2019 WD-09

barbaralyn

August 1, 2019

Issue 03

Three Coast Guard

Stations that protect

our waterways

Publication of Alton Pool Four (Flotilla 34)

8th Western Rivers Region


CONTENTS

LEADERSHIP and STAFF OFFICERS

Flotilla Commander

FSO-CM

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

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

FSO-MT----------------------------- Page 05

FSO-PA

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

FSO-PE------------------------------ Page 07

FSO-VE----------------------------- Page 08

OTHER ITEMS

VE Checks--------------------------- Page 09

Blessing of the Fleet-------------------- Page 10

Two Page Photo------------------------ Page 12

Wing Dam is a quarterly publication for the members of

the Eighth Western Rivers Region, Flotilla 34 in Electronic

ONLY format and published on the flotilla web site.

Reprints of articles or pictures may be used in other publication

without written permission provided proper credit is

given. Your feedback and contributions would be greatly

appreciated. Please send your comments, articles or feedback

to: Barbara Rhoades, FSO-PB. Address and email

available at AUXOFFICER.

Publication Deadlines

Articles sent no later than

2350 hours on:

1 March

1 June

1 September

1 December

Page 2


Flotilla Coammander

Barbara Rhoades

It is September! Where has the year gone? Between

a government shutdown and high water,

our year has been very quiet.

The flotilla has worked

diligently on getting everyone

through another round

of CT. We only have one

class left and we are all in

the green. The SO-IS has provided a chart to

visually see where we are. You can print a copy

if you want.

Elections are coming up and Marilyn

and I have put our names in to

continue as VFC and FC for another

year. Both of us are happy to do

so but also would be happy if one of the other

flotilla members wished to step up to either position.

Next year, we will need to have other

members in these positions.

Finally, we need to look hard on getting new

members to be a part of Flotilla

34. All the flotillas in Division 3

are running on minimum numbers

as retirements, moving to another

state or other reasons have reduced our numbers.

When doing VEs, teaching PE classes or

when you do PVs would be the perfect time to

add information on how to join the flotilla. These

are a few suggestions on getting others interested.

I’m sure you can think of other ways as well.

Flotilla Staff Officer-CM

Larry Miller

up. A web search will reveal the many uses of

a DSC equipped radio and your radio owners

manual will give you specifics on using it.

Is Public Education limited to simply presenting the

various training programs to the public or is there

more to it than that? I maintain there is more to it

than presenting a training package; we can educate

the public any time we have the opportunity to

discuss boating safety issues. A very good time

is during a vessel exam. Addressing those nonmandatory

items on the vessel exam checklist

is a good time to present to the boater safety

information. Handing out brochures

and discussing those brochures is an

educational process. Are you current

on the new requirements for personal

flotation labeling? Have you reviewed

the 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics?

Keeping abreast of new policies, changes and

statistics makes you a better informed boating

safety specialist. Remember, we are looked at as

boating safety “experts” whenever we interface

with the public. Stay knowledgeable!

Flotilla Staff Officer-CS

Barbara Rhoades

This is my last article as FSO-CS. I have stepped

down and hope someone else in the flotilla will

be willing to keep our web viable. There are two

ways to do that.

Be willing to redo the AIRS site we now have

and keep it within the allowed space. Web skills

in WYSIWYG or actual coding is needed for this

one.

What do you know about DSC? What does DSC

stand for? Is it a useful feature of the newer

marine radios? DSC, or Digital Selective Calling,

has a lot of capability. In addition to sending

out an emergency notification, it can be used

to communicate with friends or boaters in other

vessels as a way to locate each other and meet

OR

Change it over to a WOW site. There are no

programming skills needed. It is a plug and play

way of doing a website.

I will cross my fingers that one of the members

will be willing to pick it up.

Page 3


Flotilla Staff Officer-IS

Barbara Rhoades

Flotilla 34 has been doing one of the CT classes at each flotilla meeting. So far, we have done all

but one of the courses. We have Work Force Resilience left and that will be done at the October

meeting. Then the whole flotilla will be on the same timeframe for CT.

Having said that, the chart below shows that four people need Civil Rights Awareness. That had

been scheduled to be done at the May meeting but weather intervened so the meeting was cancelled.

To get those four up to date, a self-attestation will need to be submitted. The training can

be found at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=T-DEPT&category=mandated-training. Either

a PowerPoint or .pdf is available. The videos are not accessible as of this writing.

The self-attestation form can be found at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=T-DEPT&category=self-certification.

Then just send me a copy to enter into AuxData.

As you can see by the charts above, three members haven’t even started the CT and one member

needs to complete the BQC2 course.

Once all those classes are done – CT and BQC2 – the flotilla is 100% complete. I sure would like

to see all the red/orange turn to green.

Page 4


Flotilla Staff Officer-MT

Marilyn Aten

Core Training Again?

First, it was Mandatory Training, then it became Core Training with an every five-year requirement.

We only have to redo it every five years. The Coast Guard has to redo all these courses every time

they have a station move.

For some of us, the five years are up and we are

starting all over again. To make it easy for everyone,

we have been doing these at our monthly flotilla

meetings. They really don’t take very long and we

have a different instructor each time. This helps everyone

keep their instructor quals.

So far, we’ve completed Civil Rights Awareness, Privacy

Awareness and Prevention of Sexual Harassment

and Security Ed. & Training Awareness. If you

were not able to attend a meeting, it’s easy for you

to take this online at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.

php?unit=t-dept&category=mandated-training. You

have a choice of Power Point, PDF or video.

When you’ve completed one or more, fill out the Attestation Form http://tdept.cgaux.org/documents/Mandated_Self_Training_Attestation_rft_5-26-15.pdf.

Then email the form to FSO-IS Barbara

Rhoades. See AuxOfficer for email address if you don’t already know it.

While attending The American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis recently, Flotilla

4 Auxiliarist Larry Miller had a photo opportunity with the US Coast Guard Vice Commandant,

Admiral Charlie Ray. Admiral Ray addressed the convention later in the day.

Photographer unknown.

Page 5


Flotilla Staff Officer-PA

Marilyn Aten

Valley Park Safety Fair

The heat in St. Louis has been brutal this July.

The Valley Park Safety Fair was the place to cool

off recently with Valley Park Firetrucks, Ambulance,

St. Louis County Police and, of course, the

County Police Helicopter. Kids and parents loved

watching it gently come in on the high school

Baseball field.

Inside the cool high school gym were 40 safety

vendors talking about dental hygiene and giving

away toothbrushes with paste and mouthwash.

The kids all got backpacks and free bicycle helmets,

did face painting and even got a short

seminar on bad guy vs you and how to get away

and be safe tactics. Conductor Dan talked about

train safety.There was even a demo on how

much sugar is in your soda.

Of course, our own Flotilla 34, Charles and Marilyn

Aten, talked up water safety at the pool,

lakes and on boats to all that stopped to try on

life jackets. Della Steel organized the event and

thanked the Aten’s for being there the past four

years. It’s a great place to promote water safety

and the kids loved getting our Coast Guard coloring

and activity books. Plus, parents got plenty

of boating safety brochures.

A big draw is MoCHIP. Every year the Missouri

Freemasons offer this program free to all families

as a measure of protection against missing

and abducted children. Just this program alone

brings in over 150 families to the safety fair.

Charles and Marilyn Aten at the Safety Fair in Valley

Park. Photographer unknown.

Flotilla Staff Officer-PB

Barbara Rhoades

A new look for the Wing Dam. Please let me

know how you like it. Is it easier to read? Do you

like the two-page photo spread? What about the

colors? Is the Table of Contents easier to use??

This is your magazine; I am just the person who

puts your hard work together.

Let me know what works best

for your reading.

The last page of this magazine is

a trial at what a two-page photo

would be like. Let me know what you think!

Page 6


Flotilla Staff Officer-PE

Larry Miller

Is Public Education limited to simply presenting the various training programs to the public or is there

more to it than that?

I maintain there is more to it than presenting a training package. We can educate the public any

time we have the opportunity to discuss boating safety issues.

A very good time is during a vessel exam. Addressing those non-mandatory items

on the vessel exam checklist is a good time to present the boater safety information.

Handing out brochures and discussing those brochures is an educational process.

Are you current on the new requirements for personal flotation labeling? Have you reviewed the

2018 Recreational Boating Statistics? Keeping abreast of new policies, changes and statistics makes

you a better informed boating safety specialist. Remember, we are looked at as boating safety “experts”.

