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					                                               U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

                                                         District 13
                                                   Washington • Oregon • Idaho •

Volume XXIV - 3                                                               Winter, 2001

      U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Assists United States Forest Service Firefighters

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                                     Table of Contents
Lake Chelan Fire                3                    Group Seattle                   13
What Lies Within Us?            4                    Flotilla 85                     14
To Lead or Follow               5                    Awards                          15
Good Leadership                 6                    Operation Boat Smart            16
District 13 Meeting             6                    Coxswain Academy Careers        16
Adjusting to Reality & Change   7                    Cardboard What?                 17
Division 11 Meeting             7                    Northern Area Academy           18
It’s That Time of Year          8                    Cooperative Training            18
Greetings                       9                    Remarks RADM Brown              19
Northern Area Rendezvous        9                    What Do These Words Mean?       20
2001 and What It Has Meant      11                   Wilsonville Meeting             21
Auxiliary Member Helps          11                   Registration District Meeting   22-23
Lake Chelan Fire Cont.          12                   SeaFair Photos                  24
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                             Buoy 13                                                      2001 District Staff Officers
The official publication of the 13th District U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary   Commodore’s Aide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .COMO Shirley L. Cole
                                                                            Commodore’s Adm. Asst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JoAnne Daniels
                                                                            ADSO Dist. Commodore’s Aide . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joan H.Gallup
            U.S. Coast Guard Officers                                       DSO Aids to Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mari E. Wussow
District Commander . . . . . . . . . . .RADM Erroll M. Brown                ADSO AN E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mari E. Wussow
                                                                            DSO Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John “Gary” Davis
Chief of Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAPT Philip M. Sanders
                                                                            ADSO AV (AVM/AVT). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mel L. Fay
Director of Auxiliary . . . . . . . . . . . LCDR Kelly A. Boodell
                                                                            DSO Career Counselor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wally Younger
Asst. DIRAUX . . . . . . . . . . . . .CW04 Michael McKiernan                DSO Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Roger Attwell
Office Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SK1 Nelson Fritz      ADSO CM E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Kelly
                                                                            ADSO CM S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna S. Deyoe
                                                                            DSO Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles A. Krona
                                                                            DSO Information Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peter Kischner
                    District 13 Board                                       ADSO IS (CS-Web Master) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce L. Miller
NACO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Viggo C. Bertelsen, Jr.   DSO Legal Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael E. Grant
Director of Auxiliary . . . . . . . . . . . LCDR Kelly A. Boodell           ADSO LP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Bradley Meagher
Commodore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise E. Gatlin    DSO Marine Dealer Visitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert H. Wussow
Vice Commodore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dan Neiderhiser       DSO Marine Safety (Puget Sound). . . . . . . . Thomas M. Liebert
Rear Commodore Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JoAnn Grubb             DSO Marine Safety (Portland) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny E. Dail
                                                                            DSO Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Cole
Rear Commodore Southern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Feather
                                                                            ADSO MA (Mail Supplies) . . . . . . . . . Jacquelin V. Wonenberg
Rear Commodore Eastern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron E. Fritz           ADSO MA (ANSC & Dist. Pub.). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JoAnn Hall
Immediate Past Commodore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill Houger           DSO Member Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Irena M. Durrant
                          Northern Area                                     ADSO MT (Instructors) . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . Irena M. Durrant
Division 1 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry L. Coltharp      ADSO MT (Long Distance Learning) . . . . . . . . Bruce L. Miller
Division 2 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John W. Warner       DSO Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Bradbury
Division 3 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George P. “Pete” Bare        ADSO OP North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack E. Grubb
Division 4 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joan M. Priest    DSO Personnel Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Helmer
                                                                            DSO Public Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Keith E. Haynes, Sr.
                          Southern Area                                     ADSO PA (Historian) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Carla S. Haynes
Division 5 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June E. Feather    DSO Public Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith E. Harding
Division 6 Captain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M. William Foote      DSO Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Elaine K. Moore
Division 7 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert W. Mell     DSO Readiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hugo B. “Pete” Becker
                           Eastern Area                                     DSO Secretary Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mildred L. Schaber
                                                                            DSO Vessel Examination . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leslie B. Stevenson
Division 8 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . James E. “Jim” Grimes
                                                                            DSOR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Becker
Division 10 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. Dean Culwell       ADSOR-N. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Warner
Division 11 Captain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G. Merrill Tate     ADSOR-S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack Bradbury
President, Past Captain Association . . . . Thomas D. Moore                 ADSOR-E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jim Grimes
                                                                                                        Liaison Officers
On The Cover
Lake Chelan Fire photo by Dennis Hoppman                                    District Legislative Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Douglas O. White
                                                                            Idaho State Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David L. Crettol
                                                                            Montana State Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert E. Carroll
Buoy 13 is published at no expense to the U.S. Government                   Oregon State Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Douglas O. White
or the U. S. Coast Guard. Cost of its publication is borne by               Washington State Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bonita M. Harding
the dues-paying members of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxil-                     Canadian Coast Guard Liaison . . . . . . . . .Conrad “Bill” Preston
iary, 13th District. Reprint of articles is authorized, with                Civil Air Patrol Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyatt S. Barnes
                                                                            U. S. Power Squadron Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . William C. Trier
proper credit given to Buoy 13. Please send correspondence
                                                                            Coast Guard Foundation Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . Wally Younger
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                                              Civil Rights Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael E. Grant
                   FAX 208-377-1644                                         Diversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Helmer
                                                                            E-Mail Address Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fred Burdick
                                                                            Half Boat Eastern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JoAnn Hall
                                                                            Half Boat Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charles “Tom” Abbott
Deadline for the next issue of Buoy 13 is March 15, 2002.                   Half Boat Southern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leadell F. Dail
                                                                            National Safe Boating Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ralph L. Gilbert
                                                                            Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donnell R. Kidder
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THE COAST GUARD AUXILIARY                                         stand watch at 25-mile camp for any assistance needed there.
PRESENCE AT THE LAKE CHELAN                                            It sure was an awesome morning. The sun was shining
FIRE                                                              brilliantly and the crystal clear water was calm, as we headed
                                                                  to our destination. We were greeted warmly by the head of
                                                                  transportation who thanked us for coming and his exact
      On 21 August, Division 8 was contacted to ask for the       words stated that we were desperately needed! We were
Auxiliary’s support during the Lake Chelan fire. This lake        immediately put into service transporting fire crews, equip-
is 55 miles long and 30 miles of it has no road access---that     ment, etc. wherever they needed to go. There were fire crews
is why our mission took place. After John Honekamp, Flo-          from all over the country--West Virginia, Maryland, New
tilla 85, called out emergency requests to all flotillas for      Jersey, Montana, California, etc. Our primary purpose dur-
boats, Coxswains, and Crew that could help in this disaster,      ing this mission was to transport squads of firefighters. Each
there were several Auxiliarists that volunteered; however,        squad consisted of 20 people. Since our boats could safely
when the ruling came down that only metal boats were al-          handle 4-6 people, it took us four trips to move one squad to
lowed, that narrowed those participating to three boats and       its destination. Some of the spots that they were dropped
crew. Those Auxiliarists participating were Dennis                off at had boat ramps, others only big rocks that the squad
Hoppman and Mel Fay from Flotilla 81, and Don Omans,              crawled on and then headed up the mountain. Each morn-
Tom McLaughlin, Bill Sauter and myself from Flotilla 84,          ing the fire crews had a briefing after which they boarded
Station Kennewick sent their TAN-B and crew.                      our boats and we took them as quickly as possible to their
                                                                  day’s destination; oftentimes, they we would move to dif-
   The adventure began on 22 August where we all met at           ferent positions several times during the day, so were busy
Mill Creek ramp on Lake Chelan and were greeted by Linda          constantly. When the fire crews entered our boats, they had
Blessin, Flotilla 85, who gave us instructions as to where        to put on a life jacket and untie their boots in case of an
we needed to check in and what our mission would be. It           unforeseen emergency where they would have to enter the
was a rainy and foggy day as we headed towards 25-Mile            water. We visited with the members of the crews as we
State Park. Linda had given us a recreational map, which          transported them across the lake--what a great group of dedi-
showed that the park was located past the narrows. On a           cated individuals! Some crew chiefs requested a boat to
foggy day such as this, every area looked like the narrows        stand by at the ramps in case of an injury. At the end of the
and we bypassed the park by several miles and had to head         day, all squads were brought back to camp as no one worked
back. As the fog lifted, the park ramp was very visible.          the fire lines in the evening.

                                                                      We saw Tom and Bill briefly during he week--their mis-
      The check-in process took some time as we had to be
                                                                  sions were to transport the Branch 2 and Division 1 super-
assigned “E” numbers, rations, clothes, goggles and hel-
                                                                  visors around the lake and oftentimes dock across from the
mets as well as emergency fire packs that were to be used if
                                                                  area where helicopters were making their drops. They also
we were exposed to any fire danger. I was amazed at the
                                                                  transported those leaders supervising the protection of struc-
little city that had been erected with tents, semi-trucks that
                                                                  tures as well as transferring 2 EMTs, 1 paramedic and a hot
had generators used for hot showers, operational support of
                                                                  shot crew. Every time we saw the guys, they bragged about
all kinds, and the best food in massive amounts that I had
                                                                  being housed in a cabin, having hot showers and freshly
ever seen! When were told that our assignments were to be
                                                                  cooked meals. As for the rest of us, we slept on our boats or
at Spike Camp and that things were pretty sparse there, I
                                                                  in tents. Our food was transported from 25-Mile State Park
immediately started gathering bags of nuts, puddings, cook-
                                                                  to us in plastic buckets, and our hot shower consisted of a
ies, juices, etc. to ensure that our crew would have plenty to
                                                                  spigot of cold water from an outside hose!
eat. The guys called me a squirrel, but the extra food came
in handy not only for us but also to share with the fire crews.      The forest service radios were outstanding--we were able
After our dinner feast, Mel and Dennis took off in their jet      to keep track of the operations as they were progressing.
boat while we took the option of spending the night and           We heard helicopter communications as they completed their
leaving for Lucerne (the Spike Camp) early the next morn-         very important drops (some of the buckets they used carried
ing.                                                              1,000 gallons of water). An area on the lake was cleared
                                                                  specifically for their use and their accuracy in filling and
   Our first assignment began at 0600 when we helped load         dropping the huge amounts of water was amazing!
large quantities of warm breakfasts in the sheriff’s boat to
be transported to the Lucerne Camp. Shortly thereafter, as                                              Continued on page 12
Don and I were preparing to head up the lake, we were
asked to take the Incident Response Coordinator to Lucerne
with us. Dennis, Mel, Don and I were to be stationed at the
Spike Camp at Lucerne, while Tom and Bill were asked to           Photos courtesy of Dennis Hoppman on page 12
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                                                                 navigator is the one who measures the progress of the group,
                                                                 measures the risks that the group can take toward the
                                                                 achievement of its goals and if necessary, adjusts the course
                                                                 of the group. Just like any other organization leaders and
                                        From the Director        navigators have very important roles in the Auxiliary.

