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Letter To The Editor: Thanks For Marina Fest Success

Dear Editor,

It might rain. It might be cold. Maybe nobody shows up. It will take too many volunteers.

All the things this IOP Exchange Club skeptic worried about….. and is glad he was wrong!

It did rain, but the event was almost over. It was chilly with the wind off the water. But 500 people showed up along with 60 volunteers to make the day!

Veterans were the “guests of honor” at the event, as Veterans support groups have shown great interest and excitement about having water access for their programs.

As “Americanism” (i.e. Patriotism) is one of the basic tenets of the Exchange, a solid relationship has been formed with the IOP VFW thanks to Post Commander Buddy Gillam. Thanks to Fred Lesinski, Chief of Community Engagement and Veterans Experience and Vicki Johnson, Executive Director of the new Fisher House for Families of Veterans, in the VA hospital.

This writer would like to give a shout out to many key players who made the day a success but would run the risk of missing someone…. but all of us who worked will have our determined, visionary Exchange member Ted Kinghorn to thank.

So, thanks, Ted. You were right. I was wrong. It worked, and the Waterfront Improvement Project to better serve our community is now closer to reality!

Jim Thompson

Isle of Palms Exchange Club

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