Why We Joined Flotilla 4-11

From John :

In the fall of 2003 my wife and I were planning the final leg of our three year circumnavigation of North America, which entailed navigating our boat from New Kensington, PA, on the Allegheny River back to Philadelphia via Florida when we saw that Main Line School Night was offering a course on cruising the Atlanitc Intracoastal Waterway. It was this course, as taught by John Webster, that stimulated me to attend a Flotilla 4-11 meeting, which at that time was held at the Admore Fire House; and , to join the auxiliary.

From Donald :

After taking courses in both Navigation and Seamanship offered by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary, it became apparent to me that my knowledge was limited and that the best way to enhance my skills was to join the organization. Perhaps the best way to do that would be to assist in the teaching of those and other classes as well as taking advanced training by the Coast Guard itself. Being associated with the Auxiliary would allow me to not only volunteer for safety checks and patrols; but , also to enjoy the company of the other members who have similar interests .

From David :

1. I seem to be predisposed to get involved in organizations with which I come in contact. It may  be church, school, the Air Force or elsewhere .

2. I took the 10 week boating safety course taught by Bill Reimer. Over those weeks, I occasionally spoke with Bill about the Auxiliary and gradually became interested to the point where he invited me to join and I accepted. Incidentally , had the course been shorter, I would probably not have reached that point .