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14th Annual Beach Music Shag Dance & Charity Fundraiser - Report... 

“Operation Uplink” on October 13, 2017, was once again a success this year, thanks to the great turn-out of members and friends.  Our club raised over $7,000 which will be donated to the VFW’s “Operation Uplink” and to Brunswick County’s New Hope Clinic.  The quality and variety of auction items was a tribute to all SOBS who collected or fabricated and to those who donated.  Special thanks to the check writers, the raffle ticket buyers and the winning bidders.  The tickets which members received in the mail and subsequently sold or bought as a donation resulted in a large portion of the total we will present to the VFW ($6,500) and to New Hope clinic ($1,000) at the January and February dances.  Each donation exceeds, by $500, the amount we presented last year.  A “Very Special Thanks” goes out to our Co-Chairpersons Katy O’Neill and Patti Smith for coordinating this event over the last few months!

Also, thanks to all of our contributors of our auction items: Rose Abandola, Joe Apicella, Chuck & Sandy Boney, Tom Boniface, Mamie Brown, Pam Bruno (Pres. Coastal Shag Club), Dennis Faver, Gary & Carol Goldenbaum, Darla Hardy, Ben Hinson, John Hutton & Katy O’Neill, Rob & Diani Johnson, Beth Jones, Joe Malinowski, Floyd & Mary Lou McLeroy, Francis & Cathy Myers, Tanya Nickson, Kitty Ramos, Patti Smith, John & Cherri Swanko, Jim & Angela Trent, Beth Uhl, Butch Underwood, John Uberto & Marilyn Hill, Ellen Wester.


SOBS "SUNDAY SERIES" Shag dances begin - october 22, 2017

Hey SOBS! Our SOBS “Sunday Series” shag dances begin again at The Lazy Turtle Bar & Grill on the OKI ocean front! Our first dance will be held Sunday, October 22, 2017 with DJ Bill Anderson, then on Sunday, November 19, 2017 with DJ Jim "Two Wraps" Bruno, and on Sunday, January 21, 2018 with DJ Tim Holland. The dances will start at 1 PM to 5 PM. More details will follow as we get closer to those dates. We’re just trying to give you a few more opportunities to “wear out those Weejuns!”


Shag cruises aboard the carnival "ecstasy" - february 11, 2018 and october 29, 2018

Are you interested in an ocean cruise?  How about a cruise with shag dancing?  Come sail away with Sherrill & Joe Brown, Cruise Planners on the 12th annual "SHAGGING ON THE SEAS" aboard the Carnival "Ecstasy" departing Charleston, SC, February 11, 2018 on a 5 day Bahamas Cruise to Princess Cays, Nassau, and the Bahamas.  Sam & Lisa West (National Shag winners) will be your dance instructors and DJ Buck Crumpton will keep you dancing all week.  CLICK HERE... for more information!

Or if that doesn't work for you calendar, how about the "2018 SPOOKTACULAR BEACH MUSIC CRUISE" aboard the Carnival "Ecstasy" departing Charleston, SC, October 29 and returning November 3, 2018 on a 5 day cruise to Princess Cay, Nassau, and 2 Fun Days at sea returning to Charleston, SC.  Throughout the cruise you will enjoy entertainment by the The Holiday Band, Wayne Euliss, Tommy & Christina Black. Spinning beach music sounds with DJ Pat Gwinn, shag lessons with Kayla Henley, and Halloween Costume contest. CLICK HERE... for more information!


SOBS "Operation Uplink" & new hope clinic Fundraiser (save the date!) - october 13, 2017

It is with great excitement that we begin the preparations for our “Operation Uplink” event to be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the OKI Moose Lodge #2059 Family Center. This annual event includes a dance with legendary DJ John “Fessa” Hook, a Silent auction and a multi item raffle. The Moose Lodge Menu and a full cash bar will be available for purchase. All profits from the event will be donated to the VFW’s Operation Uplink and the New Hope Clinic.  VFW's Operation Uplink provides free call days and Internet time to service men and women across the globe. Hospitalized heroes here at home also benefit from the project. Over the past 11 years the Society of Brunswick Shaggers has donated nearly $40,000 to this worthy cause. Use this link for additional information: or call (816) 968-1155.

The New Hope Clinic operates a 4,000 sq. ft. facility in Boiling Spring Lakes where they  provide care five days per week, and limited services are offered at a satellite clinic in Shallotte.  In addition to primary medical care, they offer specialty clinics for urology, EKG, dental, diabetes treatment, and medical eye care. There is also a limited pharmacy onsite and a Pharmacy Assistance Program. A small staff and over 150 volunteers, including doctors, dentists, FNPs, PAs, pharmacists, nurses, medical & dental assistants, and administrative support personnel, contribute over 10,000 volunteer hours to provide nearly 6,000 patient encounters annually. We help nearly 1,000 patients each year, but the need is even greater.  For additional information: or call (910) 845-5333.

