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Past Commanders Association

Welcome to the Eight District, Eastern Region

Dave Stroup, President
Matt Meyer, Vice President
Duncan Wilkinson,  Secretary
DeAnne Rodenburg,Treasurer

About the Association


All present or Past Division Commanders who have completed a term as a Division Commander in any district, and who are also current members with good standing in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Eighth District Eastern, Region are eligible to join the association.

Our Purpose

  • To assist the District Commodore and the District Board in advancing the programs of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  • To be a resource of experienced officer input to Flotillas, Divisions and the District Board.

  • To encourage members of the Association to actively participate in the Auxiliary within their respective Divisions and Flotillas.

  • To utilize the knowledge and experience of the Past Division Commanders in motivating a continuing interest in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  • To keep the members of the Past Division Commanders Association informed concerning  matters of current interest on the District level.

  • To encourage all Past Division Commanders to become members of the Past Division Commanders Association.

  • Recommended Activities:

  • ·Conduct the Memorial Service, at both the Spring and Fall meetings of the Eighth Coast Guard District Auxiliary Board, Eastern Region, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • Provide unbiased judging of awards, based on guidelines set forth in the Eighth Eastern's Standing Rules, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • Provide assistance to the city Host Committee by greeting the first meeting attendees and by providing transportation to and from the airport, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • Provide a Color Guard to post the Colors, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • Provide assistance on Committees, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • Provide training for incoming Flotilla Commanders; Vice Flotilla Commanders; Division Commanders and Division Vice Division Commanders at the Eighth Eastern's Spring or Fall District Training or Meetings each year, when so directed by the District Commodore.

  • PDCA 2023 Meeting Dates

  • 8ER Spring Dtrain 2023, Date: TBA,    Time TBA
  • 8ER Fall Dtrain 2023, Date: TBA   Time: TBA

    Please join us, in the meantime, become a member.

Commodore Dave Stroup, President Past Division Commanders' Association


 Commodore Dave Stroup served as District Commodore of District Eight Eastern Region of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, encompassing twelve states, or parts, of from the Mississippi River to Pittsburgh.

Commodore Stroup was elected to the office of Commodore in the Fall of 2018 after serving in the elected offices of Vice Flotilla Commander, Flotilla Commander, Division Commander, District Captain-W, CAPT Chief of Response and District Chief of Staff. As an Auxiliarist Commodore Stroup served as coxswain and

telecommunications operator (vhf and HF) within USCGAUX Districts 8 Eastern, 9 Eastern and 5 Southern Commodore Stroup holds a five year degree in mechanical engineering and program management which led to the management of a world wide research and drug development of a new drug which launched successfully in multiple countries. An eleven year multi-national project during which Commodore Stroup developed and authored a 1,000 page + drug development manual still in use at the Harvard School of Pharmacy. Commodore Stroup also taught mechanical engineering in the New York State University system.

His awards include: Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation 911, Auxiliary Achievement Award, Auxiliary Commandant Letter of Commendation with Operational “O”, Sustained Auxiliary Service Award with “Hour Glass”, CG Unit Commendations (5 awards), and CG Meritorious Team Commendations (5 awards).

He and his wife Carol, who is also an Auxiliarist, have two sons Jeffrey and Daniel an Auxiliarist.


PDCA Committees:


Gerlinde Higginbotham,President PDCA
Matt Meyer, IPDCDR 082-05; Past Dcapt-West
Keith Blosser, DCAPT-East 082-18

Election Committee TBA

Held Concurrent with District Elections

PDCA Awards Committee

Duncan Wilkinson, Secretary PDCA, DSO-MT 082-24
Wilhelmina (Billie) McAdams, FC 082-05 
William Seymer 082-05

Development Committee

Gerlinde Higginbotham,President PDCA 082-18
Anthony Waters, IPDCDR 082-07

The PDCA Board members are members of all committees.