                                                                      “What lies before us?” as a strong, invigorated group
                                        WHAT LIES                with an active membership, the USCG AUX can be a dif-
                                        WITHIN US?               ferent place than today. As you read this, ask yourself when
                                                                 was the last time you attended a flotilla meeting, or volun-
                                                                 teered to do the safety booth? You either said, a long time
                                                                 ago, or, I am the one who is always picking up the slack.
                                                                 Frankly, both answers are unhealthy to our organization.
                                                                 We must revitalize who we are. We have members who pay
                                                                 dues that are not active anymore. Yet, they still pay dues.
                                                                 These people are just waiting to be incorporated back into
    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny        the mix of things. We can do this! One of the cornerstones
matters compared with what lies within us.” Anonymous            of our Auxiliary is fellowship. “What lies with us” as an
                                                                 organization is because of “who lies within us.” The Aux-
   What lies within us? Within Whom? Our Families? Our-          iliary is ready for a “Sponsor Program.”
selves? Our Organization? This as a question: ‘What lies
within us,’ is very relevant because it can be applied to the       Wouldn’t it be nice if every Flotilla Commander assigned
CG Auxiliary at several different levels; the United States      an active member of the flotilla to be the sponsor of an inac-
Coast Guard Auxiliary as an organization and to the              tive member? A sponsor could readily discover that their
Auxiliarist as a person.                                         contact doesn’t come to meetings only because their night
                                                                 vision is failing and they need a ride. The sponsor, could
   The USCG Auxiliary is an organization that I am proud         help arrange that ride. Maybe that inactive member felt
to serve. Its missions are mighty and its accomplishments        alienated when they joined because it appeared that all of
are noted and respected around the world. Our successes          the other members were so close, they just could not pen-
are solid because they are the direct result of the visions of   etrate that wall of “clicki-ness.” Maybe they’re not com-
the people who are our organization, the Auxiliarist.            puter literate and are missing important information. Some-
                                                                 times, just reaching out is all that it takes to make the dif-
     Who is an Auxiliarist? In our district there are 1600       ference that could be realized at the flotilla level. If a spon-
Auxiliarists. While we are proudly independent, we have a        sor made at least three meaningful contacts, not just leav-
lot more in common with one another than we probably             ing a message on the answering machine, but an actual dis-
recognize. It is not merely whether you are a sailor or a        cussion or a visit, I believe we would see the difference in
motor boater, an educator or a patriot, it is because you are    our number of active members. A sponsor does not have to
an Auxiliarist. You are hard working, dedicated, commit-         have a special skill or a similar interest to the person that
ted, and at times frustrated and definitely overworked.          they are matched with. A sponsor just needs to be inter-
                                                                 ested and motivated. Our membership deserves it!
     The quote that I opened with started by saying “What
lies behind us.” To oversimplify a trend that I have ob-             I know that as a volunteer organization, we can only be
served, 100% of the work we do, is done by 10% of our            asked to do so much. If more members are active, we will
people. I am very concerned that the 10% who do it all,          all have more fun. I would love to see the Auxiliary thrive
will burn out. As an organization, we recognize our num-         in a way that we all know it can! In the words of Oscar
bers are dwindling; the push for new members is always a         Wilde, “Yes: I am a dreamer, For a dreamer is one who can
struggle. An organization cannot be invigorated unless its       only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that
members are vital and motivated. Is increasing our mem-          he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
bership the answer? One answer is leadership.
                                                                                        --LCDR Kelly A. Boodell, DIRAUX
   As a group, we must each apply basic principles of lead-
ership toward our objectives. A definition of leadership I
read recently explained leadership as a process whereby an
individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a           On another matter, in response to Operation Noble Eagle,
common goal. Leaders, however, cannot exist in a vacuum.         three new positions: ADSO-R (south, north and east) have
Organizations at even the smallest level require ‘naviga-        been created to assist DSO-R, forming our readiness branch.
tors.’ Navigators develop vision for the work of the group,      If you are interested in participating in anyway, please no-
setting goals and objectives and a course of action. The         tify your ADSO-R. These positions have been created so
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that we can use our resources more efficently. We need to        “Yes” person and is obedient to their leader. Thus, the leader
evaluate all of our options to include trailering boats, pay-    could enjoy the good reputation and the status of being the
ing for lodging for those whose boats are uncovered, and in      leader.
many cases we are paying mooring fees to reduce transiting
time. If you are not volunteering because you do not have a         Think about this. How much time does the leader spend
mustang, let the ADSO-R know! As we look to maintain-            as a follower? For example, the leader might be the proctor
ing a sustainable response to this long term need, we must       in a class, but not the instructor. They might head a com-
think beyond the boundaries of our flotillas and divisions or    mittee, but not serve on other committees.
we will quickly burn up our precious resources. Once again
thank you and God Bless America and each and everyone                 The key for leaders is to help followers identify what
one of you for your outstanding contributions.                   success and motivation is, and what it means for them. Lead-
                                                                 ers listen, enable, and encourage. In our organization, the
                       --LCDR Kelly A. Boodell, DIRAUX           leader would help the follower answer the question,
                                                                 “What is in it for me?”

                                                                    The key for followers is to be a good partner and be able
                                                                 to work actively to achieve goals with the leaders. They need
                                                                 to be able to think independently, as well as critically. A
                                                                 follower is able to recognize that everyone has needs, and
                                                                 that includes the leader. Followers have the knowledge and
                Operation                                        the strong dedication to the programs. Good followers have
                Noble Eagle                                      a strong commitment of ethics and a keen sense of focus.
                                                                 To be a good follower, you MUST BE A TEAM PLAYER,
                                                                 AND HAVE TEAM SPIRIT. The follower has a big job,
                                                                 and the criteria seems to be weighted more on the follower
                                                                 than the leader.
                                         From the
                                         From                        The role of followers and leaders should not be looked
                                         Commodore               upon as positions, but as roles people fill. Remember, what
                                                                 makes a good follower, will in turn, make a good leader.
                                                                 Let us give equal value to the follower, as they will lead the
                                       To Lead or                way for all of us.
                                                                    Congratulations to all the elected officers. We look for-
                                                                 ward to serving with you next year. I hope to see you all at
                                                                 the District meeting in Wilsonville, Oregon.

                                                                                                     --Louise Gatlin, DCO13

      Who will run for the leadership positions? That is a
very common question at this time. By the time you read
                                                                    I want to thank District 13 for all your help with NACON
this, it will be past election time and the entire elected of-
                                                                 2001. Sue Bates of Flotilla 72 out did herself. She did an
ficer positions will be in place.
                                                                 excellent job and we could not have done it without her.
                                                                 Special thanks to Joan Gallup and her transportation crew,
   Have you ever wondered why no one has ever asked how
                                                                 Donna Deyoe and her communication crew, and Division 7
to be a follower? All we usually hear about is leadership.
                                                                 members who went beyond the call of duty to give their all.
“Who is going to be our next leader?” is a question that is
                                                                 To all members that helped make this NACON a success, I
often asked at this time. We never hear, “How can we train
                                                                 applaud you! I have received numerous thank you emails
our members to be great followers?” Could it be that leaders
                                                                 from other districts. That makes me feel good that we have
have more value than followers do? Let’s think about it for
                                                                 done such great job. Thank you to Phil and Tisha Helmer
a minute.
                                                                 and their crew for their guidance and expert assistance.
                                                                 Bravo Zulu Distict 13!
   There is a stigma for followers, and a status for leaders.
                                                                                                     --Louise Gatlin, DCO 13
Perhaps following is a sign of weakness, or followers can be
lead like sheep, or even worse yet, a follower might be a
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                                                                  membership through knowledgeable DSO’s to SO’s who
                                                                  would provide training to the FSO’s.
                                                                      Our past leadership training has been a success as will
                                                                  the DSO/SO training. It will succeed because it’s the right
                                                                  thing to do, because it’s what we’re trained for, and because
                                         From the Vice
                                                  Vice            we want to help other Auxiliarists, as well as those in the
                                         Commodore                boating community. Because in todays international cli-
                                                                  mate, the USCG Auxiliary has been, and may continue to
                                                                  be, called upon to backfill positions typically performed by
                                          Good                    the USCG and the USCG Reserves. Semper Paratus. God
                                         Leadership               Bless America.
                                                                                                   --Dan Neiderhiser, VCO 13

