September 14, 2014

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Coast Guard Auxiliary of Medina County wants volunteer teachers

MEDINA — The Coast Guard Auxiliary of Medina County is looking for volunteers to help teach recreational boating safety.

“Anyone can join,” said Richard Foote, spokesman for Medina’s Flotilla 62. “We recommend you have some recreational boating experience, but it’s not required.”

The auxiliary volunteers also may be called upon by the Coast Guard to help with search-and-rescue missions, natural disasters and national security issues, he said.

The only requirements for volunteers is that they must be at least 16 years old, must pass a criminal background check, must pay $30 yearly dues and must purchase a uniform.

Foote said volunteers don’t have to be retired or ex-military, and they don’t have to pass a physical to join.

“Most of our flotilla have military experience, but I know of some who do not,” Foote said. “We have some seasoned folks and some young ones, too.”

He said joining the auxiliary is relatively cheap and isn’t very time-consuming.

The biggest expense is the uniform, Foote said, which costs $50 to $100.

The Medina flotilla holds monthly meetings. Aside from those, there’s little time commitment, Foote said.

Foote, 60, of Medina Township, said he joined the Coast Guard auxiliary about 1½ years ago because he missed the Navy. He was discharged in 1976.

“I’m glad I joined” the auxiliary, Foote said. “I’ve met a lot of good people.”

He said the Medina flotilla is one of the smaller ones, but there are bigger flotillas in Cleveland and Lorain.

The auxiliary matches up volunteers with the closest flotilla.

Interested community members can visit www.cgaux.org/units.php.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.