VOLUME 54 OCTOBER 2001 NUMBER 8
From the Commander
Cdr William (Billy) H. Lynes, AP
As I am writing this, the tragic
events of 11 September are on my mind. The President of the United
States has said that America is being tested and that we will
pass the test. He has no crystal ball to predict the future yet
makes this statement with all the confidence in the world. Because,
I believe, he has confidence in the American people, confidence
in our elected officials, our community leaders and our Armed
In this fast paced world things can certainly change quickly.
Unfortunately, some of these fast changes are tragic. I share
the President's confidence in our people because I have experienced
what our members can do when taking life's test. The United States
Power Squadrons have traditionally been at the ready to help with
civic service. Civic service is one side of our USPS triangle.
For a local example of civic service leadership, review our squadron
year and how our members have met every challenge. Yes, we have
passed the test.
I have no crystal ball to predict the future but I will say
with all the confidence in the world that if you participate in
some of this month's District 26 family oriented activities hosted
by Charleston Power Squadron you will see some of our future leaders.
And these future leaders will be tested also. And they will pass
the test. This I know. God bless America.
Lt/C Steve Rawe, N
The squadron educational courses for this
fall have commenced. Dick Finn, AP has his usual strong contingent
of members participating in the Engine Maintenance course. This
continues to be the squadron's most popular course. P/C Harry
Gindhart, SN has assumed John Van Way's, SN mentorship for the
very popular Piloting course. John has done an outstanding job
in the past and is now the editor of The Palmetto Log.
R/C Ed Kridler, SN continues to
provide excellent instruction for Junior Navigation. His current
class of squadron members is the highest in recent memory. Steve
Brueske continues to teach one of the most difficult of the elective
courses, Weather. Each year the enrollment in his class increases.
For the first time in three years
an Advanced Piloting course is being taught in the fall. P/D/C
Ken Beeber, SN has returned to a very active role in our educational
courses after devoting many successful years in our district leadership.
As you will recall, Glenn Workman, SN unselfishly agreed to teach
the AP course in the spring to provide continuity for those members
who had successfully completed the fall Piloting course. Glenn
will continue to teach this course in the spring. Mike King, AP
is instructing a cadre of new squadron members in the Seamanship
course. His instruction is very practical and highly enjoyable.
No doubt that this is the result of many years of actual marine
experience and not those of an armchair admiral.
For the year of 2000-2001, the following squadron members have
devoted countless hours in the preparation and instruction of
our educational courses: Lt John Patten, SN; P/C Mike Page, P;
Lt Mike King, AP; Lt Glenn Workman, SN; RC Ed Kridler, SN; Lt/C
Steve Rawe, SN; Richard Finn, AP; Steve Brueske; Gene Gilfillin,
SN; P/C Peggy Bauer, AP; Lt John VanWay, SN; and Bob Lovinger.
Most of these courses have a duration of instruction of 5 weeks
or more and up to 2 hours at each session. This does not include
the extra hours that are provided outside the classroom for individual
tutoring. The JN and N courses are interminable.
The Charleston Power Squadron
has always been fortunate in having members who provide outstanding
instructorship and give freely of their time. There is simply
no way to truly calculate the number of hours that are given in
this endeavor. This list will serve as the nominees for merit
marks for the year 2000-2001. If I have unintentionally omitted
any squadron member from this list, please contact me. Assistant
SEO, Carol Pelow, AP will submit another list of those members
who participated in the Boating and Boat Smart Courses. Not surprisingly,
many of the above listed members devoted their time to these courses
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C J. Stephen Yeomans, P
Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P
SET FOR 17 NOVEMBER 2001
Picture a crisp fall morning on the water.
Your mission is to assist NOAA by reporting changes observed in
the area assigned to CPS for the Adopt-a-Chart program. You have
a lot to look forward to today: You and your fellow mariners will
take soundings, observe charted and uncharted objects that would
help guide other sailors, and note any hazards to navigation in
our waterways. Later, you will be debriefed for the preparation
of reports to NOAA of your findings. In the evening, you and your
family will go to James Island for steamed shrimp and oysters
with all the fixin's. Bring your own choice beverage. There will
be ice and mixers available at the soiree. Sound enticing? Simply
sign up to participate in this year's cooperative charting outing.
Call Mike Page at 762-7576 to let me know you will be joining
There are already five boats committed
to the outing with three others considering. I expect there will
be ten to twelve boats overall. Each craft will need a crew of
at least three and preferably four or five to handle soundings.
Squadron members and friends who are not captains will be assigned
to boats as coop charting crewmembers.
There will be a brief captains'
meeting at headquarters on Friday evening, 16 November 2001. Each
captain and crew will be given a chart section and an assignment
for the next day's charting. Final boat assignments will be arranged
for crewmembers and a rendezvous point will be chosen for getting
together on the water the following day.
This is a particularly good opportunity
for new members to see the squadron actively carrying out its
community service commitment. It is also your opportunity to obtain
a merit mark recommendation from our Squadron Commander. Now for
the kicker! It's just plain fun to work as a team on the water
in a cooperative charting expedition.
Lt/C "Cat" Yeomans, P
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK
Our meeting on 11 October will
be held at the clubhouse and feature a Harvest Pot Luck dinner
(think comfort food - baked beans, pumpkin pie, autumn squash...).
This time we'll ask you to bring an item as follows: If your last
name begins with A - F, please bring a starch item (maybe twice
baked potatoes, stuffing); G-L a dessert, M-R vegetable, S-Z salad
(cranberry would be good with turkey). We're going to have roast
turkey as the centerpiece of the meal and will ask that you contribute
$5.00 to cover costs. If you choose to come without a food item,
plan to spend $8.00 per person.
Our program will be a talk by the local TV weatherman, Bill
Walsh. Due to his time constraints, we need to begin to eat promptly
at 1900 and will listen to Bill as we chew. We are confident he'll
be a lively and interesting speaker.
R/C Ed Kridler, SN
FALL GOVERNING BOARD
The 2001 Fall Governing Board Meeting and
related activities were held in Little Rock 7-10 September, with
the meeting itself held on 9 September.
There were a number of revisions
to the USPS Bylaws approved by the GB, including:
-Squadrons and Districts may now
elect as Assistant Administrative Officer, if desired, to serve
with the rank of first lieutenant or district first lieutenant.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING
-Departmental committees established by the GB are now authorized
to have one or more assistants to the committee chairman, each
serving with the rank of staff commander.
As you are probably aware, the various departments of USPS are
in the process of reorganizing. An announcement of the reorganized
structure of the Educational Department was made at both the Open
Department Meeting and the GB Meeting. There will be 10 committees
in the Department compared to the present 17 committees. The major
goals of the reorganization are to improve efficiency, improve
communications, and simplify departmental management.
America's Boating Course, a basic boating safety course prepared
jointly by USPS and the Coast Guard Auxiliary, is being distributed.
The course manual comes wrapped and includes a CD with material
complementing the manual. This is the course that is available
on-line. Squadrons and Flotillas will have the opportunity of
giving course exams and collecting a fee for so doing. The successful
completion of a proctored exam in this course meets the requirements
for USPS membership. Each SEO will be receiving a copy of the
We all witnessed a sad series of events on 11 September. Our hearts
go out to those who were injured or who lost loved ones on that
tragic day. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
NOMINATIONS FOR THE YEAR 2001-2002
In accordance with Squadron Bylaws,
Article XI, Nominations, Elections and Voting, the Squadron Nominating
Committee places in nomination the following members for the Year
2001-2002. If elected, they will serve until the Change of Watch
in the fall of 2002.
Cdr Steven J. Yeomans, P
Lt/C J. Vincent Lombardo, S
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, AP
Lt/C Harold Lee Mims III
Lt/C Charlotte F. Yeomans, P
Lt/C Loretta Lombardo
Assistant Squadron Educational Officer
lst/Lt John H. Patten, SN
1st/Lt Barbara B. Weaver, AP
1st/Lt Michael Lampkins, S
Members of the Executive Committee
Lt John VanWay, SN
Lt Mike King, AP
P/C William "Billy" Lynes, AP
Lt Richard Finn, AP
Members of the Rules Committee
1 Yr* Lt Terry Marinko, AP Chair
2 Yr* Lt. Martin Gipe, SN
3 Yr P/C David O'Hanian, SN
Members of the Audit Committee
1 Yr* Lt Terry Marinko, AP Chair
2 Yr* Lt Larry Lantz, P
3 Yr Lt Cindy Kridler, AP
Members of the Housing Committee
1 Yr* Lt Alice Harp, P Chair
2 Yr* Lt Stephen Kromer, AP
3 Yr Lt Becky Boyd
Members of the Nominating Committee
1 Yr* P/C Merellene Ward, JN Chair
2 Yr* P/C Tony Ward, AP
3 Yr To be nominated from the floor
Additionally, in accordance with
Article XI, other nominations may be made by written petition,
signed by at least five (5) Active Members in good standing, and
filed with the Secretary at least fifteen (15) days before the
date of the election at the Annual Meeting on 11 November 2001.
(* Indicates carry-over from previous election of multiple years
and does not require election.)
P/C Merellene Ward, JN
P/C Tony Ward, AP
ANNUAL OYSTER ROAST
125 Riverland Drive-James
Fires will be lit off, starting at l700
(5pm) or two bells. Knives will be allowed but no firearms except
for emergency flare pistols. Women and children are welcome. All
attractive ladies under the age of seventy will be requested to
wear bikinis, and no gnats or mosquitoes are allowed. Gentlemen
are expected to wear suitable attire, however no neckties will
be tolerated, and men with unsightly legs will be requested to
keep them covered at all times. Loose dogs will be thrown overboard
as will any rowdy guests, unless they are heavily armed.
For those unfortunate souls not
able to enjoy OYSTERS there will be hot dogs (not the four-legged
variety) and hamburgers cooked on the old grill outside, or in
the garage in case of rain. The squadron will have the usual cash
bar on hand, and the cost per person, children excluded, will
There is a handy rest facility
in the rear of the garage for men and boys, however in the event
of crowding you always go in the bushes. Ladies will be allowed
in the house, either in the library or upstairs on the second
floor. In the event of crowding there is another facility on the
third floor where a shower may be utilized as necessary, especially
if you've been bogging around in the mud. Boats may tie up at
the dock on a first come first served basis with rates very reasonable,
however any vessel scratching or denting the MOBJACK will be severely
fined and boating privileges will be restricted to the bath-tub.
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