    September 11, 2001 shall live in the minds of millions
of people for generations to come. The television allowed
us to see hero’s, progressive leadership, and lots of Ameri-
                                                                    District 13 Meeting At NACON 2001
cans doing whatever they could to help those in need after
the terrorist attack. Americans responded because it was
the right thing to do. Americans responded because they
knew their jobs as rescue workers, and because they wanted
to help. They responded because they had good leadership
and want(ed) to be part of a team.
    We, in District 13, have had many years of good leader-
ship, good direction, and good communications with our
members. Commodores, past and present, have provided
us years of leadership training, which has proven to be a
positive approach. That training has strengthened our Flo-
tilla Commanders and Vice Commanders, some of whom                   The board convines its meeting at NACON 2001
moved up to become Division leaders. I believe we have
achieved the goal sought after. I also believe we have other
leaders who need to tell their stories face to face, too. Those
leaders are the District Staff Officers (DSO’s) appointed by
the Commodore to show leadership through their absolute
knowledge in their specific area of expertise. However,
EXCOM heard of some difficulties that arose from the on-
line testing and qualification processes that has frustrated
some of our membership. This is a deficiency that must be
corrected, and that correction must be through positive com-
munications and understanding of the process. We cannot
afford to loose one member because a “t” wasn’t crossed or
an “i” not dotted. Commodore Gatlin agrees the process
should be corrected through training, and that will happen
at the February 16, 2002 District 13 meeting in Wilsonville,        The audience at the board Meeting at NACON 2001
    The February District 13 meeting will incorporate an-
nual training like sexual harassment, goal setting, and pro-
tocol. The remainder of the day will be specific training
sessions and communication exchange with DSO’s OPS,
MV, MT, PE, AN, PA, VE, and FN. District 13 will pro-
vide orders to year 2002 DSO’s and SO’s in the specified
functional areas identified. In other words, the DSO’s listed
will conduct specific training sessions with the SO’s they
communicate with. The obvious goal is to educate our
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                                                                     Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric, stated, “Any-
                                            RCO                  time there is a change, there is an opportunity. So, it is para-
                                          EASTERN                mount that an organization get energized rather than para-
                                           Ron Fritz             lyzed.” When dealing with today’s kaleidoscopic changes
                                                                 we need to simplify, unite, bring clarity and direction to
                                                                 what we do, and focus on a singleness of purpose in every-
                                       Adjusting to              thing we do. Many opportunities will occur for us to ac-
                                       Reality and               complish this as we are called upon to serve in various ca-
                                                                 pacities. And, we can best serve if we are well prepared,
                                       Change                    adjust to reality, accept the new opportunities presented by
                                                                 change and energize our entire Auxiliary organization and

                                                                     Now more than ever before, the Auxiliary must be as
                                                                 effective as possible in helping our Coast Guard and our
    The tragic events of September 11, 2001, have impacted
                                                                 nation overcome the current threat and restore peace and
the world tremendously and changed our lives forever. As a
                                                                 freedom in the world. God Bless America. United we serve!
result we undoubtedly will encounter numerous changes to
our lifestyle that will demand a higher level of adaptability
                                                                                                         -- Ron Fritz, RCO - E
than ever before. There is no escape from this reality. The
secret to the survival of our values, freedom and lifestyle is
to accept and submit to the reality of change.

     The Zen masters of Eastern cultures had great respect
for the power of submission. They knew that to yield and to
give in to a situation, sometimes offers the only pathway to Division 11 Holds Fall Meeting
mastery. They would speak of the wisdom of going with
change rather than against it. Instead of seeing change as
                                                                Division 11 held its fall meeting on October 19- 21, 2001.
an adversary, we must accommodate it, align with it and
                                                              Attending were DIRAUX Kelly A. Boodell and her hus-
turn it’s power to our advantage and our strength.
                                                              band Geoffrey, Commodore Gatlin, and Vice Commodore
     Too often people tend to waste far more emotional en- Neiderhiser.
ergy desperately hanging on to old habits and beliefs than it    DIRAUX Kelly A. Boodell, celebrated her birthday on
would take to embrace and adjust to the challenges of change. Saturday, October 20th. A special cake was provided for
Can we remain effective in our changing Coast Guard orga- Kelly. It was a plastic cake! She had quite a time trying to
nization without changing ourselves? I believe not. If world cut the cake for the group. She took the gag in good taste,
events force our national needs and direction to change, and then proceded to cut the real cake for everyone’s enjoy-
which, in turn, forces the Coast Guard needs to change, can ment. We in Division 11 wish her many more birthdays!
we as individuals expect to succeed if we keep going about
our Auxiliary business the same old way?

     We have a choice. At times we may not agree with the
options, but we do have a choice in how we chose to react to
change. We need to manage our change rather than let it
manage us. During times like the present, people often feel
like a victim of circumstances and disempower themselves.
It is understandable why someone may feel that way. But
we are not helpless and we can make a difference one way or
another. I believe that, as Auxiliarists, we should respond
to our changing environment with “What can I, and we, do
to support our Coast Guard in it’s changing role and thus
support our national leaders in their effort to preserve our
freedoms?” We can and should choose to view the reality of
change as an opportunity to show our strength as individu- DIRAUX Kelly A. Boodell reacts to trying to cut a plastic
als, as an organization and as a nation. We are in a position cake for her birthday! Happy 38th to you and your twin
to have a positive impact and we have a responsibility to brother from all the members of Division 11.
wield that favaorable influence.
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                                                                   We do have some help for the operation of units. There is a
                                                                   Flotilla Procedures Manual - COMDTINST M16791.5 and
                                                                   also a Division Procedures Manual - COMDTINST
                                                                   P16791.3 available from ANSC, if your predecessor did not
                                                                   pass a copy to the newly elected leader. There is a lot of
                                              RCO                  information contained in these publications with printed job
                                                                   descriptions for almost all of the staff positions.
                                              Jack Feather             I am looking forward to a very good year for the Auxil-
                                                                   iary and with everyone’s help, we can take some of the load
                                                                   off the DIRAUX office!
                                             It’s That                                                   Jack Feather, RCO-S
                                           Time of Year

