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Fundraising and Repairs
to our Home on the Lake

by Cdr Fred Ruinen, JN

While we have enjoyed many fun activities, we need to continue to take care of our home on the lake, and fix the things that need to be fixed. This takes time, manpower, and money and we appreciate everyone who has helped out with getting our home back in to shape. We have made good progress, but still have more to do. As a summary, here is what has been done:


P/C Charlie Bruce took the lead to install boards along the Coast Guard dock to break the waves as they come across the ramp and the cove. The boards where reinforced by installing 20 tons of rip rap along the wall/boards by a contractor which was also coordinated by Charlie. A huge thank you to Charlie and everyone else that helped out on this project.

Septic Tank

During the Oyster Roast this year, we discovered that the bathrooms were not draining properly. A huge thank you to Steve Crater and his crew. He volunteered to take the project on and by the time he was done, roots in the system were removed, a new cleanout was installed, and a pit was built to keep the roots out and allow easy access for maintenance and trouble shooting in the future.

Building Foundation

Over the years, we have had settlement issues with our building. They got much worse this year as we noticed that the wall on the north side of the building was bowing and the ceiling tiles were separating from the wall. With the help of Lt Ed Garbe and Charlie, several proposals were received from contractors. The bridge decided on a contractor and Charlie took the lead to coordinate the installation of the new foundation. A continuous footer was installed, and the building leveled as much as possible, then new supports installed. To get this work done, the front porch had to be moved, and additional issues were discovered that included a rotten sill and a front porch that needed to be replaced. A huge thank you to Mark Burtis, P/C Jim Rakes, P/C Tony Dodson, P/C RJ Becht, and several others who also pitched in to help get this part of the project done.


The roof shingles are not in good shape and need to be replaced. This project still needs to be completed and will move forward when we have the resources and funds available.

Fundraising Update

We have been raising funds throughout the year in various ways including events, selling tickets for prizes, and thanks to P/C Jim Rakesí print donation, we have been selling tickets to give this beautiful print away to one of our members. In fact, Joe Firimonte was the lucky winner of the print at our Shake 'N Break. However, Joe has donated the print back to the squadron so we can continue selling additional tickets and give out this prize later in the year. Thank you, Joe.

To date, we have raised $3,300 compared to our goal of $6,000. In addition to the money, a lot of labor hours have been put in to these projects by many of our members. For everyone who has contributed in any way (time, money, talent) to all that we have going on, thank you, thank you, thank you. We still need to raise additional funds to cover the expenses to date and the roof that still needs to be replaced.

In addition to the projects mentioned above, we have our usual Island Workdays headed up by Lt Mike Urquhart to take care of cutting the grass, removing pine cones, maintenance on the docks, repair of water lines, moving the air conditioning unit, cleaning the building and bathrooms, and much more. As you can see, it takes a small army to keep our facilities in tip top shape.

We are truly blessed with the facility that we have and with all of our members. We have many more great activities and events planned. I look forward to seeing you at the Island and out on the water.

Updated 25 May 2019
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