About Us

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On March 15, 1993, a group of people (Shaggers, obviously!) met at Meeting Street (logical place) in Shallotte, NC, with the purpose of forming a Shag Club.  They stated the following reasons: 

 1) Promote Shag Dancing, 2) Social Interaction, 3) Meet with other Clubs, 4) Sponsor a Charity, and 5) Form a Club for Fun and Charity

The organization would form with a minimum of 25 Charter Members.  Any new members would have to make a commitment to attend the meetings at their new home base, Meeting Street.  Everyone joining would also be asked to serve on a committee or in some capacity.

It was decided on March 29, 1993, that the Club name would be the Society of Brunswick Shaggers, also known as the “SOBS”.  The aforementioned slate of officers was installed and the By-Laws were accepted.  There is no mention of who authored the original By-Laws. By the April 19, 1993 meeting, there were 42 members!  (No Socials YET!)  All of the new members had to be “sponsored” by a current member and voted in by a majority of the members present! The first Club social was held on May 15, 1993.  There were 65 to 70 in attendance and everyone was thrilled.  The SOBS were officially out of the gate. 

The purpose of our Club in 1993 was – and remains today “to perpetuate and preserve the Shag Dance; to perpetuate and preserve Beach Music and the atmosphere surrounding the Dance; and to create and maintain an environment conducive to the Dance.”

For a complete history of our club thru March 2013, click here... SOBS History

For our SOBS By-Laws (revised April, 2016), click here... SOBS By-Laws




Our Current Board Members...

John Hutton, President


Tom Milner, Vice-President



 Melanie Jones, Secretary


John was born and raised in North Carolina.  His family has been in Brunswick County since before the Civil War.  John learned to shag dance during high school in Burlington, North Carolina.  Along wife Katy he brought the Society of Brunswick Shaggers from Shallotte to Oak Island in 2000.  They have been a part of the greater Shag Community since 1986


Robert Mohr, Treasurer



Robert has lived on Oak Island for 15 years. He retired from AT&T after a 30 year career. Originally from Wilmington NC where he learned to shag dance in the sixties and seventies. He's been a member of SOBS about 5 years. His past or present interest include fishing, golf, football and some stateside travel.

Society of Brunswick Shaggers

P.O. Box 274

Oak Island, NC 28465