Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Flotilla Growth Continues; Seeking New Members
Clay County is fortunate. We enjoy spectacular views of and ready access to a number of lush navigable waterways. If you’ve ever spent time gazing out at the St Johns River or the Black Creek or launched a boat at one of the local ramps and wondered how you might become involved with volunteer activities on the water, there are opportunities awaiting you in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Clay County’s (Green Cove Springs) Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 14-5 is unique in northeast Florida as the only flotilla with its own building (base of operations), radio facility, and patrol boat all located at the Clay County Port (formerly, Reynolds Industrial Park). Flotilla 14-5 was chartered in 2009, and has since served the US Coast Guard and Clay community in working alongside the Clay County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division to support boating safety and education.
As part of Team Coast Guard, the Auxiliary joins the US Coast Guard as part of America’s Department of Homeland Security, and is comprised of volunteers who train and work closely with the US Coast Guard to perform many of the same functions. Although one of the areas of activity is boat crew, joining the Auxiliary doesn’t mandate participation on the water to be an active member. Other areas relating to boating safety include vessel examination, boating safety class instruction, materials, marine safety, public affairs and other areas including administration. And if you’re a serious boater, becoming a member is a great way to improve your navigation and seamanship skills.
You don’t have to own a boat or even know that much about boating to become a member. If you have the desire to learn you can become involved on a level you feel comfortable. Social interaction is another benefit that members enjoy. Whether you apply your current experiences to help out while you are learning other skills or you just want to enhance your love of the water, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary may have something to offer you.
There are almost 38,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary members in the United States. They come from all aspects of life including education, construction, health care, engineering, retired military, accounting, food service, etc. They all team together to make this country and its waterways safer for everyone.
USCG-AUX Flotilla 14-5 of Green Cove Springs is looking for people like you. To find out more information about our flotilla and the Coast Guard Auxiliary please visit us online at http://a0701405.uscgaux.info/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (the email address for Helen Russette.)
Our Flotilla meets the second Monday of every month at its base of operations in Green Cove Springs at 910 Roland Avenue, behind the Military Museum of North Florida’s Quonset hut off SR16E. You’re welcome to come and sit in on one of our meetings.