3rd CGFA BBQ & Bake Sale

22 Jul


Help the Puget Sound’s Coast Guard Family Association raise money at our only annual fundraiser!

When: August 21, 2013     From 10:30am – 1:00pm

Where: CG Base Seattle in front of the Gym

Outside of the base gym, we’ll be selling:

  • cookies
  • water
  • homemade treats
  • hot dogs
  • burgers
  • sodas
  • chips

We will need VOLUNTEERS to help us:

  • Setup/clean up at and after the event
  • Cooks to BBQ (ask your hubbies and see if they can lend a hand)
  • Sell BBQ and Baked goods
  • Help promote

Please let us know ASAP if you can help us make this event successful. Kids are welcome as long as they can be safe and well behaved since there will be a big grill and lots of food around. 😉 The event starts at 10:30 but if you can make it beforehand to help setup and get everything ready that would be great.

If you want to bake something to sell and can’t make it to the event, check and see who is coming from around where you live and see if they can bring your items. Of course you can send them with your hubby’s too!!! (as long as they don’t eat it before arriving! Ha!

If you are not yet a member of our Facebook page, please join here before clicking on the event link:

PACNW CG Families Facebook Page

Please see our event page to RSVP for either volutneering or baking here

Christmas Cookie Exchange and Ugly Sweater Contest

10 Dec

christmas-cookies-wallpapers-1024x768This is an event you don’t want to miss! Join us for our 2nd annual Christmas cookie exchange and ugly sweater contest! From 3:00 – 3:30pm we’ll have a brief CGFA monthly meeting (which is open to all members) followed by a ton of fun at the cookie exchange starting at 3:30.

The last day to RSVP for this event is December 14th. If you are a “maybe” and haven’t decided by 6pm this Friday, your “maybe” will become a “no” so that we can get an accurate head count for the number of cookies we’ll need to make.

Also, be sure to wear your ugliest sweater! A vote will be cast and the winner will be going home with a prize. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Please RSVP at our Facebook event page:

CGFA November Craft Day

5 Nov

On Sunday, November 18, we’ll be having our November meeting at 3pm followed by an afternoon of crafting at 3:30. Everyone is welcome to attend our meeting. While this meeting is for members only, we’ll be collecting applications and membership fees from anyone interested in joining. The fee/donation is $10 and that convers your entire family for 12 calendar months.

At this event, we’ll enjoy spending peaceful time together making crafts for the Fall holiday. We will be organizing a general craft but also encourage you to bring any other personal craft projects you may want to work on. We will also have a craft table with coloring books and supplies for any kids that may want to attend. Snacks and drinks will be provided but we always welcome those who wish to share baked goods.

If you are a member of our Facebook page, please RSVP here with the number of adults and children attending:


If you are not yet a member of our Facebook page, please join here before clicking on the event link:

PACNW CG Families Facebook Page

Hope to see you there!


When: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Time: 3-5ish
3-3:30 (meeting)
3:30-5:00ish (craft, food, and fun!)
Where: Coho Room on base (attached to the galley)

If you have any questions, please contact one of our board members:

Executive board

Fall is here!

2 Nov

The Fall weather is officially upon us and we are celebrating it in true Pacific Northwest style … in raincoats. But thankfully the weather showed mercy and kept the rain at bay during our Pumpkin Carving Party at the admiral’s house.

D13 Admiral Taylor and Mrs. Taylor graciously opened their beautiful home and property to the district families for a festive pumpkin carving party. Of course bring-your-own-pumpkin bylaws were in effect but some awesome treats, grilled hot dogs, and warm apple cider and hot chocolate were provided for those who attended. It was a fun day!

We had a great turn out and several of our families were able to meet each other in person and introduce their children. We must say, the pumpkin carving talent in the Coast Guard is definitely apparent. There were some really creative final products.

We sincerely thank the Taylors for welcoming us and offering the opportunity to get to know them better. A sense of community is very important to the military lifestyle and our goal at the CGFA is to build on the connections we make through our CGFA planned events and beyond. We want to thank Mrs. Taylor for aiding us in our mission.

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! Stay tuned for updates on future events!

