2018 Winter Secretary Report

Captain John Giszczak

By Captain John Giszczak

Where did summer go?
It is hard to believe the 2019 membership applications have been mailed. Please fill out your application completely and legibly. Better yet, go online and fill out the on-line renewal form. It is quick and easy, and will record all the necessary information accurately. I hate bugging you for missing information or because I cannot make out your handwriting if you do the paper application. Also, special note: if your license renewal date is not on your application you will not be eligible for an internet listing on the MCBA website.

Membership applications are due no later than Dec. 31, 2018. In addition, that is not a lot of time from now. Do not be one of those captains who allows his membership to lapse and then have to pay for a drug test again.

If you need help or have questions, please call 800-622-2971.


Mailing Address: 9760 Judd Road Willis, MI 48191 1-800-622-2971

Due to an issue with AV equipment, the passenger vessel workshop will be held at Wayne County Community College - Downtown Campus. The address is listed below. All of the emails I received from RSVP have been notified. Please spread the word widely. We will have a member from CG Sector Detroit at the previous location for those that don't get the word, but don't want anyone to miss out on any of the info being passed. Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit, working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is hosting an Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV) Workshop at the Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus to provide information to charter vessel owners/operators. Attendees will become familiar with federal and state charter vessel regulations, federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, what to expect when boarded by law enforcement on the water, U.S. Coast Guard merchant mariner credentialing processes, legal liability considerations when operating a vessel commercially, how to schedule a Coast Guard Auxiliary voluntary safety exam and how and who to report illegal charter vessel operations. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network with federal and state maritime law enforcement, as well as other operators. Our hope is this workshop will reduce the number of illegal charter vessel operations, which place the public at risk, especially when these vessels are operated by untrained/inexperienced mariners or without proper safety equipment.

Download an agenda (click here)

Location: Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus, 801 West Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Frank Hayden Community Room, Room 236
Date/Time: Friday, March 22, 2019 between 8 AM and 12:30 PM
Parking: Free in Lot #3