VOLUME 56 OCTOBER 2003 NUMBER 8
P/C "Hil" Winters, 88 years of age, passed away on 1
September 2003 at a local nursing home. "Hil" was born
in Chicago, IL on 9 March 1915. He was a veteran of both WWII
and the Korean War. Serving in the US Air Force and the US Marines.
In the USPS P/C Winters was a Past Commander, held
the grade of SN and was a Lifetime member. He had been awarded
41 Merit mark in his association with the squadron.
From the Commander
Where do they go? In case you
haven't noticed, the Squadron Year is fast drawing to a close.
Where are all the folks who wanted different types of cruises
and meetings? Some have been coming to meetings, but the cruise
attendance has been somewhat disappointing. All the best efforts
of the Committee Chairpersons do nothing to increase attendance
if folks do not make the effort to come out. These people have
put in a tremendous effort in creating different options for different
people and all have been based on what people said they wanted.
It's now up to those who said they wanted choices to show their
appreciation for these efforts by being there. 'NUFF SAID
Many things are coming up in short order: The 3 October reception
for Shallotte River Squadron at Charleston Harbor Marina; the
Fall Conference and District Change of Watch in North Myrtle Beach
on 17-19 October; our own Annual Meeting at Headquarters on 9
October and our Change of Watch Meeting on 8 November at the Oaks
Country Club in Goose Creek. Make plans now. Contact me or any
Bridge Officer for information and join the fun.
River and Beach Sweep is coming up and details will be forthcoming.
Headquarters clean up. It's that time again and the date of 1
November has been chosen. Many folks are needed to assist in this
project. Lawn care, shrub pruning, building washing (inside and
out), dusting, vacuuming, edging, trimming, are all tasks requiring
our attention. If it is done on a house or business property it
needs to be done for our building. If you are still looking for
something to be involved in, make it this project. It is only
one day and is a great way to show your support. "Many hands
make light work"
Others will be posting articles on much of what I have covered,
PLEASE read these and offer your help, come out and participate
and be a real part of the best squadron in USPS!!
Looking forward to seeing you all,
Lt/C Stephen C. Kromer, P
By the time you get this, the fall classes
will have started. At this point it appears that we will have
the largest JN class since I joined thesquadron and since Ed Kridler,
SN has been teaching it. If everyone who says they are going to
take the course shows up, we should have eight students.
We are also starting a Boat Smart
class, at headquarters, on 23 September. At this point we have
18 people who have signed up for this course that is the largest
number in 2 years. I don't know whether this is because the economy
is improving or that people prefer having the class on weekday
evenings. Either way, I'll take it.
For the Piloting class that we
are starting on 15 September, we are going to run two on-the-water-training
sessions. The first will be to build a compass deviation table,
and it will be held on 11 Oct. If you have never done a compass
deviation table for your boat, join us for what should be fun
and educational. Spaces are limited and the Piloting class gets
first call on space but we should be able to accommodate 4-6 additional
people. Give a call or drop me an email if you are interested
in joining us.
The second on-the-water-training
will be held the same weekend as the Bohicket Cruise. What we
are planning is a Piloting exercise on 15 Nov. This should be
a great day. After the piloting exercise we'll also all get together
for dinner. So if you want to brush up on your piloting skills,
sign up by calling me or sending an email to email@example.com.
That is about all for this month,
see y'all soon.
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
Lt/C Charlotte Yeomans, P
At times, it is said that when
something is ending, the momentum is diminishing. With the squadron,
it the opposite, though, our squadron business year is drawing
rather quickly to a close, but that means that the momentum is
just picking up.
