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5th Coast Guard District Command Directive
ALL Face-to-Face Auxiliary Activities are SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY—Until Further Notice
By directive of the U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Commander: All Auxiliary activities, with the exception of conducting activities via electronic means (in-home online activities), are suspended until further notice. To be absolutely clear this directive prohibits ALL personal contact situations—either public facing or internal, therefore: 

• No Meetings
• No Training
• No Public Education Courses
• No Vessel Examinations
• No Interaction with Active Stations, Facilities or Bases
• No Watchstanding
• No CG Assignments to Duty
• No Operations
• No Public Affairs Events
• With the exception of digital communications, we are completely shut down.
• We are available by telephone 252-535-3335or Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to answer any boater safty questions you may have. Please call us 

There are on line Boater Safety classes available. Be careful which class you sign up for online. Some charge fees

Ed Burke Flotilla Commander Flotilla 9-3                

President Don Carson introduced Board Member David Murphy who graciously shared his knowledge and expertise about Raspberry Pi which is a low cost credit card size computer.  David spoke about how     Raspberry Pi devices seamlessly connect to the Internet of Things and gave an example of medical devices used to monitor heart rate, pulse, etc.  
 
A very interesting “show and tell” was displayed on the table in front of the room so attendees could actually touch and see a Raspberry Pi.  David also explained how he is working with local middle school students enrolled in the STEM (Science, Technical Engineering and Math) to actually build a device and then learn coding which can open doors to their future development.  He cited a self driving shoe box size car and a robot.  Interesting stuff!
US Coast Guard Auxiliary 2020 Lake Gaston Boater Safety Class Dates

March 14, April 18, May 9, June 6, July 18, August 22, September 26, October 17

America's Boating Course is an eight-hour course covering the basics of boating and is appropriate for youth as well as the adult boater. Successful completion of this course satisfies the education requirement to operate a boat in ANY STATE and for youth to operate a PWC in both Virginia and North Carolina.

We are enjoying a brief respite from committee meetings since we didn’t meet in January.  We begin work anew at the end of the month and our first monthly meeting is on February 5, 2020.   More details to follow.   Hope to see you there.   

The Lake Gaston Association will host a Meet the Candidate Forum for upcoming elections in Brunswick County, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at the Gasburg Volunteer Fire Department, 1705 Baird Rd, Gasburg, VA 23857.\

All voters in Brunswick County are invited and encouraged to attend. This will be an excellent opportunity for citizens to gain firsthand knowledge of who the candidates are and what they stand for before going to the polls in November. \

Candidates have been invited to attend for the following offices: The invitees to the forum include candidates for Senate of Virginia for Districts 015 & 018; House of Delegates for District 075; School Board; Sheriff; and Board of Supervisors.

Candidates will be allowed two minutes to introduce themselves and their platform. The moderator will ask questions and candidates will be allowed two minutes to respond.  Questions will be submitted by members of the audience and screened for duplicates before the moderator asks candidates for a response. 

For further information contact LGA Director Mozine Lowe at (252) 326-2575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .