VOLUME 55 FEBRUARY NUMBER 12
From the Commander
I hope each and every member of our great
squadron had a joyful holiday season and is looking forward to
a prosperous and happy new year.
For anybody who did not make it to the December Christmas Party,
you missed a wonderful time. The array of food that was brought
made for a really good meal and lots of fun was had during the
gift exchange. Except for Tony trying to dismantle the Christmas
tree, everything seemed to come off without a hitch. It was fun
to watch the usual "Who's going to end up with what gift?"
after the "Do I keep this or swap it for something else?"
decisions were made. Big thanks to everyone who came to the party,
helped set up, ran the bar, brought food, etc. I think Loretta
did a fine job making the arrangements and with the participation
of all the members who came, this was a great function. Special
thanks to everyone for staying and helping with cleaning up, it
was done in record time and ended the evening on a nice note.
Loretta and I, Cindy and Ed Kridler,
Marge Schulte and Vic Schwartz attended the USPS Annual Meeting
in Orlando, Fl. This was a first for Loretta and me and we found
it to be a great experience. At first it is a little overwhelming
to try to decide which meetings/discussions to attend. You simply
can't make it to all of them. Once those decisions were made,
a lot of good to know and interesting information was learned.
Good News!!! The proposal for
Headquarters Centralized Annual Billing was rather resoundingly
Defeated! A 2/3 vote was needed to pass the issue. The roughly
55% to 45% vote against the proposal should have sent a good message
to National in reference to how the Squadrons feel about maintaining
independent control of their finances. Other dues collection/payment
options, at the local level, are available and will be discussed
at a meeting. Our Treasurer had some good information about this
from the Treasurer's Meeting.
There will be some changes in
the VSC Inspection decal this year. Since USPS and the Coast Guard
Auxiliary are working under an equal partnership with the Memorandum
of Understanding in reference to VSC, the decal will no longer
indicate which organization did the inspection and the serial
number will also be eliminated as a printing cost- saving measure.
The decal will still have the logos of both organizations and
the cost saving can be applied elsewhere in the program. Accounting
for decals issued can still be accomplished by comparing the number
of inspection forms turned in to decals issued.
I am certain that Ed and Loretta
will have more information to pass on either in this publication
or at the regular meeting.
It may just be me, but we had
a great time at the dinner-dance on Saturday night. The dinner
was simply delicious. The fillets we ate were among the very best
I have ever had. The entertainment was super and it was music
I knew. We enjoyed a wonderful social atmosphere and camaraderie
with people from all over USPS and at all levels. I want to thank
all of the membership for putting me in a position to have attended
this function, it is a memory I will think of fondly in years
to come. Thank you again for your support and trust!
Simply super things are going
on and being planned in all departments of our Squadron. I won't
steal anybody's thunder, but our Executive, Administrative and
Educational Departments along with their Committees are setting
up a year nobody should miss. If you don't/can't find something
this coming year to do or enjoy or become involved in, then you
are not looking. Come to a meeting and see what Charleston Power
Squadron can be in your life.
Looking forward to seeing everybody
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Welcome back from the holidays.
First and foremost, the results
are in for several courses. Each of the members listed below has
successfully completed the courses listed. Engine Maintenance:
Pam Hicks, Jim McClary, Sr., Steve Whitlock, Allison Ryan, David
Coleman, and Kirk Williams. Seamanship: Bill Davis and
In February the squadron is running
two public Boating courses. The first will be 1 and 8 February
at the Creek Club in Mt. Pleasant's I'On community. The club requested
this course, so we added an additional class. The one already
scheduled for 15 and 22 February will also be at a new location,
the Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Charleston.
Spring classes for Advanced Grades
and Electives started on 13 January 2003. Since this article was
due before the classes actually started, I will let you know next
month what happened.
For the coming year, Mike Hamme
will handle the Advanced Grades and Elective courses and I will
handle the public Boating classes. Mike and I think this is a
good idea since he knows something and I don't.
We have started posting the education
schedule on the squadron web site. We intend to keep this schedule
current and to show all classes planned a year in advance. Squadron
members can access this schedule by going to: www.usps.org/localusps/cps.
And click on the banner that says: "Course Schedule For 2003"
In addition, when we make major
changes to the schedule we will continue sending a printed copy
with The Palmetto Log.
Ok, so here's my latest boat story.
Janice and I took No Sense on a little trip south right after
Thanksgiving. Unfortunately we were traveling during a period
of spring tides, which means we had some really low tides. The
leg from Beaufort to Savannah was the worst of them. There were
boats aground all over the place and those that were still floating
were, at times, literally bumping along the bottom.
