2020 WD-03

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Publication of Alton Pool Four (Flotilla 34)

8th Western Rivers Region

March 1, 2020

Issue 01

FLOTILLA 34 TEACHES BOATING

SAFETY TO THE PUBLIC


CONTENTS

Flotilla Commander

FSO-CS

FSO-HR------------------ Page 03

FSO-IS

FSO-PA

FSP-PB------------------ Page 04

FSO-VE

OTHER ITEMS----------- Page 05

ACTIVITIES IN PHOTOS-- Page 06

SAFETY CLASS AT

LITCHFIELD------------ Page 07

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

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Flotilla Commander

Barbara Rhoades

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

Barbara Rhoades

The calendar of activities

has been updated and new

pictures have been added.

Flotilla Staff Officer-HR

Marilyn Aten

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

and Christopher.

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

lives.

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.

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Flotilla Staff Officer-IS

Barbara Rhoades

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

Marilyn Aten

beneficial.

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

boating information.

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

safety.

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

Barbara Rhoades

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

photos.

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Flotilla Staff Officer-VE

Dan Rhoades

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

Meeting

By Marilyn Aten D-AA

Flotilla 34 is part of a larger picture in the Coast

Guard Auxiliary. The flotilla belongs to a division

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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.

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LITCHFIELD ABS CLASS

TOP: CRAIG TOMPKINS

CENTER: DEBBY HOWARD

BOTTOM: LARRY MILLER

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARILYN

ATEN.

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