As most of you know, the squadron will be undergoing renovation beginning in January which will render both large classrooms and the restrooms unusable for some period of time. Beginning with the January 3rd Seamanship course, all of our courses and seminars through April will be held at the Sahib Shrine, 600 N Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL (just north of Fruitville on the east side of the road.)
The shrine is open to the public and has a restaurant and lounge which they encourage us to use. The classrooms are located on the 3rd floor (elevator available) and 1st floor in a sectioned off part of their restaurant seating area. Both rooms have easy access to restrooms. All courses on single class nights will be held in the larger 3rd floor room, as will be ABC. All classes are scheduled for 7-9 PM (Instructor Recertification on January 11 is 3-5 PM and the March Saturday classes for ABC are 9-1) but they are flexible and will work with us if you wish to have your class at a different time. Please get with either Barry Rush or me as far in advance as you can to change the time.
We will be setting up equipment before the first class, and either Barry Rush or I will meet each instructor one hour before the start of the first class to familiarize you with the facility. The computers and projectors will stay at the facility. The only thing you should have to bring is the student materials and instructor CD. Not knowing the state of the squadron building when your class may start, or what access we might have to it, I highly recommend you pick up any materials you may need out of the education storeroom before the end of this month.
I realize it is not convenient to hold classes off site, but I think you will be impressed with the facility and the staff’s desire to make this run as smooth as possible. I probably haven’t answered all questions you might have so please get back to me with yours. I appreciate your support in making this temporary relocation a success.