VOLUME 55 NOVEMBER 2002 NUMBER 9
From the Commander
Stephen Yeomans, P
If I were Bob Hope, this would be the occasion
to start singing "Thanks For the Memories". It is amazing
how fast a year can go by, but it's also amazing how much fun
you can have in that year. It has been an honor to represent the
Charleston Power Squadron as Commander, as well as to work with
dedicated members who strive to make our organization the best
it can be. Special thanks are due to the members of my Bridge:
Lt/C Stephen Kromer, Lt/C Vince Lombardo, Lt/C Lee Mims, Lt/C
Loretta Lombardo, and especially my wife, Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans.
Thanks also to the Commander's Staff: Flag Lieutenant P/R/C Ed
Kridler, Chaplain Lt Bob Lovinger, Merit Marks Chairman P/C Hil
Winters, Grants Chairman Lt Janice Kromer, and Commander's Aides:
P/D/Lt/C Mike Page, P/C Dave O'Hanian, and P/C Harry Gindhart.
Thanks also to Members at Large: Lt John VanWay, Lt Mike King,
Lt Dick Finn, and Lt Corrin Marinko. All of these wonderful people
have helped to make 2002 another successful squadron year, and
I am truly in their debt. They are a perfect example of the "Excited
Determination" I spoke of a year ago at the 2001 Change of
Watch, and the squadron has been fortunate to have them serve.
I would also like to thank the
many members whom, throughout the year, have helped to make the
Charleston Power Squadron the great organization it is in so many
different ways. From manning the boat show booth to running our
hospitality counter; from teaching our boating courses to helping
clean up the headquarters building after meetings; from lending
a hand at our clean-up day to working on Beach Sweep / River Sweep;
from organizing a cruise to serving on one of our standing committees,
it is the members of this boating club that truly makes the difference!
The cruise to Bohicket Marina
is scheduled for 8-10 November (Friday - Sunday). Lt Janice Kromer
and Lt/C Steve Kromer will host a potluck supper Friday evening
aboard No Sense, and a dinner at The Privateer restaurant is being
arranged for Saturday evening. The Bohicket cruise is always one
of our best-attended cruises, partly due to the fact that it's
a great short-cruise destination from Charleston. The marina facilities
are first rate, and this year (due to rescheduling) the summer
heat won't be an issue. Come on out and join us! For more information,
contact Lt Janice Kromer.
The Charleston Power Squadron
Change of Watch will be held at the Point Grill in Mt Pleasant
on 2 November (Saturday). Cocktails will begin at 1800, dinner
will be served at 1830, and the meeting will begin promptly at
1915. Cost is $21.00 per person. Uniform A or Blazer is recommended.
Our own D/C Marge Schulte, SN will be on hand to preside over
the meeting. The Change of Watch is a fun time every year. Come
out and support your new Squadron Bridge!
See you there! Steve
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
Well, it has been a slow month. Fall classes
are underway. Spring classes are in the planning stage. About
the only thing we know at this point is that both Piloting and
Advanced Piloting will be offered in the spring. Dates and times
for these courses are yet to be determined. By next month's edition
of The Palmetto Log we will have the complete schedule available.
A Boat Smart class has been scheduled
for 16 November& 23 November in Summerville. On each of those
days the session will begin at 0900 and run through 1300. The
location will be:
Tele-Tech Services Building
500 Oakbrook Lane
Summerville, SC 29485
For next year, we have prepared
a preliminary schedule for public boating classes. Plans call
for the first public boating class to be in February. Then we
will alternate between Boat Smart and The Squadron Boating Course,
every other month. If we can pull this off, we will do a total
of six public boating courses next year.
That brings me to one of the two
important things that I would like to discuss this month:
First, we sure could use some
help. Anyone who is willing to volunteer time to help set up,
administer or instruct in any of the classes, please email me
or call me at 843-821-1861. Instructors for Boat Smart and The
Squadron Boating Course are going to be in short supply. Also
we plan on offering multiple Seamanship, Piloting and Advanced
Piloting courses during the year. We really could use some additional
instructors for these courses so we don't burden the same people
time after time. I'm also sure that Ed Kridler could use some
help with JN & N if anyone would like to teach those courses.
