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Breeze is the official publication of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 7th District

District 7 Directorate Chiefs 2014 Logistics James E. Dennen, DDC-L

Prevention William J. Sorrentino Jr., DDC-P Volume LIX Winter 2013-2014 Issue


District Commander Rear Admiral John H. Korn, USCG Director of Auxiliary District 7 Commander Kathryn C. Dunbar, USCG Operations Training Officer Chief Warrant Officer Christopher W. Acklin, USCG


District Commodore Commodore John D. Tyson District Chief of Staff Robert Weskerna Immediate Past District Commodore Commodore Walter R. Jaskiewicz District Captain North David M. Fuller District Captain West Braxton R. Ezell District Captain East Gary P. Barth BREEZE is the official publication of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 7th District and is intended as a publication to keep the membership apprised of the activities of the Auxiliary. All articles and photographs submitted must be consistent with the policies of the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary and may not be returned. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Personal information of members is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974. The use of these rosters, addresses and telephone numbers on any computer or online service including the Internet is prohibited by the Act. Send comments and submissions to Editor (DSOPublications) to: Breeze articles and photos may be reprinted with credit to Breeze and the author. Make address changes on: BREEZE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7

Auxiliary Sector Coordinators ASC Sector Charleston Reginald B. Hollar ASC Sector Jacksonville David C. Cawton ASC Sector Key West Russell D. Jackson ASC Sector Miami William W. Tejeiro ASC Sector St. Petersburg Donald C. Hoge ASC Sector San Juan Mariano Velasquez

Division Commanders 2014 Division 1.........................Ramsey M. Rodriguez-Diaz Division 2...........................................Nan Ellen Fuller Division 3..............................................Daniel A. Hess Division 4.........................................Donald S. Proscia Division 5....................................Gregory Allan Barth Division 6.......................................William V. Tejeiro Division 7..........................................Lawrence A. Neu Division 8.........................................Randall A. Moritz Division 9.........................................David M. Shuster Division 10......................................Charles T. Phillips Division 11...........................................Karen L. Miller Division 12........................................Allen L. Crothers Division 13...........................................Elsie S. Metcalf Division 14.....................................William R. Sekeres Division 15.........................................Paul P. Pelletier Division 16...............................................Lee E. Elvins Division 17..............................................Jack G. Miller


Response Craig Elliot, DDC-R

District Staff Officers Prevention Directorate Lyle E. Letteer.................................................DSO-MS Frank R. Lann..................................................DSO-MT David C. Cawton...............................................DSO-NS Ronald D. Foreman.........................................DSO-PV Gretchen V. Bacon...........................................DSO-PE William S. Griswold..........................................DSO-SL Chuck Kelemen................................................DSO-VE Response Directorate Kenneth T. Plesser..........................................DSO-AV Donald L. Wellons...........................................DSO-CM Dudley W. Davis...............................................DSO-OP Jerald D. Henderson.......................................Chief QE Logistics Directorate David A. Hastings.............................................DSO-CS Carl Lucas........................................................DSO-DM James Andrew Poole.......................................DSO-DV Angela Pomaro................................................DSO-HR Susan Z. Hastings..............................................DSO-IS John Kenneth Hadley.....................................DSO-MA Constance O. Irvin...........................................DSO-PA Stephen A. Ellerin............................................DSO-PB Diane Riggan......................................................NSBW Alejandro deQuesada.....................District Historian David Hastings .........................................Webmaster Richard Risk...........................................Senior Editor Other Lillian G. GaNun...............................................DSO-SR Douglas L. Armstrong.........................................DFSO Andrew W. Anderson......................................DSO-LP James W. Mayer...............................................DSO-FN Richard J. Leys.....................................................PPCA Thomas Brickey.................District Materials Center District Administrative Assistant & Aide Teresa A. Barth....................................................D-AA Richard F. Laughlin.............................................D-AD Carolyn R. Hooley................................................D-AD Winter 2013-2014



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21 Which Uniform is Correct?

District Commodore John Tyson


Constance O. Irvin, District Staff Officer—Public Affairs

Push or Pull — You Choose

22 Volunteerism and the Auxiliary

Bob Weskerna, Chief of Staff


Dr. Bill Wendel, Flotilla 23 (Northeast Georgia)

Does the Minimum Qualify?

24 District Leadership Workshop Focuses on Problem Solving

David M. Fuller, District Captain—North


Why Write Reports?

Nan Ellen Fuller, Commander, Division 2

Braxton R. Ezell, District Captain—West

26 AUXOP: The Operational Auxiliarist Experience

11 Developing Leaders Who Lead

Kerry Eakins, Assistant District Staff Officer—Publications

Gary P. Barth, District Captain—East



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28 U.S. Power Squadrons® Celebrates Centennial Bill Griswold, District Staff Officer—State Liaison

Stephen Ellerin, District Staff Officer—Publications


29 U.S. Power Squadrons® Doing Safety Checks

14 Annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion of Tampa Continues a Tradition Dating Back to 1904

30 A New Twist on Safety Checks

Dave Fuller, District Captain—North Bill Griswold, President, United Safe Boating Institute

Dick Risk, Senior Editor, Breeze, ADSO—Publications

31 Coastie Fascinates Kids at Myrtle Beach Boat Show

17 Endangered Marine Species Get Special Protection During Gasparilla Boat Parade

Jack Margolis, Assistant District Staff Officer—Publications

Dick Risk, Senior Editor, Breeze, ADSO—Publications

32 Smart Captain, Happy Ending

19 Auxiliarists from Division 9 Take Part in Simulated Fuel Spill Pollution Exercise

Joe Newman, Vice Commander, Flotilla 12-1 (The Inland Sea Lake Marion, S.C.)

Mitch Schlitt, Flotilla 98 (Charotte Harbor, Fla.), Breeze Contributing Writer

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Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft Nominated As 25th U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

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February 28, 2014 Dear Colleagues, I am proud to announce President Obama's intent to nominate Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Since I became secretary, I have had the opportunity to get to know Vice Admiral Zukunft, and if confirmed he will be a great leader for the future of the Coast Guard. As a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he has demonstrated this leadership while serving in a number of different capacities, including coordinating federal response to the Deepwater Horizon Spill. During the response, Vice Admiral Zukunft directed more than 47,000 responders, 6,500 vessels and 120 aircraft as the Coast Guard worked to respond to and recover from the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Vice Admiral Zukunft currently commands U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, and is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and holds advanced degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Webster University. If confirmed as commandant, Vice Admiral Zukunft will follow another great leader — Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. I thank Admiral Papp for his years of service to the U.S. Coast Guard, to the Department of Homeland Security, and to this Nation, and I look forward to seeing Vice Admiral Zukunft continue his great work. Sincerely,

Jeh Charles Johnson Secretary of Homeland Security 5

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PUSH OR PULL — YOU CHOOSE Bob Weskerna District 7 Chief of Staff (DCOS) I’m sure many of you may have heard some version of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s aphorism about pushing or pulling on the string. It goes something like this: “Pull on the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.” For me, I recall COMO Jay Dahlgren drilling a version of this into my head many years ago. The thing is, are we all in for pulling on the string, or is pushing your personal philosophy? Let’s examine this further.

Understand and appreciate how “pulling on the string” can assist you in gathering the support of your group and pulling them toward accomplishing some goal to which you find yourself tied. That group could be the VEs in your flotilla, the entire flotilla, a division, or even the district. Just remember a few basic rules: 1. Pulling without a direction = no progress. 2. You must MOVE before anyone can follow you.

We’ll begin by deciding if you subscribe to pushing or pulling. In his book Right from the Start, author Dan Ciampa offers the following: “Push tools align effort through authority, fear, and reward. Pull tools align effort through inspiration.” I think what he is saying is that effective leaders use influence and some creativity to inspire commitment, to pull others toward their goals or vision. I’ve observed a number of effective leaders at the flotilla level simply adopt this strategy: Start moving, have some fun, and watch the members follow. Of course, you could try standing in front of your group and browbeat the members (pushing the string) into following you. It may work at first, but you very likely will end up frustrated and short a few members at the end of your term.

