December 1, 2019
Publication of Alton Pool Four (Flotilla 34)
8th Western Rivers Region
LEADERSHIP and STAFF OFFICERS
Vice Flotilla Commander
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Cover Photo courtesy of Webshots: Smoky Cape Lighthouse, New South
Wing Dam is a quarterly publication for the members of
the Eighth Western Rivers Region, Flotilla 34 in Electronic
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Vice Flotilla Commander
2019 is coming to a close and that means
we need to look forward into 2020 and
what the flotilla will do. There is discussion
on the Sea Scouts becoming a part of
the Auxiliary and we always look at what
training we need/want
This year, we will do
VE and IT training in
the first few months
and then turn to the BQII course. This
should take us through the rest of the
Beginning in January, we will staff
the “Let’s Go Fishing” exhibit in
Illinois. The COW will be held
on the third weekend and a PE class
will be held in Litchfield in late February.
We can’t forget the twice-yearly dinner
meetings just to keep
our flotilla social and,
of course, the annual
in early December.
Change of Watch Party
Join all the members from Flotilla 34
and other flotillas from Division 3 for a
wonderful evening of fellowship and fun.
Division 3’s annual Change of Watch and
Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday,
January 18 at Andre’s Banquet Center on
Invitations will be sent to all division and
flotilla members. The evening’s reception
begins at 1800 hours followed by a lavish
buffet dinner with all the trimmings and
There will be a presentation of Division
Awards to members for their achievements.
We will be honored to have CDR Suzanne
Hemann, 8 th Western Rivers
DIRAUX as our Guest Speaker.
Please return your response card, when
received, to reserve your place.
Flotilla Staff Officer-CM
We need to seek out new members.
This is one of the harder things we try
to do. Where do you go to acquire new
members? Who do you ask? What do
you tell them? We have created a tri-fold
brochure that we will have available at the
“Let’s Go Fishing” show and we hope this
will help answer those questions.
Between the training courses, the PA
exhibit, the PE class and the social events,
our flotilla will be active in 2020.
Here we go, roaring into a new year.
Where will that take us in the realm of
Telecommunications? Perhaps it is time
to start planning
a two-way street.
How about practicing your Phonetic
Alphabet? As you are traveling down the
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you see an 18-wheeler,
use your phonetic
alphabet to spell the
trucking company name.
For instance: “truck” “I spell Tango,
Romeo, Uniform, Charlie, Kilo;” “truck.”
Or a billboard: “Eat at Joes, I spell, Echo
Alpha, Tango, Alpha Tango,
Juliet, Oscar, Echo, Sierra”. Just
remember that you are operating a motor
vehicle and you still need to concentrate
on the road! Knowledge of the phonetic
alphabet could be useful in a telephone
conversation so it’s good to know. You
may not be the one to have to spell the
words but someone may be saying them
to you and you need to be able to interpret
Grab a good book and learn some of
the telecommunicator pro-words. Choose
one or two a week and really learn what
they mean and how to use them or ask
your FSO-CM to suggest some for you
to learn. Do we say “Over and Out?”
Why or why not? What do we say on
the air when we need to pause to look
we need to know what to do to handle
them. And they don’t need to be done
over the radio; a telephone call could be
Keep communicating. Out.
Flotilla Staff Officer-CS
The flotilla web site is a great place to refer
new or possible members for information
on what our flotilla does, when/where we
meet and how the process of becoming a
The photo page could use
some new images. What is the
saying? A picture is worth a thousand
words? We are a visual group today so
send your images along and I will post
Any suggestions of items that
need to be on the web page
will be welcome. It is difficult to be the
one to think of what goes onto the web
page and any help will be appreciated.
Some of the training used in other flotillas/
divisions/districts is a Distress Assist
Response Training (DART) scenario. This
is where an oncoming watch stander will
call a current watch stander and present
a situation. The goal is to give that
watch stander an opportunity to practice
a situation they wouldn’t normally come
across. Once that scenario has played out
and there is a change of watch, the offgoing
crew will present a situation to the
new watch crew. These are beneficial for
those situations that rarely come up but
Happy and Safe Holidays!
