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News for, from and about U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 25
December 2008 Volume 4—Issue 12

CURRENTLY...
Flotilla 25 Elephant Butte, New Mexico 8th District Coastal Region Next meetings: 3 January 2009 7 February 2009
Hodges Corner Restaurant 915 Hwy. 195 Elephant Butte, NM Fellowship & no host dinner 1700 – 1800 hours Meeting 1800 hours Uniform is tropical blue long or appropriate civilian attire. Guests are always welcome. For information, contact: Len Schlesinger Flotilla Commander (928) 339-1967 or e-mail us at: flotilla25@gmail.com

Flotilla 25 began its 34th year of service to the boating public last  month.  Chartered on November 9, 1975 none of the original mem‐ bers are still active participants in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Over  the years, the primary focus of the Auxiliary remains unchanged.   The flotilla came into existence to promote boating safety, and still  exists to promote boating safety    Technology and techniques have changed during those years.  Pro‐ viding boating safety information through Public Education and  through Vessel Safety Checks remains a personal and face‐to‐face  activity.  Less personal, but just as important, are the Safety Patrols  conducted by Coast Guard Auxiliary members.    Members train throughout the year in order to hone their skills in  preparation for things we hope will never happen.    We  remain  Semper Paratus  and invite all who read Voyages to enjoy the FLOAT‐ ING LIGHTS PARADE at Elephant Butte Lake State Park on Saturday,  December 13.     If things go according to plan, you will be too busy enjoying the pa‐ rade of decorated boats to even know the Auxiliary is out on the wa‐ ter.  Your tasking is to have fun and to choose, and vote for, your  favorite boat.    Participation in the FLOATING LIGHTS PARADE is Flotilla 25’s last  scheduled activity of the calendar year.    Even as we wind down from 2008, we begin to gear up for 2009.    All of us in Flotilla 25 wish all of you a Very Safe and Merry Christmas. 

Flotilla Commander: L. Schlesinger Vice Commander: FSO-PB: R. Elliott C. Schlesinger

VOYAGES is the official publication of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 8th District Coastal Region – Flotilla 25 in Elephant Butte, New Mexico. Comments, contributions and questions? Subscribe or unsubscribe? Send an e-mail to: Editor: Cathleen Schlesinger afrayedknot@dishmail.net (928) 339-1967 Please submit articles for the January 2009 issue by 18 December

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AT THE LAKE

by Cathleen Schlesinger
When I pick up a book, I read the whole thing  ‐   the foreword, the copyright information, the  dedication.  I’ve often thought that authors  get carried away thanking their spouse, chil‐ dren, friends, advisors, editors, publishers,  their fifth grade teacher, Aunt Gertrude’s sec‐ ond cousin’s husband and the dog.  Today I find myself in the same boat (no pun  intended).  This is the last issue of Voyages that  I will edit and I want to say thanks to a lot of  people.  I can’t do it in 25 words or less but I’ll  try to keep it brief.  To the people who were already my friends  and who sent articles and photos, who pro‐ vided ideas and inspiration, support and appre‐ ciation  and to the people who became friends  because they did  ‐  you’ll understand  the pro‐ found gratitude behind this simple “Thank  You”.   I wouldn’t  ‐  and couldn’t  ‐  have done  it without you. 

Wasn’t it fun!?!  To the people who didn’t, I can only say “Sorry  you weren’t there with us.”  You missed a lot.  I owe the biggest thank you to Len who  dragged me, pushed me and believed in me (I  don’t always make it easy for him) until I believed in  myself.  Now I hear a gentle swoosh behind me and  turn to see this door, as they all must, close.   Can’t wait to see what new adventure awaits!  Godspeed. 

Norman the Sea Serpent followed me home. They do that, you know. Even though the horse scares him once in a while, he seems happy living in our stock tank and playing with the dogs.

Send his emails to:
afrayedknot@dishmail.net

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May you always be blessed with a bright, shining star to guide you safely home.

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From the Helm
by Len Schlesinger FC
As 2008 comes to a close, so  does my term as Flotilla Com‐ mander.  When my predecessor  left the Coast Guard Auxiliary in March 2006, I  stepped up to the plate and completed his term  as Flotilla Commander.  I then went on to serve  two full terms after that.    During that time, the flotilla earned two Silver  Oar awards.  My name is engraved on those  awards but the work was done by, and the recog‐ nition belongs to, the members of Flotilla 25.  I  would like to express my appreciation to those  members who put forth the effort to make the  Silver Oar possible.    To those who chose not to participate in the ef‐ fort; let me just say that you missed out on a lot  of fun and the self satisfaction of knowing you  did good things for the Coast Guard and the boat‐ ing public.    Bob Elliott will assume the helm for 2009.  I hope  each of you will support him as you supported  me. 

Semper Paratus
December Is: 13 December 25 December 1 January 2009 Write a Friend Month Safety Patrols for Floating Lights Parade @ EB Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas! New Beginnings.

Water Works
As of 4 December, lake elevation  at Elephant Butte is 4347.03.    The spillway elevation is 4407  (Bureau of Reclamation datum).   Elephant Butte Dam stores water from a  28,900 square mile watershed.    Lake elevation at Caballo Lake is 4136.12.  Full  pool is 4161. 

SITE SEEING
Dock It Like a Pro! Practice with 3 different types of vessels and under a variety of weather conditions with Boat US “Dockit!” online game. See it at: www.BoatUS.com/games

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