3. Don’t get too far ahead of your group. Be patient. They’ll come along. 4. A clear vision will pull your team forward. [My favorite] Let me close with a quote by Lao-Tzu, 604-521 BC. This may not be a perfect fit, but I like the message: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him. But a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: We did it ourselves.” □

I believe that every one of you has the innate ability to lead when leadership is thrust upon you. How you choose to lead will leave its mark on the morale, performance and productivity of your group. BREEZE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7


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DOES THE MINIMUM QUALIFY? David M. Fuller District Captain North (DCAPT-N) How often must you practice something to become proficient? Do the words competent, proficient and expert describe a progression toward mastery of a subject? I think most of us have heard the sayings “practice makes perfect” and “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” It is true that if you don’t use a skill or practice something regularly, you tend to be less proficient, less comfortable and less competent. For this very reason, the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary have established minimum standards for training and annual currency maintenance in our programs. After initial training, members must regularly practice what they learned to maintain their qualifications.

lence for the missions we perform. While not a military organization, the Auxiliary is built on a military tradition of excellence. As I look over the final statistics of 2013 activity and missions our members performed, I am in awe at the sheer amount of volunteer effort we give back to our local communities, our states and the nation. Some members do more than other members, and some flotillas are more active than others. Many flotillas have shown increases in activity and missions in 2013 versus 2012. However, there are some flotillas where the activities and missions have been fewer. By the time you read this article, the dashboards should be available to look at your individual flotilla results for the fourth quarter and end of the year 2013.

While we have many members who perform more than the minimum standard for currency maintenance, far too many members just get by with the minimum. Does the minimum activity to retain the qualification qualify you to be competent? Yes, it probably does. Does the minimum make you proficient or expert and a master of the subject? I would argue it does not. The minimum is just what it says — the minimum!

How many of us make New Year’s resolutions and then follow through and truly change our behavior to allow us to meet these resolutions? Speaking from personal experience (I lost 273 pounds more than 18 months and have kept it off), it takes a change of attitude and a willingness to change behavior to reach our goals. If we keep doing what we have been doing in the past, we will obtain the same results. If we want to change the future, we must be willing to commit to changes in behavior.

I believe that one reason many of us joined the Auxiliary is because we wanted to be part of an organization of excellence. I know there are many individual reasons why each of us joined, and I explored this topic in my last article of 2013 in the Breeze. The Coast Guard and the Auxiliary have a long and distinguished reputation of excelWinter 2013-2014

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Tobacco use prohibited on patrols

I would like to challenge members to change their mindset and the culture in their flotilla to move away from the “minimum.” If you agree with my theory that “practice makes perfect” and “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” then do more than just the minimums. Teach more boating safety classes; teach more member training sessions; and conduct more vessel examinations and program visits. Take a new look at recruiting new members and how to bring in new members while retaining our existing members. Go on more patrols; conduct more watch-standing; and work closer with your stations and sectors to find out what they need. You might be surprised at where you can fit in. The opportunities are almost endless.

In accordance with the new Coast Guard Health and Wellness Manual, COMDTINST M6200.1B, the use of tobacco/nicotine is prohibited on small boats. The risk of environmental tobacco smoke and hazardous material interactions is higher in these environments and every precaution should be taken to eliminate these risks. For purposes of this policy, the terms “Tobacco Use” and “Tobacco Products” mean tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic or e-cigarettes, smoking (e.g., cigarette, cigar, pipe), smokeless tobacco products (e.g., spit, lug, leaf, snuff, dip, etc.) and all other nicotine delivery systems and products as defined by the commandant (CG-1111) and or the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products containing nicotine and approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration are not considered “Tobacco Products.”

I believe the majority of our members have excellence in their lives now or want to have excellence in their lives in the future. Fortunately, you are a member of an organization where you have the ability to excel and truly make a difference. You have the power to choose how to excel, where to excel, and our organization gives you the tools to do it. All you need to do is to make the commitment and then follow through. I hope you make the choices that will bring you fulfilment, happiness, and purpose with your life. Do more than just the minimum in everything you do, and you will have more fulfilment in your spiritual life, your personal life, your business life, and your Auxiliary life.

How does this affect Auxiliary vessels while on patrol? When an Auxiliary vessel is underway on Coast Guard patrol orders issued thru the AOM system, they are considered a Coast Guard boat and therefore shall comply with Coast Guard regulations. Besides being a health risk for yourself and other members of the crew, it does not portray a professional image. Please, next time you see a fellow crewmember light up while on patrol, kindly ask him/her to refrain and let them know about the new Coast Guard policy. □

Semper Paratus! □

Source: CWO C.W. Acklin, D7 Miami, (305) 415-7053

Mutual Assistance Campaign begins The 2014 Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Campaign (CGMA) has rolled out. Letters to Auxiliarists seeking contributions were mailed on March 1. Auxiliarists are a major part of the Coast Guard family and the CGMA program’s loans and grants have aided Auxiliarists in need over the years. Your support will go a long way in the success of this year’s campaign. Further information about CGMA can be found at □ Source: Mel Borofsky, D7 CGMA Representative,

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WHY WRITE REPORTS? Braxton R. Ezell District Captain West (DCAPT-W) about communicating those ideas, values, goals and vision. If you have any questions or concerns, these too can be passed in these reports and your questions and concerns can be addressed up the chain of leadership.

Do you ever feel annoyed or discouraged because you must write a report for your counterpart in the chain of leadership? Do you feel that writing a report is just a boring and tedious duty that you have to do because of some bureaucratic regulation? As we all know, reports are required from just about everyone at every level who holds any office in the Auxiliary.

The flotilla is the basic working unit of the Auxiliary, the deck plate. This is where the policies and programs established by the commandant of the Coast Guard, the national commodore (NACO) of the Auxiliary and the National Executive Committee (NEXCOM) are carried out. The commandant and our national leaders all need to know what is happening at the deck plates. They get this information from reports passed up the chain of leadership from the flotillas, divisions and districts.

Wouldn’t you rather be doing the “real” work of the Auxiliary in your unit or department, such as working with and influencing members to achieve common goals of the unit or department, or guiding your unit or department through the changes we are experiencing in the Auxiliary, or training members and watching them learn new skills, or participating in operations?

These reports communicate what is going on in the various flotillas, divisions and districts, and how the Auxiliary policies, programs, and strategic plans are being carried out. More importantly they give credence to all the numbers posted in AUXDATA and AUXINFO.

Well, here is some good news. Report writing is not something separate from the “real” work of the Auxiliary. It is a necessary and integral part of the work, and it is just as “real” as performing any of our various missions. Writing reports can be challenging, but it is also interesting and even fun.

The bottom line is that information from our reports goes all the way up to NACO and Coast Guard headquarters via the chain of leadership. Armed with this information the commandant prepares a report to Congress that shows them what the Coast Guard does, how the Auxiliary assists the Coast Guard, and why the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary should be given increases in funds. Infor-

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mation from your reports enables the commandant to confidently state “A key to our success is the vitally important integration of our Reserve force and the support provided by the nation’s premier voluntary organization, the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Over 28,000 volunteer Auxiliary members donate thousands of hours supporting a wide array of Coast Guard missions.” U.S. Coast Guard Posture Statement, February 2008.

All vessel examiners require refresher All Auxiliary vessel safety examiners (VEs) will be required to take a refresher during 2014. The 2014 Vessel Examiner Workshop is a "required" workshop, available in an online format or taken in a classroom setting.

This is why writing reports is an essential element of the duties we assumed as elected or appointed Auxiliary leaders. We should all make a concerted effort to prepare our reports and send them to our division and district officers in a timely manner. Information must flow freely up the chain of leadership and back down to the membership. A break in this chain results in uninformed and unhappy members at all levels of the Auxiliary.

Failure to complete the workshop by June 30 will result in the VE going in REWK (required workshop not met) status. VEs are not authorized to conduct VSCs (vessel safety checks) while in REWK status. If a member falls into REWK status, the flotilla commander will submit a Recertification Request to DIRAUX to place the VE in "current" status, after the workshop is completed.

Semper Paratus! □

Failure to complete workshop by Dec. 31 will result in the VE going into REYR (annual requirement not met) status. Anyone in REYR status must complete the required workshop and complete two supervised VSCs. The flotilla commander must then submit a Recertification Request to DIRAUX.

Register Your Beacon to be Located If you own an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), you must register your beacon with the proper national authority. This links you and your beacon together. If it isn't registered, a USCG or Auxiliary search and rescue operation cannot locate you. This notice also includes personal location beacons (PLBs) and emergency locator transmitters (ELTs).

The required VE workshop can be completed at the AUXLMS website (the same site used for “mandatory training”). A video overview on how to access AUXLMS is available here, and printable directions can be accessed.

EPIRBs are generally installed on boats and can either be operated automatically after an incident or manually. EPIRBs are used to alert search and rescue services in the event of emergency by transmitting a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency via satellite and earth stations to the nearest rescue coordination center. Some EPIRBs also have built-in global positioning system (GPS), which enables the rescue service (Coast Guard in the U.S.) to locate you within approximately 50 meters. Find your National Authority here.

Source: V Directorate website

This reference does not constitute an endorsement of the manufacturer's products by either the USCG or USCG Auxiliary.

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DEVELOPING LEADERS WHO LEAD Gary P. Barth District Captain East (DCAPT-E) We have just completed most of the change of watch programs for our various flotillas and divisions. Though some members received awards, I was surprised and dismayed at the limited number who were actually recommended. As a division commander, I have had many flotilla commanders and division commanders tell me that no one in their flotilla or division was worthy of an award. This is hard for me to believe as there are many member activities and responsibilities that warrant an award. Why do we give rewards? Is it just to appease the upper levels of command? Of course not. The answer should be: We give the awards to recognize the work and accomplishments of our members. Frequently, a member has been working at a particular office or task for many years. Though they do a great job, they may never have been formally recognized for their efforts. According to the Auxiliary Manual, Chapter 11: “The recognition of an Auxiliarist’s service, through the presentation of timely and appropriate awards, is essential to the success of the Auxiliary program. Recognition of Auxiliarists by Coast Guard unit Cos [commanding officers], XOs [executive officers] and all other Coast Guard leaders is very important. In many respects, the recognition they receive through these awards can be considered to be their nominal payment. The service and actions of the Auxiliarists

should receive the appropriate recognition and awards to the maximum extent possible.” Another question is: “Who can write an award?” Any member can write the award for any other member they feel is deserving of an award. They cannot write an award for themselves. Help for writing the award can be found on the District 7 webpage, At the bottom of the page, there is a link in yellow that says AWARDS. If you click this link, it will take you to a page specifically addressing awards. There are definitions of the various awards, templates to assist you in writing the award, information on “How to Write Awards” and other informal ways to recognize members for doing a good job. Awards can be written any time of the year, not just at the end of the year. When writing an award in District 7, all awards must be in Word® document format including the Form 1650. This is the sheet containing information about the person for whom the award is being submitted and the member submitting the award. It also has recommendations going up the chain of leadership. Signing the 1650 must be kept entirely in Word® document format using /s/ and then type your name. (Continued on page 12)

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Free ‘If Found’ stickers for paddle craft

This is considered an electronic signature. DO NOT print a hard copy. Sign and scan the document as this would no longer be a Word® document. The award and 1650 are then submitted electronically to the next person in the chain of leadership for their comments.

The National Safe Boating Council has stepped up to the plate and now has paddle craft "If Found — Contact” stickers available from their Safe Boating Campaign resource page:

Who should not get an award? Per the Auxiliary Manual, Chapter 11: Philosophy—Only the truly deserving should receive recognition. To do otherwise dilutes the significance of the award for the deserving recipient and minimizes the value of these awards to the entire organization. Good performance and service should always be recognized, but the presentation of formal awards should be reserved for Auxiliarists who have truly distinguished themselves in their Auxiliary service.

These weatherproof stickers for canoes, kayaks or rowboats, which also bear the Auxiliary logo, provide room for the vessel owner's name and two phone numbers emergency responders need when paddle craft are found adrift without an operator.

In closing, if you want to write an award and are having difficulty, contact persons in your chain of leadership who are familiar with writing awards. Most will gladly help you in making certain that deserving members are properly recognized for the service they have given.

Simply scroll down to the “Paddle Craft If Found” sticker and order. Limit one pack of 100 stickers per request. While there you might want to check out and request some of their other resources. □

Semper Paratus! □

Source: Don Goff, BC-BLC,

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DISTRICT 7 IN ACTION Annual Gasparilla Pirate Invasion of Tampa Continues a Tradition Dating Back to 1904 By Dick Risk, Senior Editor, Breeze TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Annually since 1904, with only 10 exceptions, Tampa Bay has been “invaded” by pirates. For more than 50 of those years, the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary have assisted in keeping the thousands of boaters who came to watch safe. This year was no different, as the pirate ship José Gasparilla sailed into the Port of Tampa on a cold Saturday, Jan. 25, escorted by the Tampa Fire Rescue fireboat Patriot with its water cannons fully energized and trailed by an armada of some 16 vessels for the 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. Gasparilla is said to be the largest boat parade in the nation. It has seen as many as 3,000 boats participating in the “Mosquito Fleet,” and nearly every year, draws 300,000 spectators. One year, the parade drew an estimated one million.

Above: The pirate ship José Gasparilla heads for Tampa. Courtesy photo by Tom Ash on WFLA-TV’s Eagle 8. Left: A coxswain takes notes on his copy of the Incident Action Plan. Below left: Cliff Martin, Division 7 operations, in his 14th year coordinating Auxiliary support of Gasparilla, briefs coxswains and crew. Manatee Watch liaison Mary James participates in the briefing. Below right: Lt.j.g. Shawn Antonelli, left, represents Sector St. Petersburg as Auxiliary liaison. Auxiliary photos by Dick Risk, senior editor, Breeze.

The Coast Guard’s primary mission, along with its partner agencies including the Auxiliary, was to provide safety and security for the Gasparilla parade, which was attended by thousands of recreational boaters. While Auxiliary units are prohibited from conducting law enforcement actions, the 18 Auxiliary facilities patrolling the waters along the parade route and at the entrance to the security zones played a major role in educating mariners of the “No Wake” zone and existence of restricted areas to boaters. The Auxiliary also supported the Manatee Watch program required under the marine event permit issued by the Coast Guard to the event sponsor, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. The movement of manatees, an endangered species, into the parade route could have caused a diversion or even a delay of the parade.

The 18 participating Auxiliary vessels and their support systems were operated by coxswains, boat crew, trainees and radio watch standers from Divisions 7, 8 and 11. They assembled on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Flotilla 79 (Tampa) to review the Incident Action Plan. Lin(Continued on page 15)

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(L to R) Pirate parade heading toward Tampa. Courtesy photo by Tom Ash, aerial observer aboard WFLA-TV’s Eagle 8 helicopter. Auxiliary vessel Allure patrolling parade route, crewed by Dave Langdon, coxswain, Jack Lee and Loren Reuter, owner, all of Flotilla 72 (St. Petersburg). Auxiliary photo by Dick Risk, senior editor, Breeze. Keith Westbrook at the helm of Bayou Bengal, with Patricia Stone and Guy Mandigo, owner, all of Flotilla 75 (Ruskin, Fla.) Mandigo and Stone caution boaters to observe the “No Wake” zone established by the Coast Guard for Gasparilla. Auxiliary photos by Valerie Fernandes, Flotilla 78 (Pass-a-Grille, Fla.).

en route to Tampa Bay from points all around, conducted roll calls every half hour taking status reports while the recreational boaters populated the bay, and monitored the Auxiliary vessels as they traveled home after the parade.

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da Churchill, division staff officer for Operations, coordinated the Auxiliary component, ably assisted by her predecessor, Cliff Martin, and Tim Teahan, Flotilla 79, who headed Auxiliary communications aboard the Patriot as the primary link to the Coast Guard and other agencies.

USCG Capt. Gregory D. Case, commander of Sector St. Petersburg, was the incident commander. Other Coast Guard participants included the USCGC Hawk, Station St. Petersburg, Station Cortez, Station Sand Key and Aids to Navigation. Cmdr. Gino S. Sciortino was patrol commander. Lt. j.g. Shawn Antonelli, Sector St. Petersburg liaison to the Auxiliary, expressed his gratitude. "The continued support from Sector St. Petersburg's Coast Guard Auxiliary, once again, provided increased safety and security throughout the Port of Tampa during the annual Gasparilla invasion,” said Antonelli. “Without their help, the success of the parade would be much more difficult. A very special thank you to all of those who helped, both on the water and behind the scenes!"

David Rockwell, division staff officer for Communications, headed the radio guard from Flotilla 79’s “Tampa Radio One” station at the Salty Sol boat ramp, with watch standers Len Chiacchia, Flotilla 74 (Brandon, Fla.), Judith Clapp, Flotilla 75 (Ruskin, Fla.), and Jim Nelson, Flotilla 72 (St. Petersburg). They were on the air from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., rotating one radio operator and one logger each hour. The third person did plotting and tracking, when needed, and handled landline traffic. They provided radio guard for Auxiliary vessels Auxiliary vessels prepare to leave Salty Sol boat ramp by Flotilla 79 (Tampa).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office were also involved in the event. The Ash Group, a local engineering firm, coordinated the Manatee Watch on behalf of its client, Ye Mystic Krewe, in coordination with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, which provided the aerial spotter, Tom Ash. He rode in WFLA-TV’s helicopter, Eagle 8, piloted by Judd Chapin. (Continued on page 16)

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organizers were persuaded to make their group permanent and the invasion an annual event. Today, Ye Mystic Krewe’s membership numbers more than 700 of Tampa’s most prominent citizens.

