About Us...


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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 Charity.  The organization would form with a minimum of 25 Charter Members.  Any new members would have to make a commitment to attend the meetings at their new home base, Meeting Street.  Everyone joining would also be asked to serve on a committee or in some capacity.

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 first Club social was held on May 15, 1993.  There were 65 to 70 in attendance and everyone was thrilled.  The SOBS were officially out of the gate. 

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 the recently approved SOBS By-Laws (April, 2016), click here... SOBS By-Laws

Our Current Board Members...

John Hutton, President

I was born in Burlington NC, and grew up shag dancing. Graduated from UNC Wilmington  in 1970. Spent 26 years in Hawaii and moved to Oak Island in 1998 with my wife Katy. We have been dancing  together for 30+ years.  I am retired from a career in Education, have a son and a daughter and 5 grandchildren.  We  have been involved in the greater Shag Dance Community since 1986.  We brought the SOBS to Oak Island from Shallotte in 2000.

 

Chuck Boney, Vice President

I'm a transplant from Pennsylvania.  My wife Sandy and I have always been dancers.  We settled In North Carolina 17 years ago and fell in love with the Shag dance.  We have been teaching the dance for the last ten years.  I have 4 children and 5 grand children. I'm a Past President of the club and a member for the last 12 years.  We dance every chance we get.

 

Cathy Myers, Secretary

When Francis and I moved to the area a little over a year ago, friends who already lived here told us about Shag Dancing. I love to dance and Francis was game, so we took lessons and then joined the SOBS.  Everyone was very friendly and it was fun having a place to go twice a month to practice and meet new people.  We started volunteering for various activities which helped us get more involved.  We have been impressed with how much the club gives back to the community and also to the members.  I wanted to step up so I can make a regular contribution to the club and do what I can to help keep it growing and improving.  

 


Steve Smith, Treasurer

I have been a member of SOBS on and off for over ten years. Being a old drummer and DJ, my love for music and dancing has spanned many years. When I hear a song that has that right beat and sound, I just have to Shag. I dearly love Shagging and all of the Shag community. Our club and it's members are very special. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the SOBS !!!

 

Joe Malinowski, Newsletter/Webmaster/Membership

My wife & I joined the Society of Brunswick Shaggers after taking lessons from Henry & Johnnie Webster.  It has been one of the best things we have enjoyed since moving down here in 2010.  I'm the Membership Chair and Newsletter Editor & Webmaster.  Hope you enjoy both!

 

 

 



Society of Brunswick Shaggers

P.O. Box 274

Oak Island, NC 28465