Your Bridge and Executive Committee have been at work now for five months. Time has gone by in a whirlwind of activity. We hope that you are pleased with the tempo and variety of activities. Thank you for your participation.
As you know, the Squadron is healthy and growing. Due to the efforts of many, we are now the largest squadron in District 21 – not only the largest, but the Best!
I want to thank the membership for your support and, especially, for the good attendance at our monthly musters. It is exciting to learn of our community service activities as well as our educational and social activities – all outlined at the musters. If that does not get your attention – have I mentioned the food?? We feed very well at our social hour!
Being a new Commander at the April District meeting in Monroe, it was very impressive to learn how our Squadron matches up with others. We are doing a great job! A “tip of the Commander’s cap” to all our members and, especially, our past Bridge leadership.
We have logged accident-free boating in four major events this year: Lake Charles Dragon Boat Races, Contraband Days, Port Arthur/Pleasure Island Rally and Lake Arthur Regatta.
I ask for support by the membership for several upcoming events: Hurricane Seminar on 2 July at the Anchorage, Fourth of July Raft-Up at the Civic Center Marina and our fourth Public Safe Boating course at the Anchorage on 12 July
Construction continues at the old Cove Lane and I-210 intersection and will remain in effect until November 2014. Remember that the road to the Anchorage is OPEN. Until the work is complete, the only way to enter our roadway is from the east – from the Nelson Road Wal-Mart. Drive around the “Road Closed” signs and drive with caution.
Best regards to you and your family,
- Cdr. Joe
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So what is the Coast Pilot? Where do I find it and how do I use it?
The United States Coast Pilot® consists of a series of nautical books that cover a variety of information important to navigators of coastal and intracoastal waters and the Great Lakes. Issued in nine volumes, they contain supplemental information that is difficult to portray on a nautical chart.
Here are a few simple rules everyone should know and follow when refueling.
• Locate the fire extinguishers – rehearse emergency exit regularly.
• Close hatches and portholes BEFORE fueling.
• Turn OFF electrical equipment – anything that can cause a spark.
• Have all passengers leave the vessel and wait on the dock during refueling.
• Keep the fuel nozzle in contact with the tank opening to prevent static buildup/sparks
• Sniff the boat for fumes – especially the bilge – open hatches and air out the vessel.
• Run the Blower for at least four (4) minutes BEFORE starting engine(s).
• Bring crew and passengers aboard only after safely starting the engine(s).
P/C Dale Thibodeaux, AP