Work Life Presentation: CGSUPRT

3 Oct


The Work Life staff will be presenting the new CGSPURT program. On hand will be:

  • Kristin Cox, EAPC (Employee Asstance Program Coordinator)
  • Troy Olson, FAS (Family Advocacy Specialist)
  • May Chao-Higginbotham, FRS (Family Resource Specialist)
  • Barbara Herry, HPM (Health Promotion Manager)
Many thanks to Dave Sweeney for coordinating this event! We all have questions and concerns, so be sure to come with your questions, as the right people will be on board to answer them!
We are also going to have a baked-potato bar with all the fixings, so please come on out and join us! We will be meeting in the Bear Room (the room above the CG Museum) from 5:30-8.
We are trying to figure out a child care situation and will keep you posted on that!

Summer season recap!

18 Sep

CGFA Welcome Summer Picnic

The new year for the CGFA has kicked off to a great start! Our first event of the year, the Welcome Summer BBQ at Park on the Lid in Mercer Island, was a great time for the attendees to get together for delicious food and great conversation.

Anne Deines and Annie Rocks enjoy a good hug with their passive pups, Daisy and Rochelle.

We had fun seeing old friends and also welcoming new faces to the area. Although the weather was cloudy and cool, it wasn’t raining …

and around here that’s considered a huge success! The little ones were able to play on an adjacent playground to the picnic area and also had a big field to run around in. We had the softball fields to ourselves for some good ol’ whiffle ball and two sets of Corn Hole generously on loan from two departments on the CGC Midgett. We’re already looking forward to planning next year’s summer picnic and welcoming in even more new friends to the area.

CGFA August meeting and BINGO night

Our first meeting of the year was held on August 19 in the Bear Room on base. After a quick 15-20 minute meeting in which we ran over details for our upcoming events, the fun began with BINGO. We had official BINGO cards and played several game varieties. Everyone went home a winner courtesy of our prize exchange and our generous home product donations by Bed Bath & Beyond. It was great to see everyone get so excited about BINGO, which is really a very fun “sport.”

CGFA BBQ and Bake Sale

Thank you so much to those who were able to help bake, sell and buy at our annual fundraiser! it was held on August 28th at the base from 10:30am to 12:30 during the college fair. We received a ton of baked goods from our generous members and friends, and also had the help from several volunteers who made this day possible. A special thanks goes out to Layne Brummet, Stephanie Clark, Janet Price, Kat Haberlack, Alicia Jones, Ashleigh Simon and Natalie Simpson for helping sell at the booth. Also, thank you to the CGC Midgett for loaning us FS1 Doug Van Kampen and SN Neil England to help cook the food. We couldn’t have been so successful without the efforts of each person involved and we are very grateful to all of you.

Thank you again to everyone for continuing to play such a vital role in the CGFA. We are looking forward to many more events to plan throughout the year. As always, if you have any suggestions for types of gatherings you would like to see us host, we’re open for suggestions. Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming events: Saturday, September 22 is the Welcome Aboard Tea and in October we’ll have a Halloween-themed Bunco night. See you then!

August CGFA Member Meeting and BINGO Night!

6 Aug

Please join us for our first meeting of the 2012-13 year! This event is for CGFA members only but we will be accepting applications for new members before BINGO starts. This is a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the organization as well by bringing them along for the fun. We’d love to see you there!


When: August 19 at 3:00pm
Where: USCG Base Seattle; Coho room (attached to the base galley)

We will have a short ‘taking care of business’ meeting from about 3-3:30, and everyone is welcome to attend. At 3:30, we will have a rousing game of BINGO! (and yes, BINGO can be rousing!) Please bring a small gift around $5 – can be wrapped or not – to exchange at the end of the event. Everyone goes home a winner!

Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Bingo cards will be provided, as will markers, but if you have any lucky dobbers you’d like to bring it is highly encouraged! 🙂

If you’re new, please feel free to stop by and see what the group is about before making the decision to join. The fee is only $10 for the entire year and pays for our game nights, picnics and other fun activities.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact one of our board members from the link below:
CGFA Board Members

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Ball 2012

1 Aug


SATURDAY  |  SEPTEMBER 29  |  2012

The Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Ball, hosted by the Navy League of the U.S.-Lake Washington Council, will take place at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, WA on Sept. 29, 2012. This formal event will feature a great dinner, fine beverages, service toasting, honors for outstanding Coast Guard performers, dancing, fellowship, and a lot of fun.

