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Flotilla 45-1 What's New!

THE U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY IN MADISON IS OUT ON THE LAKES
TO HELP RECREATIONAL BOATERS

We have safety patrols on most weekends and even some weekdays on the Madison chain of lakes.  We monitor Channel 16 on marine VHF radio.  (Or you can slowly wave your arms up and down to catch our attention or that of passing boaters.  This is a signal of distress.  It helps if you can wave an orange distress flag or a spare orange life jacket, too.  This allows you to be seen at a much greater
distance.)  Our services are always free of charge.

What we can do for you:
  1)  We can tow your boat if you have problems.
  2)  We can assist you in other ways on the water as well, such as provide useful information that may prevent you from getting a citation, get you in contact quickly with emergency personnel, answer questions about boating, etc.
  3)  We do complimentary Vessel Safety Checks on power boats, sailboats, and paddlecraft to make sure your boat is compliant with required and recommended state and federal safety equipment.  Passing a VSC decreases the likelihood of receiving a citation later on and may decrease your insurance rate.  

 Great News!

Our own flotilla member Maureen Van Dinter was elected the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 9th Western Region District Commodore in 2012-2014.

Prior to this office, she served two years as the 9th WR District's Chief of Staff.  Over the years, she's also served at various positions at the Division and Flotilla levels. 

Maureen is currently serving as the new DSO-IM.  See her website.  More specific information can be found here.

 District Commodore

Moffat      Flotilla member Ed Moffat was elected District Captain-West for 2011-2013. While acting as DCAPT-W, he continued to hold numerous offices at the District, Division, and Flotilla levels, including EverBridge Coordinator, ADSO-HR, ADSO-IS, SO-IS, FSO-IS, SO-HR,  FSO-HR, and FSO-MA.  The Coast Guard presented Ed a citation for his great work during his two years as DCAPT-W.