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Festival Based on Legend of Pirate José Gaspar Legendary Pirate José Gaspar, known as “the last of the Buccaneers,” who called himself “Gasparilla,” was a well-educated Spanish aristocrat who had served as a lieutenant in the Royal Spanish Navy for five years when, in 1783, he seized command of a Spanish sloop-ofwar and set sail with his fellow mutineers for the Florida straits. Gaspar boasted in his diary the seizure and burning of 36 ships during his first 12 years as a pirate, forcing captured crew members to join his ranks or else walk the plank.

In 1954, Ye Mystic Krewe commissioned a fully rigged pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, a replica of a West Indiaman used the in the 18th century, according to their website. She is constructed of steel, 165 feet in length, a 35-foot beam, and with three 100-foot masts. When it isn’t invading the city, the José Gasparilla is docked usually at the Tarpon Weigh Station on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, where the public can view it. □

In December 1821, Gaspar had decided to retire as a pirate, having convinced his crew to divide their ill-gotten gains and disband, when he mistook a U.S. Navy warship for a merchant vessel that was too tempting to resist for one last pillaging. Following a bloody battle, as legend has it and as reported on Ye Mystic Krewe’s website, “Gasparilla seized a heavy chain, wrapped it around his waist and neck and leaped into the water, brandishing his sword in a final gesture of defiance as he sank into the sea.”

Right: Len Chiacchia, Flotilla 74 (Ruskin, Fla.), logs while David Rockwell, Division 7 staff officer for communications, conducts roll call over “Tampa Radio One.” Below: Tampa Fire Rescue fireboat Patriot leads the parade with water canons fully energized, trailed by and armada of some 16 vessels and flanked by the “Mosquito Fleet.” Auxiliary photos by Dick Risk, District 7 ADSO-PB.

In 1904, Tampa’s social and civic leaders planned a city-wide celebration adopting the legend of Gasparilla as their theme. A group of 40 calling themselves “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla,” masked and costumed as pirates, had secretly organized and planned a mock invasion by horseback, “capturing” the city during the festival. The surprise attack was so popular with the citizens of Tampa, that the

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Endangered Marine Species Get Special Protection During Gasparilla Boat Parade The water parade permit issued by the Coast Guard requires measures to protect manatees. “We are conducting this watch on behalf of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, which was required to obtain a Permit for Marine Event from the U.S. Coast Guard,” explains Mary James, an ecologist with The Ash Group, a local engineering firm hired by the sponsor to coordinate the watch. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews the application, and each year adds a condition to the permit requiring the Krewe to have a Manatee Watch Plan in place. We have been assisting with the watch for 10 years now, and we have a team of about 25 volunteer observers in seven boats, two land-based stations and one in the helicopter—our aerial observer. We are required to start our watch at least one hour before the ma- Mary McRae James, senior project scienrine parade begins, and contin- tist with The Ash Group, aboard Luv@1st ue until 30 minutes after the Site, asks boaters to observe the No Wake José Gasparilla docks at the Tam- Zone. Auxiliary photo by Dick Risk, senior pa Convention Center. During editor, Breeze. this time, we patrol our generally assigned areas looking for manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, whales and small-tooth sawfish. These are the protected marine species that could potentially occur in Tampa Bay. But, dolphins and manatees are the most likely species to be present this time of year.” The Tampa Bay Times reported on Jan. 24 (page 1B), that a record 829 Florida manatees died last year from all causes, including commercial fishing, a Red Tide algae bloom in the Lee and Collier County region, and the mysterious die-off in the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s Atlantic coast. Of that number, 173 were breeding age females.

Dozens of manatees congregate in the relatively warm waters off the Apollo Beach Power Plant at Big Bend, just south of the Manatee Watch area. Courtesy photo by Tom Ash aboard WFLA-TV’s Eagle 8 helicopter.

By Dick Risk, Senior Editor, Breeze TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Gasparilla invasion is an annual marine parade that has been sponsored by “Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla” since 1904. Its sponsors claim Gasparilla is the largest boat parade in the nation, often drawing as many as 3,000 boats and 300,000 spectators, or more. While safety and security for the Gasparilla parade is the primary mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, along with participating law enforcement agencies, the Auxiliary was assigned the additional role of assisting in the protection of manatees, who are at increased risk during an event that might draw thousands of power boats into their habitat. The yearly event takes place in Hillsborough Bay, beginning at the Ballast Point pier by Tampa Yacht Club and ending at the Tampa Convention Center. Manatees feed on sea grass found in shallow waters along the shoreline throughout Tampa Bay, and they take refuge in warm water sites when the water temperature drops, as it had on the day of this year’s Gasparilla parade. Manatees are a protected species under federal and state law. The challenge to the event sponsors is to ensure that manatees and other protected marine species avoid harm during the parade. Manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, cetaceans and small-tooth sawfish are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and/or the Endangered Species Act of 1973. It is unlawful for any person, at any time, by any means or in any manner, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass or disturb any protected species. Winter 2013-2014

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had experience with Gasparilla in prior years. Observers without prior experience were paired with experienced ones. Tom Ash, general manager with the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County, served as the aerial observer as he has done since 2005. Aerial transport was provided by the Eagle 8 helicopter, piloted by Judd Chapin of WFLA News Channel 8, who has also been involved in the Gasparilla Manatee Watch since 2005. Jan Ash, a professional engineer and principal of The Ash Group, a local engineering firm, was “Manatee Command,” the principal coordinator for the event as a passenger on the Hillsborough EPC vessel. Observers were to report to Manatee Command any sightings of a protected marine species within the vicinity of the parade route or in any danger of injury. In turn, Jan was to relay the information to parade officials, who would dispatch additional watch boats to surround and protect the marine species from spectator boats. Manatee Command had the authority to halt or re-route the parade if necessary to ensure the safety of protected marine species. Each watch boat was equipped with 2-foot by 3-foot signs reading “SLOW,” “MANATEE WATCH,” “NO WAKE” and “IDLE SPEED” to wave in support of the “No Wake Zone” established by the Coast Guard on the day of the event. As neither the Auxiliary members nor the Manatee Watch observers have law enforcement authority, they were to report all violations to the Tampa Police Department or Florida Marine Patrol. The Ash Group has coordinated the Manatee Watch since 2005 and, according to their watch plan, “no injuries to manatees or other protected marine species have resulted from the event since that time.” □

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As of January 2011, there were just 4,834 Florida manatees, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published in the Federal Register on Jan. 23, 2014. That report estimated 99 manatee deaths are human-caused each year. The Tampa Bay Times reported on Feb. 7 (page 1B) that a new count conducted on Jan. 24 and 27 this year determined there are now 4,831, very close to the 2011 number, 4,834—2,514 of them on Florida’s west coast, 2,317 on the state’s east coast. This suggests that the population may be stable. However, commentators caution that counts depend on certain factors including cold weather conditions causing manatees to seek refuge in warm water coves where they can be spotted from the air, and that there is a great margin for error. Five of the 18 Auxiliary facilities served as Manatee Watch boats, in addition to their vessel safety and security role. Operating primarily south of upper Hillsborough Bay and lower Seddon Channel, they carried representatives from The Ash Group, which coordinated the manatee watch with the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). Luv@1st Site with Gene Keller, commander of Flotilla 72 (St. Petersburg), as coxswain, served as the mother boat for the observers. Ken Morningstar, Flotilla 74 (Brandon, Fla.), was the manatee lead patrol as coxswain of Kamstar. Auxiliary facilities Lil Nan and Sea Hugger, both of Flotilla 79 (Tampa), and Merry K, Flotilla 74, also carried manatee observers. Additionally, Tampa Audubon Society contributed to the watch and provided transport for four observers in its boat. More observers were passengers on civilian boats. In all, Manatee Watch observers on the water patrolled Ballast Point, Pendola Point and Port Sutton-East Bay Channel on the south end of Davis Islands, as well as the central portion of Hillsborough Bay, north and south of the parade route. Land-based observers were stationed on the roof of Tampa General Hospital, at Ballast Point and on the Tampa Yacht Club dock. According to The Ash Group, half of the observers

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Mary James talks to Eagle 8 while it hovers over parade area. “Manatee Command” patrols a cove. Stan Clark, Flotilla 72 (St. Petersburg), observes with volunteers Joe Milligan and Mark Mostrom, while Gene Keller, Flotilla 72 commander, talks to “Tampa Radio One.” Luv@1st Site is mother boat for the observers. Courtesy photo of Luv@1st Site taken by Alicia Slater-Haase. Story and other photos by Dick Risk, Breeze senior editor. BREEZE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7


