The Pine Island Boat Club will be celebrating its 30th anniversary Saturday, April 19, from 5-8 p.m., at the American Legion Post #136 in St. James City.
Taking a trip down memory lane, Commodore Butch Cleveringa explains the "then" and "now" about the boat club.
The first outing of the PIBC was in November 1983; a fun-loving group went to lunch at "Tween Waters" followed by a trip to North Captiva for a beach party. During January and February 1984, the boat convoy would meet off York Island and head directly to North Captiva for volleyball, horseshoes and yard darts. By February 1984, an article appeared in the Pine Island Eagle announcing trips and meetings. Initially the meetings were on Tuesdays at the Gulf Breeze Inn and boat trips were scheduled for the first Sunday of each month.
Over the years there have been a few changes but many things remain the same. PIBC still has no member fees, just purchase a burgee, and an easily recognizable red, white and green Pine Tree triangle flag.
The PIBC motto of safe boating with friends is still intact with club themes such as: "Do you want to have good times with the crowd" and "If you go aground, there is always someone around." Over the years various member sponsors have planned and taken both day and overnight trips to some fabulous places throughout South Florida. The variety of activities and locations have been ever changing.
PIBC continues to maintain a close relationship with the Calusa Land Trust by helping annually with the Poker Run and the Duck Race.
Thirty years has passed quickly, yet each new year new friends continue to join in on the fun. For more information, go to www.PIBC.info or call Butch Cleveringa at 283-8389.