We are inviting you to contribute to the effort. Please consider soliciting items for our auction and raffles. Your community businesses and friends will only know of our event if you help spread the word. A restaurant which you frequent may be interested in donating a gift certificate or a store where you regularly shop may donate an item or a gift card. A letter and poster to introduce our event is provided by clicking on the following 2 links (Solicitation Letter) and (Poster).  They are available for you to print out and take to your friends in the community. The solicitation letter provides a place for you to document the donation in order to properly thank our business community members after the event. It also provides a receipt to the donor. You, yourself may be interested in donating your own handiwork, whether it is a quilt, woodwork, artwork, jewelry or pottery piece. Please, only new, unused items. Feel free to purchase items to donate. This is yet another way you can participate.

This year we will again mail out 10 tickets for you to presell and you may pick up additional tickets at the door at any of our dances. You may sell these $5 tickets, purchase them yourself or return them at the event. The ticket stubs will be collected and used for door prize drawings.

In order to plan for space and maintain organization we are asking you to get items to us as soon as possible. We will accept items until Noon on the day of event, but we would prefer to have them in hand by September 22nd, the night of our dance at the OKI Moose Lodge. Here are several delivery options: you may bring items to any of the dances, you may drop off items at South Brunswick High School for Katy O’Neill, or call Patti or Katy at the numbers provided and make arrangements to drop off at our homes. If you will be bringing a large item to the event (grill, furniture, gardening table, etc.) please assure that one of us is informed! We don’t want to run out of space!  Thanks for your support of this great event. Don’t hesitate to call either of us.

Katy O’Neill: (910) 201-9993
Patti Smith: (910) 515-2590


SOBS DONATION TO SOUTHPORT, OAK ISLAND, ANimal Rescue (S.O.A.R)... may 12, 2017

At our Friday, May 12, dance at the Oak Island VFW, we presented to S.O.A.R. at check for $350 to help defray the costs of the services provided to our animal friends.  The donation was a result of our S.O.A.R. fundraiser that was held at our April 14 dance also at the Oak Island VFW.  A donation jar and the club's half of the 50/50 raffle was presented in the form of a check to Steve Salerno, Member of S.O.A.R. Board of Directors.


SOS "Spring SAFARI" parade - sobs win 1st place shagging troupe... april 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, the weather was perfect, the cars were polished, the music is “Hot, Hot, Hot”, the Mimosas were chilled and Burney’s croissants on the tailgate, does it get better than this?  Yep, winning 1st Place for the first time!  Thank you to everyone who put on a T-shirt and a straw hat and danced their way to the Pavilion for a cold drink (or two) for setting the new standard for our SOBS Parade entry. 

Thanks again to all who came out to North Myrtle Beach for SOS and the Parade for being part of the fun.  All 68 of you-too many to mention by name here, but you know who you are (The fun sort!) Spread the word for next year’s Spring Safari.  Let’s include even more SOBS in the parade now that we have a First Place win to defend.  Thanks, all you SOBS, for making this happen.  To paraphrase the words of a good friend, “If it wasn’t for you, there wouldn’t be us.”


Shag extravaganza viii - columbia, sc... march 31 thru april 2, 2017

Approximately 40+ SOBS and friends attended the Shag Extravaganza VIII with Deejays Gene Sistare, Ray Scott, Jimmy Munn and Barney Mims. Special Guest on Saturday night - The Band Of Oz. Shag workshops with Sam and Lisa West, Dance Exhibitions with Sam and Lisa, Jeremy Webb and Kalin Ellis, Junior Shag Team - Shag Time II and Hall of Famers.  Included 2 Buffett Diners and 1 Buffet Lunch, Silent Auction, Gift Bags and $100 Door prize each night.  All this for $80 per person plus the added cost of accomodations at eh Double Tree Inn.  This is one incredible week!  It's also referred to as "Park & Party" since after you check-in Friday afternoon, you don't need your car until check-out on Sunday morning!  Look for the information on Shag Extravaganza IX in future newsletters.  Also check out our pictures in the PHOTOS page.  Click Here.


SOS "Spring SAFARI" parade & SOBs "free pour" - save the date... april 29, 2017

The 2017 SOS "Spring Safari" parade & SOBS "Free Pour" will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Ocean Drive, North Myrtle Beach.  This year's parade theme is "DANCE FEVER."  The SOBS' entry will be a Shagging Troupe entitled "DANCE FEVER - HOT, HOT, HOT".  We will start the day with a tailgate party at the Bi-Lo Supermarket at 10 AM.  Joe Malinowski is coordinating the tailgate party again, so look for more information in next few days. Our troupe walkers and dancers along with two cars and a DJ will be handing out beads along the way and playing music makers to the popular dance song "HOT, HOT, HOT."  Leaving the Bi-Lo parking lot we will parade the approximate 1/2 mile lead by Ben Hinson and Gary Goldenbaum carrying our SOBS banner.  The fun continues with our club "Free Pour" afterwards at the OD Pavilion.  The "Free Pour" ends when the allotted club money runs out, but the fun will still continue with great dancing in the classic OD Pavilion.  This club tradition is made more fun this year with a souvenir t-shirt.  The image on the left will be printed on the front of a white short-sleeved t-shirt and may be ordered up until April 19, 2017.. To order your shirt, please contact Katy O'Neill at or call/text information to (910) 619-8265.  Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, and XXL.  T-shirts will be delivered at the tailgate party prior to the parade and will cost $10 payable upon receipt.


