Winter Banquet

Annual Winter Banquet

2020 Annual Winter Banquet

Join us on February 8th for our Annual Winter Banquet! Once again held at the Mystic Aquarium, we will be joined by Ryan King and his presentation “Anything is Possible: Hunt for Eagle 56” which is featured through the Smithsonian Channel.

So much of the ocean is still unexplored. Don’t wait for big government agencies, universities, or other groups to tell you about what they found. Get out there and explore!

In April of 1945, the sinking of the Eagle 56 was classified as an accident. It took more than 50 years and the diligent work of an amateur historian to convince the navy that the ship was sunk by a German torpedo. Even though the sailors were eligible for Purple Hearts, the wreckage still remained undiscovered. The final resting place of the Eagle 56 remained a mystery for another 15 years until divers from the Nomad Exploration Team finally located and documented the wreckage in more than 200 ft of water off the coast of Maine. In the process, the team brought closure to the families, provided definitive proof to the Navy, and told the stories of the men of the Eagle 56 through the Smithsonian Channel documentary, Hunt for Eagle 56.

Every winter, SECONN hosts a Winter Banquet…we move away from our regular meeting location of the Uncasville Diner and dress up for a night. Cocktails and dinner is followed by a presentation from a guest speaker (some years the “guest” speaker is one of our own members!). We also award the Community Service and the Golden Fin awards (descriptions below). In 2018 we moved to the Mystic Aquarium and began Dining with the Fishes. This year we were joined by Dr. Charles Mazel on “Dark Night, Blue Light – Unlocking the Hidden World of Fluorescence” – see his work at Nightsea: Bringing Fluorescence to Light.

Check out some images from previous banquets below (and if you have any pictures from this event or others, we’d love to see them!)

Community Service Award

One of the purposes of the club is to promote conservation and preservation of our local waterways.  We perform this duty through education, beach cleanups and other activities.  The “Community Service” is given to the member who, over the past year, has made sure the club doesn’t forget that duty.

Golden Fin Award

This award is presented to the person who has done the most for the club.  The “most” can be very loosely defined.  It can be the person who showed up at meeting and kept us focused.  Or it could be the person who went out and solicited new members, or the one who scheduled all the charter dives.

For news on upcoming banquets, check out the posts below:

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