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Coast Guard Chief Marine Science Technician John Morgan of Sector St. Petersburg, who conducted the exercise, initiated the activity by Auxiliarists from Division 9 Take Part in sending a mock National Response Center incident report to the Ft. Myers detachment indicating that a vessel at the shrimp boat dock in Harbor at Ft. Myers Beach had caught fire, releasing an unSimulated Fuel Spill Pollution Exercise Matanzas known quantity of diesel fuel into the harbor. By Mitchell D. Schlitt, Flotilla 98 Charlotte Harbor, Fla., Breeze Once the responders had assembled at Salty Sam’s Marina, Morgan Contributing Writer expanded the details of the scenario, explaining that a 72-foot shrimp FT. MYERS, Fla. – Four members of Auxiliary Division 9 participated boat had caught fire, which had spread to another fishing vessel tied in a Team Coast Guard simulated environmental spill exercise con- alongside. Efforts by the local fire department failed to extinguish the flames before both vessels sank, according to the scenario, releasing ducted on Dec. 11, 2013, in Fort some 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel, Myers by U.S. Coast Guard Sector causing a 500-foot by 30-foot rainSt. Petersburg. Team Coast Guard bow sheen, moving southrefers to the four components of southeast from the incident scene. the Coast Guard as a whole: Regular, Reserve, Auxiliary, and Coast Initially, the Auxiliarists were to be Guard civilian employees. observers only, but Morgan assigned McCarn to monitor and take Auxiliarists Pat McCarn, Flotilla 9notes on the drill and McColough 10 Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, Tom to perform the ICS function to McColough, Flotilla 94 Naples, monitor the whereabouts of all asMitchell Schlitt, Flotilla 98 Charsigned personnel. Schlitt and Hart lotte Harbor, and Tom Hart, Flotilwere assigned to the Shoreline la 96 Wiggins Pass, all of Florida, Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT), reported to the Marine Safety Dewhich had responsibility to make tached Duty Office in Ft. Myers initial assessments from shore of (DDFM), joining 13 others from the spread and effect of the fuel active duty Coast Guard and the spill. According to the scenario, the Reserve for this Federal On-scene sheen had spread, impacting three Coordinator’s Representative areas: a limited access mangrove (FOSCR) and Incident Command canal, a private canal across the System (ICS) simulated disaster harbor with mangroves and condrill. All four had taken the Introcrete seawalls, and the protected duction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection course, Chief Marine Science Technician John Morgan (right), director of the pollution ex- mangroves of the Matanzas Preserve. and McColough is also a certified ercise on behalf of Sector St. Petersburg, and Auxiliarist Mitchell Schlitt of Flotilla Assistant Pollution Responder 98 examine information from diesel fuel spill reports by participants, posted on a SCAT leader Lt. Jessica Paxton as(APR). (Continued on page 20) Google Earth map. Auxiliary photo by Tom Hart, Flotilla 96.

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mental Protection in a variety of ways. Citing the Auxiliary New Member Reference Guide, Chief Morgan points out: “Qualified Auxiliarists and their facilities are authorized assignment to duty to assist in marine safety and environmental protection. Auxiliarists may provide facilities and personnel for public education, for support of pollution prevention activities, for environmental disaster relief operations, and other assistance, as needed by Coast Guard Sectors.” While Auxiliarists are not actually assigned to DDFM, according to Chief Morgan, they provide direct support as members of Auxiliary Division 9. “They do not have ratings like the active duty component does, so they’re not considered Marine Safety Specialists,” he explains. “However, they may be part of the Marine Safety Program.” Besides the exposure to how the ICS works from participation in the drill, Auxiliarists received training toward certification for the APR designation while exercising critical thinking and communication skills. They also came away with a better understanding of what it means to be part of Team Coast Guard. □

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signed Schlitt to investigate all three sheens and report using the Coast Guard’s Short Shoreline Assessment Form, which requires drawings and detailed fill-in-the-blank descriptions of the affected areas. Information gathered by Schlitt was reported to the exercise operations center via marine VHF radio, along with marine observation and air operations, so that a spill recovery and remediation plan could be formulated. The incident command post staff annotated the information gathered from on-scene observers onto largescale Google Earth maps printed specifically for the drill. The exercise scenario then called for the simulation of hiring contractors to contain and recover the released diesel fuel at the reported locations. To add realism, Morgan provided updates to the scenario throughout the drill, including the simulated injury of contractors, who were removed from the incident by emergency medical service technicians. Auxiliary members can be involved in Marine Safety and Environ-


Celebrating 75 Years of the USCG Auxiliary

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary turns 75 on June 23, 2014, and the Breeze will dedicate a major part of its Spring 2014 issue to that observance. Alejandro de Quesada, District 7 historian, is writing a comprehensive history of the Auxiliary. The Breeze is soliciting historical photographs and articles of significant events that occurred within the District 7, including units that have since been assigned. Please send digital files of your own article or links to fully identified articles of historical significance, i.e., activity during World War II, major operations, rescues, support of national or regional events, etc., to: Historian, D7. Also, please look for historical photos within your units. They may be hanging someplace on the walls of your home flotilla. Photos must be public domain or accompanied by a release from the owner. Scan them in at least 300 dpi resolution and send them, with descriptions, to: Editor, Breeze.

Auxiliary facilities patrol the Atlantic Coast off Savannah, Ga., during World War II.

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becomes one that the district Public Affairs Department has to set. In that case, the decision falls to me. The manual has one brief line from which I base my recommendation. It comes from Chapter 10… Setting an Example. “Uniforms shall be pressed, clean, fit properly, and be in good repair.” It also talks about grooming, weight and overall appearance. This last reference is the key to understanding why I have developed a standard for District 7.

YOU AND THE AUXILIARY Which uniform is correct?

Boat Shows: Inside or Outside? ODUs are preferred, black boots or black tennis shoes—no white tennis shoes. ODUs are what should be worn at outside displays, particularly at boat ramps. At inside events, in which the Coast Guard has members present, ODUs are a must. They will be wearing them and we should mirror them.

By Constance O. Irvin, DSO-PA, District 7 The question comes to me in all forms: “What is the right uniform for a boat show? What should I wear at a static display booth? Why can’t I wear what I want at a public affairs event?” The questions are appropriate, but sometimes the answer I give is neither heard nor accepted.

Trops are acceptable at inside events, boat shows and static displays unless the Coast Guard is also at the event. Then ODUs come into play. We must remember that many of our members are not in operations and all they have are trops. I do not want someone excluded from helping at an inside event simply because they do not have ODUs. If a member wants to help staff a booth and only has trops, then pair that member with another one who will also be in trops. Make the uniforms match for each duty session. The key is grooming and overall appearance. What about shorts? The truth is, at our age most of us would certainly look better in long pants. On our patrol boats or while doing vessel examinations in the summer heat those shorts feel good. But at a boat ramp with a safety booth, long pants are my preference. No shorts. In the summer heat, a clean, new looking Auxiliary Tshirt can be worn along with long ODU pants, proper belt, black tennis shoes, black socks and the proper cover (ball cap). You’ll survive and so will the high standard of appearance that the Coast Guard expects of us. There are hearty souls who wear the full ODU at outside public affairs events all year round. My cover is off to them.

Members of Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.), decked out in their operational dress uniforms (ODUs), pause for a moment in front of their static display in front of a Lowe’s store, complete with “Coastie,” the robot. Auxiliary photo by Hank Cushard.

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Nationally, the Public Affairs Department prefers the operational dress uniform (ODU) to be worn at boat shows and static displays at boat ramps. Flotilla commanders quite often are rigid in saying only tropical blues (“trops”) can be worn. Others permit a mish-mash of uniforms, trops along with ODUs, or shorts.

Rob Raybuck and Pat McCarn, from Flotilla 9-10 (Ft. Myers and Cape Coral, Fla.), wearing the tropical blue uniform, talk to two visitors at the Fort Myers Boat Show. Auxiliary photo by Constance O. Irvin.

