It was exciting to see more than 20 women attend the first meeting of “Ladies Who (Don’t) Lounge.”

We loved hosting the socially-distanced organizational meeting at the BYSC and look forward to growing your group with fun meetup activities and social events, even in the time of Covid-19.

Our goals are to empower women, promote mental wellbeing, and deepen respect for each other at our club.

After meeting all of you and listening to your thoughts and ideas, I decided it would be helpful to summarize our path forward.

First, Noreen Seebacher Smith and I will create a page on the BYSC website for the ‘Ladies Who (Don’t) Lounge ‘ group. The page will include information on upcoming meetups, photos, news, and support services. These ideas will turn into events that you can attend!

Save the Date

We agreed to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, which means our next meeting will start at 5 p.m. Oct. 20.

BYSC member Bonita Wreden, a fitness trainer (as well as a piano and violin teacher), will speak about Fitness and Aging. She’s excited to share her 40 years of experience with the group.

Bonita provided strength training to golf and tennis pros as well as music therapy and creative hip hop for both children and adults. She now runs her own Beaufort-based personal training business in addition to maintaining an active role at the club, notably as the leader of the Monthly Music Jam.

Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American Fitness Professionals and the American Arthritis Foundation, Bonita believes people should “Let their weakness become their strength.” She said the kinesiology and anatomy of the aging body pairs well with her knowledge of nutrition.

Bonita will lead a small group discussion and presentation at the next meeting, followed by physically distanced socializing. 

If you miss the meeting Bonita’s slides will be available virtually on our website page.

Please remember you are socializing at your own risk.BYOB and bring a mask, please. We request masks if you are close to other people.  We want to keep our group safe.

This Is Just the Beginning

As we evolve our group, we’ll share a wealth of knowledge. The topics suggested include:

  • Powerboat safety, docking, and launching: Learn to back your boat down the ramp, launch and dock your boat safely; how a basic outboard engine operates; tips to keep your engine in good health; and operating a powerboat safely.
  • Tides, Wind, and Weather: Learn about useful weather apps, safety tips and how the tidal systems work in our area. Gain confidence and mastery of your local area and fall in love with going out on the water.
  • Basic Small Boat Learn to Sail: Start from scratch and learn to sail a small boat. Topics will span what is sailing, points of sail and sailboat terminology/history. Dinghy racing techniques will be taught based on skill levels using the Sunfish boats.
  • Big Boat Sailing and Cruising: Women get together on a larger keelboat to enjoy a day of cruising out on the water together (dependent on securing a boat and a capable crew.) Learn more about the wind and sailing or just get back out on the water with friends aboard a keelboat!
  • Biking: More details to follow.
  • Kayak Meetup: Paddle the river together or even have an adventure day out to the local sandbar and back to the club for a picnic. Learn the tides and feel safe. There’s strength in numbers out on the water with friends.
  • Art, Music, Jewelry, Interior Design and more: So many amazing ideas for swaps, get-togethers, art shares, lampshade decorating, and more.
  • October Madness: Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Night Walk — bring a carved pumpkin to the club, then walk the grounds at night through a spooky, lit path of creatively carved pumpkins. At the end of your walk, vote on your top three favorites! BYSC member Anne Scott and I will be putting this together this original idea of the Ladies Who (Don’t) Lounge group. All our ladies are invited to carve and enter the contest. The path may be open to the full club.

More to Follow

Other available BYSC events Ladies Who (Don’t) Lounge members may want to attend:

  • Sunfish Clinic: Learn to Sail for adults at BYSC using our sunfish fleet from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Gordon Sproul, a member on the Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating board and a passionate sailor, and I will lead this 2-day course, which will include basic rigging, points of sail, wind and weather information, and instruction on the water. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Register here.
  • Wednesday Night Open Sailing: Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. weekly (come at 3:30 for rigging assistance or to chat with me. I also stay until 6:30 or 7 p.m. to derig and socialize). We have youth sailors, racers and adult sailors. We have new members and members who just want to “get back out there” on a club sunfish or their own boat with a friend or loved one. Women from our group are invited and welcome.