2018 WD 03


March 01, 2018

Publication of

Flotilla 34

8th Western

Rivers Region

Issue 01

Flotilla Commander

Vice Flotilla Commander...........................Page 03


FSO-FN......................................................Page 04


FSO-IS.......................................................Page 05



FSO-PB......................................................Page 06


FSO-PV......................................................Page 07

Broken Mind..............................................Page 08

Seven Wonders...........................................Page 09

Lost Words.................................................Page 10

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Page 2

Flotilla Commander

Dan Rhoades

Vice Flotilla Commander

Marilyn Aten

I first need to thank Marilyn Aten for the hard work

and leadership she has given Flotilla

34 for the last two years.

The flotilla has started the year with

a presentation at the Let’s Go Fishing

Show at the Collinsville Convention

Center January 5 through 7. I had people

asking questions about the inflatable type life jacket,

therefore people need to bush up on the rules and care.

In the February we started planning our VE stations and

PA events for coming season. As dates firm up this information

shall be forwarded.

This year we will start basic new member training in

effort to keep all interested.

Please note the following news clip reinforcing the continued

work in boat safety

2017 Boat Sales May Top 269,000........

Initial reports reveal that over 263,000 new boats were

sold in 32 early reporting states during 2017, reinforcing

that the recreational boating industry is recovering

from the Great Recession.

Statistical Surveys announced that 263,213 boats were

sold in the early reporting states, which is a 3.8 percent

increase over 2016. These states represent approximately

59 percent of the U.S. market.

According to Ryan Kloppe, the sales director for Statistical

Surveys notes that the remaining 18 states may

add up to 6,000 boats to the tally, bringing the final total

to around 269,000 boats.

Larry Miller,

Joy and Jay

Liss at COW.

Leaders for 2018 at Change of Watch

What a nice turn out we had from Flotilla 34 for the

Division 3 Change of Watch and Awards Banquet in

January. This was our second year at Andre’s Banquet

Center on Telegraph Road.

There were about 50 members and guest in attendance.

Captain Scott Stoermer, Commander Sector Upper

Mississippi River, was the Guest Speaker. Other special

guests attending were the Director of Auxiliary,

Jamie Salinas and District Captain – East, Chris Ware.

Flotilla 34 members and guests in attendance were

Larry Miller, Jay and Joy Liss, Debby Howard, Tom

Phipps, Charles and Marilyn Aten plus Dan and Barbara


Bob Arisman from Flotilla 3-10 was installed as our new

Division Commander for 2018 with Barbara Rhoades

from Flotilla 34 as our new Division Vice Commander

for 2018. Dan Rhoades was installed as Flotilla 34’s

new Flotilla Commander for 2018 with Marilyn Aten

as the flotilla’s new Vice Flotilla Commander for 2018.

Congratulations to all.

Several flotilla members went home with awards. This

year the Awards Committee gave recipient gift cards to

area restaurants. Very nice.

Tom Phipps, Charles

Aten, LCDR Jaime

Salinas and

IPDCDR Gary Smith


Cake for COW celebration


Photos courtesy of Marilyn


Page 3

Flotilla Staff Officer-CM

Larry Miller

Flotilla Staff Officer-FN

Charles Aten

While use of a VHF-FM marine radio is highly encouraged,

the need for one on the rivers and lakes in our

AOR isn’t as necessary as for off-shore boating. Generally,

we are close enough for a cell

phone to work. Keep in mind when

you use a cell phone for an emergency,

only one party is privileged to

the conversation. However, use of

the VHF-FM marine radio gets your

message out not only to the Coast

Guard but to anyone in your area listening

to a marine radio. This increases the timeliness

of aid heading in your direction. If you are on the water

and have a VHF-FM marine radio, you can not only

call for help but perhaps you can render aid to another


During the period when Auxiliary Vessel Facilities are

on the water, crews are required to make reports to the

Coast Guard every hour (for Aircraft Facilities, the

requirement is every 30 minutes). You can assist the

underway facilities in their reporting and obtain some

valuable on the job training at the same time. To do

this you need to do two things: one, get certified as a

Telecommunications Operator (TCO) and two, obtain a

VHF-FM Marine Radio, power supply and antenna and

become a Coast Guard Radio Facility.

Please contact me for help in these areas.

Finances in Good Shape

Flotilla 34 completed their annual Financial Report on

the 7025 form. This asks for how much money we have

in our checking and savings accounts. Then we filled

in money received for dues and Public Education fees

plus any interest on our accounts.

Next, we list dues paid this year along

with our Public Education expenses. It

asks if we spent money on uniforms,

meetings, materials and equipment, building utilities

and repairs, plus any awards.

In the end it balanced out leaving Flotilla 34 in good

financial shape.

So far this year, 2018, the only bill we’ve had to handle

is for dues. This money gets broken down with some

going to Division 3, some to the Eighth Western Rivers

District and some goes to the National Coast Guard


Click here: 2011 West Virginia

University Marching Band Armed

Forces Salute - YouTube

Larry Miller and Chales Aten at the Let’s Go Fishing

Show in January 2018.

Photo courtesy of Marilyn Aten.

Page 4

Flotilla Staff Officer-HR

Marilyn Aten

Flotilla Staff Officer-IS

Barbara Rhoades

New Members are Welcome

Over the past 12 months or so, Flotilla 34 has received

numerous requests from people wanting more information

about the Coast Guard Auxiliary. These names

are sent to us via the SO-HR and the DSO-HR coming

through National via the National website.

As FSO-HR, I invite everyone every month to attend

our flotilla meeting at Missouri Baptist Hospital on the

third Tuesday of each month. In 2017, we invited about

20 people to come and visit and learn what the Coast

Guard Auxiliary has to offer.

I had the bright idea to invite

everyone to an Information

Night on Tuesday,

March 6 at 7:00pm at Missouri

Baptist Hospital in

Auditorium #2.

We’ll see how it turns out.

My thought was to bring as many as possible together

to explain who the Coast Guard Auiliary is and what we

do, to let them know how to join our organization and

explaing the training we offer and the many programs

available for them in which to participate.

According to the last Logistics meeting I attended, IS is

doing well. There are no errors being made and those

up the chain are happy with this. Division 3 has not

changed the way they make entries so I’m not sure why

this has improved but glad it has.

The point is keep doing what you are

doing with putting your hours down

on paper and sending it to your IS

officer. For the flotillas in Division

3, there are only three of us that are

certified/qualified to enter hours so

we divide the flotillas up. They are

as follows:

Flotilla 34, 36, 3-16 and 3-16 Barbara Rhoades

Flotilla 37 and 3-10 Diana Arisman

Flotilla 3-8 and 3-13 Mark Zoellner

Of note, there was talk that 70U could be used if you

watch Blue Planet. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Do not use

70U unless you are working on a PQS.

Let one of us know if you have questions. We will be

happy to help (or find the answer if we don’t know!).

I hope we get a fair turnout. We have about half invited

from Missosuri and the other half from Illinois. I’ll let

you all know how it turns out. Come on by if you are


Page 5

Flotilla Staff Officer-MT

Marilyn Aten

Flotilla Staff Officer-PB

Barbara Rhoades

Time to Refresh our Skills

We have lots of active flotilla members every year.

We’ve trained for various Coast Guard Auxiliary programs,

yet each year we need a little refresher to keep

us sharp and up to date on any changes.

Starting at our March flotilla meeting, we’ll be back at

Missouri Baptist Hospital for all our meetings. That

makes it so much easier to do training.

Our spring training schedules looks like

this. At the March 20 th meeting, it’s time

to brush up on our Instructor

Skills. Then at the May 17 th

meeting, we’ll get ready to do Vessel Exams.

We will go over all the VE forms and

do a refreshed on the requirements.

For our next issue of Wing Dam, I hope we have more

photos. So many times, we think that the photos we take

are not the ones that are of any value to the newsletter.

But it might be that the one photo you take makes the

article someone else wrote all that much more meaningful.

I think most of us

have cell phones

with cameras so

you always have

a way to take that

photo. Send them to me and I can crop or enhance them

if needed.

Flotilla Staff Officer-PA

Marilyn Aten

Public Affairs sells Safe Boating

Recreational Boating Safety isn’t complete unless

you’re getting the public turned in to boating safely on

our lakes and rivers. We do that by engaging conversations

with boaters, fishermen, hunters and everyone

else using a vessel craft on water.

Flotilla 34 does an excellent job of connecting with

boaters at the Let’s Go Fishing Show each year in

Collinsville, IL at the Gateway Center. This was our

fourth-year meeting and talking fishing, boats and life

jackets with the 9,000 people that went through this

popular event.

Thanks to Dan Rhoades, Charles, Aten, Larry Miller

and Marilyn Aten for working the booth. It’s a fun

event with lot of traffic to keep you busy. It’s also a

great spot to promote our upcoming About Boating

Safely classes that begin in March.

Page 6

Flotilla Staff Officer-PE

Larry Miller

Is boating safety education important? Let me cite from

the Executive Summary of the 2016 Recreational Boating

Statistics published by the

Coast Guard: “Where instruction

was known, 77% of deaths occurred

on boats where the operator

did not receive boating safety

instruction. Only 13% of deaths

occurred on vessels where the

operator had received a nationally-approved

boating safety education certificate.”

