June 01, 2018
Chain of Leadership...................................Page 07
The American Legion Magazine................Page 08
Hurricane Harvey Photo............................Page 14
Lifetime Achievement................................Page 15
Recruiting Poster........................................Page 16
Six Little Stories........................................Page 17
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Flotilla Staff Officer-CM
Flotilla 0304 had a diner meeting in April and a standard
meeting in May. At the May meeting we reviewed
the VE workshop to prepare for our forthcoming VE
and PA events. Our event dates are:
Saturday, June 9
North Shore launch
ramp and Gas Dock
start 10:00 AM until
14:00 HRS and Port
Charles Gas Dock
Saturday, June 23 John’s Boat Harbor at
10:00 to 14:00 HRS
A division-wide training event in qualifying Telecommunications
Operators (TCO) is almost completed.
When all is said and done and the paperwork processes,
we should have two new TCO qualified flotilla members.
Opportunities exist around
the sector for putting radio
communications skills to
use. Seriously think about
working toward a TCO
certification. It’s a good
skill to have.
Saturday, July 14 Yacht Club St.
Louis at the guest docks 10:00 to
All those who wish to join us for any or all events are
The flotilla actives last month were as follows:
Flotilla 34 has three members taking the TCO training.
Larry Miller from Flotilla 34 is the Instructor.
We have one member taking the Boat Crew Training.
Flotilla Staff Officer-CS
Please send me photos, class times, VE times or other
items for inclusion on our web page. Or maybe you
have a new vendor or a boating safety tip. Those will
work as well.
We want to have our web be of interest to the public.
It is a good way to spark interest and we just might get
a new member out of it.
The Flotilla held an ABS Class at Lake Carlyle on the
first day of National Safe Boating Week.
The next flotilla meeting is June 19
Flotilla Staff Officer-IS
There has been some confusion about what hours we can turn in when we are under orders. The last time I
checked with the DSO-IS, this is what I was told:
If you are under orders, you can claim 24 hours per day. In other words, from the time you leave home
until you return, all
If you are attending
a meeting and are
NOT under orders,
you can only claim
16 hours per day.
In other words, you
cannot count the
eight hours of sleep
How we enter hours
is being looked at
by a committee appointed
by the district.
make a decision and
write up the policy
we are to follow. So
far, nothing has been
said about what will
be in the policy but
it is leaning towards
having to send our
hours up the chain
for the next level of
leadership to check
The form on the
left might be useful
when trying to decide
which form to
omplete for reporting
your hours. My
apologies for it not
being really easy to
Flotilla Staff Officer-MT
Training Makes Us Good
At What We Do
Training can be boring like being in school
used to be for many of us. Yet, getting
schooled in a subject is training for the future.
In the Auxiliary, we train to become
more knowelegable about boating. We learn
rules of the road, names of boat parts, how to manuver a
boat after we launch it along with so much more.
The more we teach safe boating, the better instructors
we become. Just like the more Vessel Exams you do
and experience different styles of boats, the better Examiner
you become. The more questions you answer or
have to research, the more knowledgeable you become.
With two hurricanes in 2017, the Auxiliary and the
Coast Guard realized we needed more talented members
to train in ICS. After you take the
classes, you need someplace to learn how
to put it all together so it’s useful.
SECTOR UMR has already held one ICS
mock event in which several of our Auxiliary members
were able to participate.
In August, our district is holding an Operational Exercise
to include more ICS training at Fort Chaffee.
Information went out to all the divisions and flotillas
the end of May. The more we train and learn ICS, the
better we are prepared to assist the Coast Guard when
another hurricane hits.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PA
are ready to share a little boating knowledge
as we gather for several Public Affairs Exhibits.
We’ll have a display of free boating brochures
on display at North Shore Marina
and Port Charles Harbor on Saturday, June
9 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Then we’ll be at John’s
Boat Harbor on Saturday, June 23 with another exhibit.
This is a good time for our members to interact with
boaters as they prepare to launch their boats for a day’s
outing on the Mississippi River.
We always have packets of literature pre-assembled for
our Vessel Examiners to give each boat’s captain during
their Vessel Safety Check.
It’s a fun day followed by lunch. We’ll be at the North
Shore Boathouse Restaurant if you want to join us.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PB
Writing articles. Those are dreaded words for some
Auxiliary members but that is what is needed to make a
great newsletter or should we say magazine?
Anyway, if you have trouble writing a whole article,
put a few ideas on a page and send it to me. I will help
you make it into a real article. Also, how about photos
instead of words? What is the saying: A photo is worth
a thousand words? We all love to look at pictures so be
sure to include those in your writing.
Our next publication’s deadline is 1 October. By that
time, we will have held VE stations, taught Boating
Safety classes and been with the public in general.
Keep your eyes, ears and cameras on the ready and you
will write the next article with ease.
Summer Flotilla Activites
The heat arrived early this year. May was the hottest on
record with lots of 90 degree plus days. Our members
Flotilla Staff Officer-PE
Flotilla Staff Officer-VE
We had a pretty good spring with our public education
offerings. We had four classes and graduated a total
of 38 students. As we move into summer, the flotilla
will be focusing on Vessel Exams and Public Affairs
events but we should keep our ears and eyes open for
opportunities to offer some other types of education to
boaters. The Suddenly In Command seminar comes to
mind. There are other training offerings available and
we should promote those as well. Courses, such as the
Seamanship Seminar Series consists of six chapters from
the Boating Skills and Seamanship course. Chapters 7,
Inland Boating; 8, Boating Safely; 10, Powering Your
Boat; 11, Lines and Knots for your boat; 12, Weather
and Boating; and 13, Your Boat’s Radio, many now be
taught as stand-alone seminars. These seminars are
supported with a downloadable e-book. Something to
consider in our quest for a safer boating public.