    It’s that time of year - elections at all levels of the Aux-

    With all of the new members stepping up to the chal-
lenges of leadership, I wonder if we have been preparing
them well. It seems that, over the past few years, the “chain
of communication” has deteriorated. A lot of members want
to go directly to the DIRAUX for answers and some of the
questions are not even the Coast Guard’s responsibility!
                                                                   Jack and June Feather smile for the camera at the Friday
     The DIRAUX staff has dwindled over the years and a            Evening Fun Night for NACON 2001
lot of the things they used to do have been delegated to the
Auxiliary. Along with the programs delegated to the Aux-
iliary, there are responsibilities. It becomes more important
that we learn just what the responsibilities are and take care
of the problems at the lowest level possible.
                                                                   DOCK SIDE HUMOR
                                                                   A 2-Way Radio Conversation
   The elected vice positions should take the lead by work-
ing closely with their staff. The vice is the “chief of staff”     Caller 1 - Please change your course by 15 degrees north to
and their responsibilities are more than just receiving re-                  avoid collision.
ports at the meetings. Give your staff encouragement! Let          Caller 2 - I recommend YOU change your course by 15
them know you are “in the loop” of the chain of communi-                      degrees south to avoid a collision.
cation. Work as a sounding board for new ideas instead of          Caller 1 - Negative, I MUST insist you change your course
saying “we have always done it this way”.                                    by 15 degrees north, please comply.
                                                                   Caller 2 - No SIR, you MUST change your course by 15
   The staff officers should always bring their problems to                   degrees south.
the vice. The staff officers at the Flotilla and Division also     Caller 1 - This is a military warship command, change your
have the staff officers at the next level to provide help and                 course by 15 degrees north to avoid a collision.
they should also provide information and encouragement -           Caller 2 - I really must suggest that it is YOU who changes
“parallel staffing”.                                                          your course by 15 degrees south.
                                                                   Caller 1- THIS IS THE ROYAL NAVY BATTLESHIP H.
      With the increase of electronic communication there                   M.S. INVINCIBLE AND I DIRECTLY ORDER
seems to be a lot of people that think everyone is getting all              YOU ON BEHALF OF HER MAJESTY’S
of the information provided by National. Not True! We                       GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE YOUR COURSE
still have a lot of members that have not stepped up to the                 BY 15 DEGREES SOUTH.
electronic age. Maybe we should ask the members down               Caller 2 - This is the Great Northern Rock Lighthouse...
the “chain of communication” if they are getting all of the                  YOUR TURN SIR!
information to do their job better.                                Courtesy of E -News (June 2001)
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                                                                     And lastly, the subject of “Ball Caps” has been brought
                                                                 to my attention several times. It has been mentioned to me
                                                                 and I have seen members wearing dark blue baseball caps
                                                                 with “U.S.C.G.” in gold letters and “AUX” in silver letters
                                                                 as part of their uniform. This is not an authorized cap to be
                                                                 worn as part of the uniform. Chapter 10, Uniforms, page
                                                                 10-7, of the Auxiliary Manual states, “the dark blue unit
                                                                 baseball caps does not display the CG Auxiliary emblem.
                                                                 The front panel has the letters “ U.S.C.G.” arched over the
                                                                 “AUX” in similar lettering. Letters are SILVER colored,
                                                                 one half inch high”.
                                                                                                     --Jo Ann Grubb, RCO-N

                                        RCO                       NORTHERN AREA RENDEZVOUS
                                       Jo Ann Grubb                    The Northern Area Rendezvous was held at the
                                                                 Bremerton Yacht Club, 21 through 23 September. The
                                                                 weather was spectacular and the fellowship couldn’t have
                                     Greetings                   been better. Of course the food was the best.

                                                                      Joining us for the weekend was Commodore Louise
                                                                 Gatlin, Vice Commodore Dan Neiderhiser and Kathy, Ron
                                                                 Fritz RCO-E, Jack Feather, RCO-S and June and Eldo
                                                                 DeLong, CDR Retired. Jim Cole, DSO- MA came from
                                                                 Idaho with a wonderful selection of items from the District
                                                                 Material Center. Most everyone visited the store and made
    Greetings from the Northern Area. Many of our folks          a contribution.
are busy doing patrols supporting Group Seattle in the ar-
eas of Anacortes, Elliott Bay, and the Duwamish Waterway.            Each person attending was given a red, white and blue
I would like to touch on a couple of things that are impor-
                                                                 ribbon pin to wear. In the center of each table was an Ameri-
tant to the Auxiliary.
                                                                 can and Coast Guard Flag.
     First in the area of recognition. When we bring mem-
                                                                       The festivities started on Friday night with a potluck
bers into the Auxiliary; we want and need to keep them.
                                                                 dinner with over 40 folks attending. The guest speaker was
Besides Member Training and Fellowship there is another
                                                                 Richard Fife, from the Washington State Ferries. Mr. Fife
thing we can do: “Recognition”. Writing personal thank
                                                                 brought us up to date on the security measures that have
you notes of recognition for a job well done is one form.
                                                                 taken place since the 11 September terrorist attack. He
You feel good when you receive a thank you, be it a hand         also gave some very interesting statistics on the search and
written note or a phone call, from someone after sending a       rescue events. Although the ferry system is basically for
gift. If you never hear from that person there is a feeling of   transportation of people and vehicles over the water, they
“they don’t care”. The same thing applies in the Auxiliary.      do respond to emergencies and do SAR. Since July 1999
When a member or members do a job, no matter how good,           the Washington State Ferry vessel crews and terminal em-
recognize that person or persons. They did the job probably      ployees have responded to 97 documented search and res-
to the best of their ability. Everyone deserves to be recog-     cue events, 165 medical emergencies and 80 medical evacu-
nized and appreciated. Two things happen when we thank           ations. Three suicide fatalities have occurred, four attempts
members, (1) the members are shown appreciation for their        have been averted and three persons have been rescued af-
services, whereas they might never receive an award (2) the      ter having jumped from a dock or vessel. Vessel crews have
members will know they are really appreciated. That is           assisted ten sports divers that were at risk and pulled them
what recognition and great personnel relations are all about.    from the water.
This brings me to another subject.
   This is in the area of awards. There are many members                                              (continued on page 10)
who deserve to be recognized by awards. The Auxiliary
does not give awards to enough people for jobs well done.
Why? There is paper work involved and that takes time.
 10                                                                                          Buoy 13 Winter, 2001
     The crew of the KITSAP rescued two fishermen from          and organizing all the details. Not to be forgotten, were all
the water when their boat broke in half and in another inci-    the folks that helped set up, clean up and came to make this
dent rescued a 35 year old man from the water off the Colman    weekend a great success. Thanks to all. We have a great
Dock in Seattle. The man had fallen into the water from a       team in the Northern Area
dock north of the ferry terminal. The Mate of the vessel
CHINOOK responded to a heart attack victim. With the                                                -- Jo Ann Grubb, RCO-N
use of an automatic defibrillator they saved the person’s
life. The crew of the vessel SPOKANE responded to a vic-
tim of a motor vehicle accident. The driver had driven over
a cliff near the Kingston terminal. In August, this year, the
crew of the vessel CHELAN rescued an 81-year-old man
from an overturned sailboat. The vessel SLEATH responded
to a small motor vessel that ran aground and found the one
person on board unconscious and without a pulse. The crew
performed CPR until the arrival of the Emergency Medical

