VOLUME 55 DECEMBER 2002 / JANUARY 2003 NUMBER 10/11
From the Commander
and New Year Greetings
I would like, once again, to thank each
and every person in Charleston Power Squadron for your confidence
in electing me as Commander. I still find your faith somewhat
overwhelming. Please see my Commander's message below. It is a
heartfelt statement as to what I believe we can accomplish as
There is a lot of work to do to prepare for the coming year, but
with a combination of experienced members, a fine Bridge and the
efforts of each and every member, new and old alike, I am confident
we will do well.
Planning, by the Bridge officers and committee chairpersons, is
already well underway and should give us a head start on a successful
and fun year. Of course the proven things will stay in place,
but you will see some new ideas aimed specifically at improving
existing membership participation and increasing membership overall.
Please join us
this is everyone's squadron and SUCCESS
depends on EVERYONE!
The Christmas Party will be past when you read this and I hope
all that attended had a good time. These occasions build the kinship
among us that contributes to our success.
The Executive Committee meeting for January will take place at
1730 prior to the 9 January membership meeting. This was decided
due to Bridge absences for the National Conference.
Please accept my most sincere wishes for a joyous holiday season
and the happiest of new years.
OUT OF THE FUTURE AND
INTO THE PAST
On occasions like this it is expected that
there will be talk of expectations and goals for the future. I
plan to do this by speaking first of the past.
Even before the end of World War
II, boatmen in Charleston were performing civic service on the
waters in our area. They were practicing and promoting safe boating
while patrolling for enemy activity. With the enemy threat ended
in September of 1945, the boating remained. Still dedicated to
boating and public service and with a combination of desire and
hard work, the Charter of Charleston Power Squadron was awarded
in early 1946.
Fraternity, Self-Education and
Civic Service. Charleston joined a respected history begun in1914.
The history of USPS and Charleston
Power Squadron is wells chronicled by historians from squadron
to the national level and reflects the initiative, dedication
and honor of those who have gone before us. A record of constantly
"Raising The Bar" is readily observed in those documents.
In recognition of all of this,
what are my expectations and goals for the coming year?
My expectation is that we will
work as a team, with each member of the squadron putting forth
their best effort in furthering the programs of USPS. Make a phone
call and get a new member involved by offering them something
to do, make them part of what is going on. If you have comments,
constructive suggestions, ideas or skills to contribute, let someone
know. Offer your time and service to someone. These things build
our fraternal aspect and the basics for our self-education and
civic service projects.
Individual achievement is good
but collective accomplishment represents us all.
My goal is both individual and
collective. I want to help orchestrate a team that will work to
build membership, increase opportunity for self-education, enhance
fraternity and expand civic service through public education and
By putting our best effort into
what already exists and improving on these things in any way we
can, we will have earned our places alongside those who have gone
before us and can be proud when it is time for the coming year
to end and go
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Well, this is the final
issue of The Palmetto Log for this
year and also the last issue for John VanWay as editor. Thanks
John for making sure I got this article done every month.
Congratulations to Jim Davis for successfully completing both
the open book and closed book exams for JN. I know that Jim worked
very hard on this course so the next time you see him give him
an ""atta boy".
The results for the piloting course given at Hobcaw Yacht Club,
instructed by P/D/C Charles Rhea, also came in and the following
members earned the right to use designation "P":
The next time you see these folks please offer them your
congratulations for the time and effort the expended to work on
the piloting course.
Also, our student of the year for 2002 is Eleanor Parker. I
had the good fortune to take Cruise Planning with Eleanor last
spring and found her an extremely knowledgeable boater and an
avid sailor. In just about every class Eleanor was able to teach
me something new and she wasn't the instructor, Fred was. Ed Kridler
has already recruited Eleanor to assist in instructing the next
JN course. To bad, I was going to try to recruit her to teach
another class. CONGRATUALATIONS ELEANOR!
We also have a new Assistant Education Officer - Mike Hamme.
Those of you who know Mike know how enthusiastic he is about boating
in any form but particularly sailing. Mike was student of the
year two years ago, has taught the Sail course (which I hear from
the students is great) and is going to be a great asset to the
education department. As a matter of fact, Mike has already been
instrumental in putting together a full year schedule
of courses for 2003.
The schedule appears a separate sheet in this issue of the
Palmetto Log so you can save it and
plan the courses you will take. It will also be a permanent fixture
on the squadron web site. As you can see from this schedule we
are trying to move the courses around the area. We had a good
turnout this past year with offering Seamanship and Piloting in
Mt. Pleasant, thanks to Hobcaw Yacht Club. Given that success
we are going to run Seamanship, Piloting and Advanced Piloting
at Headquarters, in Summerville, and at Hobcaw again, if they'll
have us. We are also planning at least four Public Boating Courses.
