March 01, 2018
Vice Flotilla Commander...........................Page 03
Broken Mind..............................................Page 08
Seven Wonders...........................................Page 09
Lost Words.................................................Page 10
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Vice Flotilla Commander
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.
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
IPDCDR Gary Smith
Cake for COW celebration
Photos courtesy of Marilyn
Flotilla Staff Officer-CM
Flotilla Staff Officer-FN
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
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.
Flotilla Staff Officer-HR
Flotilla Staff Officer-IS
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
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
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
Flotilla Staff Officer-MT
Flotilla Staff Officer-PB
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
Flotilla Staff Officer-PA
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
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.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PE
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
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
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
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.”
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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.
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
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.
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.
*WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD*
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
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!