Lake Murray SC – The Seventh District Coast Guard Auxiliary honored a member of Lake Murray’s Coast Guard Auxiliary for outstanding volunteer service. This was given at a ceremony on October 16, 2020, at Southshore Marina.
Barbara Burchfield, a member of Lake Murray Flotilla 12-3, was selected as the Seventh District Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year for 2019. She was recognized for outstanding achievement while serving as district staff officer of Program Visitation. She led over 500 members in the recreational boating safety outreach program in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Burchfield also served on the District 7 Recreational Boating Safety Committee, tasked with developing innovative approaches to inform and educate boaters in order to reduce accidents and save lives.
Patricia McMenamin, district commodore-elect (2021), presented Burchfield with a trophy featuring an American Eagle in flight, the national flag and engraved glass plaque along with the formal citation signed by J.W. Briggs, commander, U.S. Coast Guard director of auxiliary, Seventh Coast Guard District.
The officers recognized Burchfield for conducting over 20,000 hours in Recreational Boating Safety activities and inspiring others to perform at their best. According to the commodore-elect, she has exceptional organizational skills setting up district-level programs, presenting rewards, and coordinating communications.
Burchfield was able to grow both the number of qualified Program Visitors and the number of program visits conducted during an incredibly challenging environment. She established the Lighthouse Award, introduced a quarterly newsletter for program visitors and created a challenge coin for program visitors. Lastly, she was selected as District Seven’s Auxiliarist of the Year for 2019.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit www.cgaux.org.