't want you to miss out! You can also always check out our fabulous website for updated information.

Once again, thank you for your confidence in allowing me to serve as your Commander.

Ship's clock
February 26, 2011

On an early spring evening, Saturday 26 February, Music City Power Squadron visited the Black Pearl Restaurant at Blackjack Cove Marina. As winter-weary members arrived at the entrance canopy over the walkway to the dock, not a heavy winter coat on any shoulder, the near life-sized statue of a buccaneer held his hands out to greet us.

It was the first day at a new job for Josh the bartender, and he did a fine job exchanging drink tickets for beer and wine, bourbon and martinis, Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke. Ray Alley had set up the U.S. and USPS ensigns on their staffs behind the head table, where pennants for the Bridge officers hung over the tablecloths. After extensive socializing, the covers were removed from the buffet line serving dishes, and we heaped our plates with mixed greens and white beans, fried catfish and baked chicken, French fries, sweet potato fries and hush puppies.

Commander Robby Gilreath led us in pledging our allegiance to the flag, said a few words, and dismissed the old Bridge before taking his seat, now a Past Commander. Margaret Sherrod, the District 17 Education Officer, next raised our enthusiasm for a new year of classes and seminars, vessel safety checks, and the District Spring Conference here in Nashville at the end of March. She related her own experience joining the Atlanta Squadron, and challenged us to enjoy even more fun Squadron activities than last year. She also noted that Music City now boasted more Certified Inland Boaters than any other Squadron in the District (three to date, with a number of others nearing their requirements for certification). D/Lt/C Sherrod then installed the new Bridge - there were a few in their old, familiar seats, a few more swapping seats, and a couple of fresh faces at the head table now. Our new Commander, Candyce Corcoran, then gave her own address, raising our excitement to a near-fever pitch with her thoughts on the coming season, the future of the Squadron and the opportunities before us. Mike Majka presented Past Commander Gilreath with a gift from his Bridge, a beautiful log book, and Gilreath presented his gifts to his Bridge, cockpit blankets emblazoned with the Squadron logo.

For the record, your officers for 2011 are:

  • Commander - Candyce Corcoran
  • Administrative Officer - Ray Alley
  • Squadron Education Officer - Elizabeth Stengacu-Nelson
  • Treasurer - Mike Majka
  • Secretary - Tom Hudson
  • Information Technology Officer - Mac McBurney
  • Flag Lieutenant - David Corcoran
  • Members-at-Large - Terry Fitzpatrick and Drew Nord

 

After adjournment, Lili Hudson reminded Lori Gilreath that while Robby was now a P/C, his involvement with the club was not over by a long shot. Everyone agreed that the Black Pearl was a great venue, and that we should have future Squadron meetings there. As we departed, Josh said he looked forward to serving us again.

P/C Tom Hudson, AP
Secretary
 
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January 5-9, 2011
The Nashville Boat Show 2011
Boating Interest Increasing, Value Rules
13 January 2011

The 2011 Boat Show is now history - the boats and booths have been removed from the Nashville Convention Center, but the snow remains. So if you didn't go this year, what did you miss? There were definitely fewer big boats this year, a trend that began last year. The largest boat on the floor was a Regal 46 footer, and it was very, very nice. There were no houseboats this year, none! With the growth in prominence of the Louisville Houseboat Expo, scheduled for mid-March, and tight marketing budgets, it seems all of the doublewide-on-a-barge-with-a-hottub-on-the-roof companies will be concentrating their efforts on the Ohio again this year. As you might expect, there were the ubiquitous aluminum pontoons, low freeboard fishing boats, and ski boats with the latest designs in towers.

Another trend - no sailboats, except one handbuilt rowboat with a sail rig tucked in the lee of a floating dock run aground on the concrete shoal. But that rowboat was gorgeous, and the craftsmanship its builder demonstrated with a cedar strip-built Adirondack guideboat in progress helped make his display zone a refreshing island in the endless sea of fiberglass and aluminum.

There were somewhat fewer display booths around the perimeter of the hall and on the mezzanine. Redneck Yacht Club was replaced by the Most Dangerous Catch. Your own Squadron was able to work from two adjacent booth spaces at the head of the escalator down to the main hall, and this worked to our advantage. We set up a fire extinguisher demonstration, on loan from USPS District 17, adjacent to our education information booth. On Saturday, during the high traffic afternoon and early evening, Tamara Nelson challenged hundreds of kids and their parents to try to put out the raging electronic fire with a laser spraying extinguisher, and in the process taught them to aim at the base of the fire, not at its center. Thank you to all who set up, manned, struck the booth, and to all of our members and friends who stopped by to chat.

The new boat dealers I spoke with spoke of cautionary production increases on the part of manufacturers, with larger boats that were once shipped for inventory now only being built to order, partly due to the reluctance of lenders to finance inventory. Used yacht brokers spoke of a good volume of unit sales, but also of buyers continuing to drive a hard bargain. For the boater with "two-foot-itis", there may never be a better time than now to seek the cure.

From my observation, attendance was up over last year, especially on Saturday when the hall was downright crowded at times. And that is encouraging, both for the overall economy where a boat is a discretionary purchase, and for the health of our sport and our Squadron.

P/C Tom Hudson, AP

   
Missing photo 

Left to right: P/C Terry Fitzpatrick
Cdr. Robby Gilreath, Lt/C Liz Nelson
David Corcoran. P/C Candyce Corcoran
P/C Tom Hudson in the Music City
Power Squadron's boat show boot

Nashville Boating

Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities:

See Events Calendar for details for these events and more.

8 May - TWRA Presentation

20 May - Vessel Safety Inspection and Cook Out

3 June - Vessel Safety Inspection at Cedar Creek Yacht Club

10 June - Raft Up - Spencer Creek

21 August - Solar Eclipse Raft Up

 

UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - No Dates at this time

 

SAFETY TIP ON ELECTRICAL SHOCK DROWNING (ESD) BY DIY AC SAFETY TEST FOR BOAT AND DOCK OWNERS.  All boat and dock owners must check your AC electrical system for stray current that could cause electrical shock and potential death to swimmers.  It could save a life.

 

2016 Bridge Leadership

Commander -

Cdr Ray Alley, AP-IN

Squadron Education Officer -

Lt/C John Miller, AP-IN

Administrative Officer -

Secretary -

Lt/C Barry Cleveland, AP

Treasurer -

Lt/C Bobby Naylor, AP

Assistant Secretary for I.T. -

Vacant

Flag Lieutentant -

 

Member-at-Large -

1/Lt Jane Malatak, P

P/C Bruce MacDonald, AP

1/Lt Jack Rubey, S

Rules Committee Chair -

P/C Ken Holbert, AP

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