Publication of Alton Pool Four (Flotilla 34)
8th Western Rivers Region
March 1, 2020
FLOTILLA 34 TEACHES BOATING
SAFETY TO THE PUBLIC
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SAFETY CLASS AT
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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.
Articles sent no later than
2350 hours on:
Our flotilla has been busy getting our members
ready to teach public education classes. We have
already held one ABS class in Litchfield with 27
students. Next, we will go over VE information
for our safety inspections this summer.
Our flotilla has printed a
trifold of information about
the flotilla. If members
wish to have copies of this
trifold to give to prospective
members, let our Vice,
Marilyn Aten, know.
Flotilla Staff Officer-CS
The calendar of activities
has been updated and new
pictures have been added.
Flotilla Staff Officer-HR
Looking for New Members
Flotilla 34 has fifteen members. We are spread
around in both Missouri and Illinois.
We live in O’Fallon, Florissant,
Maryland Heights, Frontenac,
St. Louis, Columbia, Alton,
Edwardsville, Breese, Smithton
Our flotilla is active with members participating
in several of our program areas including Vessel
Examines, Public Education and Public Affairs.
We have one member working on getting his Boat
Crew Certification. Several of our members are
qualified for Telecommunications. We are working
to advance this area and become more proficient.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary
is here to promote boating
safety through our many
activities. Each interaction
with the boating public
gives us a chance to save
We have members involved
with the Coast Guard and
their Incident Command System which is used
in many activities and emergencies. We have pilots
and air observers that fly patrols for the Coast
Guard. There are so many ways to get involved.
Think about joining us. Our business meeting,
training and fellowship with members and guests
is held every third Tuesday at Missouri Baptist
Hospital located at I-270 and I-64 at 7:00 pm in
Conference Room #5. We have dinner meetings
twice a year in April and September.
Check out our website at http://a0850304.uscgaux.info/index.html.
Flotilla Staff Officer-IS
In an effort to submit more hours, IS forms are
now being completed at each flotilla meeting.
Sometimes we just don’t think that something we
did is actually hours that can
be submitted. For example,
attending the Change of
Watch. Then there is the
problem of remembering we
did the hours. By going over
what we have done in the past
month, it is easier to recall. Then the paperwork
is completed at the meeting and turned in.
Our Core Training is almost
complete. We have only one
member who needs to finish
up and then our picture will
be completely green (that is
the color the form shows when
the training is completed). The
flotilla is good for another five
years before the CT is again
required to be completed.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PA
Flotilla 34 starts out the year with a Public Affairs
Exhibits at the Let’s Go
Fishing Show in Collinsville,
Illinois. Just over 9,000 people
walk past our booth. They
love to stop and chat about life
jackets, fishing and, of course,
boating. They want to know
how to learn more and inquire about our boating
classes. They ask about the Coast Guard Auxiliary
and how they can get involved.
When we do our Vessel Examination Stations
through the year, we cover about five large marinas
and launch ramps. At each location, we have
a Public Affairs Exhibit set up to answer questions
and distribute boating literature. Each boat
that gets a Vessel Exam received a packet of safe
We have several special events that our flotilla
participates in each year that allows us to be in
contact with paddle boarders, canoers and kayakers
and others to talk about boating and water
The possibilities are endless for being in contact
with the public to talk about boating. You never
know when a short conversation helps save a life.
Flotilla Staff Officer-PB
Public Affairs is Everywhere
Every time you have a conversation with someone
about the water, boating, paddle boarding,
swimming, etc., you have an opportunity to educate
and maybe save a life.
Flotilla 34 has that opportunity all the time when
our members launch their boat on the river or
local marina. Or they many keep their boat at
a local marina for easy access to go boating on
the river or large lake. They are always interacting
with other boaters and talking about so many
boating related subjects. There is always an opening
to quietly interject some teaching that can be
When talking with prospective members, be sure
to direct them to our web page and the issues of
our magazine. It will give them an overview of
what we do and have done. They will be able to
come back and read it again rather than having to
remember what you told them.
Besides just reading the magazine, they can see
the programs we support and our activities in
Flotilla Staff Officer-VE
The harbors are cleaned up and repaired. We will
start the boating season in three months and,
with luck, we can return to the river.
The job inspecting boats had a very important
point made in the news with eight dead, seven
rescued from the water and 35 boats destroyed at
the Scottsbore Marina in Alabama. We had a boat
blowup in the Grafton Marina with two people on
board two years ago.
Start your year by reviewing any new state laws
and the VE Workshop at a flotilla meeting.
We need to be there helping as many boaters we
can to have a safe and uneventful boating season.
Keep in mind the events above so we can help the
public to avoid these types of accidents.
of eight flotillas from the St. Louis area. The division
is part of the 8 th Coast Guard District and
the 8 th Western Rivers Region of the Coast Guard
Auxiliary which has 11 divisions with 55 flotillas
and approximately 1,000 members. The district
covers 14 states from the Dakotas and Wyoming
to Oklahoma and Arkansas, Minnesota and Wisconsin
and part of Illinois. When all these members
gather for a business meeting and training
it’s called D-Train.
POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
Our next D-Train will be held in Kansas City at
Harrah’s Hotel and Convention Center March 31
to April 5. Training begins on March 31 for AUX-
LAMS A & B Leadership and AUX-12 PA. Also, on
the schedule is TCT Refresher and Teach Back,
ICS Part A and Tabletop Exercise, TCO, VE and PV,
Incident Command, Uniforms, AUX Chaplaincy and
much more. Hear from the DIRAUX and OTO as
well as other Coast Guard leaders.
If you want to know what’s going on, attend
D-Train. Interact with members from all over the
district. Make new friends and enjoy the fellowship
along with the business side of the Auxiliary.
It’s never too late to Register for D-Train and the
hotel has extended our rate of $95 a night. You’ll
be glad your attended. Come join the training with
over 150 Auxiliarists.
Find all details here http://wow.uscgaux.info/?unit=085
Members at a General
Meeting at D-Train. Photo
courtesty of Marilyn Aten.
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
Eight Western Rivers Region
Hosts District Training and Business
By Marilyn Aten D-AA
Flotilla 34 is part of a larger picture in the Coast
Guard Auxiliary. The flotilla belongs to a division
FLOTILLA 34 ACTIVITIES IN PHOTOS
TOP LEFT: DEBBY HOWARD GETTING HER DIVISION COMMANDER BOARDS.
TOP RIGHT: DIVISION MEETING.
BOTTOM CENTER: LARRY MILLER PRESENTING INFORMATION ON AUXSCOUT.
LITCHFIELD ABS CLASS
TOP: CRAIG TOMPKINS
CENTER: DEBBY HOWARD
BOTTOM: LARRY MILLER
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARILYN