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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
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 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
in Lancaster, PA and raised in Allentown, PA I am a Yankee whose
heart is now in the South. After high school I went to
Furman University in Greenville, SC where I was first introduced
to Shag dancing. I received my ROTC commission
from Furman, spent a year at Fort Sill, OK and then a year in
Viet Nam as fire direction officer for a heavy artillery
battery. Following the service I spent
38 years in the plastic industry mostly in sales for plastic
processing machinery. I met my wife, Anne, in Lexington, KY
23 years ago.We moved to Punta Gorda, FL
where we were married by a boat captain. We found our way to Southport
3 years ago and love it here. The weather, the people and the
dancing keep our spirits at a high level. We took Shag lessons from Chuck
and Sandy and continue to learn new steps every week. I eagerly
look forward to serving our fellow SOBS as vice president.
Karen Critcher, Secretary
I was born in Virginia but spent my high school and college years
in Fayetteville, NC going to the Azalea Festivals, OD and practicing my shag
dancing with door knobs. My husband Bill and I were in
Dallas, Texas for 40 years. Twenty of those years I
spent working for Southwest Airlines in Public Relations and as
a flight attendant. The latter 20 years I spent raising
our only son. We moved to Oak Island in 2013 when Bill
retired from United Airlines. SOBS was a great way to meet
new friends, connect to our new community and introduce Bill to
the world of shagging.
I was born in Paintsville, KY and
resided there until I left for college, where I prepared to
become an elementary teacher.During those teaching years I
raised three children, two daughters and one son, while earning
a Master’s Degree and becoming certified as a writing coach
through the National Writing Project. After a forty year
teaching career, that included retiring from both Kentucky and
Florida, I retired for good. For 7 years I served as treasurer
of Florida Gamma Nu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an
international organization for women teachers.Greg and I have always wanted
to take dancing lessons and tried once while we lived in
Florida.We became interested in Shag Dancing after our move to Southport three years ago.We signed up for lessons with
Chuck and Sandy…and as they say, “The rest is history!”
My wife Kathy and I
both grew up in Detroit, MI. After the USAF and
a deployment to Vietnam, I saw that staying in Michigan was not
an option any more. After 30+ years in information technology
with the IRS and 9 years as a government contractor, we retired
to Winding River Plantation here in Bolivia, NC. It was due to
our vacations to North Myrtle Beach and seeing the incredible
dancing at the OD Pavilion that we got hooked on shag dancing.
After taking lessons from Henry and Johnnie Webster, John Hutton
and Katy O'Neill and Chuck and Sandy Boney, it was inevitable
that we would join the Society of Brunswick Shaggers. It has
been one of the best things we have enjoyed since moving down
here in 2010. I'm the Membership Chair, Newsletter Editor, and
Webmaster. Hope you enjoy both!
P.O. Box 274
Oak Island, NC 28465