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Will the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary survive the 21st century? The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is losing members, dropping from an estimated 38,000 in 2004 to about 30,000+ in 2013. Traditionally, the main avenue for reinvigorating membership numbers came from students taking the Auxiliary’s public education courses. Smaller numbers came from those recruited from vessel safety checks and those who found out about the Auxiliary by other means. Recruiting drives, where National asked local flotillas to make a special effort to find and process new members, accounted for others. In fact, none of these tried-and-true methods now works well enough to make up the Auxiliary numbers. Recruits from public education classes have fallen off dramatically, as have the other traditional methods. Why this drop in recruiting new members? There are many reasons, one of which is that aggressive recruiting is often not done in flotillas that take a more laid back approach, only accepting new members if they’re contacted first. Even then, there are many flotillas that don’t accept recruits because, “it’s too much effort to train them,” or “we’re just the right size and don’t want more members,” or “it’s not our job.” The Auxiliary, late in studying these dynamics and playing catch-up, is just beginning to look at concepts and processes to retain existing membership, but without an infusion of new members, this course will not ultimately be successful in maintaining viable numbers. The challenge is to consider and recommend BREEZE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7

a course of action to rebuild the Auxiliary’s numbers. To do so, the Auxiliary needs to address the generational changes that have already begun to affect recruiting practices. The Auxiliary can’t count on past and present recruiting methods as the answer any longer; they won’t work much longer. New approaches to recruiting and retention must be found. And that may change the face of the Auxiliary and how it does business. Older volunteers aren’t dropping out—not more rapidly than age and accidents have

Volunteerism and the Auxiliary By Dr. Bill Wendel Flotilla 23 (Northeast Georgia) The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is losing members, dropping from an estimated 38,000 in 2004 to about 30,000 plus in 2013.

always accounted for. The difference is that community organizations like Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas are no longer being continuously revitalized as they have in the past by a steady stream of new members. Voting patterns are instructive as a proxy of social engagement. Compared to demographically matched nonvoters, voters are more likely to be interested in politics, give to charity, volunteer, serve on juries, attend school board meetings, participate in public demonstrations, and cooperate with their follow citizens on community affairs.

one of the lowest points in the country’s history and is the most visible symptom of a broader disengagement from community life. It is not just from the voting booth that Americans are increasingly AWOL. Americans are involved less and less in every aspect of civic engagement than they were 20 years ago. The Baby Boomers are just beginning to retire. If you think of this generation as a giant bell curve, the beginning edge to the curve are those people approaching 65 years of age. Over the next 20 years this generation will surge into retirement. Marketing specialists, researchers, foundations and membership organizations such as AARP are already studying these soon-to-be retirees, and with good reason. This generation has been known for breaking with tradition and charting new courses. This is the 60’s generation that rebelled against authority, organized movements and changed the workplace. Now, Baby Boomers give every indication of being a new breed of volunteer. They expect to live longer and they are planning for financial, mental and emotional security. They believe they have far more choices in terms of activities and lifestyles. They plan to travel, explore new places and spend periods away from home. They do not view retirement as the end of a career, but rather as an opportunity to begin a new career. They are not constrained by traditional ideas (Continued on page 23)

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The Auxiliary must understand the unique needs and styles of each generation, volunteers and constituents, and create ways for each to receive personal satisfaction and reward. of retirement. They refuse to get old and they refuse to believe that age will limit them in any way. They are showing a tendency to remain in the communities where they have lived and work. There are indications they may be less inclined to move to the traditional retirement community states. Volunteer managers are being challenged to design new recruitment efforts, systems and structures to meet this new generation of volunteers. Current research has identified several themes and priorities to consider:

1. Offer choice, flexibility and responsiveness to today’s lifestyles. Provide numerous options and the ability to choose what and how much a volunteer can do. 2. Pair volunteer activities with educational and recreational opportunities, life -long learning, domestic and international travel, family and intergenerational relationships, and volunteer service and learning that can lead to new employment options. National organizations in particular may wish to develop volunteer exchange programs with interstate members/partners. Winter 2013-2014

3. Begin now to develop and promote recruitment information for those approaching retirement. This generation is already planning for their retirement years. 4. Use the Internet to give information, make statewide and national connections and to recruit and place volunteers. 5. Enhance marketing messages with images of volunteers doing new, unexpected things, of volunteers having a good time together, of volunteer “experts” solving problems. 6. Don’t rely on “civic duty” and “make a difference” as marketing messages for this generation. Offer opportunities for new experiences, challenges and stimulation. Personal growth and the desire for new knowledge and skills are powerful forces within this generation. 7. Develop career paths for volunteers to promote life-long learning, advancement and skill development. 8. Provide opportunities for volunteer to “try-before-you-buy” experiences as a marketing tool. This consumer-oriented generation looks for quality, efficiency and effectiveness. Episodic volunteering has been the norm for many of these busy working people. 9. Provide clear expectation regarding time, tasks and training. 10. When possible promote the connection to local issues and local problem, and communicate how volunteers will make a difference Leadership is often viewed by the older generations as synonymous with commitment, dedication, skills, knowledge and experience. 23

These preconceived ideas of what it is to be in a leadership role create subtle messages for new, younger volunteers about long-term commitment and dedication. Younger volunteers do not always see themselves as experienced, skilled or capable of leadership. They do not readily see what’s in it for them. Attracting and cultivating new leadership and new volunteers require new approaches on how to do the work as well as new messages about the value of the work and the personal growth and development that comes from volunteer and leadership service. Many volunteers are less interested in making a difference and more interested in the personal return on their investment. Today’s younger volunteers are attracted to the opportunities for skills building, career enhancement, networking and professional/ leadership development that come from board and committee work Unique styles: Each generation has differing expectations. The challenge is to bring these diverse generations together through multiple options and opportunities. The Auxiliary must understand the unique needs and styles of each generation, volunteers and constituents, and create ways for each to receive personal satisfaction and reward. □

Not Your Typical Boot Camp: A Supplement to Traditional Mentoring To view video that correlates to an article of the same name in the Fall 2013 issue of Breeze, click this link:

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District Leadership Workshop Focuses on Problem Solving By Nan Ellen Fuller, Division 2 Commander Nine leadership workshops were scheduled throughout the District 7 during the first quarter of 2014. These workshops continued the district’s long standing practice of providing training in skills and practices that benefit Auxiliary units and enhance the elected and staff officer experience. As with past district leadership workshops, instructors for the 2014 workshops came from the district leadership team and district bridge. The program was organized around four modules of approximately one and a half hours each. The content selected for the 2014 leadership workshops was in direct response to needs expressed by flotilla and division commanders in their responses to a recent survey. The first module provided an overview of the district’s progress in meeting its goals and introduced a new “toolbox” for assisting leaders with resolving questions and concerns about operational and policy matters. The second and third modules utilized workshop participants’ collaborative skills to determine and prioritize at least

Above (clockwise): Bob Weskerna, District 7 chief of staff, monitors a work group discussion. Sara Snyder, Flotilla 29 vice commander serves, as her group’s scribe. Larry Hartman, Flotilla 21 vice commander, records his group’s thoughts. All photos taken in Savannah, Ga., on Jan. 25 and St. Augustine, Fla., on Jan. 26 by Nan Ellen Fuller.

six essential initial actions needed to succeed as a flotilla commander and as a division commander. During this process, participants had the opportunity to practice several team skills including, selecting a leader, establishing ground rules, setting an agenda, having a timekeeper and staying on track, utilizing various brainstorming techniques, recording actions, utilizing a parking lot, reaching consensus, prioritizing, and implementing findings. The Coast Guard Performance Improvement (Continued on page 25)

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leadership under your belt, this year’s workshop had something for you. All participants came away with a few “nuggets” and several new skills to assist them as leaders in the Auxiliary. □

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Guide (“PIG book”) was utilized to help guide participants for techniques used by effective teams. The goal of these two modules was for participants to effectively utilize teams to understand and utilize the process to achieve the objective and not to jump directly to solving the problem. The fourth module introduced the new Leadership Development Center for providing instructional materials and leadership training assistance to divisions and flotillas. Attendance at this year’s workshops included division commanders, flotilla commanders, division vice commanders, flotilla vice commanders, district directorate chiefs, Auxiliary sector coordinators, division staff officers, flotilla staff officers, as well as other members showing high potential and interest in holding future elected offices. Whether you were new to an office or you had one or more years of

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Above left (clockwise): Frank Lann, district training officer, facilitates discussion on team skills. Bob Weskerna, District 7 chief of staff, makes a point at Savannah workshop. Commodore John Tyson joins the discussion led by John Hadley, 14-8 (Jacksonville, Fla.) flotilla vice commander. Beth Gallagher, Flotilla 45 (Sanford, Fla.), serves as a group scribe in St. Augustine.


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There are some who feel the Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP, AX and AX2) designation is similar to a Ph.D. level of education. While I do not feel it is that intense, I do certainly appreciate the time and effort it takes to achieve this high designation and feel honored to have achieved it myself. My first introduction to AUXOP came while I was working in Virginia when I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Fifth Southern District’s unique program that they ran in cooperation with the Gold Side called “Advanced Skills Weekend” at Yorktown Training Center (Yorktown Tracen). Attending Auxiliary students were assigned berths on base and ate at the mess hall with young men and women in the active Coast Guard. Auxiliarists were never treated differently in any manner from active Coast Guard personnel and were given a full measure of respect. During this weekend of training, everyone in attendance had an opportunity to participate in everything from AUXCHEF (now Auxiliary Food Services or AUXFS) to data entry to AUXOP classes. The attitude that Auxiliarists were there to support the Coast Guard mission emanated from the lowest ranking seaman up to the base commander. Unfortunately, the Fifth Southern District had to discontinue this program and it is no longer available.