    The Saturday morning opening ceremonies did not go
as planned. The Naval Sea Cadets from Everett were to
present the opening flag ceremony, but their leaders being
Reservists, were called to the duty of their country. Joan
Priest led the Pledge of Allegiance; following past DIRAUX,
Eldo DeLong led us in the singing of God Bless America.
Carrol Grassl, DSO-PS on “Retaining Members” and Bruce
Miller, Auxiliary Web Master, on “Surfing the Net”, led the

    Some 60 folks enjoyed a Barbecue lunch at the Yacht
Club picnic area. Hamburgers and hot dogs were in abun-
dance being cooked by Larry Coltharp, DCP 1 and Chuck
Gagnon, VCP 4. The afternoon was spent with fellowship
and singing led by Eldo. Linda Mc Cune showed a video
on a float trip down the Tatshenshini River in Alaska.

      Dinner was Smoked Salmon or Turkey dinner that
brought 66 folks together. LCDR Kelly Boodell was the
speaker. Charles Gagnon received the Auxiliary Letter of
Commendation for his outstanding work for SEAHAWK.
Keith Haynes received the Auxiliary Achievement Award
for actions for a life saving incident. Bruce Miller received
the Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation Award
for his part in organizing and execution of the Northern
Area Crew/ Coxswain Academy. Also receiving the award
for their part in the Northern Area Crew/Coxswain Acad-
emy awards, but not present, were Charles Olson, Garry
Bromwell, Rob Wells, and Gary Prodlock. CWO McKiernan
had the misfortune to lose his keys at a rather inopportune
time. He was given a key finder for the next time he looses
his keys. He can whistle and the key finder will flash.

    The weekend concluded with a pancake breakfast. Ed          Photos: top left, Jo Ann Grubb receives SeaHawk placque from
Stebor FC-45 and Pete Bare, DCP 3 flipped pancakes.             Adm. Shelley, Navy Reserves; Commodore Gatlin and Jo Ann Hall
                                                                eat lunch; DSO-PS Carol Grassl and husband Laurence enjoy their
Thanks so much to all that attended and helped make the
                                                                lunch. Jo Ann Hall,Bill Priest,Karen Francisco, Keith and Bonnie
weekend a success. A special thank you to Joan Priest, DCP
                                                                Harding, also enjoy the great food. Mike McKiernan enjoys his
4 for her help doing the shopping, helping prepare the food     special Mickey Mouse pancake made just for him! (photos courtesy
                                                                of LCDR Kelly A. Boodell)
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                                                                     WE COULD NOT HAVE
                                                                     SUCCEEDED WITHOUT YOU!
                                        President, PCA               To the Members of District 13
                                        Thomas Moore
                                                                         Time and again, we have heard that NACON 2001 was
                                                                     the best National Conference ever! It is difficult to name all
                                                                     of the time and effort expended by so many. From drivers
                                                                     and roustabouts, to office, registration, and AV helpers,
                                        2001 and What                everyone was helpful, professional, and friendly. The Dis-
                                        It Has Meant                 trict Material Center was an unqualified success and the
                                                                     centerpeices for Friday Fun Night and the Saturday Ban-
                                                                     quet were unique and stunning. Who will ever forget the
                                                                     Thursday hospitality evening and the Opening Ceremonies?
    2001- What will we remember as our lives continue on             District 13 really knows how to shine. Please know that
into the future? Will we remember the year beginning with            your help was noticed and appreciated. We are proud to be
our meeting in Yakima? Will we remember the Eastern Area             members of District 13.
Conference in Glenns Ferry where a good time was had by                                                --Phil and Tisha Helmer
all with golf and fellowship? Will we remember the great                                      National Conference Coordinators
times we had at the Northern Area Conference or the South-
ern Area Conference?