Anyhow, as we rounded Dufuskie
Island there was a sailboat aground right at one of the channel
markers. She called on the radio and asked if we would put out
a big wake when we passed to see if we could lift them off. No
problem for No Sense. So I push up those big diesels to max power
and proceed to go by at maybe 8 knots (hey, it ain't the Starship
Enterprise). As we are going by the captain on the sailboat is
pointing with one hand and wind milling his other arm. We go by
the sailboat and head in the direction he is pointing.
About 10 seconds later we came
to an abrupt halt. No big deal. Back her down. Take a look around.
Figure out where the crab pots are and go where there not. Another
halt. Hmmm! Back her down again. Take a look at the super duper
computerized charting system and everything looks good. Check
the crab pots again, look around some more, and find the opening
we are looking for. Guess what? Same result. Back her down again.
Scratched my head for a while and then finally decided to do this
the old fashioned way, look at the paper charts. Since I could
still see the marker it was no problem to find our position on
the chart. After studying the chart for a while I realized we
were almost 90 degrees from the heading we should have been on,
and with that information we proceeded on our merry way.
Afterwards I started thinking
about this whole episode for lessons learned. The first question
is: what in world was the captain of the sailboat trying to tell
me? Watch out for the shoal? Hurry up and get me off this shoal?
I'm trying to dry my wet shirt? I don't know, but I assumed I
did and went aground. The second thing, which I already knew but
forgot while dealing with this situation, is that GPS is lousy
at providing course/heading information when you are standing
still or moving very slowly. So when I checked the super duper
computerized navigation system, it had no idea which way was up,
but I believed it anyway. Y'all know the USPS mantra: electronics
are wonderful but sooner or later you are going to need to navigate
using the paper charts. Amen. And then I kept hearing Fred Wichmann:
"You ain't been around if you ain't been aground." Well
I guess now I've been around, and been around, and been around.
Oh, by they way, for all I know
the sail boat is still sitting in the mud since we did not put
out enough wake to get him off.
More next month
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Edwin Kridler, SN
January was a busy month for
this department. We have a number of programs in various planning
stages, several of which you should all put on your calendars.
By the time the February issue of The
Palmetto Log goes to press, the Charleston Boat Show at
the North Charleston Convention Center will have closed. Many
thanks to P/Lt/C Martin G. Gipe, SN, for managing our squadron
booth at the show, and thanks to all of our members who worked
in the booth.
The South Carolina In-Water Boat Show will take place at Brittlebank
Park, 11 - 13 April. We plan to have a booth at this show. Please
contact Martin to volunteer to help with our booth. Remember,
those who sign up early get first choice of the best time slots.
We can use your help to spread the word about CPS and USPS.
Our condolences to Martin Gipe. His mother recently passed
away. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Martin.
P/C James W. "Mike" Page, P is chairing our Cooperative
Charting Committee. His assistant chairman is Stephen Cofer-Shaica.
They are planning several very exciting activities in the upcoming
year, both on the water and on land. First, we will be holding
a Cooperative Charting Seminar at our Headquarters Building on
8 March. The time and details will be included in the March The
Palmetto Log. The seminar will include information on both geodetic
marker recovery and nautical chart features. We will have at least
one expert from outside our squadron as well as Mike and Stephen
making presentations. Cooperative charting is one of our major
civic service programs. We would appreciate having a "standing
room only" attendance. I think you will really enjoy the
The Hornick Cruise is scheduled for 29 March. Mike and Stephen
are planning a short geodetic marker recovery effort the morning
of the cruise. More information will be in the March The Palmetto
Log. Please join in, its fun.
Lt Wendy Walsh, AP, is our Public Relations Officer. She has
been working hard in distributing information on our boating courses
to local marine dealers. We are asking the dealers to include
this information, including a local contact, in the packet of
information given to boat purchasers. We are also placing packets
of this information in several marine businesses in the area.
Wendy could use some help with this effort. If you would like
to work with her, please give her a call, or let me know. Getting
information about CPS and USPS to the public is an important issue,
and a big job.
P/C Anthony Ward, AP, Vessel Safety Check Committee Chairman,
is actively recruiting vessel safety checkers. Certification is
not difficult. This program is another of our civil service projects,
and helps make our waterways safer for all of us.
In closing, please don't be embarrassed to volunteer to help
with any of our squadron's programs. We are active in many areas,
so there is a program that should interest any of our members.
