Since I became Commander we have been working non-stop with an event scheduled just about every weekend. I didn’t have time to settle in as Commander before we had our first big event of the year. The District 21 Spring conference we hosted in April was well received. I heard nothing but compliments from the out of town attendees. Ben Garber and his crew did a wonderful job planning the conference, and the hotel staff was very accommodating. A special thank you goes to Ralph Hughes and his staff who took great care of us during the conference. Can’t forget Harvey and his crew came in and cleaned up the Anchorage and rescreened the downstairs just in time for the conference.
We then jump straight into the Dragon Boat Races. With the help of Billy Navarre who donated half of the money for the team, the donations from members, members who cheered us on, the members who were our on the water safety watches, the rowers and Cher Walker who put the team together we came in first place for “Other Fine Organizations” and we were number 7 overall. We had a few rain delays but overall we had a great time. The rain didn’t even keep Ms. Elaine away.
The last event we had was Contraband days. Some of our members participated in the Pirogue building contest with the help of the Sea Cadet or was it the Sea Cadets partici-pated in the contest with the help of some of our members. We then finished the party off with the boat parade and fireworks.
The rest of the month was packed with even more fun events. To kick off the National Safe Boating week we had our booth setup on Friday, May 15th during the Downtown at Sundown. We had a Boat Safety Class on Saturday, May 16th. Also on Saturday, May 16th the Pelican Coast Parrot Head Club did their semi-annual cleanup
cleanup of Sallier Street between Lake and the Port of LC. This was a joint effort between the LCSPS and the Parrot Heads. Scheduled for May 21st is the Rules of the Road Seminar at the Anchorage.
TMCA Spring Fling in Port Arthur, TX was May 22 - 23rd. We did VSC's and Darryl Walker taught a Seminar on Rules of the Road. The Lake Arthur Regatta trip will be June 12 - 13th. Get with Harvey Kuttner if you plan on going by boat to see if there are any slots available. We will have more information on what is planned for that weekend after the next board meeting. We will also be doing Co-Op Charting during the trip so get with Ken Wilkinson and let him know that you are interested in doing some Co-Op charting.
Hope to see you at the events!
Cdr Annette McCain, P
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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