2018 WD 06


June 01, 2018

Publication of

Flotilla 34

8th Western

Rivers Region

Issue 02

Flotilla Commander


FSO-CS......................................................Page 03

FSO-IS.......................................................Page 04



FSP-PB.......................................................Page 05


FSO-VE.....................................................Page 06

Chain of Leadership...................................Page 07

The American Legion Magazine................Page 08

Photos.........................................................Page 13

Hurricane Harvey Photo............................Page 14

Lifetime Achievement................................Page 15

Recruiting Poster........................................Page 16

Six Little Stories........................................Page 17

Wing Dam is a quarterly publication for the members of the Eighth Western Rivers

Region, Flotilla 0304 in Electronic ONLY format and published on the flotilla

web site.

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Flotilla Commander

Dan Rhoades

Flotilla Staff Officer-CM

Larry Miller

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

14:00 HRS

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

Barbara Rhoades

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

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Flotilla Staff Officer-IS

Barbara Rhoades

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

hours count.

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.

They will

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

our work.

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


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Flotilla Staff Officer-MT

Marilyn Aten

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

Marilyn Aten

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

Barbara Rhoades

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

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Flotilla Staff Officer-PE

Larry Miller

Flotilla Staff Officer-VE

Dan Rhoades

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

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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.

Revised 27OCT13

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following pages from THE AMERICAN LEGION magazine, June 2018 were provided

by Jay Liss.

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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.

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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.

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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

Guard Auxiiary.

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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.

That’s FAITH.

2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.

That’s TRUST.

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.

That’s HOPE.

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.

That’s LOVE.

6. On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence. “I am not 80 years old, I am sweet 16 with 64 years

of experience.”


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.

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