In terms of the elective courses, we might be able to offer Marine
Electronics and Engine Maintenance more than once a year if we
had additional instructors. Keep in mind that the only requirement
for instructing is that you have completed the course you are
going to instruct. In the case of Boat Smart and The Squadron
Boating Course, all you have to have completed is Seamanship.
If you have the skills to teach a course but not the experience
in instructing, we have a great course that will teach you how
to run a course and the Instructor Qualification course is free
(the only one that is).
Second, Janice Kromer has started
a program to train first responders to on-the-water emergencies.
We are presently working with the Mt Pleasant Fire Department
to work on the course structure. Janice has summarized our work
to date below, if you would like to join this committee or if
you can help in any way with this, please contact me by email
or by phone at 843-821-1861.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P
It is the end of another year,
and the beginning of a new one. I would like to take this chance
to thank everyone for his or her help and support throughout this
past year. It couldn't have been done without all of the members
that so willingly gave of their time. Everything we do together
takes a lot of teamwork and I think we have had a great team this
past year that, I am sure, will continue into the next year. Again,
I can't express enough thanks to all of you.
Now for the fun stuff. We will start the new squadron year
with the annual Christmas Party. This will be held at headquarters
on Friday, 6 December at 1930. The squadron will be providing
turkey and ham for the meal, at a cost of $5.00 per person to
cover our expenses. Please bring a holiday appetizer, side dish
We will also be exchanging gifts. To receive a gift, please
bring a gift, it does not have to be expensive. Try to stay in
the $10.00 to $15.00 range or less. There will also be door prizes
and, hopefully, fun for everyone.
If you plan on attending, please call Loretta Lombardo at 764-1844
or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
by 1 December, so we can have an idea of how much turkey and ham
Hope we will see everyone there. Vince Lombardo
Lt/C Lee Mims, AP
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
Hi, everyone! In my last article
as Secretary, I'd simply like to extend my thanks and gratitude
to everyone who has helped me over the course of the past three
To my husband, Cdr Steve Yeomans, who has stood steadfastly
by me offering assistance and advice whenever it was needed. (Of
course, to Caitlyn for keeping the meetings running as "orderly
and efficiently" as possible.)
To P/Lt/C Harry Darby and his wife, Nadine, for staying on
as Editor of The Palmetto Log in the beginning of my tenure and
then picking it back up after a brief hiatus. Harry has also been
wonderful as a photographer, and "THE" website guru.
He and Nadine have also stepped in as great general advisors when
needed. To P/C Larry Joye and Cindy Joye for giving Harry a break
from the "Log" for a time; also, for helping with the
call tree list. To Lt John VanWay and Donna Fleming who have continued
the tradition of the "Log" perfectly. They have stepped
in at any time whenever I've needed them for anything!
To 1st/Lt Barbara Weaver who has served well as my Assistant
Secretary, stepping in during my absences, as well as working
diligently on the call tree. To Amy Rustin who has been my most
faithful and steadfast volunteer involved in the call tree when
it is in full swing! To Juanita and Rick Steuer, Glenn and Mary
Workman, Larry and Polly Lanz, Vince and Loretta Lombardo, Bob
and Linda Johnson, Dan and Ellen Harbin, Erica Mims, and Wendy
and David Walsh who have also been of GREAT assistance with calling
the membership throughout the years. To Lt Janice Kromer for jumping
in full force to help with the 2002 Directory research to make
it as up-to-date as possible! To Wendy and David, also, along
with John Patten for taking some great photographs for both and
website and The Palmetto Log.
To P/C Fred Wichmann and Joyce Wichmann for working on the
squadron History and obtaining numerous photographs of our "missing"
Past Commanders for the Headquarters wall. To P/C Billy Lynes
who has undertaken the task of placing name placards on each Past
Commander photograph. He has also pitched in with the rather daunting
task of tracking down the remaining missing photographs.
To Lt Terry Marinko and 1st/Lt Corrin Marinko, P/R/C Ed Kridler
and P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler, and P/C Tony and P/C Boo Ward for stepping
in whenever and wherever needed; y'all have been quite wonderful!
To P/C Harry Gindhart for "cajoling" me into my current
position. He has also served wonderfully as an advisor around
election time and at any other time of need!
