Lake Allatoona-based flotilla earns national diversity award

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 has received the National Commodore’s Three Star Award for Diversity. Based at Lake Allatoona, the flotilla features about 60 volunteers and is a component of the Seventh Coast Guard District’s Division 2.

“By winning the award two [years] in a row, it shows Flotilla 22’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusiveness to the communities that surround Lake Allatoona,” Flotilla 22 Commander Ron Argo said. “... To be honored by the award, Flotilla 22 had to complete four goals: Create a Positive Environment, Value all Members, Promote Individual Success [and] Carry out Diverse Outreach Activates in the Community.

“The NACO Three Star Award for Excellence in Diversity is an annual award intended to recognize flotillas and divisions for distinction in managing and valuing [diversity]. We maintain the diversity environment by conducting diversity training and participating in various events and festivals that are hosted and/or sponsored [by] minority-based organizations.”

On Saturday, the award will be presented to District 7 Commodore Bob Weskerna at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 2015 National Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is my pleasure to announce that your unit has been selected to receive the National Commodore’s Three Star Award for Excellence in Diversity Management,” stated Deputy Assistant National Commodore Kenneth Jacobs in a news release. “Your unit has developed and maintained a supportive environment for diversity and promoted dialogue on developing local diversity initiatives. ... Clearly the leaders of your unit have recognized that diversity means accepting, welcoming and valuing the differences inherent in every individual and that a diverse membership supports organizational effectiveness and operational performance.”

Created by Congress in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary currently consists of nearly 32,000 members. At Lake Allatoona, Flotilla 22 performs many duties, such as conducting vessel safety checks, boating safety classes and safety patrols.

“Today, over 28,000 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are active on the waterways and in the classrooms in over 2,000 cities and towns across the nation, all to promote boating safety,” Argo shared in his welcome message on Flotilla 22’s website, “Membership in the Auxiliary is open to men and women, 17 years of age or older, who are U.S. citizens, and are interested in promoting Recreational Boating Safety.

“The local Lake Allatoona Flotilla, with a membership of about sixty volunteers, is a part of Division 2 of the Seventh Coast Guard District, and is active on Lake Allatoona in Northwest Georgia. The flotilla members also provide classroom instruction in Boating Skills and Seamanship, Personal Watercraft Safety, and other programs to introduce young people to Water and Boating Safety.”

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