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Diablo Flotilla makes annual ‘Change of Watch’

Martinez Harbor Master and Marina Manager Olivia Ortega receiving a certificate of appreciation from outgoing Flotilla Commander Bob Johnson and Martinez Yacht Club and Flotilla member Frank Kastl. (INGEMAR OLSSON / Courtesy)
Martinez Harbor Master and Marina Manager Olivia Ortega receiving a certificate of appreciation from outgoing Flotilla Commander Bob Johnson and Martinez Yacht Club and Flotilla member Frank Kastl. (INGEMAR OLSSON / Courtesy)

By INGEMAR OLSSON
Special to the Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The annual “Change of Watch” for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Diablo Flotilla” took place at the Martinez Yacht Club last Sunday.

The “Diablo Flotilla” have had their monthly meetings at the Martinez Yacht Club this year, courtesy of the club.

The Flotilla members are all volunteers supporting the United States Coast Guard by patrolling the waters of the Bay and Delta, doing search and rescue operations and other tasks, keeping our recreational boaters safe.

Rene Canham and incoming Flotilla Commander Scott Bonomi. (INGEMAR OLSSON / Courtesy)
Rene Canham and incoming Flotilla Commander Scott Bonomi. (INGEMAR OLSSON / Courtesy)

The members of Diablo Flotilla (USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 57, District 11 North) are also doing vessel safety checks at the Martinez Marina and giving lessons in safe boating for the public in Contra Costa County.

On Sunday the annual change of leadership was done with a Hawaiian luau luncheon at the Martinez Yacht Club. Outgoing Commander Bob Johnson, Concord, was succeeded by incoming Flotilla Commander Scott Bonomi, Benicia.

The team of newly appointed officers were sworn in by Auxiliary Division 5 Commander Wil Sumner and Vice Commander Randy McCormick, who’s Hawaiian wife Lisa performed hula dances.

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