The Operational Auxiliarist Experience By Kerry Eakins, ADSO-PB District 7

As I viewed the classes available for AUXOP, I felt like a child at Christmas, wishing I had time to take all of them in one weekend. Of course, it did take more than one weekend, but the AUXOP designation provides for the widest array of information for any level of Auxiliarist up to senior officers. The achievement of AUXOP provides education in all aspects of surface operations beyond what is required to be a qualified crewperson or coxswain. Only about 12 percent of Auxiliarists nationwide have achieved this rating.

While the weekend training that was so well coordinated by the Fifth Southern is no longer available, one can still attain the AUXOP designation by taking courses individually, online, or from the flotilla, division or district level training opportunities offered. Under the newest AUXOP program, candidates are required to earn a total of seven credits: one from a leadership course, three from core courses, and three from an array of elective courses. As can be seen in the table on the next page, the candidate must take all three core courses, and each course must be passed with a 75 percent or better grade. Many speak of how difficult the weather class is, but I was very lucky to have an aviator as my instructor. Because of his intense weather training for his pilot’s license and experience with flying in all types of weather, he was able to relate the course to me in a more down-to-earth manner which made everything easier for me to understand. The Communications Specialty teaches proper procedures and etiquette when using a VHF radio. The Seamanship course teaches knots, lines, engines, types of boats, parts on a boat, and many other boating skills. The leadership courses are designed to provide specific instructions for all levels of Coast Guard Auxiliary management and experience, as well as providing newly promoted personnel with insights into their new positions of authority. The electives offer a wide array of interests. Don’t be fooled by the titles. In the case of the Introduction to Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (IMSEP) course, it provides emphasis on different types of pollution and invasive species. When I took the Search Coordination and Execution (SC&E) course, I had an opportunity to look at the Gold (Continued on page 27)

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Side textbook and realized how surprisingly close the two courses were. Even some of their exercise questions were the same as in our book. I later realized that my instructor was also the lead instructor for the National Search and Rescue School at the Yorktown Tracen. This course taught me to be more inquisitive with my instructors, and allowed me to appreciate and respect their backgrounds even more than I already did. I believe my AUXOP training has provided me with many skills that obviously improved my own personal boating abilities, but it also provided me with better resources when teaching these skills to others, and I have made lifelong friendships along the way. â–Ą

Free mobile app (or paper checklist) from American Boat & Yacht Council Boat Essentials-USCG Safety Gear is a simple checklist app to help boaters identify the safety items they are required to have onboard. It also suggests other items that will make a boat safer and more comfortable. Useful for all powered and non-powered boats operated in the United States and territories waters. This app also contains features to help maintain a boat, buy supplies for a boat, and to notify the user of important dates. A water-resistant version is now available from the Auxiliary National Supply Center, as item No. ANSC 3030. The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The mission of ABYC is to improve boating safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. Winter 2013-2014


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Roosevelt urged Upton to create a national organization. The idea spread, and in 1914, delegates from 20 clubs met at the New York Yacht Club and formed USPS. USPS offered a free nautical school to the public in 1917, but after the war, the organization dwindled with some wanting to disband. The squadrons still performed drills and maneuvers, and members were required to be members of a yacht club. Later, they dropped the drills and maneuvers and the requirement to be a yacht club member, which spurred growth in USPS. By 1924, the organization became a teaching organization and membership hit 323 individuals. In 1939, President Roosevelt complimented USPS on its 25th birthday and accepted an honorary membership. USPS began an expansion from primarily an Atlantic coastal group to one with squadrons in Florida, Washington and California. As World War II approached, USPS’ instruction centered on educating people departing areas far beyond the normal scope of the four courses given, and helped crews gain knowledge about defense issues. Gas rationing in 1942 amounted to receiving a number of gallons equal to the boat’s horsepower per week. Boaters were encouraged to keep their vessels ready for possible employment for war needs, the evacuation of Dunkirk foremost in mind, where British pleasure boats evacuated more than 300,000 British and French soldiers. Membership boomed during the ‘40s and ‘50s, reaching 45,000 in 268 squadrons in 1959. Each year, more people became interested in boating, fiberglass and outboard engines pushing the national registration of boats to 450,000. An appalling number of small boat accidents demanded the further need for education. One of USPS’ most notable chief commanders was Charles Chapman, in 1946, author of the famous series of nautical books, “Chapman’s Seamanship.” Over the years, USPS has been honored by five U.S. presidents and in 2004, on its 90th birthday, governors of all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands signed the “Proclamation of the Governors,” proclaiming recognition and grateful appreciation for USPS. Today, USPS has 403 squadrons and 35,000 volunteers of which 34 percent are women. The USPS ensign has flown just about everywhere on Earth, and even been carried into space. USPS has come a long way during its 100 years from the original vision of its first commanders, but undoubtedly they would be proud. Congratulations and Happy Birthday USPS! Here’s to another 100 years in boating safety. □

FEATURE ARTICLES U.S. Power Squadrons® Celebrates Centennial By Bill Griswold, District 7 DSO-SL JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — United States Power Squadrons (USPS) celebrated its 100th birthday here at the end of January. The organization’s publication, The Ensign, covered the history of that storied organization. I’d like to take you through some of that history about an organization that shares the mission of recreational boating safety with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Boating in the early 20th century consisted of large wooden sailboats, with owners belonging to yacht clubs. It was a rich man’s sport using paid professional crews to man these large vessels. In time, powered pleasure boats entered the scene, causing a split between sail and power, which was not always friendly. Roger Upton was a member of the Boston Yacht Club, and he grew frustrated of his sailboat’s reliance on the wind, so he bought a gas-driven launch to tow his 50-foot ketch when it was becalmed. Soon the launch was replaced with a 60-foot double ender steam vessel, which started a movement. Being a good mechanic, he trailed sailing cruises either fixing or towing them into port. He and 36 powerboat members sailed out to sea, performing maneuvers and drills, modeled after the U. S. Navy, making them an asset in time of war. A remarkable cruise of 40 sailboats and 20 powerboats set out from Portland, Maine, on an annual cruise, when a strong nor’easter caught them. The powerboats rescued many disabled yachts, which was celebrated in the media. Power boats had arrived, and yacht clubs began forming power squadrons. At that time, federal laws governing navigation applied only to steam vessels, and federal inspectors had little use for small internal combustion powered craft, but wanted to control them. A group of volunteers formed to protect pleasure boaters from the steamboat inspectors, and gave instructions on the rudiments of boat handling. A group within the Boston Yacht Club continued to grow, and took on the name “Power Squadrons of the Boston Yacht Club”, drawing the attention of Franklin Roosevelt, then the assistant secretary of the Navy. Roosevelt accompanied the squadron on Upton’s powerboat to observe the drills and maneuvers. With World War I looming, BREEZE, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, District 7

Editor’s note: USPS is designated by the Auxiliary, through a memorandum of understanding, to conduct the Vessel Safety Check and Recreational Boating Safety Visitation programs. The Auxiliary is the national director and executive agent for the Coast Guard in the overall operation and administration of these programs.


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U.S. Power Squadrons® Doing Safety Checks By Dave Fuller, District Captain—North perform two supervised visits at actual partners to qualify to be PVs. Our role in this for the Auxiliary is to promote the cooperation and provide the resources required at the flotilla level to help local power squadrons stand up this program. Auxiliarists will need to cooperate with local squadrons not only for space in existing locations, but will need to assist local power squadrons with the certification process by providing Auxiliarist PVs for the two supervised visits, especially in the initial stages. USPS members will have their own sources of material and boxes, and will share some of our brochures. They will likely add class schedules, membership materials, etc. to their mix of information to populate the racks. A potential problem area that we will need to head off before it begins is that there may be perceived territorial issues between local Auxiliary flotillas and local power squadrons. As you know, we occasionally have this issue between flotillas and even individual Auxiliarists in regard to the Auxiliary PV program. It is important to note that no one “owns” a particular territory or partner. In some areas, the Auxiliary may be sharing space on a partner’s shelf with USPS brochures and class schedules. I do not know how quickly this program will promulgate throughout the USPS as we had only 18 initially certified as PVs at the National Conference, but the participants were from squadrons across the country. Eventually, this program will be widespread and will come to our area when USPS promotes it internally and it gains critical mass. Cooperation and partnership between local power squadrons and Auxiliary flotillas will make this a long-term success as has been long demonstrated with the VE program. Please do everything you can to promote cooperation and partner with local squadrons. This is one more opportunity to have both organizations work together for our greater goal – the promotion of boating safety. After all, this is why both organizations exist. □