Looking ahead at October with Shallotte River Hospitality the
first weekend; D/26 Change of Watch in North Myrtle Beach the
third weekend; and the annual Toad Hall oyster roast the last
weekend, the squadron's calendar is filling up quickly. Remember,
everyone, the Change of Watch is on 8 November instead of Halloween
so go have fun with all that candy and treats! Following the Change
of Watch will be our Holiday Party in December. If I do not hear
any different cost-effective suggestions from anyone, the party
will take place at headquarters as in years past; there will be
a few items that will be different, but the place will remain
the same. Please let me know if there is any problem with this
Please, everyone, think of what you will help out with on this
upcoming year's committees and activities. The squadron has many
openings in many different departments that will need to be filled
before the New Year really kicks into gear. If you don't know
what you want to do, take a peek at the Squadron Job Descriptions
that the Bridge Officers have - that should help with decisions,
Everyone who is interested in participating in a Saturday course
on First Aid and CPR, please contact me. It will take place during
the winter months of this upcoming year; the course will be all
day with a lunch provided. I truly need to know if there is an
interest within the membership before scheduling this event to
please let me know. Thank you!
And, again, I still would like to start using the two CPS Booths
constructed by P/D/C Ken Beeber and Lt Dick Finn last year at
the various marine facilities in the Tri-County area. Would anyone
interested in assisting with the transport, set-up/break-down,
and manning of the booths please contact me? They would only be
manned during peak times, but would need to be supplied with pamphlets
from time to time and, also, transported from site to site and
Fore any more information on anything mentioned in this article,
or anything else, please feel free to contact me at (843) 875-0510,
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lt/C Janice Kromer
The September member's tour of
boats at the Coast Guard station was well attended and enjoyed
by all of us. Forty-two of our members participated, and we broke
into three smaller groups to board many of the different types
of boats used by the Coast Guard. Dan Cowley was our host, and
he was very entertaining with his stories of weekend boat sitters
and saving lighthouses. Dan also had a goodie bag for each of
us that contained very informative booklets about boating.
The October meeting will be held on 9 October. We'll be doing
our annual election of officers and adoption of the budget. Joyce
and Fred Wichmann will again host the annual Oyster Roast at their
home, Toad Hall, on 25 October. Please see details on both these
events elsewhere in this issue.
The November members meeting will be our Change of Watch, and
details are given elsewhere in this newsletter. In December, we'll
be planning a Christmas party for y'all, and by next month's log,
I hope to have some plans in the works for January's meeting.
Lt/C Robert A. Gulbransen, S
Hello everyone! Well the dog
days of summer are coming to an end, and the really pleasant boating
weather is about to start. What a great time to come on out for
one of our squadron cruises, make some new friends and renew some
old ones. David Walsh has been hard at work, as our cruise officer,
trying to come up with new places and experiences. that I think
as a boater you will really enjoy. If you want to do one of the
cruises and don't have a ride, contact the cruise captain for
that event and they can link you up with someone who does.
We are beginning this month a new feature article about you
and your boat. We intend to run a photo and a few lines about
one squadron members boat each month in The Palmetto Log. Tell
us about why you named your boat what you did. How about a picture
of your boat with your family onboard? Maybe you have a photo
of something funny that happened onboard your boat? We would like
to hear from you, and place your boat in the next issue of the
log. Send in a picture and a note about your boat to either Nelson
Hicks at email@example.com.
We will also accept snail mail photos and letters sent to The
Palmetto Log Editor.
As 2004 is getting closer and closer to us, I will begin working
on the 2004 Directory. Please check your 2003 Directory, to be
sure that I have the correct mailing address, e-mail address and
phone contacts. If not, you could be missing out on a lot of information
about your squadron as the e-mails sent out are taken from our
directory listings. If you have any corrections or new information
for me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to me at 804 Law Lane, Mt. Pleasant SC. 29464.
I can't keep you informed if I don't know how to reach you. Thanks!
the Launch Ramp
Lt Kirk Williams
There is a reason that ordinary, calm and
stable people become raving lunatics at launch ramps. My friend
down the street, who reads UFO Today, tells me it's because boat
launch ramps collect the beams of a full moon, and suspend them
in the atmosphere above the ramp area, to be sucked into the lungs
of unsuspecting boaters who then go berserk. I believe him.
If, on a hot and sunny weekend day, you're starved for entertainment,
or would simply like to pick up some material for that horror
novel you've been promising to write, then pack up the family,
a cooler and a couple of folding chairs, and head for the nearest
launch ramp. Park your car at a safe distance from the action,
and find a shady spot beneath a sprawling maple. Situate the family
where they have a good, unobstructed view of the ramp, and get
set for the educational experience of a lifetime. In fact, before
you even get your chaise lounge unfolded, your kids may already
have increased their vocabulary of cusswords at least tenfold.
For you "wannabe" trailer
boaters, I will give you the benefit of Commander Bob research
on the subject. The term "launch ramp" is derived from
the Phoenician word "panic," which, loosely translated
means "Helen, if we don't get this @@##$$%% boat in the water,
start the %%$$## motor and get away from this ##&&%% ramp
in the next 30 seconds, we're gonna be dead meat!"
I ride a bicycle in the summertime for exercise. Usually, I ride
my bike to the City Park, where there is a modern six-ramp boat
launch facility. I park my bike under a tree, sit with my back
resting against the trunk, put the shaft of one of those long
grassy things between my teeth and watch the drama unfold.
Man and wife and two kids with brand new boat. For some reason
-- probably the moondust hanging in the air above the ramp --
"he" delegates the job of backing the boat into the
water to "she," and then verbally insults her driving
skills all the way to the water's edge. Kids excited beyond belief
at the prospect of first ride in new boat. They add to mayhem.
Wife heartbeat rate exceeds 180. Rear wheels, back bumper and
tailpipe now submerged. Man and kids pushing frantically to disengage
boat from trailer. Boat will not disengage from trailer because
towing strap is still securely fastened from one side of trailer,
over both gunwales, and down to the other side of the trailer.
Effort to dislodge boat from trailer interrupted only briefly
by scratching of head.
Two fishermen. One backs car toward ramp at relatively high speed.
Other yells at him to go slower. Driver interprets request as
emergency and slams on brakes. Thinking it has reached the water,
boat departs trailer, slamming with some authority onto concrete.
More head-scratching (probably a scalp irritation from the moondust).
Steep ramp. Elderly man and middle-aged son launch runabout. Elderly
man parks car at top of ramp and sets handbrake with all the strength
he can muster. Strength mustered not adequate. Boat pulls away
from ramp. Moments later, occupants of boat and I watch helplessly
as car and trailer roll down the ramp and slip silently into water
with only antenna remaining above surface, imitating snorkel.
Tow truck called while others postpone launch and contribute more
cusswords to educational aspect of boating.
I really did witness all three of these events, although to be
fair, I had to wait a few years between each act of the play.
And to be really honest, I launched a small boat with the plug
not once, but twice. And as long as I'm being cathartic,
I'll admit to locking my tow vehicle on the launch ramp once with
the key in the ignition and engine running during a thunderstorm
when a zillion wet and angry fishermen were trying to use the
ramp to get off the water.
Many boaters at a busy launch ramp do feel a slight sense of panic,
whether they admit it, or whether they even realize it. Will I
make a fool out of myself? Will I remember to put everything on
board, or will I forget Billy and not be able to get back in through
the crowd to pick him up? Will I remember to disconnect the trailer
lights, or will I blow out the bulbs? Am I on the right side of
the pier so I can use the wind to my advantage? Will I be able
to back the trailer easily, or will I zigzag all the way down
the ramp? Is that other guy trying to launch next to me getting
too close? Is it my turn to put my boat in, or is it that guy's
turn to get his boat out? Is the plug in? What if the engine doesn't
The boater who is cool and confident about using a launch ramp,
as opposed to the one who finds the experience a living hell,
has learned several simple lessons:
1. Patience. Slow down each step of the launching process, and
take time to think about what comes next.
2. Patience. If you're not familiar with the area or the ramp,
watch a couple of launches before you back in. Get a feel for
the wind, current, and water depth.
3. Patience. Back the boat to the water slowly, and if you feel
uncomfortable with what's happening, stop smoothly, set the handbrake,
get out and take a look around.
I guess you get the idea. The key to boat launching at a ramp
is patience. As you gain experience and get a little practice,
you'll soon see that launching your boat is just another fun part
of a day on the water.
From Commander Bob's Boating Safety Handbook, www.commanderbob.com
CPS To Host Shallotte Squadron
On Saturday, 4 October, we will
have the opportunity to meet fellow USPS members by hosting a
cocktail party for the Shallotte River Power Squadron. That squadron
will visit Charleston for the weekend, and they will be docking
at the Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriot's Point. Please participate
in this social and demonstrate Charleston's famous hospitality.
All are asked to bring a finger food, and the squadron bar
will be in attendance. I'm looking for a bartender or two, so
if you'd like to help out, please let me know. The party will
start on the docks of Patriot's Point at 1700.
October Membership Meeting
Annual Squadron Business Meeting
The October meeting will be held
on 9 October at Headquarters starting at 1830. We'll be doing
our annual election of officers and adoption of the budget, so
we will not be having a speaker. Dinner will be a potluck supper,
so please bring a covered dish - main course, salad, dessert,
and side dish - whatever! The cost for each member to cover headquarter
expenses will be $5.00.
Please let Janice Kromer know by Tuesday, 7 October
2003 if you plan to attend the annual meeting. You can reach her
by email to email@example.com,
or by phone during the day (873)9200 ext 7126, or in the evenings
Annual Toad Hall Oyster Roast
Saturday, 25 October at 1700
Joyce and Fred Wichmann
will again host the annual Oyster Roast at their home, Toad Hall.
The date is 25 October, and the time is 1700. Please bring a side
dish or a dessert. If you need directions, please contact Joyce
Wichmann 795-2100 or Janice Kromer 821-1861.
2003 Change of Watch
Change of watch this year will
be at the Oaks Country Club in Goose Creek, on Saturday 8 Nov.
at 1900 Dinner will be $30.00 per person, menu selections are
Prime Rib or Stuffed Flounder or Chicken Cordon Bleu All will
be served with, tossed salad, baked stuffed potato, vegetable
medley, rolls and butter, and coffee or tea. Dessert will be cheesecake.
Final count has to be turned in to the Oaks ten days prior
to C.O.W. We will need to have reservations and menu choices by
27 October. We hope that everyone will attend. Please note a map
with direction to the Oaks Country Club elsewhere in The Palmetto
Reservations can be made by contacting Vince or Loretta
Lombardo at 764-1844 or
E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, 1 NOVEMBER
It's that time again and the
date of 1 November has been chosen. Many folks are needed to assist
in this project. Lawn care, shrub pruning, building washing (inside
and out), dusting, vacuuming, edging, trimming, are all tasks
requiring our attention. If it is done on a house or business
property, it needs to be done for our building. If you are still
looking for something to be involved in, make it this project.
It is only one day and is a great way to show your support. "Many
hands make light work"
The Headquarters cleanup will begin at 0900 and run until 1400.
We will have a cook-out, so people are urged to bring side dishes
(potato salad, macaroni & cheese, etc.), but the Burgers and
dogs, as well as fries and soda will be provided. Thes squadron
bar will be available.
For planning purposes, if you can attend this important
activity, please contact Steve Yeomans at 869-7808 or email@example.com.
The Annual Bohicket Cruise
The Annual Bohicket Cruise will
be held over the weekend of 14, 15, 16 November. Please make your
reservations at the marina as early as you can. The telephone
number of the Bohicket Marina is 768-1280. There will be a potluck,
byob, dinner at 1800 Friday onboard No Sense for anyone coming
in or driving down on Friday night.
On Saturday, Steve Kromer and John VanWay will be taking the
current Piloting students out on No Sense for on-the-water training.
Anyone who would like to go along for the ride is welcomed. Please
just call Steve at 821-1861 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let him know you plan on going on No Sense.
Saturday night will be a dinner at The Privateer restaurant
and departure from the marina will be on Sunday morning. Please
call me at 821-1861 in the evenings, 9873-9200 ext 7126 during
the day, or email me at email@example.com
if you plan on participating in any of the events during this
A Successful September Cruise
The September Cruise to Morgan
Creek Grill at Isle of Palms was a tremendous success. About 32
of our members attended the lunch/cruise. The following boats
made the cruise to the Isle of Palms, Knotless II with Captain
Ward, Happy Ours with Captain Altschul, Morningstar II with Captain
Gulbrandsen and Ol' Paint with Captain Workman. Several members
decided to drive in for the event.
The open menu allowed everyone to pick their favorite
dish for lunch, and I saw nothing but happy faces and full tummies
at the end of the meals. To put the topping on the cake, the weather
was outstanding, and the restaurant provided a nautical view of
the Marina and ICW. The Morningstar II decided to overnight at
the Isle of Palms Marina to enjoy the island flavor and entertainment.
Our thanks go out to Dave Walsh and Pam Hicks for their hard work
in organizing this fun get together.
Why are sunsets red?
When the sun is low on the horizon,
its rays must pass through more of the earth's atmosphere to reach
an observer. This means that the rays pass through more molecules
and particles in the air that are capable of deflecting and scattering
them. It is this scattering that causes a red sunset.
The sun's white light is actually a mixture of violet, blue,
green, yellow, orange, and red light. When this light passes through
the atmosphere, the light on the violet end of the spectrum is
scattered much more easily than that on the red end. Therefore,
by the time the light from a sun that is low on the horizon reaches
an observer, all the colors except red have been scattered and
Source used: "Ever Wonder Why?"
By Douglas B. Smith
Historically speaking, there
has always been a close relationship between the USCG Auxiliary
and the Power Squadron. Events of recent years have encouraged
an even closer one, such as with the attempt to inspect more boats
and educate more boaters. While the two organizations perform
some of the same duties, and while some people are
members of both, each has unique activities distinct from the
One such activity is the opportunity for Auxiliarists to serve
aboard Coast Guard Cutters in a variety of roles, such as Quarter
Master of the Watch and Officer of the Deck, and many others.
For example, I serve as an Officer of the Deck-In port aboard
the Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, an 87' Coastal Patrol Boat stationed
at Group Charleston. I try to stand watch one weekend a month,
which gives the regular crewmembers a break from that duty after
returning from days at sea. I also stand watch on as many holidays
as practical, so the Crew can be with their families and friends.
The greatest reward of this job is knowing that I am helping Coast
Guard Forces in a time of need, but there are many other rewards,
not to mention the great food!
For example, I have had an opportunity to go to sea on the
Yellowfin on a number of occasions over the past several years,
including Fisheries Inspection Patrols, Search and Rescue Missions,
and even a cruise to the shipyard in Louisiana that took us through
the Keys and across the Gulf of Mexico!
Auxiliarist Daniel Cowley
If you are interested in these activities, as well as the opportunity
to enjoy your own, private 87' "yacht" from time to
time, watching the sunrise and set over Charleston, just contact
me at 906-2852 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for a personal tour some weekend I am standing watch. If you want
to train to qualify for OOD on the Yellowfin, all you have to
do is join the Auxiliary and earn Crew qualification and pass
the background check. Either way, have fun and be safe!
October Featured Boat
This month's featured
member's boat is Victory owned by Nelson and JoAnne Hicks.
They are ex-sailors now enjoying cruising on a powerboat that
goes faster and gets under most bridges compared to a sailboat.
Victory is a '96 Albin 32+2 with a single Cummins diesel
engine with a bow thruster. Nelson and JoAnne have cruised onboard
Victory as far south as Naples, FL and north to Delaware
Bay. Future plans include the St. Johns River, south of Jacksonville,
FL and an extended cruise north to the state of Maine.
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