Meetings cancelled until May

Due to caution about the coronavirus, we will not hold in-person meetings until at least after 11 May 2020, as directed by our national headquarters. Check this space and your email for news of virtual (online) meetings. Thank you for your understanding.

March 10, 2020 meeting cancelled

Our meeting on Tuesday, March 10 is being cancelled as a way to be cautious about the potential spread of the coronavirus. Although the risk of contagion is still said to be low at this point, it is prudent to limit activity at our squadron facility, which is quite small. While we do consider CAP activities important, including our weekly meetings, the safety of our members and the community is our top priority.

Joint Squadron Cadet Great Start Field Day a Success

On December 7, Squadrons 86 and 192 held a joint Cadet Great Start Field Day for seven new cadets from squadrons 86, 192 and 10. This was a pilot project that is hoped can be expanded to a quarterly event open to all of Group 2. A joint field day allows us to share expertise, offer a field day more frequently than an individual squadron’s numbers might allow, as well as reduce event fatigue for individual squadrons. The students and staff enjoyed working with people from different squadrons, as well as the chance to take refuge from the rain in Squadron 86’s large indoor facility to drill and do a compass course. Thank you to the cadet staff and senior members from Squadron 86 and Squadron 192 who made it all happen. Special thanks to the new cadets who came from all around the Bay Area to work on their first stripe…we appreciated your drive and enthusiasm!

Volunteering Can Improve Your Health

Research shows that volunteering at least two hours a week over an extended period of time can be good for your health. Studies indicate that regular volunteering slows the cognitive decline of aging, as well as improving physical and mental health. The Wall Street Journal surveyed the research and appears to have identified a magic recipe for gaining the maximum health benefits of volunteering. The recipe has four key items:
• Physical activity (can be moderate as long as it’s regular)
• Cognitive activity (learning new skills or doing something outside your comfort zone)
• Socializing (opportunities to build connections and friendships)
• Persistence (more than an occasional activity; being a mentor, for example).

This is great news for organizations that welcome volunteers, such as the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), as CAP’s civilian volunteer opportunities can hit all four of these elements. You can train for and carry out search & rescue (air and ground) and disaster relief missions. You can help shape future leaders through CAP’s youth development (cadet) program, while also promoting aviation, STEM and related fields.

When joining CAP, many members say they wish they knew about the organization sooner—perhaps because the activities are so rewarding. Often people think that they must be a pilot or former military to be a part of CAP. Not so on either point. Though our members often share an interest in aviation, most are not pilots. Whatever your talent or area of interest, there is a need for you. Some members are current or former military, while others never served in uniform. CAP has certain minimum eligibility requirements, but also has an equal opportunity policy and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, religion, ethnicity, national origin or disability.

Check out what Civil Air Patrol is about and how you can help! Go to the national website to learn more and find a squadron near you or, if near the Peninsula of the Bay Area, visit our squadron in San Carlos, CA.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to members and friends of Squadron 192! We will have a break from meetings due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. Our first meeting of 2019 will be on January 8. Uniform of the day will be ABU/BDU.

Sept 25 meeting: Change of command ceremony

Reminder: For the September 25 meeting, please wear dress blues (cadets) / blues/whites (seniors) or appropriate civilian attire if you don’t yet have the uniform. The meeting will not include PT, but rather the change of command ceremony, several awards, and a character development lesson.