Flotilla Staff Officer-IS
The year is fast coming to a close and I
hope you all have your hours turned in.
It is disheartening to receive a package
with 25 sheets of hours to enter. You
should be sending your hours in monthly
or, at the very least, every other month.
Hours are what gets us our COW awards
and without your paperwork, I don’t know
what needs to be entered for you.
Remember, we no longer have to use the
pre-set forms found on the division web
page. As long as you and I know what
you are wanting entered, a sheet of plain
paper will do. Just no cocktail napkins,
Flotilla Staff Officer-MT
8 th WR D-Train 2020
Commodore Tracy DeLaughter and his
planning committee have been working
on D-Train 2020 in Kansas City. The
dates are 2-5 April with C-Schools starting
on March 30. There is a lot of training
planned for this event. C-Schools will
be limited this year so get your reservation
Check out D-Train information on the 8 th
Western Rivers website at http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=085&category=2020-spring-d-train
Read over all the training courses
and make a list of what you’d
like to take. Then watch for the
Training Registration on the website. The
DSO-MT is adding the final touches so it’ll
be ready soon.
Attend and become Certified, Qualified
and Ready to Go!! Courses are designed
as the completion of study in various mission
areas. The goal is that after D-Train,
the member is CQR to do the mission
Flotilla Staff Officer-PA
LET’S GO FISHING SHOW
The Let’s Go Fishing Show is just around
the corner. This will be our sixth year.
Come out to the exhibit on
January 3, 4 and 5. We’ll
be at booth #501 at the
Gateway Center in Collinsville,
This is a fabulous show.
The flotilla has always been
well received and guests, numbering over
9,000, come through and love to stop
and talk life jackets and fishing.
This is a great place for us to promote
out upcoming Public Education Classes
Our FSO-PB Barbara Rhoades developed
a promotional trifold to hand out. This
lets everyone know about the Auxiliary
and Flotilla 34 activities.
If interested in working the Public Affairs
Exhibit, let Marilyn know.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PB
This issue of the Wing Dam will be the last
for 2019. I hope you all
like the flipbook format
and the new layouts.
Creating a newsletter
isn’t as easy as it sounds and it needs to
be something a non-coast guard Auxiliarist
would be willing to read. This is one way
to attract new members. Send the URL
to anyone who you think would be willing
to consider joining our ranks.
two things: a safer boater and one who is
in concordance with the law.
We could also begin classes on weeknights.
That could work better for people who
want to have their weekends
free to enjoy boating. It
may also work better for
those of us whose weekend calendars fill
up pretty quickly.
We have the opportunity to present an
ABS class in Litchfield. Stay tuned for
Flotilla Staff Officer-VE
Any suggestions on what to put in the
newsletter or layout suggestions are always
Happy and Safe Holidays!
Flotilla Staff Officer-PE
As I write this, it is dark by 5:00 PM, boats
are winterized and we have had
snow. Looking at the positive
side, the Mississippi river is at
I wish to thank everyone for your efforts
this year. We could not get to marinas
With the rolling out of the AUXSCOUT until July 4 th and the marinas needed two
program, we are given an opportunity to to three weeks to clean up. All worked
include and use Sea Scouts in our public hard to get the VE’s in that we had. Next
education training. Not only
year, we hope for no floods and no bad
to train them but have them
river--only the good river when we start
for “adjunct” professors
having VE stations at the various marinas
in presenting portions of
along the Alton pool.
the lessons, obviously with
guidance from an Auxiliary
I been reading about sales from boat
certified instructor. They may
and engine manufactures both of which
even have ideas on where we could possibly increased for year 2019. That means more
hold training sessions. Both Missouri and vessels to check and more people to help
Illinois require those under a certain age have a safe on the water day.
to have a boating safety certificate and if
we can instill boating safety in the younger Use this time to get your new members
boating enthusiasts, we have accomplished trained and ready to help
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are waiting to get out with new boats and
wave runners. Review any new state laws
and the 2020 VE Workshop when this
We will be there when the rivers return to
normal helping every boater to have safe
and uneventful boating season.
Mother of Pearl Clouds, Antartic, courtesy