If you haven't heard of anything you would like to involve yourself
with in any of our departments, please contact any of our bridge
members. We can help you get started with developing a program
in which you would be interested; we can put anyone to work doing
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
First of all, Congratulations
to Joey & Janet Beckett!!! Riley Brock Beckett was born just
before Thanksgiving!! More details are forthcoming!
The February Membership Meeting
will take place at the Omar Shrine Temple on Thursday, 13 February
2003. Social Time is at 1830. Dinner will begin at 1900. The cost
for the dinner will be $12.00 per person. The guest speaker this
month will expound upon the Cape Romain Lighthouse and the town
of McClellanville. Come and have a great time!!
Due to past situations, there
is a slight change to the charges for the Dinner Meetings for
this year. There will be a deadline posted for every meeting in
the "Log." Those people who make reservations will pay
the published price. Barring an emergency, people who made reservations
will still be required to pay for the dinner if they do not attend.
Also, those people who attend the dinner without making reservations
will pay an added surcharge of $3.00 per person.
The February Cruise will be to
the Cape Romain Lighthouse outside of McClellanville Friday, 21
February, through Sunday, 23 February 2003. Accommodations for
dock slips can be made with Leland Marina. There will be a "potluck"
on the dock & different boats on Friday evening. Boats will
be departing Saturday morning for the tour of the Cape Romain
Lighthouse. After returning to dock, there is free time to explore
the beautiful town of McClellanville. An Oyster Roast is scheduled
for that Saturday evening at The Crab Pot Restaurant. Sunday morning,
people will leave at their own pace to return to homeport. More
details are printed elsewhere in this "Log" by Lt Joyce
Wichmann, the Cruise Captain. This cruise has been a tremendous
"memory maker" for members in years past. You need to
attend just to experience the true spirit of camaraderie within
the Charleston Power Squadron.
As I will most likely be out of
commission for a few weeks in February, Lt John VanWay will be
my "stand-in" for the meetings. To make reservations
for the February Membership Meeting, please contact John at (843)
849-7130 or via e-mail at email@example.com
with your reservations prior to Monday, 10 February 2003, as a
headcount is required for this meal. Please contact Lt Joyce Wichmann
at (843) 795-9172, at (843) 795-2100, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
to attend the Cape Romain Lighthouse tour, as well as to make
reservations for the Oyster Roast that evening at The Crab Pot
Restaurant prior to Tuesday, 18 February 2003 (unless stated otherwise
within her article in this "Log").
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 email@example.com.
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Greetings everyone! I hope everyone
has enjoyed a great Holiday Season with friends and family. Things
have been a little slow for our Squadron over the December time
period, but now we look forward to another wonderful boating season.
If you have not been involved in the Cooper River oil spill
consider yourself lucky. Those that have understand from where
I speak. It's been three months now and boats are beginning to
reappear on the river. Over 150 boats had contamination from the
2,500- gallon oil spill and have been towed to various Charleston
area boatyards. Although it was slow in coming, I'm happy to report
that the Evergreen Shipping Company has been there to compensate
the oil soaked mariners. They have been very accommodating in
their efforts to accept the responsibility to the boating community.
As of December boats began showing back up in their slips on
the Cooper River. This is not to say that everything is ship shape
again but we are moving in the right direction. The number of
boats and the amount of work still over taxes area boatyards.
If you are considering having some work done to your boat, I might
suggest that you contact your boatyard as to when they will be
able to do your work. Things are still backed up due to the number
of boats that came to them all at one time. Evergreen continues
to work with the area boaters and service providers to put things
back to normal or better. Even though it's been a long empty fall
sailing season, I look forward to seeing you fellow boaters back
out on the water again soon.
Work continues on the mailing list updates for the 2003 Squadron
Directory with the help of Lt John VanWay. I hope to have something
published very soon.
CHARLESTON POWER SQUADRON
Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday,
5 December 2002
Cdr. Vince Lombardo called the meeting to order at 1930 at
the Headquarters Building. Those in attendance were: 1st/Lt Corrin
Marinko, Lt Dick Finn, Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, Cdr Vince Lombardo,
P/C Hil Winters, Wendy Walsh, Lt Nelson Hicks, Lt/C Ed Kridler,
P/Lt/C Cynthia Kridler, PC Billy Lynes, P/Lt/C Martin Gipe, P/C
Harry Gindhart, Lt John VanWay, Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, Caitlyn
Yeomans, Lt Terry Marinko, P/C Dave O'Hanian, P/D/C Ken Beeber,
Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen.
The minutes of the previous Executive Committee were accepted.
A quorum was established.