SOBS donation to brunswick county new hope clinic - march 10, 2017

Again, thanks to generous community members and the SOBS, this year’s “Operation Uplink” was a smashing success. As a result of our efforts to raise funds for our charities, SOBS President John Hutton presented to Sheila Roberts, Executive Director of New Hope Clinic a check for $500.  Go to "Our Charities" page for information on "New Hope Clinic."  In the picture (L to R) is Sheila Roberts, SOBS President John Hutton, "Operation Uplink" Co-Chairs Katy O'Neill & Patti Smith, and Karen LeMay, New Hope Clinic Board Member.


SOBS "Operation Uplink" donation to Oki Vfw Post #10226 - january 13, 2017

Thanks to generous community members and the SOBS, this year’s “Operation Uplink” was a smashing success. Whether you attended, solicited, donated or sold your tickets this year-a heartfelt “thanks” from your Event Chairs, Katy O’Neill & Patti Smith. Thanks, too, to all those who gave of their time and talents in whatever capacity.  The auction, raffles and ticket sales raised an unprecedented $7,482 for our charities. At our January 13, 2017 dance, SOBS President John Hutton presented to the OKI VFW Post #10226 a check for $6,000.  The VFW's "Operation Uplink" has been our prime charity over the years and it was reported that we have donated close to $50,000 to date.  The SOBS are to be commended for helping such a worthwhile project.  Go to "Our Charities" page for information on "Operation Uplink."  In the picture (L to R) is SOBS President John Hutton, VFW Quartermaster Harold Woodin, Retired Sgt. Major Kenneth Bealer, VFW Past Commander Mike Abbot, and current VFW Commander Thomas Hawley.


SOBS "sunday series" shag dances at the lazy turtle bar & grill

Hey SOBS!  We are offering something NEW during the months of January, February and March… SOBS “Sunday Series” shag dances at The Lazy Turtle Bar & Grill on the OKI oceanfront!  On the Sundays of January 22nd, February 19th, and March 19th we will have dances starting at 1 PM thru 5 PM.  At the January 22nd dance will have DJ Bill Anderson; at the February 19th dance will have DJ Jerry Burrage and hopefully an “oyster roast”.  And, finally at our March 19th dance we will have DJ Claude Collins and a “southern pig pickin’”.  More details will follow as we get closer to those dates.  We’re just trying to give you a few more opportunities to “wear out those Weejuns!”


SOBS Donation to OKI Moose lodge "mooseheart' program - december 10, 2016

"Mooseheart"... is a residential childcare facility,   located on a 1,000-acre campus 38 miles west of Chicago. The Child City is a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school.   Whatever the reason, the men and women of the Moose, through unparalleled generosity and volunteerism, furnish the resources necessary to care for children in need. The Moose fraternity provides children with a wholesome home-like environment and the best possible training and education. Accepting the check Between John & Mary Ann is the Governor of the Lodge, Dan Traveria, and between Diani and Chuck is Lodge Prelate, Mike Forester.


sobs toys donation oak island family children services - december 10, 2016

Thanks to all the SOBS that donated toys for our annual toy drive benefiting the Oak Island Family Children Services.  It was heart warming to see our members share their good fortune with others in the area.   It was reported that we had at least 2 car loads of toys delivered! You definitely warmed the hearts of many deserving children.  Left to Right in the picture are: Eileen Ramsdale, Oak Island Advisory Board Chairman; John Hutton, President SOBS;  and Chief Greg Jordan, of the Oak Island Police.


SOBS Club officer election results - december 10, 2016

At our "Christmas Party" Dinner & Shag Dance on December 10, 2016 at the Oak Island Moose Lodge, we held our annual election of club officers.  "Special Thanks" go to our outgoing officers, Diani Johnson (Treasurer) and Mary Ann Gregory (Secretary).  Also, thanks to the efforts of our Nominating Committee consisting of Ben Hinson and Jim Trent.  The results of our election were: 

SOBS Officers - 2017

President: John Hutton

 Vice President: Chuck Boney

Secretary: Cathy Myers

Treasurer: Steve Smith


save the date "Re-UP / join-up" shag dance - january 27, 2017

This dance at the Oak Island Moose Lodge is your opportunity to “Re-Up” your membership in the best Shag Club on the East Coast!  It also is the opportunity to get your shagging friends to “Join-Up” with us as well.  Your $20 per person membership fee is from February 1st  thru January 31st of the following year.  The “Re-Up / Join-Up” fee will get you a year’s membership, admission to the dance, and a meal.  To expedite the process for those members who are going to “Re-Up”, we are going to have a complete current membership list that we will ask you to verify in lieu of filling out the membership form again.  Of course, new members will have to initially fill out the form.  A Membership Application for your friends is on the last page of this newsletter for their convenience.  Checks should made out to the SOCIETY OF BRUNSWICK SHAGGERS.  We also ask our Members to step up to whatever small part you can volunteer for.  Please consider putting in a little time to help out the club!