Auxiliary ‘Making Waves’ Project Brings Touch of Home to Deployed USCG Crews

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Coast Guard Seventh District Director of Auxiliary Commander Katherine Dunbar with Auxiliarists Rosemarie Valentine (left), Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) and Betty Underwood (right), Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) at the Dec. 7 “Making Waves” collection table at the Division 5 Change of Watch luncheon. The two Auxiliarists organized and successfully carried out the “Making Waves” project. (Auxiliary photo by Art Slepian).

Coast Guard Seventh District Director of Auxiliary Commander Katherine Dunbar with Auxiliarists Rosemarie Valentine (left), Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) and Betty Underwood (right), Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) at the Dec. 7 “Making Waves” collection table at the Division 5 Change of Watch luncheon. The two Auxiliarists organized and successfully carried out the “Making Waves” project. (Auxiliary photo by Art Slepian).

STUART, Fla. — Coast Guardsmen aboard six cutters serving in Southwest Asia were recently the beneficiaries of a project that had lay dormant since 2009 but was revived for 2013.

Article by Auxiliarist  Art Slepian, Staff Officer for Public Affairs, Division 5, District 7.

“Making Waves” began in December 2009 when Betty Underwood, then a member of Flotilla 51 (The Palm Beaches, Fla.), sent a gift box to the son of Chief Warrant Officer James Mullinax, then the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet. Boatswain Bryan Mullinax was serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Baranof. It was Betty’s way to thank Bryan and the Coast Guard for allowing Flotilla 51 to hold meetings at the station.

Bryan gave Betty a list of items that would be appreciated and needed by a young man on a cutter. And Bryan’s list was more than intuitive. He had served aboard the Baranof.

On the list were mints, dried fruit, beef jerky, nuts, energy bars, gum, hand sanitizers and bottles of hot sauce.

“I questioned the hot sauce and the Boatswain stated that any kind of military food tastes better with hot sauce,” Betty says. “The Auxiliary stepped up to the plate and donated the items and money for mailing.

“‘Making Waves’ came from my husband who mentioned that I can’t sit on the sidelines that I’m always making waves. The name seemed to work.  Bryan came home and the project sat on the back burner,” Betty explained.

Late last year Betty read that the Coast Guard has six cutters on patrol in Southwest Asia. “It was time to ‘Make Waves’ again, Betty says. This time Division 5 wanted to include all the flotillas in the project. Donated items were brought to the December 7 Change of Watch luncheon and money was collected to support the project.

Donations also came from the men and women of Station Lake Worth Inlet.

Auxilairists Rosemarie Valentine and Betty Underwood of Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) examine bottles of hot sauce along with Coast Guard Seventh District Director of Auxiliary Cmdr. Katherine Dunbar. The sauce was donated by a Palm Beach County, Fla., businessman. Ms. Valentine and Ms. Underwood headed up the Division 5 “Making Waves” project which sent gift boxes to six Coast Guard Cutters serving Southwest Asia. (Auxiliary photo by Art Slepian).

Auxilairists Rosemarie Valentine and Betty Underwood of Flotilla 59 (Stuart, Fla.) examine bottles of hot sauce along with Coast Guard Seventh District Director of Auxiliary Cmdr. Katherine Dunbar. The sauce was donated by a Palm Beach County, Fla., businessman. Ms. Valentine and Ms. Underwood headed up the Division 5 “Making Waves” project which sent gift boxes to six Coast Guard Cutters serving Southwest Asia. (Auxiliary photo by Art Slepian).

The all-important hot sauce came from Charles Schandelmayer, owner of a sauce company, who donated two cases of American Patriot hot sauce. “I never had the opportunity to serve in the armed forces, but I do what I can to help,” said Mr. Schandelmayer who Betty met at a market in 2013.

Six boxes were mailed on Dec. 11 to the cutters Adak, Acquideneck, Baranof, MauiI, Monomoy and Wrangell. Each ship has a crew of 16. In early January, Betty mailed six more boxes to the cutters for Valentine’s Day. She hopes to continue the project and to send six more boxes in time for Armed Forces Day on May 17 and Patriot’s Day on Sept. 11.

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  1. Bob Gilmour says:

    A great way for Aux members to support the active CG.. It’s no surprise that Betty Underwood and Rosemary Valentine are the involved. We all are proud of them Thanks Ladies


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