If there is anyone who has been involved in the previous three
years who somehow has slipped through the cracks, please forgive
me. I'm eternally thankful to each and every person of the membership
for helping the squadron continue its great tradition!!
See y'all at the Change of Watch!
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
Boating is a Family Affair
For those of us who regularly boat with family members aboard,
we're missing a golden opportunity if we don't involve each of
our family passengers in some sort of duty aboard the boat. Not
only does it become a process that is fun and educational, but
it also makes every trip from the pier or launch ramp a chance
to strengthen family ties through teamwork and shared responsibility.
I've always carried a "boat book" aboard my boat.
The book, really a loose leaf binder, contains the specs on the
boat, copies of the manufacturers booklets and brochures, some
charts I constructed on fuel usage and range, speed versus rpm,
a compass deviation table, a pre-underway checklist, important
phone numbers, and some other sundry information. When my daughter
was growing up, we assigned her a title (Cabin Girl) and some
shipboard responsibilities, and even had them included as part
of the "boat book." There also was a sheet for me (the
Captain, of course), and my wife, the First Mate. The fun part
was the formulation of the job descriptions. The educational part
was actually doing the tasks. For my daughter, participating in
the duties and responsibilities laid the foundation for her to
view the boat and the outing as something far more than just another
place to listen to her music.
And speaking of music, we even improvised a family sea chantey
when she was quite small, and as an adult, she still can remember
the words and tune. It went something like this:
"Oh, the cabin girl hauls the fenders,
And she coils the dock lines, too.
The First Mate keeps a watch out,
Cause sometimes it's a zoo.
But the Captain is the handsomest,
That was only a few lines of a much longer ditty, but it will
give you an idea of the magnificent quality of the composition.
The point is, I know families who just drag their kids out
on the boat because they have to bring them along and it's enough
that they sit down in the back of the boat and stay out of the
way. Show me that, and I'll show you kids that won't take part
in family outings for too much longer. And when they start making
excuses for not going with Mom and Dad in the boat, it's just
one more slice out of the family pie.
Here are some duties you can assign to one or more members
of your family that will give them a sense of importance and confidence,
and at the same time increase their knowledge and enjoyment of
boating. You'll have to decide whether the age of your crew, type
of boat, and type of boating you do will be compatible with these
-Review the pre-underway checklist with the rest of the crew.
This gives everybody on board a sense for what safety equipment
is on board, and where the equipment can be located quickly in
-Tend the dock lines and fenders, and stow them properly.
-Raise and lower the flag, ensign or burgee that you display aboard
-Be a lookout or watchstander.
-Maintain the log books records.
-Act as radio operator (with proper instruction on procedures
-Relieve the helmsman.
-Write a family sea chantey.
I'm sure you'll be able to think of lots more duties that apply
to your own boat and way of boating. And a few other suggestions.
Don't assign too much to any one individual. Too much is just
as bad as none at all when it comes to assignments. Make sure
the crew understands that the Captain will always be available
for support and assistance with their assigned tasks when needed.
But be careful about butting in at the first sign of trouble.
Unless there's a potentially dangerous situation brewing, let
them work it out.
So, on your next boat outing, whether it's a two-week ocean
cruise or a day on the lake or river, get everybody involved.
You'll be pleasantly surprised by your crew's prowess, and you'll
find out that boating can be more fun than ever as a family affair!
From Commander Bob's Boating Safety Handbook, www.commanderbob.com
CHARLESTON POWER SQUADRON
Annual Membership Business Meeting
Thursday, 10 October 2002
Cdr Steve Yeomans called the
meeting to order at 2032 at the Headquarters Building. Those present
were: P/C Scotty Jeter, Nadine Darby, P/Lt/C Harry Darby, Lt Janice
Kromer, Lt/C Steve Kromer, P/Lt/C Martin Gipe, 1st/Lt John Patten,
Bob Dodgens, Bob Gulbrandsen, P/C Boo Ward, P/C Tony Ward, Herb
Wendling, Faith Wendling, Kirk Williams, Diane Williams, Lt Michael
King, Joan King, Lt John VanWay, Donna Fleming, D/Lt/C Marge Schulte,
Glenn Workman, Mary Workman, Ruth Finn, Lt Dick Finn, P/Lt/C Cindy
Kridler, P/R/C Ed Kridler, Lt Corrin Marinko, P/C Fred Wichmann,
Joyce Wichmann, Lt Wendy Walsh, P/D/C Ken Beeber, P/C Billy Lynes,
Amy Rustin, Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, Commodore Ken Coker, and Lt/C
A quorum was present.
Educational: Per Lt/C Steve Kromer: His report is given in
The Palmetto Log. He does have flyers for the upcoming BoatSmart
Course to be held in Summerville on Saturday, 16 and 23 November.
Joan King volunteered that she might know of a contact with the
Dorchester Boat Club. She will let Lt/C Kromer know this week.
Executive: No report was given.
Administrative: Per Joyce Wichmann: The Oyster Roast at Toad
Hall will be held Saturday, 26 October at 1800. The cost per person
is $10.00 plus a side dish. There will be other meat there besides
oysters. Please bring your own oyster knife. They need to know
of people attending and of those who can help before, during,
and after the event.
Per Cdr Yeomans: The squadron Change of Watch Ceremony will
be held Saturday, 2 November 2002, at 1800 at the Pointe Grill
at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant.
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron is solvent.
Secretary: Per Lt John VanWay: The deadline for The Palmetto
Log articles is Friday, 11 October 2002. A replacement is still
needed for the position of Editor.
Commander: Per Cdr Yeomans: The facelift to the Headquarters
Building is still underway. Per P/C Fred Wichmann: "The building
has never looked as good now as it has since it was bought."
Cdr Yeomans announced that the Executive Committee would be
contacting all non-renewing members within the next few weeks
in an effort to re-generate interest.
P/C Hil Winters needs all Merit Mark information submitted
by Tuesday, 15 October 2002.
Cdr Yeomans reiterated information for the District Fall Conference
and Change of Watch to take place in Myrtle Beach 18-20 October
2002. D/26 will receive its first female District Commander which
is Charleston's own Marge Schulte.
P/C Tony Ward is making arrangements to be a guest speaker
on L. J. Wallace's radio show within the next two to three months.
Cdr Yeomans extended heartfelt gratitude to the membership
as a whole for allowing him the honor of representing them this
CHARLESTON POWER SQUADRON
Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, 3 October 2002
Cdr Steve Yeomans called the
meeting to order at 1930 at the Headquarters Building. Those present
were: 1st/Lt Corrin Marinko, P/C Fred Wichmann, Joyce Wichmann,
P/D/C Ken Beeber, Lt Dick Finn, Lt Janice Kromer, Lt/C Steve Kromer,
Lt/C Loretta Lombardo, Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P/D/C Bob Gissell,
P/C Billy Lynes, Steven Rustin, Lt Terry Marinko, P/R/C Ed Kridler,
P/Lt/C Cindy Kridler, Lt Michael King, Lt John VanWay, Caitlyn
Yeomans, and Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans
A quorum was established. The minutes from the previous Executive
Committee Meeting were accepted as presented.
Educational: Per Lt/C Steve Kromer: His report is given in The
Palmetto Log. Also, flyers are available to hand out for the upcoming
BoatSmart Course scheduled for Saturday, 16 and 23 November in
Executive: Per Lt/C Vince Lombardo: Presented information for
anyone interested in an article in The Post & Courier concerning
a ruling put forth from the Coast Guard. It has the possibility
of affecting the VSC Program. He will keep members posted on the
Administrative: Per Cdr Steve Yeomans: Annual Business Meeting
will be on Thursday, 10 October 2002. It will be a potluck dinner
with meat provided. The guest speaker will be Commodore Ken Coker
of the Cruising Club of Charleston.
Also, the October Cruise is an Oyster Roast at Toad Hall on
Saturday, 26 October 2002, at 1800. The Wichmann's need to have
a headcount in advance to know how many people will be in attendance
to order enough provisions for the event. It is also a potluck
and other meat will be available. The cost is $10.00 per person.
Steve Rustin and Lt Terry Marinko will cook the oysters. A list
of people is needed for set up by 1700 and breakdown after the
Treasurer: Per Lt/C Loretta Lombardo: The squadron is solvent.
Due to all of the recent Headquarters maintenance, the Maintenance
Fund for the Headquarters building is tight, but all is justified
and covered in the budget.
Secretary: Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans gave the floor to Lt John
VanWay: In order that members know the details for the squadron
Change of Watch ceremony, The Palmetto Log deadline has to be
Friday, 11 October 2002, so the newsletter can go to the printer
on Monday, 14 October. Also, the end of the year issue will be
a combined December/January issue. The December/January issue
is going to be Lt VanWay's last issue. This issue needs to be
sent to the printer by 13 November 2002. The issue will contain
all December events, January's Spring Course Schedule, and all
incoming Bridge Members' articles, also.
Commander: Per Cdr Steve Yeomans: He extended his personal
thanks to all those involved with the Headquarters clean up. He
also thanked P/C Billy Lynes for showing up on original date.
The facelift of the building is continuing with items such as
installing new flooring in the kitchen. Items such as running
water in the kitchen, a new microwave donated, and a new stove
donated have already been accomplished.
Cdr Yeomans announced that he has received official notification
from D/Lt/C Dick Erler in reference to the petition for placing
D/C Jim McVey on the ballot for the District Nominating Committee
at the District 26 Change of Watch coming up in Myrtle Beach.
There will be a secret ballot at the District Conference. P/D/C
Bob Gissell questioned if both sides of story were given when
the petition was handed out to be signed. Cdr Yeomans replied
in the affirmative; he also explained that the letter sent out
with the petition explained both as well. Discussion ensued.
Today's Useless Fact - "Red
sky by night, sailor's delight. Red sky by morning, sailor's take
warning." Is it true?
Variations of this ancient saying turn up in Shakespeare and
even in the Gospel of Matthew. Some meteorologists have estimated
that the "night" part of the proverb can be as much
as 70 percent accurate in forecasting rain-not bad, as folk wisdom
goes, but not good enough to drive the Weather Channel off the
air. There's no consensus on why it works as well as it does,
but here's the basic concept: Sunlight comes to us through more
miles of the atmosphere at dawn and dusk than at other times of
day. When the sky is clear, the atmosphere scatters the light
at the blue end of the spectrum, leaving mostly red. But if the
light passes through larger particles, such as water droplets,
you tend to get paler light. A ruddy sky at sunset, then, can
indicate that there is little moisture in the upper atmosphere
west of you, where tomorrow's weather generally comes from-and
skies are in the forecast. It might also be a situation, say some
meteorologists, in which the setting sun is simply reflecting
off the underside of clouds on the eastern horizon, which suggests
that rainy weather has already moved beyond you. The second part
of the proverb is the subject of endless speculation among professional
meteorologists. More importantly, it isn't the least bit reliable.
So when morning comes, sailor, don't even bother looking for red
in the sky: you'd do just as well to flip a coin.
~Source used: Why Moths Hate Thomas Edison by Hampton Sides
Today's Useless Fact
- How come you can see through glass? #2
To understand this, you need to know another weird fact: Glass
is not "a solid". It's just a very thick liquid, like
extra-hard Jell-O. Don't believe me? Go find a window, now wait
one billion years. See what I mean? The glass has flowed out of
the window frame and gotten all over the carpet. Actually, a lot
of times you don't even have to wait one billion years. You may
notice that very old windows often are thicker on the bottom than
the top. That's because the glass has oozed downhill over the
years. Basically, you can see through glass for the same reason
you can see through any liquid, such as water. The molecules are
so loosely spaced they don't block the light. What's more, there's
very little in glass to reflect light, as in metals; to bend it,
as in crystals; or to absorb it. So the light just zips right
P.S. To clarify, light does bend slightly when it passes from
air to glass, and from glass back to air. That's what makes eyeglasses
~Source used: Know It All by Ed Zotti
The Bohicket Cruise
The Bohicket Cruise will be Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, 8, 9 & 10 November. We will be staying
at Bohicket Marina - 768-1280. Make your reservations soon! On
Friday night, there will be a pot luck dinner aboard "No
Sense" - Slip F8. Saturday evening we will be having a group
dinner at The Privateer Restaurant at 1900. The Privateer offers
Boat/US® members a discount of 20% off of food. Come out and
join us for this great weekend. If you can't participate in the
actual cruise, drive down to Bohicket and enjoy the pot luck dinner
or The Privateer. If you haven't signed up for the cruise or either
of the dinners, please contact Janice Kromer, Cruise Captain,
821-1861 - email@example.com.
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