Educational: Per Lt Mike Hamme: The training class schedule
is now in place for the 2003 season, it is a very busy schedule.
There will be 3 series of advanced grade classes being held in
the upcoming year.
Executive: Per Lt/R/C Edwin Kridler: The boat show at North
Charleston Coliseum is scheduled for 30 January through 2 February
2003. We are making arrangements to have a booth at the show.
P/Lt/C Martin Gipe will be seeking help to man our booth. Tentative
plans set for 15 February as a cooperative charting workshop.
Also planning a geodetic marker hunt in conjunction with the Hornick
Cruise in March. The Charleston Cruising Club has been invited
to join us at the Hornick Cruise.
Nation Safe Boating Week is scheduled for 17 - 23 May 2003.The
theme for 2003 campaign is "BOAT SMART.BOAT SAFE.WEAR IT!"
The wear it refers to life preservers. As part of our public relations
campaign, we plan to distribute the USPS "Boating Course
Brochures" to boat dealer in the area. Also asking marine
stores to allow us to have the brochures available for the public.
Administrative: Per Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans: The 9th of January
members meeting will be held at Squadron Headquarters. The Cape
Romain Cruise will be February 21 -23 2003. A cruise survey is
being circulated and we ask that everyone take the time to fill
it out and send it in to David Walsh. Operations training course
is being scheduled for January.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Lorette Lombardo: Last report for 2002,
Total cash assets $10,340.77 Building fund $3279.17. Our Headquarters
Building insurance has gone up again for this year; the question
was raised, "do we want to shop around for a possible lower
rate" with another company?
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: The Charleston Power Squadron
portion of the District 26 Roster has been completed and submitted
to D/Lt/C Richard Erler. The local Charleston Power Squadron member's
directory is in the final stages and should be completed by the
next ExCom. Meeting.
Commander: Per Cdr Vince Lombardo: Stated he will be unavailable
for the January 10th get to know your Bridge meeting, he will
be out of town. Vince has completed a letter to National Organization
about them controlling the collection of due and assignment of
funds. This letter was accepted by the members at this ExCom.
Meeting and will be delivered to the proper offices as soon as
possible. The letter states our opposition to National controlling
the money of the local squadrons.
Old Business: Lt John VanWay asked that everyone please fill
out there Cruise survey forms and return them to Lt David Walsh.
No matter if you have an interest in the cruises or not, they
still need your feedback.
P/Lt/C Cynthia Kridler advised that the squadron bylaws are
closer to being accepted.
New Business: Lt/C Loretta Lombardo reminded everyone to bring
a gift for exchange to the Christmas party, value between $10.00
Cdr Vince Lombardo stated that Lt/C Ed Kridler will be attending
the National Conference and will submit the Teaching Aids. Vince,
Loretta, Cindy, Ed and Steve Yoemans intend to attend the National
Conference in Orlando.
Lt Nelson Hicks asked that all information for the February
Palmetto Log be to him in on or before the 11th of January as
he will be out of town after that.
The meeting adjourned at 2010.
Executive Committee Meeting - Thursday, 9 January 2003
Lt/C. Ed Kridler called the meeting to order at 1804 at the
Headquarters Building. A quorum was established. Those in attendance
were: Lt/C Steve Kromer, Janice Kromer, Lt/C Loretta Lombardo,
Lt Nelson Hicks, Lt/C Ed Kridler, PC Billy Lynes, Lt John VanWay,
Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen, .Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, Lt Mike Hamme,
Lt Terry Marinko, P/D/Lt/C James Page.
Educational: Per Lt/C Steve Kromer: There are two Boat Smart
Courses set up for the month of February, the first to be held
at Ion community and the second will be at 2nd Presbyterian Church
Executive: Per Lt/R/C Edwin Kridler: The Charleston Boat Show
will be held at the North Charleston Convention Center January
30 - February 2. CPS will share a booth with the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
A Cooperative Charting seminar will be held at the Squadron Building
on the 8th of March. Public Relations, we plan to ask marine dealer
to include information on the Boating Course and the Boat Smart
Course. This information will include a contact point for the
Administrative: Per Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans & Lt John VanWay:
Cruising interest survey has been completed. The 2003 Cruise schedule
is still in the tentative stages but should be refined and published
shortly. We are looking at some possible beach sweep and, or beach
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Lorette Lombardo: We remain solvent. It
looks as if we may be loosing the Church group that rents our
headquarters in the near future.
Secretary: Per Lt/C Bob Gulbrandsen: Work continues on the
2003 Members Directory, with the help of Lt John VanWay it looks
as if we should have it in print by the next squadron meeting.
Commander: CDR Vince Lombardo: Was not in attendance due to
a prior commitment.
Old Business: Janice Kromer said that we had not been awarded
the grant that we were seeking for the educational department.
New Business: Lt John VanWay suggested that we look into the
problem of lighting on the driveway side of the headquarters building.
The suggestion to add a motion detector light for the safety of
our members was posed. Lt/C Ed Kridler motioned that the problem
be turned over to the building committee, and P/C Steve Yeomans
would be looking into the suggestion.
The meeting adjourned at 1842.
Lt Kirk Williams
PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFD)
o Always look for the Coast Guard approval number on any PFD you
o Try on your PFD to see if it fits comfortably snug. Then test
it in shallow water to see how it handles. To check the buoyancy
of your PFD in the water, relax your body and let your head tilt
back. Your PFD should keep your chin above water, and you should
be able to breathe easily.
o PFDs on athletic builds will rarely "ride up" when
in the water. But if your mid-section is bigger than your chest,
you may find that your PFD tends to float up under your chin.
If this is the case, make sure this condition does not compromise
the performance of the PFD, and if it does, look for a model or
size that does not.
o Be aware that your PFD may not act the same in swift or rough
water as it does in calm water.
o Never alter your PFD. If yours doesn't fit, get one that does.
o Don't put heavy objects on your PFD or use it for a kneeling
pad or boat fender. PFDs lose buoyancy when crushed.
o Assign life jackets to each passenger, and make sure they fit,
the straps are secure and adjusted properly, and are readily accessible
to that person should the need arise. Do this before you depart.
It's too late when you're in the water.
o Coast Guard approved inflatable PFDs are only approved for use
by those over 16 years of age, and are not recommended for non-swimmers.
They are not approved for personnel watercraft operation, either.
o Having CG approved PFDs aboard for each passenger isn't enough.
They should be the right size for those passengers, and must be
"readily accessible". That means they should be within
easy reach of you and your passengers so they can be donned in
a hurry should an emergency arise. We've seen too many life jackets
still sealed in plastic, tucked nicely out of sight in some obscure
compartment or locker. Get them out in the open and within reach!
o Check your PFDs frequently for grease or rot. Pull on the straps
with force, and if the strap tears off or pulls a seam, consider
yourself lucky that it did it in your hands rather than on the
torso of your son or daughter. Check your PFD for rips, tears
or holes, mildew, shrinkage, or water logging.
o There's no excuse for not having life jackets on small children
when boating. They can't make those decisions for themselves,
and depend on you for their safety. Little kids can be over the
side in a heart beat, so fit them out with a PFD, and remind them
that the Coast Guard guys wouldn't think of going out on the water
without them on. They'll think that's cool.
o Teach your children how to relax their arms and legs in the
water, so that if they fall in, the PFD will keep them afloat
in a "face up" position. If a child panics when they
take a sudden fall into the water, they'll thrash around. In those
cases, a PFD may not keep them face up.
o When retrieving someone from the water, tie a length of polypropylene
line to your type IV throwable PFD. For one thing, someone in
the water who is a little stressed anyway will feel more confident
knowing you're at the end of a line with him or her at the other
end. Secondly, if you throw it to someone and MISS, you can quickly
retrieve the device and try again.
o Choose life jackets with bright colors, preferably orange or
red. If your child wants a black one with Barney on it and promises
to wear it, that's still better than having none. But if you boat
in conditions where someone may need to see you in the water,
you'll want to be as visible as possible.
o PFDs that are labeled as "Type V" must be worn to
be counted toward the minimum PFD onboard requirements.
o Some state require that PFDs be worn while aboard the vessel,
and those laws are usually age-specific. Be sure and check with
YOUR local agencies to make sure you're operating your boat within
From Commander Bob's Boating Safety
Grant Activity Article
by Janice Kromer
Disappointing news everyone -
The Charleston Power Squadron's First Responders Project was not
selected as a grant recipient. Apparently, BOAT US is more interested
in projects that advertise the organization rather than provide
a service. In addition, I was told that although grants of up
to $5,000 are awarded, BOAT US prefers to give several organization
smaller grants than a large grant to one organization. (We had
requested $4,800). But we are still committed to training the
area's First Responders. To accomplish this, we need volunteers
to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and an oral presentation
on: Water Rescue, Navigation in Limited Visibility Conditions,
and Fighting Fires on Boats. Volunteers, please contact me at
821-1861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And again, thank you to the entire committee for all of their
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