Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold national conference in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –As many as 500 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as members of other country’s Coast Guard auxiliaries from as far away as Australia -- are expected to converge on Charlotte next week when the organization hosts its national conference – NACON 2011 The convention, an annual event for more than 35 years, runs from August 24-28 at the Westin Charlotte, 601 South College Street.
“Each year, we try to hold our conference in a new, exciting venue and Charlotte offers a beautiful hotel in a downtown setting, with so many unique attractions and excellent airline service,” said Ernie Davenport, the Auxiliary’s 2011 conference organizer. “The brand new NASCAR Hall of Fame is only three blocks from the conference hotel and the U.S. National Whitewater Center is just a short drive away,” Davenport noted, citing just two of the interesting venues that make Charlotte an attractive convention destination for the Auxiliary.
In spite of a weak U.S. economy and high unemployment, volunteerism remains strong in America – and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s over 30,000 members continue to volunteer millions of hours of their time in support of the Coast Guard and recreational boating safety. Auxiliary members are well on the way to providing nearly three million hours of volunteer support to the Coast Guard in 2011.
In addition to holding business meetings, the conference will feature workshops and training sessions, including paddlesport safety, aquatic nuisance species, navigation systems, vessel safety examination processes and boat operations training. A special guest speaker at the Commodore’s Banquet August 27 will be Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O’Hara, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, created by an Act of Congress in 1939, is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard across all mission areas. For more information on the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a flotilla near you, visit cgaux.org.