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President Wyatt Andrews welcomed members and guests to the monthly dinner meeting at Kennon House in Gasburg, VA. He led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance and offered grace before attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner. 


President Wyatt Andrews called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM with 57 people in attendance, including new members Lynn Cisar, Kim Anderson and Cheryl Honeycutt


Membership – Susie Deschenes presented this Slate of Officers for 2024:

President: Lewis Mustain

Vice President: Wyatt Andrews

Treasurer: Debbie Andrews

Secretary: Lin Harbold

Directors: Susie Deschenes (Terms of Directors Brian Goldsworthy and

Ray Jeter                                 Drew Goodwin expire in October 2024)



Susie welcomed additional 2024 Board nominations from the floor or by contacting her directly. Members will vote for 2024 Officers and Directors at the September 27th meeting.



President Wyatt Andrews announced that we received a thank you from John 3:16 for the summer safety trailer program, where we interacted with 133 children.



President Wyatt Andrews reported that the Lake Gaston Stakeholders Board honored Pete Deschenes for his decades of service to the Lake Gaston Community. Pete held leadership roles in multiple organizations, including Lake Gaston Water Safety Council, Lake Gaston Association, Lake Gaston Weed Control Council and Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department. Pete received a plaque stating that the Lake Gaston Stakeholders Board will be renamed The Pete Deschenes Lake Gaston Stakeholders Board. Thank you and Congratulations, Pete!





 Pig Pick’n will be held September 27th at no charge to attendees other than bringing a side dish to share. Susie Deschenes circulated a sign-up sheet including side dishes to bring. The Board will provide the pig, paper products, iced tea and water. Adult beverages will be permitted if guests would like to bring their own.



Important Dates:

September / October Aquatic Plant Survey

September 1st Chamber of Commerce Big Splash Raffle

September 2nd Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival 

September 9th Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety Class, Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department

September 27thPig Pick’n RWVFD

October 7th Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety Class, Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department

November 18th Coast Guard Auxiliary Boater Safety Class, Longbridge Volunteer Fire Department


50/50 Drawing:

Congratulations to Wencil Stanek, who won $32.50! 

Next Membership Meeting:

Pig Pick’n, Wednesday, September 27th, 5:30 PM Social; Dinner 6:00 PM, R 

ProgramA Review of the Year’s Incidents on Lake Gaston

     Sgt Richard Creech, Jacob Long – NC Wildlife Resources Commission

     Sgt Brandon Harris, Matt Sandy, Chris Kent – VA Department of Wildlife Resources


Sgt Creech shared the following statistics:

  • Hunting Arrests – 57
  • Fishing Arrests – 23
  • Boating Arrests – 89.  Top Reasons:
    • Child under 13 not wearing life jacket
    • Speeding in NO WAKE zone
  • Boating Warnings – 201
  • Patrol Night Boating – 392 hours
  • Night Boating Arrests – 35
  • Boating Under the Influence – 25
  • Boats Checked – 298
  • Fishermen Checked – 506


Sgt Creech and Officer Sandy took questions from the audience, many of which covered NO WAKE situations and laws. Officer Sandy mentioned that the Poplar Creek area is getting busy and is under consideration to become a NO WAKE zone. When asked how to get an area declared a NO WAKE zone, Officer Sandy recommended taking concerns to local county officials who can provide documentation to the appropriate Wildlife Resources department for approval.


As of July 1, 2023, Virginia has a “Move Over” law for boaters that states:


Motorboats are required to slow to no-wake speed within 200 feet of a law enforcement or emergency services vessel when displaying blue or red flashing lights

Motion to Adjourn at 7:18 PM by Lewis Mustain, seconded by Drew Goodwin; motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lin Harbold, Secretary




Please be extra careful this long weekend.   More boat activity is expected and the USCG and the Auxiliary Flotilla 9-3 will be on the water.  We have had a wonderful season with warm water temperatures.  Let's all enjoy the last official summer weekend of 2023.

It goes without saying designate the DD if partying on the water.  Remember life jackets float and people don't.  

Please watch out for the other guy.

Best wishes for safe boating from the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council.  

The next time you cross the Eaton Ferry bridge, look on the south side just east of the bridge to see our most important message “Life Jackets Float - People Don’t”. We hope this high traffic area near the marinas and restaurants will constantly promote water safety.

 Our thanks to Marvin Shearin who gave us permission to place the sign on his property.

Are we ready for summer 2023?

I can assure you the lake is ready for the summer migration as we merge the full-timers with the vacationers and part-timers who will soon fill the 20,000 acres and 350 miles of shoreline not to mention the grocery stores, restaurants (we have some new ones) and shopping areas, etc.

We are always reluctant to toot our own horn and I've learned long ago to never take credit for anything.   People will notice.  However, now is not the time to get complacent since we have already had one boater who tried to drive over (not under) the EF Bridge.

A recent article in a newspaper at a nearby lake in Virginia noted 22 boating safety accidents in 2022.   My memory isn't what it was but I can think of less than 10 here on Lake Gaston last summer.

The facts are the water safety record on Lake Gaston year after year is very good.   Why is that?   I'd like to think boater safety training and awareness by the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council, the USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 9-3 monthly boater safety classes, the LGA Public Safety Committee and we can't forget NC Wildlife, Virginia Department of Water Resource Management and the first responders (both volunteer and paid) who are ready to respond on a moments notice.   Surely all are contributing factors. 

What can you do to prevent boating safety accidents this year?  Of course, the answer is awareness and boat responsibly.  No drinking when operating a watercraft and wear the PFD (it's mandatory for my visiting grandkids and young guests) down at the boathouse and while underway.   Always a good reminder to be considerate of others with your wake.  

It's all common sense.  We just can't let our guard down this boating season.  

For more safe boating tips, please visit the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council website: www.lkgwsc.org.

My wish to all is a safe and fun boating season.  Let's all enjoy this beautiful lake and never forget to watch out for the other guy. 

Brian Goldsworthy

Past President, Lake Gaston Water Safety Council 

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