The Executive Summary also reports, “Compared

to 2015, the number of accidents [in 2016] increased

7.3%, the number of deaths increased 12%, and the

number of injuries increased 11.1%.” The top six primary

contributing factors of accidents: 1) Operator Inattention;

2) Operator inexperience; 3) Improper lookout;

4) Excessive Speed; 5) Machinery Failure, and 6)

Alcohol use. These six factors were the same as 2015

except that the Excessive Speed and Machinery Failure

swapped places in 2016.

“The mission of

the National Recreational


Safety (RBS) Program

is “to ensure

the public has a

safe, secure, and

enjoyable recreational

boating experience

by implementing


that minimize the

loss of life, personal

injury, and property damage while cooperating with

environmental and national security efforts.”

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

(NASBLA) is a promoter of boating education

courses. NASBLA President Tom Guess says, “If a

boater has taken a boating safety education course, the

likelihood of their time spent on the water being a safe

and enjoyable experience is much greater, for them and

their passengers.” As a boating safety advocate, NAS-

BLA urges boaters to enroll in a boating safety course

this spring. NASBLA is the lead organization in “The

Spring Aboard - Take a Boating Education Course”


So, I’ll answer my opening question, yes, boating safety

education is important.

Flotilla Staff Officer-PV

Larry Miller

It’s getting close to time to get the boats out of storage

and in the water. With the boat show season going

on now, more and more people are purchasing boats.

It’s time to get out to the dealers to place boating and

on water safety information where customers can see


It’s very important to hang flyers

at these water sports vendors

advertising our boating safely

courses in the metro east area.

But marine dealers are the only

locations to place material, public

libraries are another good


At the D-Train in April, there will be training sessions

for Program Visitors. Anyone wishing to be certified as

a Marine Dealer Program Visitor, please let me know,

we can get you started.

There are a lot of dealers out there and I can’t hit them

all myself.

The first stated objective in the Coast Guards Strategic

Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety

Program for 2017-2021 is “Improve and expand recreational

boating education, training, and outreach.”

Page 7


Prisoner of a Broken Mind

By Sherry Nelson

This world can be so unkind.

Helpless as my life declined.

Fear of being left behind,

Prisoner of a broken mind.

Watching myself be defined,

Forever unable to press rewind.

Angry at the Great Divine,

For allowing my broken mind.

Trying to share my gifts in kind,

Fighting against the ties that bind.

No longer the melon, forever the rind,

In the hollows of my broken mind.

Remember how brightly I shined?

For that me, I’ve often pined.

Oh, the things I’ve left behind,

Stuck here in my broken mind.

Lost at sea, unable to find

The gifts that should be rightfully mine.

To this fate I am resigned.

Prisoner of a broken mind.

Now I’m free, no longer confined.

I wonder if it was by design.

Somehow the stars have all aligned.

I’m finally free from my broken mind.

Page 8

Seven Wonders Of The World

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the current Seven

Wonders of the World. Though there was some disagreement, the following got the

most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids

2. Taj Mahal

3. Grand Canyon

4. Panama Canal

5. Empire State Building

6. St. Peter’s Basilica

7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn’t turned

in her paper yet. So she asked the student if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there

were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.” The girl

hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are:

1. to touch

2. to taste

3. to see

4. to hear

5. to feel

6. to laugh

7. and to love

The room was full of silence.

A gentle reminder:

That the most precious things in life cannot be build by hand or bought by man.

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Lost Words from our Childhood

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Heavens to Murgatroyd!

Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd?

Lost Words from our childhood:

Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really! The other day a not so elderly (65) lady said

something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said what the

heck is a Jalopy? OMG (new phrase!) he never heard of the word jalopy!!

So they went to the computer and pulled up a picture from the movie “The Grapes of Wrath.” Now

that was a Jalopy! She knew she was old but not that old.

I hope you are Hunky dory after you read this and chuckle.


by Richard Lederer

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete

because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included

“Don’t touch that dial,” “Carbon copy,” “You sound like a broken record” and

“Hung out to dry.” A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more

faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten

up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting

and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in

some passion pit or lover’s lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping

Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and

even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a

pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything

was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats,

knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching

back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore. Like Washington Irving ‘s Rip Van

Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, I’ll be a monkey’s

uncle! or This is a fine kettle of fish! we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that

seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our

pens and our keyboards. Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words

we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape

and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops,

skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an

organ grinder’s monkey. Continued on Page 11

Page 10

Continued from Page 10 Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those

phrases gone? Long time ago. Pshaw. The milkman did it.

Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a bread box. Banned in

Boston. The very idea! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee

high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory.

Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus.

Cooties. Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take

any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go!

Oh, my stars and garters! It turns out there are more of these

lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff,

this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep

core. But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the

same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the

past, forever making a different river.

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in change full times. For a child each

new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc

have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words

that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective

memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of ageing. We can have archaic and eat it, too.

See ya later, alligator!

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