It is almost summer, we have not had bad flooding, and
what I understand, some flotillas already held VE stations.
I have forwarded to all VE flotilla staff officers a
copy of 2018 VE workshop.
I handed out stickers at last division meeting and if you
need more see your flotilla commander or your material
As VE’s we are first and most of the time the only CG
or CG AUX personal most boaters will interact with,
therefore our job is very important.
Have fun with this and be careful.
Each year the Coast Guard publishes statistics on
Recreational Boating Safey. The 2017 report was
recently published. The national fatality rate for 2017
was “5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational
vessels. This rate represents a 6.8% decrease from the
2016 fatality rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered
recreational vessels. Where cause of death was known,
76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of
those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage,
84.5% were not wearing a life jacket.” Statistics show
that the top five contributors toward boating accidents
have been the same for the past several years. They
are; operator inattention, improper lookout, operator
inexperience, machinery failure and alcohol use. They
further show in the report Executive Summary that
“Where instruction was known, 81% of deaths occurred
on boats where the operator did not receive boating
safety instruction. Only 14% of deaths occurred on
vessels where the operator had received a nationallyapproved
boating safety education certificate.”
In 2017, the statewide total for Missouri showed 10
deaths out of 124 reported accidents and Illinois had 15
deaths out of 84 accidents.
We need to keep reaching out to the boating public to
make boating safer.
Tom Phipps doing a free vessel exam for a boater.
Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Aten
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
Chain of Leadership
Sometime during your Auxiliary career you will have a question, concern or issue
that your Flotilla leaders will not address to your satisfaction. What do you do?
Since so many of our members have been former members of the military community,
the term Chain of Command is often familiar, and a term sometimes inappropriately
used within the Auxiliary. Since we are not a military organization, there is no
command. The proper term for the system of communication and responsibility
throughout the levels of the Auxiliary is Chain of Leadership and Management,
frequently abbreviated COL. There is another term frequently used in connection with
COL and that is parallel staffing. This, in effect, gives us two “chains” of leadership
depending on whether the question/problem/issue involves elected or appointed staff.
↓ National Commodore (NACO) ↔(VNACO)↔ ↓ Directorate Director (DIR)
↑↓ District Commodore (DCO) ↔(DCOS)↔ ↑↓ District Staff Officer (DSO)
↑↓ Division Commander (DCDR) ↔(VCDR)↔ ↑↓ Division Staff Officer (SO)
↑ Flotilla Commander (FC) ↔(VFC)↔ ↑ Flotilla Staff Officer (FSO)
Elected officers move up the left side of the table, from Flotilla Commander to Division
Commander to District Commodore to National Commodore, while the Staff Officers go
up the right side. The Flotilla Vice Commander, Division Vice Commander, etc. act as
Chief of Staff for the appointed officers at that level, and communicate with the Flotilla
Commander, Division Commander, etc. so that both sides know and are aware of what
is happening. A Flotilla Staff Officer does not need “permission” to communicate with a
Staff Officer in the same area at the Division level; the Division Staff Officer does not
need “permission” to communicate with the District Staff Officer in the same area. It is
not acceptable to skip a level on either side.
Communication should move freely up and down both sides, with communication also
moving freely from left to right, and from right to left as well.
All members have a right to expect answers to their questions, and resolution of
problems/issues. Since a paper trail is always smart, it is wise to place your questions in
writing, on paper or electronically via E-mail. Some guidelines for doing this:
• Research the answer to your question on your own. Check the Auxiliary
Manual; check your District web site, the National web site, the web site of the
Chief Director of Auxiliary.
• If you cannot find what you need, address your question to one individual. Do
not “broadcast” the request to multiple individuals or levels.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following pages from THE AMERICAN LEGION magazine, June 2018 were provided
by Jay Liss.
Clockwise top left: Craig Tompkins teaching a boating safety class.
Larry Miller also teaching a boating safety class.
Larry Miller teaching fellow Auxiliarists TCO.
All photos courtesty of Marilyn Aten.
Editor’s Note: On the pages of OVER THE BOW,
the photo of Bob Tippett, Commodore was found.
Also in the photo is Alex Malewski, DNACO and
Greg Kester DC-POI.
Marilyn Aten Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Marilyn Aten was honored with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eighth District, Western
Rivers Region, Lifetime Achievement Award. Marilyn is from Division 3, Flotilla 4.
The Citation mentioned Ms Aten’s 50 year career in the Auxiliary. She has served in
mission areas including Member Training and Public Education. She has seved in
leadership as a Flotilla Commander, Division Captain (now Division Commander),
Rear Commodore (now District Captain), President of the Past Divison Commanders
Association and currently serves as the Commodore’s Administrative Assistant and
Assistant District Staff Officer Publication.
Her awards include several Unit Commendation Awards, Meritorious Team Awards
and Auxiliary Members Ship Service Awards.
Her dedication to duty is in keeping with the traditions of the Coast Guard and Coast
Six Little Stories
By Sudhir • July 5, 2016
1. One day, all the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but
only one boy came with an umbrella.
2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.
3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the
alarms to wake up.
4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.
5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.
6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence. “I am not 80 years old, I am sweet 16 with 64 years
Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.
When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation.