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~     ~     SAFE BOATING WEEK  ~     ~
Have your boat safety checked ... FREE

See BOAT SAFETY WEEK PICNIC photos at bottom of page
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We started off Boat Safety week with a team of qualified squadron inspectors who stationed themselves at the docks of
Oak Harbor in Juno Beach.  Lt/t Gary
Ferguson organized the team of inspectors and contacted the Florida Sheriff's
Marine Division and requested a a boat to be stationed off the docks for water borne checks of passing boats
for current inspection documents while the squadron members conducted dockside vessel inspections.
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West Palm Beach TV Channel 5 cameraman Lane Walters sets up his equipment to photograph reporter Kathleen Walker    

Ch 5 TV reporter Kathleen Walker broadcasting her report of our squadron's Safe Boating Week activities

Palm Beach County's Sheriff assigned a patrol boat and officer to conduct Boat Safety Inspections on the water at the request of
our squadron while our members conducted inspections dockside
On Oak Harbor docks, Ch 5 TV cameraman Lane Walker photographs the Sheriffs boat on Safety Patrol for their TV segment
Sheriff Deputy, on marine patrol, stops a passing boatman and conduct a safety inspection.  He had all the required safety equipment and
necessary documents and current decal and was back on his way to the fishing grounds.
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Squadron member Lt Michael Stern brings his boat alongside and gets documents ready  for a Safety inspection by squadron
member and authorized Vessel Examiner, Lt/C Alan Patti (seated)
(person in photo left - unknown)

Nimble Ch 5 cameraman Lane, takes several positions for better camera angles.

Among the equipment Inspector Patti checks is the flare gun and date on the flare cartridges.
  ~ ~  It turned out to be a successful squadron endeavor endeavor and we and some boaters are better for it.  ~ ~

~                  ~                    ~                    ~                    ~                                                                    *     *     *     OUR SAFE BOATING DAY PICNIC  *     *
After the morning Safety Inspections the members gathered at Perry Como's Pavilion at Ocean Cay Park in Juno Beach
for our Annual Safe Boating Week Picnic.  The "Dogs" and "Burgers" were cooked to perfection and all the fixins
made for an enjoyable day and even the weather cooperated with pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
Compliments to Cdr Lesly McWhorter and wife Lt Donna for a great picnic.  

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1>After Welcoming members Cdr Lesly McWhorter leads members to the Pledge of Allegiance.  2>(L to R) P/C Mary Dodd, Lt Kathy Eldridge and Immediate P/C Barbara Roemmele setup and prepare to serve the fixins to members during "Chow Call".  
Cdr Les McWhorter while lending a hand, tells a funny to our Chief Chef (don't say that too fast) Lt John Worssam while doing the
burgers on the "Barbi".  4>Lt Worssam our chef coooksem' to perfection and even to your order.  5>At one of the picnic tables it's
"Chow Down" as members engage in conversations events of the day.  6>Lt's Bill and Verena Flanders (L) check over the picnic
records with Picnic Chair, Lt/ Dick Hofmann and fine all in order. 7>Lt/C Dick Hofmann, (R) try's for a proceeds grab as Lt Verena Flanders,
hold on tight while husband and Lt Bill Flanders looking on enjoys the fun.

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Squadron members and the general public are welcome to take advantage of the free USPS Vessel Safety Check program.  Have one of
the Squadron's qualified Vessel Examiners place a Seal-of-Safety on your boat.  This is a free inspection of your boat's equipment
covering federal and state safety related requirements. 
To schedule a Free Safety Check, contact Chairman 1/Lt Ed Hoover, by email
->  give your name, vessel make, size and location, your phone or email address. You will be contacted -

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Narrative and Photos by: Lt Jim Tedesco