Commodore’s Pledge the Pink Blog October 27, 2019

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Photos by Martha Moulton, thank you.

On Sat. Oct. 26th about 1500 off-island participants came to Dataw Island for day 2 of the Pledge the Pink event. The Pledge is an event organized annually to support the fight against breast cancer. Those participants also walked Hunting and Fripp Islands on days 1 and 3. One goal of the event was for participants to walk, and in a few cases run, 10 miles each day. The yellow school buses started rolling on the island about 8 AM.

What an amazing day as volunteers from Dataw Island came out to cheer the participants, provide moral support, organize “pit stop” and provide the participants with snacks and refreshing beverages.

A group of DIYC volunteers organized a pit stop on the cotton Dike golf course at hole 13, under the big live oak tree. We were at mile 4 of the Dataw walk. Our beach stop was decorated with flying jellyfish, a flying pink pig, signal flags, the DIYC burgee, a beach scene with chairs in one of the bunkers, cornhole and of course pink flamingos were everywhere. Many of the volunteers were dressed in theme appropriate wear.

We served bananas, orange slices, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, health bar bites, water, and Gatorade. Sandy’s Surfboard Bar was open serving pineapple/mango punch, which we soon ran out of. People were at the serving tables 30 deep at times. The mass of walkers coming down the Cotton Dike 13 cart path was a sight to see. They stretched from tee box to the live oak tree.

The participants were ALL very enthusiastic and cheerful, Including some from outside the US. Many were organized into small groups with custom personalized shirts and dress – tutus, dyed hair, etc. You name it, they were wearing it. Lots of creativity with some even carrying their own walking music. One man was dressed in full fire fighting gear. I asked him how he was doing in the humidity and heat. His reply was “it was nothing compared to what those fighting breast cancer are going through”. Some walked for their mothers and others were walking to support to their spouse. Everyone had a story of sacrifice and struggle. One lady commented to her friends out loud that “this is southern hospitality”. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I am a damn yankee, but I am learning.

Word of our pit stop was spread to those lagging behind by text message. Many came up to our greeters and asked if this was the stop with the punch.

Many noted how beautiful the island was and how grateful they were for our island’s support and hospitality.

When it was all done, we were all exhausted after about an hour and half of nonstop serving. And then there was cleanup starting around 11 AM.

Thank you to all those residents who came out across the island to support the Pledge, mix punch, hang jellyfish, prepare our beach scene, retrieve a drone, and inflate and tie down our props. Kudos to Cheryl Johnson for organizing our pitstop

Your commodore

Keith Aspray

Commodore’s Blog – October 2019

Great, outstanding, marvelous, lovely. Just a few words used to describe the recent cruises to Bohicket Marina and the Edisto Island Yacht Club. Good company and perfect weather for both cruises. If you missed the cruises, look for them again next year.

The long awaited restart of our monthly sailing competitions has unfortunately been delayed. The shoreline dock will not be open in time for the first event on Oct. 14th. We will reschedule the first competition for a later date and keep you informed.

Kayaking activity continues strong with a recent combined kayak and bike event on the Beaufort River and Spanish Moss trail. An inshore fishing competition has been schedule for this month. Check out our website ( for a list of all events, flyers and registration forms.

The fish cleaning table we purchased has arrived and we will work with the Marina to find a suitable location once the dock work is complete.

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Commodore’s Ball!!! It will be held November 9th in the Carolina Room. All DIYC Members are invited. I trust members have received their invitations in the mail. Please return those as soon as possible. If you can’t find your invitation, contact Karen McCue or Cheryl Johnson.

The Commodore’s Ball is also the DIYC Annual Meeting. We typically start the ball with the Annual Meeting and then move right into party – dining and dance. The band, Threshold, is back for their 4th or 5th year – I have lost track. Always a crowd favorite.

At this year’s Annual Meeting we will have the election of our Flag Officers as we typically do every year. Scott Johnson has been proposed as Commodore for 2020, with Bryan Tuttle and Dan Duncan proposed as your Vice and Rear Commodores respectively.

The Board of Governors has also been working on revising the DIYC Bylaws. This started as an effort to look at changes needed if the DIYC were to lease true clubhouse space. While the DIYC has not acquired any space, we are still looking at updating the Bylaws were last revised in 2010. More on this issue in the next week or so.

If you have pictures of a DIYC event, please send them to Louise Moses ( Louise will get them posted to our website for all to enjoy.

Be safe if on the water or on the road and as always, smooth sailing, safe boating and kayaking to all.

Keith Aspray