Page 7


Flotilla Staff Officer-VE

Dan Rhoades

As I write this, at the end of August, the boating season for many people will come to an end in

the next few weeks. For most, this season went from 4 th of July until the end of August with many

marinas damaged along with many go-to locations along rivers closed or just opening.

The events this year have stopped many people from improving the number of VE’s they perform

or working hard to get five or six.

Again, a whole new group of people will be ready for VE’s in next few weeks: duck hunters and

other outdoor sports people. They think they are not boaters but they use boats as part of their

activity.

I wish to thank everyone who worked on VE’s this year. We can only hope the river is tamer next

year.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

Rear Adm. Paul F. Thomas shares

hands with Rear Adm. John P. Nadeau,

the commander of the Eighth

Coast Guard District, during a change

of command atThe Port of New Orleans

July 23, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard

Officer 2nd Class Travis Mayee)

Our Lady of the River

courtesy of Dale Williams

Page 8


VESSEL SAFETY CHECK – MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Ed Lieblein DVC-VE

*Ref: Navigator Express, First Quarter 2017

Each year, I receive questions on the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program.

What is the program, how long does the examination take and what happens

if I’m missing required safety items. These are valid questions and

part of the one-on-one boater educational exchange. When the VSC decal

is affixed, this indicates all required safety equipment is aboard and functional.

Understanding why the program was started and the impact of the

VSC program should be important to all Vessel Examiners. The program

history and the number of examinations will surprise everyone, and highlight how important the-oneon

one experience is for boaters.

HISTORY

In 1946, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Seventh District, with the approval from Coast Guard, began

offering complimentary exams to motor vessels. The program was expanded the following year

(1947) to include all the districts and was called “Courtesy Boat Inspection”. During the same year,

the Vessel Examination program became one of the four corner stones of the auxiliary.

The role of the examiner became more complicated in 1967 when the Coast Guard reacted to an

increase of fires and explosions on pleasure vessels. They introduced a new set of ventilation standards

for confined spaces and below decks. Examiners had to look at a boat’s intake and exhaust

ducts, and determine if they were large enough, facing in the correct direction and projected far

enough into the engine and fuel tank compartments. The program then evolved with the approval

of sailboats and the name was changed to “Courtesy Marine Examination” in 1972. In 1997 the

auxiliary started issuing “safety checks” to personal water craft and in 2000 the program name was

changed to Vessel Safety Check.*

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Making a difference begins with the one-on-one exchange with the boater. Vessel Examiners (VEs)

are be the experts with all the required federal, state and requirements. Reviewing workshops, bulletins

and auxiliary web sites will help examiners increase their expertise.

Since 1996, the Auxiliary has conducted over three million VSCs. Along with our boating partners,

the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental

Protection (CTDEEP), another 528,000 and 18,000 VSCs have been conducted respectively.

We should all be proud of the contribution that has been made towards promoting boating education

and safe boating.

VESSEL SAFETY CHECK FIGURES

• Auxiliary performed over 3 million VSCs, (including 41,000) Facility Inspections from 1996

through June 2019.

• Auxiliary currently has 4,776 certified VEs.

• Auxiliary performed 213,000 paddle craft VSCs from 2011 - 2019.

• USPS performed 528,000 VECs and 32,400 paddle craft from 2001 – 2018.

• USPS currently has 1,479 current VEs.

• CTDEEP performed 18,500 VSCs from 2012 – 2018 and currently has 13 certified VEs.

Page 9


Blessing of the Fleet

Celebrated Mardi Gras

FSO-PA Marilyn Aten

Flotilla 34 was honored to have FC Barbara Rhoades as one of the judges for the 62nd Annual

Blessing of the Fleet. Other judges were Commodore Susan Carroll from Con Trios and from

River Bill’s, Marissa Koester and Lauren Walker.

The boat parade was made up of pontoons, cruisers, john boats, PWCs and runabouts with over

50 boats passing the statue of Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine at Portage des Sioux to be blessed

by the pastor of the local Catholic Church.

The Judges Choice Award plaque was presented to five of the best decorated boats with the Mardi

Gras theme.

The winning boats are pictured below. Photos courtesy of Marilyn Aten.

#1

#2

#3

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Judges

And Flotilla 34

was represented

Photographer Maureen and

Darryll

The Father Blessing

the Fleet

Photographer Marilyn Aten

River Bill and his girls

Photographer Maureen and

Darryll

Photographer Maureen and Darryll

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Washington DC Coast Guard Station

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