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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:

EVENT PAGE

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!

CRAFT EVENT DETAILS IN SHORT:

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

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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

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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!

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
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Directions to Park on the Lid, Mercer Island:
WESTBOUND:
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
EASTBOUND
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

Town Hall Meetings

6 Oct Town Hall Meeting

Sector Puget Sound will be hosting semi-annual Family Town Hall Meetings throughout the area.  These are for both service members and their dependants.  This is an opportunity for your spouse and children to interact with the Command, meet the Ombudsman (Megan Towle), and learn other valuable information.  Special guest speakers include representatives from  MWR, EAP Work Life, D13 Legal, USCG Family Association, and United Concordia.

Four locations and dates to choose from:

  1. Everett (Tuesday, Oct 11th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Fleet & Family Support Center – Everett’s Smokey Point Bldg 1390, Suite 810
    • 13910 45th Ave NE, Marysville WA 98271
  2. Naval Base Bangor (Thursday, Oct 13th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Bangor Chapels Fellowship Hall
    • 2900 Ohio Street, Silverdale WA 98316
  3. Federal Center South Building (Tuesday, Oct 18th)
    • 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    • 915 Second Ave, Seattle WA 98174
  4. Tacoma (Thursday, Oct. 27th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Fabulich Center Bldg 1st Floor
    • 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma WA 98424

OPSEC – “What To Say While Underway”

28 Sep

Join us for a very informative seminar concerning safety in social media and other forms of communication.

Date: Monday, October 3

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Base Seattle, Coho Room

This seminar is for everyone. A great evening to hear what is safe to discuss on Facebook, in email, and over the phone. We will have a specialist on OSPEC coming to speak and he is ready to answer all our questions. I encourage all to attend. The CGFA will provide babysitting for those that RSVP the need of a babysitter.

Chill, Grill, and Your Will!

17 Aug

When: 30Aug11 starting at 1100
Where: Lincoln Park, West Seattle (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

This BBQ is an event for you and your family stationed on the Mellon. There will be various games and sports at the event so be sure to wear comfortable attire. The BBQ will be potluck style for desserts and side dishes, and morale will supply the main course, salad and beverages. So bring your favorite recipes and dishes to impress your shipmates, friends and family. The D13 Chaplin, Legal Assistance, Spouse’s Association and the Ombudsman will be present at the BBQ, and will provide information on the different resources available to you and your families while you are underway.

Park amenities include: A picnic shelter, multiple tables and grills, a play area for kids, swing sets, bathrooms, two fields, a wading pool, plenty of trails and open space as well as close proximity to the water. For more information go to: http://www.seattle.gov/parks

Alcohol is not allowed in Seattle parks.

For questions contact ENS Salerno:
christopher.p.salerno@uscg.mil

Spring 2011 Ombsudsman Outlet Newsletter

8 May

If you haven’t seen this yet, I urge you to take a look! This is chocked full of helpful information!!

Ombusdman Outlet

Hope everyone has a fabulous Mother’s Day!!