Both the Squadron Boating Course® and Boat Smart® will
be offered at various locations around town. Keep in mind that
this schedule may change as time goes by so remember to check
the web site and The Palmetto Log
for future updates.
Now comes my recruiting pitch. In order to pull off the schedule
that we have set up we need more instructors. Most pressing is
the need for instructors for Public Boating Courses, Seamanship
and Piloting. I can't imagine that the instructors we are currently
using for these courses want to teach three or more times during
the year. If they did they wouldn't have time left to go boating,
which is not a good plan. So here's the deal - call or e-mail
me and tell me what course in the schedule you can teach. It's
good for you, good for the current instructors, good for the Charleston
Power Squadron, and good for the community.
See y'all after the first of the year.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Edwin Kridler, SN
I appreciate the opportunity
of serving in the position of Executive Officer for the Charleston
Power Squadron in the upcoming year. This is a first for me; in
the past I have worked primarily in the Educational Department.
However, I remain a great supporter of both the USPS educational
program and the CPS program. While not trying to steal the thunder
from Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, AP, I do offer my heartiest congratulations
to Lt Eleanor H. Parker, JN, for being the recipient of the CPS
Student of the Year Award for 2002. This award is earned based
on a point system for course completions between 1 September of
one year through 30 August of the following year. A plaque is
awarded to the recipient, and his or her name is engraved on a
permanent plaque displayed at our Headquarters Building. Now is
the time to begin earning points for the 2003 award.
We have chairs for all committees in the Executive Department.
Some of the committees have additional members who have volunteered
to help with activities in the coming year. Our committees can
use additional help; all volunteers will be greatly appreciated.
The Boat Show Committee will be headed by P/Lt Martin G. Gipe,
SN. Lt/C Robert A. Gulbrandsen, S, has agreed to help with getting
our new smaller booths around to various boating establishments.
Martin will be asking for additional help to man our booth at
boat shows during the year.
P/C James W. "Mike" Page, P, is chairing the Cooperative
Charting Committee. He will be assisted by Stephen Cofer-Shabica.
The Legislative Committee is chaired by Lt Eleanor Parker,
P/C Merellene "Boo" Ward, JN, will be heading our
Lt Wendy C. Walsh, AP, will be in charge of the Public Relations
Committee. This is one committee where additional help is needed.
The Radio Technical Committee will be lead by Lt Eugene A.
Lt Kirk Williams, AP, is chairing the Safety Committee. He
will be assisted by Diane Williams and Lt Michael S. King, AP.
P/C Anthony Ward, AP, will lead the activities of the Vessel Safety
The Executive Department is planning activities for the coming
year. More information will be announced as it develops. We are
planning to have an active year. Vessel safety checks will be
an important ongoing activity. We are planning activities for
National Safe Boating Week, which is scheduled for 17 - 23 May
2003. We are planning more interaction with other member organizations
in the local boating community, beginning with the Charleston
Cruising Club being invited to join us at the Hornik Cruise, in
addition to the Coast
Guard Auxiliary. We also are looking toward an active public
relations effort this year. We are working on a few ideas for
marketing the Charleston Power Squadron in the area. In addition,
we plan to have an active year in co-operative charting activities.
Please feel free to join in our activities in the coming year.
We can use your help and participation. Contact me, or any of
our committee chairs if you would like to help our squadron through
working with the Executive Department. Speaking for other bridge
members, all of our departments would welcome your participation.
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
everyone! Welcome to another squadron year! And, yes, also another
year of people asking for your help - any help that you can give
If you would like to help with
meetings, cruises, speakers, membership, set-up, ANYTHING involved
with the Administrative Department, please let me know. I can
be reached at home at (843) 869-7808, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm looking forward to this year being GREAT!!
The January membership meeting
will take place at Headquarters on Thursday, 9 January 2002. The
bar will open for business at 1830. It will close at 1945. Prices
are as follows: mixed drinks are $2.00; beer, wine, and wine coolers
are $1.00; Non-alcoholic beverages are free. Remember that the
bar supports itself so tips are more than welcome! There will
be no guest speaker this month as it will be a "Get to Know
Your Bridge" meeting. Come and meet your current Bridge!!
This meeting will be catered by Po-Pigs Bo-BQ of Edisto Island
at a cost of $10.00 per person. Please contact me at (843) 869-7808
or via e-mail at email@example.com
with your reservations prior to Thursday, 2 January 2002, as a
headcount is required for this meal.
Again, anyone wanting to be of
assistance this year please contact me as soon as possible! Thank
you ahead of time!!
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Greetings everyone! I am proud
to assume the responsibilities of this office, and will try to
live up to the trust and confidence you all have shown in me.
I'm looking forward to working with everyone in the coming year
and will rely on your support. If I can be of any assistance to
our members, please don't hesitate to contact me and together
we will get the answer.
I have just returned from the Bohicket Cruise with our hosts
Lt/C Steve and Janice Kromer. What an outstanding event they organized.
Great company, wonderful food and a good time were had by all.
Steve and Janice went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome
and included in the cruise. The weatherman was a great help as
well; beautiful cocktail hours aboard the "No Sense"
with Captain Steve and his First Mate Janice. Thanks again a memorable
Special from the Editor
The squadron celebrated a very successful COW last
month and our new Bridge is planning a great 2003. The
Palmetto Log also is undergoing it own change of watch
this month as our stalwart editor for the last several years John
VanWay hands his pen to Nelson Hicks as the new editor of The Palmetto Log. The squadron owes a
pile of thanks to John for his undying intensity to this monthly
While I have limited experience with the Charleston Power Squadron,
I am anxious to keep up the high standard that John set for the
The Palmetto Log. I look forward
to working with the Bridge and all members to continue to provide
timely communication with all members. As we have learned in the
past, deadlines are dates to adhere to, and I assume all contributors
with meet these deadlines on a monthly basis.
CHARLESTON POWER SQUADRON
Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday, 7 November 2002
The meeting was called to order by Cdr. Vince Lombardo at 1934
at the Headquarters Building. A quorum was established. Those
in attendance were: Lt/C Steve Kromer, Janice Kromer, Lt/C Loretta
Lombardo, Cdr Vince Lombardo, Lt Dick Finn, Lt David Walsh, Nelson
Hicks, Lt/C Ed Kridler, P/Lt/C Cynthia Kridler, PC Billy Lynes,
1st/Lt/C Corrin Marinko, Lt John VanWay, Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen.
Educational: Per Lt/C Steve Kromer: The training class schedule
is now in place for the 2003 season. We need to complete some
boat safety checks before the end of this year, to be counted
on this year's numbers.
Executive: Per Lt/C Edwin Kridler: Noted that the Change of
Watch for 2003 will be on 31 October. Also addressed the question,
did the squadron want to participate in the 2002 Parade of Boats
in Charleston and possibly Edisto area? The decision was made
to table this until 2003, and investigate the possibilities for
that years events.
Administrative: Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans was not present to give
her report. She had a prior engagement elsewhere.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: Our membership has been
improving. We will be closing the books for 2002 at the end of
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: As the new Secretary I
am still in the learning process. Adding a thank you for the trust
and confidence of the members for placing me in this office.
Commander: Per Cdr Vince Lombardo: Stated how well the change
of watch went. Reminder that the Bohicket Cruise was the next
and last of the 2002 season. Vince congratulated the new Bridge
and added he was looking forward to working with together with
them in the coming year.
Old Business: Janice Kromer said that all was on track with
the Boat/US® grant and that we are seeking another grant from
the US Coast Guard for our Educational department.
Lt John VanWay addressed the opposition to the National Headquarters
handling the fund for the squadron. It was noted that we should
go on record against this at the National Meeting. A letter is
to be written and presented by Cdr Vince Lombardo at the National
Meeting. At least four squadron members will be in attendance.
P/Lt/C Cynthia Kridler discussed the squadron bylaws and that
they are up for vote at National level. She advised that they
must be published twice before acceptance.
New BusinessLt/C Edwin Kridler motioned that Amy Rustin be
installed as honorary member for the next year. The motion was
seconded by Cdr Vince Lombardo and carried.
Lt Dave Walsh is looking for some suggestions on the 2003 Cruise
schedule. Lt. John VanWay suggested a mail out survey to members.
We are looking for ways to interest new and potential members
in the squadron.
Cdr Vince Lombardo brought up the issue of Cooperative Charting
and that we have not accomplished anything this year. We need
to organize some functions within the next two months to meet
our goals of participation.
The meeting adjourned at 2050.
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
If You're Ever Under
Boaters should be at least fundamentally
acquainted with certain principles of helicopter rescue operations.