Vice Admiral John Currier, U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, will be the keynote speaker. (bio)
Price: Varies by status and rate/rank. See details on the registration page.
Register at: www.lakewashnlus.org/cgb


Dress: Dinner Dress Blue or Service Equivalent for Active Duty & Formal Attire for Civilians. Auxiliary Personnel may wear Dinner Dress Blue or Formal Attire. Please see Chapter 3 (pgs. 3-1, 3-4 & 3-6) of the USCG Uniform Manual for clarification.

The Westin has a limited number of discounted rooms available for Ball attendees who wish to stay overnight on Sept. 29th, at $149 for single or double occupancy. To reserve, call 888-627-8084 and mention the Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Ball.



If your spouse is underway or unable to attend the ball but you’d still like to attend, here are the instructions on how to purchase your ticket under your spouse’s pay grade price.

• Use the first information line ONLY. Leave the second line blank.

• Under Duty Status, choose Active/Reserve or Retired, as appropriate.
• Under Grade, select spouse’s pay grade from the list.
• Under First Name, enter, “Spouse” and then your first name
(without the quotation marks).
• Under Last Name, enter your last name.
• Make a menu selection and fill out the rest of the form.NOTE: Do not use the second line. That’s only for an accompanied spouse or accompanied guest whose sponsor will be present.You’ll be charged the same rate as your spouse would be, rather than the (maximum) civilian rate.

ImageIf your spouse will be underway, we encourage you to still come out and join the party! There will be several of us from the Midgett and Healy units who will be attending stag and still antsy to have a good time. So get gussied up and come enjoy fun and fellowship with us!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a board member of the CGFA and we’ll do our best to address any concerns you may have.

CGFA Sponsored Summer Welcome BBQ – July 22nd

29 Jun

The CGFA would like to invite all PACNW Coast Guard families to our summer BBQ to welcome in new transfers! 

Bring the spouses and kids out to the park for a fun day of games, food and friendship (and hopefully sun!)
The BBQ will be held at the picnic shelter at The Park on the Lid (Area A) on Mercer Island
10:30am – 2:30pm on Sunday, July 22nd
Hot dogs, hamburgers, water and lemonade will be provided. Please bring a simple side dish to share with everyone.
There is a play structure right next to the picnic area with slides, climbing walls, etc, as well as a large field for activities. We will have some fun games planned for adults and kids alike with prizes for the winners.
The picnic will be held at the covered shelter beyond the baseball fields in the far, right corner of the park.
Look for our balloons/posters marking the spot!
Any questions can be directed to Jaime England (vice president, CGFA)
Please RSVP to Corrie Van Kampen (president, CGFA) before July 17th
Directions to Park on the Lid, Mercer Island:
1. From I-90 westbound, take Island Crest Way (Exit 7)
2. Continue straight through the stoplight on North Mercer Way
3. Turn Right onto 76th Ave SE/North Mercer Way
4. Turn Left onto 72nd Ave SE (Roanoke Tavern is on the corner)
5. After passing SE 20th St, turn right onto a drive that takes you under the 72nd Ave overpass into a parking area
1. From I-90 eastbound, take W. Mercer Way (Exit 6)
2. Turn right onto W Mercer Way
3. At the three-way stop, turn Left onto SE 24th St
4. Continue up the hill and turn Left onto 72nd Ave SE
5. After driving over the 72nd Ave overpass, turn Left down a drive that takes you under the street for parking

Sewing and Quilting Class

2 Mar

Who: Those with an itch to learn to sew and quilt!
When: Saturday, March 24, 2012  –   9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Where: Building DT Seattle “Rainer Room”

This is the newer looking building on the left as you enter the gate. Please bring a sack lunch, as this room does not have a kitchen. Laura Harvey is teaching and will contact all those signed up for the class. We will make a table runner in order to learn how to cut and sew a pattern. The list of items needed will be sent out via email. Laura Harvey has Coast Guard fabric if you are interested in using it.