On Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation held an event in appreciation of its members and volunteers. The mid-day Bar-B-Q was attended by approximately 65 members and volunteers, as well as a few guests, and was held at the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station at Port Canaveral.
Vice President Rocky Johnson opened the meeting with a warm welcome, and a brief summary of the vision for the Lighthouse Foundation. He also offered some “food for thought” as he reminded us of the history of the Lighthouse, its importance to mariners, and the vital role it will play in the future — and how we need to nurture that role.
Our President, Bob Merrilees, thanked the Commanding Officer for graciously hosting our event and said a few words about the Foundation, and how much its members and volunteers are appreciated.
Station Commanding Officer, CWO David Ladomirak gave us a brief summary of the responsibilities and capabilities of the USCG Station at Port Canaveral, and attendees were invited to take a tour of the CG Cutter Vigilant, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, homeported at Port Canaveral since 1990.
Carolyn Burby, recently appointed Volunteer Coordinator for the Lighthouse Foundation, extended a personal thank you to all those who have so willingly and enthusiastically given of their time and talents. She noted, “We appreciate everything you do for us, and I think I can speak for the entire Board when I say that your efforts have not gone unnoticed. None of our goals could be accomplished without you.”
Various door prizes were given out, and attendees were delighted to receive several restaurant gift cards, one-night stays at local hotels, community theatre tickets, tote bags and thermal pouches.
Lunch followed and was catered by Sonny’s BBQ, which provided pulled pork, chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. Chocolate chip cookies were provided by DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach.
A special finale to the afternoon event was a Delta IV Heavy rocket launch just as attendees were beginning to depart.
Some photos from the event are included in the July Canaveral Beacon newsletter.