the Grand Haven CPOA Chapter has involved itself with several community service projects and initiatives within the Ti-Cities area. We spearheaded a project to replace the aging 36 ft MLB with a retired 41 ft UTB which we restored and now stands as a monument that welcomes all visitors to Coast Guard City USA. We collaborated with the U.S. Marine Corps during the annual Toys for Tots campaign, provided Thanksgiving dinners to junior crew members at every Coast Guard Station from Charlevoix, MI to Michigan City, IN and we adopted Escanaba Park and a band of highway under the Adopt-A-Highway program. We manned the grill at the Grand Haven American Legion post and flipped burgers. We provided local funeral representatives to those who had passed- Coast Guard and civilians alike- and paid for funeral luncheons using our general funds. We recently established the QMCS Tom Rau Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is unique among service organizations in that it was created by the Chiefs, of the Chiefs, and for the Chiefs of the United States Coast Guard.
and the proceeds help to support all Coast Guard members and their families E6 and below in times of need within our AOR.
The CPOA is a not for profit, war veterans designated 501(c)(19) and is comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and honorary Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers. Membership in the Chapter is also open to all sister service men or women having successfully held the rank of Chief Petty Officer (Navy), Sergeant First Class (Army), Gunnery Sergeant (Marine Corps), or Master Sergeant (Air Force). We have 66 members on our roster and continue to grow annually.
the traditions, duties and purpose of the United States Coast Guard,
our duty to uphold and defend the constitution on the United States of America,
our responsibility to assist and save distressed seamen and others,
our responsibility in the enforcement of the laws of our Country, and in believing that through association and mutual acquaintance, the Chief Petty Officers of the United States Coast Guard may:
best advance their professional abilities,
enhance their value, loyalty and devotion to God, Country and service in which they serve,
promote its unity and morale domestically and militarily through responsible leadership,
assist members and dependents in urgent need of assistance,
assist in recruiting for the Coast Guard,
support the aims and goals of the CPO Academy,
assemble for social amenities,
become involved in community affairs,
promote social programs for those in need,
keep informed of Coast Guard matters.