    I think I will remember two things that changed my out-          AUXILIARY MEMBER HELPS ACTIVE
look on the Auxiliary and life. The first one was NACON              DUTY
which was my first national meeting. I was impressed by
the magnitude of the meeting and the diverse participants.               Linda Bare, ias a member of Flotilla 33, in Tacoma. Lin
We had attendees from the Philippines, Africa, the Virgin            as she is known to the members of Division 3, is a Major
Islands, Italy, and from all over the United States. All these
                                                                     (promotable) in the Washington Army National Guard and
Auxiliarists and supporters came together to plan the future
                                                                     a qualified Flight Nurse. She drills with the 66th Aviation
and unite in a common goal of Boater Safety. Its formality
                                                                     Brigade and is the Officer In Charge of Aviation Medicine.
and magnitude was very impressive. It is no wonder that
                                                                     Her boss, COL Mimi Fields who is interested in all the as-
the Coast Guard Auxiliary does such a fantastic job with
                                                                     pects of aviation medicine, asked Lin if she could arrange
Boating Safety, with all of the expertise and leadership I
                                                                     for her to spend part of her annual training time with USCG
witnessed at NACON. I received a new sense of how im-
                                                                     Air Station, Astoria. With some timely red tape avoidance,
portant each of us are to help these leaders guide us into the
                                                                     assistance from RCO-N Jo Ann Grubb, Lin called CDR Pat
new millennium.
                                                                     Brennan, Air Station, Astoria. He thought it was a great
                                                                     idea. COL Fields spent three days at the Air Station and,
    The other thing that I will remember about 2001 is Sep-
                                                                     from all reports, it was a highly beneficial experience for
tember 11th and how it will effect our missions. We will be
                                                                     both parties. In the process of making arrangements for the
asked to do more to guard our country from the threat of
                                                                     visit, Lin mentioned that she had been involved in the de-
terrorism. It reminds me that our preparedness will be more
                                                                     velopment and adoption, for the Washington Army Guard,
important than ever. It becomes even more important to
                                                                     of the Communication Ear Protection system (CEP) which
train ourselves to be efficient Coxswains and Auxiliarists
                                                                     attenuates ambient noise in the cockpit of an aircraft with-
so we can support our Coast Guard when called upon. As
                                                                     out degrading normal communications. CDR Brennan was
in years past, when our country is at war, we are provided
                                                                     very interested in the concept and in the course of some
the opportunity to serve in a heightened way. Let’s all chal-
                                                                     heavy email traffic, Lin arranged with the manufacturer to
lenge ourselves to reassert ourselves to become more ready
                                                                     send two free samples of the device for the Coast Guard to
to help when asked, as we surely will be in years to come as
                                                                     try. Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALCE) personnel
a result of this terrible tragedy. Let’s reanalyze our pro-
                                                                     from Astoria brought two of their helmets to Fort Lewis on
grams to see how they may be changed to help with this
                                                                     22 June and the Guard ALCE Chief and a technician in-
threat including patrols, communications, boat inspections,
                                                                     stalled the devices. Whether or not anything more happens
and direct Coast Guard support.
                                                                     with the CEP, it is a great example or inter-service coopera-
                                                                     tion—the Auxiliary and the National Guard sharing prob-
     I challenge all of our Flotilla Commanders, all Flotilla
                                                                     lems and solutions with the active duty Coast Guard. Lin
officers, all of our Division officers, all of our District offic-
                                                                     was invited to address a safety meeting at Astoria; now that
ers, and all of our National officers to get us, as Auxiliarists,
                                                                     the door has been open it is hoped that the relationship will
ready to help our Coast Guard fight against terrorism.
                                                                     continue to develop.               --Jo Ann Grubb, RCO-N
    -- Thomas Moore, President Past Captains Association
 12                                                                                            Buoy 13 Winter, 2001
(Lake Cheland Fire continued from page 3)                        He left his boat at Lake Chelan to be repaired and plans
                                                                 were made for him to return to pick it up in a week.
    Since the fire was quite contained while we were there,
several of the squads did mop up duty which consisted of              What an exciting time we had--an adventure I would
checking to see if there were any hot spots left. If they        have never been involved in had I not been a member of the
found some hot spots, they first tried to put them out by        Auxiliary. We met some outstanding people who were very
using their shovels and mixing dirt in with the ashes. If        grateful for our support and our mission was accomplished
that did not work, the squad went down to the lake, took off     with a great deal of pride! We enjoyed working with the
their helmets and filled them with water, walked back to         ANT Kennewick teams. One morning, while we were up at
the hot spot and used that water to hopefully put out the        camp, an organizational commander asked me what the
fire. If still unsuccessful, a hose and generator were brought   Coast Guard Auxiliary was all about. I told him what we
in to be used. After the crew chiefs felt confident that there   did and that we were volunteers--he was shocked! Volun-
was no more fire danger in a certain area, thousands of feet     teers! He asked me what the draw was and why would we
of hose were disconnected. Due to a weed called crupina,         volunteer our time for free. I told him that over the years
all hoses had to be swept and cleaned thoroughly before          doing patrols, inspections, helping with boating classes,
they were rolled and brought back to the other side of the       visiting marine dealers, that it was evident that we have
lake.                                                            saved lives and that in itself was all the pay that we needed!

   I was fortunate enough to crew on Dons’ 24-ft. Chrysler          On behalf of all those Auxiliarists who were part of our
boat for 3 days. As the fire squads we transported boarded,      mission at Lake Chelan, I want to say that we are proud to
Don said to them, “Welcome to the slow boat to China--           be associated with the lifesaving volunteers of the Coast
we’ll get you there safely but not quickly!” The slow speed      Guard Auxiliary-an awesome example of Team Coast Guard!
was due to the wrong pitch in a newly attained prop. Since                                         --Kathy Goodwin FC-84
Don had a spare prop with him, Dennis volunteered to re-
place the old one. It was a comical sight as people gathered
around Dennis as he laid on the dock with his head hang-
ing down and his arms in the ice cold water as he replaced
the new prop in it’s correct position. Dennis actually got
the feeling back into his hands in about an hour! It’s awe-
some the way Auxiliarists come to each other’s rescue! The
new prop increased the boat’s speed greatly.

    When Don left on Saturday morning, Mel (who has the
patience of a saint) assigned me as Coxswain on his jet boat.
That is surely a different breed of boat and certainly new to
me! When driven to the dock and put in idle, it seemed to
come alive and if the bow didn’t move away, the stern surely
did. After a few safe but interesting approaches, I told Mel
that he should take over. That was when he picked me up
by the shoulders of my life jacket, moved me over to the
helm and said that I was to continue as Coxswain! Yikes!

     We proceeded to move crews back and forth, and to-
wards the end of the day, one of the fire squad members
from West Virginia who had a big smile on his face said to
me-- “ma’am, if I knew that I was going to have a rodeo
ride, I would have brought my cowboy hat!” Does that tell
you anything? I know that my skills improved by the end of
the day, as the last squad clapped for me as we made our
final approach to camp. What an experience!

   A medical emergency SAR completed our final run down
the lake. One of the fire squad members had pneumonia
and we delivered him, his squad representatives and a medic
quickly to 25-mile park for treatment where the young man
was cared for immediately. It was 26 August, we had spent
5 days on our mission, and we were heading home. Tom
McLaughlin stayed an extra day because of motor problems.
 Buoy 13 Winter, 2001                                                                                                   13

USCG Group Seattle
                                                                    CDR Mike Dawe spoke about the new program “Eyes
“ Eyes on the Sound”                                            on the Sound” at the Division 3 Change of Watch. I asked
                                                                CDR Dawe if I could assist Group Seattle in any way, in-
                                                                cluding the new program. Volunteering at Group Seattle I
                                                                became involved in the program, assisting “Eyes on the
     The USCG news release on October 11th, 2000 stated,
                                                                Sound” coordinator, LTJG Jeff Engle.
“Coast Guard Group Seattle is establishing a Puget Sound
wide program called “Eyes on the Sound.” This program                I had a lot of ideas about how to promote this unique
will attempt to bring Washington residents who have stra-       program. After contacting Bruce Miller, District 13 Auxil-
tegic views of our waterways into a coordinated and trained     iary Web Master, he placed the information about the pro-
“web” of lookouts. These volunteers would potentially be        gram on the USCG District 13 Website.
called upon to support primary missions of the Coast Guard
such as Search and Rescue and Marine Pollution. “It can be            I quickly learned that Mr. Miller is a very dedicated
as easy as looking out your window and helping us verify        Auxiliarist, whose devotion to promoting the USCG / USCG
the exact location and nature of a distress,” said CDR Mike     Auxiliary is very commendable, and his dedication and sup-
Dawe, Commander Group Seattle. “ It really is a simple          port is never ending.
theory but, as proven by our recent wind surfer case, the
results can and will save lives” he added.                          If it hadn’t been for Bruce’s willingness to create the
                                                                new “Eyes on the Sound” web page and to put up with my
   A second news release the same day provided details of       constant e-mails, and telephone calls, the promotion would
the incident leading to the establishment of the new “Eyes      never have happened.
on the Sound” program. Tomorrow, Oct 12th, 2000, the US
Coast Guard will recognize the quick work and life saving          The idea of this “Eyes on the Sound” program was prob-
report made by Shoreline resident, 73 year-old Arthur
                                                                ably etched in the minds and souls of many dedicated USCG
Yeager. While at home Yeager had observed a kite surfer
                                                                Watch Standers, and SAR team members who personally
who become separated from his board and was having a            experience the loss of lives on their watch and their SAR
very hard time making it through the chilly 52 F waters to      missions.
shore. The Coast Guard, upon receiving Yeager’s report,
launched its Seattle-based rescue boat and a Port Angeles            I had hoped and prayed a program like this could be
rescue helicopter.                                              created after my brother-in-law drowned in Lake Washing-
     The Coast Guard also called in Seattle Fire and Police     ton in 1984. But I didn’t know how to develop or promote a
boats in addition to the nearest WA State Ferry to respond      coordinated program until I was introduced to the existing
to the distress.                                                USCG Group Seattle “Eyes on the Sound” program sixteen
                                                                (16) years later.
     “The man in the water was having a tough time but I
                                                                     The “Eyes on the Sound” program is a very important
wasn’t sure if I should call in for help,” said Yeager, a re-
                                                                resource for the USCG to build a new lasting team relation-
tired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. A Seattle Harbor
                                                                ship with the residents of Washington State. This is an
Police boat was the first to arrive on scene, removing the
                                                                effort to save lives, not only of the boating or water related
very chilled surfer from the water and quickly transporting
                                                                accident victims, but preventing tragedies that tear apart
him to a shore side emergency medical service team.
                                                                the lives of their families as well. The information sheet
    “I firmly believe the quick work by Yeager saved this       attached to the application states, “The Puget Sound area
man’s life,” explained Petty Officer First Class Mike           has limited search and rescue resources and efforts of these
Sodemann, a Search and Rescue coordinator for the Seattle       volunteers would greatly assist Group Seattle watch standers
Coast Guard.                                                    with determining if a resource is needed. “The “Eyes on the
                                                                Sound” program can also be used to assist the watch standers
     Mike Dickover, OIC Anderson Island Detachment in-          in the verifying flare sightings and reports of boats and
formed me about the Eyes on the Sound program when I            people in trouble. By the volunteers passing information to
joined the Auxiliary. He gave me an application form and        the watch standers it can save tax dollars by verifying false
information sheet about the program. My wife and I be-          reports.
came members of the new program. I also sent the applica-
tion forms out to a number of other residents on Anderson
Island who also joined the program.
                                                                                                        (continued page 14)
  14                                                                                            Buoy 13 Winter, 2001
     You as Auxiliarists can also assist in getting the word
out to all of your friends and relatives who have views of the   Flotilla 85 PARTICIPATES IN
waters of Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the Straits of Juan de        EMERGENCY SERVICES DAY
Fuca and the San Juan Islands. Persons interested in vol-
unteering for the program can receive an application by
                                                                     Emergency Services Day was held in Walla Walla, Washing-
contacting LTJG Jeff Engle at        ton in September. The following photos were sent in by Mari
Another way of getting the word out is at your community         Wussow SO-PA Division 8.
USCG information booths, boat shows and the Boating
Safety classes you teach.
                                                                                                         Vince and Larry the
     Since 10 June 2001 when Bruce Miller launched the                                                   Crash Dummies came
“Eyes on the Sound” webpage, we have received the sup-                                                    to try on PFD’s with
port of the following websites, Seattle Insider, Access Wash-                                            VFC Dean Lindemann,
                                                                                                         Flotilla 85. Dean
ington, Seattle Seafair, the Seafair Pirates, Seattle Yacht
                                                                                                         provided his facility for
Club, Queen City YC, Bremerton YC, two web sites on                                                      display.
Anderson Island, Fox Island, Mukilteo YC, Harstine Island,
Herron Island and Key Peninsula - Lakebay, and South
Whidbey Island web sites. Also, the “Eyes on the Sound”
webpage has had over 1,100 visitors, and has gained ap-
proximately twenty-eight (28) new members to the program.
There are a total of 80 plus members willing to support the

   The following information from USCG records includes
the cost of false flare sightings in the Pacific Northwest in
1999 and in 2,000.

USCG new release on December 26, 2000. (Release No.
062-00) notes

   * False distress calls cost the Coast Guard and Pacific
   Northwest taxpayers $2,693,668.61 in fiscal year (FY)
   1999 and $2,137,284.48 in FY 2000. A decrease of
    $556,384.13 (21%).
                                                                 (left to right) Rick Laws, Dean Lindemann, Seanna Antle who is
   * A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter has an               Dean’s granddaughter and future Auxiliarst, stand beside McGruff
   operating cost of $5,173.00 per hour.                         the Crime Dog who is wearing a PFD.

    *A Coast Guard 41-foot patrol boat has an operating
   cost of $1,491.00 per hour.
                                                                 ICE WATER LOWERS YOUR IQ!
    * Last year, between Christmas and New Years, there
      were 10 false distresses cases caused by flares.
                                                                    According to researchers at the University of Bristol in
                                                                 England, drinking ice-cold water can temporarily lower your
    Please visit the “Eyes on the Sound” web page address
                                                                 brain power as much as 15%. The reason: blood is diverted
                                                                 from your brain to your stomach to warm the water ! If your
                                                                 mouth gets dry before a big meeting, consider sipping room-
                                                                 temperature beverages instead!
At the web site you will find the USCG information sheet
and application form, a letter from the Auxiliary on the pro-
                                                                                      --Woman’s World magazine, July issue
gram, as well as links to USCG/USCG Auxiliary programs.

                                  --Robert Lyden Flotilla 38
                                                                 HAPPY BIRTHDAY CW04 Mike McKiernan
                                                                 on December 29th! HAPPY 50th!