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Coast Guard Auxiliary Reports Feb. 8, 2018: By Carolyn Brown Treadon

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Saturday was a busy day for Flotilla 12. In addition to our monthly meeting, several members set out early to participate in the Wildlife Heritage Outdoor Festival at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.
Ron Eudy sent in the following about the meeting:
February has started out to be busy for Flotilla 12. January always bring changes and new directives from the Director of the Auxiliary (DIRAUX). This past week, member Rick Pizzala was presented his Instructor Certificate at the meeting. Pizzala was also elected Vice Flotilla Commander. Our former Vice Flotilla Commander had to step down.
Congratulations and thank you, Rick, for stepping up to serve.
Duane Treadon submitted the following about the WHO festival:
The weather this past Saturday was perfect for the annual WHO festival. With more than 20 exhibitors there was a wealth of information available to educate and entertain those who came to participate in the festival.
The various wildlife calling contests filled the area with a variety of calls. One particular turkey call was so good that people were looking around to see if it had indeed attracted a gobbler.
USCGAUX Flotilla 12 members Tim Ashley, Ron Eudy, Mike Harrison, Phil Hill, and Duane Treadon spent the day talking with many who came by about the Auxiliary, environmental pollution concerns, life jackets, and safe boating practices.
A big draw for kids was the opportunity to try on an immersion suit. This full body suit is designed to be worn during cold weather and while not water proof like a dry suit, will prolong a person’s body temperature should they fall overboard into cold waters.
Another draw on display was a touring kayak with all the necessary safety equipment. With the explosive growth of kayaking in our area and across the country, paddle sport safety has become a major focus of the Coast Guard and Auxiliary. Members talked with many who already were kayaking or were thinking of getting in to the sport.
The end of the day saw the close to another successful WHO Festival. We can’t wait for next year!
Thanks to Sherrie, we will always remember safe boating is no accident!

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Annual vessel safety checks are a great way to ensure recreational boating safety. Another is to attend a Coast Guard-approved boating safety course, and to always wear a life jacket when out on the water. If you want to learn more about vessel safety checks, please contact Steve Hults, Staff Officer for Vessel Examinations at steve.hults@uscgaux.net.
If you are interested in learning more about our safe boating classes, or to learn more about getting involved in the Auxiliary, check out our website at www.uscgaux.net or contact our Flotilla Commander Ron Eudy, at Ron.Eudy@uscgaux.net.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian volunteer component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939.