History of the Atlantic Beach Shag Club

The Atlantic Beach Shag Club was founded in 1990 and functions as a non-profit dance and social club.  The home of the ABSC is Memories Beach Club, Atlantic Beach, N.C.  

December 17th,1995 the club applied for membership with the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs.  January of 1996 the ABSC was accepted into the ACSC and has been in good standing as of 2018.  

The Shag Dance was made the official dance of Carteret County in 2006 by the Carteret County Board of Commissioners.  

Currently we have 147 active members in the Atlantic Beach Shag Club for our 2018-2019 year.  In June the club elects new officers and the President appoints board members to specific duties of the club.  Currently President Anne Upchurch  has four board members that serve as Chairs for committees.  Jesse Bradshaw -Ex-officio, CSA contest chair, Anna Bradshaw- Communications and Membership chair, Wayne Barber- Fund-raising and Special Events chair, JoAnn Norton - Social Chair, Sunshine Committee

July 1st, new officers and board members begin a new year.  The business and activities of the Club are managed and governed by the Clubs own Bylaws.  These bylaws can be made available to any person in the membership.  The social dates are selected by the board and are random dates due to Memories Beach Club own schedule.  

Yearly the shag club will support  charities as our club strives to give back to the community.  


Alan Hibert                                   1990 -  1993

David McNeil                                1993 - 1995

Judy Bass                                       1995 - 1996

Billy Bruno                                    1996 - 1997

Clara Talton                                  1997 - 1999

David Farrow                                1999 - 2000

Mary Thomason                          2000 - 2002

Raymond Rigsbee                       2002 -  2003

Julius Adair                                   2003 -  2004

Rosemary McCullen                   2004 - 2005

Ruth Barnes                                 2005 - 2006

Robert E. Lee                                2006 - 2008

Bill Guthrie                                   2008 - 2010

Steve Brougton                           2010 - 2011

Joy Merritt                                   2011 - 2013

Janet Guthrie                              2013 - 2016

Carl Bowen                                  2016 - 2018

Jesse Bradshaw                          2018 - 2019

Anne Upchurch                          2019 -