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Some of you may be aware that Nan Ellen Fuller, Division 2 commander, and I attended the 100th Anniversary and National Meeting of the U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) recently in Jacksonville. At that meeting, Stephen Ellerin District 7 staff officer for publications, presented a “train the trainer” course for program visitors for the very first group of USPS members. In addition to his other Auxiliary duties, Stephen is the liaison at National for USPS. Stephen quoted statistics during his presentation that were staggering concerning the handful of boaters we currently reach with our programs—fewer than three percent. Taking the positive side, we have much work to do and need all the help we can get to push out the message. The USPS is another major force multiplier for the Coast Guard, which gives us greater opportunity to reach the boaters who need our message of boating safety. One point impressed upon the participants several times in the presentation was that the partner visitor (PV) program is a Coast Guard boating safety program and that USPS members are representatives of the Coast Guard. The PV program is shared by the Auxiliary and USPS in much the same way as the Vessel Examination (VE) program. After Stephen’s presentation, he gave each participant a written exam and scored them. All participants scored more than 90 percent and passed the exam. At that point, I assisted Stephen in the final step in the certification process, the “simulated” visits. We took all students aside and had them go through the role-play process of coming to a new partner and getting the box and information on the shelf. We provided various scenarios to help make for more realistic “visits” and hopefully be able to overcome and answer objections the owner or manager may have. At the end of the “supervised visits”, Stephen certified all 18 participants as the first group of USPS members certified as partner visitors (PVs). It should be noted that we performed simulated visits due to time constraints and logistics involved at a national conference. All future PVs will need to Winter 2013-2014


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A New Twist on Safety Checks Bill Griswold, President, United Safe Boating Institute Now we’re collecting reasons a vessel fails a vessel safety check (VSC). We’re putting them into a data base for analysis, and the key to this program’s success is you, the vessel examiner. The United Safe Boating Institute (USBI), whose parent organizations include the Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS), Canadian Power Squadrons, American Red Cross, American Canoe Association and US Sailing, has started a project funded by a Coast Guard non-profit grant to gather this information. USBI has a data base that can accept reasons a boat fails a VSC, and is currently collecting this information from USPS and Auxiliary examiners. OK, how does this work? An examiner goes out and does several exams, filling out an ANSC Form 7012 for each vessel. Let’s say he/she does eight exams, and two fail. When the examiner gets home, he/she goes to his/her computer and dials up, which is a one-page input record. It’s just a matter of point and click, recording a few items describing the boat, type of water used on, state of use and organization of the inputter. hnkThen by pointing and clicking he/she records the reason(s) the boat failed and hits the SUBMIT button. Poof, it goes into the data base, and the second failure can be entered. On this site there is a PowerPoint® describing the program, plus an Excel® spread sheet with the latest data that has been entered. These are available to anyone, and will be used to analyze why boats fail, differences between states or regions, size of boats and type of water on which it’s used. We can also determine differences between Auxiliary and USPS examiners, just who is catching what. West Marine will again offer a discount on safety-related items to boaters who show proof of having had a vessel safety check. Vessel examiners can hand out coupons when performing vessel safety checks. Discount coupons are also available on the "B” Directorate site. From the top row of any Flotilla website, click "Directorates" and then select "RBS Outreach" — or click here: -Marine-2014-VSC-SafetyCoupon_colorSm.pdf To save on color ink or toner, the two-sided coupon may be printed in “gray scale.”

The program actually began in 2012, with USPS entering VSC failures from all states. By July the Auxiliary began to enter data from six pilot states. However at the end of September, Hurricane Sandy flooded the web site’s host equipment which was restored by the end of the year. Currently, there are about 8011 failed exams in the spread sheet. A couple of quick observations — fire extinguishers are the leading reason a boat fails. Larger boats tend to have more discrepancies per exam. Auxiliarists seem to catch navigation lights more than USPS examiners, while USPS folks nail the fire extinguishers more often. Results of this program will serve a variety of needs. First, they tell us where we need to strengthen our educational efforts, and secondly they will tell us how well boaters are complying with the carriage requirements. A long-range objective of the program is to install a similar reporting system into a new version of AUXDATA, whenever that comes to be. That would eliminate the double entry reporting that we have to do now. I welcome any and all examiners to enroll themselves in this reporting program. Yes, it’s an extra step; no, it doesn’t confer any credit; but it does give us a glimpse on why 25 percent of vessel exams fail and hopefully will steer our future efforts to better educate the public. Comments and questions are welcome, write Bill Griswold at Editor’s note: The author is also a member of the Auxiliary, holding many titles from National Staff to flotilla level.

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‘Coastie’ Fascinates Kids at Myrtle Beach Boat Show By Jack Margolis, District 7 ADSO-PB

needed. The children were provided with Inky the Whale coloring books.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Coast Guard Auxiliary members Loren Sgro, Carl Brown, Jeanette Brown and Stephen Clay from Flotilla 12-2 (Grand Strand, S.C.) and Eric Hurlin, Oliver Leimbach Jr, Jack Margolis, Anthony Presson and Vernon Shepard from Flotilla 12-4 (Central Grand Strand, S.C.) interacted with the public during the Myrtle Beach Boat Show Jan. 1012 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The biggest hit as always was Coastie, who is a draw for young and old alike. Vernon “Buddy” Sheppard was one of the Coastie operators. Coastie directed boat show attendees to the Auxiliary table and conversed with the young. To the children, Coastie is real, and Buddy was able to draw them into some rather interesting conversations that inevitably turned to being safe while near and on the water. Coastie also worked on getting their parents to come visit the Auxiliary table.

The boat show was well attended by the public even though the weather report was for severe weather in the area on Saturday.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary table was visited by In addition to answering many people throughout (L to R) Coastie converses with young boat show attendees. Buddy Sheppard operates the robot and questions and handing the three-day event. The talks through it to the kids. Auxiliary photos by Jack Margolis, District 7 ASDO-PB. out material to passersvisitors stopped at the table seeking information about outfitting by, the Auxiliary conducted two safe boating seminars and gathered their boats to meet federal and state safety standards, when and names lists for future contact: where the next boating safety classes would be conducted, and to People looking for a boating safety class; get information about joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary; and of People needing Vessel Safety Checks; and course to see Coastie. People interested in joining the Auxiliary. And the Auxiliarists staffing the table answered every question enLocal TV Channel 13 (CBS) mentioned the Auxiliary and Coastie’s thusiastically, and provided everyone with the print material they participation in the boat show, and safe boating programs. □ Winter 2013-2014


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Smart Captain, Happy Ending

A South Carolina Department of Natural Resources marine patrol officer observes the scene and records the accident of a small fishing vessel partially submerged. Auxiliary photo and story by Joe Newman, vice commander, Flotilla 12-1 (The Inland Sea Lake Marion, S.C.)

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Every three or four days, just after daybreak when the lake is calm, one of my friends, (who is 70-something) motors out a mile or so on Lake Marion to tend to his two trot lines. He has a trim 16-foot runabout, with a bow-mounted helm and a brand new Yamaha engine. On Oct. 28, he had quite a different trip from normal. At around 7 a.m., while underway to his trot lines, his boat suddenly veered hard, possibly from hitting a submerged log. He was immediately thrown from the boat, about a half mile from shore. At that point his luck went south. The boat, with the steering locked, circled back and ran over him, perhaps more than once, slicing both legs, and deeply on one leg from ankle to hip as the prop ran up his leg. The boat then flipped over, killing the engine. My friend spent the next 40 minutes in 65-degree water, first making his way to the boat and then collecting his thoughts, and finally by signaling the only way he could under the circumstances—yelling for help. Four things conspired to save his life. First, and foremost, he was wearing a hydrostatically activated life vest—which inflated as soon as he submerged. Second, he is a former Navy underwater demolition team (UDT) diver, so he did not panic. Third, because of a divine set of circumstances—a neighbor heard his cries for help from almost a half-mile away. The water was calm, the air was still, my friend was motivated and our mutual neighbor, Ed, was outside taking a walk. Ed faintly heard a sound he could not distinguish, but which seemed out of place. He asked his wife to come listen—and between them, they agreed it was someone in distress. Ed ran down to where he could see out onto the lake and spotted the overturned boat. He borrowed a neighbor’s pontoon boat and he and his wife, Beth, raced out to the scene. They found the victim conscious, but very weak. They managed to get him into the boat where Beth, a nurse (number four in today’s collection of miracles) treated him for cuts, shock and hypothermia. They called 911 and rushed him to shore, where he was stabilized and then transported to the hospital for treatment. The toll? A few new scars for our UDT man and his boat. We’ll have to wait for the final report on his engine. But the bottom line is that my friend has another story to tell and he’s still around to tell it. And for us in the Auxiliary, so many of the things we are taught and that we teach to others played out in this real life drama: wearing a life vest, discipline in an emergency and emergency medical skills. □ 32

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