Upcoming Events

47-foot motor life boat

Welcome Aboard Swabs Family Picnic
Noon Central Time June 7, 2014 at
Station Michigan City, Indiana

The annual welcome aboard new families of soon to be swabs is one of our must important yearly parent events.  New parents and their about to be swab cadets will learn all the survival tips from senior parents at one of the nicest Coast Guard Stations on the Great Lakes, Station Michigan City, Indiana.  We will be serving lunch and soft drinks but we ask that each family attending bring a cold dish to share and pass.  This year we are also pleased to welcome LT. Gim Kang, USCG Academy Admissions Officer who will tell us about new changes in the Academy Admissions Office.  After our meeting we will tour the station's 47-foot Life Boat and their 25=foot.  The station is locate at 10 On The Lake, Michigan City, Indiana about an hour drive from Chicago on I-94.  Please R.S.V.P. the number in your family attending so we can plan for food to: greatlakescgapa@gmail.com

Chicago-Mackinic Island Sail Boat Race Parent Picnic
10:00am-3:30pm Saturday July 19, 2014
Chicago's Navy Pier

The Cutter ALDER from a prior parent picnic cruise. 

In years past the Coast Guard Distinct 9 Headquarters had approved the deployment of a large cutter, (MACKINAW, HOLLYHOCK, ALDER) to support the start of the famous Chicago-Mackinac Island Sail Boat Race.  The ship's commanding officer had always invited the Great Lakes Parents Association families to sail with them for the start of the race and to picnic on the main deck.  However, we have received word that none of the large Great Lakes cutters will be available this year.   It is possible a smaller 120-foot  Bay Class ice breaker will be sent this year and it may be too small to accommodate our parents group.  If they can take us, will gather at Chicago's famous Navy Pier at 9:00 AM for an estimated 10:00 AM departure.  We will travel on board the cutter to the starting point of the race, about 2-miles off Navy Pier and return after the last group of boats passes the starting point, about 3:00pm.  If the ship can take us, we will provide everyone with a box lunch to eat on-board for a nominal cost. We ask you to bring sun screen adn sun glasses and to wear a USCGA logo clothing/hat if you have one (not required)  Parents will be able to tour the ship including the bridge, and talk to the guardian's on board about their experiences in the Coast Guard.   We are required to provide a list of parents names by July 11 so if you plan on attending e-mail me ASAP.  BruceRTalbot (at) AOL (dot) COM.  This is a working Coast Guard ship -- not a tour boat so do keep that in mid when considering the age of family members.  If the cutter can not take us this year, we will gather at the far east end of Navy Pier for the very colorful Parade of Ships and the start of the races.  We will eat lunch together on the pier and share stories of Swab Summer.  Watch our Face Book Page for updates on this family event.

Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Parent Luncheon
Noon, August 2, 2014 on the water front at
 the Grand Haven American Legion Hall
Bay Class Cutter


August 2, 2014, Noon Central Time at the American Legion Hall the parents and their family will enjoy a wonderful BBQ chicken dinner at the Grand Haven, Michigan American Legion Hall located right on the water front directly across from the U.S. and Canada Coast Guard ships during the largest Coast Guard Festival in America. Following lunch we will be able to tour all the cutter which are open for public tours.  If you have not been to this event, this a LARGE festival with carnival rides and a great Friday night concert at Coast Guard Hill with a dancing fountain and light show followed by fireworks.  Enjoy a wonderful sand beech on Lake Michigan within walking distance of the festival.  For more information, please see the festival web site at http://www.coastguardfest.org/

Fall Parent Luncheon
Noon, September 7, 2014 at
Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, Illinois

Station Cal Harbor is located at 4001 E. 98th Street Chicago, Illinois 60617 (773) 768-4093. This is our third year at Station "Cal Harbor" and we are planning a casual lunch for parents and the station crew will join us. Following our lunch and brief meeting we will tour the busiest Coast Guard Staion on the Great lakes and the fleet of Defender Class Response Boats.  The station can be a bit tricky to find so do use Google maps or GPS. Plenty of free parking across the street. We will be meeting in the recently refurbished training room annex.