With increased recreational cruising, and with the Coast Guard's
nationwide fleet of rescue helicopters, the chances of you and
the Coast Guard meeting under rescue conditions is not as remote
as you might like to think. If you're boating on bigger water,
and you or a passenger becomes ill, injured or otherwise in distress,
the rescue vehicle of choice likely will be a helicopter.
If you've ever been beneath a
hovering helicopter, you know how noisy, windy and unnerving it
can be. There isn't much you or the pilot can do about the noise
and the downdraft. Unfortunately, both noise and wind are characteristics
of helicopters. But there are some things you should know and
do to prepare for such an experience. By being knowledgeable and
properly prepared, you can reduce the stress associated with such
an encounter. At the same time, you'll minimize the chances of
blunders that could put you and your passengers at further risk,
and maximize the chances for success of the operation.
Before the helo arrives at your
position, you need to make some preparations. Make sure your VHF
Marine radio is tuned to channel 16 and the volume is turned up.
Stow all loose items that might be blown about or sucked up by
the helicopter's turbine engine intakes. This can include lines,
soda cans, charts, towels or any other light materials. Make sure
all passengers are wearing their life jackets. Lower antenna masts,
outriggers and anything else that could interfere with the operation.
If you're on a sailboat, all sails should be furled and secured.
And finally, limit the number of people on deck. Select the few
that can help, and move the others out of the way.
A helicopter pilot will try whenever
possible to make an approach to your position into the wind. This
enhances his visibility by tilting the helicopter slightly nose
downward. To further assist the pilot in monitoring the operation,
the helicopter is flown from the starboard seat, and the retrieving
cable is deployed from the starboard side of the ship.
It is important for you, as captain of the surface vessel being
assisted, to make certain that no lights or flares are aimed in
the direction of the helicopter as it approaches your position.
Blinding the pilot will not get the operation off to a good start!
The pilot may ask that you get
your vessel underway, if possible, and run slowly into the wind
or with the relative wind over your port bow. This way, the helicopter
can maintain a heading well to the left of the boat's heading,
giving the pilot the best possible visibility. Also, with some
"way on," both the boat and the aircraft are more controllable
and steady. Finally, the downdraft from the rotor blades will
be pointed more aft, and away from the boat.
Spinning rotor blades on a helicopter
act like an electric generator, and can develop thousands of volts
of electrical energy. This energy can be transferred from the
aircraft to a person on the vessel who touches the hoisting cable,
resulting in an uncomfortable and occasionally dangerous shock.
Therefore, it is recommended that the cable be hooked or touched
first by a conductor, like a bare wire attached to a boathook
that simultaneously makes contact with the boat itself. Wood boats
and fiberglass boats will conduct the charges away at these high
Depending upon the reason for
the operation, the helicopter crew may send down any of a number
of things. Whether it's a pump for dewatering your sinking boat,
or a Stokes stretcher to take off an ill or injured passenger,
you'll need to pay attention to the helo crew's instructions,
unhook the item from the lowering cable, and do it carefully and
yet as speedily as possible. If you have to work with a victim
and basket, the helicopter will move off until you signal that
you are ready for pick-up. Just remember, you should never attach
anything to the boat that also is attached to the helicopter.
If your style of recreational
boating ever could result in the need of a rescue helicopter,
then you will benefit by knowing what to expect, and by following
these few simple rules. By being a calm, educated, and prepared
skipper, you'll be of great assistance to the skilled pilot and
crew that may be risking their own lives on your behalf.
From Commander Bob's Boating Safety
Grant Activity Article
by Janice Kromer
On October 31, The Charleston
Power Squadron submitted its application to Boat/US® for a
Grass Roots grant. As you may be aware, our squadron has been
asked to provide training to Fire, Police and EMS Departments
on responding to emergencies and fires on our waters. Completing
the application was the culmination of many weeks of planning
by the First Responders Committee.
Special thanks to the Ken Beeber, Mike King, Steve Kromer,
Vince Lombardo and Cat and Steve Yeoman's for their contributions
to this project. Steve Kromer will be doing the course on Navigation,
and Ken Beeber has volunteered to put together our presentation
on Boat Handling and Basic Equipment. We still need volunteers
for Navigating in Limited Visibility Conditions, and
Responding to Boat Fires - so please let me know if you are interested.
You can reach me at 821-1861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The announcement of winners of the grants will be made sometime
in late December. Take my word for it - you'll all hear if we
get one of the grants! But remember, the squadron is committed
to this program, and we will be going ahead with it even if we
don't get any funding from Boat/US. If that's the case, we'll
be asking for many, many more volunteers. We'll keep you posted
as to the direction we are taking.
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