December 01, 2018
Alton Pool Four
Vice Flotilla Commander
50 Years......................................................Page 06
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Vice Flotilla Commander
A YEAR TO BE PROUD OF
By Marilyn Aten VFC, FSO-MT, FSO-PA
Flotilla 34 has been a strong and vibrant flotilla for
many years. This year, it once again has a lot of activities
for which to be proud.
First, we are proud to have Ryan Boyd
from Breese, Illinois as a new member
of our flotilla. Ryan began working on
becoming Boat Crew Qualified back in
the Spring along with 12 other Auxiliarists in Division
3. This qualification takes a long time and many are
still pursuing this qualification.
Next, our flotilla did about 80 Vessel Exams
this year. We traditionally do 100
plus. This year we ran into rain at North
Shore and Port Charles. We also ran into
fewer boats to inspect at John’s Boat Harbor
plus our FSO-VE, Dan Rhoades, handled Yacht
We have six Vessel Examiners including Dan Rhoades,
Barbara Rhoades, Debby Howard, Jay Liss, Larry Miller
and Tom Phipps. We thank them for handling all our
Finally, the flotilla handles quite a few Public Affairs
Events. Our biggest is the “Let’s Go Fishing Show”
held the first weekend in January. 2019 will be our
fifth year doing this show that has 9,000 guests come
through their gates. We have a good-looking exhibit
manned by Charles and Marilyn Aten, Dan Rhoades,
Larry Miller and Debby Howard. It runs three days.
People love to stop and talk to us about fishing, life
jackets and their fishing boats.
With all our VE Stations, the flotilla has a Public Affairs
Exhibit. Packets of safe boating literature are given
out to all the captains of the boats examined. We
handle questions of all sorts from boaters that come by
In July, Charles and Marilyn Aten handled the Valley
Park Safety Fair for the 4 th year in a row. This event
has about 30 vendors and the close to 400 attended this
This year we added two more Public Affairs Events,
both were with kayakers. Larry Miller was reading the
local Illinois paper when
he saw Maryville Parks &
Recreation were hosting
Kayaking on Drost Lake in
July. It offered free instruction
and a chance to kayak
on the lake.
This turned out to be a great
day. Larry Miller along with Charles and Marilyn Aten
set up our usual Public Affairs Exhibit except this time,
we had all kind of kayaking literature to pass out. This
event welcomed 250 people, adults and kids, to kayak
on the lake. Larry made a lot of connections with the
kayaking community in this area.
Then to round out our PA events for this year, we were
invited by Elks Lodge #9 to set up our display at Creve
Coeur Lake for another Paddlecraft and “Kayak with
a Vet” program. We invited other members of Division
3 to join us. Those from Flotilla 34 were, Tom
Phipps, Debby Howard,
Marilyn and Charles Aten.
Members from Flotilla 38
included Alex Wilson and
Karen and Jim Goulding.
It was a successful event
with about 100 people participating
on a cold and
Flotilla Staff Officer-CM
Congratulations to Barbara Rhoades. Barbara has
earned her Telecommunications Operator (TCO)
certification. Good job!
Is telecommunications an important skill to develop? I
think so. Sector Upper Mississippi River (SUMR) is
concerned about boating safety at Lake of the Ozarks.
This next summer, they will
be stepping up an active duty
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presence at the lake. It would probably be helpful if
the Auxiliary could be able to be at the lake to assist
in the communications between Coast Guard assets
and other activities, including communications to the
sector command center in St Louis. Not all areas on
the lake have good cell phone service, so a good radio
communications path from shore to the boats would be
a tremendous aid for communications to sector, or even
to any needed emergency services.
Get your TCO certification, get a portable radio system
and be ready to fill the communication needs of the U.S.
Coast Guard and Auxiliary when “the big one” hits.
