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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 7 FLOTILLA MEETING!
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Jun 18, 2018 --

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SEPTEMBER 7 FLOTILLA MEETING!

 

The September flotilla meeting was attended by 17 Auxiliarists for a meet and greet with USCG BMCS Patrick Brown, the new Officer-in-Charge at Station Merrimack River.  Senior Chief Brown gave us a little info about his path through the Coast Guard and the awesome privilege and responsibility of being in a command position. He also expressed his appreciation for the mission and efforts of the Auxiliary, and his expectations going forward. He summed it up as follows, "keep doing what you are doing.".

 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL

That's right!  At the September flotilla meeting there was enough ice cream to make everyone happy.  We'd like to thank HARBOR CREAMERY, the newest addition to Pleasant Street in downtown Newburyport, for their generous support providing the ice cream.

I recently visited Merri-Lee Steeves, the owner of Harbor Creamery, to arrange for the ice cream for our event. She was thrilled to tell me that she has a warm place in her heart for our flotilla, because her dad, Walter J. Lesynski, Sr. was the longest serving member of Flotilla 38!  Indeed, he brought COMO Ron Booth and many other members into the flotilla.  Thanks to Harbor Creamery for their generous donation to help make our night SWEET.

Comment from Rich Rubino, Flotilla 38

Merri-Lee recounts a story about her dad

My dad's name was Walter J. Lesynski Sr. and was known to everyone as Wally. He was recognized for 60 years of continued membership in Flotilla 38.  He taught the Boating Skills and Seamanship class for more years than I can count.  My mom was also a member of the flotilla right up until her death in 1998.   They would both be so pleased that you arrived at my door and that our ice cream will be at one of your meetings.  As a child, I remember all the times our mom and dad would head out to the Auxiliary meetings or the times when they would take my brother Jay and I along to Auxiliary family events. I also remember him going on weekend volunteer patrols up and down the Merrimac.  There are so many wonderful memories with my parents and their connection to Flotilla 38 and its members.

 

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Wally Lesynski helps students master the bowline knot during the marlinspike session of a Boating Skills and Seamanship class.  The photo was taken sometime in the mid-1990s at the Newburyport Middle School. 

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Wally's official operational Auxiliary Facility that went on patrol was a 38-foot cruiser the Sea Princess, which he built from the keel up at his marina, the MeriMar Yacht Basin.  But he also had an unofficial operational facility the Deep Princess, a yellow one-man submarine.

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Merri-Lee Steeves, owner of Harbor Creamery in Newburyport and daughter of Wally Lesynski, longest serving member of Flotilla 38.

 

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