Join Flotilla 47-03 Neenah / Menasha
Recreational boating in the United States is growing rapidly. The Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers. As an Auxiliarist, you will have the opportunity to select and participate in one or more of the Auxiliary's major programs. If you feel strongly about the rewards you can get from serving your community, the Coast Guard Auxiliary may be the right place for you. From on-the-water Operations, Public Education programs, Vessel Examination programs, Coast Guard Recruiting or Marine Environmental Protection, the Auxiliary has opportunities for almost everyone.
Our flotilla currently consists of 17 members who actively patrol Lake Winnebago and regularly meet with the boating public at marinas and in classrooms.
As a civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard, we support all of its missions except military and direct law enforcement actions.
In 2008 we received a 25' Defender Class SAFE boat similar to the one pictured below, and were designated a Search and Rescue Detachment (SARDET) of U.S. Coast Guard Station Sheboygan. We maintain this facility in operational readiness for search and rescue on Lake Winnebago and as an operational platform for US Coast Guard safety and law enforcement efforts.
Among our more significant annual tasks are coordinating the seaplane base for the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure, and assisting the Coast Guard and local law enforcement with safety patrols during other Lake Winnebago events such as 4th of July firework displays.
We are constantly looking for qualified members. United States citizens 17 years of age and older without a felony conviction are welcome to join us.
Members are eligible to receive the world's finest on-the-water training. Courses are offered in Navigation, Seamanship, Communications, Weather, Patrols, and Search & Rescue.
Other optional benefits include the Coast Guard Credit Union, access to Coast Guard Exchanges, and insurance coverage.
The pride of wearing the Auxiliary uniform is amplified by the Auxiliary awards system. Your efforts will be recognized and rewarded.
We have numerous opportunities for members to become involved in all aspects of boating:
- Public Education - Teach courses on boating safety, navigation, and seamanship to recreational boaters of all ages.
- Vessel Safety Checks - Give free safety checks to recreational and commercial fishing vessels.
- Operations - Provide boaters and the Coast Guard helpful information and emergency assistance.
- Marine Environmental Protection - Help promote clean waterways through marine pollution awareness programs that help to recognize, protect and assess the environment.
- Recruiting - Build a stronger Coast Guard team through promoting awareness of career opportunities for service.
- Administrative Support - Assist the Coast Guard in areas such as computer operations, radio watchstanding, publications and public affairs.
Our dedication to boating safety provides a congenial atmosphere for getting together to exchange boating experiences. You'll find a special camaraderie among Auxiliarists. We're sure you will make long lasting, meaningful relationships.
Knowing that you belong to a special group of people and directly participate in helping to save lives gives your membership a special meaning.
If you would like more information about becoming a member of our flotilla (or any other Flotilla), please feel free to: