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Change of watch for America’s Boating Club/Atlanta

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The new bridge officers for America’s Boating Club/Atlanta, formerly the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron, brought in new leadership in February for the 250-member organization based on Lake Lanier. 
 
The organization hosted a luncheon at University Yacht Club for the event that was attended by nearly 70 members and guests, including representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Lake Lanier Association and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
 
Barbara Tyson was sworn in as ABC/A Commander. Other officers for 2019 include Dave Fuller, executive officer; Margaret Sherrod, educational officer; Rhodes Lee, administrative officer; Donna Odum, secretary; and John Reichmann, treasurer. Ken Odum is assistant education officer and Malcolm Douglas is assistant administrative officer. 
 
Outgoing commander Eric Ringwall commended the group for its community service and outreach. He presented annual membership awards, then thanked members and guests for their service during his tenure. 
 
In her remarks, Tyson encouraged members to share their enthusiasm for on-the-water learning and social activities. The coming year, she continued, will be marked by expanding partnerships, including joining with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for the national “Wear It” campaign to increase life-jacket use and combined local Vessel Safety Checks, a voluntary program for boat owners on Lanier. 
 
“Our purposes are boating education and safety, community service and outreach, strong membership, and fun,” she said. “So here’s my motto for 2019: Stay safe, be smart, have fun, bring a friend to ABC/A and promote our purpose.”
 
ABC/A regularly sponsors boating classes and social events in addition to its monthly meetings. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in boating. For more information, visit www.atlantasboatingclub.com.

 
Safe boating class offered in March
Want to learn more about boating basics? Check out America’s Boating Club/Atlanta’s Basic Boating Course, set for Saturday, March 9, at Lake Lanier Singleton Marine Administrative Offices, 6275 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 
 
Even if you think you know it all, the course is a good refresher before the boating season begins. It may even result in your getting a discount on your boat insurance. The course is approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the National Association of the State Boating Law Administrators.
 
The cost is $20 and there’s a discount for early online registration. The course text and CD is an additional $20.
 
Advance registration is preferred. Visit atlantasboatingclub.com.


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