Flotilla Staff Officer-IS
It is December and the year-end for hours. The cut-off
date for division awards was the first but if you have
hours to turn in, go ahead and send them along. They
will count towards your sustained service award. You
know, the one you get for every 750 hours you do.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PA
Flotilla Staff Officer-CS
Keeping the web site up-to-date is no easy task. The
activities for 2019 have been added. If you forget when
a meeting or activity is or where/when it is being held,
just check this page, http://a0850304.uscgaux.
If you have pictures of our activities or events, please
send them along. It is always nice to see what we have
Flotilla Staff Officer-FN
Thank you to everyone for getting your dues in in a
timely manner. We are only losing one member this
year, Veronica Williams. She started a new business in
Illinois and it is taking all of her time. We’re glad she
was able to be a part of our flotilla.
READY-SET-LET’S GO FISHING SHOW
Can you believe it? This will
be out fifth “Let’s Go Fishing
Show” coming up this January
2019. We will set up on Friday
before the show opens on January
4 th at Noon.
This is a fabulous show. The
flotilla has always been well
received and the guests that
come through are fun to talk to
about fishing, life jackets and their fishing boats.
We have our same great location in the main walkway
so we see a lot of people come by. This past January,
they had about 9,259 guests come through their gates.
They had 120 exhibitors from 14 states including Canada.
This has always been a good place for our flotilla to
promote their Public Education Classes. Our FSO-PE
Larry Miller has been talking about our 2019 locations
for us to teach our safe boating course.
If interested in helping in the booth this coming January,
let Marilyn Aten know. The show runs from January
4th through January 6 th . Marilyn will be sending out
details on the times available to work the show exhibit.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PB
Flotilla Staff Officer-VE
Our publication keeps everyone in the loop of what we
are doing and what we are planning to do. Writing an
article is they way that information gets put into the
publication. Photos are another way. You only need a
sentence or two; it doesn’t have to be War and Peace.
If you have information you wish to
share but don’t think your writing is good
enough, write the information down and
send it along to me. I will be happy to
make any changes that it may need.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PE
I will take this opportunity to thank everyone for your
support this past year and Marilyn Aten, our VFC, for
her support in 2018. We had a very good season holding
VE stations at marinas on pool 26, most with PA
events in consort. We also had excellent public education
classes with more opportunities presenting themselves.
You can’t determine how many people, as a
flotilla, we have helped to have a safe boating season
but I feel with certainty we have. We will continue to
support the Coast Guard and local boating in the coming
I would like to wish everyone
a Merry Christmas and a safe
The flotilla was contacted by Boy Scout Troop 91 in
Troy IL about presenting a Safety Afloat discussion
for the scouts in the troop. On November 5th, Larry
Miller attended a troop
meeting and gave an
hour talk about safety
afloat. Items covered in
the presentation included
devices, importance of
float plans, cold water
immersion and hypothermia and a brief discussion
about rules of the road and vessel lighting. The scouts
were very attentive and appreciative for the session.
We would like to have four ABS sessions next spring.
I have set up a class at Holiday Shores for April 6 and
7 but we need additional venues. If you know of a
location that would be good location to hold a class,
please let me know as soon as possible. I would like
to get some dates set up before the Let’s Go Fishing
show in Collinsville the first weekend in January to
advertise the classes.
Larry Miller and Tom
Phipps discuss a VE.
L TO R: Patrick Hickey, Darrel Kerr, Jeff Geddes, Tracy
DeLaughter, Steven Johnson, John Davison, Bob
Patrick will be D-Capt W, Darrel will be D-Capt S, Jeff
will be COS, Tracy will be DCO, Steve will be D-Capt
N and Bob will be Immediate Past DCO.
Congratulations to everyone.
For our friends in the northern
part of the district...
If you ever venture out onto
ice, know what to do if you fall
through. Learn more about ice
picks or rescue claws and other
ice safety tips at www.dnr.
htm @Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources.
Marilyn Aten received an award for 50 years of service.
WOW! There aren’t many of us that can reach that
achievement. CONGRATULATIONS, Marilyn!